Ski Schools/coaching around Miami?

SpeshSpesh Posts: 93 Baller
edited September 2013 in Technique & Theory
Hi guys, a friend of mine is traveling over from the UK to Miami mid to late October, for the main purpose of skiing, so I thought I might as well tag along.

I'm 27 years old and have been skiing for just under 3 years and have reached the stage now where I could really benefit from some decent coaching to help me progress to the next stage. I'm currently regularly running 22off/36mph and getting about halfway down 28. I've hit the wall a bit at 28 where my technique needs some improving. However I have been told that I have the potential to be a decent skier.

What I'm really after is somewhere/someone who can spend a bit of time with me at the lake, getting to know me and my style of skiing over the period of a couple of weeks. And can spend some time giving me tuition on the dock too. I'm leaning more towards someone who has a bit of a pedigree in coaching, rather than a current pro, if you get what I mean.

Anyway, since I don't know the area well at all, I thought I would post up on here for some advice. Below are a couple of videos of me skiing 15off/34mph and 22off/36mph respectively, just so you can understand where I'm at with my skiing.


34mph 15off

36mph 22off


  • SpeshSpesh Posts: 93 Baller
    Chet was also recommended to me, however it would appear that he is all booked up during the period that I will be there. I will look into the others though. Thanks.
  • jcampjcamp Posts: 703 Crazy Baller
    Arturo Nelson at Aqa Sports in Miami is a great guy and an even better skier.
  • HortonHorton Posts: 25,801 Administrator
    Larkin is there too.

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  • bkreisbkreis Posts: 282 Baller
    I train w Larkin @ greater miami waterski club and he is awesome!
  • SpeshSpesh Posts: 93 Baller
    Thanks for the responses. I will make some inquiries.
  • BrewskiBrewski Posts: 321 Solid Baller
    edited September 2013
    There is Steve Schnitzer in WPB also. Maybe not a favorite to some but he knows his stuff......

    More here plus there are other coaches on Pro Ski Coach. com
  • mbabiashmbabiash Posts: 412 Solid Baller
    What is the coaching scene in Miami now. It's my understanding that Arturo moved back to Mexico and Larkin isn't there anymore.
    I'll prob head up to Chet each day but I was curious if there was anyone around Miami these days.
  • skihackerskihacker Posts: 237 Baller
    McGinnis is 45 mins north of Miami, roughly Ft Lauderdale, nice site, reasonable prices.
    Greg Banish
  • Stevie BoyStevie Boy Posts: 1,745 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    I think you will find that Aarron Larkin now resides in Australia and runs a Motor Cycle Dealership, only what I heard through the Grapevine, info could be sketchy

    "Keep Moving On & Off The Water”

  • Stevie BoyStevie Boy Posts: 1,745 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    @Spesh I will ask my man out here, if he knows of anybody, he is probably one of the most connected people in the sport, I know his first suggestion would have been Chet, I will ask.

    "Keep Moving On & Off The Water”

  • Stevie BoyStevie Boy Posts: 1,745 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    @Spesh could always look up Bobby Pine !

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    Greg Banish
  • skihackerskihacker Posts: 237 Baller
    Bobby Pine is a great guy, a little further north in Pompano Beach, Crystal Lakes.
    Greg Banishjetpilotg4
  • Stevie BoyStevie Boy Posts: 1,745 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    @skihacker, Bobby Pine is sound, but when I skied there with Spesh, it was behind a waterlogged Nautique 196 with huge wakes, which matched the huge rollers coming off of one of those big wakeboard boats that resembles a Fire Boat coming down the lake with all it,s hoses spraying, couldn't quite work out what music they were playing at the time.

    "Keep Moving On & Off The Water”

  • skihackerskihacker Posts: 237 Baller
    Yeah that sounds about right, I always skied early. It's been a few years, I heard they got a newer ski boat but not sure, seemed like they did more business with surfing and wakeboarding.
  • bkreisbkreis Posts: 282 Baller
    @mbabiash in Miami I train with Rocky Pasqua whom used to train, develop, and ski with Andy. PM me if you'd like the contact info.
  • Kdinger838Kdinger838 Posts: 57 Baller
    Rocky and Amador are really the only ones who give lessons at the club..I can give you there info if you like Or Ann McGinnis a bit north in FTL. But if you would like to ski and you're in town shoot me a message and I can take you out. We usually ski mornings before work Monday thru Thursday and twice on Saturday and Sunday. we usually put a G in to go surf and hangout between sets on the weekend.
  • LeonLLeonL Posts: 2,259 Crazy Baller
    I contacted Arturo about this time last year about skiing. His prices were pretty high and he had some weird rules. Pay in advance, be ready 15 minutes ahead of your appointment, etc. One that sticks in my mind was he didn't allow double high wraps or hard shells unless you could run 32 off. What's up with that?? Oh, I can run 32 though. It just didn't seem to be up my alley.
    Leon Leonard Stillwater Lake KY - SR Driver SR Judge
  • jetpilotg4jetpilotg4 Posts: 242 Baller
    @Stevie Boy Bobby Pine has him a 16 prostar now, although he does have a slightly newer 196 than the one you mentioned. The N/S lake is usually free from the wake boarders and most will let us have the lake until we are finished.
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