Hi all! First post here. Great to see that waterskiing is alive and well! I've been waterskiing since I was about 12. Mostly open water. A friend of mine will be buying a house on a private ski lake in AZ so it's time to upgrade my gear. Currently skiing on a 69" 2003 KD Evolution. I open water ski 32 off at 36 mph. I'm 6-2 and fluctuate around 215#.
Based on what I've read here so far, the 69" Radar Senate Graphite looks like a winner. I like the 2018 graphics over the 2019 and can get a 2018 blank for around $550. I love the bindings on my KD. Very comfortable, secure, rear kevlar lace-ups. I've read that old bindings will not
fit on a new ski? If that's the case a 2019 package runs just shy of $900.
2nd choice would be the Connelly V. Package price around $600.
I don't think I'll be able to ski the course on a regular basis (my best is [email protected]
' at 28...about 12 years ago. Do you know how big the wake is behind a MC PS 197 at 28 mph??), but I do like performance and I'd like to get better. At 53 years old I'm not sure how much better, but watching guys older than me ripping the course at the Pro Am last weekend sure was inspiring!
Warm up set from Labor Day weekend on the Sacramento River: