Slalom ski for a cable park ?

Mo2204Mo2204 Posts: 28 Baller
Hey Ballers,

My friend lives near a cable park and since he does not get to ski behind a boat too often he decided to visit the cable park to get at least a bit of training at lower speeds. He wants to get his own ski but has no clue on what to buy. So I told him that I would ask you guys for him.

Apparently he is quite an advanced free skier and I thought about recommending the HO CX or even TX but I really do not know if those two ski can be driven at lower speed too.

The cable park runs at only 20-22 mph most of the time. Which ski would you guys recommend ? Or are the CX and TX suited for those speeds aswell ?


  • wtrskiorwtrskior Posts: 704 Crazy Baller
    TX is wider, so better at slower speeds. freeride or radar satori may be better suited for a park setting though.
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 6,066 Mega Baller
    I would go wider than a TX I would go Freeride or something like the Radar.
    Mark Shaffer
  • gt2003gt2003 Posts: 726 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    What's his weight? I've got an 69" Obrien Synchro that is quite wide and can be skied at slow speeds. I've skied it at 26 mph when I was weighing 220 lbs without any problem. I just bought a newer ski and would be willing to part with the Synchro provided I like the newer ski.
    2014 HO TX
    1996 Malibu Echelon
  • Mo2204Mo2204 Posts: 28 Baller
    His weight is around 165 lbs that is why i thought that the CX or TX could still be possible at that speed. And it would also be quite good if they would work since he wants to use the same ski to ride behind the boat (that is also why he wants to have a 67" ).
    So I guess the CX is not suited for speeds around 20-22 ? Then my next ski I could think of are either the TX or the HO Freeride ...

    @gt2003 we are both living in Germany that would make it a bit complicated to buy your ski :D
  • gt2003gt2003 Posts: 726 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Yes it would! Good luck finding him something that works!
    2014 HO TX
    1996 Malibu Echelon
  • Mo2204Mo2204 Posts: 28 Baller
    ok going towards the TX or Freeride then since ski like the CX or Connelly V are probably not good for both ( behind a boat at normal speeds and cable park at around 20-22 mph ) ?!
    Still open for advice ^^'
  • lpskierlpskier Posts: 3,449 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Just my opinion, but slaloming at 20-22 doesn't sound like much fun. If your buddy wants to have fun and improve at that slow a speed, I would consider jump skis or even a trick ski. You'd be surprised what you can learn about slalom at slow speeds on jumpers or a trick ski. Does the cable park have a slalom course?

    If the cable occasionally goes 26 or a little faster, try a Connelly Aspect. Great wide body ski at a friendly price. I ran -35 @ 30 mph on it. I was about 200 lbs. at the time and have a 67.

    FYI there are cable tournaments. Occasionally I'll see USA Water Ski looking for people for a cable world championship. If your buddy gets good enough, he could have some tournament fun.
    John Wilkins- Si non pro sanguine quem ludus ne. #iskiconnelly
  • InthedayIntheday Posts: 167 Baller
    Try a trick ski, I think the speed will be to slow for slalom. I have seen some amazing doubles skiing on cable so don't rule that out.
  • skialexskialex Posts: 1,280 Mega Baller
    Tell him to try wakeboarding!
  • EdbrazilEdbrazil Posts: 1,396 Historical Baller
    You could see if they can/will run the cable faster at times. I used to ski a good bit on the cable
    at Quiet Waters Park in Southern Florida, and they would do that. They even had a regulation
    jump there. These days, with the popularity of wakeboard, it has probably all changed. I have
    supervised putting in a SL course at a cable site. Good bit simplified, since boatgates are not
    One obstacle to a SL course, other than not many wanting it, would be the obstacles that are
    now in place at cable parks: sliders, kickers, etc.
  • Mo2204Mo2204 Posts: 28 Baller
    edited August 2015
    Thanks everyone.
    The thing is simply that he is skiing behind the boat too and wants to hit the slalom course but just not as often. So thats why he is looking for a ski that is good for slalom behind the boat but can also be used at the slow speeds of the cable park without riding too low therefore making it unskiable.
    Would it make a difference if the ski is lighter ? For example choosing a wide and light ski ( maybe going for the superlite TX instead of the normal version ).

    Edit : There is no slalom course in that cable park he is justgoing there to practice his position on the ski and all that stuff like for example he is trying to make turns leaning as deep as possible.
  • gsm_petergsm_peter Posts: 828 Crazy Baller
    I do not think it is feasible to have one ski that runs well in 20 and also in 30 mph.
    Plus on the trick ski.
    He will then get the best combination.
    Life is too short not to enjoy every day!
  • eddie_roberts_jreddie_roberts_jr Posts: 450 Water Ski Industry Professional
    We have a new ski to replace the P6 for 2016 that I think would be just the ticket for both cable and boat skiing. It's called the Butter Knife. It has a wide tip and tail with a long inside radius sidecut. At 165 lb. a 67" would work just fine at the slower cable speeds and would also work well behind the boat. It has more surface area than a conventional slalom so there is plenty of support and it has deep grooves on the bottom that really help pull it through the turns. We also have another new slalom to replace the Theory for 2016 - The Katana. Same shape as the Butter Knife only narrower. These all new skis are a ton of fun, both in the course, where they are very capable and out on open water.
  • Mo2204Mo2204 Posts: 28 Baller
    @eddie_roberts_jr sounds like a good alternative for him ... do you maybe already have a pdf for the 2016 product line like it was posted for HO in one of the discussions here ?
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