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Buoyant surf craft vehicle ridden from a seated position, while holding a double-ended paddle. The wave ski was preceded by the Australian- invented surf ski: a 10- to 17-foot-long sit-down version of a hollow wooden paddleboard, developed by New South Wales lifeguards as far back as the late 1910s. Interest in surf skiing rose in the mid-'50s when pioneering Australian surfer Charles "Snow" McAli...

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