• Repost @wakeski100 
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.  #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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50 Different Ski Rides in One Day to Celebrate Turning 50!

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WHO: Tony Klarich, the Guy Who Rides on Anything

Klarich Water Ski Slalom Side SLide Wakeboard Sky Ski GoPro

WHAT: 50 Unique Rides in 1 DAY to Celebrate Turning 50 Years-Old

Klarich Water Ski 50 Cooler Guinness Picnic Table

WHERE: Long Beach Marine Stadium in Southern California (5255 Paoli Way Long Beach, CA 90803)

Klarich Water Ski Suitcase Ironing Board Disc Ladder 50

WHEN: Saturday August 22, 2015. 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. A FREE event, open to the public.

WHY: A 100% Charity Event for Boys Town California


Front Page Feature Story in the Friday Flyer (click to read entire story as it appeared in print)

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50 for 50 Press Images

50 for 50 Complete WaterSki Magazine Interview



High flying thrills, costumes and comedy, a history in towed watersports, and much more was featured on the big day. Tony ride from 8:00 am – 5:30 pm with a few breaks for some great exhibition rides.


I. OPENER: barefooting, wake kite, ski racing…

II. SHOWTIME: shoe skis “Skip Gilkerson”, Cypress Gardens vintage doubles, human pyramid, “Twiggy” the Squirrel…

III. WOODEN WONDERS: pallet, paddle, aquaplane, grandma’s picnic table…

IV. HISTORY OF WAKEBOARDING: surfboard, skimboard (Skurfer, “Tony Finn”), original Hyperlite wakeboard…

V. HISTORY OF HYDROFOILING: stand up foils, kneeboard hydrofoil, sit-down hydrofoil…

VI. ODDS & ENDS: car hood, skateboard, hot dog slalom ski, ice chest…

VII. WORLD RECORD RUNS: world’s tallest hydrofoil, chain of skiers, something new…


All 50 Rides*

Click below for a list of all 50 planned rides!

50 for 50: Working Ride List (updated Aug 16, 2015)


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World Record Attempts

World’s Tallest Hydrofoil: Mike Murphy rode a 11’3″ foil for a pending World Record!

(record  = wing pierces surface of water with recovery to the riding position)

Official Guinness Attempt!

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Most Documented Unique Rides: Tony Klarich, attempting 60+


Chain of Skiers: unbroken chain of doubles skiers, each rider towing every person behind (going for 5 or 6).

chain of water skiers record photo: Rachel Rivera


Tribute Rides

Tony will be “dressing up” to pay honor to these 3 influential riders.


Hall of Fame wakeboarding pioneer Tony Finn: Fashion Air on a Skurfer

tony finn fashion air surfer skimboard photo: Tom King


Hall of Fame Show Skier Skip Gikerson: shoe skiing in a green sequined “Elvis” suit

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Life Sized “Twiggy the Squirrel”

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*rides and riders subject to change



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“Riding It All” by Tony Klarich

It all started as a birthday stunt in 2004 inspired by my grandmother, Mary Murphy. I rode 40 different things for 40 miles on my 40th birthday. The event was called the MasterCraft 40-40-400.

Ever since then I’ve been on a mission to see how far I can go with riding just about anything, and am having fun trying to create a theme to go with many of the rides. At the beginning of 2015 I started to realize the historical importance of this event. In searching for new rides I have stumbled upon forgotten classics like the aquaplane, jitter board, Ski-Skat, and more. Now my mission is not only to ride these items, but share how they fit into the entire history of towed watersports.

Many people ask if I have some sort of record for this kind of riding…not yet. Guinness World Records turned me down for the 40-40-400 in in 2004 for the “most ski rides on different things in one day”. They said my attempt was “a little too specialised for a body of reference as general as ours.”

Unfortunately Guinness has once again officailly turned down this  50 for 50 record attempt saying “we do not feel it would be appropriate to monitor this as a Guinness World Records title. Each and every application we receive is different and has occurred as a result of various circumstances, however each record we verify must be standardisable and we do not feel that would be possible in this case.”

So if I can’t be in the book for this record setting day, at least I can be on the book!


I learned a lot from the MasterCraft 40-40-400, and am making adjustments for the best possible conditions. I have a private day rental of the Marine Stadium in Long Beach, CA for controlled conditions. I actually turn 50 in the fall of 2014, but I’m waiting for the warmer conditions of Summer 2015 that will be more conducive to photos, video, and multiple costume changes.

I hope to see you there!

-Tony K

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