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Subtle Technique Differences 34 vs 36

Skoot1123Skoot1123 Posts: 2,035 Mega Baller
A lot of great discussions have been going on regarding technique and theory. I am curious how these techniques may (or may not) change depending on boat speed. While body positioning may be similar/same between speeds, how does the higher “commoner” skier and high end skier adjust? A follow up question - for those that have skied at two (or more) very different weights how does skier mass affect positioning/technique and ease/difficulty of moving either speeds or rope lengths.


  • GaryJanzigGaryJanzig Posts: 96 Baller
    Fundamentals are the same, but at 36 there is much less room for error. Keep knees bent and soft. It is much easier to blow your fin out.
  • HortonHorton Posts: 30,230 Administrator
    it is all the same skills just harder.

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  • Skoot1123Skoot1123 Posts: 2,035 Mega Baller
    @Horton - feel free to delete this thread -doesn’t seem to be much interest.
  • MISkierMISkier Posts: 3,127 Mega Baller
    edited January 22
    I ski at both 34 and 36 each season. I think 36 is a tad easier for me to hold position better. The support of the boat and the extra speed helps that. I've just always been more confident.

    That said, I obviously can't ski as short a line at 36 as at 34. But, I enjoy it a lot more and my usual tournament score at each are just about one line length different (almost same buoy count).

    Last season was no good at either speed. At the end of the summer, the 36 felt the best of the entire season.

    Edited: Meant to say last season was no good at either speed. The only bright spot was 36 at the end, after all the tournaments were over.
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  • dchristmandchristman Posts: 1,212 Mega Baller
    Is it time to ski, yet?
  • BrennanKMNBrennanKMN Posts: 536 Crazy Baller
    While I am not a great 34 or 36 skier (getting into -35 on a great day), when I am skiing my best I find 36mph to be easier. I can generate more speed and width with less work.

    Either way, I find 36mph to be much more fun.
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