WATER-SKIING

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Water skiing is a sport where an athlete is pulled behind a boat on the surface of the water. The skier can use different types of skis and use different types of disciplines (slalom, tricks, jump, and wakeboard).

Only one discipline will be held during the Mediterranean Games, slalom, for male and female. In Slalom, the competitor completes the course by going around 6 buoys, which are set out under international mandatory dimensions (259m x 23m) controlled and homologated by high technology equipment. The winner is the skier rounding the most number of buoys, at the maximum boat speed, with the shortest rope.

Little is known about the true beginnings of water skiing, though the term could be discovered in a Swedish dictionary which dates back to 1921 “vattenskida,” which would translate to “skiing on water.” It was around a year later when a young man by the name of Ralph Samuel realised that if it was possible to ski on the snow, then it could be possible to ski on water.

Water skiing was only recently introduced in the Mediterranean Games, namely in the edition of 2009, held in Pescara (Italy).

 

 

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