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The Future of Waterskiing

jjackkrashjjackkrash Posts: 643 Crazy Baller
edited September 2019 in News & Other Stuff
Last week my boy and his cousin (both just starting 6th grade) mastered their deep water start on a slalom ski as well as generally skiing on it and crossing the wake. (My boy has been really solid on two skis for a while and even ran most of the course on them, but he needed a little competition from his cousin to push him to want to get up on one).

Afterward, they told their other cousin about their success (also a 6th grader), who insisted we go out this weekend. Saturday was windy, cold, and drizzly, and they still all wanted to go out anyway. The third boy also mastered his deep water start on a slalom ski as well as generally skiing on it and crossing the wake. Between the three of them, I put almost 4 hours on the boat on a crappy weather day without having to pull one tuber or anything other than a slalom skier.

For the last week or so, I have been fielding every conceivable ski related question you could imagine, including a bunch of questions about tournament and college skiing (including questions about trick and jump) and boat driving. My boy even insists he is getting his boaters card this winter because really wants to start pulling skiers himself (we'll see).

It has been a great week or so. The future of waterskiing (at least in my household) is looking bright.
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  • jjackkrashjjackkrash Posts: 643 Crazy Baller
    @keithh2oskier, my boy just turned 12; he is 4 days over the cutoff, so he old for his grade. I would love him to drive me, but the boat has a lot of power as well, and I don't want him to suffer a life-changing catastrophic mistake if he's not ready. Right now I let him drive around the lake with me hovering over him and I think he could be ready to drive skier's with a lot more practice. I am for sure encouraging him to get his boater's card, which he will do this winter.
  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 4,243 Mega Baller
    @jjackkrash that takes me back - I remember waiting to be 12 so I could take the boat out alone. Every kid is different though. My 12 year old job was yard work at a marina - so you got to do all sorts of fun stuff.
  • LoopSkiLoopSki Posts: 683 Mega Baller
    my 9 yo is so excited now . my cousin and I were tweaking our skiis and he grabbed his and wanted to work on it too. so cute
  • BrennanKMNBrennanKMN Posts: 518 Crazy Baller
    I started driving our boat right when we first got one at age 12. I got my boaters license at 13, the youngest allowed in MN. Most of the time I was driving my father and his friends around the bays of Lake Minnetonka. I could drive that boat better than they could.

    Driving that boat in a busy lake with lots of channels and markers gave me a good understanding (and respect) of how to operate a boat. If I didn't spend my middle school and high school years on that boat I can almost promise you I wouldn't be the skier and lake lover I am today.
  • Teach them to drive. My youngest drove me in the course solo at 36 mph 7th grade that's about 12 or 13 guess he loved it and still does.
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