The Boarding School Rocks!

dhofertdhofert Posts: 212 Baller
Just wanted to let everyone know that my trip to @theboardingschool has come and gone. What an amazing place with amazing people. I went in with limited knowledge and learned so much. Both @FWinter and Travis were patient with me while we worked on my less than stellar body position. Finally on Friday, my last set of the week it hit home. I managed to run all [email protected] three times in a row, and very close to a fourth. Not to mention how many schools can you sit in the boat while the world champ rips some bouys?

These guys put a new fire under me and gave me the knowledge to keep working this summer. I cannot say enough good about the place as a whole and I WILL be back! Thanks again to everyone there, as well as everyone here that helped me make the right decision to head down to The Boarding School.



  • MISkierMISkier Posts: 2,273 Mega Baller
    Great job, @dhofert. Two questions:

    What are your thoughts on inboard ski boat versus I/O?

    Does it seems that the boat makes a difference?

    I think you’re off to a good start.
    The worst slalom equipment I own is between my ears.
  • Bill22Bill22 Posts: 1,460 Crazy Baller
    @dhofert Hey man, it was great to met you. I heard all about your successful final set here. Awesome! I wish I could have been in the boat. Maybe I will see you here next year.
    In gear. Hit It. Thank You!
  • dhofertdhofert Posts: 212 Baller
    @MISkier I loved the inboard. Does it make that big of difference? I think the biggest advantage for me was less wake to be scared of. We plan on getting our I/O out this weekend I think so I will be able to see how well I can carry over what I learned.

    @Bill22 Nice to meet you too, hopefully I can swing it again in the next year or two.
  • DaveinPaDaveinPa Posts: 36 Baller
    Very nice, I am jealous at age 68, have not done a course yet but hope to. Dave
  • Bill22Bill22 Posts: 1,460 Crazy Baller

    In gear. Hit It. Thank You!
  • rq0013rq0013 Posts: 543 Baller
    I love that place. Great coaching and water. Look forward to that trip every year
    Rob Quetschke
  • LanceHCookLanceHCook Posts: 24 Baller
    I totally agree, those guys are great, even that silly wakeboarding Jimmy kid. Great facility, awesome lake, boats and people, the vibe and attitude is all about fun and learning. I was especially grateful for their work with my 15 year old son who came on my last day. The kid doesn’t always take instruction well but he was totally dialed in and loved it.
  • skihartskihart Posts: 454 Solid Baller
    @dhofert Hey Dustin great meeting you man. I was on the boat with Travis and witnessed that last set. You killed it! Congrats and hope to see you back @theboardingschool school some time.
  • marknmarkn Posts: 157 Baller
    Congratulations. Your first 6 completed buoys is a huge accomplishment. Looks like a winning combination of desire, effort, athletic ability and great coaching. Nicely done!
  • dhofertdhofert Posts: 212 Baller
    @skihart Rob nice meeting you as well, that was pretty cool having someone else witness that. I will be back in the next couple of years for sure. Hopefully there are a few more skiers that stay the week next time. For now its back to the fridged waters of Michigan. Also, the search is on for someone close with a course so I can feed the new addiction!
  • theboardingschooltheboardingschool Posts: 89 Water Ski Industry Professional
    @dhofert One of my greatest joys in coaching is getting people through the course for the first time. So fun to be a part of that! Keep up the good work and let me know if you need help converting back to your boat.
  • gt2003gt2003 Posts: 705 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Congrats @dhofert ! Hoping to run my first full pass this year as well! What was a typical pass for you before you went there for a week?
    2014 HO TX
    1996 Malibu Echelon
  • mbabiashmbabiash Posts: 412 Solid Baller
    I was at the boarding school this weekend as well. It was good to meet some ballers. @skihart and @Bill22 were super guys and we had a lot of fun each night staying up late and talking about the sport.
    Nice to meet you guys and thanks for being so kind to my 6 year old boy and making him feel like one of the guys.
    @FWinter was a very good coach and hung around every evening and chatted with us.
    Watching him ski was a real treat and my son said, “now I know why Freddie is the world champion!”
    Wonderful experience and we will be back.
  • dhofertdhofert Posts: 212 Baller
    @gt2003 I have never attempted to run the course before last week. I started struggling to start outside of one, come close to 2-5 and round 6. It finally hit home on my last set of the week.

    @theboardingschool thanks again! You can really tell your joy for coaching. I hope to get some sets in this weekend behind our boat, I will let you know how it goes.
  • MickeyThompsonMickeyThompson Posts: 129 Baller
    The Boarding School has on site accommodations?
  • mbabiashmbabiash Posts: 412 Solid Baller
    Absolutely. More than 15 beds
    Fully stocked kitchen all right on the lake.
    Travis takes great care of the place and works hard to ensure that the place is top notch.
  • theboardingschooltheboardingschool Posts: 89 Water Ski Industry Professional
    @MickeyThompson Yes, we do. We have a really nice 3 bedroom house and I private apartment as well, 50 feet away from the dock. Let me know if you have any other questions.
  • MickeyThompsonMickeyThompson Posts: 129 Baller
    @theboardingschool Thanks. I’ll come visit sometime.
  • skihartskihart Posts: 454 Solid Baller
    Just got back from a long weekend at the boarding school for a preason warmup of skiing with Travis and @FWinter. Had a great time and met quite a few ballers while there. @mbabiash , @Bill22 , and @dhofert happen to be there ripping some buoys.
    Early morning glass before our first set

    Ball one on lake one. Be ready, the grass comes up quick!

    Here is @mbabiash when his son Cooper took his first wakeboard set on the prostar before moving up to the XStar! This is one on the huge beneifts of this place. You can have family members or friends doing two different things while still still hanging together in the house and on the dock.

    This is Scott getting stacked and Jackson doing some back rolls

  • skihartskihart Posts: 454 Solid Baller
    I managed to get some shots of @FWinter during one of his sets

    @FWinter creating space before ball one

    Freddie moving the ski outbound at 4 ball

    So one night after a few IPA's we realized that none of us would probably ever be table to win a pro tournament. Soooo, we locked @FWinter in the bathroom and decided to take one of his for the ballers!

    Great time! @theboardingschool If you ever get a chance to visit, dont hesitate!

  • Bill22Bill22 Posts: 1,460 Crazy Baller
    I would like to thank @dbski for building me such a nice trophy! :)
    In gear. Hit It. Thank You!
  • swc5150swc5150 Posts: 2,025 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Just curious, how'd the 50th PS look in person? I'm guessing pics don't do it justice?

    TBS is on my wish list for next year.
    Scott Calderwood
  • dhofertdhofert Posts: 212 Baller
    I thought it was pretty darn nice myself.
  • Bill22Bill22 Posts: 1,460 Crazy Baller
    @swc5150 you are correct, the photos don’t do it justice. I normally am not a fan of all black boats but this one was sweet! I was impressed by the vinyl, it was not standard vinyl, it was something high end and didn’t get hot.
    In gear. Hit It. Thank You!
  • swc5150swc5150 Posts: 2,025 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    The "cool feel" vinyl is really nice! Sad we have no use for it here in WI. We need all the heat we can get
    Scott Calderwood
  • theboardingschooltheboardingschool Posts: 89 Water Ski Industry Professional
    @skihart I knew I was going to have to put some type of Mission Impossible laser beam system around the trophies.
  • FWinterFWinter Posts: 109 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    edited May 2018
    @dhofert @mbabiash @Bill22 @skihart looking forward to seeing you guys out here again. The last couple of weeks have been a lot of fun with all of you.

    Just keep your dirty hands off my trophies
  • JayproJaypro Posts: 204 Solid Baller
    @FWinter , 3 of my buddies are coming to ski with you in October. Gets cold here in Vermont by then, looking forward to it!!
  • skihartskihart Posts: 454 Solid Baller
    @Jaypro do yourself a favor and add the following items to your ski bag and you will be King @theboardingschool during your visit.
    Dog treats
    Darts @FWinter
    And perhaps even cat nip.

    Oh and make sure to leave your stuff all over the kitchen and house @theboardingschool is amazing at cleaning up and loves doing it!😉

  • JayproJaypro Posts: 204 Solid Baller
    well I can bring Heady Topper(double IPA), currently the #6 rated beer in the country according to Beer Advocate. It's made in our town. What do you think @theboardingschool and @FWinter ?
    jercraneKeith Menard
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