Is this ski out of my league?

HippylowHippylow Posts: 1 New Baller
Hi everyone

I am a relatively new skier. I have been skiing for maybe 5 years with the last 2 in the course. I am 15 years old and so far I am absolutely loving skiing. I completed my first 15 off pass the other day and I couldn’t be happier.

I have a good deal on a HO syndicate which is a bit out of my range. What I mean by this is too my knowledge the syndicate is a course specific ski. Currency about 2/3 of my skiing is in a course and 1/3 is free skiing. Though, I am hoping to spend a lot more time in the course for the rest of the season as it is so much fun.

So, should I try to get this ski and progress into it, or should I find something less aggressive that fits my current skiing.

Any comments would be much appreciated



  • MDB1056MDB1056 Posts: 1,108 Mega Baller
    Absolutely agree with @jjackkrash - no downside to getting a higher end ski than you need today. It will help you progress but more importantly not hold you back. You’re at the age where your skiing will rapidly progress if you keep your water time high . Definitely get the best ski you can . You’ll be glad you did
  • RednucleusRednucleus Posts: 864 Mega Baller
    So stoked to see a young man enthusiastic about the course!! What's your weight & height and what size ski are you considering. You are fortunate to have 2/3course time. Lessons at your age would be awesome and also help you with a ski choice. Keep us posted on your progress!!
  • CentCent Posts: 280 Baller
    I expect you will love the upgrade.
  • KRoundyKRoundy Posts: 649 Crazy Baller
    Do it. That ski is perfect for a skier like you. Keep on working at it!
  • RednucleusRednucleus Posts: 864 Mega Baller
    How about bindings?? BTW TOTALLY cool you are working/earning $$ for your ski - your parents are doing a fine job!!
  • aupatkingaupatking Posts: 1,824 Mega Baller
    Do you know which Syndicate ski it is? They have made a bunch of different models. Some are more friendly than others. As was said earlier, having the fin set to stock numbers is helpful. It would help for knowing where the front binding needs to be.
    Are you able to ski it before buying? That really will tell you more than anything else
  • leftylefty Posts: 43 Baller
    If it’s a good price I say go for it, even if it’s not the “right” model ski for you. you will likely outgrow a 65” in a year or 2 and as said above there is little to no downside to upgrading. Still super fun to rip some open water turns on a top end ski for the 1/3 of the time
  • ScottScottScottScott Posts: 1,414 Mega Baller
    I'm going to disagree with the others. ONLY because of your age/size. You will likely be growing pretty quick in the next couple years. If you can get into something for a little less money in a 65" that will be fine for your current abilities, you can save a little money now for other things (lesson?) and you'll probably be wanting to get a 67 in the next year or 2.
  • WindsurfnutWindsurfnut Posts: 251 Baller
    My son was recently "gifted" a Vapor Pro. He is 15 yrs old, running 15 off 28-32mph and is absolutely having a blast in and out of the course on it and looking great. Came off a TRA. He's on a 66" at 125lbs
  • Vernon ReeveVernon Reeve Posts: 132 Baller
    I wouldn't worry about needing to upgrade later. I'd get what you need for your size/speed now, and then upgrade later. I've had really good luck buying and selling ski's on
  • UCFskierUCFskier Posts: 185 Baller
    @Hippylow get the best ski you can afford. if you out grow the ski U can sell and put that sale towards a bigger ski! keep rippin the course and having fun man!
    !!!Support companies that support the protection of youth in Waterskiing!!!
  • dave2balldave2ball Posts: 1,127 Crazy Baller
    @Hippylows get a ski that a good deal and you can grow into performance wise. Yes you are still growing so the only down fall is you will out grow the ski size wise but not ability wise. Big difference.
  • HippylowsHippylows Posts: 5 Baller
    Thank you all for your input!! I think I am going to get the HO syndicate or something similar if I can find it since the pros outweigh the cons by A LOT. I think it would be best to progress on a higher end ski, then later down the line I can just get a bigger one.

    Again I appreciate all the comments it was super helpful!

  • skimtbskimtb Posts: 585 Crazy Baller
    Get a nice ski. If you want to keep costs down, Would recommend one a few years old (ski-it-again) so you can get for good deal then sell for minimal loss as you grow.
  • UCFskierUCFskier Posts: 185 Baller
    A++ on @skimtb comments
    !!!Support companies that support the protection of youth in Waterskiing!!!
  • HippylowsHippylows Posts: 5 Baller
    Yeah I’m definitely going for the used ski route. New skis are super expensive and there is no way I need that or can afford that haha.

    Thanks for the tip though that site looks awesome!
  • B_SB_S Posts: 364 Crazy Baller
    @Hippylows what's your current boat speed?
  • HippylowsHippylows Posts: 5 Baller
    I am skiing at 28-30 MPH currently.

  • B_SB_S Posts: 364 Crazy Baller
    @Hippylows that ski should last you a bit then. Even though you'll be growing, you'll also be increasing speed. At 36mph, that ski should work for you at 160lbs.
  • HippylowsHippylows Posts: 5 Baller
    @B_S thanks! I’m not sure when I’ll get too 36 but it’s good to know it will still work when I do.
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