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The first significant image of a stand-up board with a hydrofoil was captured by legendary surf photographer Art Brewer in 1991 @artbrewer . Mike Mack was a surfer turned skier who was running a ski school on the Parker Strip of the Colorado River – the birthplace of the Air Chair sit down hydrofoil. Mack took the foil from an Air Chair and mounted it to a Rusty surfboard. His first model did not have footstraps or bindings, and it was quickly apparent that he needed something to keep his feet on the board. So Mack added a set of neoprene bindings to create what he called the “air board.” Wake crossings, off the lips, jumps and skidders were the first moves with Mack and his friends. His new stand up foil was assumed to be dangerous, so the suits at Air Chair sent out “cease and desist” letters to Mike Mack and Troy Navarro (Troy was an early pioneer in wakeboarding who also worked on his own air board). Mack dutifully put his revolutionary ride in storage, and turned his creative energies to projects that did not result in a letter from a lawyer. But eventually word got out through Mack’s associations with Mike Murphy, Gabrielle Reese and her husband Laird Hamilton who eventually gained widespread notoriety for the foil board by towing into ocean waves in the late 1990s
-Tony Klarich 
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You can help make the Wake Ski 100 the all-time most significant event in towed watersports. We are now accepting donations to help archive the entire sport on our website and assemble the biggest single collection of equipment in one location during our 2022 live event in Central Florida. 
wakeski100.org  #wakefoil #waterskiing #surfing #wakeski100
  • Mike Murphy - Box Life, 1993

The first Fly-In was the brainchild of sit-down hydrofoiling co-inventor Mike Murphy. The first seeds were planted when three guys in business suits showed up at the Air Chair booth during a boat show. Mike says they looked a bit out of place, but each one plunked down cash to buy an Air Chair. One of the men was Dave Murphy, a big shot at General Mills. Dave and his skiing buddies asked Mike to come to Wisconsin to hang out and give them lessons. In those days Mike crisscrossed the nation to promote the new watersport, and this trip was right up his alley. Mike went from cabin to cabin on the secluded lake, giving flight lessons and demos to more than a dozen people. It was a fun weekend of friends and riding, and Mike went back three years in a row, each time with more riders joining in. Dave Murphy was so thankful that he presented Mike with his own Wheaties box created by hand in the General Mills art department, encased in a protective plastic box. The overwhelmingly positive experience in Wisconsin inspired Mike to have Air Chair host the very first Fly-In in 1994 at Mike Mack’s Ski School and Resort on the Parker Strip of the Colorado River.

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  • 97 years ago today Ralph Wilford Samuelson invented water skiing. My wife and I visited Lake City, Minnesota - the city where Ralph performed this amazing feat with a 9 foot pair of homemade ski nearly a century ago.

Today also marks the Inaugural Board Meeting for the Wake Ski 100 - the Centennial Celebration of towed watersports. It's go time for the historical archive portion. Follow along here:
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  • Designing Men

Three watermen and the rides they designed…

@marcus_brown_ - HO Freeride water ski
Mike Murphy - Sky Ski High Performance Hydrofoil
Tony Klarich - HO Joker kneeboard

That’s a wrap of the So Cal interviews for the Murphy-Klarich towed watersports documentary.
@marcus_brown and @colin_switzer will be busy storytelling and editing over the next couple of months. Can’t wait to see the finished product…

#watermen #kneeboard #hydrofoil #waterski #HOJoker #HOFreeride
  • Uncle Mike and I with our last round of interviews for the upcoming family documentary in towed watersports! A film by @marcus_brown_ 
#waterman #waterskiing #hydrofoiling #kneeboarding
  • Tanya Klarich & stopped by Lake City, MN, the birthplace of water skiing - holding a replica pair of RWS Ralph Samuelson's original skis. Think Tank tomorrow! #waterskiing #lifeofawaterskier #waterskiinghistory
  • Two-dog wake surfing with Jack and Macy. 
#dogandtonyshow #itsadogslife #waterskidisk #waterski
  • No ski! No problem! My wife and spent an amazing half-day skiing and exploring with Vis Sea Adventures @visadventure . I found a promising woodpile for a little fun! 
#skionanthing #otokvis #visisland
  • Going Bigger
Headed to uncle Mike Murphy’s this morning to see if we can get his new “world’s tallest foil” to fly…
#worldrecord #hydrofoil #waterskiing

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1. Sit Down Hydrofoil

It certainly helps that my uncle Mike Murphy co-invented the original Air Chair in 1989, and that he has been the owner or co-owner of every one of the major foil manufacturers (Air Chair, Sky Ski and currently Next Foils).

Foil Mike Murphy w Next Foils Hydrofoil

Mike had a hand in every part of my current set up.

My current ride is a combination of Sky Ski and Next Foils parts.

 

Strut and Wings: 2 Piece Billet, anodized. (Circa 2000) This strut would be considered short by today’s standards, but I am perfectly in tune with this ride after 15+ years. I’ve been testing many of Mike’s new foils, and they have even better pop than my current foil set up, but I have yet to find the perfect replacement.

 Foil GoPro Foil Shot Jump RIver

Sky Ski Deck: Carbon Fiber Pro Model (circa 2000). This deck is lightweight and a solid performer. It has great release off the water for my combo tricks.

 

Rubber Bindings: I’ve got a thing for rubber (including slalom ski bindings). It always feels like a better connection to the board that translates into better control. They do occasionally break which is the one drawback.

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Flex Tower by Next Foils. Uncle Mike’s new tower is the best one I have ever ridden. I was off the grid for a long time, using a kitchen cutting board on top of a Sky Ski rock tower for years. The Flex Tower is so much better. It has controlled take-offs and smooth landings. It’s so good I just forget about it and ride.

Foil NExt Foils Flex Tower

 

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