Need help with technique

So I am hoping to get a bit of help with my terrible slalom technique, to date my coach has been utube videos and my buddy who is learning to slalom with me. The videos have been a bit helpful for sure but my buddy figures we should probably stop what were doing immediately. Anyway I am hoping that you guys can take a look at this and give me the biggest couple areas I should be working on, I have been trying keep a stacked position and pretty sure I'm starting my turn to late and my arms sure flail around but what do I know. This vid is my first successful 30mph run last week and I would like to get up into 34 this summer if possible.



  • epnaultepnault Posts: 188 Baller
    Looking pretty good for self taught guy. Congrats on your first pass-I remember mine and how exciting it was. I am a struggling skier too so I won't do anything but encourage you to keep training. Others on this site are better at breaking it down and helping. Nice skiing!
  • JordanJordan Posts: 1,027 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Pretty decent progress. The key thing I see is very common. You are pulling with your can see they are bent when you cross the wakes.

    You will read a lot on this site about "stack".

    Stack is about getting your chest and hips in line with your ankles and the rope. For a great explanation read @Than_Bogan piece on the basic position.

    Once you are in good alignment or stack to increase your lean against the boat you need to straighten your arms when leaning away from the boat with the handle held low against your thighs.

    The strange thing about slalom is that our instincts are often wrong. It feels safer to let up your pull/lean before hitting the wakes. It also feels safer to drag your butt and to bend your knees before crossing the wakes. Both of these positions increase the affect of the wakes on the ski and lead to falls...often out the front.

    Bering stacked and having good handle control counter intuitively increases speed but also increases safety at the same time.

    Once you have the concept of stack understood, the next key reading is @Bruce_Butterfield article on Handle Control.

    Both of these articles are available on this site.

    Final piece of advice. The fastest route to proficiency is to get some time on the water with a coach/instructor. They can help you in real time and make sure that your equipment is properly set up.

    Now get out there and rip!
  • bogboybogboy Posts: 694 Baller
    @Canuck44, congrats! Keep up the great work.
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,053 Mega Baller
    Good observation, @DaveLemons!! That definitely looks like -28, both in terms of the color coming off the pylon and the geometry of the skier path.

    @Canuck44 Any chance you started with a 60 foot rope (which is 15 off) and then took off the first two loops (which coincidentally also total roughly 15 feet)?

    If so, you are WAY ahead of where you think you are.
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • Canuck44Canuck44 Posts: 20 Baller
    I caught the rope in the prop and lost a red loop and maybe another one so I think what is left is 60' I will measure it tonight to make sure
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,053 Mega Baller
    Ha! Yeah, if you lost the red and the orange, then you're at 28 off, which is much harder than 15 off!
    All of the above comments still apply, but you've got quite a good start!!
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • UWSkierUWSkier Posts: 904 Mega Baller
    Yeah, that's 28 off. Nice work!
  • PacManPacMan Posts: 24 Baller
    Yeah! if you can do that at 28 off then 15 off will feel like a walk in the park! even at 32 or 34 MPH. Good Job!
    If your not having fun your not doing it right.
  • Canuck44Canuck44 Posts: 20 Baller
    Yah I lost the two sections but I'm running all the rope that's left so I think it's 60. I'm sure the order of the colors is all wrong from what it's supposed to be. Been thinking about a new rope with the distance marked but haven't gotten there yet
  • 303Skier303Skier Posts: 468 Solid Baller
    Stand taller on ski, chest proud and get your hips up. Focus on taking the handle and connection to your hip. Looks good!

    I'd also say go to 15 off, 34 MPH. Your ski is getting behind you. Probably due to the boat speed.

    Does you ski have a wing on it?
    Jarrus Steele - Orlando, Florida
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 5,657 Mega Baller
    Buy a new rope. Good looking skiing.
    Mark Shaffer
  • Canuck44Canuck44 Posts: 20 Baller
    So the rope is 64' handle to tip so I have been skiing 11' off I guess. Need to fix that.

    My ski is a concept with wing. Have a new senate ordered should be here in a day or two.

    Thanks for the tips will try concentrating on stacking and pulling to the hips.
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