I often get asked about how I start the season. Pre-season skiing is tough, especially if you're skiing in a colder climate. Muscles are cold and stiff, and not as strong as they were in the summer. Cold hands and feet make it tough to get a good feel for the handle, and what the ski is doing underneath you. Also, the ski rides differently in the colder water, riding higher and giving a sense of less stability and more speed.
MASTERCRAFT RENEWS PARTNERSHIP WITH INT LEAGUE
Seattle, WA (December 28, 2009) - In the world of grassroots, it is hard to be heard in this noisy, busy world. But the premier host of amateur watersports events just became much louder as the INT League recently announced MasterCraft renewed its partnership agreement. MasterCraft, who has partnered with the INT as a major sponsor for several years now, extended their commitment to grassroots water sports this month by signing a three year sponsorship contract. They will be an official tow boat at INT’s amateur and pro wakeboard, wakeskate, waterski and kneedboard events.
Weekly Live Chat with Marcus Brown
Mondays 9PM Eastern, 6PM Pacific
This week, Water Ski Magazine Editor Todd Ristorcelli will be online with Marcus Brown.
Each week, our little web show has been getting better and better. This week's webcast is sure to be the best one yet. No echo this time (sorry about last week!) and we should have seemless transitions between Marcus and Todd.
Tonight's chat is on at the regular time - 9PM Eastern, 6 Pacific. That's 7 Mountain, 8 Central.
We don't have confirmation yet, but Todd Ristorcelli may grace us with some improv rap.
NAUTIQUE SIGNS A MULTI-YEAR AGREEMENT WITH INT LEAGUE
Orlando, FLA (February 3, 2010) – Nautique has committed to a multi-year agreement as an official tow boat sponsor of the INT League. Nautique has been a valuable sponsor helping support amateur watersports through INT’s proven platform since 1993.
Nautique and INT will continue to serve skiers and riders, host quality watersports events, promote consistency in competitive watersports, and grow grassroots events. Nautique boats will be available at INT events for skiers and riders to compete behind and demo. This partnership also allows Nautique dealers to be involved on the local level and promote their dealership at INT events around the United States.
The 36 selections, decided upon by the American Water Ski Association’s Junior Development Committee and International Activities Committee, are based upon tournament performances during the 2009 tournament season.
Based on the selection criteria, the top-12 athletes are named as National Junior Water Ski Team members, while the remaining 24 are named to the National Junior Development Water Ski Team. The teams will not compete in any international tournaments, but they may train together.
A motion to change the name of USA Water Ski to USA Water Ski & Wakeboard was voted down by a count of 53 to 46 on Sunday by the USA Water Ski board of directors. The USA Water Ski board of directors held its annual mid-winter board meeting at USA Water Ski headquarters in Polk City, Fla.
In other news, USA Water Ski officers were re-elected as follows: Don Bucher, chairman of the board; Jim Grew, president; Tom Ghiloni, vice president; and Sara Chappell, secretary/treasurer.
Jim Jaquess (American Water Ski Association), Doug Koch (American Barefoot Club) and Doris Rohner (American Kneeboard Association) were approved as USA Water Ski honorary national directors.
The 2010 USA Water Ski budget also was approved as proposed.
Jaret Llewellyn, one of the most decorated water skiers in history, recently joined MasterCraft Boats‘ team of professional skiers.
“My family and I had to look at who we believe is committed to water skiing for the long term and we see MasterCraft leading the pack as usual,” Llewellyn says.
Llewellyn owns more than 100 professional wins and 11 world records. MasterCraft Boats says it is thrilled to have such an accomplished athlete on its team.
“Jaret Llewellyn has a long history with MasterCraft, dating back to his time as a part of our team during his early competitive years,” says Ian Birdsall, MasterCraft VP of International Business. “Since then, he has become an icon in the sport and holder of many coveted waterskiing titles, a number of which have been achieved behind MasterCraft ProStars.
“In the year that MasterCraft has signed the first-ever exclusive six-year agreement to become the official tow boat to both the World Cup and to all IWWF world-titled waterski and wakeboard events, it is fitting that we welcome Jaret back to the MasterCraft Team.”
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!