• 3-2-1… 
The countdown is on to editing for the @CaliforniaSkier 50 for 50 Event Video! I can’t wait to work with the amazing video shot by @Marcus_Brown_ @GregsWorld and the rest of the crew. Editing by Jordan Gravatt @TattooedMedia. We are looking forward to telling a story that inspires people to set goals and get fit to reach them! 
Photos @MikeClary #mike_boettger 
#CaliforniaSkier50for50 #CrossFitMasters #fitat50 #ageisjustanumber #skionanything
  • First for Good Reason: 1983 
Throwing it back to my first big video appearance for O’Brien Skis. I still remember walking into the LA Boat show in ’83 and having this video playing at the @ObrienWatersports booth. It was my first taste of the “big time,” appearing alongside Camille Duvalle, Andy Mapple, and many other skiing greats. 
I’ve posted the entire video to YouTube…
Search “O’Brien first for good reason”

It’s the final stages digging up old footage for pre-production of the 50 for 50 feature video with Jordan Gravatt @tattooedmedia 
#obrienwatersports #slalomski #hotdogging
  • Back to the Future

After seeing a classic shot of a similar move from the 1950s (see B&W pic about 50 posts back in my feed), I am inspired to see where this can go. This was our proof of concept ride that let us know it is not only possible, but can be taken to a whole new level with the right gear and riders.

Photo @MikeClary

I would ❤️ to hear from anyone who has experience with this act.

#bartrios #showskiing #waterski
  • Fall Guy

Everybody falls in life. It's how you react that determines character. I've gotten back up 200,000+ times, remembering my grandma Murphy's wise council, "if you don't fall you don't learn anything." #falldowngetup #RADdisk #diskandladder #crossfitmasters
  • Radar Lake is one of my all time favorite places to ski. So much history. #ThanksHerb
  • Air Chair 180  TBT: 1993 
I went 2 for 120 on this move, and here’s one of ‘em. Still not sure how this one is even possible… 
#hydrofoil #ticktock #foilingaround
  • Macy, dog 
Meet Macy…50% Pomeranian, and 50% Australian Shepherd-Cattle Dog who is training to become a world class skier! Macy has put in her time dryland, learning cool moves like the 360, reverse 360, bodyslide, and tumbleturn. She is just now starting to get her paws wet, and has already had a boatload of fans clapping, cheering, and snapping photos as she rode by. Stay tuned for more canine capers! 
#dogandtonyshow #itsadogslife #HORAD
  • Joy is often found in sharing the thrill! 
#firsttime #shoulderride #waterskiing
  • Top Dog 
Jack and Doug stole the show at Kid’s Day earlier this month. This is the second year my team has participated by putting on a ski show during the lunch break. This year @csrchildrensfoundation Kid’s Day towed and gave boats rides to 800 mentally and physically challenged children! 
More info: 
photo @rudd.justin 
#itsadogslife #showskiing #diskandladder

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TK’s Gear – Slalom Skis

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HO Freeride (2014): This is my everyday ski of choice, and a recent acquisition. On a trip to the Parker Strip of the Colorado River in summer 2014 my longtime friend Mike Mack asked if I had tried one. When I said no, we immediately went to his shop and grabbed a 69″ (I usually ride a 67″ at 6′1″ and just under 200#)

It was love at first ride!

I popped up like a cork during deepwater starts: both forward and backwards . My single 180 whip-ticks in the flats were so easy I was able to make doubles in the flats (that’s been a struggle for a few years). Over the next few rides I learned that the HO Freeride jumps better than anything I’ve ever had.

SLalom Freeride

The best way I can describe the general feeling is “floaty” and “light”. The new design of the bottom and unique wakeboard style rails in the front and back of the ski help generate lift. I have dropped my speed a couple of mph down to about 30. It’s nice to go a bit slower, but it’s still fast enough to experience the thrill of slalom skiing.

This ski actually tracks backwards, which is so important for so many tricks. I’ve never had a ski do that, and just thinking about it is going to open up some all new moves.

The wake 360s are back stronger than ever, and I’ve been making 540 Tick-Tock landings with ease. I’m just waiting for a nice day and a good videographer to try a few 720 Tick-Tock landings. I have only ever made 2 or 3 of these on a standard slalom ski, and know I can add it as a regular move for the first time ever!


Freeride Wake 360 & 540 Tick Tock Landing with GoPro


HO Skis was kind enough to set me up with a 67″ and 69″ model, but they are so new I’m not sure which one will be my “go-to” ski.


As has always been the case, the best hot dog ski also makes the best ski for most recreational riders. The HO Freeride follows in the West Coast Hot Dogger’s tradition of the Ski Master Concorde, HO Turbo, and HO Vertical Air.



Front Binding: HO Animal. In my opinion there is nothing like a rubber boot. They are tougher to get into, but once that’s done with a little lube or shaving cream it is a positive connection between the ski and the foot. I move and the force is directly translated to the ski.

13 Slalom Hand to Hand Tick Tock

Rear Binding: HO Classic RTP (Rear Toe Plate). Again this binding is 1 piece of solid rubber, and when I kick my back foot in, it is secure. Having the ability to take my foot in and out has been critical for doing trick on a slalom ski including beach starts, backwards deepwater starts, and the Tick Tock Toe.


HO Vertical Air (circa 1995): I occasionally break this ski out for a fun ride at slower speeds (about 27 mph). This ski is super stable and predictable. Even though it was made specifically for doing tricks, it works great as an all around ski. My son used mine as his slalom ski from about age 10-15.

My Vertical Air is also the ride of choice when flying the wake kite.

This ski in particular (far left) was a gift from Herb O’Brien. He laid this ski up with custom Joker graphics as a gift because I was the Joker (the costumed kneeboarding character) for Herb and HO in the mid 1990s.

Slalom HO Vertical Air


HO PSR (circa 1996): This is my “oldie but a goodie ski” for the slalom course. It has the short lived “Power Sticks”, but one way or another it has carried me through the buoys for at least a few sets each year. When I last trained for the course for the 1999 “World Greatest Skier” contest (Flight, Vol. 3.4) I was able to make 6 @ 35 off, 34 mph – good enough to win 1 of the 10 events.

Slalom WOrlds Greatest Skier Slalom Champion Plaque 2_edited-1

I would love an upgrade to the new technology, but no one is offering a free ski yet!





A 47th Birthday Challenge (2011)


Hot Dog Opening Montage: HO Turbo (1989)


Hot Dog Slalom Skiing Video Playlist On YouTube

Klarich Hot Dog Slalom Water Skiing Book Video

Hot Dog Slalom Skiing Book – Table of Contents with Links to Each Trick



Learn all about Mike Murphy’s amazing history in water skiing, with photos, video links, and much more here: Mike Murphy: A Water Skier’s Life website

SLalom Mike


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