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A Daredevil & Two Boards: Ralph Samuelson, The Lake Pepin Pioneer Who Invented Water Skiing

Did you know waterskiing was invented in Lake City, Minnesota in 1922? Eighteen-year-old, Ralph Samuelson invented water skiing. ... Ralph first attempted water skiing on Lake Pepin in Lake City, Minnesota, towed by his brother .

Our Five Favorite Places to Water Ski in the U.S. Most of us associate water skiing with summer fun – the hot sun, beaches and picnics. It may come as a surprise that water skiing was born in Minnesota in 1922 when Ralph Samuelson used two boards to ski Lake Pepin. Samuelson was accredited by the American Water Ski Association as the first professional skier as well as the first to jump a ramp and ski slalom. If you’re avid water skiers like us – while never disappointed to hit th..

Waterskiing - Water skiing was invented in 1922 when Ralph Samuelson used a pair of boards as skis and a clothesline as a towrope on Lake Pepin in Lake City, Minnesota. - Wikipedia

Lake City Morning by John Stocker; Capture Miinnesota Contest; 6/20/2014; Lake City MN (on Lake Pepin which is part of the Mississippi River and where water skiing first began).