Water skier spring 2022

IsenbedIsenbed Posts: 10 New Baller
Maybe I’m just grumpy because I wasted 2 hours of my life on safesport training, but I cant believe that the cover of WaterSkier magazine has a 14 year old not wearing a life jacket
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  • dvskierdvskier Posts: 817 Crazy Baller
    Trick skiers typically do not wear them.
  • liquid dliquid d Posts: 1,430 Mega Baller
    About 1 in 10 wears one in a tournament. There are safety personnel on shore, and in boat in case of a problem.
  • lpskierlpskier Posts: 3,814 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Interestingly, world champion Adam Pickos wears a life jacket when he tricks.
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 32,524 Administrator
    i have been tricking for almost 50 years & might have worn a vest 3 times.

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  • BKistlerBKistler Posts: 54 Baller
    60 years and counting. I used to wear a light wetsuit vest but haven’t for many years. The tow boat is your best safety device.
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 6,112 Mega Baller
    @horton having never been a trick skier other than basic surface and mini wake stuff for collegiate points—is the injury incidence super low in trick? With the aerial stuff the great ones do is there not the opportunity to get one’s bell rung?
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  • BKistlerBKistler Posts: 54 Baller
    Although young Jake Abelson on the cover is in no danger, the point of your post, @Isenbed, is well taken. The optics are not good. The organization should stand for safety first. It would be wise to include an explanation/disclaimer with the photo credit. During my tenure with AWSA, we sat on the National Safe Boating Council and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators.
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 32,524 Administrator
    @6balls some of the falls are harder then you would imagine (W5B) but the boat is not going very fast. I think most of the young trickers that you see in vests today are wearing VERY thin vests.

    Imagine trying to do gymnastics or diving in a CGA vest.

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  • TayntonTaynton Posts: 43 Baller
    Totally agree, this is a huge problem I see with the water(tow)sports industry. It will take a few people dying before it really changes. At least we don't see boat ads with kids in the bow very often anymore, things are starting to change but it seems like the waterski industry in particular is moving at a snails pace. Ill bet in the next 5 years some sort of vest will be mandatory in trick
  • dchristmandchristman Posts: 1,372 Mega Baller
    I'm more curious about Jake's ski. Is there a revision to the Goode trick?
    Is it time to ski, yet?
  • BKistlerBKistler Posts: 54 Baller
    I don’t know of a single instance in the history of the sport in which a trick skier has died as the result of a trick injury, much less an instance in which the skier was knocked out and sank before the boat could return. That’s the only scenario I can see of a PFD being the saving grace. The good news is that thinner, more flexible vests are now available. In the past there wasn’t an option.
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  • 6balls6balls Posts: 6,112 Mega Baller
    @horton I get that like many slalom skiers I haven’t worn a CGA vest in 25 years. I realize it won’t float me face up like a CGA. But I sink like a brick even in the ocean with nothing so at least my crew or a tourney crew wud have a shot at me in a non CGA or a bulky CGA.
    Dunno the best answer or history of trick injuries but seems like a non CGA at least? Would this alone be likely to knock down elite scores? My guess is it might. There is a possible struggle there.
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  • BKistlerBKistler Posts: 54 Baller
    I can’t speak for the elite, but the issues for me are: (1) bulk, any bulk, around the waist that could interfere with handle passing, wrap position etc. and (2) weight. Neoprene absorbs water and can get pretty heavy. In the spring I can’t wait for warmer weather to get out of my wetsuit, even my skinny Camaro.
  • Bruce_ButterfieldBruce_Butterfield Posts: 2,186 Member of the BallOfSpray Hall Of Fame
    @BKistler you stated "optics are not good. The organization should stand for safety first"
    I'm sorry, but WTF? Competitive skiing and the "organization" is not about "optics" or "safety first", its about competitive skiing.

    I know you are an old codger, but it seems like you need to find a safe space.

    Sorry for the rant.
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  • thagerthager Posts: 5,566 Mega Baller
    Hmmm? Does bubblewrap float?
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  • BKistlerBKistler Posts: 54 Baller
    USA Water Ski is the organizing body for the sport of water skiing in the US. It represents all types of water skiing and has a responsibility to promote safety in the sport at all levels, especially in its publications.

    You’ll note that I did not suggest that all trick skiers wear PFDs. I just suggested they explain why trick skiers do not so that skiers like @Isenbed will understand.
  • Spencer_ShultzSpencer_Shultz Posts: 45 Baller
    @lpskier


    Fun fact, I drove 6 hours to shoot a magazine cover a few years ago and when I submitted the image of the trick skier without a life jacket, I was told the skier had to be photographed with at least a rash guard 🤣 Did another shoot and got the cover but I was pissed 🤣
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  • lpskierlpskier Posts: 3,814 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    @Spencer_Shultz Nice shot! But he wore a life jacket at Drew’s last weekend. He’s not my ski partner, so I sure don’t know what he “usually” does.

    I was tournament director for the 2014 Eastern Regionals. The event was on a public lake in a high visibility area, and there were certain locals that opposed having the event. State law requires a life jacket, so I announced well in advance that a life jacket, or something that looked like a life jacket, would have to be worn during trick, in order to avoid giving my opponents something to complain about. The only person that objected was a judge that, as far as i know, hasn’t actually skied in years. The athletes were all fine with it.
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 32,524 Administrator
    I wear a wetsuit top mostly to hide my old man body.

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  • lpskierlpskier Posts: 3,814 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Hey, that Giannina Bonnemann pinning for Adam in the picture.
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