So another topic had me curious about what good times are for PP. I noticed when I was driving a buddy that I would surge in the course and go from -.04 to +.02 from one ABT segment to the next (around 4 ball), so the boat made up .06 seconds in one segment, and I could tell because the speed shot up to ~37.4 mph
Now I could tell this as the driver, and a boat judge would have heard that the engine started going nuts. But the fact remains that you can end the passes within tolerance and yet be far outside of the variation in speed rules that AWSA and IWWF state.
Monitoring the speed to +/- 0.8 kph is technically the responsibility of the boat judge who is supposed to be watching the skier. So it would really be a gut feel call from the boat based on feeling or hearing a surge.
The real question is, with all of the technology built into zero off and PP, why are we still only calling in 1 time at the end of each pass, when the computer has the ability to tell you whether the pass was good?
I think the boat judge should have a keypad of 0-6 and after calling the buoys he hits the right key and the computer will say “good pass” or “bad pass – skier’s choice to reride” or “bad pass – reride mandatory”
In addition to the average speed throughout the pass (which is total distance / total time) the computer can analyze all of the buoy times for accordance with the rules and make sure everything is ok.
You’d think that with end course video measuring tolerance of inches, that we’d have a more sophisticated timing analysis than an automated stopwatch.