In 1922, Ralph Samuelson experimented with different types of boards and different angles until he finally rose out of the water on Lake Pepin near Lake City and created the sport of water skiing. This summer is the 100th anniversary of that event, the 50th anniversary of Water Ski Days, and the 150th anniversary of the founding of Lake City. An article I wrote about Ralph and his accomplishments is in the January/February issue of Big River Magazine.
Photo by John Jancik
Dr. Steve Gardiner is the author of nine books and over 1,000 articles.