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Video Review Needed

Skoot1123Skoot1123 Posts: 1,841 Mega Baller
Ok folks - going to try posting a video here. I’m looking for some feedback to help my skiing. I typically start at 28off 32 mph then go to 34mph at 28off. If I’m feeling well I bump it to 32off at 32mph then up the speed to 34mph. This is when my consistency falls apart. I know I have some things to work on but would offer this up as something to comment on. Thanks Ballers!

Videos to follow once I can upload.
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  • igkyaigkya Posts: 694 Crazy Baller
    tick toc, pitter patter :D
    skier2788
  • Skoot1123Skoot1123 Posts: 1,841 Mega Baller
    Haha - yes - YouTube is slower than molasses!
  • Skoot1123Skoot1123 Posts: 1,841 Mega Baller
    edited October 2019
    Here is the 28off video

    Brady
  • Skoot1123Skoot1123 Posts: 1,841 Mega Baller
    Here is the 32off at 34mph. Only got around 5(barely). Lots of work to do.

    Brady
  • WishWish Posts: 7,974 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Seems there's a boot and or fin adjustment to be made here that may clean up a lot of what's going on.🤔 You're actually doing an awful lot right....a lot.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
    BradySkoot1123Than_BoganJordan
  • BradyBrady Posts: 1,084 Mega Baller
    @Skoot1123 I think a trip to Utah with your family would really help your ball count....miss seeing you brudda!
    I ski, therefore I am
    Skoot1123
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,584 Mega Baller
    I would try this: From the apex right at the ball, first send your hips toward where you want to go next (i.e. the next ball) and then let the ski come around quickly to catch up to you.

    I think that should help, but honestly in this particular video I see the same thing that @Wish did: Your ski really seems to be set up wrong. It's not finishing turns on either side, even though you appear to be coming in with acceptable speed and body position. Unless you're being super-passive at that particular moment (on both sides), I think the ski should be doing much more for you. Some possible causes of running past buoys include (but are not limited to) boots too far forward, excessive fin area, or excessive wing angle.
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
    Skoot1123WishShakeski
  • Skoot1123Skoot1123 Posts: 1,841 Mega Baller
    Thanks guys. I notice too that my turns take a long time to complete. I had added some tip and depth to my fun along with a steeper wing angle. Now I think I will take some tip out and reduce the wing to ~7 or 8. My boots are as far back as they go (individual boot plates using radar carbitex boots). If I remember right I think they are about 29.5” from the tail. (Bf at least).

    One thing it seems like I have a lot of trouble with is the rope control coming out of the odd buoys. I’m always pulling in some slack. Some of that could be the over pulling from the previous buoy. If the turns were a bit tighter then ideally I’d be already turned with the ski under the rope and rocketing to the next buoy.

    The gate has been a little puzzling over the last couple weeks. It is an improvement over where I had been but as @liquid d mentions I need to get wider/higher on the boat before turn in so I have better angle coming into 1 ball. It feels like I have to pull a really long time to get where i am on the pullout already. Perhaps this is also where the fun adjustment will help.
  • ShakeskiShakeski Posts: 117 Baller
    Agree on all the above (I would play around with ski set up). I made changes to my gate and ski settings this year and it solved similar issues for me just the same. Start with those two areas and I bet you see a big difference! Awesome how video can help us like this!
    Skoot1123
  • Texas6Texas6 Posts: 2,197
    @Skoot1123 - You mentioned “having your bindings as far back as they go.” What ski brand and size ski are you riding?
    Daryn Dean - Lakes of Katy, TX
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  • Skoot1123Skoot1123 Posts: 1,841 Mega Baller
    @Texas6 - I was wrong. They are more forward than they are back. The front boot is at 29.5” though. I am riding an HO A3 - 66”. I am 5’9” and 160lbs.
  • Skoot1123Skoot1123 Posts: 1,841 Mega Baller
    @Brady - we do need another trip out to Utah. Work on both water and snow skiing!
  • WishWish Posts: 7,974 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    edited October 2019
    agree with Than on fin change and to a good degree so you can feel it and then dial that back. The ski tip itself is riding high as well. Your riding just the back half of the ski everywhere as evidenced by the water mostly breaking at the toes of your back foot = drag and a reason to have to pull past CL.. That needs to come down for a whole hoist of reasons. So as u play with suggested settings, make sure that aspect is not getting worse. You want that to get better.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
    Than_BoganShakeskiSkoot1123BlueSki
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,584 Mega Baller
    :) You just became the official "cautionary tale" for why you can't combine forward bindings and long and deep and steep wing.
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
    Shakeski
  • Skoot1123Skoot1123 Posts: 1,841 Mega Baller
    @Than_Bogan - always happy to be an “example”. Hopefully soon a proper example ....

    I’ll do some fin adjustments and see where that takes me.
    WishShakeski
  • Skoot1123Skoot1123 Posts: 1,841 Mega Baller
    Ok - I changed my fin settings last night.
    From:
    Length: 7.125
    DFT: .777
    Depth: 2.511
    Wing: 9.5
    To:
    Length: 6.819
    DFT: .7125
    Depth: 2.511
    Wing: 7.5

    Initially I wanted to just move my boots to get more on the front of the ski but my boots are already as far forward as they can go. So I wanted to adjust where my fin is on the ski altogether. Yes - a dramatic change but I’m very curious how this will work. Hoping to ski tonight.
  • Skoot1123Skoot1123 Posts: 1,841 Mega Baller
    Interesting @wish. I had always heard/read that the boots needed or should be at 29.5” for the A3. Time to do some rethinking.
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,584 Mega Baller
    Moving boots forward to get the tip down might just be the #1 myth of ski setup. In addition to the physics that @Wish very eloquently described, there's an element of "over-damped control system," meaning that if you feel the tip grabbing too suddenly, you will automatically rock back and over-compensate.

    Of course, if your boots are way too far back, then moving forward may get the tip down. But if they are anywhere near to the ideal spot for you, then forward mostly means slower rotation -- which is a good thing if you're rotating too fast and a bad thing if you're rotating too slowly. Your video is very much in the latter category. If someone more expert than me came on and said otherwise, I'd change my tune, but my take would be you shouldn't even think about moving your boots further forward.

    A related myth is that moving boots back will hold the tail in the water. Blowing out the tail is often the result of rotating too fast, and so moving boots forward is more likely to help!
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,584 Mega Baller
    Just for the record, I want to point out that I said a large length change with a normal fin was around 0.025. :)

    That said, 7.125 was an ultra-long fin. I just double-checked A3 factory settings (here) and it's 6.835. So you were 0.29" longer than that, which is completely off the reservation. Frankly, I'm surprised you can run your opening pass being that far from stock settings.
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
    KillerSkierx
  • Skoot1123Skoot1123 Posts: 1,841 Mega Baller
    @Than_Bogan - yes I know I had an ultra long fin. It accomplished what I wanted it to - which was to keep the tip of the ski down a little bit. I think what it also did though was make the turns slower and as a result now I need to get back to a fin setting more “natural” for the ski. Giving it a go this afternoon. Next step is moving boots back Just to see how that affects the ski. Learning lots about technique and the technicality of skiing right now. Just science stuff - ya know pretty boring 😄
    Than_Bogan
  • bsmithbsmith Posts: 62 Baller
    @Skoot1123 You sound like a good candidate for @SkiJay's Fin Whispering book as seen here https://finwhispering.com/testimonials-book/ In all your measurements you didn't mention LE or leading edge which is the sum of DFT and fin length. A long fin got you a far out LE which adds tip and works toward making the ski easier to turn, but it also added a lot of fin area which slows turning. The FW book emphasizes using the LE number to get tip behavior right and DFT as a way to affect fin area and get smear right.
    WishskialexMISkier
  • Skoot1123Skoot1123 Posts: 1,841 Mega Baller
    Well the ski certainly turned faster. It was a little hard to tell exactly how the ski was behaving because of the wind. It did feel like my onside turn was a bit slow. Not 100% sure though as I don’t have video. I am happy that it didn’t feel awkward or way unmanageable, so as far as I’m concerned that is progress. Keep on learning.
  • Skoot1123Skoot1123 Posts: 1,841 Mega Baller
    @bsmith - good suggestion. I already have the book - it is a fantastic resource. That is the reason why I did increase the tip. It wasn’t until I had video that I was able to see how long it took to turn.
  • ALPJrALPJr Posts: 2,096 Mega Baller
    Check out Terry Winter’s ‘trainwithterry’ website. Excellent video analysis and coaching.
  • Skoot1123Skoot1123 Posts: 1,841 Mega Baller
    The set today started strong but ended with frustration. Time to go to the standard settings and work from there. @wish and @Than_Bogan I also moved my boots a quarter inch which puts them at the factory standard. I somewhat wonder if that could be the cause for the water breaking at the back foot in the video above? Anyway I’m very close to the factory settings and ready to work from there. Gotta love skiing in the cooler windy weather here in the Midwest. At least I’m still skiing.
  • WishWish Posts: 7,974 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    @Skoot1123 you were 1/4" forward of factory settings? If so, moving them back should have made that ski start to rotate soon and more complete...yes? Any video? What was the frustration?
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • Skoot1123Skoot1123 Posts: 1,841 Mega Baller
    @wish - I just moved the boots back after skiing today. So I don’t know how that will feel yet. Unfortunately I don’t have the opportunity to get much video. However if I can get video of my next set with the boots at the standard position I will. Probably won’t ski for a few days because of schedule.
    Wish
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