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  • Flipped Over TBT 2004 
The slalom ski front flip was my breakthrough move in skiing starting in 1984. After 20 years of perfuming this body-jarring move on cue, I decided it was time to hang it up in favor of saving my body. This final flip was performed behind the @CaliforniaSkier Mastercraft @mcboatcompany provided by Chuck Sacks at the 40-40-400 on Canyon Lake. 
See full edit on web video search “klarich slalom front flip” 
Song: Stormflowers @k2klarich 
#slalom #ski #frontflip
  • Summer Solstice Swerving! 
Photo: RickDoyle.com 
I’ve got dozens of high quality like this available for free use right now at TonyKlarich.com 
#creativecommons #freephotos #slalomski
  • Seth Frase @terry_waterhouse gunning for the Mariner in the Universal Studios Waterworld Show, Japan. Seth and I were teammates on the 2016 @USAWaterSkiShowTeam , and this dude  is an amazing all around waterman! 
It turns out that show skiers make excellent stunt men! Learn more at @action_horizons_stunts or ActionHorizons.com 
#waterworld #showskiing #makefreestylegreatagain
  • How many riders can you name in this 1990 Pro Tour commercial? 
#glorydays #michelobdry #waterskiprotour #ESPN
  • Submarine Start
Aussie speed skier Ben Gully does more than go fast. He’s on the down low for this unique start on a Maha Sport Disk. 
The Aussies do amazing things on these disks including wake-to-wake jumps! 
Song: Cut and Run www.Incompetech.com 
#maha #waterskidisk #waterskiing
  • Back Again

I am often asked how to get up backwards on a slalom ski. My stock response is to try it at least 100x and get back to me. For those who really want to know how. I’ve made quite a few instructional videos and blog posts. Search “klarich backwards start slalom ski”

driver: @lkwdmorris

#verticalair #hotdogging #ilovethe90s
  • Single Doubles

Tag a friend you’d like to do this with!

While running through the family film archive for an upcoming documentary, I saw lots of “single doubles” from my uncle Mike Murphy while he worked at the Marine World ski show in the 1970s. Time to bring it back and see how far it can go…

Photo: @mikeclary

#slalomski #shoulderride #showskiing
  • Wild Water 
Somewhere very deep in shortline slalom, JT @jon_travers comes off the 6 ball and heads for the exit gates.

I was fortunate to spend the last couple of days shooting product videos with team HO including @willasher @the_zack_worden @marcus_brown_ @jmommer2 @jaimee_bull @noodleba @allienicholson

It was great to get reconnected and I look forward to more adventures in water skiing with Team HO @hoskis .., #shortline #slalom #waterskiing
  • 3  HoT Dog Moves from 1992

My boy Ronny Gayman busts out 3 big moves on his Connelly F44 Craze
1. Ski over the line (High Wire)
2. Whip Tick
3 Front Roll

It was a great time for hot dog skiing... #hotdog #waterskiing #connellyskis

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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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