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KlundellKlundell Posts: 432 Open or 55K Rated Skier
Finally got a hold of this video. 5 Ball @ 38 rope wraps around my ski then jerks tight, luckily the interlock released. Looks kind of smooth in the video but I felt a pretty good jerk even with the interlock coming off. Weird crash. Never mind my slack turn at 4 and horrible edge change into 5 that caused the whole thing.


  • KlundellKlundell Posts: 432 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    edited December 2012
  • GregHindGregHind Posts: 345 Solid Baller
    Wow big crash. Nice to see you had an attentive boat driver too.
  • KlundellKlundell Posts: 432 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    @OB Puzzle piece.
  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 4,010 Mega Baller
    Little further up the ski it would have been around your boot!

    Makes me wonder if it might not be the worst to have someone pin slalom skiers too.
  • tbrenchleytbrenchley Posts: 120 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    Yeah, I'd have to say that boat driver was pretty attentive....even in slow motion he was flipping around pretty quickly. haha But the last time I felt the rope get jerked like that after a crash my friend was getting a cast on her wrist but she wasn't skiing at 38 off 36 mph. So I was a little concerned.
  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 4,010 Mega Baller
    Do you think a firm rubber tubing over the first ~6 feet from the handle would reduce some of the tendency of the handle to "wrap" around things?
  • KelvinKelvin Posts: 1,182 Mega Baller
    Any other binding system and it would have likely broken your ski.
    Kelvin Kelm, Lakes of Katy, Katy Texas
  • ThePantsManCanThePantsManCan Posts: 453 Baller
    I was going to say the same thing. I'd have ripped the tip of my EXO Bindings out of the ski, now that I have the Full Metal bar version...
    60% of the time, it works.... All the time.
  • BulldogBulldog Posts: 1,019 Crazy Baller
    Top job by the driver!!
    Mike Loeffler - "Someone somewhere is having a real problem today...My bad skiing is NOT one of them"
  • RichardDoaneRichardDoane Posts: 4,287 Mega Baller
    that's why I try to never let go of the handle until the boat takes it away
    BallOfSpray Pacific Northwest Vice President of Event Management, aka "Zappy"
  • wilecoyotewilecoyote Posts: 191 Baller
    @richarddoane. I was going to ask exactly that. Being new, I need to develop good habits. My first hard learned lesson is to back out if you don't have good position. My driver tried to save me, but I went OTF at the second wake, and got a sprain bad enough to end my season because I tried to pull when I didn't' have good position.

    Watching this, I thought, exactly what you said, but I don't know if there's a good reason not to.

  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 4,010 Mega Baller
    Wileycoyote a big hazard of letting go with slack is the risk of your hand going through the handle. And tossing or throwing a handle can make it bounce off the water.

    There have been a number of arm amputations and some deaths from going into the handle. Hence the various handle guard products.
  • KlundellKlundell Posts: 432 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    I try to throw the handle away when I can. There is no risk of my hand going through the handle in this situation because I through it away. However if do a body slide or handle dip crash I hang on as long as possible and let the boat take it away. I've never had a handle wrap around a ski like that... The throwing of the handle definitely caused it but I don't think I'm going to change because hand going through the handle is still the biggest risk.
  • wilecoyotewilecoyote Posts: 191 Baller
    So that's what those nets are on some guys handles. I had no idea what they were for.
    @Klundel I'm not sure I understand which type of crash you would throw the handle away on.
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