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Water Skiing

British Water Ski & Wakeboard

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What is Water Skiing?

Water skiing is a surface water sport in which an individual is pulled behind a boat or a cable ski installation, skimming the surface on two skis or one ski.

There are many options for recreational or competitive waterskiers which include: speed skiing, trick skiing, show skiing, slaloming, jumping, and barefoot skiing.

Slalom: Slalom skiing involves a multi-buoy course that the skier must go around in order to complete the pass.

Jumping: Waterski jumpers use two long skis to ride over a waterski jump in an attempt to travel the longest distance. In a tournament, skiers are given three attempts to hit the ramp. The winner is the skier who travels the farthest calculated distance and successfully rides away for at least 30 m.

Trick: skiers are given two 20-second runs during which they perform a series of their chosen tricks.

Show: Show skiing is where skiers perform tricks while being pulled by the boat.

Racing: Water ski racing consists of a number of water skiers who race around a set course. A team consists of a boat driver, an observer, and one to two skiers depending on the race


  • Muscle Toning
  • Increased Balance and Core Strength
  • Resistance Training
  • Easy on the Joints
  • Promotes strong legs
  • Calorie burning
  • Good for Overall Health


Most waterskiing clubs and centres will be able to lend or hire you the equipment that you need to go waterskiing, but you will need to bring swimwear to wear underneath your wetsuit and towel and shampoo for afterwards.


  • The most skiers towed behind one boat is 145, set by the Horsehead Water Ski Club in Strahan, Tasmania, Australia, on 27 January 2012.

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Natalie Masters

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01932 579931


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