What is the shortest line length you have pulled a skier into at 34 mph or 36 mph?

skibugskibug Posts: 2,160
edited April 2013 in News & Other Stuff
There may be a lot of drivers out there that are capable; but, have just not had the chance to pull anyone deep short line 38, 39, 41; because there just aren't that many skiers that get into those lengths.
Bob Grizzi

What is the shortest line length you have pulled a skier into at 34 mph or 36 mph? 139 votes

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Phil2360pvysohlidDefectiveDave 3 votes
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  • ForrestGumpForrestGump Posts: 6,283
    41 off
    [email protected] off 34mph and 1 1/2 @ 41 off at 36mph in a tournament. [email protected] off at 36mph in practice.
    Shane "Crash" Hill

  • tsixamtsixam Posts: 372 Baller
    edited April 2013
    41 off
    [email protected] and [email protected] in competition.
  • popofpopof Posts: 113 Baller
    32 off
    I unfortunately don't do a lot of driving as I ski in a club which has its own drivers / coaches... Hopefully I'll someday have my own boat and lake and course and friends who ski into 41off so I can come back and answer this poll differently ;)
  • MISkierMISkier Posts: 3,335 Mega Baller
    39 off
    1 at 39 off (34 mph). I've only pulled that a couple of times. Most of the time, the max is 38 off and the score is usually 4 buoys there. All driving is practice.
    The worst slalom equipment I own is between my ears.
  • ralral Posts: 1,925 Mega Baller
    edited April 2013
    39 off
    [email protected] (36 MPH). 38 and beyond are a totally different game in the driving seat. As @OB mentioned in another thread about mirror size, you DO NOT LOOK AT THE MIRROR at these lenghts...
    Rodrigo Andai
    Texas6
  • ralral Posts: 1,925 Mega Baller
    39 off
    @tsixam, what happened in the 43 attempt????
    Rodrigo Andai
  • tsixamtsixam Posts: 372 Baller
    edited April 2013
    41 off
    @ral He decided that he was done, no more juice left for a serious attempt.
    Tsixam
    By the way it was at 34. If it had been in a competition he would have given it a try.
  • Skoot1123Skoot1123 Posts: 2,120 Mega Baller
    38 off
    A ski buddy at our lake can get into 38. He usually will make ~2.5 - 4 buoys. As @ral said - NEVER LOOK IN THE MIRROR! Fun to drive for someone of that caliber skiing.
  • skibugskibug Posts: 2,160
    edited April 2013
    41 off
    I would be interested in hearing who looks in the mirror at any line length? I never "look" in the mirror intentionally. I do catch a blip of the skier/mirror in my peripherial vision; but, my eyes are never anywhere but down course. At the 38, 39, 41 the "blip" I speak of is very important as I expect to "feel" the skier and to see that "blip" at a certain point relative to hook up and course postition. This "feel" and "blip" are direct inputs to what I am doing as a driver; but, never do my eyes come off the course.
    Bob Grizzi
  • tsixamtsixam Posts: 372 Baller
    41 off
    I checked back, only 2/41 in competition.
    Tsixam
  • 94009400 Posts: 646 Crazy Baller
    43 off
    I look in the mirror EVERY pass....right after the exit gate. Through the course, no radio, no yapping in my ear, just feel the wheel, stay a nanosecond ahead of the skier.
  • KelvinKelvin Posts: 1,310 Mega Baller
    39 off
    4/39 @ 34 is my tournament best for @Mr. Jones - I don't get many opportunities to reach that line length in practice, but I seek out the chances when they present themselves. Most practice is 28 to 35 off.
    Kelvin Kelm, Lakes of Katy, Katy Texas
  • WishWish Posts: 8,421 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    41 off
    It was another thread on driving shortline that opened my eyes to just how hard it is to drive shortline. After that thread, I noticed how much of a synchronized dance it is between skier and driver. That is a great thread by the way. Worth bumping to be with this thread or putting up the link. I learned a great deal from it as I ski far more then drive.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
    Skoot1123
  • MarcoMarco Posts: 1,431 Crazy Baller
    41 off
    Had the pleasure of pulling a pro skier to 2 @ 41 (36 mph) to set our lake practice record. I have to say that it was not the driver, it was most definately the skier.
  • 94009400 Posts: 646 Crazy Baller
    43 off
    If I had my choice, I'd much rather ski into 43 than drive into 43
    A_B
  • markchilcuttmarkchilcutt Posts: 947 Crazy Baller
    41 off
    1 or 2 at -41 @34 Jeff Milford in practice.
    Ski it if you can!!!!
  • WishWish Posts: 8,421 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    41 off
    The short-line driving thread I was referring to. Leaned a great deal from it. Worth a read or reread.

    http://www.ballofspray.com/forum#/discussion/6397/boat-driving-skier-speed/p1
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • Jody_SealJody_Seal Posts: 3,526 Mega Baller
    43 off
    Pulled CP through 41 numerous times in both practice and tournament. Also Andy through 41 at 34 mph. Nate 5 @ 41 for national record a couple years ago.

    In reality these guy's that can run 41 have less impact on the boat then say a 38/39 off men 3 or 4. I pulled CP and Dr. Morgan over the weekend, Dr. Morgan needs far more steering influence then that of CP yet CP very commonly runs a full pass more then Dr. Morgan. as a skier Getting the cross course work done behind the boat and not off the ball will help a driver keep the boat where it needs to be. load hard off the ball and even the best drivers have difficulty recovering and making the boat stay in the middle or in layman's get's the driver out of step in the dance!

    If you drive at this level or have aspirations or innate ability to be a good shortline driver please remember that these guy's will get out of step now and then and hit you when and where you least expect it. Dont freak out! feel where you are and do your best to get back in step with out hurting the skier and continue the duet! It happens to everyone that drives shortline from time to time!
    Hobby Boats can be expensive when the hobbyist is limited on their own skill and expertise.


    ski6jones9400Marcojipster43
  • h2oskih2oski Posts: 176 Baller
    41 off
    [email protected] 34mph in practice. I'm fortunate to have several skiers in our club that get into or thru 39.
    Terry Bandel ezfintool.com AWSA Regular Judge & Driver
  • RichardDoaneRichardDoane Posts: 4,792 Mega Baller
    edited April 2013
    39 off
    we had a clinic with @Mapple back in 2010, I drove for his set at the end of the day, he ran a -39 @ 55k like it was nothing, very cool feeling to pull a skier of that caliber
    BallOfSpray Pacific Northwest Vice President of Event Management, aka "Zappy"
    Skoot1123
  • Chad_ScottChad_Scott Posts: 572 Open or Level 9 Skier
    43 off
    Pulled Cp through 41 several times and Nate Smith. Pulled Mapple through [email protected] mph. I agree with Jody, the skiers like CP are relatively easy to pull because he and Nate are pretty symetrical skiers and don't really load the boat up out of the buoy. However the key to pulling these guys is to stay a little ahead of them in the course and don't get to chasing the skier through the course.
    RichardDoaneJody_Sealjipster43
  • CypresskierCypresskier Posts: 35 Baller
    41 off
    Pulled Chad Scott through 41 in practice. Having Chad as my ski partner for years really increased my driving skills as well as my skiing scores. Now having Mike Munn for one of my ski partners keeps my skills sharp as Munn is one to "get out of step" every now and then and hit the boat really hard. Having Shane Hill as another ski partner now I keep a close eye on the mirror as you never know when he will have a spectacular YouTube moment that you wouldn't want to miss!
    Pulled Horton [email protected] and didn't even get a lousy BOS t-shirt.
  • marknmarkn Posts: 472 Crazy Baller
    [email protected] in an R tournament @ 34 mph. 2 @ 41 36 mph practice.
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 5,870 Mega Baller
    41 off
    It's been a few years now, but pulled @razorskier1 through back to back 38's followed by a beautiful 39. I put "into 41" above even though he tossed the rope in joy and both of us were so excited that he didn't attempt 41. After it wore off and we were idling to the launch I was like "dude, I can't believe we didn't go for 41!...and he was like "yeah, what were we thinking?"
    Caught in the moment, I guess. Was a magic day...we both skied like rock stars but he got the best score and a practice PB.
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
  • GaryWilkinsonGaryWilkinson Posts: 356 Solid Baller
    38 off
    Pulled Pierre Arsenault to [email protected] in a tournament a long time ago @36 mph on a hand-pass! Waaay before pp or zo. Also Suzi Graham to -38 off, (she scolded me for a crooked entry, this in the days before pre-gates) never had an angled entry since!
    I need to ski back to the handle obviously.
  • MattPMattP Posts: 6,312 Mega Baller
    41 off
    I guess I should work on my driver waiting now so I can be a Sr. By the time I'm 40...
    Jody_Seal
  • Phil2360Phil2360 Posts: 367 Baller
    28 off
    Wo!
    Forgot the early '80's when I was an Ex-teenager.

    Used to drive a ski partner up to 35' off.
    That was back in the days of Foot throttles & Big Speedo's, like about 10" round.

  • gregygregy Posts: 2,590 Mega Baller
    38 off
    I had a ski partner that could get into 38 off back in the late 80s. he could really pull the boat down, really hard to get good times with those boats.

    Since I've started back skiing has been mostly 15, 22 some 28off. I'd definitely would not feel comfortable pulling someone at 38 or shorter.
  • RogerRoger Posts: 1,609 Mega Baller
    41 off
    My best pulls to date:
    34 - MM, Harold Hintringer 3 @ 41
    34 - OW, Karina Nowlan 1 @ 41 youtube.com/watch?v=KaF6OayUdXY
    36 - OM, Chris Parish 3.5 @ 41
    Roger B. Clark - Okeeheelee skier. Senior driver, Senior Judge
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