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The act of moving along, or planing on, the surface of water standing on two flat skis, or boards, attached to the feet, and pulled along by a line attached to the rear of a powerboat. Variants of the sport have included trick or figure skiing, slalom skiing, jumping, racing, and show skiing. Early experimental waterskiers included inventors in the USA in the early 1900s, individual pioneers (both men and women) in the USA in the 1920s, and French army officers on Lake Annecy. The first organized competitions included events organized on Long Island, USA, in 1935, and within four years a national championship was staged by a governing body. With parallel initiatives taking place in the Mediterranean area of Europe, the World Water Ski Union was formed in 1946. The International Water Ski Federation, based in Switzerland, has continued to support championships and competitions for men and women, and the sport also has a strong profile in the coastal contexts of its origins, as a leisure sport among visitors and holidaymakers.

Subjects: Sport and Leisure.

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