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Article was linked this week in the quiz portion of the website for PRI's Whad'Ya Know?. Z4ns4tsu 13:03, 21 July 2006 (UTC)


I've removed the statistics from this article and moved them to World water skiing champions, as it's rather long and unwieldy. Avililui (talkcontribs), this page will need some heavy editing to make it clear what competition these results are from. Zetawoof(ζ) 15:43, 21 July 2006 (UTC)

Added reference for Show Ski section, message says unverified claims. —Preceding unsigned comment added by VegasMirage (talkcontribs) 23:03, 1 November 2007 (UTC)

External links[edit]

What's causing that box around the external links? That's not the standard style for an external links section.--Daveswagon 08:36, 23 July 2006 (UTC)


  • A quick summary on getting up may be nice. Could use pointers on how to lean (forwards and backwards) could be a good addition.

No Way! Waterskiing and water ski racing are totally different! Keep them seperate.

As with barefoot skiing, wakeboarding and kneeboarding, water ski racing is a very specific type of water skiing, as defined by the official world governing body of water skiing - the International Water Ski Federation. If any one of these types is merged with water skiing, they should all be merged.

If Water Ski Racing would be merged with Water skiing along with barefoot skiing, wakeboarding and kneeboarding, the topic would become rather large.

Regards - Robbie Llewellyn

  • The entire last paragraph under Show Skiing was removed - it was entirely incoherent.
    • Read: "Anything to entertain a crowd-Half meter planks with high wrap bindings allowed similar rotations (See Freestyle jumping), with obvious difficulty. Kneeboards, discs, or tubes can be used. Show skiing also encompasses a team event. 1-8 skiers jumping together, or cutting under ropes of jumpers with a hundred applications."
    • It has been removed for lack of clarity and direction. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Cmitche1 (talkcontribs) 13:30, 9 March 2013 (UTC)

International Water Ski Federation Racing Communications Director

I disagree that slalom has a special meaning in the context of water skiing. Slalom means the same thing in every context: Going back and forth in a zig-zag pattern. It is just a coincidence that the slalom event in water skiing is (typically) done on just one ski. It is not correct to say someone is "slaloming" just because he/she is standing on a single ski. We should do our best to stop that incorrect usage, not promote it! Do others disagree? I guess it's the age old question of defining the language vs. reporting on how people use the language. -- Nathaniel Bogan, tournament slalom skier (Best of 3.5 @ 34/-38) —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:14, 4 August 2008 (UTC)

I agree. "Slalom" is a movement. The rules of AWSA (USAWS) allow for the competitor to compete using two skis. It is just that the skis made especially for the Slalom movement are single skis. Thus, to say that I "slalom" means that I make that movement. To say, "hand me that 'slalom' ski" is to say that ski was made for that movement... —Preceding unsigned comment added by ToddLTX (talkcontribs) 22:29, 7 September 2008 (UTC)

Deep-Water Starting[edit]

Am I the only one that deep-water starts on one ski with both my feet in the bindings, I've never thought dragging one foot behind was a good way to get up, I would think that balance would be thrown off. Jedi canuck (talk) 02:49, 20 October 2008 (UTC)

While it really comes down to the individual, dragging one foot behind you does not interfere with balance as much as one would think. Properly done, the back foot acts a bit like the tail end of a ski. You can press down with your back foot, little at first obviously, and more as you speed up, and use that to make corrections as you come up out of the water.

Personally, due to the angles involved with having both feet in the bindings before you start (stuck closer to 45 degrees for a longer period of time), I find that coming out of the water this way takes more energy and strength, and balance, and horsepower. While with dragging one foot behind, allows me to slip out of the water with minimum effort, because the ski can plane off earlier. [meign - 21:22, 22 December 2008 (UTC) —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk)

I start out with both my feet in the bindings as well. I would say that it requires more strength and energy, but far less balance. Depending on what you mean by "horse power", It probably takes more power from the boat for me to get up this way, but i can do it at pretty much any speed. How much is required from the boat doesn't generally matter when you deep start slaloming. Both feet in is also easier to learn, at least it was for me. Not that i'd say its trully better, afterall you can't have both feet in the binding when you do a hop dock.

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Water skier
A man engaged in waterskiing, a sport in which an individual is pulled behind a boat or a cable ski installation on a body of water, skimming the surface. Waterskiing is a relatively young sport, having been invented in the early 20th century. The skis this person is wearing are specialized for ski jumping.Photo: Fir0002

water ski or waterski, make up your minds[edit]

water ski or waterski, make up your minds — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:43, 4 January 2012 (UTC)

Waterskiing is one word, however water ski is in fact two. Chantalduboisadam (talk) 17:47, 23 October 2013 (UTC)

History part of Waterskiing page is faulty plus proposed clarifications[edit]

If one compare with and search for 'Vattenskidor'

1 state (right or wrong) Water ski was not invented in USA and not in 1922. To water ski was commonly known in Sweden already before 1841. (I have not found out how they skied but assume after a horse parallel to the water line). One patent was filed in Sweden for water skis 1841. The first water ski competition was held approx 160 years ago. It also mention that water skiing was described in 1921 in Nordisk Familjebok (= Encyclopedia).

I could not find the patent from 1841 on the web (one has to visit Patent Verket to read it) but well another Swedish patent from 5 of April 1909, Anordning för vattenskidor (type Device for Water Skis). Reference:

The references seems to go in circles. Water ski Hall of fame has same errors.

My 2 cents (Clarifications): 2 Speed is measured in Km/h and line length in meters. Commonly used speed are form approx 37 up to 58 km/h in increments of 3 km/h. Youth, women and senior use max speed of 55 Km/h and men 58 Km/h. In US mph is used. The increment is denominated to 23,24,26,28,30,32,34,36 mp/h. Most boats have cruse control (for example Perfect Pass and Zero Off) that compensate for the difference.

3 In tournaments the contest would be eliminated one by one: - first increase speed for each pass through the course (not all speed are used) - Second the line would be shortened (not all line length are used) - Thirdly count of how many buoyancies has been taken.

(also 1/4 and 1/2 buoyancies are counted. That is defined how far after the final one you manage to ski).  

4 The line length are in Europe normally defined as the actual length in meters. In US the remaining line length is specified as the part that is taken off. Recreational skiers normally uses a 23 m (approx 75 feet) line. In slalom the starting length is 18.25 m (denominated as 15 feet off an 23m, 75 f line)

5 Error. The record is not on a 13 meter line length (a miscalculation of feet off and not used real line length). For example Jamie Beauchesne has managed 2 buoyancies 9,75m (43 off) at 58 km/h. Note that from the center line of the boat, center of the course it is 11,5 m out to the buoyancies.

Errors must be corrected. The rest is only a proposal. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:21, 24 September 2012 (UTC)

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Adaptive waterskiing[edit]

  Should I add an adaptive waterskiing (seated, amputee, and blind) section to this article, or create a stand-alone and link it in?Shoemaker.james (talk) 21:05, 4 April 2016 (UTC)