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Temper your acceleration when you get out of your dry suit.

Bud ManBud Man Posts: 254
edited April 2011 in Technique & Theory
I skied without my dry suit for the first time this Spring today. For me the dry suit is kind of like deploring a parachute, so the same amount of load I was taking with it, was way too much now without it. I found myself flying way outside the buoy line through the course and even at the pull out for the gates I was much wider than normal.

I dropped from a 38 off the dock yesterday to sloppy warm ups and then down at 35 today. I then went back to 32, and worked on backing off of everything. I think I will stay at 32 for a while relearning how to ski without the parachute.

I wonder if I should remove the wing for a couple of sets. I’ve heard people say to add angle to the wing when removing a dry suit, but it is not unusual for me to not flow with the masses.

Anybody else experience this?

@Hogexpress, Did you get a chance to ski today without your dry suit? What did you experience?


  • Bud ManBud Man Posts: 254
    I just skied my second set without my baggy dry suit. Before skiing, I took the wing off of my fin to force me to use more technique. I skied a bunch of 32s and ended the set with two 35s. I don’t know about the rest of you, but it is easier for me getting use to the suit than getting use to not wearing it. I much prefer skiing without it; just getting use to not having the parachute is hard for me. Someone lent me a large ventral wing to try. I might ski one more set bare, and then try the vw.

    I have such a tendency to take more acceleration than I need. But in a way it is kind of like driving around in your car with the brakes on. Why not take the brakes off and use less gas?
  • RichardDoaneRichardDoane Posts: 4,172 Mega Baller
    Bud man, I agree about the difficulty in transitioning out of the bag suit. If the weather is typically cold in the Pacific NW, I may ski in mine into June, and then get back in it again come mid September. Your analogy about giving it less gas is very good, concentrating on a better leveraged position instead of "pulling like ...."
    BallOfSpray Pacific Northwest Vice President of Event Management, aka "Zappy"
  • Bud ManBud Man Posts: 254
    @richarddoane, do you ski tournaments in your dry suit?


    I decided last spring when I went through this that I would take my wing off the day I went into my suit, however I had just gotten the Strada and was still feeling it out, so I changed my mind and left the wing on.
  • RichardDoaneRichardDoane Posts: 4,172 Mega Baller
    I probably skied at least a half dozen tournaments in the baggy last season. It really helps in Head-to-Heads where you're wet for an hour or so. People like to tease me, but I've got thick skin...and don't enjoy shivering...
    BallOfSpray Pacific Northwest Vice President of Event Management, aka "Zappy"
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