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  • Really Big Shoe

The giant Rainbow Sandal was my last ride at the #CaliforniaSkier50for50 , but it was not mine. So I bought one on eBay, and had fun yesterday figuring out a new way to get up on it. The start is dialed in, and now it’s time to find out what this shoe can do!

@RainbowSandals @action_horizons_stunts 
#skionanything #ridetherainbow #wakeboarding
  • Kicking up a shroud of spray at the ShowCal Skier practice yesterday.

photo @mikeclary

I weigh about 210 pounds and with a shoe size of only 10.5, it is a big disatvantage for barefooting. When the boat only goes 39-40, the water breaks super far forward on my feet and it’s walls and walls of water!

#barefoot #waterskiing #showskiing
  • On the Table

All picnic tables are not created equal, as I learned at the MasterCraft 40-40-400 in 2004. This one was very heavy with the benches built in. There was also extreme drag because the of the considerable spaces between the tabletop piece. The solid table top is the way to go for tricks!

#onthetable #picnictable #waterskiing
  • TBT 2004  Landing a back roll on my homemade kneeboard hydrofoil at the 40 for 40.

#flipping #kneeboard #hydrofoil
  • Wake-Skate-Board

My best moves on this longboard are a beach start and 180s. For someone who is a better skater it is surly possible to do a towed dock start into a 180 kick flip start. GOALS…

Thanks for the board: @islandski
Thanks for the custom vest @billymeistrell & @bodyglove53

#wakeskate #wakeboard #longboarding
  • Ride the Rainbow (sandal)

The last ride from my 50 for 50! It was something new to me and took about 10 minutes to figure out! Good times with good friends.

I am currently gathering video and images for the upcoming documentary of my family’s life in towed watersports! Looking forward to the edit with @marcus_brown_

Event sponsor @californiaskier

Announcer: @tommyslespaul

Drivers @lkwdmorris @nextfoils

Drone video: @marcus_brown_

Additional video: @gregsworld

Song: “Climb to Elara” danosongs.com

#californiaskier50for50 #waterskiing #skionanything
  • How low can you go? Laying down a bodyslide on a ski with no bindings!

#freeboard #vintageski #waterskiing
  • On the down low with the Slingshot Wakefoil, no bindings edition. 
#wakefoil #waterski #wakeboard
  • Freeboarding!

This ski is my grandfather's Nick Murphy, Sr. from the 1950s.

I got the inspiration for this move from a 1980s Brett Wing backwards barefoot move.

Freeboarding has been around since the late 1940s, and it has become one of my staple rides. Its’ great for developing all-around-balance> this ride is easy enough to be accessible but tough enough to be challenging!

#freeboard #waterskiing #goprowater #bareback

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Tony Klarich

Parker Strip of the Colorado River, 1988

Photo: Rick Doyle

 

In 1988 Klarich teamed up with surf photographer Rick Doyle. They met on one of the first photo shoots for Skurfer the previous summer. Mike Murphy (Tony’s uncle) was the first big dealer for Skurfer, and since Tony was hanging around and could do a few tricks on the skiboard (that’s what the thick foam filled ones were called before the thin wakeboards), he was invited to the photo shoot. Doyle owned a handheld waterproof housing that he used to shoot surfers, and he adapted it to mount on a Skurfer. The pics of Tony Finn (front man for Skurfer) riding with the board-cam were a first in towed watersports.

After the successful shoot with Doyle, Klarich decided to hire him and all his groundbreaking equipment for a shoot. The camera and housing weighed well over 10 pounds, and it was challenging slalom ride for Klarich. Doyle used a remote control from the boat to take pictures – 36 images for each roll of film. After a few short minutes of skiing, it took about 10 minutes to put in a new roll. In the days of real film, it was another week before they were able to see the slides. The images were groundbreaking in water skiing, and were run in magazines around the world.

A few years later Doyle used this same rig to take shots of Scott Byerly riding his wakeboard on lake Powell. One of those shots was named best wakeboarding photo of the 20th century by Wakeboarding Magazine.

 

Note: The graphic on the ski was mounted upside-down on the ski to read right-side up in photos

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