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Newbie needs help picking a stick please

Hello to all of you! Name is Todd, I'm 48 yrs young..Weight is 185-190, 5'9''...got up on one ski when I was around 14 if I can remember lol. Now I just started back on one ski a little bit behind my brother in laws boat 2 yrs ago, and just last year we went to a lake that had a slalom course. None of us ever tried a course, so being me, I tried it first..all I can say is now I am totally addicted!
So far I have only been able to make it thru the inside beginners balls. I really love the sport! very challenging and so fun! So much, I went and got my own boat and plan on doing this till I die!!
Anyhow, can I ask what kind of ski all of you started your journey on? or recommend a good ski to start with? I don't want to buy too much of of a ski..I'm looking for a forgiving ski that will help me learn slalom..based on my stats above..I ski around 28mph right now..(Maybe I should be going slower to start with..I am not sure?) Just looking for one that will help me with my not so great technique, and maybe grow into..So please, can i hear all of your recommendations or comments?! OR point me to a previous discussion that goes over this?
Thanks so much!
Than_BoganBradydrewski32

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  • MattPMattP Posts: 6,109 Mega Baller
    edited December 2014
    @ToddFather‌ welcome to BOS! You have to come to the right place we are all fellow addicts. I'm sure we will get some info on a good stick for you to get started on. Off of the top of my head the Radar Skis Senate sounds like a good starting place. For any of your ski purchases don't forget to check out Performance Ski & Surf
  • WishWish Posts: 8,004 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    edited December 2014
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • schaferschafer Posts: 313 Solid Baller
    Yup senate or P6 would both be great
    Quest for the Purple Loop
  • gt2003gt2003 Posts: 726 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    I just got back into slalom skiing this year at 45 yrs old. I found an Obrien Synchro blem with XL targa boots for $200 new on ebay. There are more out there, just google Obrien Synchro blem and they'll show up. Only problem is if you need smaller bindings. All I've found have been those with XL's. It's fairly wide and stable and I'm pretty sure it will be as much ski as I will need for a decent number of years. From what I've heard, there is someone who has ski'd one on tour but I can't confirm that its true or who it is. Just a thought from someone who seems to be close to being in your shoes. I'm attempting the course this coming summer. Good luck finding a stick!
    2014 HO TX
    1996 Malibu Echelon
  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 3,511 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    We've got both a 67 Senate and P6, both great skis
    This is where we got ours - $119 with free shipping for the P6, but you would still need some bindings.
    http://www.wakehouse.com/products/radar-p-6-slalom-water-ski-67.html
    Chuck P
    Not a mechanic but I play one at home
  • ToddFatherToddFather Posts: 5 Baller
    Nice to meet you all! Thanks for your suggestions and comments..The P6 looks like a good choice for me, and the price I can't argue with either! Do you think the 67" would be the good pick for my weight and size/boat speed? Weight is 185-190, 5'9'' speed =28-30mph..
    I see a lot of 67" for sale..not to much in the way of 69"
  • MarcoMarco Posts: 1,429 Crazy Baller
    The 67" should treat you well, especially after you start to speed up the boat. The 69 will be too big.
  • WishWish Posts: 8,004 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    edited December 2014
    @ToddFather‌

    YES!!! And your idea of slowing down speed to learn things is a good one and the P6 will support you 100%
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 3,511 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    I'm 6ft 180lbs and use a 67 Senate- should be a decent size for you. My kid is 6ft 1in at 165lbs and rides a 67 P6.
    The p6 will be fine at 28mph, I was starting out at 28mph with my senate last year which is a little narrower.
    Chuck P
    Not a mechanic but I play one at home
  • ToddFatherToddFather Posts: 5 Baller
    Ahh this is great guys! thanks so much for the info...thats what I'm going to order then..67" P6.
    BTW, This is a great forum, so much info here, look forward to being a part of it!
    MattPWishgt2003ColeGiacopuzzi
  • ColeGiacopuzziColeGiacopuzzi Posts: 450 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    Welcome @ToddFather‌ @MattP‌ and everyone else on this thread got you going in the right direction, Radar is a great company with a wide range of skiers for all levels, that P6 will take you far! Have fun!!
  • ToddFatherToddFather Posts: 5 Baller
    Well, Christmas early! Got my new stick today! Next on the agenda...bindings. Man I can't wait for summer :)

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  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 3,511 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Looks like everyone enjoys that new ski smell
    Chuck P
    Not a mechanic but I play one at home
    ToddFatherToddL
  • ToddLToddL Posts: 2,823 Mega Baller
    edited December 2014
    @ToddFather‌ - WooHoo!!!! Welcome to the site, our sport, and our passion! The P6 is a wonderful ski. All the thoroughbred ski-making design elements packaged into a stable ride. You are going to find it will allow you to push yourself easily while building confidence. Merry Christmas and Happy SkiHolidays!
    -- The future of skiing depends upon welcoming novice skiers regardless of age to our sport.
    ToddFather
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