Went to an important tournament, representing my country, long flight and plenty of expectations. Could not test the water before it (not ideal...). Ended up in the drink with the noticeable score of 1.5 buoys in my first pass in the elimination round. Same thing happened in the finals to one Big Dawg skier, who had an almost certain gold medal. Him and I never ever miss the first two line lenghts in training. And that happens to almost every skier at least once in their career.
So here comes the topic. What should a competitive skier do to miminize the chance of ending up early in the drink when skiing in non familiar places and sometimes behind unfamiliar boats?