Monsterair Posted July 5, 2012 Share Posted July 5, 2012 Im new to the forum. Just looking for some advice on ski selection after a 10 yr break from slalom. Been skiing 35+ yrs. Advanced open water skier, beginner/intermediate in the course. Im a very active 53 yr old. 6'3" 250 lbs. Avid in most board sports (snow/wake board, surfing, windsurfing, kite boarding). Sold my Mastercraft (Maristar225/ X-30) 8 yrs ago and had a few larger cruisers and sport fish boats after we moved from AZ to FL on the Intercoastal waterway. Smooth water was hard to find there for slalom. In the end found we mostly wakeboarded as a result. We recently found a new flat water skiing area, met some folks in a local slalom community, and bought into a MC Prostar. Getting back into slalom after a nearly 10 year break and stoked! My last skiis (bought in 2000) are a 70" HO CDX for the course and more aggressive skiing, and a 69" Icon Kahuna Carve used for open water carving in the ICW. Im a fairly aggressive skier but after 6 knee surgeries and a few more years under the bridge, the CDX is beating me up. It was fine at 36 (when I bought it) but feels like an anchor at 32-34 where I feel more comfortable now. Also, dont remember it wearing me out so much after repeated starts, ha ha. The Kahuna is nice at slower speeds and and comfortable carves. Its nice for getting back in ski shape but not really made for the course. I want to get back into the course to see if I can make some advancement, but want to get a new ski. After some research, I really like the Radar Senate C and am tempted to just pick one up. The other option is the standard Senate, or possibly the Theory ( I just bought my wife one who is brand new to the course). I also looked at the HO Triumph. I am much more drawn to the Senate C (or maybe Std Layup Senate is more suited for me) but Im concerned about my size being out of its range. The largest size offerred is 69 and Radar specs reccommend max 220 lbs. I'm wondering if at my size I'll need 36mph to make it work and be right back to my 70 CDX. The Radar Theory is a half inch wider at 69 but I feel like I might want more performance (the kid inside me wants the faster one). The Triumph comes in a 71 but I'm afraid they might be a little too tame and sound a little too close to the 69 Kahuna. Seems I'm a little out of the box on size so I'm unsure. Wish the Senate came in a 70 (Radar said it was a possibility in 2013-2014). Any reccomendations for a big guy with well worn knees getting back into training in the course starting at long lines with dreams of shorter ones? Do you think the Senate C would work for me, or the Std Senate better? Or should I go to a wider shape? I am definitely stoked (and a little sore but happy) after the first few days back on my old sticks! I'm looking for a new modern design better for my speed and ability to help me progress ( injury free). Thanks in advance for any advice personal experience anyone can offer. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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