It was great to read your article as i've recently purchased a new ski and feel i haven't quite got it set up right yet. Whilst i'm uncomfortable making fin adjustments as i don't have the knowledge or tools to do it i have tried moving my bindings. As a basic rule how does binding adjustments impact the performance of the ski. i.e. By moving them forward does this put more tip in the water and cause a sharper turn? Are binding adjustments similar to fin adjustments in terms of impact on ski's performance?
The basic rules for binding adjustments are as follows. A forward movement with the bindings (from stock position) will add more nose pressure and make a smoother slower or longer arcing turn. Backwards is the exact opposite. A backward movement with the binding (also from stock position) relieves nose pressure and makes the ski carve a tighter arc with a more abrupt finish.
There are fin adjustments that can simulate binding movements. It's almost opposite of binding movements. Moving the fin backwards is a similar movement to moving your bindings forward and forward with the fin is the opposite. If you are unsure in your fin adjustment abilities I'd recommend leaving the fin in the standard setting. Try experimenting with forward and backward movements of the binding and see what works best for you. If you are interested in increasing your fin and binding adjustment abilities I'd recommend a one on one water ski lesson here at the ranch with either Doug, Terry or myself.
Ski with Nick at Ski Sunset Ranch
WINTER HAVEN - Gov. Charlie Crist will be among the special guests in attendance Thursday when Merlin Entertainments Group Florida reveals its investment plans for Cypress Gardens and its intention to transform it into a Legoland amusement park.
News that Merlin had purchased the historic theme park from Lakeland real estate investors Rob Harper and Brian Philpot came Friday.
During Wednesday morning's Polk County Commission meeting, Commissioner Randy Wilkinson congratulated Winter Haven for getting "Legoland."
An e-mailed memo to the commissioner and his colleagues states that Cypress Gardens will become the fifth Legoland park operated by Merlin Entertainments Group worldwide and the second Legoland in the United States. The other U.S. Legoland is in Carlsbad, Calif.
Thursday's news conference in Cypress Gardens' Magnolia Mansion will begin at 10:30 a.m.
According to a news release from Merlin Entertainments Group, the speakers for the news conference will include Crist and Nick Varney, the chief executive officer of Merlin Entertainments.
Congressman Adam Putnam of Bartow, state Sen. JD Alexander of Lake Wales and Florida Attractions Association Executive Director Robert Skrob also are among the invited guests for the news conference.
Merlin Entertainments Group is the second largest attractions company in the world. Only the Walt Disney Company is ahead of it.
As I give a waterski lesson, one of my primary focuses is on a skier's body position. There's lots of different styles of slalom pulling positions, but whatever it looks like you have to have a strong, leveraged pulling position to get across the course effectively.
One way to increase your leverage, and therefore increase your ability to get across the course on an earlier line, is by counter-rotating. Counter-rotating means opening up your body so that your hips and shoulders are facing more down the length of the course as your ski is pointed across the course. For example, say you're turning and cutting to the right. As your ski is arcing around to the right you're trying to make your shoulders and hips twist a bit to the left. With a good, countered body position the observer in the boat should be able to see the fronts of both of the skier's shoulders.
What countering allows you to do is soften your legs better, and get your hips or center of gravity leaning away more from the boat. This will shift your body's weight so that you have more pressure over the ski's cutting edge, and make it possible for you to hold a better line cutting more directly across the course. This will set you up for wider, earlier turns. If you close off your hips and shoulders, making them face across rather than down the course, your legs will tend to be straighter and stiffer and your hips or body's weight will be placed more over the center of the ski. This will lessen your ability to hold your ski on a solid edge, which leads to shallower, faster approaches to your turns.
Ski with Terry at Ski Sunset Ranch
Written by Terry Winter
HO Skis and Syndicate brand are ready for a great season, but before we get to warmer weather we’ll be hitting the Boat Show circuit. Our retailers will be showcasing the latest skis and bindings from Syndicate, kneeboards, tubes and wakeskis from HO and everything to go with them.
At select shows HO & Syndicate team skiers will be on hand with a stack of retro HO stickers. Our representatives will also be there with answers to your questions on the latest trends in the sport and the equipment.
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To ensure you get the most out of your Boat Show, HO is giving away a FREE Large T-Shirt while supplies last. Some of our stickers will be coded for your FREE shirt, simply find the right representative and inquire about the promotion. Once you have your code, register at www.HOSPORTS.com and keep your eyes on the mailbox!
The INT League is hiring state coordinators for the 2010 season. INT is looking for outgoing, self motivated, disciplined individuals who would like to join the INT family. If you are a success minded, family orientated, water sports enthusiast who is financially secure and looking for an opportunity to build your own rewarding part time business INT would like to speak with you.
A new winter waterski video, it was shot on December 13th with an air temp of 20f just before a snow storm.
Data was aggregated and resorted from the IWSF World Standings List
|Name||DOB||Country||Average of 2 high scores|
|MILLER David||1961||CAN||69.25 (3.25 @10.25m)|
|FAVRET Ben||1965||USA||69.25 (3.25 @10.25m)|
|MIERMONT Stephane||1970||FRA||69.00 (3.00 @10.25m)|
|MALHOMME Thierry||1957||FRA||69.00 (3.00 @10.25m)|
|LEACH Jay||1970||USA||68.75 (2.75 @10.25m)|
The whole list here http://ballofspray.com/55k-list
Preliminary World Rankings List Available The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation's preliminary world rankings' list for the period Nov. 1, 2008 through Oct. 31, 2009 is now available. The list incorporates for the first time ranking lists for the 35+, 45+, and 55+ age divisions. As data for these divisions is only initially available for the period of May 1, 2009 to October 31, 2009, these lists will remain unofficial until a year's worth of results are incorporated in the May 2010 list, which will cover the period May 1, 2009 through April 30, 2010. To view the rankings, click here. This begins the 30-day correction period. From USAWaterSki.org
Below are the #1 Skers in the world as of 1/8/10
|Mens||PARRISH Chris||LE FORESTIER Nicolas||KRUEGER Freddy||JULIO Javier|
|Women||JAQUESS Regina||BERDNIKAVA Natallia||FLADBORG June||JAQUESS Regina|
|Junior Men||DESCUNS Sacha||KOLMAN Martin||MEJIA Alberto||KOLMAN Martin|
|Junior Women||CARTER Brie||CAMBRAY Iris||MORGAN Lauren||CAMBRAY Iris|
|U21 Women||MCCLINTOCK Whitney||MCCLINTOCK Whitney||LAURETANO Alex||MCCLINTOCK Whitney|
|U21 Men||DESCUNS Sacha||BELIAKOU Herman||WORDEN Zack||WORDEN Zack|
|35+ Women||TRUELOVE Karen||BARTON BISCHOFF Rhoni||BALDWIN Brenda||THOMSEN Elena|
|35+ Men||MIERMONT Stephane||LE FORESTIER Nicolas||SHAW Marc||SHAW Marc|
|45+ Women||LEACHMAN Jennifer||BACHMEIER Janice||KOENIG Mary||SHEDD Philippa|
|45+ Men||MILLER David||PICKOS Cory||CARDER John||KOOT Francis|
|55+ Women||SHEALY Deana||NICHOLS Kay||HARRISON Leza||HUELLER Gabriele|
|55+ Men||HICKEY Ed||LEE Eric||DEES Frankie||DEES Frankie|
The whole list http://www.iwsf.com/wrl_1009/
TOURNAMENT SKIERS OF THE YEAR 2009
FEMALE SKIER Whitney McClintock – Canada
Whitney had the unique accomplishment of being the World Champion in both the U21Championships and the Open World Championships in Overall, Slalom, and Tricks. Her list of tournament podium placements is unparalleled in recent times:
2009 World Champion Women Overall 2009 World Champion Women Slalom
2009 World Champion Women Tricks 2009 World U21 Champion Women Overall
2009 World U21 Champion Women Slalom
2009 World U21 Champion Women Tricks
2009 World U21 Championships Women Jump Silver Medal
2009 Masters Champion Women Tricks2009 Masters Women Slalom 3rd Place
2009 Malibu Pro Ski Tour Abbotsford Women Slalom Champion
MALE SKIER Javier Julio – Argentina
Javier has always been an outstanding Overall skier and 2009 was the year he finally achievedhis crowning accomplishment of being World Overall Champion. In 2009 Javier also won allevent titles and overall at the 2009 Latin American Championships and is the reigning PanAmerican Overall and slalom champion.Javier is one of only 3 skiers to be on all three Elite Ranking Lists, another rareaccomplishment. Source:iwsf.com