Hit it! These two simple words have set you free. The passion that you feel for skiing has only grown in intensity since your very first deep-water start: The calm morning air, not a breath of wind, the sun reflecting off the glass with golden hues that flicker and warm your soul — you’re ready to go. As you break the water’s plane and begin your first cut, you quickly realize that skiing is really *%#@*%* awesome. You’re hooked, and there’s nothing you can do but accept the fact that you’ll never look at a glass-calm body of water the same way. As your skills progress, your confidence grows, although that’s just part of the equation. The exercise, camaraderie, lifestyle, and social scene have plenty of merit, as well. And that’s why you’re holding this 35-year-old magazine — whether in print or on a tablet — in your calloused hands. As WATERSKI celebrates its birthday this year, we’re humbled and inspired to continue offering you the very best that the sport has to ofer. When Terry Snow started this magazine in 1978, the vision of his newly founded magazine,World WaterSkiing, and eventually WATERSKI, was much the same as it is today: the people, places, boats, equipment and moments that shape our sport.
Check out these photos from WATERSKI’s archive.
The humble beginnings of WATERSKI’s founder Terry Snow, kicking back in his first Orlando office.
“A coach has to be analytical – you have to be a psychologist as well as a coach. Every skier approaches the sport differently. A coach has to be able to deal with these approaches as well as the many different personalities.”
Rob Shirley had the vision to create a pro tour, assembling both new and established tournaments and designing a points system that accrued points for all five months of the season. Camille Duvall was quoted in our July 1984 issue: “Of course this is the greatest thing to happen to water skiing … there will be constant battle throughout the season to maintain your position.”
“I want to run 11’000 and be undefeated in the ’86 season. I am the best tricker in the world, and I want you all to know it. Hands down. No questions asked.”
Jaret Llewellyn set a new world record at the 33rd Masters at Callaway Gardens in 1992 in the prelims with a 207-footer that ignited the crowd.
Ron Scarpa and Mike Seipel set up a fierce rivalry when they began competing in the same division in 1981.
Sammy Duvall’s longest career flight took place in 1993 when he jumped 220 feet in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, for his first world record.
“I’ve always known Coxy as a fun, like-able guy, but you could tell he was really focused on his skiing as well,” recalls the current men’s world-record holder. “He encouraged me at a young age to break the junior slalom record.”
West Coast technique originator Marcus Brown powers toward the wakes at WATERSKI’s 2007 Pro Slalom Shootout at Swiss Ski School in Clermont, Florida.
Chris Parrish representing Correct Craft, Will Asher Malibu, and, Jamie Beauchesne representing Master Craft.
There probably are not too many slalom techniques that have been more closely dissected than Chris Rossi’s. His flowing speed through the turn is transferred into a balanced leverage position, making every pass appear light, effortless and exacting.
June Fladborg: “I was a national champion rock ‘n’ roll dancer, believe it or not. But my partner broke his back, so he couldn’t throw me anymore. My mom didn’t know what to do with me, so she registered me for summer amp and that’s when I learned to ski.”
Freddy Krueger: “People ask me all the time if I think I can go father, and I always say yes.”
Grab the June 2013 WATERSKI issue to read the full 35 year coverage on our sport!
WATERSKI covers the entire world of water skiing! Every issue is packed with outstanding tips and expert instruction designed to help you become the hottest skier on the water! Whether you’re a recreational or a competitive skier, WATERSKI delivers the information you need!