Ralph Samuelson Experiments With Barrel Staves As Water SkiisAs for proper water skiing equipment, for his first skis Ralph tried barrel staves, then snow skis, and finally Ralph fashioned the first dedicated water skis from lumber he purchased and shaped. Ralph made his bindings from leather strips and used a long window sash as a ski rope.
Ralph Samuelson Makes First Water Skiing JumpOn July 8, 1925 during an exhibition on Lake Pepin, Ralph Samuelson made the first water ski jump using a greased 4' x 16' ramp.
Early Patents For Water SkisIn 1925, Fred Waller patented the first water skis, called Dolphin Akwa-Skees. Ralph Samuelson never patented any of his water skiing equipment.
In 1940, Jack Andresen invented the first trick ski, a shorter, finless water ski.
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