The Moment of Blowout

SkiJaySkiJay Posts: 2,314 Mega Baller
edited November 2014 in Videos, Photos & Media
This is an interesting capture of what your ankles go through during the split second it takes for your ski to blow out of the water. Check out how much the roll angle of the ski changes the instant the ski releases. BAM! Take THAT ankles!
It's interesting to see all the flexing and torquing the ski goes through too. ... Your ski should be your dance partner, not a wrestling opponent


  • mwetskiermwetskier Posts: 1,337 Mega Baller
    the initial blowout is not as hard on the ankles as the subsequent impact that follows, as this two frame animation shows. thats how skier kill their ankles skipping off a buoy. when the ski re -enters the water after being air born is when the serious damage happens.
  • A_BA_B Posts: 4,366 Mega Baller
    Or skip out on a roller and then hookup. All bad!
  • klindyklindy Posts: 2,803 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    What kind of binding system is on the ski above? It appears in the second frame that the bindings have released from the ski.
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 31,699 Administrator
    More fin please

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  • bishop8950bishop8950 Posts: 1,247 Open or Level 9 Skier
    Great pics. Those are the moments where ankles are quite often never the same. I agree with @‌mwetskier that the second impact is quite often worse than the first. Unfortunately I have broken my ankle twice and the first time was on the inital over turn and tip bite and the second time was on the second impact. Both offside.

    Look at the flex of the tail of the ski in the second frame when the fin grabs!

    I have been on the same ski for over 250 sets and have blown the tail once ever so thinking the fin is too small as @horton said.

    In this case, what happened to the skier inurywise?
  • jlittlejlittle Posts: 264 Baller
    From what I'm seeing, the pic where the ski is in the water is #1 in the frame sequence and the pic where it's in the air is #2. Correct? It would be the next couple of frames where that damage will be done.
  • drewski32drewski32 Posts: 218 Baller
    It's interesting to see the flex of the ski just before it exits the water. I got on a helix a few months ago and I couldn't blow it out if I tried! On the fusion I was on before, I had to be careful about pushing on the ski or it would blow out, especially on my heelside turn. On the helix I can stomp the tail of the ski and it just turns into angle and shoots out of the turn like a bullet without even stopping! When I first got on it I had to dial down my skiing because I was turning way too hard and taking way too much speed in the ball. Once I started relaxing i picked up a full pass.
  • SkiJaySkiJay Posts: 2,314 Mega Baller
    @jlittle‌ - Yes, the first frame is before it blows, the second as it releases.
    @klindy‌ - The bindings are Stradas, and they haven't released.
    @Horton - This blew out mostly because I'd jammed too much tip into the water. ... Your ski should be your dance partner, not a wrestling opponent
  • mwetskiermwetskier Posts: 1,337 Mega Baller
    @jlittle -judging from the back ground trees the photo where the ski is air born is right after the blow out and then the one with the ski in the water is even later when the ski bites in again. i could be wrong 1 more photo in the sequence would help.
  • jlittlejlittle Posts: 264 Baller
    @mwetskier‌ I looked at that also but switched my opinion based on his off hand coming back on the handle.
  • SkiJaySkiJay Posts: 2,314 Mega Baller
    edited November 2014
    I've redone the video in the first post so that the chain of events is more obvious. This version shows the real danger in blowouts better too--the landing. I love the heal release on my Stradas! ... Your ski should be your dance partner, not a wrestling opponent
  • ozskiozski Posts: 1,721
    @Skijay Had one today @-35 and did the pebble thing trying to put the ski around 3 ball, I do recall trying to keep the ski off the water right after the first hit. Peeled my vest right up :)
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  • WishWish Posts: 8,463 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    I wonder how much the bendy front end of the T1 and T2 Mapple series would have reduced some of that if not eliminated it. And the boots stayed on..?
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
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  • SkiJaySkiJay Posts: 2,314 Mega Baller
    Good point @Wish, as I understand it, this is exactly what the Torque Series is out to avoid. ... Your ski should be your dance partner, not a wrestling opponent
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