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Nate Smith MW Regional Video

gjohnsongjohnson Posts: 347 Solid Baller
edited August 2011 in Videos, Photos & Media
Here is Nate running 39' and his 41' attempt at the Midwest Regional tournament.

Greg Johnson ~ Team Beer


  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,913 Mega Baller
    edited August 2011
    Nate Smith does *exactly* what I want to do. His body type is like mine and his style is like mine (except a zillion times better). This offseason I may just watch video of him over and over. I'll never be as good as he is, and I'm fine with that. But unlike what I see from many other pros, I think I can try to emulate everything he does and end up a better skier for it.

    Does he do any clinics and/or has anyone found him to be a good instructor? Or perhaps the better question is: Who is HIS instructor?

    Btw, the conditions look prety marginal in that video. Usually if you can see anything on the water surface in a video, it means the actual water was pretty bad. Was that the case here?
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • unksskisunksskis Posts: 567 Crazy Baller
    He skis with a lot of guys, but I'd think his main influence has been Tynan, as well as vice versa.
  • skibugskibug Posts: 2,126
    Earlier in the year I had to opportunity to ski with Nate at our lake in NC and had some discussion with him at the time about his interest level in coaching. At the time, he said he really didn't have an interest in coaching; but, with age comes wisdom and maybe his views will change in a few years.
    Bob Grizzi
  • MattPMattP Posts: 6,263 Mega Baller
    Just keep in mind that sometimes when things come natural to people it is hard for them to explain to others how to do it.
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 5,710 Mega Baller
    Wow, does anyone think it's crazy how low he keeps his handle after edge change and release while waiting for the ball. I'm not sure I've seen others do this to this extent. He doesn't extend until he has to extend. Clearly he's got it goin' on, so no argument!
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
  • Razorskier1Razorskier1 Posts: 3,425 Mega Baller
    Runs a very early line. Tried that tonight while working on my 38s. On to something.
    Jim Ross
  • thagerthager Posts: 5,212 Mega Baller
    Is he placing the handle where his hips are going to be?
    Stir vigorously then leave!
  • WishWish Posts: 8,269 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    edited August 2011
    Concer with MattP. I've been coached by natural tallented skiers to no avail. Had great coaching from not so great skiers. Nate's low handle position to me is just a dif way to keep good handle control and an always tight line.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • animalanimal Posts: 96 Baller
    His 41 was with a 10 to 15 tail
  • gjohnsongjohnson Posts: 347 Solid Baller
    @animal The lake is my home site, and that was 6-8 tops. When the wind blows from the south over 10mph it looks much different. He accomplished the same score in practice under perfect conditions. Nate's an amazing skier.
    Greg Johnson ~ Team Beer
  • Stevie BoyStevie Boy Posts: 2,210 ★★★★Quad Panda Award Recipient ★★★★
    Just love the video, I have watched it 20 times or more, Awsome skier, so much control, I have to say the ski doesn,t look so bad either, it doesnt miss a beat.

    Addicted To Carbon Fibre

  • BoodyBoody Posts: 613 Baller
    What is he doing so good? I say early edge change no matter what, doesn't pull to long (same thing). Very balanced and patient.

    Oh, and he freakin gifted, hate him. I also heard from a guy that skis with him that he is not known for his all.
  • auskierauskier Posts: 460 Baller
    Looks like he ran 4 at 39 in round one of under 21 worlds. Does that bring to an end his massive 39 streak? pretty epic.

    To be able to get away with an earlier edge change, you have to ride the line out very well, and for lack of a better term have excellent 'handle control,' which he does. He is a long way out to the buoy line before his elbow leaves his hip to release and reach. Tell me if you disagree... but, I think he releases the handle 'down and forward' or lower than almost anyone. This to help accelerate his centre of mass up on to his ski, because his ski is out in front of him so much off the second wake. He is not locked up and loaded because he is very square behind the boat and his hips are free to edge change and swing the ski out. He does most things we all try and do, just way better. Stays balanced and level - eyes up, moves with his COM and hips, awesome line control.

    look how close he is to the ball when he releases. it is 39 though.

    same thing at 32, just not as obvious.
  • auskierauskier Posts: 460 Baller
    and then there is the 'x factor' who can get away with this at 39?
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,913 Mega Baller
    I always thought having your ski actually touch the water was over-rated...

    (holy $#@^!!)
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • BoodyBoody Posts: 613 Baller
    Than, no kidding, wow.

    Regarding that handle motion that auskier mentioned. I noticed that too AND I noticed that Mapple and Bedal do the same thing. They stand tall, push the handled down and then back up as they complete the turn.

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