USA Water Ski & Wake Sports, along with Team Cumming-on-Up of Cumming, Georgia and the Big Pine Lake Barefooters, a local water ski club, will host a free fun-filled learn to water ski event open to participants of all ages and abilities, presented by Radar Skis.

As part of the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports National Get on the Water Week, the free learn to ski event will take place June 28-29 at Big Pine Lake. All are encouraged to join in the fun and learn to water ski for free.

“We are excited to be working with the community to bring this event to Big Pine Lake and Perham,” says Clinic Director and American Barefoot Club President Betsy ANderson Gilman. “The USA Water Ski and Wake Sports National Get on the Water Week is a nationwide initiative designed to offer everyone a chance to learn to ski and we hope to see many local residents take advantage of this opportunity. I learned to water ski on Big Pine Lake when I was five-years-old and so happy to share my sport with the next generation.”

The USA Water Ski & Wake Sports National Get on the Water Week, coinciding with the anniversary of Ralph Samuelson being the first to successfully water ski on July 2, 1992, was designed to provide a fun, non-intimidating environment in which participants can learn to water ski for free. Many of the events will have music, games, contests, prizes and awards all contributing to the festive atmosphere of the event, which is designed to draw water-lovers who have always wanted a chance to learn to water ski.

Local water skiing legends Paul Kloster and Twila Beyer will be assisting with the clinic and massive appreciation goes to Central Minnesota Credit Union for donating water and Central Market for donating lunches for the clinic.

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To sign up for the event, visit and include the sanction number 20V014.

For more information, contact Betsy Anderson Gilman at (770)-653-7859 or

Individual water ski activity is considered low risk for COVID-19 transmission; however high-risk individuals including older adults and people with pre-existing medical conditions appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus and are recommended to avoid sanctioned activity involving groups at this time.