For the first time in history a Wakeski event was held this past weekend, September 5th, 2009 and from all who participated, it was a huge success! The event covered both Wake and Cable riding and was held at the world renowned OWC in Orlando, Florida. The Inaugural Wakeski Open was held by a co-op from the event sponsors: HO Wakeskis, Stereo Wakeskis, the Orlando Watersports Complex and Performance Ski & Surf.
COVINGTON, LA – SKI RANCH - It was only hours after, World Record Holder and Current season point leader, Chris Parrish, had signed a sponsorship agreement with GOODE Skis, that he tied the Men’s World Record that he set over 5 years ago, by running 1-1/2 buoys at 43′ off (9.75m).
In addition to the agreement of GOODE Skis becoming Parrish’s primary ski and equipment sponsor, GOODE has also become a lead sponsor of the Chris Parrish Academy, in Daytona Beach, FL .
Regina Jaquess ties the World Record 1@41
Chris Parrish ties his World Record 1@43
Chris Parrish signs with Goode Skis
Take your Slalom training to the next level with focused mental practice.
Use the power of your mind to change and improve your slalom technique.
Improve your skiing faster and easier through Visualization Training...
This West Coast Slalom Visualization Training is a natural next step to Mike Suyderhoud’s ground breaking West Coast Slalom Advanced DVD. This training features the smooth and fluid West Coast Slalom technique of Terry Winter as a model. The DVD is designed to be a regular part of your weekly training regimen. Based on the psychological concept of modeling and incorporating the Shortcut Method visualization training, the DVD will help you improve your technique through neuromuscular patterning. By following the simple, yet effective outline for focused mental practice your body’s own mechanism for creating movement will help you change and improve your slalom technique. Listening to your favorite music while viewing the visualization sequences makes this an enjoyable process. It also creates an auditory link between the images on the DVD and the music.
During the summer of 2009, Todd Leach conducted a survey of slalom skiers about their preferences in settings for the Zero Off speed control system. The survey asked skiers about a variety of aspects of their skiing style and situations to see if any correlations could be found in terms of preferences. The survey was advertised on several internet discussion boards and forums related to slalom skiing. Here are the results.
In 1962 John F. Kennedy gave his famous Moon Speech at Rice Stadium. In that speech he said: “But why, some say, the moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic? …..
We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.”
I am in no way comparable as a human being to JFK and slalom skiing is not in anyway similar to the traveling 251,466 miles in a tin can to the moon but if I may slightly paraphrase the President, I choose to go slalom skiing not because it is easy, but because it is hard.
That is the whole point. Slalom skiing is hard. Yesterday I improved my tournament personal best by ½ buoy. At 40 years of age I have managed to improve my athletic best. To some percent of the skiing public my score of 4 ½ at 38 off is mundane and to some it is beyond their imagination. From my perspective skiing level has nothing to do with it, what matters is each individuals struggle to improve. Each skier’s willingness to engage in this endeavor because it is hard.
I have won many tournaments at one level and lost as many at another but the reoccurring theme that keeps me in the sport is the drive to improve myself. For me the greatest rewards of this sport do not come in medals or accolades but self satisfaction.