This is a photo from our book, Lake City, Our Historical Journey showing Ralph Samuelson standing by a WWI sea plane with his skis in 1924. He was the 1st person to water ski behind a plane. Replica Samuelson skis are displayed in the Lake City Marina and the Chamber of Commerce.
Every year local citizens and many visitors gather on the last full weekend of June to remember an event that occurred on June 28, 1922. That was when the 18-year-old Ralph Samuelson strapped two pine boards of his own manufacture to his feet, ventured into Lake Pepin behind a motorboat, yelled to his brother Ben to “hit it” and rose to ride the water on skis 8 feet long and 9 inches wide.