POLK CITY, Fla. — USA Water Ski has announced that the United
States Hydrofoil Association (USHA) has become the ninth sport
discipline of USA Water Ski.
The USA Water Ski board of directors approved USHA as a full
sport discipline at its annual 2005 mid-winter board meeting in Polk
City, Fla. "We're excited and honored to be a sport discipline of
such a great organization as USA Water Ski," said Brad Scott,
president of USHA. "We're looking forward to interacting with the
other eight sport disciplines to help grow water sports."
Before Hydrofoiling became an official sport discipline of USA
Water Ski, the USHA was an affiliate sport discipline of the
organization for two years. Since then, the USHA has grown from 112
members at the end of 2002 to 438 members by the end of 2004.
Hydrofoiling has steadily been on the rise since 1990, when the
first sit-down hydrofoil was sold. The sport's popularity grew more
rapidly in 1998 when advanced hydrofoils began production.
The first international competition, the Flight Worlds, which
features competition in all skill levels from amateur to the Open
and Pro divisions, was held in 1996. The Flight Worlds was held
every other year until 2002, when it became an annual event.
Professional hydrofoilers have been competing on the Pro
Hydrofoil Tour since 2002, with 2003 being its first official year.
Female riders competed for the first time on the Pro Tour last year.
Hydrofoiling is a tricks-based sport that can send its top-level
athletes flipping and jumping up to 20 feet in the air. On the
water, riders are strapped into the seat that is mounted to the top
of the board.
Beneath the board is a vertical strut and front and rear wings
that work like an airplane wing underwater. With little resistance
against the water, riding one requires a lot of balance and less
physical strength than many other Watersports, making it appealing
to people of all ages.
The other eight sport disciplines of USA Water Ski are: American
Water Ski Association, American Barefoot Club, American Kneeboard
Association, National Collegiate Water Ski Association, National
Show Ski Association, National Water Ski Racing Association,
American Wakeboard Association, and Water Skiers With Disabilities
USA Water Ski was formed in 1939 as a non-profit organization
promoting water skiing in the United States. USA Water Ski is
affiliated with the IWSF (world governing body) and is recognized by
the United States Olympic Committee and Pan-American Sports
Organization as the national governing body of organized water
skiing in the United States. With more than 40,000 members, USA
Water Ski is the largest water ski federation in the world.
-Videos & tutorials
- The organization of the sport
www.prohydrofoiltour.com/ - Pro tour information and pictures
http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/ChairChatters/ - Hydrofoil
www.skyski.com/htmfiles/tips.htm - Tips & tricks and lots of
History, what's new
www.ostaproductions.com/ Osta productions taped instruction
sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/Hydrofoil/ - The discussion list
for riders anywhere in the world. Lots of pictures of equipment,
gear, and riders, people to ride with, events to attend.