Recommendations for Ski Books and Documentaries


Just got back from a ski training trip in SC and I'm hooked. Being a novice, I have a lot of questions about my technique, equipment, mindset and so on. While off the water, I'd like to keep my mind sharp and engulfed in skiing. Are there any particular books or documentaries that every skier should read or watch? Any books out there about the origin stories for the ski manufacturing and boating industries - aside from the Wiki articles?

I've subscribed to Waterski Mag, will be purchasing The Fin Whisperer shortly, and pretty much followed the entire ski industry on Instagram.



P.S. - I'm always game to meet up with some IL, IN and WI skiers.


  • 94009400 Posts: 646 Crazy Baller
    Lots of good discussions on here, look around and be prepared to be overwhelmed.
  • A_BA_B Posts: 4,351 Mega Baller
    Google handle control by Bruce Butterfield.
    If you can accomplish before you make big turns and throw spray, you will be doing yourself a huge favor.
  • wtrskiorwtrskior Posts: 704 Crazy Baller
    YouTube and more YouTube. I don't think there are as many new uploads as there once was when it was starting, but there is a ton of content out there. Some very professional.
  • HortonHorton Posts: 31,516 Administrator
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  • skialexskialex Posts: 1,279 Mega Baller
    Also Ben Favret's book, it's a complete guide to waterskiing, all the basic and more info is there.
    BOS of course, to me is the single most useful source of skiing info for the past few years!
  • ToddLToddL Posts: 2,880 Mega Baller
    Books? What are books? Just kidding. Ben's book noted above is pretty good.

    DVD/VHS Videos -
    Slalom with Andy Mapple
    Shortline with Drew Ross
    12 Slalom Drills-Rathbun

    (There was a lot of discussion about the West Coast video, but before you consider that one, please see the video link below.)

    On-line Videos:
    +1 for Seth Drills & Terry Winter videos

    Here's a BOS thread on videos, too: < Link >

    IMHO, if you are just starting out, my most concise advise would be this: Learn how to stand tall and stacked on your ski first and foremost.

    We call this our "Stack". Then, never do any action in which you cannot stay stacked. If an action breaks your stack, you are either performing it wrong, or too hard, or above your ability/skill/strength. Stay within your stack ability. Skiers who start chasing buoys before solidifying their stack will have some initial progress, but will hit a very tall brick wall and spend several years trying to scale it.

    Stack before buoys is a critical step on the path to short line skills.

    -- The future of skiing depends upon welcoming novice skiers regardless of age to our sport.
  • sunvalleylawsunvalleylaw Posts: 1,259 Mega Baller
    Anyone know of a book or movie kind of like Dogtown and Z-Boys for skateboarding, or Fat Tire Flyer for mountain biking? One that covers the history in pictures and/or film? It seems like there could be so much there. I do not know if it has been done.

    It seems like the OP is interested in this kind of origin thing as well as current technique and tips. As am I. :)
  • J3J3 Posts: 49 Baller
    @raynard_io Regarding your mindset question, these are the books that I would say have had the biggest direct impact on my skiing.

    What to Say When you Talk to Yourself by Shad Helmstetter
    Outliers by Malcom Gladwell
    The Inner Game of Tennis by W. Timothy Gallwey
    Burn Your Goals by Joshua Medcalf and Jamie Gilbert
    Chop Wood Carry Water by Joshua Medcalf
    Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
    Toughness by Jay Bilas
    Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
  • raynard_ioraynard_io Posts: 2 Baller
    @sunvalleylaw I agree. After reading about MasterCraft's origin story, it seems like the founders had some "differences" in opinion with Correct Craft. The wiki article states, "The owners took a Ski Nautique manufactured by Correct Craft, hung it from a tree, and cut off the back of the hull in order to modify it to their preferences". I'm looking for one of those Jeremy Jones tear-jerkers that glorifies the passion for skiing.

  • ToddLToddL Posts: 2,880 Mega Baller
    If you want a feel-good documentary about water skiing in DVD format, obtain a copy of The Secret Spot. It is a nice account of the lake life and its attraction.
    -- The future of skiing depends upon welcoming novice skiers regardless of age to our sport.
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