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What Is Waterskiing?
Waterskiing is a sport where an individual is pulled behind a boat or a cable ski installation on a body of water, skimming the surface.
Waterskiing usually begins with a deep water start, with the skier crouching down in the water. When the skier is ready, the driver accelerates the boat to pull the skier out of the water.
In addition to the driver and the skier, a third person known as the spotter/observer should be present. The spotter's job is to watch the skier and inform the driver if the skier falls. Communication between the skier and the occupants of the boat is done with hand signals.
Speeds and length of the rope will vary with the skill of the skier, the type of skiing, and whether it is a competitive event.
Trick skiing is a type of water skiing where skiers try to perform tricks somewhat similar to those of gymnasts while being pulled along by the boat.
A slalom skier
In the context of waterskiing, slalom means to use only one ski. A special slalom ski is used which has two plates, a front boot and either a toe plate, open binding, or another binding (similar to the front binding) behind the main one. The bindings are oriented so that both feet point forward, with one behind the other. Slalom skiing dramatically increases the speed and agility of the water skier.
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