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Trick Ski Questions?

guitarcarrguitarcarr Posts: 28 Baller
edited July 2012 in Trick and Jump
Ok, going to borrow a trick ski from a friend this weekend!!! A couple of questions if anyone know about such things!

1) How do you deepwater start? Like slalom or like wakeboard(I also wakeboard besides my slalom skiing)?
2) What speed is good?
3) Line Length?


  • ForrestGumpForrestGump Posts: 6,100
    A trick ski binding is generally straight with the long axis of the ski, so you'll start more like a slalom with rear foot out. Start with something in the 18-19mph range and 15 off would be fine to get up and get a feel for it.
    Shane "Crash" Hill

  • guitarcarrguitarcarr Posts: 28 Baller
    Ok, start with rear foot out of the binding correct? Use the foot that is out to help get up?
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 6,006 Mega Baller
    You can get up dragging your rear foot or with both feet in. I would start out a little slower than 18 I would start out at 16 or so depending on your size and how big the ski is then speed up a little as you get more stable. 15 or 22 off would work fine
    Mark Shaffer
  • Not_The_PugNot_The_Pug Posts: 625 Crazy Baller
    Depending on size until you get stable, 17 - 18mph would be fine. Start by getting stable on the ski and then work on simple things like jumping one wake at a time (jump from in to out, then out to in off each wake). Don't start with tricks right away. Get comfortable with riding the ski and getting balanced. You have to learn how to use the edges to move around instead of a fin. Also learn to ride the ski with more weight on the front foot and shoulders over the front foot, not leaning back like on a slalom ski. The most important thing is to have fun.
  • guitarcarrguitarcarr Posts: 28 Baller
    Ok, I haven't seen the ski so I don't know what size. I'm 170......I'll try starting both ways...see what works! I'll report back on monday to let ya know how it :)
  • Not_The_PugNot_The_Pug Posts: 625 Crazy Baller
    A little slower will help with the balance and then you can speed up until you feel comfortable.
  • ScaredOfCorbetsScaredOfCorbets Posts: 87 Baller
    I can speak for most, we like videos.
  • guitarcarrguitarcarr Posts: 28 Baller
    LOL, Okay...I'll see if I can get a video of my exploits! :)
  • Brian_MBrian_M Posts: 54 Baller
    edited July 2012
    @guitarcarr Keep those knees and ankles REALLY bent compared to riding a slalom ski.
    If the ski is part of a combo set, play around on two skis first.
  • guitarcarrguitarcarr Posts: 28 Baller
    Brian, I believe its a single ski, not a combo.
  • klindyklindy Posts: 2,415 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Bent, flexible knees means the ski tracks straight....keep stiff legs and it will be like wet ice. Start with one leg dragging behind and don't panic (go to quick) to put your rear foot in. Since the rear toe is usually twisted 45 degrees or so the set up will dictate which foot is forward. If you're generally the opposite foot forward it's ok to just stand ON the rear toe. Better that way then the 'wrong foot' forward for you. At 170 I'd recommend 16-18 mph with the rope between 15-22 off to start. At that speed the wakes will be better at 22 off. Remember going faster will make the wakes closer together but it tends to make the ski feel more and more 'slick'. Better to start slower. Have fun!
    Keith Lindemulder
    AWSA Vice President
    AWSA Southern Region EVP
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