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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. 
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  • 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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A few more outstanding skiing videos, plus a few more!

 

There’s always new moves when these riders take to the water. Watch as Ron, Mike, and Tony continue their innovative ways.

 

 

Take a ride in the cab of gantry crane. Learn a little about container operations while a 40-foot container is taken from below deck on the ship, and delivered to a chassis 120 feet below. With Tony Klarich.

 

 

Learn how to freak your friends and family by “bending” steel with the power of illusion. A classic trick that’s sure to entertain. With Tony Klarich.

 

 

Witness Mike Murphy’s revolutionary ballast system, the “Instafill”. An in depth interview as Mike shows and explains how the system works. Several major boat manufacturers are very interested in using Mike’s latest invention, and it will undoubtedly become the gold standard in the next few years.

 

 

A memorial for Bill von Zabern, the iron man of hydrofoiling. His world record of 3,058 consecutive flips on a Sky Ski in one ride without stopping or falling is one of the all time great endurance rides in water skiing. Bill was truly one of the good guys: husband, friend, fundraiser, and incredible athlete. We lost him all too soon.

 

 

Legendary waterman Mike Murphy flips his hydrofoil over a four-foot wide dock on Canyon Lake. Skill and guts make this a roll to remember!

 

 

Everybody loves a good crash. Here’s dozens of ’em for your entertainment. Watch hydrofoilers and wakeboarders extend beyond their limits for our guilty pleasure. (From Flight Worlds produced by Chuck Sacks and Tony Klarich)

 

 

Pro coach Chet Raley teaches you how to do a wake back roll! Demos for regular and goofy foot. Featuring team Hyperlite 1996: Darin Shapiro, Shaun Murray, Dean Lavelle, Jeff Heer, Chet Raley, Andy Lazarus, and more. Narrated by professional coach Chet Raley. Directed by Tony Klarich.

Hyperlite Boarding School Playlist on YouTube

 

 

The third in a series of instructional videos teaching you how to hot dog water ski. Starting backwards on a slalom ski is an intermediate trick that many skiers can learn. The key is to just keep trying! It’s a great way to spice your run up after a fall.

How to Hot Dog Playlist on YouTube

 

 

Mike Murphy’s new toy. The world’s tallest sit down hydrofoil! 2013

WACKY Water Skiing: Uncommon Water Ski Tricks and Rides Playlist on YouTube

 

 

The Opening Montage to “Mike Murphy: A WAter Skier’s Life. Produced and Directed by Tony Klarich

“Mike Murphy: A Water Skier’s Life” YouTube Playlist

 

 

This is the premier video for HO Sports in 1986. It features Deena Brush, Cory Pickos, Britt and Tawn Larsen, Tony Klarich, Mike Murphy, and Mick Mack doing some of the best all around skiing of the 1980s.

 

Tony’s Tips and Tricks on YouTube

100+ Water Skiing Videos including instruction for wakeboarding, hot dogging and more!

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