Ralph Samuelson Pioneer of Water Skiing

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100 Years of Water Skiing

Ralph Samuelson Water Ski Jump

Photo: The Lake City Graphic

By Zenon Bilas

BoatUS Magazine


July 2022

Way back in 1922, Ralph Samuelson, an athletic 18-year-old Minnesotan, was the first person to get up on water skis. With natural ability combined with ingenuity (and some degree of bravery), he accomplished the feat, skiing upright on Lake Pepin, a picturesque 30-mile segment of the Mississippi River.

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