Attached to a board and being pulled at high speed by a boat along water body might not be too appealing to many, but those who swear by the fun that water skiing brings on are several.
The added attraction is the possibility of being able to perform various tricks and stunts while being pulled by a boat.
The speed of the boat ensures that the skier is afloat while at the same time gives the person the ability to jump, stand on one leg, or do other such things. A popular trick is using the hands to stand on the water.
A skier uses his legs to hook onto the rope that is attached to the boat. Using palms, he stands upside-down and allows himself to be dragged. There are several other forms of tricks, the most common one being standing on one leg.
This is what most first-timers would try to do as soon as they think they have got a hang of the activity. Often, it ends up in humorous situations.
Jumping over a ramp is also an eminently enjoyable trick. A skier is pulled onto a ramp that is kept at an angle to the water body. The ramp, facing the sky, gives the skier the elevation required to be suspended in the air for a few seconds.
Before splashing down, the skier can do some stunts like somersault or twists and often draw huge response from an audience. Show skiing is another captivating and delightful activity.