how to grow the sport - Horton's example

greghayesgreghayes Posts: 118 Baller
edited June 2012 in Rules/Politics/Issues
Actions speak louder than words... Horton sat in a boat all day today (obviously taking time off of work and from filming unboxing videos of high-end skis) driving and teaching the beginner class at a regional AWSA Junior development event.

Get the kids excited - this will create the next group of fans and evangelists for the sport.

Well done Ball of Hair!


  • HortonHorton Posts: 32,537 Administrator
    Thanks but I was not the only on out there today. A lot of folks deserve credit

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  • DirtDirt Posts: 1,819 Open or Level 9 Skier
    I want to commend Horton for getting involved but I also wonder how many skiers he ruined. Untold hours of therapy will be needed. Many will never recover.
    I learned everything I know not to do from Horton
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  • Ham_WallaceHam_Wallace Posts: 533 Solid Baller
    Wanna play? Gotta Pay!
    Am I a jumper that wants to be a slalom skier? Or a slalom skier that wants to be a jumper?
  • skihartskihart Posts: 547 Solid Baller
    Nice work Horton.
    I agree, you have to get the kids interested and excitied about the sport if it's going to grow. You can change formats and rules and divisions until you are blue in the face, but it comes back to getting the young skiers out and most importantly HAVING FUN.
    On my lake there are way more kids into skiing than wakeboarding or surfing. Seems to be a skiing renaissance going on. Now this may have something to do beacuse I am kinda pushing them in that direction and introducing things like trick skis and red buoys and things. Kids like a challenge and they like progression but first and foremost like like to have fun.
    Sometimes I think that I forget to have fun when I am beating my head against buoys all day. Had a frustrating few sets last weekend and I decided to break out the old trick know what, it was a hoot! I pretty much could still do my old runs from 20 years ago! Fell a few times and laughed like crazy. The best part was that my kids loved seeing me do it.
  • swc5150swc5150 Posts: 2,611 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Growing our sport has been an unintended consequence of us putting our EZ Ed course out on our lake. To keep the neighbors from complaining about it, we drove up to their docks and invited them to watch us ski, and encouraged them to try skiing it. I gave a couple of pointers, but nothing major. We have the novice section for my bride, so that helps the newbies a lot too. Quite a few are now hooked on chasing balls. Granted, there's a lot of long-line chasing going on, and I don't find myself overly qualified to coach anyone other than my family members. I've encouraged these guys to subscribe to WS mag, and lurk sites such as this for pointers and insight. There's also been a sudden abandonment of wakeboarding from most on the lake, to chase balls and practice open water slalom. Gotta love that!!
    Scott Calderwood
  • The_MSThe_MS Posts: 6,844 Member of the BallOfSpray Hall Of Fame
    That is all we need. A bunch of long haired JR skiers skiing like Horton. The sport is done.
  • skidawgskidawg Posts: 3,570 Mega Baller
    Aren't there laws against Horton being around kids???
    NWA....Heaven on earth!
  • Bill GladdingBill Gladding Posts: 109 Baller
    A good friend once quipped that: "Slalom skiers are Germans and wakeboarders are Jamaicans" I bet we can all get along though;) Not to get too carried with this whole ethnic thing but I had lunch at a Chinese/German fusion restaraunt. Two hours later I was hungry for power... Flag me if this is in poor taste!
  • 94009400 Posts: 646 Crazy Baller
    Bill, My half Chinese wife and my German neighbor were offended, but I was amused.
    Bill Gladding
  • MattPMattP Posts: 6,332 Mega Baller
    I just finished up driving an INT tournament Saturday, Skied/Worked tourney Sunday, drove and helped with a disabled waterski Clinic on Monday and drove the Georgia Jr. Dev. Monday and today with Brenda Baldwin coaching. Also converted an INT family to do USAWS events and possibly join out club. At least I know when I leave these events that there will be no therapy needed.
  • WishWish Posts: 8,547 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    @skidawg Current But restraining orders pending.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
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