For lovers of speed and water sports, there is nothing as exciting as gliding over the surface of the water: spectacular curves, jumps and above all, thrills are guaranteed. Water-skiing is not only fun, it is also a competitive sport. Practitioners, either barefoot or on water-skis, skim over the water, pulled by motorboats travelling at around sixty kilometres an hour. As the boats are so powerful, you need to have good reflexes and sense of balance; expert skiers can perform spectacular moves on one or two skis. There are various types of water-skiing, such as slalom, figure and jump. It is best to start in lakes or reservoirs where the absence of currents and smaller waves makes it easier to keep your balance. In the sea you need to take into account the pull of the waves. The best time for this sport is first thing in the morning, when the warm wind hasn’t yet picked up and the water is calm. Anyone interested should contact one of the many specialised companies that operate in Catalonia and which, in addition to teaching the basics of this sport, will also provide the equipment and motorboats. A good instructor is fundamental when trying to get up on skis and move over the water. One good option for beginners is the Club Nàutic Vic-Sau (in the district of Vic, Barcelona), which gives introductory courses in the Sau reservoir. Many clubs along the beaches of the Costa Brava and Costa Daurada also offer services for anyone interested in practicing this sport.