Ski "roll" angle: More not necessarily better?
Once again, @gator1
is forcing me to start a new thread to further discuss some "crazy" thing he mentioned off-handedly in another thread. Here is a redacted version (with emphasis added by me):"There are TWO angles of attack of ski to water.
The first /snip/.
The second angle of attack I never thought about until I saw Rogers ski in those floppy Wiley's. If you imagine the ski almost 90 degrees to the wake, and flat on top of the water this other angle is how far the ski is rolled away from the boat about its longitudinal axis. (Tipped on edge)
If the ski is rolled too far on edge it loses lift and creates drag. Far enough and it starts to stall, and slides towards the boat more than it carves across the wake.
And the secondary light variable-- longitudinal roll vs speed.
Until this very moment, I have never considered the possibility that having your ski "too far" onto its edge will result in less angle.
Frankly, I don't really understand what @gator1
is talking about yet. But history suggest that once I do, I learn something.
And this is of great interest to me right now, because I am adjusting to new "soft shell" boots from rubber, and trying to figure out how to set the top buckle to suit my style.
So have at it! Do people WANT their bindings to allow rotation of the lower leg relative to the ski -- even when directly behind the boat? Why or why not?
Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
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