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Maybe Nate Needs to Practice Gates?

ToddLToddL Posts: 2,718 Mega Baller
edited July 2013 in Other Stuff
I just saw in the Advanced section's gates poll thread: @Drago posted that Nate's US Open gates have been cut now. Not sure if this is confirmed...

@Sethski said that he believes too early of a gate can become a disadvantage at 39.5 and shorter.

I saw Regina's PWR earlier this month. Her gates were clearly good (not even close to touching the right buoy).

There has been a lot of "gate" discussion as a result of Nate's gate cuts. He's an awesome skier to watch and is poised to push the mens WR further. Still, I hope he is playing around with practice sets where he intentionally skis right down the middle of the gate. He's probably good enough to do that and still run 41 off nearly every time. With some practice with a cleaner gate, I bet he'd still post scores in the 43 off line.
-- The future of skiing depends upon welcoming novice skiers regardless of age to our sport.


  • RynoRyno Posts: 252 Baller
    True... All this discussion about changing the gate rule (on here) started after Nate missed the gates at Moomba. But Nate's done it a few times since then at other tournaments - Other pro's don't seem to have this consistent issue, so it seems like the problem is with Nate and not with the rule or judging.
    It seems as though most on here think of Nate as the next Andy Mapple, so can't accept he could make mistakes, but it has happened and probably will continue to happen if he keeps cutting it so fine with the right hand gate ball.
    Ryan McGill - South Coast, New South Wales, Australia
  • estromestrom Posts: 508 Baller
    The gates are part of the course and it's up to Nate how close he wants to risk it. He's a big boy and knows the consequences.
  • ToddLToddL Posts: 2,718 Mega Baller
    edited July 2013
    @tbrenchley - yep. I really hesistated posting this thread. It kind of hit me when I saw @Drago's comment right after reading @Sethski's comment. That made me think back to Regina's 41 off gates that I witnessed. She's maybe 5'7" tall and got around 4-ball at -41 with a gate shot which looked to me to be dead center of the gates... (see linked text above) Put all that together and does make ya go hmm..
    -- The future of skiing depends upon welcoming novice skiers regardless of age to our sport.
  • gregygregy Posts: 2,452 Mega Baller
    Maybe if Regina had gotten closer to the right buoy she would have run 41.
  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 2,776 Mega Baller
    Anyone done the math in terms of the difference between 34 and 36 in terms of the number of the "window of opportunity" for the gate? Considering gates are perpendicular to boat path, it would seem like the potential to dead center the gates would be lesser at higher speeds.
  • BoneHeadBoneHead Posts: 5,880
    @tbrenchley Pretty sure Nate got a zero @ 43 at Diablo in September.
    Shane "Crash" Hill

  • bmiller3536bmiller3536 Posts: 298 Baller
    @ToddL during the winter months I ski 34 mph just for kicks and things are different @ 36 Timing, Speed control, etc. For me, the closer I get to the right hand gates usually translates to a better 1 ball and when trying to run my hardest pass I try to run the gate ball over or even miss by a foot to get a good start at 1 ball. On the other hand when skiing 34 I felt the later through the gates the better, probably because it felt like I had enough time to make a sandwich and eat it before I got to 1 ball
    Brad Miller
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