Horton: I think that most hard core slalom skiers have now heard the name Karina Nowlan but don’t know where you came from and how you came up in skiing. Where did you grow up and how did you get involved in skiing?
Karina: OZ ski ! A local prestigious tournament that was held 10 min from my house. I used to go down to the river to check out the big walls. I loved it! We skied casually on that same river - The Williams River. My dad met Lesley Puxty in the gym. They got talking about the local club and tournaments etc and the next thing you know, I am competing in my first tournament!
A few months before I was born in 1968, my father Dr. Jack Horton began pumping water in the first ever purpose-built tournament water ski lake. In early 1969, he and Bob Barton took the inaugural ski rides at Horton Lake. Now, 40 years later, I asked my father about the early days.
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What the Heck is Handle Control?
By Bruce Butterfield
Most slalom skiers have heard the term “handle control” thrown around, but there is frequent misunderstanding, or sometimes a complete lack of understanding, about what handle control really is and why it is important. I will attempt to explain my views on handle control and why I believe it is the single most important aspect of short line slalom skiing.
I received the below email today. Attached are early fin setting instructions that look to have been typed by Kris LaPoint. If you are a waterski history fan, this is pretty cool stuff.