What did you learn this year?

HortonHorton Posts: 25,967 Administrator
edited October 2017 in Technique & Theory
Not what did you learn how to do but what concepts did you learn or understand this year?

There are a few things I learned this year including more about the difference between Long Shallow & Short Deep ( this will be it's own thread if I ever get to it). I also learned a lot about driving and the difference between boats.

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  • fu_manfu_man Posts: 396 Crazy Baller
    I learned the reason why I always fell on the backside of the ball was because I tend to lead with my head....not a good thing. (To prevent this I focused on keeping my outside shoulder down. Maybe some would call this counter rotation? Regardless, it prevented me from dipping my inside shoulder.)

    I also learned that the little bit of slack at -28 (which wasn't pretty but I was making it work) becomes a merciless back wrenching thrashing at -32.

    So I learned what makes a turn bad and I learned what makes it better. I also learned that I need to learn how to manage the rope better in the pre-turn.

    Finally, I learned that when kids' baseball schedules and high winds interfere with your course time you become a better trick skier.
  • MISkierMISkier Posts: 2,298 Mega Baller
    I learned to reach up slightly to prevent getting yanked forward and bent over at the finish of the turn, especially my offside.

    I learned that advancing the ski forward from whitewater through the wake and initiating the transition/edge change at the end of that motion has great impact on the space before the buoy and how smoothly the turn for my onside goes. Key point: stay connected to the handle while doing all of this.

    I learned that a washer under my fin block does amazing things to my onside turn.

    I learned (again) that warmth of water, air, and body with overall flexibility/looseness, especially through the hips, is critical to skiing well for me.
    The worst slalom equipment I own is between my ears.
  • TdubTdub Posts: 226 Baller
    I learned that I still break at the waist on my off side turns after all these years. I also learned that I still love this sport of ours.
  • WishWish Posts: 7,389 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    I learned that buying The Fin Wisperer by @SkiJay was money well spent and then some.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • vtmechengvtmecheng Posts: 355 Solid Baller
    After 30 years of free skiing, I finally got to try my hand at a course. I learned that I need to take it easy and not go for broke on every run as a beginner, eventually I get hurt. I learned that when I think I'm keeping the handle to my hip I'm not good at keeping it there through the wake. More importantly, I learned that this sport is unbelievably amazing, difficult, and addicting.
  • lpskierlpskier Posts: 2,274 Mega Baller
    edited October 2017
    Hip rotation. And a lot about ZO.

    And a cool thing I just learned. Next time you sit in the driver seat of your boat, notice the space between your left shoulder and the pylon. When you get in a different boat, make the same observation. Given that the pylon has to be in the center of the boat guides, if your shoulder is closer to the pylon in the new boat, you have to “move your body” away from the right boat guide to find your center and vise versa. This is a quick way to get a good idea what adjustments you’ll need to make when you first sit in the boat.
    John Wilkins- Si non pro sanguine quem ludus ne. #iskiconnelly
  • braindamagebraindamage Posts: 137 Baller
    Too much technicality to list, other than to say I learned more about correct form this season than all the others combined.

    Mostly I learned that I don't have to muscle the ski around and that by just having proper form and letting it do its thing I can ski better and with much less effort.

    I also learned that I love this sport, that it's great to have fellow waterski friends (zealots), and that I want to be able to ski until I die.
  • LeonLLeonL Posts: 2,263 Crazy Baller
    I learned that what I think I'm doing and what is really happening (per proficient observer) are poles apart sometimes.
    Leon Leonard Stillwater Lake KY - SR Driver SR Judge
  • hockeyref74hockeyref74 Posts: 16 Baller
  • h2onhkh2onhk Posts: 248 Baller
    Very little course time this year with weather and high water. Late in the season we trailered to another public river with a course. Hadn't been in the course for over 8 weeks. Ran first set right down the line to my PB at 35. Super pumped feeling like a rock star only to find out the buoys were almost 3' too short. Learned if it is feeling easy, somethings not right. The course never feels easy.
  • dchristmandchristman Posts: 1,089 Mega Baller
    Just yesterday I learned that counter intuitively, less wing can contribute to premature and uncomfortable rapid deceleration.
    Is it time to ski, yet?
  • oldmanskieroldmanskier Posts: 135 Baller
    I got to ski one set with Chet at the first of October. I usually ski at least a week with him every year but this year I could not.
    We only had one set together and after my second pass he said. This is our only set together.
    These are the two keys I want you to do the rest of the ski season.
    Key 1: You are left foot forward. For the gate, get high on the boat keeping left hand pressure until you are ready to turn in for the gates.

    Key 2: Your hands should be hooks, your arms should be chains and your legs should be reinforced steel in concrete when going from buoy to buoy.

    Basically I was giving into the boat in different ways and moving around too much. I had been running 32 mph 28 off passes but they were not easy. I started just concentrating on these two keys and ran some of the easiest passes of the year.

    Wish I had been able to ski with Chet at the first of the ski season. I am sure the summer skiing would have been more productive.
  • rockdogrockdog Posts: 507 Solid Baller
    That's the way to go @oldmanskier , focus on a couple of things at any one time until you've nailed them, improvement will follow. I'd love to ski with Chet some day.
  • S1PittsS1Pitts Posts: 131 Baller
    Mechanically - The washer trick under the fin clamp to even up offside / on side turns which allowed me to ski more symmetrical. This also brought the needs closer together for each side so I did not have to remember two sets of rules. Skiing more fluid and when shortening the line it does not seem so radical a step.
    Conceptually - Relax and don't push so hard - let the boat and ski do the work. This allowed me to better focus and actually feel more of what was happening thus improving flow.
  • lpskierlpskier Posts: 2,274 Mega Baller
    @oldmanskier If your arm are hooks, your arms are chains and your legs are steel, for God’s sake don’t forget your life jacket. You’ll drown!
    John Wilkins- Si non pro sanguine quem ludus ne. #iskiconnelly
  • oldmanskieroldmanskier Posts: 135 Baller
    It is Your hands should be hooks, your arms should be chains and your legs should be reinforced steel in concrete when going from buoy to buoy. I have to have a Eagle jacket (no joke) with extra floatation now to keep my nose above water. At 5' 7" 210 lbs. I Iook like a Rubits cube skiing behind the boat.
    Highly recommend Chet. If I could ski with him and more often I would have many keys for what did you learn this year.
  • bf`bf` Posts: 120 Baller
    edited October 2017
    I learned that when I'm skiing well, it feels like I'm skiing so much easier. I've felt this earlier in my skiing career, but this is like a next level. So much that I accused my rope b*tch of not shortening the rope. Kind of an early edge change, feeling like I'm standing upright, but resisting twisting toward the boat feeling. Maybe it's just the washer...
  • aupatkingaupatking Posts: 1,075 Mega Baller
    Shoulders outbound. Been fighting that one too long. I “think” I’ve got it
  • bogboybogboy Posts: 694 Baller
    Edge, angle, and urgency, & stingy with handle, low.
  • chris55chris55 Posts: 283 Solid Baller
    After posting for Jim Ross, I learn I really must enjoy every set I ski. Skiing bad or good...don't matter. I love the sport and I will progress more if I ski with happiness every time.
  • ozskiozski Posts: 1,588
    I learned that rubber boots, the T-Factor in particular is still a world class piece of kit and the ultimate ski boot is yet to be designed and built.
    'Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.'' Boat 2005 Nautique 196 6L ZO - Ski: KD Platinum

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