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  • 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
  • TBT 2015
Hanging with Hall of Fame skier Sammy Duvall during Surf Expo in Orlando. Sammy still has a bounce in hit step. I witnessed dozens of 200+ foot jumps during the glory days of the water ski pro tour.  On site repping the WHOF @wakeboarding_hall_of_fame for the inaugural induction ceremony. Photo by WHOF president Tommy Phillips @tommyslespaul
  • Slow Crow
Wakesurfing meets wakeboarding as  @tfred_ goes inverted with a 15 foot line at 11mph.

Wake courtesy @suncountrymarine

#wakeboarding #wakesurfing #hyperlitewake
  • Foiled Again

A couple of fun days figuring out this ride with uncle Mike Murphy, Mike Mack, and Dave O. 
Challenging, thrilling, and more than a bit edgy.

Photo: @pilates_stretch

#wakefoil #foilboard #wakesurfing
  • Freeboard!

One of my favorite rides last year was this red rider. My grandfather's vintage ski from the 1950s'
It's a low impact ride, but great for balance and working both right and left foot forward. 
I highly suggest it for any towed watersports lovers.

My "trick" list is over 10 strong including a backwards deep water start! More to come... #waterskiing #slalomski #watersports
  • In 1953 skiing Superstar Alfredo Mendoza took a similar photo which has since become a classic in water skiing circles and beyond. My recreation is a tribute to the man who was a one of the all-time best in our sport.
photo & edit @mikeclary 
#waterskiing #watersports #costumedwaterskiing @lifeofawaterskier
  • Foiling Around?
Not sure if this is a joke or not, but I would love to take these out for a ride!

#waterskiing #hydrofoiling #lifeonthewater #wakeboarding

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Free Water Ski Photos: Slalom Tip Drop

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Tony Klarich “Tip Drop” on a Vertical Air.

Canyon Lake, CA. 1989

Photo: Rick Doyle

Hot dog water skiing reached its peak of popularity in the late 1980s. Kneeboarding was the biggest thing on water, and it opened the door to mainstream flips and spins behind the boat. The skiboard (led by the foam filled Skurfer) was still considered mostly a toy, and the buoyancy made it tough for most people to get up on.

For those who wanted the thrill of kneeboarding, but didn’t want to kneel down, many tried hot dog slalom.

Hot dogging became so popular that a ski designed specifically for the ski discipline was produced by HO Sports. It was designed by Mike Mack who took the HO Magnum (a 72″ ski) and cut it down for easier maneuverability. The result was the 63″ Vertical Air, and it was considerably wider than a regular slalom ski. The increased surface area and shorter swing weight allowed for slower skiing speeds and easier tricks.

Other manufacturers jumped onboard with a ski of their own like Connelly’s “F44”, and the Jobe “Radical”.

The popularity of hot dogging was short lived as HO introduced the Hyperlite in 1991. It was the world first compression molded wakeboard, and it literally redefined the sport. Hot dogging was quick to take a back seat to wakeboarding. The ride was easier to get up on, required even slower speeds, and drew on a crossover boarding culture (surf, skate, snow) that dominated the entire industry for years to come.

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