BallOfSpray FAQ

HortonHorton Posts: 21,144 Administrator
edited September 2012 in Other Stuff
With the amount of growth around here it is way past time to write a FAQ.
As admin I will post and control the actual FAQ. What I need from you guys is the questions and the possible answers.

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  • rodltg2rodltg2 Posts: 1,034 Crazy Baller
    How to post a picture?
  • davemacdavemac Posts: 436 Baller
    Might be helpful to define "leading arm" vs "trailing arm"...so people are consistent in identifying them in their posts.
    dave_n
  • MattPMattP Posts: 5,477 Moderator
    What is a Ball Of Spray?
  • HortonHorton Posts: 21,144 Administrator
    Who runs this site?
    My name is John Horton. I own BallOfSpray. I started the site because I could not find a place on the web to talk about the technical aspects of water skiing.
    What is a Baller?
    Is this site just for advanced shortline skiers?
    What is shortline?
    How does the slalom course work?
    Who is MS?
    What is the Zero Off and Perfect Pass?

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  • HortonHorton Posts: 21,144 Administrator
    Ok you guys can you write answers as well as questions. I will pick out the good Qs and As

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  • davemacdavemac Posts: 436 Baller
    Question: What is definition of "Trailing Arm"? Answer: left arm going through gates, and going to 1,3,5 ball. Right arm going to 2,4,6 ball.
    (Not sure why it takes me so long to always have to think this through when I read it)
  • ZipZapPaddyWhackZipZapPaddyWhack Posts: 3,753 Mega Baller
    Why doesn't @horton get a decent haircut ?
    BallOfSpray Pacific Northwest Vice President of Event Management, aka "Zappy"
    BroussardBrady
  • crashmancrashman Posts: 713 Crazy Baller
    Q How many "dislikes" does it take to get the boot from BOS?
    A: about 209 but the number can vary a little depending on how many other ballers and professional skiers you insult along the way.
    slalom addiction triggering irrational behavior
    KlundelltravnewsBrady
  • TDETTDET Posts: 67 Baller
    What is a Bogan?
    Broussard
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 4,000 Mega Baller
    Why join BOS? To learn about and discuss:
    New boats, affordable used boats, speed control, skis, ropes, bindings, gloves, handles, props, slalom theory, slalom tips both novice and pro, tourney skiing, boat maintenance, ski schools, pro coverage etc.
    Dave Ross--die purple die
  • HortonHorton Posts: 21,144 Administrator
    you guys are as helpful as I expected. I need to start a wakeboard site

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    BulldogBroussard
  • BoneHeadBoneHead Posts: 5,670
    How many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie roll pop? In lieu of that........ How does a tournament work?
    Shane "Crash" Hill

    BulldogBrady
  • HortonHorton Posts: 21,144 Administrator
    I am often Charlie Brown and you guys are the football

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    Broussard
  • BoneHeadBoneHead Posts: 5,670
    Is MS Lucy?
    Shane "Crash" Hill

    Broussard
  • HortonHorton Posts: 21,144 Administrator
    He does not look that bad in a dress but we have covered that before.

    This was a real thread 6 hours ago.

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    Broussard
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 5,223 Mega Baller
    A: A Bogan is an Australian redneck.

    A: The Bogan was the name of the dark side of the Force in original manuscripts.

    (Seriously. Google them if you must.)

    I'll add some real ideas eventually....
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
    Broussard
  • MattPMattP Posts: 5,477 Moderator
    Looking for a ski upgrade. Where should I start.
  • ToddLToddL Posts: 2,480 Mega Baller
    Here's an FAQ: What are the fin settings for XYZ ski?

    I was thinking... it would be awesome to have a real database where fin settings could be stored. Users could load up fin setting via a web form. Then, all users could mark any database entry with some sort of affirmation (thumbs up) or rejection (thumbs down).

    Users could search by ski make, model, size, and year. Results would be sorted by user rating.

    Entry form would be:
    Make (i.e. Radar, Goode, HO, etc.)
    Model (i.e. Strada, Vector, Nano One, Syndicate A2, etc.)
    Size (i.e. 64, 64.5, 65, 65.5, 66, 66.5, 67, 67.5, etc,)
    Year (Next year through 15 years ago)
    Back of Front Boot to Tail of Ski
    Fin Distance to Tail
    DFT Method (Head, Slot, etc.)
    Length
    Length Method (Tips, Jaws, etc.)
    Depth
    Wing On/Off
    Wing Angle (N/A, 7, 8, 9, etc.)
    Submitted by (who entered these into the system)
    Settings Author's Name (who recommended these settings (Rossi, Chet, etc.)


    When a database record is displayed, there could be a standard template which contains links to articles and videos about how to set up a ski / how to measure your fin.
    EX:
    Chris Rossi Video 1 on Ski Setup: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyFtjkVf6sA
    Chris Rossi Video 2 on Ski Setup: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8366Wnw62ng

    http://www.slalomguru.com/articles/DefinitiveFinMeasuring.pdf
    http://www.goode.com/wsfinadj.html
    etc.

    -- The future of skiing depends upon welcoming novice skiers regardless of age to our sport.
    ski4xtcBroussard
  • skidawgskidawg Posts: 2,736 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    Why are there pictures of Horton in a bee suit?
    Mr. Mom is Horton's favorite movie!
    Broussard
  • BoneHeadBoneHead Posts: 5,670
    I was actually working on a new fin database of STOCK settings for every ski for Horton. I need to get back on that.
    Shane "Crash" Hill

    Broussard
  • skidawgskidawg Posts: 2,736 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    Why does Horton ride a new ski every month
    Mr. Mom is Horton's favorite movie!
    Broussard
  • HortonHorton Posts: 21,144 Administrator
    Screw it. I will write the whole darn thing myself. Nothing else to do...

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    Broussard
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 5,223 Mega Baller
    Q: How good do I have to be to enter a tournament?
    A: You should be able to reliably run an opening pass and almost-reliably run another pass. Don't worry about how good anyone else is.
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
    ToddLBroussard
  • sunvalleylawsunvalleylaw Posts: 557 Baller
    I'll make an attempt at being serious:
    Basic rules, and consequences if not followed
    Basic posting, like how to delete posts, etc.
    For us newbs to course skiing:
    links to rules, etc.
    Basic how tourneys work
    Glossary of basic terms such as set, pass, etc.
    What fin setting is all about, with link to the settings chart
    other ski set up such as binding placement
    Link to @Than's article and/or others for basic ski form, like a "start here" place
    links to some of the classic threads and threads covering basic other stuff

    From the point of view of a newb, that is what I would like to see in one place.
    ski4xtc
  • DooSPXDooSPX Posts: 322 Baller
    I like @sunvalleylaw's FAQ idea!
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  • xratedxrated Posts: 445 Solid Baller
    another vote for @sunvalleylaw's list.

    Might I add, What is on/off side? No seriously I've never remembered it in all the times i've asked or been told.
    Than_Bogansunvalleylaw
  • sunvalleylawsunvalleylaw Posts: 557 Baller
    Thanks guys. I would want the info listed by @ToddL, and the info on trailing arm in the glossary, and the other suggestions guys have mentioned. Including whether @Horton's hair is real and important stuff like that.
    Bulldog
  • skier2788skier2788 Posts: 586 Solid Baller
    How to find the gear reviews.
    How to search for old threads
    How to @name someone.
    How to post video and pictures
    How to start a thread or poll
    How to add your real name to profile
    A link to the fin adjustment article. (Hortons)
    How to find the elusive front page.
    .
    Travis Torley
    sunvalleylaw
  • Skoot1123Skoot1123 Posts: 1,661 Crazy Baller
    How about a checklist FAQ for those just beginning the course? Say, the 15-22 off folks? A tip list of things for those that run 28-32 off might be helpful as well.
    sunvalleylaw
  • JC McCavitJC McCavit Posts: 391 Baller
    How do I upload video and pictures?
    JC McCavit
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