Many skiers make the mistake of combining the release of the handle with the edge-change. What achieves greater results is separating the two... the edge change should occur somewhere close to the center of the wakes, while the release of the handle should be done about half way out to the width of the buoy from the center of the wakes.
What you're looking to accomplish is maintaining a hip-to-elbows/handle relationship that stays the same all the way from the completion of the turn, through the wake crossing, and up to the release (again, about half way out to the buoy from the center of the wakes). As you complete the turn feel your hips and your handle come together. You should be able to feel your elbows pinned against the sides of your vest. If you have any gap at all between your vest and your elbows, then your position is not as strong as it could be. As you approach the wakes soften your legs, and allow the load you have built up through the cut to release the ski from its cutting edge on to its inside, turning edge. The key here is to keep your body's core tight. Maintain your position of the hips, the handle, and the elbows. The only body position change here is in the lower body. With your ski on the inside edge, ride it out halfway to the buoy's width. This is where you can start your handle release. Allow your self to ski out, and away from the handle.
By maintaining this strong body position through the edge change, and waiting longer to release the handle you will set yourself up for much earlier, wider turns.Ski with Terry at Ski Sunset Ranch
Written by Terry Winter
Horton: What are your goals for 2010?
Stisher: To finally balance my family, business, and skiing appropriately. Although I would like to be in the finals for every event, I can't sell my soul or abandon my family or my business to do so.
Growing up waterskiing all I ever heard from Water Ski Schools and in Water Ski Lessons about fine-tuning your waterski was fin movements. Fin adjustments, fin adjustments, fin adjustments. It's my personal belief that the binding movement is the most underrated waterski adjustment that you can master.
Within the past 5-10 years waterski bindings have really seen advancements. These advancements include the way the bindings can be adjusted. Bindings for the most part have only been able to adjust in ¼ inch increments. Bindings now come straight from the factory with the ability to move down to the 1/16 or even the 1/32 of an inch. With the ability to make adjustments this small you can accomplish the same results as fin adjustments if not more and with more control and less time.
Skiing at several different lakes throughout the summer it's necessary for me to make ski adjustments in order to have my ski ready for competition. Depending on how the water feels my ski usually requires a forward or backward movement of my bindings of a 1/8 - 1/16 inch. When skiing at home and dialing in a ski my binding movements often get down to a 1/32-inch. All these movements usually occur with little or no fin adjustments. I typically start with a standard fin setting and go with my binding movement routine. If I had to give advice to a fellow waterskier looking for that extra 1-2% edge to get him a few more buoys, I'd say master your binding adjustments and spend less time with your fin.
Written by Nick Parsons
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