Soaked, The Malibu Open and perhaps the Masters are prime examples of sites in the US with great potential for large numbers of the non skier Joe public to view slalom (and there were lots at Soaked). Is announcing the line "off" the best practice for getting them to understanding and develop interest interest? Trick results are understood with relative ease. Jump results are a no brainer. Most all other countries announce in line "on" but metric. Would it not be easier for them to understand that "Nate Smith's rope is only 35 and 1/2 feet long and that won't even reach the turn ball 38 feet out to the side of the boat" vs "Nate Smith is at 39 and 1/2 off the line and that won't even reach the turn ball 38 feet out to the side of the boat." I think some would think it does and others would just scratch their heads as with each pass the rope sounds longer and it all kinda looks the same. Ran into many at Soaked with blank looks as they tried to understand the whole “off” thing. It is the first and far to often the last thing Joe Public hears.
>>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
Are we including Joe public or excluding and confusing them leading them to ignore slalom? 65 votes
Announcers should use actual length of rope only (37ft or 35.5ft of rope) not line off rope (38 or 39.5 off the rope) for every length announced.
Announcers should use line off of rope only not actual length for every length announced.
Announcers should use combination of both emphasizing length of rope not line off for every length announced.
Announcers should use combination of both emphasizing line off not length of rope for every length announced.
Announcers should use both equally for every length announced.