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goodeski123goodeski123 Posts: 29 Baller
hey guys just wondering whats better having bigger jump skis or smaller ones. I weigh 45kg/100 pounds and im thinking of getting some 78inch goodmans, I think they might be a bit big for me as I think 76's would be perfect. Is there any other recommendations about my jump ski size.


  • Jody_SealJody_Seal Posts: 2,424 Mega Baller
    How far do you jump?
    What speed do you jump at?
    Age division ?
    How long have you been jumping?
    These and many other questions may need to be answered before a recommendation can be provided.
    Hobby Boats can be expensive when the hobbyist is limited on their own skill and expertise.

  • goodeski123goodeski123 Posts: 29 Baller
    my pb is 16.1metres but I think Im jumping around high 17's in practise.

    I go at 42 km/h with 3/4 cuts

    im 12 in the under 14 boys age division

    I went over a jump for the first time about 1 1/2 years ago but we only have about 2 jump sets a year, luckily our ski club just got a jump about a month ago so we have been trying to go down once a week.

  • Bruce_ButterfieldBruce_Butterfield Posts: 1,319 Mega Baller
    Either 76 or 78 will be fine. If you were thinking about 84"s, I'd be worried :o Just spend as much time as you can riding and cutting on the skis as you can. For every set you go over the jump, take 2 sets riding the skis.

    More important is getting good bindings that fit. Call Wiley's and they will be able to set you up with bindings that can be re-furbished/modified as you grow.
    If it was easy, they would call it wakeboarding.
  • goodeski123goodeski123 Posts: 29 Baller
    yeah I thought that size would be good for me, I ve already got some new wileys which fit nicely. thx for the help guys
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 5,640 Mega Baller
    If you are buying Goodman's my recommendation is to call Ron and talk to him. When I got my son his Goodman's I called Ron and talked to him and sent him video of my son jumping and let him make a recommendation. Ron won't steer you wrong.

    I put off buying new jumpers for my son and he used old 72" Kidders and it was a mistake I should have bit the bullet earlier.
    Mark Shaffer
  • goodeski123goodeski123 Posts: 29 Baller
    thx ill show my dad this comment and try to convince him :D
    thx @Chef23
  • LeonLLeonL Posts: 2,255 Crazy Baller
    Be prepared for a wait from Goodman. Ron's kinda slow at times. Real slow.
    Leon Leonard Stillwater Lake KY - SR Driver SR Judge
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 5,640 Mega Baller
    @goodeski123 the Goodmans are expensive but 78" jumpers are in very high demand on the resale market. I don't know if prices have changed but I paid $1500 for 84" jumpers for my son and I am sure I could sell them $1200 or so right now. You will get good value for them later when you need to upgrade.

    Regarding Ron's response times I had good luck with Ron when I bought my jumpers but it wasn't in the Spring I got them for my son for Christmas. I do find that Ron likes to help young jumpers so if you get him on the phone he may be more responsive.

    Ron is a one man shop which is good and bad. I have heard horror stories about Ron's responsiveness but I didn't have that issue.
    Mark Shaffer
  • LeonLLeonL Posts: 2,255 Crazy Baller
    Just to clarify.....Ron's product is excellent and he will give good advice. It just may take awhile to get them.
    Leon Leonard Stillwater Lake KY - SR Driver SR Judge
  • jimskijimski Posts: 243 Baller
    I wouldn't buy a set of jumpers of any one but Ron Goodman. He might be a little slow depending on how backed up he is but its well worth the wait. If your any where near him it would be best to go do a couple sets with him and he will set you up with exactly what works best for you if not send him some vid. He can also set you up on them once you have them. His jumpers are very desirable and when you out grow them they will maintain there value.
    Also he can do any repairs to them that I don't think any one else does
  • ToddLToddL Posts: 2,722 Mega Baller
    Same question, different skier: 14 yo, 140lbs, 5'7", just plopping 37', but wants to start cutting. Currently on 70" Connelly LS-300s. I am thinking 78-86" range, with 80-82" as ideal. Thoughts?
    -- The future of skiing depends upon welcoming novice skiers regardless of age to our sport.
  • EdbrazilEdbrazil Posts: 1,372 Historical Baller
    Wondering what the biggest skis used for jumping ever were. Back in the Ski Fly year, I think
    that there were 98's and 99's.
  • Bruce_ButterfieldBruce_Butterfield Posts: 1,319 Mega Baller
    @toddl the overriding consideration is that the skier has to be able to control the skis both on the water and in the air. The bigger the skis, the harder they are to control. So when just learning to cut, being able to control the skis is critical.

    On the flip side, the main benefit of the bigger skis is the extra speed into the ramp and more lift once in the air. So until he is in the 100' range and doing aggressive 3/4 cuts, it's better to be on the short side.

    So I think the 70s are on the small side. I suggest 76-78", max of 80 if you find a good deal.

    JMO. I know there are others who advocate bigger skis at all levels, but I've seen numerous crashes due to lack of control of big skis.
    If it was easy, they would call it wakeboarding.
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 5,640 Mega Baller
    @ToddL skis in that size are hard to find. I started my son for the first few years on a pair of 72" Kidder Redlines. He was doing decent singles and going 50+ feet on the Redlines. I borrowed a pair of 78" Goodman's a friend of mine had and he picked up an easy 10 feet and the landings were much easier. At the time my son was shorter but heavier than your child and a strong solid kid.

    I looked for quite a while for something in the 78-82" range used and nothing really showed up. Finally I reached out to Ron Goodman and sent him some video of my son and he recommended 84" jumpers which we bought. They were great and my son progressed to doing easy 3/4 going in the upper 70s. He got hurt slaloming last summer then lacrosse got in the way this summer so he really hasn't jumped much since before regionals last year.

    If you can't find new I recommend reaching out to Ron Goodman I was very happy with his recommendation for my son. I think I paid $1500 for his jumpers 2 years ago. I am sure I could sell them very quickly for at least $1200 today so if you take care of them they hold value well.

    I agree with @Bruce_Butterfield that the skis need to be controllable by the jumper. We found the 84" Goodmans to be as light and easier to control than the 72" Kidders. Your LS-300s are a much newer ski than the Kidders so the difference might not be as substantial.
    Mark Shaffer
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