I'm going to keep this brief...if I can...but have to share just a little.
As a skier, of course I have known who Andy Mapple is for as long as I can remember. Almost a year ago, I had the chance to meet Andy, ski with him, and ride one of his skis. There is an entire other story around that, but it was a great introduction to an honorable man for me.
Flash forward to February of this year. I was skiing ok, but floundering. I was going to Orlando, and got the chance to go ski with Andy again, and try the Mapple 6.0. One set on the ski, with Andy in the boat, and i was in. Skied great for a good while, and had the chance to do the Mapple weekend (the coolest ski weekend I had ever had). I started slumping several weeks ago, and sent Andy and Chris some video. Both jumped in and were very helpful. Things got better, but I then managed to slump again. Talked with Andy and Chris more, but asked if I could just come down and ski with them. In spite of their extremely busy schedules, Andy told me to come on down. I worked things out to actually get down to Orlando the afternoon before we had discussed, and Andy had prior commitments. Rather than just waiting until Friday, arrangements were made for me to go get a set in Thursday to feel the warm Florida water. So I skied....with Aidan Willers, Nicole Arthur, and Chris Parrish. I skied...horribly. But it did exactly what it was supposed to do, i guess.
So, I showed up this morning to ski with Andy, Chris, and Aidan. Obviously, Andy had talked to Chris...and he asked if I was open to letting him change some stuff. I handed him my ski, and told him to have at it. 1st set, I felt better than I had in weeks. I skied. And it was fun. A few other guys skied, and I came up for another set....didn't change the ski this time(i think), but he changed the boat setting. I never thought about trying that setting....I realize more every time I come here that Andy really knows what the heck he's doing. I'm heading back over in the morning to ski again.....just to continue to get my confidence back.
Guys, I'm not an open rated skier. I'm not a masters men skier. I'm just a regular guy with the dream of running 38. And this is just a glimpse of what Andy (@mapple)
, Chris Parrish, and the entire Mapple team have done for me. That, my fellow ballers, is incredible.
Oh, I think I see my mojo, too....
Ok, not so brief.