I have been skiing socially for years and have a HO Espirit ski, but would like to start slalom comps next year. Even though I am a female I am very strong, so don't necessarily need a ski made for females. At the moment I am skiing at 40 and am just getting to the buoys on the big course but not going around them. At this speed I am bogging down, and if I ski at 43 I ski a heap better, but my coach had me at the lower speed to teach me the correct technique. Just wondering if anyone in the higher divisions or a ski coach can give me any suggestions as to what I should purchase. Thanks.