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WORLDKINGS - On This Day - July 02, 2022 - Ralph W. Samuelson invented the water skis, in 1922

02-07-2022

(Worldkings.org) Ralph Wilford Samuelson (July 3, 1903–August 28, 1977) was the inventor of water skiing, which he first performed in the summer of 1922 in Lake City, Minnesota, just before his 19th birthday. Samuelson was already skilled at aquaplaning—standing on a board while being pulled by a powerboat—but he hoped to create something like snow skiing on the water. Lake Pepin, a wide portion of the Mississippi River between Minnesota and Wisconsin, was the venue for his experiments.

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