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1307, 2018

Adventures in Water Skiing, Hydrofoiling. Air Wars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Air Wars

Big air was always a big deal in hydrofoiling. In the earliest days without a seatbelt Bob Woolley jumped the highest. Mike added a seatbelt to the Air Chair, and vaulted past Bob for top honors. Then Mike and Jon Wilborn went at it for years. But no one really knew how high […]

707, 2018

Adventures in Water Skiing, Hydrofoiling. Beyond 2000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
BEYOND 2,000

As I was winding down with my competition career and co-producing the last of the Flight Worlds competitions, others stepped in. The biggest deal in the event arena was the Hydrofoil Pro Tour spearheaded by John Clemmons with help from Bryan Steele.

Clemmons thought that a different marketing approach could be just the […]

705, 2018

Instant Coincidence: Seeing Beyond with Dragonflies

What would it take for you to have a deeper belief? The answer is as varied as people themselves, but first you might want to sincerely consider the question. I did, and the answer came in an instant.
 
Q&A
The Rooted question #1

My answer: lines 3 & 4, “more coincidental coincidences.”

 

 

Coincidental coincidences..?!

Within a minute or two of finishing […]

1502, 2018

Tale of Two Rides

It was the best of rides, it was the worst of rides, it was the age of benevolence, it was the age of self-interest, it was the season of flight, it was the season of shipwreck; we were all going somewhere, and it was time for me to find my true north.
The event was the […]

112, 2015

Tony Klarich’s All-Time Top 50 Photos: 36-40

 

#36 Family On Board

Photo: Vicki Mack, 2008

For several years in the 1980s we did a family watersports photo for our Christmas card. This was one was my favorites, set on the Parker Strip of the Colorado River. It was a little tricky for all three of us to do a deepwater start on this stand-up […]

2911, 2015

Adventures in Water Skiing, Hydrofoiling. $100,000 Experiment

 

$100,000 EXPERIMENT
 

At Flight Worlds 2000 I was still the one to beat in Tricks, but Free Ride and Big Air were up for grabs.

For me, the year 2000 was the peak of my involvement with hydrofoiling. My Flight World Newsletter and mail order business was generating enough money to make it worthwhile, and I was […]

2510, 2015

Adventures in Water Skiing, Hydrofoiling. EVENTS HORIZON

EVENTS HORIZON
 

In 1998 I teamed up with Chuck Sacks of California Skier to put on the Flight Worlds of Hydrofoiling. Chuck controlled the Lake Elsinore inlet channel, which was close to home and had calm water. It was another education in planning and organizing a big event, complete with vendors, sponsors, exhibition acts, and insurance […]

1010, 2015

Adventures in Water Skiing, Hydrofoiling. Sky Ski. TRIPPIN’ WITH SCHÖRNO

 

TRIPPIN’ WITH SCHÖRNO
 

Mike is fond of saying that there never would have been a Sky Ski without Peter Schörno. When the legal battle heated up between Bob and Mike, Peter stepped in and gave Mike all the support he needed to flight the case, and when the legal drama was over he helped get Sky […]

610, 2015

Tony Klarich’s All-Time Top 50 Photos: 41-45

#41 Herb O’Brien & The Joker

Photo: Shonna Klarich, 1994

Spending time with the legendary Heb O’Brien was always a treat, but to be with him while I did a photo shoot for the HO Joker kneeboard was priceless. Herb came down to Mike Mack’s place on the Colorado River to enjoy some quality time on the […]

510, 2015

Tony Klarich’s All-Time Top 50 Photos: 46-50

 

 

#46 Helicopter Dock Start on a Slalom Ski

Photo: Art Brewer, 1982

The summer of 1982 was my breakout year as a hot dog water skier. My uncle Mike Murphy popularized the sport in the 1970s with moves like the backwards deepwater start, wake 360 and tumble turn. I wanted to be like Mike, and once I […]