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  • KRoundyKRoundy Posts: 390 Crazy Baller
  • John BrooksJohn Brooks Posts: 367 Crazy Baller
    The dock starts I have driven and seen generally do not include the skier getting completely in the water prior to take off. But thanks for a great laugh.
  • DangerBoyDangerBoy Posts: 338 Crazy Baller
    Damn, that was funny! :lol:
    I can take anything apart
  • Keith MenardKeith Menard Posts: 602 Crazy Baller
    That's awesome...this is one skill (of the many) I haven't gotten down yet.
  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 3,490 Mega Baller
    Can't say that I've ever been standing on my ski for a dock start.
    Chuck P
    Not a mechanic but I play one at home
  • DangerBoyDangerBoy Posts: 338 Crazy Baller
    edited May 2019
    @Keith Menard It's actually pretty easy if you're using a RTP but it's both a timing and a driving thing. I did it for many years starting back when I was a kid but haven't done it since I went to using a full back boot. Now I just slide off the dock as the rope gets tight and deep water start. You can't really even do that where they are in the video 'cause it's so shallow.

    I know that some people can do it with a full back boot but I've never really tried it. Maybe once I did but I'm sure it was an epic fail 'cause I've never really thought about trying it again.
    I can take anything apart
  • klindyklindy Posts: 2,375 Mega Baller
    Au contraire @John Brooks ! The last time I did a sick start with you driving our timing was much better than this video however I recall some “unexplained” problem with the throttle to make me slowly sink into the water approximately up to my nose! The main difference however was that the water was 38 degrees rather than 83 degrees! Man that was a cold day!!
    Keith Lindemulder
    AWSA Vice President
    AWSA Southern Region EVP
    John BrooksKeith Menard
  • John BrooksJohn Brooks Posts: 367 Crazy Baller
    @klindy I think this is the time and the picture of you warming up, in that wetsuit that shrunk? :-)

  • lpskierlpskier Posts: 2,696 Mega Baller
    The first time I pulled the “real” Andy he did a “flying dock start.” I hadn’t driven one in years. It was stressful.
    John Wilkins- Si non pro sanguine quem ludus ne. #iskiconnelly
  • GregHindGregHind Posts: 348 Solid Baller
    edited May 2019
    There was no drinking involved in this. Honestly.
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 5,989 Mega Baller
    @GregHind there should have been some drinking involved.
    Mark Shaffer
  • harddockharddock Posts: 174 Baller
    I used to do them all the time until I had to wear a knee brace. Totally wiped my hamstring and since retired that procedure.
  • eleeskieleeski Posts: 3,975 Infinite Pandas
    The trick to a good dock start is to hit it early. But only go about 8 mph. Once the skier hits the water transition to normal acceleration up to speed.

    Trying to time the start to just the right amount of slack is too critical. Just get the boat going slowly and it's easy for the skier to time the jump.

    One footed slalom starts are straightforward this way. Two footed jump offs are trickier and you are likely to get quite wet but still doable.

    WO starts on a trick ski work great using this technique - even with inexperienced drivers.

  • paul413skipaul413ski Posts: 196 Baller
    @Stevie Boy the mind was willing but :)
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