Please teach me how to run 13m!!

Ryota Ryota Posts: 110 Baller
I can run 14m constantly but suddenly I can't go more than 3 or 4 buoys at 13m.
I always have slack at 1 buoy and be late in the course.
Please analysis my slalom!
Here is my video


  • DefectiveDaveDefectiveDave Posts: 479 Solid Baller
    edited November 2015
    Your 14m video in the other thread looked very smooth and easy. However, at 13m you are heading straight at one ball after your gate. I believe you actually look great right until you hit centerline, at that point you seem like you stay in your lean just a split second too long and then when you unload rapidly in the white-wash and get thrown straight at the ball.

    This is very similar to what I've been working on lately at 13m. I'm finding that I need to end my pull just a hair earlier and then try to maintain my outbound direction for best results. There are lots of ways to think about maintaining outbound direction such as:

    - leading arm pressure
    - trailing arm pressure (pretty much the exact opposite of leading arm pressure, but it works for some)
    - looking at a point on the shore across course
    - looking at a point 10-15 ft before the buoy

    There are others too, but different things work for different people depending upon our individual "feel" throughout the course. Good luck!
  • liquid dliquid d Posts: 1,094 Mega Baller
    You're drifting into your gate shot. Pull out a little later, stay wide, and turn in from a wider/higher position on the boat. This will tighten the line at 1 ball, and the rest will fall into place. Right now, you're trying to play "catch up" the whole pass. Try thinking about initiating the turn in to the gates with your shin of your front leg-press forward.
  • markchilcuttmarkchilcutt Posts: 918 Crazy Baller
    liquid d nailed it. Its all about your gate glide IMHO. Fix the gate, ski a tight line out of bouy 1 and you will own that pass.
    Ski it if you can!!!!
  • ToddLToddL Posts: 2,788 Mega Baller
    I've "starred" this thread because I'm right there with you and want to learn from the comments.

    FWIW, two things have helped me the most: 1) very wide gates, 2) off the lean at the center-line

    Wide gates allow me to get stacked before the boat's load is on me. Also, I can turn the ski a little further across the boat's path before the load hits. As a result, I can generate speed across course before I get to the first wake and prepare to release through the edge change off the center-line. Thus, #1 sets the stage for #2 to occur. Once those 2 items are in place, the space before the buoy comes more easily and slack after 1-ball is minimized or eliminated completely.
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  • MISkierMISkier Posts: 2,523 Mega Baller
    One other thing to do for your gate is to watch when you turn in. Since you are 1.25 meters closer to the boat at the 13m length, you probably need to turn in a little earlier at 13m than you do at 14.25m. So, you need to be wide and up on the boat and also need to turn in for the gate a bit earlier. Those things will help ensure your angle isn't a straight line directly at buoy 1.
    The worst slalom equipment I own is between my ears.
  • bassfooterbassfooter Posts: 159 Baller
    I agree with what's been said about your gate. Get up further and wider, get your weight on your front foot and turn in a little earlier. @Marco said it: The boat is pulling you down the course well before you have any angle or speed across the wakes. Look for "Regina Jaquess Slow Motion" video on YouTube. Look how she gets her ski lined up across the wakes long before the boat is pulling her. I think you're doing very well with everything else. Your 14m looks great!
  • Ryota Ryota Posts: 110 Baller
    Thank you for your advices!
    I tried early turn and wider for the gate.
    It made 13m easier!!

    I am going to try more and get used to 13m!
  • MarcoMarco Posts: 1,407 Crazy Baller
    Nice skiing! A much better start slowed everything down for you in the course. Next up ... -12m's!
  • DefectiveDaveDefectiveDave Posts: 479 Solid Baller

    Congrats, nice skiing!
  • liquid dliquid d Posts: 1,094 Mega Baller
    Wow!? Night and Day difference...great job! Here's a tip for 35....right as you are crossing the 2nd wake think of keeping that handle low and attached to your hip through the edge change. Don't let the handle get away from your hip. This will get you up on the boat, and when you release you will have more time to ski away from the rope and back to the rope.
    Craig Aitkenbassfooter
  • Infinite5thsInfinite5ths Posts: 21 Baller
    All I could think was: "Who the heck would want to run 13 miles when they could be skiing??"
    Never mind...
  • bassfooterbassfooter Posts: 159 Baller
    @Ryota - Congratulations! Great skiing. Doesn't it feel good? And it's awesome you have it on video! Keep up the good work and post more video as you start to figure out 12m.
  • Ryota Ryota Posts: 110 Baller
    @bassfooter Thank you ! A little change made it much easier! It was head wind in the video but also ran in tailwind too! Less rope,more buoys!
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 5,900 Mega Baller
    @Ryota nice skiing.
    Mark Shaffer
  • RichRich Posts: 252 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    Make an earlier edge change on both sides, but especially into your on side turn.
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