Hi – welcome to the sports blog of Azmi Mikati.


As a busy entrepreneur Mikati is always keen to indulge in hobbies that keep mind and body healthy. He is particularly fond of water-skiing and snow skiing as well as sailing, and has run several marathons and half marathons in various locations throughout the world. Through this blog Azmi Mikati will be focusing on his favourite sports and sharing news, tips and experiences.


To help you find the information you are looking for, there is a menu bar to the top right of the page. Use this to navigate between the different parts of the site, including information about Azmi Mikati, the answers to some frequently asked questions about his chosen sporting activities, an online contact form and the blog.


The aim of this blog is to feature a variety of posts relating to skiing and water skiing, sailing and running. You can expect to find guidance on endurance training and stamina building for marathons, as well as advice on creating effective training programmes in the build-up to the event. There will be news updates on many of the major water skiing events taking place across the world, and an overview of some of the best destinations for water skiing, from beginner to professional level. You can also explore some of the world’s most exciting snow skiing locations, with advice on what ability level each resort is best suited to.


The blog includes hints and tips on how to gain proficiency in both snow skiing and water skiing, and advice on what specialist equipment and clothing you might need, as well as information on where to buy or hire this from. There will also be profiles of some of the most scenic locations for motor-boating and sailing, suggestions on where to go to learn how to sail and advice on chartering your first motor yacht.


If you have a passion for skiing, sailing, running or keeping fit in general then this blog should provide you with all the information you need to get started, as well as advice on how to improve your skills. You can browse through the blog posts listed chronologically at your leisure to discover everything you need to know and keep up to date with all the latest news about each of the featured sports.


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A History of Waterskiing

Waterskiing, popular with Lebanese CEO Azmi Mikati, was invented by Ralph Samuelson in 1922, using a pair of boards and a laundry line as a tow rope at Minnesota’s Lake City. Ralph Wilford Samuelson (3rd July 1904 – 28th August 1977) was just 18 years old when he came up with the invention, carrying out most of his experiments at Lake Pepin, a wider section of the Mississippi River between Wisconsin and Minnesota. Samuelson’s invention was not patented; nor was his work widely publicised. On 27th October 1925, Fred Waller (who went on to invent the Cinerama motion picture system) took out a patent on his product “Dolphin Akwa-Skees”. Waller went on to use the hugely successful Cinerama as a medium by which to market his product, leading to the widespread, erroneous belief that Waller was the inventor of water skis. Samuelson experimented with barrel staves and snow skis before creating custom built skis made from pine, measuring 9 inches by 8 feet. He softened the tips of the skis by boiling them in his mother’s copper kettle, then bent the ski tips upwards. After several practices (during which his original skis were destroyed), Ralph Samuelson became the first water ski jumper in history on 8th July 1925. Using a launch platform greased with lard, Samuelson fell flat the first time around. His second attempt was successful. In the same year, Samuelson became the first speed skier. Pulled by a Curtiss flying boat, which flew just over the waves, he achieved speeds of 80 mph. In his later years, Ralph Samuelson started a turkey farm in Pine Island, Minnesota.... read more

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