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Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,043 Mega Baller
edited November 2015 in Skis Fins Bindings
This last weekend, a good portion of the Denali beta test team got together at Lago Del Sol in Fort Worth FL (near Palm Beach).

I have to begin by thanking our hosts, Darin and Bruce. Incredibly giving of their homes, time, boat, facility, etc. And Bruce isn't even on a Denali -- yet! THANKS!

What a huge thrill to finally meet @Wish, @Razorskier1 , @tap, @AdamCord , @adamhcaldwell and his girlfried/Denali Nutrionist, and several others that I don't know by BoS screenname. I barely managed to be in FL for 24 hours, but it was an absolute blast.

I'm almost positive I've never learned so much about waterskiing in one day. The Denali philosophy, from start to finish, is truly based on science. Technique informs ski design and vice versa. In all honesty, I feared that my extremely positive impression of the Adams could be punctured by meeting them in person, but the exact opposite was true. I came away in awe. It's damn hard to B.S. me when you start talking geometry and physics -- it's almost a risk to do so. Well, unless you REALLY know what you're talking about, in which case I sit there nodding my head and saying "How the hell did I not realize that before?"

As long as these folks will let me be part of their team, it's hard to imagine skiing on anything else.
Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan


  • WishWish Posts: 7,316 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    edited November 2015
    @Than_Bogan The greater question is "How in the hell did the rest of the waterski industry not realize this long ago?" I much prefer being on the leading edge of this knowledge curve as it relates to skiing and ski design with these gentleman and like you..I'll hang with them until the end. Was good to meet you even if it was kinda short.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • gregygregy Posts: 2,456 Mega Baller
    I wonder how much science / engineering has been involved in ski design in the past. From my perspective it seems like more tribal know passed down and experimentation by experiences (feel). Could be wrong but that what it seems to me as an outsider.
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  • Razorskier1Razorskier1 Posts: 3,425 Mega Baller
    I know nothing. It didn't really happen.
    Jim Ross
  • DefectiveDaveDefectiveDave Posts: 477 Solid Baller
    @Than_Bogan and @Wish ,

    Thanks for the update! I'm excited that there are people out there so passionate about ski design, even though it is all just a joke to screw with @Horton.
  • WishWish Posts: 7,316 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    @gregy you are not wrong. @Razorskier1 you are not wrong.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • ozskiozski Posts: 1,566
    edited November 2015
    Its no Hoax, the ski rocks.

    'Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.'' Boat 2005 Nautique 196 6L ZO - Ski: KD Platinum

  • DanEDanE Posts: 829 Crazy Baller
    edited November 2015
    @Than_Bogan @Wish
    Soo honeymoon not over yet?
  • skiepskiep Posts: 275 Solid Baller
    I like the offset of the rear boot!!
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,043 Mega Baller
    @DanE Hah, no.

    But really I've never experienced that letdown. When I first got on the Connelly HP, the Goode 9100, and the NanoOne, I thought I was on something "just plain better." And I never changed my mind, although I guess I'll say the N1 broke down faster than I would have hoped.

    The same was true the other way: the 9400 and a Fisher that never suited me were unimpressive from day one onward.

    So I don't have much doubt that this Denali is the real thing.
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,043 Mega Baller

    Wow, that is surprisingly fun to shout for no particular reason.
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • jhughesjhughes Posts: 797 Mega Baller
    Met these guys at Okee last weekend as well, super nice folks. Saw the Denali in person, looks very cool. Very impressive fit and finish, too, even on a prototype ski!
  • RogerRoger Posts: 1,500 Crazy Baller
    @Than_Bogan - Lake Worth, not Fort Worth...
    Roger B. Clark - Okeeheelee skier. Senior driver, Senior Judge
  • mwetskiermwetskier Posts: 1,329 Mega Baller
    @Roger -dammit! that's why i ended up in texas with nobody else to ski with.
  • Razorskier1Razorskier1 Posts: 3,425 Mega Baller
    Move along folks -- nothing to see here.
    Jim Ross
  • MattPMattP Posts: 5,973 Mega Baller
    @Roger @Than_Bogan went to MIT. I actually doubt he can read a map correctly.
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,043 Mega Baller
    @Roger Hah! I even googled it to make sure I had the right one and -- guess what -- google is smart enough to simply change it to Lake Worth FL without even asking me!!
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • ntxntx Posts: 823 Crazy Baller
    @Than_Bogan good thing you were not really going to Lake Woth Texas.
  • gmutgmut Posts: 198 Baller
    Cale Burdick skied pretty well the other day on that "HOAX"!!!!
  • WishWish Posts: 7,316 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    He's in the finals.. I think.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • dchristmandchristman Posts: 1,083 Mega Baller
    All this hoax talk got me thinking - HO ought to come out with an AX model.
    Is it time to ski, yet?
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