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Riding the Waves through Waterskiing: an Emerging Sport for Both Professionals and Amateurs

By Ted Muise Subscribe to RSS | May 29th 2012 | Views:

Water skiing is one of the most common and exciting sports you will see once you step on the beach. Nothing is more fun perhaps than sliding effortlessly on the water while the wind rushes across your face, and this is what probably makes this such a popular sport. People do this both for fun and simply to test their athletic limits.

However, before going out on a waterskiing venture, it’s best if you have an idea about what the sport is all about. It usually begins with a deep water start, wherein the skier crouches down in the water. If you see someone preparing to ski, part of his body will appear to be submerged. Once the skier is ready, the boat driver accelerates his speed to pull him out of the water, and the fun begins!

Aside from the skier and driver, there is also a spotter (observer) present on the boat; his job is to keep an eye on the skier; if the skier falls he has to inform the driver. The noise of the boat can obscure other sounds, so it is important to have effective communication between the skier and the boat’s occupants. Communication is done using hand signals.

What makes waterskiing particularly great is the fact that speeds can begin quite slow. Speeds vary from as slow as 22 kilometers per hour to 58 km/h in slalom waterskiing. In water ski racing, the speeds may reach up to 190 km/h. The length of the rope also has an effect on the sport’s level of difficulty, so it is adjusted depending on the discipline and skill level of the skier.

To date, there are two ways to water ski. The first is “show skiing” wherein skiers try to perform tricks – this is similar to what gymnasts do – while being pulled along by the boat. Pyramids, ski doubles, swivel skiing, and jumps are some tricks used in show skiing.

Although it may seem effortlessly fun and enjoyable to water ski, there are common discomforts associated with the sport. To keep themselves firmly anchored to the speeding boat, skiers must put a hard grip on the ropes, causing hands to get abrasions from the constant friction. Fortunately, there are many kinds of water ski gloves that can be used for protection.

Waterskiing is fast becoming a popular sport not only among professional enthusiasts, but also among curious first-timers. So, if you want to try a sport that is fun, safe, and easy to learn, then a water ski. venture is just what you need. To know more on waterskiing, visit

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