SprayMakers Listener Appreciation Episodes

Chris RossiChris Rossi Posts: 328 Open or Level 9 Skier
Just wanted to take a sec and thank all of you loyal listeners of the SprayMakers podcast. Trent and I have thoroughly enjoyed sharing this experience with all of you and would like to once again seek out questions/topics that you would be interested in hearing us discuss on the final episodes of the season. We will pick a few each week and give a shout out to those that submitted the questions we choose. One question per comment please but no limit to how many you can submit. Thanks again for listening!


  • whitem71whitem71 Posts: 80 Baller
    How about fin and binding adjustments as the water gets colder towards the end of the season (especially in the UK!)
  • AndreAndre Posts: 1,917 Mega Baller
    How to get rid of very old bad habits.
    My ski finish in 16.95 ...but my ass is out of tolerance!
  • S1PittsS1Pitts Posts: 430 Crazy Baller
    Having gone 3 seasons and 3 new skis.
    Top 10 reasons why you should concider changing skis.
  • UWSkierUWSkier Posts: 1,997 Mega Baller
    How to train and adjust for variables. Like how to ski on the bungee cord ropes that seem popular at tournaments when you are used to a standard feel.
    boats are like girlfriends you love them however there is another one around the corner - bananaron, July 21, 2020
  • bikesrusbikesrus Posts: 85 Baller
    How about some crazy/fun travel stories. You guys have met some amazing people /been to amazing places all over the world.
    Here…I’ll get you started.
    So this one time_______
  • ObrienslalomObrienslalom Posts: 96 Baller
    Love the podcast, thanks for all the hard work on it.

    Been hearing about shoulders being square to the handle. Can you elaborate on this concept more? Is it just avoid trying to "ski to the shore" and ride the handle up. Also, simpler semi-related question, why is dipping you shoulder so bad?
  • epnaultepnault Posts: 391 Crazy Baller
    This podcast has made me better. Just 2 things I finally understood after listening over and over. Straight arms and don’t pull past the centerline. Thank you for this podcast.
  • MastercrafterMastercrafter Posts: 508 Mega Baller
    I would like to hear your methods or suggestions for learning new line lengths.

    Example: I run the majority of 22/36 but usually go down by 4 at -28. I can scrap through 28/34 most the time but there’s plenty of room for improvement. What might my ideal practice set look like if my goal is running 28/36 consistently?

    What are some key things to consider with timing or technique as the line gets shorter?
  • Niles TaylorNiles Taylor Posts: 64 Baller
    edited September 4
    Spray makers has definitely helped my skiing. The exchange between Chris and Trent as they break down different parts of the pass really help me to better understand what's really going on and how to ski better
  • Skoot1123Skoot1123 Posts: 2,213 Mega Baller
    How about some insight on how your training regimen (skiing or workouts) has changed/evolved as you have become “wiser”.
  • 03RLXi03RLXi Posts: 75 Baller
    Hi Chris and Trent
    No direct question from me. Just a massive thank you as your podcasts have educated me on the ‘why’ and that’s made so so much difference.
    Your gates episodes lead to my best ski session ever and for that I can’t thank you enough.
    Previously I’d only been trying to learn the ‘what’ to do but it just wasn’t sticking with me. I wasn’t looking for ‘causes’ when bad ‘effects’ occurred as I was assuming my ‘how’ at that moment was wrong.
    Your podcasts have educated the ‘why’ so now the ‘how’ makes sense and when something is not quite right I know to look earlier to identify the ‘cause’

    Actually maybe that’s my question: How far back does a skier look to identify the cause of the effect?
  • BlueSkiBlueSki Posts: 1,000 Mega Baller
    Awesome podcast, thanks for the work. My question is this: For the gates, if you over-pull/mis-judge tailwind/etc. and find yourself going too far down course for the gate turn in, what is your go to move to quickly bleed speed and not destroy your relationship with the boat to hit the gates in a tournament?
  • SkiDaddle15SkiDaddle15 Posts: 12 New Baller
    There’s a lot of body position and alignment things to remember in each pass and it becomes very difficult to remember everything once the adrenaline kicks in. Do you have any on shore drills or workout techniques that you do to help build that into your muscle memory out on the water?

    Thank you both for a great podcast! It’s helped me out a bunch.
  • UWSkierUWSkier Posts: 1,997 Mega Baller
    The one circle I can't seem to square is where shoulders and chest should be pointed and effect on arms. I often hear you mention that your chest should be facing the pylon but that your inside arm should be bent with elbow down and outside arm straight. If your chest was facing the pylon, wouldn't both of your arms just be straight all the time?
    boats are like girlfriends you love them however there is another one around the corner - bananaron, July 21, 2020
  • ghutchghutch Posts: 226 Solid Baller
    How about a podcast covering these questions?
  • ALPJrALPJr Posts: 2,882 Mega Baller
    edited September 6
    Thanks for producing this great series. How about discussing the behind the scenes, ski design and build processes from the team skier’s input, to the lake trials, to inner workings in the lab, to the final products?
  • C5QuestC5Quest Posts: 521 Baller
    We hear a lot about Chis and Trent coaching......So how do we get to ski with Chris or Trent? It's not like dropping into any school in the Orlando area. I've skied with Rini and Freddy a few times. Like to mix it up some and able to travel anywhere.
  • LovellLovell Posts: 109 Baller
    Thank you for doing the podcasts. I listen religiously. I would love to hear more on how each of you recommend organizing your training sets to maximize performance. When to start skiing up the line v. volume sets etc.
  • 1skinut1skinut Posts: 22 Baller
    Given that you want to start cut through gates when skier speed matches boat speed and you adjust pullout timing to adjust where this situation occurs, what is the goal for when the skier should be initiating turn in for gates. What are the visual clues for knowing you are at the right spot? I can adjust my pullout timing; but, I do not know the goal point that I am adjusting to for the optimal path. How does this change at the various line lengths?
  • Chris RossiChris Rossi Posts: 328 Open or Level 9 Skier
    First and foremost, thank you very much for all your kind words regarding SprayMakers. It truly does make it worth all the effort that goes into it. And thanks for all of the fantastic questions! Keep them coming!
  • carlm6298carlm6298 Posts: 35 Baller
    Thank you very much! 1.Question: If a good turn is executed correctly should the handle end up in the middle of yr body or near yr outside hip bone for maximum acceleration into the first wake?
    2. When learning how to get into a better skiing position would you guys recommend pushing yr hips forward in the direction of travel so our shoulders are not leading?
    3. I have often thought about a wider handle and how it might help reduce the amount of rotation with our upper body until we learn to connect properly.... Thoughts?
    4. To achieve a balanced position on yr ski do either of you think about flexing yr ankles forward while standing tall?
  • carlm6298carlm6298 Posts: 35 Baller
    1. Would you guys say it is impossible to get tall at centerline or shortly thereafter to transition from cutting edge to turning edge if we do not start our turn in from a wider position on the boat? Therefore, we pull long because our runway is so short often leaving some skiers more compressed with very little space to stand up on our ski..... Thankyou
  • scuppersscuppers Posts: 601 Crazy Baller

    For the gates do you change your pull out / turn in point depending on the line length
    Also do you increase / decrease intensity per line length

    Chuck Link, Deland Florida

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