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Dock Starting Tips for EVERYBODY!!!

turbogooseturbogoose Posts: 23 Baller
edited September 2018 in Technique & Theory
It appears that life vests were not necessary in the 50s.



  • MarkSAUMarkSAU Posts: 29 Baller
    @turbogoose that’s a classic! Love it.
    Melbourne Australia

    "You have not fallen off until you let go the rope"
  • Keith MenardKeith Menard Posts: 602 Crazy Baller
    They didn't have anything on how to dock start with 1 ski...damnit, I am never going to learn!
  • bananaronbananaron Posts: 345 Crazy Baller
    When I was young we would dock start all the time.I actually had a mercury motor like the one in the photo and still have many skis that are relics in my boathouse.
    Ron Engblom Brainerd lakes,minnesota
  • epnaultepnault Posts: 330 Crazy Baller
    If you read the boating rules in WI, I don't think you need to be wearing a life vest while skiing but there needs to be one for each person in the boat and being towed.
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 5,989 Mega Baller
    @Keith Menard it depends if you are doing a sitting dock start or a standing one. Sitting is almost like a deep water start except you want to tell the boat to go when you have 2 feet or so of rope so it gets a little speed going.

    Standing is more complicated. You want to have 3-5 feet of slack when you tell the boat to go and you make sure you kind of step into the water with the ski on an angle instead of trying to hop on top of it. If you hop on top of it unless the timing is perfect you will sink.

    We used to do them all the time and do beach starts as well when I was a kid. I don't do them anymore though.
    Mark Shaffer
  • DangerBoyDangerBoy Posts: 338 Crazy Baller
    edited September 2018
    These are scans of a vintage 1956 Mercury Waterskiing brochure/pamphlet I bought on eBay. I hope you enjoy them.

    I love the stance and the handle she's using. :D

    I love step 4 (above). What if you're on a lake where it's 20 feet deep 10 - 15 yards from shore?
    Step 1 (below) looks like a sure-fire way to get a water enema to me. :#

    There you have it! That's all there is to waterskiing! ;)
    I can take anything apart
  • MISkierMISkier Posts: 2,781 Mega Baller
    This is from our 1954 Evinrude book on waterskiing by Bruce Parker.

    I donated the book to our Michigan Water Ski Association Hall of Fame. There was a bunch of other information, including jump plans and a review of equipment. Some of the pictures of jumpers only wearing swim shorts (and maybe the old life belt) were interesting.

    The last page of the book had an application for lifetime AWSA membership for $50.00.

    The worst slalom equipment I own is between my ears.
  • Timr71Timr71 Posts: 31 Baller
    There's a sweet (pun intended) dock start in this Juicy Fruit commercial:
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