I am hoping this helps all of the ballers that have been contemplating an OffCourse purchase. I have now had mine for about 2 weeks and in a nutshell: THANK YOU ERIK!! A little background in an effort to fully explain my excitement and so that those of you in a similar situation can relate and make a decision to buy a unit. I am 60 yrs old and for about 15 years had daily access to a permanent course. Like most of us, I became an addict, reaching a point at which I ran 32 off with the occasional 35 off. Circumstances changed and I lost access to any course. This was 10 years ago and I have been free skiing ever since. As grateful as I was to be able to live on a lake and free ski, it just doesn't compare to the thrill and sense of accomplishment of course skiing. Two weeks ago, I felt like I was reborn, I'm 40 again! Seriously, I don't want to sound dramatic BUT Erik nailed it. He hit it out of the ballpark and I am beyond grateful. The thrill is back, the challenge, the sense of accomplishment.
Does it replicate a course and feel the same? I say YES! Once you establish that start gate timing, it brought me right back to my course skiing 20 years ago. The timing is spot on, you can see the splash EASILY. The unit has worked perfectly without a hiccup. The learning curve is short. And at my old ass age, I don't worry about hitting a ball and taking out an ankle. Here's another great feature: I ski the course in nothing but glass for the most part because now you can choose where to ski! That being said, on a few less than perfect days with some mildly rough water, I still had no issues seeing the splash. I hope that this "review" helps those of you that are on the fence. Feel free to bounce any questions my way.
Another note: I had some stupid , basic questions the first couple of days and emailed Erik. They guy responds immediately and personally phones me and answered all questions.