The first world championships began in 1949 and are
held once in two years. The primary events at the
water skiing meets are slalom, tricks and jumping.
In slalom, which is the one-ski event, the participant
has to ski around buoys that have been laid around the
course. Simple isn?t it? So would it seem, but be
reassured its one of the pleasant sights to the eye.
The idea is to zigzag around the course without
falling or losing balance. A particular number of
buoys have to be negotiated to score points.
The next event that is of utmost importance in the
world championships is the tricks. While the first
timers use two skis, experts perform on one.
A participant must perform tricks while making two
passes that exist for a few seconds. It is during this
trick that athletes use the hands to stand on water
and use the feet to stay fastened to the boat.
The participant slips their feet into a strap that is
attached to the towline. The jump event is performed
over a ramp.
This is the reason why footwear is a good investment a
skier should make. The point of contact between the
body and the water would be this gear and it should
also be strong enough to take the impact during jumps
and other stunts.
The points are awarded by marking the distance the
participant jumps. Each person gets three chances jump
as far as possible from the ramp. Major championships
in this event are the world and the Pan Am