Mapple Skis, Orlando trip, and my mojo...

JohnCoxJohnCox Posts: 357 Crazy Baller
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.

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Mapple T2
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Comments

  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 5,892 Mega Baller
    Very cool story. I would love to go ski with Andy at some point.
    Mark Shaffer
    JohnCox
  • SkiKolbSkiKolb Posts: 121 Baller
    I think 38 is in the cards for you. I saw you run 35 at the Little Mt ProAm!
    JohnCox
  • klindyklindy Posts: 2,260 Mega Baller
    I think so too @JohnCox! @SkiKolb and I saw the same round! Keep chipping at it!
    Keith Lindemulder
    AWSA Vice President
    AWSA Southern Region EVP
    JohnCox
  • skibugskibug Posts: 2,027
    edited June 2013
    I think it is really great that Andy gives his customers such great access to himself and his professional staff. I think his focus is in the right place and his aim to provide such great customer service is what this sport needs. And here it comes.....BUT....I have a few questions about the skis that may draw heavy scrutiny; that won't stop me from asking away.

    When you say not skiing well; what is your definition of not skiing well? 3 balls off average, 6 balls off average, etc.?

    Are the skis that sensitive to set up based on water temp, etc.? So sensitive that only Andy and his staff can adjust them correctly? I have heard that Andy believes that C2 is the optimum ZO setting; so is that a design consideration of the ski as well?

    Just looking for some insight.
    Bob Grizzi
  • JohnCoxJohnCox Posts: 357 Crazy Baller
    Good questions @skibug.

    For the most part, I was 2-3 buoys off, but I was mainly just skiing inconsistently. As I struggled some, my confidence went away, and I struggled more. What the last few days has done as much as anything was remind me that I can ski, if I just ski. Sometimes we focus on making sure we are "doing" all the stuff exactly right and forget to just ski.

    As far as the ski being so sensitive, I don't think so. I would ski pretty good one day, and not so good the next at the same site. The stuff between my ears was the biggest issue there I think. I doesn't help that our lake is up so high that it's like a giant bathtub with backwash. At the moment, it is as bad as I have ever seen it.

    In any case, I've never been much of a tweaker. And don't plan to do much of that ever, if I can help it. Heck, if I need something, I just send some video to Andy, and he can tell me what direction to go from that.

    I haven't heard that about Andy' thinking the optimum is C2. I showed up running at C2. I think they actually changed me up some based on what they saw, but I'm not at that now.

    Skiing again later this morning. Should be fun.
    Mapple T2
    www.mappleskis.com
    MattP
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,352 Mega Baller
    Where did they send you from C2 and (to whatever extent to you can explain) why? I am happy with my ZO setting of B1, but I'm always curious to understand more about it to maybe help others.
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • JohnCoxJohnCox Posts: 357 Crazy Baller
    @Than_Bogan - there was a short stint at A3, but moved quickly to C1. Andy explained it, but to be honest, I was so jacked up with how good I was feeling, I don't remember exactly what he said...I definitely had more line control. I will ask again this morning..
    Mapple T2
    www.mappleskis.com
  • BoneHeadBoneHead Posts: 6,028
    The ski is not sensitive at all to setup. Nothing like a nano one in that regard. As you get closer to optimum for you, it just feels more connected and refined. I think I could move the fin. 050 longer and still run the same buoy count.
    Shane "Crash" Hill

    JohnCox
  • JohnCoxJohnCox Posts: 357 Crazy Baller
    Maybe my best day. Ever. :)
    Mapple T2
    www.mappleskis.com
    MattP
  • Razorskier1Razorskier1 Posts: 3,425 Mega Baller
    @JohnCox -- what you describe is familiar to me. Sometimes I'm working on something and then I start thinking about that one thing so much that I forget to "just ski". Then I struggle to run my scores and get frustrated. What I need is for someone to hit the RESET button. Usually my son, brother or wife hits that for me and then I'm rolling again. Sounds like Andy and crew got your RESET button! Great news!

    As for sensitivity, I think the M6 will let you get away with anything. Now, for my best scores it works best when I actually stay on top of my bindings and ski right, but it is very forgiving of my mistakes and, when I need to just let it fly and turn, it works.
    Jim Ross
    JohnCox
  • SkiKolbSkiKolb Posts: 121 Baller
    Sweet, sweet day, happy for you!
    JohnCox
  • JohnCoxJohnCox Posts: 357 Crazy Baller
    Well, back home on our bumpy, fast water.....and I still feel it! I have run a bunch of 35s this year, but none at home. Tonight, in my new camo eagle vest, back to back 35s, just to make sure the first wasn't a fluke. Really looking forward to the sweet water at Trophy Lakes this weekend....
    Mapple T2
    www.mappleskis.com
    Ed_Johnson
  • gregygregy Posts: 2,546 Mega Baller
    edited July 2013
    @shaneh so did you end up getting a M6.0?
  • BoneHeadBoneHead Posts: 6,028
    @gregy Yes, I'm on the M6.0. Scot Jones is killing it on my A3 right now.
    Shane "Crash" Hill

  • teammalibuteammalibu Posts: 772 Crazy Baller
    edited July 2013
    @Shane I have seen you ski quite a bit and am familiar with your ski! I think you could take the fin off and run the same bouy count!! BAZINGA!!
    Mike Erb Cedar Ridge Canton Miss.
    Horton is my hero
  • BoneHeadBoneHead Posts: 6,028
    Especially now that Horton changed my skiing completely. I'll never hear the end of that. "Who taught you that? That was terrrrible!!!" lmao
    Shane "Crash" Hill

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