Baller ForrestGump Posted June 28, 2010 Baller Share Posted June 28, 2010 I realize this might be opening a big ol can of worms. But after the Big Dawg this past weekend, this has been stuck in my craw.Â Â But what is everyone's thought on the PowerVest in tournament usage? The reason I ask is that I spent most of the day and evening Saturday in the tower.Â I watched a LOT of skiers, watched a lot of boat paths, and listened to Tyler Boyd and Charles Mueller flap their gums a whole lot. LOL. During the evening events Dave and Dawn Goode were up there, too. I think Jeff Milford, you were there, but it didn't register who you were until the next day.Â Had I realized it, I would have introduced myself.Â Anyways, one of the things that Dave said when he was talking over the PA with Charles about the powervest was that he has it set up to take 75% of the load and it allows him to make 20-24 passes in a set in practice.Â At the time I didn't really think about it. But the next day during the sweet 16, Bruce Dodd had to ski a lot. He was in the semi finals and had to ski deep into 39 to advance. Immeadiately, he was pulled back to the dock and had to get ready to ski against Todd Johnson in the finals. He's lucky if he had 5 minutes to rest. That's when I realized that not only is the Big Dawg(or any heads up slalom event)Â about skiing, but it's about endurance.Â For someone to reach the finals, they'd have to ski 4 times in around 3-4 hours. And if a device is used that would increase endurance in practice, it only makes sense that it increases endurance in a tournament round too. So how would I feel if a competitor, wearing what the manufacturer claimed in front of hundreds of peopleÂ was an endurance enhancingÂ device, Â beat me in a round? Personally, I wouldn't like it very much.Â Jeff, I know you use the powervest and I'm not meaning to single you out or offend you in any way. But is everyone really ok with this?Â I never really gave it a lot of thought before hearing Dave speak about it, but the more I think about it, the less I'm ok with it.Â Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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