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New extremely portable slalom course

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  • UWSkierUWSkier Posts: 1,621 Mega Baller
    How do you know where the entry gates and 55s are? If you get drilled by one of these things, does it feel like a bare-skin hit by a paintball?
    boats are like girlfriends you love them however there is another one around the corner - bananaron, July 21, 2020
  • keithh2oskierkeithh2oskier Posts: 656 Crazy Baller
    I would be scared the @ROBOTs would turn and start firing directly at me. No need to get a nut shot with a paintball.
  • skihartskihart Posts: 531 Solid Baller
    Love it! When can i try it?
  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 4,569 Mega Baller
    edited October 2018
    Whats the wind drift like? Id figure needs really calm water to see the strike and avoid error.

    Neat idea for sure, particularly if the markers are plain normal size balls. Id want to be able to go bulk CO2 if that was going off down the lake.
  • ROBOTROBOT Posts: 337 Administrator
    edited October 2018

    Slalom skiing with an endless course? OffCourse™!

    Are you tired of spending more time preparing your slalom course then actually skiing? Then listen up, a new way of the slalom skiing we all love is around the corner. Introducing the OffCourse™, a revolutionizing way to roam the water, creating a slalom course on the fly.

    The time of big, heavy and inconvenient slalom courses are over, thanks to Swedish company Rodics Innovation. All you need to do is start your boat, plug in the OffCourse™ and you are all set. The OffCourse™ is a patent-pending device that creates a slalom course by creating water splashes where the buoys usually would be. It’s powered by carbon dioxide cartridges, that continuously fires away projectiles to the water which shows you where to turn.

    Rodics Innovation has not held back in the making of the OffCourse™, using aircraft grade aluminum and high-quality Swedish stainless-steel to ensure that the device holds for the impact that comes with skiing like a badass. Also, all the projectiles used are totally biodegradable which keeps the water clean even after all the havoc you’ve caused from riding it. The OffCourse™ is a result of years of work, late nights and countless testing sessions. It’s created by enthusiasts driven by a passion to change the way of water skiing as we know it. Making you able to roam the water like never before with a sense of total freedom, leaving no traces behind. It’s just you and the lake, like it should be.

    Find out more about the OffCourse™ at Rodics Innovation’s website or on Facebook 

    Pre-orders are already available – and the release date is set at May 2019. 

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  • One_SkiOne_Ski Posts: 75 Baller
    This is the most awesome concept I've seen in a long time. Until virtual reality becomes available, this is the next best thing. I'm interested!
  • jhughesjhughes Posts: 1,096 Mega Baller
    Really cool.
  • WishWish Posts: 8,200 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    This is very cool. Folks moved to a lake that will NEVER have a slalom course. So when I'm there, free skiing is the only option. But it does have skiers and ski boats.

    Would love to see it head down a slalom course at speed and see how close it comes to hitting buoys. Either way, 1000x closer to a slalom course then none allowed in a lot of lakes and getting worse. Sign me up as a test dummy.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • LoopSkiLoopSki Posts: 783 Mega Baller
    if they can get the splash to turn red and add gates it will be really cool
    Keith MenardskinutShark
  • Orlando76Orlando76 Posts: 1,294 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    edited October 2018
    I’m Almost sold but Again, gates and 55’s? Access to a course no matter who you are, hopefully less and easier/cheaper maintenance. Always glass water. Wifey won’t get tired of going to the same lake because it’s the only one with a course. Realistically priced.
  • SethroSethro Posts: 325 Crazy Baller
    Very interesting. We don't have 55's anyway so that part I'm not worried about. Can't wait to hear more about this.
  • MickskiMickski Posts: 5 Baller
    edited October 2018
    Those Swedes have some good ideas. Love my Saab and would seriously consider this for the public lake I live on!
  • jhughesjhughes Posts: 1,096 Mega Baller
    If you think about it, the 55s and the gate are just timing cues. You could almost have those be a light on the boat (configurable) that blinks when the 55s are X feet from the boat and then again when the gates are at a certain point on the boat. Then the GPS can start firing balls out from there.
  • andjulesandjules Posts: 843 Mega Baller
    When I dreamt of robots with guns, paintball and slalom courses never occurred to me.
    This is awesomely creative (and perhaps ridiculously impractical, but hey, here's to innovation).
  • AndreAndre Posts: 1,548 Mega Baller
    What is it shoothing exactly ?
  • wilecoyotewilecoyote Posts: 197 Baller
    HOLY COW! I started working on something very similar about 3 years ago. I bought the paintball guns, built the control board, and wrote the arduino program, but that's as far as I got. It's been sitting on the back burner ever since. My program relied strictly on timing, no GPS so this one is better. The problem I was chewing over in my head was dealing with wind and side to side boat attitude. I'm assuming these guys have worked that out. As for the 55's, I don't know what they are doing, but my program was written to accommodate a strain gauge on the pylon, when the load goes high on the gate pull out, it fires a "zero ball" to set you up for your gate. The strain gauge also acts as a safety, if there is no load on the line, the guns won't fire. The added benefit was a "skier fall" alert to the driver when there was no load on the line after a short delay.

    I'm so stoked (and a bit jealous) about this, I doubt my version ever would have made it to market so having this pop up is awesome.
  • thagerthager Posts: 5,146 Mega Baller
    Why not use one 55 buoy and one gate buoy (right side only) and begin the timing from there. Throw in 2 more in approximate right place for other direction?
    Stir vigorously then leave!
  • DanEDanE Posts: 928 Crazy Baller
    edited October 2018
    "A little sting here and there gettin´the hips up" -Mike Parrish @ 35:42
  • ALPJrALPJr Posts: 2,392 Mega Baller
    edited October 2018
    Innovative for sure, however, could this be a nail in the coffin - on top of the public's concerns about high speed, crowded water, and wake damage - that shuts down what's left of access for towed water sports on public waterways? Think I'd much rather free ski.
  • ALPJrALPJr Posts: 2,392 Mega Baller
    edited October 2018
    And why we're at it let's set a few of these loose on the lakes, bays and rivers too...
  • jcampjcamp Posts: 929 Mega Baller
    I have 20+ miles of fairly straight river just a couple miles from my house but between state regulations and issues with strong river flow/runoff episodes it's basically impossible to put a course in it. With this bad boy I can just drop in and tell my wife to drive straight. I'm definitely interested.
  • thagerthager Posts: 5,146 Mega Baller
    Doesn't have to be a buoy. Wouldn't be permanent . Could be a noodle or fish marker held by small brick. Could get by with just two but approach would be kind of long after first pass.
    Stir vigorously then leave!
  • GarnGarn Posts: 566 Crazy Baller
    I love the idea! I'm definitely interested!
  • Tom351Tom351 Posts: 133 Baller
    edited October 2018
    The hard part for dropping in actual gates would be triggering the Offcourse unit at the right point relative to the gate. If Offcourse fires in a "zero" ball as @Horton mentioned (which would make sense) then the driver would have a hard time triggering at the correct point relative to the gate. Or maybe the Offcourse trigger/timing is relative to actual gate location- in which case the driver could trigger the system as he drives past the actual gate buoy(s)....or if skiing without gates the driver would trigger around the time the skier turns in.

    Although, the website says that the unit holds 24 balls- for 4 passes. So using a zero ball and 7 per pass would not be the best use of the mag capacity.

    It would be a fun/friendly contest to see who can get the most "buoys" at a given speed/length where 6 is normal, but 8 or 10 or 12 buoys start to get really tough.
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