Why is slalom the most popular form of skiing?

jgills88jgills88 Posts: 96 Baller
Taking a look on this board, it's pretty easy to see that slalom is the basis of 90% of the discussion on here, why did it over take the other disciplines as most popular? Jump is easy to see because of the expense, but I'm surprised that trick isn't number one. It's inexpensive, the it can be done behind any boat (although advanced trickers have preferences with wakes), doesn't require a course, and is relatively safer than slaloming.
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  • JordanJordan Posts: 1,275 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    speed, exhilaration, physicality, big spray, never-ending challenge....gigantic cool factor!
  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 3,889 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Go out into the world sometime and ask 100 normal people if they know what slalom skiing is. Then ask them if they know what trick skiing is. If they say yes then ask them to describe it. After finding that 0 people know what trick skiing actually is you will have the answer ;)
    Chuck P
    Not a mechanic but I play one at home
  • aspskiaspski Posts: 227 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Personally I see tricking as the 'ski-ballet' of waterskiing. I find it quite boring, maybe I just don't get it. I would rather wakeboard or surf vs trick ski.
    Slalom on the other hand, I love going fast, throwing up a big spray, adrenaline factor etc.
  • Orlando76Orlando76 Posts: 1,292 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    For me trick skiing is basically wake boarding which is too much “the in thing” for me. I respect jump skiing but all I see is a lot of hype, a big build up of suspense, and then poof its done.
  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 3,889 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    edited March 2019
    I guess trick skiing is sort of like wakeboarding, in a midget wrestling kind of way. (Yes it's difficult, it just looks funny and not that impressive) ;)

    Trick skiing
    Chuck P
    Not a mechanic but I play one at home
  • Cooper_TrelawneyCooper_Trelawney Posts: 289 Solid Baller
    I skied in all 3 events in college tournaments and jump and slalom in summer tournaments in the 80s and 90s. Jump was by far my favorite event. It was the most exhilarating and addictive sport I had ever done. I suspect that there are many fewer jumpers and trickers now because there seems to be less emphasis on overall skiing, fewer manufacturers making jump skis and trick skis, fewer public jump ramps, etc. Personally I think all 3 events are very cool in their own ways.
  • The_MSThe_MS Posts: 6,492 Member of the BallOfSpray Hall Of Fame
    95% of people cannot even spell Slalom.
    Shut up and ski
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 6,066 Mega Baller
    Getting up on a trick Ski is much harder than getting up on a slalom and getting up on a pair of tricks is much harder than a pair of skis. Riding a wakeboard is much easier than a single trick. In addition trick skis are kind of hard to come by.
    Mark Shaffer
  • PatMPatM Posts: 835 Crazy Baller
    @klindy Pretty much nailed it. I tried taking up trick skiing and after some time and fails my driver (my wife) told me she hated pulling tricks. I would have liked to get better and have something else to do on my public lake. As time consuming it is for the skier to learn it can be mind numbing for the driver.
  • jgills88jgills88 Posts: 96 Baller
    @Jody_Seal id argue trick as dangerous. I know people who have broken their back slaloming
    Akron Waterski -- Always looking for water
  • RednucleusRednucleus Posts: 698 Mega Baller
    That's like asking "Why is breathing necessary to sustain life?"
  • PatMPatM Posts: 835 Crazy Baller
    @eleeski and @Jody_Seal I am a fan of trick skiers because it is hard. I think in order to get good at the sport you need the support of another trick skier such as yourselves. You understand and have the patience to drive and possibly instruct.
  • braindamagebraindamage Posts: 245 Baller
    I’ve never tried trick skiing. It just doesn’t look that fun. I’ve never jumped cuz I’ve never had a ramp and frankly, it looks like an injury waiting to happen. Slalom is fun and accessible.
  • gsm_petergsm_peter Posts: 827 Crazy Baller
    I enjoy both slalom and trick.
    For me trick starts are eaisier and less hard on my body.
    It took me about 50 sets to:
    Manage the course all 6 at 26mph
    Manage tricks about 450 points (one ski)

    Cory Picos hand passes are inspiering to watch...
    Life is too short not to enjoy every day!
  • ntxntx Posts: 847 Crazy Baller
    @Bruce_Butterfield your daughter probably had a better trick coach when she was 10 than you did. See you soon
  • GAJ0004GAJ0004 Posts: 1,095 Baller
    edited March 2019
    I like to do a variety of events. I still slalom, trick and barefoot. Last year in tournaments tricks was my best event. I have been struggling with slalom lately. I changed skis, from a 2008 D3 Nomad RCX to a 2015 Connelly GT. My best tournament performance is 2 1/[email protected] 34 MPH. I am thinking the GT may be too advanced of a ski for me I used to get in to deep 32 off every time, but lately I have been falling on my opener, and going down at 28 off. I have been doing the Insanity workout in the offseason with some P90x Plyometrics and yoga which I think has helped my trick skiing. I sprained my ankle and foot last season which slowed me down in the course. I could still trick and barefoot, but it hurt to put my slalom ski on toward the end of last season. The last couple of years the spring in Ohio and Pennsylvania has been terrible. I need an early start to have a good season. Tricks is coming easier to me lately than slalom.
    Gary Janzig Streetsboro Ohio, skis at Lake Latonka, Mercer Pennsylvania slalom,trick,kneeboard,barefoot
  • klindyklindy Posts: 2,765 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    @jgills88 I’ve been skiing all three events for 40 years (arguably not very well) and I’ve been hurt more often in tricks than any other event. Muscle pulls, bruised/broken ribs, cuts requiring stitches, etc. Not real serious injuries but certainly more often. Probably because you spend a lot more time on (or in) the water trickskiing than the other events.
    Keith Lindemulder
    AWSA Chairman of the Board

  • MDB1056MDB1056 Posts: 840 Crazy Baller
    Slalom is pure speed and rush. Face it by comparison tricks is WAY slow and even spectators agree less exhilarating
  • liquid dliquid d Posts: 1,384 Mega Baller
    cuz it's badass when you do it right!
  • liquid dliquid d Posts: 1,384 Mega Baller
    You'll be fine...global warming, polar ice caps melting; water is only going to get deeper.
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,983 Mega Baller
    @Bruce_Butterfield You've had a lot of very accurate and concise posts over the years, but that was one of the best examples. There's really no need to read any other posts in this thread (including this one!).
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • MDB1056MDB1056 Posts: 840 Crazy Baller
    Discussion question is about popularity. Slalom is a no brainer .
  • MISkierMISkier Posts: 3,325 Mega Baller
    Slalom is my only event and I just enjoy the speed and dynamics of it.

    However, I must give Trick skiing its due. Last year, I was an official at a Collegiate tournament. We had a side competition and the officials participated as a “school”. Since we needed 3 event team points, Trick and Jump skiers were at a premium. So, I said I would try to Trick. Hilarious. I borrowed a Trick ski and asked around on how to at least do a side slide. I had to ask if I should get up with one foot or two. I tried two and didn’t get up. Got up with one foot, got the other in, and fell just before the start of the course. Slippery. Score 0. But, the scorer didn’t log it. I sent him an email to get it recorded. I wanted the zero just to own a Trick round. I have a newfound respect for it. Might try it again sometime, but it’s not like I’m going to run off and buy a 197 or anything.

    Not sure I should try jumping, though.
    The worst slalom equipment I own is between my ears.
  • Keith_MenardKeith_Menard Posts: 764 Mega Baller
    I think you all are missing the obvious here. Sports betting and Fantasy. People follow sports where they can get into the action...and the action is on Slalom. It's also why there is endless arguing about half ball, 1/4 ball, etc...when Vegas gets involved, stuff gets serious.

    Do we need to be reminded of the ball shaving scandals of the early oughts?
  • A_BA_B Posts: 4,346 Mega Baller
    Because back in the day, chicks dig big spray! Maybe they still do? I am too old to care.

    We had a 3000 point tricker in our boat on the river and he would go past the party boats that take people out on the water for a ride, doing step overs, yada yada, and they would watch and all that, but when someone went out and ripped some good turns off and threw a wall of water, they would applaud and give thumbs up... just like if we did a barefoot run past them..
    igkyaMDB1056DaveDMike Gile
  • ozskiozski Posts: 1,719
    edited April 2019
    I cant wait to pull your trick set today said nobody ever.... when I see the trick ski come out I start praying for my phone to ring. If its a toe set just shoot me in the head. You never get that time back. Im stil trying to work out a payback ratio but its about 9 slalom sets to one trick set and toes almost needs some off the water favors to make it fair.
    'Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.'' 2021 MC As soon as it lands Water Ski Equipment - KD Platinum

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