Last week my boy and his cousin (both just starting 6th grade) mastered their deep water start on a slalom ski as well as generally skiing on it and crossing the wake. (My boy has been really solid on two skis for a while and even ran most of the course on them, but he needed a little competition from his cousin to push him to want to get up on one).
Afterward, they told their other cousin about their success (also a 6th grader), who insisted we go out this weekend. Saturday was windy, cold, and drizzly, and they still all wanted to go out anyway. The third boy also mastered his deep water start on a slalom ski as well as generally skiing on it and crossing the wake. Between the three of them, I put almost 4 hours on the boat on a crappy weather day without having to pull one tuber or anything other than a slalom skier.
For the last week or so, I have been fielding every conceivable ski related question you could imagine, including a bunch of questions about tournament and college skiing (including questions about trick and jump) and boat driving. My boy even insists he is getting his boaters card this winter because really wants to start pulling skiers himself (we'll see).
It has been a great week or so. The future of waterskiing (at least in my household) is looking bright.