History of Water Skiing
It was around a year later when light was shed seriously on the concept. It happened on June 28, 1922 that an 18-year-old young gentleman by the name of Ralph Samuelson discovered the realization that if it was possible to ski on the snow, then it wasn't farfetched to think you can ski on water. The initial time he tried to test to see if his idea was any good, was in Lake City, Minnesota, on Lake Pepin.
He used curved barrel staves which were tied to his feet with straps of leather and towed by Ben, his brother, by a plain clothesline, and then he was off! The brothers kept experimenting for many days until July 2, 1922 when Ralph found out that leaning backwards with the ski tips up proved that water skiing was successful.
Water skiing has become an exhibition sport at the 1972 Olympic Games in Kiel, West Germany. Nowadays, there are more than six-hundred and fifty water skiing clubs with more than eleven million participants just in America alone with millions more within the world.