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 WATERSKI JUMPING

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Water Ski Jumping is best described as long jump on water skis. A competitive water based sport performed by both men and women.

Popularity
Water skiing is an activity popular in many countries around the world where appropriate conditions exist - an expanse of water unaffected by to much wave motion. Jumping needs much flatter water conditions than straight line water skiing.

Location
Jumping, Slalom and Trick skiing competitions are normally restricted to the calmer more predictable conditions found on lakes, and reservoirs.

Age
There is no minimum age for this activity, but as jumping is a progression of water skiing, the age in which people take it up is older than basic water skiing. Rarely do youngsters compete in competitions under the age of twelve years.

Ability
Jumping is a progression within the sport of water skiing for a skier wanting to progress his or her skills and interest from just recreational water skiing in straight lines.

Description
The ski jump is performed on two long skis similar to those a beginner uses, Skiers are towed behind a boat at a fixed speed, and manoeuvre themselves using slalom type movements to achieve the maximum speed possible when hitting a ramp floating in the water, launching themselves into the air with the aim of travelling as far as possible before touching the water. The best ski jumpers can jump up to 70 metres or more.

Closely Related Activities
Several new sports have been invented that involve being towed behind a boat. They include wakeboarding 630, kneeboarding, wakeskating, Bare foot skiing and hydrofoiling.

Cost
Membership of a club costs from between £100 /£200 per year. Most, if not all, clubs offer coaching and tuition for those who want to progress after their first lesson. An hour of expert tuition will cost around £15 and for this you get initial instruction and time on the water with a qualified instructor. Equipment costs are; Skis from £75+ (adult) Wet suits from £65+ Life jackets from £25+

Level of Demand
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