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Question about potential devices to assist deep water start.

vernonreevevernonreeve Posts: 94 Baller
edited May 2018 in Technique & Theory
We have the typical friends that are too heavy, old, weak, and/or inexperienced to get up on one ski. I was going to make something, but found the following that might work.
Has anyone used the RAVE Aqua Buddy Trainer for 180lb adults?

Also, has anyone tried something like the Clark Fork Pontoon from Cabelas?


  • LobonatorLobonator Posts: 67 Baller
    You could maybe try off of a regular tow tube. I know people who have learned to barefoot by starting off of a tube.
  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 4,125 Mega Baller
    Never had any luck with this myself, seems like a good idea but mostly just inconvenient unwieldy and distracting. Get a barefoot boom if they are too young or old and it will pay off.
  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 3,490 Mega Baller
    The best device is a second ski. Good enough for a an older guy i know who uses one at nationals. No point wearing yourself out.
    Chuck P
    Not a mechanic but I play one at home
  • mwetskiermwetskier Posts: 1,332 Mega Baller
    there are various strap-like set ups that have been used by a lot of older guys. the basic idea is a single piece of nylon webbing (like seatbelt material) coming from the buckle area of a waist belt or double straps coming from behind the back of a belt. the strap is simply laid over the top of the handle (*not* a full wrap around) and clamped by one of your hands. if two straps coming from behind are used then each hand clamps one.

    The guys who use them swear by them and @Horton can probably explain more since i know his dad has used one.
  • vernonreevevernonreeve Posts: 94 Baller
    The strap concept sounds like a good idea. Sounds similar to the Goode Powervest.
  • mwetskiermwetskier Posts: 1,332 Mega Baller
    @vernonreeve -important point, as soon as the skier is up and skiing he releases the straps and they simply dangle, either in front with the one strap method, or in back with the two strap method.
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