Mak­ing waves wa­ter ski­ing on the Ward River in 1962

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WET AND WILD: Wa­ter ski­ing on the Ward River in the sum­mer of 1962. Jerry Brown is on the wa­ter us­ing a 50 foot tow rope be­hind my home-built speed boat pow­ered by an 18 HP out­board. With me in the boat is Mary Steer as ob­server. Miss­ing from the gear are life jack­ets which, in those days, were still to come. The skis were crafted from 6x1 Ore­gon pine fit­ted with Dou­ble B bind­ings, which were made by Brian Beck­ett. The photo was taken from the con­crete bridge at the bot­tom end of the wa­ter hole and cap­tures the early time of wa­ter ski­ing on the Ward which now boasts its own boat ramp.


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