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new ski?

AgobranAgobran Posts: 8 Baller
hi guys so i ski quite a bit but I've been using a O'Brien Syncro from 2003 and I'm wonder if ill have a better experience on a new ski at a 500$ price point. I'm 16 at 6' 150 and gaining weight rapidly never skied a course but id guess i could do around 30 off. ski behind a 2003 sunscape 21'
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  • ballsohardballsohard Posts: 254 Baller
    I would definitely say that any more modern ski will be much much better.
  • AgobranAgobran Posts: 8 Baller
    @ballsohard any recommendations around 500$?
  • ballsohardballsohard Posts: 254 Baller
    edited July 2018
    @Agobran And I would say get a slightly used Radar Senate from ski it again. You could definitely find one for about $500.
  • AgobranAgobran Posts: 8 Baller
    That's actually the ski i was looking ay earlier is that a pretty aggressive ski?
  • ballsohardballsohard Posts: 254 Baller
    @Agobran it's an aggressive enough ski to progress to a high level but at the same time, it is known as quite a forgiving ski.
  • LobonatorLobonator Posts: 66 Baller
    Welcome to the BOS! As most here will agree, you will definitely get substantially better performance from a newer ski. At $500 I'd look for something used on ski it again. And definitely be ready to become addicted and humbled by the course when you give it a go!!!
    ballsohard
  • AgobranAgobran Posts: 8 Baller
    @Lobonator thanks im going to try to get on a course before the end of this short Minnesota summer
  • ballsohardballsohard Posts: 254 Baller
    @Agobran I would get a 66" ski
  • ballsohardballsohard Posts: 254 Baller
    edited July 2018
    @Agobran I would stay away from that particular one because of the deep looking scratch on the bottom
  • AgobranAgobran Posts: 8 Baller
    @ballsohard think it would mess up the performance of the ski?
  • ballsohardballsohard Posts: 254 Baller
    @Agobran it easily could, plus it could break down at any moment.
  • shansen345shansen345 Posts: 181 Baller
    I would also recommend a Radar Senate. 2015 and newer are supposedly the best years. Any of the 3 versions will do, but I usually recommend the middle (Graphite) version for someone learning (cost vs. performance). If you're at 150 and gaining some pounds, then maybe the 67" would be best for you. You might outgrow the 65", and the Senate only comes in even-number lengths. HO Omni is another good ski, I just don't have as much experience with them. Start at 28MPH and work your way up. Good luck!
  • shansen345shansen345 Posts: 181 Baller
    https://www.wileyski.com/product/ho-syndicate-a3-waterski-2014-66/
    Okay so I know that this goes against what I commented above, but here's a good deal on (from what I understand) a good course ski. Will be less forgiving than a Senate/Omni and require a little more work across the wakes because of the smaller width, but it's the right price and I've seen people learn the course on various levels of skis. If you would rather get the Senate/Omni, wait until the end of the summer when people are buying new stuff and hit up Ski It Again.
    Also, now that I think about it, D3 Quest or X7 are also good skis to learn on. Or an ARC if you can find one for the right price. D3 is a forgiving ski brand in general.
    66"-67" is going to be your fit.
    Sorry for rambling lol
  • LobonatorLobonator Posts: 66 Baller
    @Agobran I think a senate would be a good choice. Best thing is to get out and ride a few for a few passes. Every ski will ride a bit different from person to person, so although all of the recommended skis are awesome, you might like some particular skis better. Earlier this year, I was pretty much deadset on buying a 2017 lithium senate, but after demoing the senate and vapor back to back, I liked the vapor 10x more.

    As far as picking up damaged skis I would stay away from that, just cause you never know. There is a site http://discountwakeandski.com where I saw some pretty good deals on blemished graphics stuff.
  • savaiusinisavaiusini Posts: 343 Water Ski Industry Professional
    @Agobran You should definitely check out an HO Carbon Omni. If these are out of your price point, I would search for a 2017 HO CX.
    Sam Avaiusini - Operations Manager, HO Sports Company, Snoqualmie, WA
    Jordan
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