My first ski ?

Hello everyone !

I'm pretty new to this forum but it seems like there are a lot of nice and experienced people using this place.

I've been on the water for about 7 years now and tried everything from normal combo skiing over wakeboarding and finally also slalom skiing. I guess the slalom ski is what caught me in the end.

So basically I want to buy my first own slalom ski.

About me:
I'm about 6 feet tall ( a tiny bit over 6 feet ) and weight 165lbs. I feel pretty confident when I ride behind the boat and I'm mainly free skiing but always go for nice and aggressive turns to improve my ability ( so if you would ask me about my skill level my answer would probably be somewhere between intermediate+ and maybe even advanced ). When it comes to the speed I ski at it varies from about 26 mph to 32 mph ( depending on how I feel and what the driver of the boat is up to ) so the speed is not really consistent.

The ski should be suited for all those things stated above and should give me the opportunity to improve my skills more and more so that I will be ready to hit the course with it in the near future.

I'm happy about every advice I can get :)


  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 7,009 Mega Baller
    edited August 2015
    WELCOME! So cool to see so many new posters lately!

    I don't know a lot about ski choice for your level (or any other level), but I do know that aggressive turns are not the key to improving your ability at this stage -- on the assumption that your goal is to do well in a slalom course.

    Far far more important is getting from side to side faster, which is all about efficient leverage against the rope. Read up on stack, relaxed body position, leverage position, etc. to find what you need to know.
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • RideTheWaterRideTheWater Posts: 8 Baller
    @Than_Bogan Thanks I'm happy to be here :)
    I'm sorry I'm not too good at expressing myself the right way ^^' when I said doing some aggressive turns I basically meant that I'm trying to do some deep slalom like turns with the right technique.

    Guess I still need some advice for the ski choice ^^'
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 7,009 Mega Baller
    No, I knew exactly what you meant. Deep slalom turns are not the key to success in the slalom course. If your travel angle from one side to the other is not steep enough, no turn can compensate for that.

    99.9% of open water skiers assume the turn is where the action is. The ones who quickly advance in the slalom course are the ones who learn to focus on what is happening on the way across.
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • RideTheWaterRideTheWater Posts: 8 Baller
    @Than_Bogan Ok thanks a lot I'll read up on those things.

    But I still need the right ski :D
  • RideTheWaterRideTheWater Posts: 8 Baller
    Seems like I'll never know which ski I should buy :'(
  • Mastercraft81SnSMastercraft81SnS Posts: 122 Baller
    edited September 2015
    If I was you I would get a HO TX, HO triumph, connelly outlaw or a Radar P6. You would need something a bit wider for slow speeds like 26mph. The length for youwould be a 66 inch would be good or mabey a 67. You can also look at size charts.
  • akale15akale15 Posts: 152 Baller

    Similar to @Than_Bogan I don't know a lot about ski choice but know ways you can find out people who do. Not sure where you are located but check around for local ski clubs or pro shops. I would say the best advice for picking out a ski is getting one you like after you have ridden it, whether that be demo programs or borrowing a fellow ballers (if they have something and are willing to share). If you read around I know there are a lot of threads on this topic so that might be a good place to start....I know people have suggested the newer Radar skis for guys like yourself. Also your type of ski choice could change on if your interest is just free skiing or course skiing. Not to mention budget....

    If course skiing is what your after and you are looking for some advice, even though I don't know @Than_Bogan personally, he is a good one to listen too among many others on here.

    Happy Shopping!
  • RideTheWaterRideTheWater Posts: 8 Baller
    Ok thanks a lot :)
    The HO TX seems to be quite nice. What is the general difference between the TX and the Superlite version other than the weight ?
  • Mastercraft81SnSMastercraft81SnS Posts: 122 Baller
    The TX superlite is made of carbon fiber and at the speeds you would be skiing at there really would not be a point in my opinion. Also would look in to buying a used ski.
  • pwdrskipwdrski Posts: 19 Baller
    Try the Radar P6, it's a great ski. Starts real easy, and has great performance for a new skier. I run mine at 34 mph, and just love it. Performance Ski and Surf is a great shop to purchase from and is a supporter of Ball of Spray, buy from those that support the forum.
  • MNshortlinerMNshortliner Posts: 273 Solid Baller
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