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July2017

 

Artefact: Water Ski
Accession #:  94.62.04
Year: 1990s

This year is Water ski & Wakeboard Alberta's 50th anniversary. Water skiing competitors slalom, perform tricks, and jump on water skis while being towed by a speedboat. The sport is derived from snow skiing and aquaplaning and was started in the United States in 1922. Water skiing was first introduced in Canada in the 1930s and began to be more know during 1948, after the appearance of the Cypress Gardens Skiers at the Canadian National Exhibition waterfront shows.

This water ski belonged to Hall of Fame Member Jaret Llewellyn, who was the Junior Worlds Overall Water-skiing Champion at 14 years old. He is the holder of 14 Canadian records and 20 national titles. He also set a water ski jumping world record of 207 feet in 1992.