At first glance, the D3 ARC looks like every other D3 you have ever seen. The shape of the tip and the contour of the top of the ski are clearly recognizable and indistinguishable from last years D3 or the D3 from 5 years ago.
Yet if you take a closer look, you will find a ski unlike any D3 before. The first obvious difference is the width. The widest point on 67” ARC is almost 00.10” wider than the same point on a 67” D3 Quest. A more thorough examination will expose a smaller tunnel radius than any previous D3, which results in a deeper concave.
What you can not see by visual examination is that the ARC is a simplified design. The ski was designed without multi-stage rockers or bevels. It was designed from scratch without bits and pieces of hydrodynamic trickery. The design is elegant, and in my opinion, it is the best ski D3 has ever built.
Skiers who are overly aggressive will fit this ski as well as skiers who depend on finesse. The skier with the best technique will almost always be the skier with the highest score, but the ARC will forgive more mistakes than expected.
Toe Side (Off Side) Turn
Most high end skis on the market today deliver a great off side turn. To rave about a ski’s off side turn has become almost cliche. In the case of the ARC, there are two attributes of the off side turn that are worth mentioning:
The first key attribute is that the ski is very forgiving to less than perfect technique. If you push hard over your front foot, the ski turns hard and fast. If you are in the middle of the ski, it turns almost as well, and if you are a bit on your back foot, the ski still turns good enough. Patient and impatient skiers will both find success.
The second key attribute is that it is easy for the skier to maintain a tight line and ride the ski back to the inside with a lot of speed and very little drama.
Heel Side (On Side) Turn
On Side turns are similar to the off side turns but are more technically critical. The ski will perform smooth, high speed on side turns provided the skier remembers three key points:
1) keep your head up and shoulders level 2) apply at least moderate front foot pressure 3) initiate the finish with your lower body. This may sound like a lot to think about, but the ski’s inherent stability makes this these three points relatively easy to execute.
From Ball to Second Wake
Modern ski technique emphasizes calmer skiing, and some of the top skis on the market require skiers to constrain their aggression. The ARC is one ski that will tolerate “Hammer Down” skiing better than most.
From Second Wake to Ball
Historically, D3 skis are known to be more stable than fast and require a lot of skier strength and handle control technique to create a path wide of the ball. The ARC is a legitimately fast ski that makes space in front of the ball without perfect technique. The ski draws a path that feels more early than wide.
The ski's stability means that the path to the ball is very calm and low drama. Errors made at the wakes are easily corrected approaching the ball.
The most important thing about this ski
If your goal is to round more balls for a higher score, the way a ski performs on easy passes is not nearly as important as how it performs when you are at your limit. There are plenty of skis on the market that feel awesome until your hardest pass, and then they are unforgiving. The ARC is one of the few skis that does not punish the skier when they approach their limit.
The stated goal of BallOfSpray ski reviews is to describe the ski more than judge it. This goal is achieved at varying degrees for each ski reviewed. In the case of the 2016 D3 ARC, I have to say that it is one of the very best skis that I have ever ridden.
Milwaukee welcomes world’s top professional and junior skiers to compete for elite world rankings at Malibu Open
Loudon, Tenn. | June 23, 2016 - The Malibu Open Waterski Championship will return to Milwaukee’s lakefront Veteran’s Park Lagoon August 19 and 20, where the world’s top professional and junior athletes will compete in traditional slalom and long-distance jumping divisions. This exciting two-day event is free and open to the public, attracting athletes and spectators from across the globe.
The Malibu Open Championship is set against the backdrop of beautiful Milwaukee’s skyline for the seventh consecutive year. It is the perfect venue for spectators, families and friends to witness and interact with the world’s best ski athletes. The athletes in attendance will compete for cash prizes and elite world rankings in slalom and/or jump divisions.
Athletes in the slalom division travel through a six-buoy course at a constant speed of 36 miles per hour with an initial rope length of 43 feet. After completing each pass the rope length is shortened, increasing intensity and difficulty. The athlete who rounds the most buoys with the shortest rope length, wins.
Skiers dart towards a 6-foot high ramp in the long-distance jumping division, reaching speeds of 70 miles per hour as they take flight for distances over 200 feet. Each athlete gets three opportunities to jump the ramp, and ultimately, whoever travels the farthest, wins.
The Malibu Open event is produced by the Pro Ski Tour, sponsored by Malibu Boats and free for all to come & enjoy. Concessions and parking will be organized by the Milwaukee County Parks Department.
More than $10,000 in cash and prizes will be on the line at the Little Mountain Queens Cup women’s slalom tournament in Maiden, N.C., on Aug. 27-28.
The Queens Cup, with title sponsor Sportsinsurance.com and promoted by area Nautique dealer Race City Marine of Mooresville, N.C., is for women ages 30 and older. It will use a scoring system that counts buoys equally regardless of age group and corresponding boat speed. A 55-year-old skier whose top boat speed is 32 mph will be scored the same as a 35-year-old who runs the same pass at 34 mph.
Organizers have 25 entrants and have room for 30 to 35. Each skier is guaranteed two rounds of Saturday qualifying. The top 16 will advance to Sunday’s bracketed head-to-head finals.
Little Mountain Lake is the site of world record performances in Masters Men and Open Men, as well as numerous other national and international records. In addition to its annual pro-am tournaments, Little Mountain Lakes recently hosted a Nautique Big Dawg World Tour qualifier. The Queens Cup is intended to offer women their version of the men’s Big Dawg series.
Additional sponsors for the Queens Cup include Denali Skis, Connelly Skis, H2Oproshop.com, Masterline and many others.
The cash purse and prizes, valued at more than $10,000, were donated by sponsors and individuals. The event will also recognize the top 30-, 32- and 34-mph skiers from Saturday’s qualifying rounds with cash awards and prizes.
Edge Waterski is in the business of designing, engineering and selling waterski hard shell bindings. We deliver to customers worldwide. Edge Waterski is based in Groveland, Florida and was developed by Jon Travers in 2016. As the sport of Waterskiing grows, we grow with it - evolving and creating revolutionary products. Edge Waterski allows skiers from all levels, no matter strong or weak to gain a significant benefit. Core team members are among the most successful currently competing and we work together to provide the highest level of service.
The next generation of the releasable overall binding system from Mike’s Overall Binding, aka the MOB, is being introduced to water skiers at the USA Water Ski Nationals. The MOB system is available at the introductory price of $399 through the end of Nationals.
The MOB release system has reduced weight with a smaller spring housing than his previous OB system, and incorporates an easier to use plastic adjustment screw mechanism. The new MOB boot mounting plate has been designed using a lower profile composite G10 material, which allows better flex and rebound for improved performance. The redesigned boot plate also features mounting slots that allow easy mounting of most common styles of hard shell boots. You can also use the soft fit style boots available from most major water ski manufacturers.
Additional new features to the MOB are trick ski mounting slots forward of the boot, a sturdier solid mounting plate, and a micro-just system mounting hole. The mounting slots are set to the common water ski manufacturing insert pattern.
The MOB team is currently sourcing a stock boot for the system. We believe that the skier should have a choice of their boot. We encourage users to stick with their current boot so that they can retain the same comfort on their ski while adding the safety of the MOB system.
The system designer, Mike Mosley has been using this type system in competition for over twenty years, and continues to refine the system.
Check our website at : www.mobsystemrelease.com or on Facebook at @MikesOverallBinding
Information Contact: Mike Mosley, Owner-Dseigner
At GOODE Skis we like to celebrate accomplishments. And as a long-time title sponsor and supporter of the U.S. Nationals, we think that qualifying for, and skiing in your first Nationals, is one of the biggest achievements in our sport.
That’s why this year we are paying the entry fees for 20 skiers competing in their first ever Nationals.
“We all remember our first Nationals,” says Dave Goode, who first competed in the tournament in 1983. “It’s a really big deal and we wanted to recognize that by rewarding some skiers who have worked really hard to get here.
“And the ski industry needs to do everything it can to get people excited about the sport. This is our way of making the experience even better for some deserving skiers who hopefully will keep coming back year after year.”
For at least one first-timer, the free entry was enough to help convince them to compete.
“I was honestly considering not skiing until this promotional opportunity was created,” said Sue Pickrell, a Women’s 5 competitor from Bellevue, Wash., who first skied in 2002 and didn’t enter her first tournament until 2011. “Thank you!”
Among the youngest skiers taking advantage of the offer are Sara and Sawyer Perez, Girl’s 1 and Boy’s 1 competitors, respectively, who both PB’d at this year’s Western Regionals.
“They are very excited to ski in their first Nationals,” says Shauna Perez, Sara and Sawyer’s mom. “And they are very much looking forward to meeting Team GOODE at Nationals.”