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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 
photo @artbrewer

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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.

Tony Klarich

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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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Welcome watersports fans! There’s lots to see, and plenty of free stuff to download, so have fun digging around.

2018 continues to be groundbreaking for the man that WaterSki magazine called “The Guy Who Can Ski on Anything.” There was a record setting performance flipping a hydrofoil behind a blimp, an feature video appearance for HO Sports on the Freeride ski, exhibitions at the Speed Ski World Championships and more (see news below). All this comes on the heels of an all-day feat of skill and endurance at his “50 for 50,” riding 50 different things in one day to celebrate his 50th birthday.

 

Klarich is eyeing 2017 as another big year, planning something special to celebrate the 100th anniversary of water skiing, and taking his show on the road for an exhibition of “57 Varieties” of rides in one day.

California Skier 50 for 50

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Event Photos by Mike Clary & Mike Boettger

 

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Why does Klarich ride all this crazy stuff and who inspired him? Find out in this short video biography.

Directed by Marcus Brown for FlowPoint TV

 

 

Here’s More Great Stuff to Explore on this Website

FREE: Adventures in Water Skiing Hot Dogging, Kneeboarding, Hydrofoiling

FREE: Flight Hydrofoiling Newsletter All 16 Issues in PDF format

FREE: Creative Commons Music.

FREE: Creative Commons Photos.

Video Links: Instruction, History, Wacky Rides & More!

Tony’s Timeline Scores of Classic Photos, Ads, and Video Links. 1969-2014

 

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Spring 2018: Blimp Skiing for T-Mobile / Samsung. Klarich @ 1:11. sets pending Guinness record of 9 flips behind the blimp.

 

Fall 2017: KLarich featured in promo video for the HO Freeride.

 

Fall 2016: USA Water Ski Show Team takes the Gold Medal at the World Championships.

USA Water Ski Show Team World Champions Klarich

 

Spring 2015: Klarich named to HO Legends Team along side Bob LaPoint and Wade Cox.

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tony klarich front flip on slalom water ski HO sports

 

History of Wakeboarding Timeline  Klarich’s research and reporting is the closer to the the REAL story, than anything else out there…

140805 History of Wakeboarding TImeline Finn Perez Skurfer Hyperlite McSki

 

At the end of 2014 Tony and his uncle Mike Murphy  completed a series of free videos on how to hydrofoil.

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