Learning the technique of water skiing

Popular water sports

Water skiing is not the most difficult sport, but still unsafe and extreme. It doesn't take long to learn, especially if you stick to the technique and don't experiment. In a short time, you can not only learn to ski, but also make spectacular jumps that will meet international requirements.

Tips for newbies

Do not expect to get up on skis on the first try, only a few succeed. Few can go water skiing after three unsuccessful attempts. On average, a beginner needs from 5 to 10 attempts to still resist and overcome their first meters on water skiing. After each attempt, whether it is successful or not, you need to rest, and at the same time analyze the reason for your failure.

In the overwhelming majority of cases, the reason is non-compliance with the riding technique, less often failure is caused by general fatigue or insufficient physical fitness. Even those athletes who are familiar with mountain sports and have managed to achieve certain results, begin to learn water sports from scratch, fall, face failures, but do not stop.

Once you are on water skiing, you need to get away from the wave that is created from the boat. The process of making turns is similar to how it happens in alpine skiing. For beginners, it's best to take body turns.

The first ride shouldn't be long. 15 minutes is already a lot. As soon as the first signs of fatigue appear, it is necessary to release the tow rope, after which there will be a smooth immersion in the water. If you neglect these rules, then you can simply fall into the water, which will be quite painful and completely unpleasant.

Start Technique

The mistake of many is the firm belief that it is best to start from a solid surface, which can be a shore or a dock. This technique will not lead to anything good. It will be easier and faster to start from the water. Other options for a beginner skier are unacceptable.

To start skiing, you need to lie down on the water and relax your body as much as possible. It will be easy to do this at the expense of a life jacket, which is included in the mandatory equipment. The correct position consists of the following points:

  • The skis are looking at the towboat.
  • The cable handle is firmly clamped in the hands, and the cable itself, or rather the halyard, is located strictly between the toes of the water skis.
  • It is imperative to check that there are no obstacles along the entire length of the halyard.

How to spend the winter brightly so that it will be remembered not by boring home evenings, but by interesting adventures? Just discover new and unusual winter sports.

Today, in addition to the good old skis, skates and sledges, we have at our disposal a lot of various entertainments that are created to cheer you up in the "harsh winter season". Some of them take place at specially equipped sites. But there are those who are able to organize even in their own yard. The main thing is your desire and passion.


This is a modification of hockey, so it's no surprise that broomball was born in snowy Canada. Athletes play without skates and broom a regular ball. True, this broom has little resemblance to its authentic shape. Rather, it can be called a stick with a plastic tip extended towards the bottom.

Snow Polo

Matches in this game are shorter than in regular grass polo - probably due to more extreme conditions. The riders use not wooden, but bright plastic balls, clearly visible against the background of a white field. Spikes are mounted on the sole of the horse for easy braking on the snow.

The pedantic British who invented this game even have a special dress code for horses. They cut their mane, and weave a pigtail from the tail. They also dress the horse in something bright to distinguish it from the competitors.


He is especially popular in America, in his homeland. Everything that happens is reminiscent of riding in a cart with a horse, only without a vehicle, but just standing on skis. This winter extreme entertainment was very unsafe. After all, it is impossible to predict 100% what will come to a horse's head the next minute.

Luckily, horses have been replaced by dogs today. Such races are often held in the northern regions of Russia, for example, in Kamchatka. This is a great opportunity to have a good time for the owner and his pet. Participants without special regalia are allowed to compete. The main thing is to be good at skiing and teach the animal to teamwork.

There are brands of clothing designed specifically for these sports pets. They protect the dogs from hypothermia, and also allow them to look no less stylish than the owner. In our country, skijoring has become popular recently, although a similar discipline existed in the USSR, and was called towing a skier.

Sled Dog Racing

This is not really a new winter sport. Indeed, in the old days, dog sledding was an element of the life of the aborigines. During the absence of transport in the remote northern villages of Kamchatka and Chukotka, local residents could survive only thanks to dogs - to go hunting, travel long distances. Today there are very few camps that have preserved the ancient way of life. But there are numerous bases for tourists, where everyone can feel like a musher and ride with the wind on a sled.

Today, many people think that winter windsurfing has emerged as a continuation of a similar summer sport. At first glance, this is logical: it seems that those who surf the sea in summer, so as not to lose their shape, go skiing and sailing in their homeland in winter. However, the appearance of the winter option in time preceded the summer windsurfing.

How winter windsurfing came about

The first awkward attempts at windsurfing in winter were made in Europe at the beginning of the 20th century. Both today and then, the winter season for a city dweller suggests a very limited set of ways to spend time. Each, in his own way and adequately to the available opportunities, is trying to diversify the monotonous course of life. Europeans of that time were not in the habit of traveling to tropical resorts. But in the cities such winter pastime as ice skating has spread. History has not preserved who had the idea to pick up the sail.

However, the idea fully fit into the trend of that time, which consisted in the conquest of all possible natural forces and in the comprehensive realization of human potential. It was at this time that a person masters flying in the air on airships, paragliders and airplanes, makes the first transcontinental travel, makes epoch-making discoveries and inventions. Ordinary city dwellers tried to keep up with the general trend. Simple skating seemed boring to some. The wind blowing in open spaces prompted the idea that its power could be used for its own movement.

The sails used in the beginning were a trapezoidal wooden frame with a wide bottom and a tapered top. The fabric was stretched over the frame. The structure was not attached to anything and was held by the hands of the rider by the crossbar. In areas where there was little open ice, but mostly it was covered with snow, the skates did not fit. Here, skiing was originally used. The presence of a wooden plane prompted us to fix the sail on it. At the same time, the mount allowed the sail to rotate around its axis and move in a plane perpendicular to the ski. The quadrangular sail in this design hindered movement: it was replaced by a triangular one. The sail was held by the crossbar with one hand, and with the other, maneuvering was carried out with the help of a rope tied to the upper corner.

By the middle of the twentieth century. not the best times are coming in Europe: the war and post-war reconstruction have impoverished the life and leisure of people: there was no time for skis with sails. However, in the early 1970s. winter windsurfing is flourishing again, quickly becoming a sport in its own right. At the same time, it appeared in Russia (in the Leningrad and Arkhangelsk regions), as well as in Estonia. The constantly blowing wind, the presence of large open spaces in the place of the freezing waters of the Gulf of Finland, Onega and Ladoga lakes, as well as the White Sea have made this area the center of European winter windsurfing.


Under the auspices of the International Ice and Snow Sailing Association (WISSA) and the International Winter Windsurfing Association (IWWA), the annual World Championships are held. The venue is changing, similar to other competitions.

  • In 2014 the World Championship was held in St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • In 2015 - was held in the American Wisconsin on Lake Winnebago in the town of Fond du Lac.
  • In 2016, the competition will return to Europe and will take place in the town of Haapsalu on the coast of Haapsalu-Lakht Bay, Estonia on February 8-13.

National championships are held annually in early March in Russia:

  • 2014 - Monchegorsk, Murmansk region.
  • 2015 - Konakovo, Tver region.
  • 2016 - Solnechnogorsk, Moscow region.

Today, there are many water sports: water skiing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, paddle boarding, etc. Someone likes a calm surface, while others prefer huge waves and turbulent currents. In this article, we will tell you in more detail about most of the popular water sports, and you can choose the one that suits you best.

Windsurfing is a kind of sailing, which is the control of a light board on the water with a sail mounted on it. There is no rudder on a sailing ship, so control is carried out by turning and tilting the mast with the sail in relation to the wind with your hands, as well as directing the board itself with the keel and fin mounted on it. The direction of travel and speed depends on the position of the sail in relation to the wind.

There are several disciplines in windsurfing. You can ride both on a calm surface and on the waves, performing various interesting tricks. Windsurfing is possible in any wind strength, but there are two main ways to move:

- displacement mode: here the board is kept afloat due to the force of Archimedes and is partially submerged in water. The speed of movement in this way is relatively low, since there is a lot of water resistance.

- planing mode: the board is kept on the water surface due to the buoyancy force of the flow. Gliding is possible with a sufficiently high wind force - from 6-7 m/s and at a sufficiently high speed. However, experienced riders can plane with a fairly wide sail and with wind speeds of only 3-4 m/s.

At the moment, windsurfing is gaining more and more popularity and is not only a spectacular sport, but also an excellent entertainment for a wide range of people.

SUP boarding is rapidly gaining momentum in the field of water sports. This sport is very diverse, because you can ride the board in a variety of ways, both standing and on your knees or sitting. SUP boards are quite stable, so for those who have never tried to ride them, the first swim will not be difficult. And the listed advantages are far from the only ones. There are several types of SUP boards and we will tell you more about each of them:

- universal - these SUP boards are lightweight and are suitable for beginners and who want to go on a journey through calm waters near the coast.

- touring (tourist) ones are larger, more rigid and can even withstand 2-3 people or a tourist with all the equipment. Designed for long heats. These SUP boards are subject to increased requirements for technical equipment, strength and safety.

- racing bullets have a special shape of the bullet, which creates the least resistance when moving and allows you to develop high speed, while maintaining the strength of the rower. Such SUP boards are usually much longer and narrower than general-purpose or touring boards. Racing boards are designed with a top speed priority even at the expense of stability or a comfortable finish.

- for yoga - inflatable SUP boards for relaxation or fitness on any body of water. The design of the yoga board combines stability and dynamic rowing. Such SUP boards are popular not only for individual training, but you can also easily link several pieces to each other, and organize a group lesson.

- for fishing - stable stable boards with air cushions along the sides, which are equipped with a number of necessary equipment: a spacious refrigerator for fish (or beer), compartments for fishing accessories, mounts for fishing rods and seats.

For those who are constantly chasing adrenaline, it can be difficult to find something new in winter. Most likely, you have already conquered alpine skiing, snowboarding, naturban and even several mountaineering peaks. What to do next?

Skijoring can be the wildest and most extraordinary extreme winter fun experience.

Skijoring history

It all started with the gold rush at the end of the 19th century. Returning home, the gold diggers brought with them a new way of dog sledding, which is used by the indigenous people of the northern regions of America. Emigrants from Scandinavia, in turn, brought a different tradition to America - harnessing horses to sleigh carts and even skis.

The first mention of the use of an animal as a pulling force for a person on "skis" was found in Persian sources thousands of years ago. It was about dogs, and the described places are territorial: Altai, Mongolia and Kazakhstan.

The word skikjøring itself is Norwegian and means skiing. Initially, this ride helped the postmen on foot to move much faster in the suburbs and hunters to inspect the traps. For centuries, deer, horses and dogs have been used to "pull skis". With the advent of snowmobiles and chair lifts, skijoring has grown into an independent sport.

The sporting chronology of skijoring is something like this:

  • In the 1900s, equestrian skidjoring arrives in North America. On Lake Plessid (NY), already in 1915 it became the main entertainment, later conquering the winter carnival in Dartmouth.
  • In France and Switzerland, the peak of popularity came in 1912-14, in the 50-60s Europeans already hooked skis to motorcycles and cars.
  • In 1928, the discipline was demonstrated at the Winter Olympics along with the military patrol competition. There are other, earlier figures: 1901.

Skijoring on dogs

You love skiing. You have a dog weighing more than 15 kilos. Everything, you can skidzhorit! This is a team entertainment, and in order to achieve success, you need to communicate with your four-legged friend "on equal terms", to work out several new teams, and also to master some ammunition. Next, we will connect experts and analyze the basics of dog skiing: teams, equipment, first steps.

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