It is time to get a trick ski

Erik4cErik4c Posts: 51 Baller
I need some help determining what I should get for my first trick ski. Should I get an old combo set? Should I get a new ski? Should I get a newer used ski? What size should I get? What brand? etc.
6'1 175lbs

Erik

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  • balsamcutterbalsamcutter Posts: 35 Baller
    my 12 year old son is also wanting to try trick skiing. wondering what a 100 lbs boy would start out on?
  • RazorRoss3RazorRoss3 Posts: 1,414 Mega Baller
    @erik4c, I've only been a tricker since I got to college but at 5'8 5'9 and 185lbs I found that learning was easy on a pair of Obrien combo trick skis and once I was down to 1 I got a 44" D3 with rubber edges.
    @balsamcutter, I don't really know much about ski sizing other than what I was told to get so I can't be much help other than starting on combos is good since the no fin aspect is challenging for balance even for a long time slalom skier.
  • tfriesstfriess Posts: 401 Baller
    All I can say is I was starting to trick. Tried my buddies Quantum with Reflex one day. WOW! Dont waste your time on a combo, bite the bullet and go out and get a legit trick ski. I picked up a reflex and Radar Graviton. Love the Radar so much I fly off the wake!
    Can I just ski 24/7?
    Erik4c
  • jhughesjhughes Posts: 1,168 Mega Baller
    Right, get a real trick ski ASAP. Night and day difference from a combo trick. Good used trick skis are hard to find, particularly in the longer lengths (43+). Back in 2009 I had to buy a brand new 43 Custom X, not because I was so good but because I could not get one used.
  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 5,015 Mega Baller
    I tried on a set of Obrien pro trac tricks with sliders combos - felt silly and fell a lot. Took one and put a wiley's with a rear toe plate, and that was better. Don't see a value to two unless perhaps you are on a college team...

    Then I bought a D3 and put a hardshell on it. Even better, Within three rides of the D3 I got my reverse, which I had never done on the Obrien.
  • WayneWayne Posts: 584 Crazy Baller
    I'll pile on too and say combo trick skis are not worth the effort. I have the same Obrien trick combos as BraceMaker. Their rightful place is hanging on the wall as bar ornaments.
  • HortonHorton Posts: 31,709 Administrator
    I am super stoked with my Graviton. I had not tricked much in 20 years. 4 tournaments later I am 8th in the USA. All credit to Radar

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  • MattPMattP Posts: 6,314 Mega Baller
    We will see @Horton at the Sr. Worlds in trick next year!
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  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 6,066 Mega Baller
    @balsamcutter I don't think there is any downside to putting your son on a 43" trick right now. It will give him room to grow and frankly will be easier to ski on as he is learning the surface stuff. I spoke with the Baldwin's grandfather at a tournament when they were younger and they were on 43" skis back then when I am sure they weighed less than 100 lbs.

    D3, Quantum or the Radar would all work fine.
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  • Erik4cErik4c Posts: 51 Baller
    @Horton Should I go with the 43.5" Graviton?
  • HortonHorton Posts: 31,709 Administrator
    @MattP That is a a big NEGATIVE on the Sr Worlds

    @erik4c as a beginner bigger is better.

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  • MattPMattP Posts: 6,314 Mega Baller
    @Horton you are NO fun. ZERO. ZILCH.
  • Bruce_ButterfieldBruce_Butterfield Posts: 2,065 Member of the BallOfSpray Hall Of Fame
    edited October 2013
    I tricked alot years ago and before my kids started tricking, I got a lot of advice on beginners, but 2 things stood out consistently: 1) go straight to 1 ski and 2) go straight to a hardshell.

    At 175, you should get a 43 or 44" and Horton is right (I think that's twice), bigger is better.

    Flip a 3 sided coin for a D3, Quantum, or Radar. You'll be happy with any of those.

    Balsamcutter, at 100lbs and growing, get a 42" and follow the above. There was a thread a few weeks ago that Russell gave some great advice on starting out with the kids.

    http://www.ballofspray.com/forum#/discussion/8497/junior-trick-skis
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  • Erik4cErik4c Posts: 51 Baller
    Thanks guys.
  • balsamcutterbalsamcutter Posts: 35 Baller
    yes thanks !!!
  • eleeskieleeski Posts: 4,001 Infinite Pandas
    Good advice above. I'll second the D3 hardedge, Quantum and (although I haven't personally skied it) Radar skis and a Reflex binding. One more ski to add to consideration is the Goode trick. The large sizes ski well for beginners too.

    Some skis are available used. Old D3 hardedge skis are OK as are older Quantums and Goodes. Stay away from anything else old. These skis are significantly better for the developing skier.

    Advanced skiers can take advantage of some useful traits of Goodman or Reflex skis. Certainly try those once you get a good baseline.

    Eric
  • AndyAndy Posts: 213 Baller
    Other than a hard shell, what is a good binding choice?
  • eleeskieleeski Posts: 4,001 Infinite Pandas
    Other than a hardshell? Get a hardshell.

    We tried a Radar boot mounted to one of my skis. It worked OK and was reasonably light. Does the Radar boot count as a hardshell to you?

    Trick ski binding release needs are different from your slalom ski. I'm not sure I ever want a release. A release is much less likely to prevent an injury. A prerelease is quite likely to cause an injury. Choose a boot for comfort and performance.

    Hardshells don't last as long on a trick ski as rubber boots. I do know a few skiers who have moved back to rubber boots and are quite good. I however can't switch off hardshells.

    Reflex, FM, Goode or something funky and homemade can all work. Maybe Radar too.

    Eric
  • DaveDDaveD Posts: 1,039 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Hard or soft, get a binding that is comfortable too. As a beginner, you spend a lot of time sitting in the water waiting for the boat to come back to get you. It really sucks waiting for that boat to idle back when your foot is killing you.
  • AndyAndy Posts: 213 Baller
    I've got an HO ninty eight binding on my old HO tricker. Just wondering want a reasonable replacement might be. @eleeski do you mean like a Radar Vector?
  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 5,015 Mega Baller
    @andy - the choice would be the Wiley's trick wrap if you want a rubber.

    Its essentially the same boot as the wiley's prebuild slalom with a bit more reinforcement in the ankle.

  • eleeskieleeski Posts: 4,001 Infinite Pandas
    @Andy Radar Strada or RS1. Just go Reflex or FM. The HO98 will hold you back as will the HO trick. It's worth the money for a D3/Reflex.

    @BraceMaker Wileys are very heavy and uncomfortable and you stay in a lot. Excellent performance for a rubber binding, however.

    Eric
    MattP
  • tfriesstfriess Posts: 401 Baller
    I know a guy who just strapped a Vector on his Graviton..no complaints from him so far. Its comfy and light so I mean works for him. Me? Reflex on your trick.. @DaveD is right lots of time sitting and waiting
    Can I just ski 24/7?
  • eleeskieleeski Posts: 4,001 Infinite Pandas
    @tfriess Have your driver do power turns and get back to you fast. Ideally, a show ski pickup where the boat never stops keeps you up on the water. Perfect water is unimportant for a developing skier. Time skiing is.
    Eric
  • HortonHorton Posts: 31,709 Administrator
    @eleeski smoothish water always is way better

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  • John BrooksJohn Brooks Posts: 366 Crazy Baller
    I have also seen some beginners use wakeboards instead of trick skies.
  • eleeskieleeski Posts: 4,001 Infinite Pandas
    @John_Brooks Wakeboards rock for beginners. Kirk went to his first Nationals on a wakeboard. But at around 700 points a trick ski gets a significant advantage.
    Make sure that you pull the fins off the wakeboard and that it is narrow enough to be legal.
    Eric
  • buskibuski Posts: 114 Baller
    @eleeski I had a wiley on mine but it cramped me up too fast and it wasn't enjoyable or conducive to learning as I couldn't last on it very long. I thought about just going to a reflex but I only use the trick ski as a hobby for now and wasn't sure I wanted to drop the money on it yet. I found leftover strada's cheap so I threw one on. So far no complaints but all I do is get up and ride around. That said I ended up with a leftover reflex shell after trying black & white on my slalom and could probably just pick up the completed plate for the trick if it'd be all that worth it. What do you think? For reference I can't do diddly yet; if I could work up to your college girl run I'd be pretty satisfied. By then maybe I'd find out if I wanted to progress any more.
  • eleeskieleeski Posts: 4,001 Infinite Pandas
    @buski If you have the Reflex shell, you have a lot of the cost covered. Spring for the plate. The radar boot is probably going to let you improve quickly. That's money well spent too.
    Either way you should have fun.
    Eric
  • FrankSFrankS Posts: 169 Baller
    I too have been thinking about buying a trick ski for a while now and I recently saw this post on Instagram

    Apparently Jimmy Siemers was involved in the design of the ski so it must be pretty good.
    http://www.waterskimag.com/news/2013/07/17/jobe-signs-jimmy-siemers/
    Just trying to keep the options open.
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