High powered ski boats appeared as the new sport of water skiing became popular in the 1950s.
Lake Mulwala became a mecca for water skiers after Bert Foster returned from a trip to Cypress Gardens, Florida and almost single handedly established Lake Mulwala as a major water skiing destination.
Together with his wife Flo and other local water skiing champions, waterskiing grew in popularity both as a sport and leisure activity for families. Bert and Flo Foster built the famous Cypress Gardens Motel/Boatel in the late 1950s that further enhanced Yarrawonga Mulwala as the place to be for water sports.
Cypress Gardens quickly became a mecca for water skiers who wanted to stay overlooking the water with their boats moored nearby in the harbour.
Today this is the site of Capri Waters.