One Handed Gate

I'm considering trying a one handed gate. @Horton or anyone willing to help. Can you tell me your pull out reference point and other keys that help you be successful? Thanks.


  • WishWish Posts: 7,331 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Right or Left foot forward?
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  • MickeyThompsonMickeyThompson Posts: 129 Baller
    @Wish Right
  • Ed_JohnsonEd_Johnson Posts: 1,867
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  • andjulesandjules Posts: 762 Crazy Baller
    And we probably need to distinguish between a (West Coast Style?) 'one-handed gate' (edge out flowing straight into the turn in) vs a 'hybrid gate' (traditional pull-out and glide/wait... but releasing the left hand).
  • Ed_JohnsonEd_Johnson Posts: 1,867
    edited August 2017
    I originally learned from Mike Suyderhoud in 1992 in Hawaii before West Coast came out, and it's still the one I use today. Pulling out at the green 55's, cast out wide, hanging out in the turn, free of the boat, looking at the right hand gate buoy, and falling in when the angle is at it's max. Gets me up on the boat wider and faster than anything else I've ever tried. Also allows me to keep building angle all the way to the right hand gate buoy. This is the best example of how I learned it.

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  • HortonHorton Posts: 25,801 Administrator
    I've been doing it for years and modified it down so it's really not very different from a two-handed gate. If you have a workable two handed gate I don't think I would encourage you to go to one handed. I don't think it does much extra for me it's just habit at this point.

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  • MickeyThompsonMickeyThompson Posts: 129 Baller
    @Ed_Johnson so you pull out when you are at the pre gates?
  • DragoDrago Posts: 1,258 Mega Baller
    @MickeyThompson . Yup, think of it as a zero ball. Should feel like the 2 ball turn. More of a help for LFF skiers at 38 and beyond IMHO(cuz we get all twisted up )
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  • Ed_JohnsonEd_Johnson Posts: 1,867
    @MickeyThompson ... Yes, approaching the pre-gates. Technically, 2 feet before, so as to establish the edge when even with the left pre-gate. The idea to get as much acceleration as quick as possible to move "UP" on the boat. It's a short - hard forward load, cast out, floating the turn, looking at the right hand gate ball, then FALL into the lean when you have MAX ANGLE. Progressive load to the centerline will keep your angle increasing so as to cast out at the right hand gate ball.

    PS: Keep in mind your NOT trying to get wide early, but UP on the boat. If your up on the boat you WILL be wide.

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