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  • 3-2-1… 
The countdown is on to editing for the @CaliforniaSkier 50 for 50 Event Video! I can’t wait to work with the amazing video shot by @Marcus_Brown_ @GregsWorld and the rest of the crew. Editing by Jordan Gravatt @TattooedMedia. We are looking forward to telling a story that inspires people to set goals and get fit to reach them! 
Photos @MikeClary #mike_boettger 
#CaliforniaSkier50for50 #CrossFitMasters #fitat50 #ageisjustanumber #skionanything
  • First for Good Reason: 1983 
Throwing it back to my first big video appearance for O’Brien Skis. I still remember walking into the LA Boat show in ’83 and having this video playing at the @ObrienWatersports booth. It was my first taste of the “big time,” appearing alongside Camille Duvalle, Andy Mapple, and many other skiing greats. 
I’ve posted the entire video to YouTube…
Search “O’Brien first for good reason”

It’s the final stages digging up old footage for pre-production of the 50 for 50 feature video with Jordan Gravatt @tattooedmedia 
#obrienwatersports #slalomski #hotdogging
  • Back to the Future

After seeing a classic shot of a similar move from the 1950s (see B&W pic about 50 posts back in my feed), I am inspired to see where this can go. This was our proof of concept ride that let us know it is not only possible, but can be taken to a whole new level with the right gear and riders.

Photo @MikeClary

I would ❤️ to hear from anyone who has experience with this act.

#bartrios #showskiing #waterski
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Everybody falls in life. It's how you react that determines character. I've gotten back up 200,000+ times, remembering my grandma Murphy's wise council, "if you don't fall you don't learn anything." #falldowngetup #RADdisk #diskandladder #crossfitmasters
  • Radar Lake is one of my all time favorite places to ski. So much history. #ThanksHerb
  • Air Chair 180  TBT: 1993 
I went 2 for 120 on this move, and here’s one of ‘em. Still not sure how this one is even possible… 
#hydrofoil #ticktock #foilingaround
  • Macy, dog 
Meet Macy…50% Pomeranian, and 50% Australian Shepherd-Cattle Dog who is training to become a world class skier! Macy has put in her time dryland, learning cool moves like the 360, reverse 360, bodyslide, and tumbleturn. She is just now starting to get her paws wet, and has already had a boatload of fans clapping, cheering, and snapping photos as she rode by. Stay tuned for more canine capers! 
#dogandtonyshow #itsadogslife #HORAD
  • Joy is often found in sharing the thrill! 
photo@MikeClary 
#firsttime #shoulderride #waterskiing
  • Top Dog 
Jack and Doug stole the show at Kid’s Day earlier this month. This is the second year my team has participated by putting on a ski show during the lunch break. This year @csrchildrensfoundation Kid’s Day towed and gave boats rides to 800 mentally and physically challenged children! 
More info: CSRChildrensfoundation.org 
photo @rudd.justin 
#itsadogslife #showskiing #diskandladder

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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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