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709, 2014

The History of the Kneeboard, Knee Ski. Adventures in Water Skiing, Kneeboarding

 

 
1: THE HISTORY OF THE KNEEBOARD
Kneeboarding has had a rocky road on its way to becoming one of the mainstays of the water ski industry. 2013 marks 40 years as a commercially produced product. That’s been enough time for the kneeboard to grow from a fad in the 1970s, to public darling of the 1980s, […]

709, 2014

A Turning Point. Adventures in Water Skiing, Kneeboarding

 
A TURNING POINT – THE JOKER’S WILD
The UPS truck pulls to my house with a special delivery from HO Sports. I have been waiting for months, and I tear into the large box with great anticipation. A swash of primary colors covered in plastic emerges from the cardboard cradle. I’m ecstatic to see my new […]

709, 2014

Adventures in Water Skiing, Kneeboarding. Table of Contents, Preface, Acknowledgements & Photographers

 

Table of Contents, Preface, Acknowledgements & Photographers

 
TABLE OF CONTENTS 
 

A TURNING POINT – THE JOKER’S WILD – A vision quest with Herb O’Brien.

1: THE HISTORY OF THE KNEEBOARD – Waves, discs, and dreams.

2: KNEE SKI – The first production kneeboard by Mike Murphy and Bud Hulst.

3: GLIDE SLIDE – John Taylor creates the modern day plastic and foam filled board.

4: […]

609, 2014

History of Wakeboarding Timeline

 

Recently retired watersports “superdealer” Tommy Phillips has been given a higher calling to create the Wakeboarding Hall of Fame (WHOF).  People everywhere are sharing photos and stories from the early days. Along the way Tommy has contacted many key people around the world to help him turn his vision into a reality.

 

 

The Wakeboarding Hall of […]

2708, 2014

History of the Layout (AKA Air Raley)

 

Jump! Let your feet fly back in an act of faith. Tug on the handle to ride it out. It’s commonly known as an Air Raley, but the generic term for this gravity-defying trick is the Layout. Versions of it have been performed for decades on just about everything. Here’s an inside look at the […]

2108, 2014

How to Land with Style on a Ski, Wakeboard, Foil, & Kneeboard

 

Like any good story, book, or movie, your run on the water can have an entertaining start, middle, and end. My years as a show skier and long-time exhibitionist have taught me to squeeze every moment out of each run.

Today’s tip is how to bring some attention to your last splash. Most riders end their […]

1408, 2014

Top 10 Water Ski Rides

Because I have skied on so many different things people often ask, “What is your favorite ride?”

So here’s the answer, and 9 more of my all-time favorites:

 

1. Sit-Down Hydrofoil: AKA Air Chair, Sky Ski, Next Foil.

My uncle Mike Murphy was the co-inventor of the original Air Chair in 1989, so the sit-down foil has been […]

1008, 2014

You Water Skied Behind What?

 

Lately I’ve been thinking about all the ways to get towed while water skiing.

Of course we have the standards – boat, personal watercraft, cable, and winch. But with the recent viral video of World Champion barefooter Keith St Onge getting towed by a seaplane, my creative thoughts have moved towards how many different rides there […]

208, 2014

Costumed Water Skiing

It all started with my uncle, Mike Murphy. He played Aqua the clown for the Tommy Bartlett Ski, Sky, and Stage Show in the late 1960s. One of Mike’s photos was used as a postcard, and as a cover photo for the yearly program. A framed 8×10 even hung in the Water Ski Hall of […]

2507, 2014

How To: Slalom Ski Back Deep Start

Everything I Know About Getting Up Backwards!
I have been often asked the trick to starting backwards on a slalom ski.

My stock answer is to try it at least 100 times. And most advanced-intermediate skiers get it by then!

But may be the time for me to modify that answer. I have switched to a new ski […]