Our family is enjoying our new/used 2013 19' Chaparral H20 - I grew up on the water and my teenage girls have the chance to do so now! I purchased a used slalom ski, KD 6500, and it almost "killed me" - I'm really sure it's user error but I now understand why skiing on newer technology is important. I cracked a rib going over the second wake last weekend. I reached out to Tom Asher at Stokes and purchased the EVO-2 rib protector ski vest (it comes in today). He also recommended two newer slalom skis. Therefore, at the local Dallas boat show last night, I purchased the Radar Senate Alloy slalom ski. I will try it out next week once we return from a wedding this weekend.
Our lake (Grapevine) is rough so skiing is sometimes out of the question - so we wakeboard. Girls love the sport and they've only been doing this for a month or so. One kid loves to ski and the other loves to wakeboard. I slalom any chance that I can - even chasing down the other random slalom skier that magically appears on the lake (good grief - we are a dying breed). My wife loves to slalom as well.
The boat has a decent wake at 32 MPH (it's not a true ski-boat but I deplore the $150K wake-surfing boats so we went for a used bow-rider). Basically, it's the type of boat I grew up with back in the day. As long as we are on the water, the family loves the idea of water sports. Growing up in Arkansas, we lived in the same neighborhood as Wade Cox - small world and he's done extremely well at this sport.
I'm looking forward to the tips/suggestions/ideas from this board!