So this will be my fourth season waterskiing, and having paid our dues over the first three seasons with a combination of old boats and inherited seventies special combo skis, my husband and I finally got properly equipped this year, with a decent boat outfitted with an optimal prop, and a brand new Radar Senate Alloy, which is *da BOMB* compared to what we cut our teeth on.
We share this ski. My being a chick means I am at the lightest end of the weight range appropriate for it, while he is at the heavier end. We opted for a boot binding for the front foot, and a semi-boot for the back. (We are both RFF.) He wears the bindings at their loosest, and I wear them almost at their tightest.
We both love these bindings, and agree that they greatly enhance our performance. The ski feels more like an extension of my body, as opposed to something I have to "manage" with constant micro-adjustments to my foot's position, as has been my experience with velcro and slip on bindings. The support provided to my foot and ankle is wonderful.
I am cutting harder and with more control than ever before, but it occurred to me this evening as I struggled to remove the ski from my foot after 2 good runs that it might not come off when I crash. (Ahem. I am still at a level where if I cut too hard to try to clear a buoy, I wipe out spectacularly. It is not a matter of "if", but "when", lol)
So here is a newbish question... Am I being paranoid to think that all of that wonderful, snug support comes at the cost of the ski not releasing during a wipeout, thereby potentially maiming me for life?
Is my ski going to come off due to the bungee cord attachment system? Should I be using a product to keep it slippery? I used a bit of camp soap for my second and third runs- but I frankly do not want my foot to slide around in there... that would defeat the whole purpose of a boot binding!
We currently take the slalom course at 30 mph.
(And the worst part is that even if y'all tell me "Why yes. You probably *will* break a leg if you crash in the slalom course at this speed with a boot binding"- I'll probably stick with it anyway, and just try to "be careful". It really is that much better.)