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Me Vs. Nate

KlundellKlundell Posts: 432 Open or Level 9 Skier
edited June 2013 in Technique & Theory
This is why Nate makes money at this sport and why I'm just a guy with an OM next to my name. Very interesting to see the striking differences when skiing in sync side by side. I should have at least let the rest of the video roll, sorry. I crashed at 5 ball.



  • dislanddisland Posts: 1,443 Mega Baller
    Excellent analysis. Thanks
    Dave Island- Princeton Lakes
  • aswinter05aswinter05 Posts: 363 Baller
    pretty cool stuff
  • ForrestGumpForrestGump Posts: 6,136
    I honestly think that if you get better at moving that inside hip over the ski and getting the shoulders where they should be at the finish of the turn, a lot of the problems with the shoulders getting pulled inside go away. Or at least get better. Look at Nate's shoulder and chest position relative to his hips at 2:15. That's power from a guy who probably can't bench press a french fry.
    Shane "Crash" Hill

  • WishWish Posts: 8,137 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    I gotta get that app. Apple's makn some money on me today. Very cool. So back to my point of shoulders off second wake to ball one. Nate, TW and Matt all look the same. You mentioned how Nates ski is pointed more outbound. So are TW and Matt's as well. So your line is automatically narrow comparatively.. What would be interesting is if this was corrected; would it be easier to fix the hips and shoulders through and at finish of the turn with that wider line? What I don't understand is Matt saying his hips/butt were "way back" in the still I had of him vs you. In looking at all 3 pros in the same spot, all buts seem way back, or is the ski accelerated that much further out infront of them. To me it's the latter
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • KlundellKlundell Posts: 432 Open or Level 9 Skier
    @wish I agree with you I think the ski out front butt back in the transition is a good thing. It happens to everyone who is elite through the edge change.
  • ralral Posts: 1,791 Mega Baller
    @Klundell, are you using the IPad version of Coach's Eye? Why did you chose it, compared to iAnalyze, etc...?
    Rodrigo Andai
  • KlundellKlundell Posts: 432 Open or Level 9 Skier
    @ral yes I was using coach's eye. I've never used iAnalyze before. This is the first time I've really used it for waterskiing. I learned about it from an Olympic Weightlifting coach who used it to analyse my O-lifting technique.
  • Ed_JohnsonEd_Johnson Posts: 2,237
    @Klundell...Great job, thanks for doing that.....Just points out how good Nate is at controlling his COM to make ZO work for him and not against him...Truly a testament of efficiency over muscle.
    Special Thanks to Performance Ski and Surf and the Denali Adam's !!!
  • swc5150swc5150 Posts: 2,432 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Great video. Efficiency of motion is so apparent in Nate's skiing. I've always stood by the idea that slalom skiing is essentially alpine giant slalom on water, and Nate's form is proof positive. C-curve body at the ball, shoulders open to the boat coming out of the turn, etc. Watch some Ted Ligety footage, and it's like Nate on snow.
    Scott Calderwood
  • gregygregy Posts: 2,589 Mega Baller
    @wish I'm thinking not so much butt way back. But the relationship between hips and shoulders. Great thread, good info.
  • WishWish Posts: 8,137 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    edited June 2013
    @gregry. Butt way back was the phrase used by Matt B on another related thread in what seemed like a negative. That' I what did not understand. Seems to be THE thing to do. And I agree with what you say.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • ozskiozski Posts: 1,706
    Nate certainly gets the job done. Good thread.
    'Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.'' 2021 MC As soon as it lands Ski - KD Platinum

  • schroedschroed Posts: 163 Open or Level 9 Skier
    Great video and analysis. The C-curve position at the ball and staying open out of the turn seem to be very fundamental things to work on. What doesn't seem so obvious to me is what is going on in the transition. Do you guys think the "butt back" position is a result of how these guys initiate their edge change? TW told me to think of the edge change like mogul skiing and move your ski to the other edge by sucking in your knees and moving them to the other side while your upper body stays still. I think the "butt back" position may be a result of this type of action where only the lower body is moving to get the ski on the other edge. Thoughts?
  • WishWish Posts: 8,137 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    edited June 2013
    I do not think so. IMO it is a result of 3 things. 1. Serious acceleration with ski out in front and fully stacked exiting middle of wake (already have the hips up) which is shooting the ski out in front. 2. Those elbows pinned to the center of mass and yes, a little knee sucking but that's the minimal of the three. Andy basically told me to push the ski in front of me. I assumed he ment off the center of wake. He corrected me after the pass and said the push starts at the hookup. It resulted in that position happening off the second wake. Or as close as I could get...not very
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • RichRich Posts: 272 Solid Baller
    You are an awesome skier, Nate is right now the best there is. All of your analyisis is after what I think is the problem. Nate gets way more leverage on his gate and every other lean from white water to white water. That allows him to do things a little different in the turn. That is what I believe. Nate gets his hands down lower, gets in a better leverage position and has more angle from the start. That outbound angle after the 2nd wake is the difference maker. You can TRY to bring your hips up in the preturn, stay more open ect... I don't think that will happen unless you change the position of leverage from whaite water to white water. ;I think Nate can get a better turn, stay more open, because he has a better leverage position from white water to white water.. His strength to weight is pretty incredible at 6'2" 150lbs. You may not be able to dublicate that, however you can get more stacked, more ankle & knee bend, handle lower a more leveraged position in your own way and correct the problems caused by lack of angle. Its what Im working on personally and it has made a BIG difference.
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 5,466 Mega Baller
    Thanks for doing this @klundell. very insightful.
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
  • Texas6Texas6 Posts: 2,197
    edited June 2013
    Really a cool analysis. That video is an amazing coaching tool
    Daryn Dean - Lakes of Katy, TX
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  • skihartskihart Posts: 531 Solid Baller
    Great vid and comparison. I think you are dead on in your analysis. By comparing yourself to the best in the biz it is easier to see where changes can be made for improvement.
    The one thing I notice that relates to my personal skiing is Nate's handle control. He keeps his elbows LOCKED in, especially after the second wake into, and through the transition. I think this, (among other really takes his ski outbound instead of down course. It also sets him up for well for his reach which seems to come later than yours (he stays on the handle longer).
  • WishWish Posts: 8,137 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    edited June 2013
    I see the elbows to the vest as a pivot point. If the pivot is low by the waist or COM, then the ski changes edges under the skier basically when the skier wants it to. If the pivot is up high and away from the COM, then there can't be a pivot from one edge to the other under the skier. The boat ends up pulling the skier to the inside edge when physics dictates leaving the skier potentially flat skied, fast and narrow. What I stugle with is how do i keep the elbows there. Sometimes i feel like im pulling my self narrow to keep them there. Other times I feel like im having to twist my COM away from the boat to keep them there. Any suggestions on how or what exactly should be done to keep elbows pinned to vest like TW, Nate or MattB? Ive heard squeeze the vest. Is that it? Looks like any suggestions would help with part of @Klundels puzzle too.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • Razorskier1Razorskier1 Posts: 3,425 Mega Baller
    @Klundell -- for us old guys getting into some of these positions the pros get into just isn't going to happen. Too much arthritis, spinal stenosis, etc. That said, we can all keep improving it. @Wish -- I had a eureka moment this morning on that elbow-vest thing. After skiing with Chet and Andy, in my mind I visualize the ski getting to flat as I am at the second wake. This is a ski position I see many pros get to while still maintaining outbound direction. Been working on this for a week or so. This morning I accidentally stumbled back across "back arm pressure" (right arm when going right, left arm when going left). Essentially at the second wake I sort of pulled, for lack of a better word, on my back arm just as the ski was flattening. This requires holding my core tight. While it is only fractions of a second we are talking about, that pull seems to square my shoulders with the front of the ski and it maintains quite a bit of line pressure, despite the fact that I am no longer on the pulling edge. The net result seems to be (a) a kick outbound way early of the ball, (b) I am taller on the ski approaching the ball, and (c) I keep the handle longer, resulting in a better pre-turn, turn and hook up. Back arm pressure and handle control have been discussed in many posts on BOS and both have been things I've thought about. However, today was the first time I actually felt like I could both do it and control it and understand how amazingly important it is.
    Jim Ross
  • thompjsthompjs Posts: 542 Solid Baller

    Seth has been trying to teach me that for years. I actually do it about 1 out of 50 wake crossings but is does set you up for turn nicely.

    I have to look directly into boat to make it happen but I'm sure that others don't
  • gator1gator1 Posts: 591 Crazy Baller
    IMO: The elbows are not "pinned to the vest". Watch vid of every top skier. They actively pull in on the rope handle as the lean goes off the rope. Near elbow comes to vest, far elbow gets crooked about 20 to 40 degrees. This : a) keeps skier close to pylon during speed phase, see "angular momentum" post, b) levers them up onto their front foot in prep for the turn, c)creates space for the shoulders to stay square to course (they can't stay square if both arms are extended and both hands on rope).

    @klundell doesn't pull the handle in, arms are straight, means shoulders have to stay square to ROPE, not course (you guys call it rotated, but in reality they are just staying square to the rope as the ski rotates out). Can't get his cg up to his front foot, sticks his nose out over the ski to get some weight up front, means ass goes back to balance, comes around ball de-stacked. Game over.

    The key is that you CANNOT break at the waist as you pull the handle in. Don't worry about trailing and leading arm pressure, just pull in on the rope as if you are pulling your ass up over your feet at the end of the lean.

    If you do it, and don't break at the waist, its almost a guaranteed eureka moment, like @razorskier1 says.

    That last vid of Terry W and the wakeye camera mount is a great illustration of this "clean and jerk". Its not handle management. Its not trailing arm pressure. Its just pulling the rope in.

    But, again, just IMO, since I have been wandering lost in the desert of "WTF happened to my preturn" for the last 4 years, and just had my eureka moment before I posted the angular momentum thingy.

  • WishWish Posts: 8,137 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    @gator1 agree. So when I feel I'm pulling and it does not work out, odds are I'm not engaging my core to keep everything together. Got it. When I skied with Andy, he suggested (after one of his suggestions worked and got me earlier) to feel free to come up over the ski. I think several atempts to do this were unsuccessful as you say.. I was not pulling my a$$ up over my feet. Interesting!
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • gator1gator1 Posts: 591 Crazy Baller
    @wish, if by "not engaging my core to keep everything together" you mean "I pulled in the rope, and brought my shoulders forward but left my ass behind", then, yep.

    @klundell, my first post sounded like I think I'm a better skier then you. I'm not. I don't. We've just started using an Ipad to video then playback while the skier is still in the water, so I'm getting a bit over-excited about what we're uncovering. Sorry for the blunt opinion stated as fact.

    A cool aspect of this sport is that there is not a clear "Best Way" to do it, yet. In other sports, say golf, there is a best way to swing the club. So many of the pros are such stellar athletes that they cannot describe to a normal human what they are actually doing, and the rest of us observers are trying to figure it out, unlike golf where there have been observers documenting the ideal stroke for a couple of centuries.
  • JordanJordan Posts: 1,247 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    I learned from the video that Nate is made of rubber !!!
  • KlundellKlundell Posts: 432 Open or Level 9 Skier
    Thanks for all the input. After going to the lake and trying a few things I've decided I'm never going to look like Nate when I ski. So I'm working on another video side by side with Will. He has much more of a traditional turn and I think I can emulate him better then Nate because Nate is just superhuman. The secret will be when I shoot video a month from now if I can actually improve on some things.
  • skihartskihart Posts: 531 Solid Baller
    edited June 2013
    @gator1 @Razorskier1. I watched Terry Winter at quarter speed last year about 100 times and I thought he actually pulled in on the handle as well. I started doing it and my skiing improved by almost a full line length. I try to pull myself up and get my elbow to a 45 degree angle with the handle low at my belly button. I think it also helps me square up to the boat and i can feel the ski moving outbound instead of down course. The other thing that I like is that it really frees me of the boat allowing me to control my reach which I start with both hands still on the handle.
  • WishWish Posts: 8,137 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    @Klundell what things will you be working on?
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • gator1gator1 Posts: 591 Crazy Baller
    @skihart: sweet! But only 100 times? Makes me question your commitment. Or you are probably just smarter then me. I think I wore out a DVD player trying to figure out WCS.
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 5,466 Mega Baller
    There is a position in the pull (I agree w/@razorskier1) where pro's have a nearly flat ski off the second wake outbound, but are not above their flat ski. The lower legs up from the ski are nearly verical from the flat ski, but the body from knees up is still "away" from the boat so that there is still lean/tension but without being an angular rod from ski up thru body leaning away. Tough but critical position if only for a moment that I, as a mere mortal w/out inherent flexibility, cannot attain--well I'm getting older too! With that...less lofty goals. Sure would love to run 39 some day...even if only in practice.
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
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