Militia's Sac-Town GOLD RUSH practice

HortonHorton Posts: 31,699 Administrator
edited June 2011 in Technique & Theory
I was able to sit in the boat today for Militia's Sac-Town GOLD RUSH practice. The craziest thing I saw, beside Nate Smith, is the fact that nearly every skier tweaked their ZO letter and number. Us regular guys find a setting and stick with it. The pros are all about moving around according to the boat and the water. I took a Crap Load of photos. More to come. Below are my favs for now.

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  • skibugskibug Posts: 2,160
    Is Jonathan Travers just messing around with releasing his opposite hand or what? Also, I have heard the same thing from some senior drivers about changing ZO settings; even in the middle of a set as the rope gets shorter or the skier gets more fatigued. Boat + ZO combination makes a difference in the feel of the pull....NO DOUBT!
    Bob Grizzi
  • RogerRoger Posts: 1,614 Mega Baller
    I think those shots of Jon were probably at the 6 ball; showing off.
    Roger B. Clark - Okeeheelee skier. Senior driver, Senior Judge
  • BoodyBoody Posts: 613 Baller
    Those pics were unreal. Asher and Nate Smith do such a great job of keeping their shoulders square at the finish, amazing.
  • ski4xtcski4xtc Posts: 213 Crazy Baller
    Horton, were the pros practicing behind the Carbon Pro? Was there any consistent direction they were changing their Zero Off settings too?
  • Razorskier1Razorskier1 Posts: 3,425 Mega Baller
    Horton -- thanks for the pictures. I learn something every time I see pictures or video of great skiers. The pictures of Nate Smith approaching the wake from the 3/5 side, in the wake, and exiting the second wake through the edge change are particularly helpful.
    Jim Ross
  • BoodyBoody Posts: 613 Baller
    Some insane skiing, NATE SMITH!!. Bob LaPoint in there too? So who is in the finals?

  • gjohnsongjohnson Posts: 365 Crazy Baller
    From what I gather, it's a cumulative score of the best 2 rounds out of 3. The only two skiers with a realistic chance at beating Nate are CP & T-Gas.
    Greg Johnson ~ Team Beer
  • bxroadsbxroads Posts: 219
    Let me qualify this by saying I'm a certified greenhorn. What effect does the boat driver have on the scores? Take the masters for instance, insanely impressive scores across the board on Saturday and unimpressive scores across the board on Sunday in nearly identical conditions. Could it be that the boat driver had a good day on Saturday and a bad day on Sunday?
  • JakeyJakey Posts: 4
    What are peoples thoughts on the new Carbon Pro? Any reports from the skiers or drivers?
  • DanEDanE Posts: 934 Crazy Baller
    @gjohnson, I wouldn´t count out Will just yet.
  • Old MS AccoutOld MS Accout Posts: 2,114 Baller
    I can see moveing the numbers within a letter class but to go from A3 to C2 is insane. The settings will give you the same basic feel from boat to boat but it is maybe going from B1 to B2 that would make sense.
    Just ski.
  • Old MS AccoutOld MS Accout Posts: 2,114 Baller
    Greg is correct.
    Nate is 7 up on them and they would need to get [email protected] and Nate would have to not have a good 3rd round. Nate could also run big and put an end to both of them.
    D3x7 with T factors.

    Hardshells, who needs them.
  • gjohnsongjohnson Posts: 365 Crazy Baller
    @scotchipman I haven't seen a published score sheet. You can see them live via twitter or using the Ballofscores app. Check the front page for tweets from the site.
    Greg Johnson ~ Team Beer
  • gjohnsongjohnson Posts: 365 Crazy Baller
    @scotchipman tweets from @WhitMcClintock @jasonmcclintock @Brian_Detrick Woman are on the water now.
    Greg Johnson ~ Team Beer
  • Old MS AccoutOld MS Accout Posts: 2,114 Baller
    Nate with another [email protected] Awesome
  • skidawgskidawg Posts: 3,513 Mega Baller
    Ran it 2 of 3 rnds w money on the line, nice
    NWA....Heaven on earth!
  • scokescoke Posts: 769 Crazy Baller

    awesome skiing by nate and a few others too.

    i wonder what fin settings he's running? factory? i've got this X-7 to ride tonight but we're rained out.
  • Old MS AccoutOld MS Accout Posts: 2,114 Baller
    ya right
  • Ed_JohnsonEd_Johnson Posts: 2,297
    Anyone know what setting Nate runs on ZO?
    Special Thanks to Performance Ski and Surf and the Denali Adam's !!!
  • BoodyBoody Posts: 613 Baller
    Just a few years ago, running a 39 at a pro event was awesome. Last couple years, it took 3 at 41 to win. I just can't believe one would have to beat 1 at 43 to win now. Glad I'm not a pro skier right now.
  • ShortenitShortenit Posts: 135 Baller
    He was using A2 behind a MC at Shortline a while ago (and ran 41 off). Don't know if he has changed settings since then or when he's behind the Carbon Pro
  • jipster43jipster43 Posts: 1,460 Crazy Baller
    Wasn't someone here doubting that Nate ran 2 bouys at 43 off at Sunset Ranch? Suddenly that score sounds a lot more plausible. What an awesome time to be a fan of Waterskiing! I don't remember a time when there were so many viable pros competing against each other. Too bad the revolution will not be televised!

    JP :)
  • HortonHorton Posts: 31,699 Administrator
    Nate is real deal. Boat load of more photos in a few days

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  • BoodyBoody Posts: 613 Baller
    So what the *(%!! is Nate doing that works so good?

    I'm not angry.
  • HortonHorton Posts: 31,699 Administrator
    basically he goes around more balls. Seems not really hard if you watch him.

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  • ForrestGumpForrestGump Posts: 6,308
    He turns and leans. :)
    Shane "Crash" Hill

  • mrpreussmrpreuss Posts: 148 Baller
    edited June 2011
    @ boody - It is his unsurpassed strength to weight ratio and his strength/power in the transition/pre-release with 2 hands on the handle. There are some good pics of Will applying the same way above.
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