Something struck me as I was watching a bunch of videos this weekend. The vast majority of video we watch as we are learning technique is from the boat looking back at the skier. Shoreline video is a distance second. Video from behind the skier is quite rare. Obviously this is because it is so much harder to capture and capturing form the pylon or from spotter is so easy. However I personally believe the value of video from behind the skier would be immense.
Your brain has to do extra work when you are watching someone perform a task from a face on perspective. You have to first take that body movement and translate it directionally before you can translate that in your mind to first person. If you view the skier from behind your brain has a much easier time translating that into a first person mental model.
My wife was/is a dancer. When they are learning new choreography the instructor or choreographer almost always walks them through the various movements with their back to the dancers facing a mirror. This allows the dancers to map the mental model of the movements much easier as they are learning the new dance.
Now creating video from behind a skier is not going to be a practical thing for any of us to do with regular skiing for quite some time. Drone technology would have to advance quite a bit and come down a lot in cost I think. But it is getting closer. https://mydeardrone.com/types/follow-me/
Perhaps some of the schools and coaches out there like Terry Winter ( @twhisper
) can start producing more video of this nature. Maybe pro events can think about video from behind or above the skier. I think it would be enormously helpful to a lot of folks coming up the curve like myself. For instance reading the post from @AdamCord
on Connection and Swing I kept wanting to see video and images from behind the skier to better understand what Adam was talking about.
Maybe I'm off base ...