The first form of water-skiing was the “aqua-planing” in which the athlete was gliding on the water surface standing on an “aqua-plane” tied behind a speedboat. In Greece, “aqua-planing” was first reported in 1945-1946 in the wider area of Volos.

Water-skiing as we know it today, e.g. with one or two skis, is first reported to have taken place as a recreational sport, in Vouliagmeni Bay, Attica, in 1957. Two years later (1959), the Nautical Club of Vouliagmeni pioneers by founding the first competition water-ski department.

As a popular and also a recreational sport, water-ski offers families the opportunity to participate in the sport. Everyone with the age of 5 and above can practice water-ski in the excellent athletic installations of the 500 water-ski schools and 25 Nautical Clubs at almost all of the numerous seaside resorts and Islands in Greece
Competition Activity – Hellenic Water Ski Federation
Nautical Club of Vouliagmeni was the first Greek athletic club pioneering in competition water-ski (1959). Until 1963 it represented Greece in the World Water Ski Union, known today as International Water Ski Federation (IWSF).

Hellenic Water Ski Federation (HWSF) was founded in 1963; Greek national water-ski teams participate in international competitions since 1965. HWSF consistently aims in promoting water-skiing by supporting (technically and financially) water-ski clubs throughout the country, thus implementing the vision of its founder and first President, the late Athanassios Diakakis (1963-1980).

Since its foundation, HWSF keeps achieving amazing results in the following:

• Organizational sector, by successfully organizing great international athletic events (World, European, Mediterranean and Balkan Championships)

• Competition sector, by the participation of HWSF’s technical members (national and international judges, drivers, etc.) in international events and committees and also by the continuous progress and achievements of the Greek athletes.

The organization of the 1994 European Championships held in Ioannina and the 1997 European Championships held in Kaiafa lake in Peloponnese were a great success. The opening ceremony was held at the ancient stadium of Olympia. It was the first sport allowed to have held an opening ceremony there for more than 16 centuries. An even greater success were the 2000 World Junior and the Under 21 Championships held at the lake Stratos in Agrinio at the new water-ski installations of the Hellenic Federation.

Since the beginning of competition water-skiing in Greece, the progress of our skiers is even more impressive. Greek skiers have stood many times on the podium of World and European Competitions. Greek National team is ranked among the first 6 teams in Europe and the first 12 in the world.

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