what caught your attention about the Swiss Pro?

HortonHorton Posts: 32,350 Administrator
edited May 2 in Technique & Theory
Skiers, the webcast, the officiating, whatever. What caught your attention? What do you think was interesting?

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  • TonyLightfootTonyLightfoot Posts: 65 Baller
    Here's some thoughts from a few of the skiers that were interviewed after the award presentations - the latest TWBC Podcast Episode:

  • mylemskymylemsky Posts: 119 Baller
    Thibaut on a Monte Carlo…no more Connelly? Looked great.
    Dane on a T factor, still awesome to watch.
    Regina is jacked.
    Awesome job by TWBC.
    Benny’s green syndicate looks sweet.
  • slowslow Posts: 559 Crazy Baller
    Nate and Regina on top of Slalom for a decade. How long will it continue?
  • Dacon62Dacon62 Posts: 870 Crazy Baller
    Everything is well done!
    So appreciate that we can have this level of coverage.
    Always enjoy it.
    Thanks to ALL involved.
  • GloersenGloersen Posts: 1,231 Mega Baller
    edited May 2
    Regina Jaquess's 39s were AMAZING!
    Fred Winter could've/should've run 41 twice (skied great).
    Whitney Rini's 39 Rd3 - true grit!
    Will Asher looked phenomenal.

    Impressive webcast; continually better.

    Aquatic vegetation getting kicked up around B1(mostly) & B3 from the far (south) end - gotta have some impact(?)

    Great performances and efforts all around!

  • dave2balldave2ball Posts: 1,025 Crazy Baller
    How about the video quality and the shots through either the drone or water water cams. Any review was done quickly with what seemed the correct result with all the camera angles available
  • ScottScottScottScott Posts: 1,341 Mega Baller
    8 straight swiss titles. Not much more dominant than that. She's back and as good as ever.
  • Cooper_TrelawneyCooper_Trelawney Posts: 344 Crazy Baller
    Freddie skies great, so did Will. It wasn't a cake walk for Smith.
    Whitney running 39 and tying Regina for a runoff was fantastic.
    Missed seeing Manon, Jamie Bull and Adam Cord.
    Charlie Ross skis and interviews like a seasoned pro.
    Did the ropes create any drama? Didn't seem so.
    Jakob Bagne can ski!
    Great webcast! I enjoyed commentaries from Kiwi and Rini. Tony was solid as ever.
    Travis Anderson, Texas waterfront REALTOR
  • LeonLLeonL Posts: 2,720 Crazy Baller
    As usual, so thankful to have a webcast and of such quality!
    Leon Leonard Stillwater Lake KY - SR Driver SR Judge
  • JordanJordan Posts: 1,291 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    1) the quality of the webcast keeps improving.
    2) the number of really really good young skiers is truly impressive
    3) Regina's run in this event is astounding
    4) Nate is a robot. He almost always can get 1 more buoy than the "current leader"
  • MitchellMMitchellM Posts: 136 Baller
    Great broadcast. Need a new drone pilot. Nobody wants to see drone footage of you trying to follow a skier at those speeds. Just stay straight down the boat path. Some viewers in my home needed to look away during those segments!

    I'm not sure about the buoy cam. It looked like Whitney had to swerve to avoid that unexpected obstacle on her last run.

    I enjoyed the round when they had Jodi Fisher up on the broadcast table. Great commentary and insight. Perhaps they could have more former champions join them for segments in the future.
  • KRoundyKRoundy Posts: 609 Crazy Baller
    I think 2022 is going to be amazing for the Pro Tour. Loved the webcast and the coverage. It is so exciting to put this type of world-class coverage up on my TV and watch it live. Thank you all the sponsors and TWBC! Great job. And remember that this is just a warm-up first-of-season type of event. Things only get better from here!
  • LarsLars Posts: 231 Baller
    Loved seeing Jodi Fisher on there.
  • InterjonInterjon Posts: 24 Baller
    edited May 2
    Webcast was excellent. Good looking Nautique tow boat.
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 7,042 Mega Baller
    Really good officiating. They reviewed where needed and got it right quickly.

    Regina and Nate are absolute marvels, but it'll be a little more fun as a spectator if some folks truly close the gap on them. I wonder if maybe Jamie Bull can be The One. She's a lot younger! On the men's side? I hope I'm wrong, but I don't see it. Yes, there are several who can beat Nate, but he's still gonna be a big favorite every time.
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • jhughesjhughes Posts: 1,190 Mega Baller
    I also caught Dane on the T-Factor. He was using rubber boots in college but I thought for the past few years he was on a hardshell. Cool to see that as a T-Factor fan and user.

    As usual, great coverage. We watched it all day.

    Whitney right back into 41 after Worlds, fantastic, great mental game.

    Regina's 39 was really smooth, less tip rise.

    Freddie's skiing stood out as really really good and smooth.

    Jakob's skiing, awesome. Really curious as to the actual pronunciation of his name. Tony always said YAAH-cob, everyone else said JAY-cob.

    One thing I really noticed on every single skier was a straight line from their torso through to their knees. Zero hip bend unless they were in major trouble out of a turn, only then would you see a little crush. Really collectively the good alignment as well as a very consistent and reasonable "lean" was extremely obvious among all of them, maybe moreso than ever. Good reminder for this season.
  • dbutcherdbutcher Posts: 540 Crazy Baller
    I think I saw some of the tournament pulled by a 200. The Ski Nautique pulled the rest. If that is correct, I'm curious as to why that was done and whether the skiers had a preference.
  • ralral Posts: 2,008 Mega Baller
    How experienced, confident and mature Regina is, by chosing a runoff instead of risking 2nd place trying to turn 1.
    Rodrigo Andai
  • BroussardBroussard Posts: 743 Mega Baller
    @dbutcher I am 99.8% positive the entire event was pulled by the Ski Nautique.
    Andre Broussard | Action Water Sports | WakeHouse | SkiBennetts |
  • MISkierMISkier Posts: 3,433 Mega Baller
    The lake seemed to have more rollers than I remember from watching previous events. Either that, or they were running the wait timer really short (at least the rounds before finals) to try to fit it all into one day.

    Agree on the camera panning on the drone. A bit too much visual chaos to be able to focus on it.

    The worst slalom equipment I own is between my ears.
  • Jody_SealJody_Seal Posts: 3,832 Mega Baller
    noticed lack of spectators on shore..

    noticed judging performed in a efficient manor.
    as well as accurate calls.

    noticed drone coverage pretty cool.

    noticed how clear and well defined the production was. casting from a phone to a hi def TV the picture was very good.

    noticed I did not see any porta Pottys on screen in the background...( pet peave)

    Hobby Boats can be expensive when the hobbyist is limited on their own skill and expertise.

  • dave2balldave2ball Posts: 1,025 Crazy Baller
    edited May 3
  • Fastguy888Fastguy888 Posts: 119 Baller
    Watched almost the entire thing. Thank your TWBC!
    • Tossed salad in the ski spray @Gloersen was wondering if this was effecting anything.
    • Love the rear drone footage, but agree trying to follow skier was too much.
    • If you had to take a shot every time Tony said "Wades World"?
    • Would be cool if TWBC could cut to some pre done edits about the athletes, other venues, training, boat tech or anything to break up the visuals. Wade doing a great job on the doc but would be super classy to cut from live interview of athlete to short pre-packaged edits.
    • More venue shots and wide establishing shots would help.
  • mfjaegersrmfjaegersr Posts: 274 Crazy Baller
    I noticed:

    Regina’s yellow champions’ bib said ‘Undefeated’ on the back. Priceless.

    A new prominent, household-name sponsor*, which should be a positive indicator for wider audience acceptance/appeal? (*Logitech; I know a few former colleagues still there).

  • RAWSkiRAWSki Posts: 969 Mega Baller
    Great broadcast by TWBC again
    Agree that the drone cam needs to calm down and follow boat path.
    Audio issues could still be addressed and levels smoothed out but that probably involves yet another person
    I wondered if the lake was higher than normal it was right at the level of the starting dock?
    The on camera crew in matching TWBC shirts is a nice touch and producing over 11 hrs or coverage is very impressive---
    Looking forward to the next broadcast!
  • CBR51CBR51 Posts: 159 Baller
    Jakob Bagne looked great. Good to see another newcomer on the scene. Also I thought Freddie looked better. Maybe new ski is working better for him?
  • SlalomSteveSlalomSteve Posts: 147 Baller
    edited May 3
    Overall amazing skiing and amazing broadcast, thank you to everyone involved and especially TWBC! My comments:

    1. I concur with the difficulty of watching the drone video swinging left and right, it's a very cool angle but better to have it stay flat.

    2. The quality and stability of the in-boat video seemed not great? That's really the most important part of the whole broadcast, and I know more stable, higher-quality ski recordings can be achieved, like this Denali video (set to HQ). But maybe there's a quality limitation with having to send the signal over air from the boat to the broadcast booth in real time? I have no idea. For stability, I'm no camera expert, but I believe some kind of camera stabilizer or gimbal could be super helpful, as long as it can pan back and forth fast enough?

    3. Even if more overall stability is achieved, I think I'd also prefer a slightly less-zoomed-in video from the boat. The high-zoom shows more of the skier, but it also makes for a lot of intense back-and-forth screen motion, which can be fatiguing on the eyes and brain (similar to the drone swinging, just not as extreme). Again, something like that Denali video seems like a good compromise on the zoom level. You could maybe even run the live feed a little wider and then slow-mo replays more zoomed in (if the broadcasting software can do that), since slow-mo would make the screen movements slower as well.

    5. Was Travers's handle rope fraying? It looked like something was dangling right about where the handle rope attaches, and then he snapped the rope a couple times at the end of a pass, maybe to try to break it all the way? (would he get the chance to use a different one then?)

    5. And wondering like several others - in a sport where a thousand of an inch in the fin makes a difference, how could running over a good bit of lake vegetation not be disruptive?
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