Dock Start

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  • KRoundyKRoundy Posts: 231 Baller
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 5,787 Mega Baller
    A good driver is key to the dock start. In this case a much more patient skier is needed as well.
    Mark Shaffer
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  • John BrooksJohn Brooks Posts: 322 Crazy Baller
    The dock starts I have driven and seen generally do not include the skier getting completely in the water prior to take off. But thanks for a great laugh.
  • DangerBoyDangerBoy Posts: 238 Solid Baller
    Damn, that was funny! :lol:
    I can take anything apart
  • Keith MenardKeith Menard Posts: 447 Crazy Baller
    That's awesome...this is one skill (of the many) I haven't gotten down yet.
  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 3,317 Mega Baller
    Can't say that I've ever been standing on my ski for a dock start.
    Chuck P
    Not a mechanic but I play one at home
  • DangerBoyDangerBoy Posts: 238 Solid Baller
    edited May 10
    @Keith Menard It's actually pretty easy if you're using a RTP but it's both a timing and a driving thing. I did it for many years starting back when I was a kid but haven't done it since I went to using a full back boot. Now I just slide off the dock as the rope gets tight and deep water start. You can't really even do that where they are in the video 'cause it's so shallow.

    I know that some people can do it with a full back boot but I've never really tried it. Maybe once I did but I'm sure it was an epic fail 'cause I've never really thought about trying it again.
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  • klindyklindy Posts: 2,184 Mega Baller
    Au contraire @John Brooks ! The last time I did a sick start with you driving our timing was much better than this video however I recall some “unexplained” problem with the throttle to make me slowly sink into the water approximately up to my nose! The main difference however was that the water was 38 degrees rather than 83 degrees! Man that was a cold day!!
    Keith Lindemulder
    AWSA Vice President
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  • John BrooksJohn Brooks Posts: 322 Crazy Baller
    @klindy I think this is the time and the picture of you warming up, in that wetsuit that shrunk? :-)

  • lpskierlpskier Posts: 2,405 Mega Baller
    The first time I pulled the “real” Andy he did a “flying dock start.” I hadn’t driven one in years. It was stressful.
    John Wilkins- Si non pro sanguine quem ludus ne. #iskiconnelly
  • GregHindGregHind Posts: 312 Solid Baller
    edited May 12
    There was no drinking involved in this. Honestly.
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 5,787 Mega Baller
    @GregHind there should have been some drinking involved.
    Mark Shaffer
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