I had the opportunity to ski in the Big Dawg at Abbotsford this past weekend. I think it is safe to say that of the 28 or 29 skiers who signed up, I was the only one who was over 200 pounds. Watching some of those guys who weigh a buck-fifty run 38 and 39 just doesn’t seem fair. Todd Kuykendall ran a 39 in round 2 that was crazy. If I tried stuff like that I would either rip my arms from the sockets, rip the pylon from the boat, break the rope, break the handle or break the ski in half (I have done the last four). It just isn’t fair. I am 6’3”, 205 pounds. I worked out like crazy this last offseason and dropped about 20 pounds but it still isn’t enough , I think I still need to lose another 10-15 pounds to have any hope of competing with these guys. I mean have you seen Dave Miller? Most eight graders weigh more than him!
I have thought long and hard about this and I think the only way to address this inequity is to approach it in the same manner that they do in horse racing where they make all of the horses carry the same weight. It would be quite easy to do, simply establish a baseline weight that every skier must weigh (my vote would be for 190 pounds) and if a skier is under that weight they must carry extra weight. This would level the playing field. If Dave Goode can design the Bubble Buoys and the Power Vest I am sure he can design a vest that can be fitted with weights. I would like to see Dave Miller run 39 wearing a 40 pound vest*.
I am writing this on behalf of all of the other 200 pound plus skiers out there, please take up the cause and contact Greg Davis and support this idea.
All kidding aside, the Big Dawg was a great event. All of the skiers I met are great guys and amazing skiers who deserve every buoy they get.
*He probably could