USA Water Ski Foundation Brings Historic Exhibit to Surf Expo

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The Water Ski Museum & Hall of Fame exhibit will be on display at the 2014 Surf Expo, which takes place in the Orange County Convention Center through Saturday, Sept. 6.

The USA Water Ski Foundation is bringing the history of towed water sports to life this week at Surf Expo in Orlando, Fla. A traveling exhibit from the Water Ski Museum & Hall of Fame will be located on the concourse adjacent to registration.

For the next three days, industry vendors, participants and attendees at Surf Expo can take a look back through time at the colorful history of water skiing and towed water sports. Come see where it all began and how far we have come with the evolution of new technologies, engineering and materials.

Using the Water Ski Museum’s archival collections, the exhibit features historical photographs and objects such as the very first water skis, towropes, the evolution of bindings, a historical timeline, wakeboards and much more. It’s a perfect year for this historic exhibit to debut at Surf Expo as we celebrate the 75th Anniversary of USA Water Ski, the sport’s national governing body.

“We are proud to care for the world’s largest water ski and towed water sports collection and it’s wonderful to be able to bring this exhibit to Surf Expo,” said USA Water Ski Foundation Executive Director Tracy Mattes. “The Surf Expo team does an amazing job and it’s been a pleasure working with them to develop this exhibit for all the Surf Expo participants to enjoy and perhaps learn a bit of history.”

The exhibit will be on display at the 2014 Surf Expo, which takes place in the Orange County Convention Center through Saturday, Sept. 6.

About the USA Water Ski Foundation

Established in 1968, the USA Water Ski Foundation has been an integral part of the history and fabric of water skiing and all towed water sports in the United States. The Foundation promotes the values that come through our family oriented water sports such as:

▶ Promoting a culture of health and fitness for today’s youth
▶ Offering educational opportunities through college scholarships
▶ Helping children and families around the nation to rediscover the importance of healthy lakes,
oceans and waterways
▶ Advocating the principles of friendship, respect and fair play
▶ Demonstrating patriotism in the support of our Team USA athletes
▶ Preserving the history of these great moments for future generations

Entering a new era, through a series of innovative educational and outreach programs, the Foundation seeks to enhance lives and communities in the United States through the values of the sport of water skiing and all towed water sports. These sports have a unique power to attract, mobilize and inspire. By their very nature, they are about participation, inclusion, social integration and family. The Foundation will assist people of all ages, walks of life and ability levels in finding fitness, enjoyment and accomplishment through water skiing and all towed water sports.

The Foundation also works closely with USA Water Ski, the only national governing body recognized by the United States Olympic Committee for all towed water sports. USA Water Ski consists of nine different sports disciplines (Water Skiing, Wakeboarding, Show Skiing, Barefooting, Kneeboarding, Hydrofoiling, Water Ski Racing, Collegiate Water Skiing and Disabled Water Skiing).

About Surf Expo
Surf Expo is the longest running and largest board sport and beach/resort lifestyle tradeshow in the world. Surf Expo is produced in January and September in Orlando, Fla., and draws buyers from specialty stores across the U.S., the Caribbean, Central and South America and around the world. The show features approximately 2,600 booths of apparel and hard goods and a full line-up of special events, including fashion shows, annual award ceremonies, and demos. Average buyer and exhibitor turnout exceeds 26,000 attendees including retailers, exhibitors and media per show.

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