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Video Description: Jeff Rodgers set a new record of 1@43' off in the second round of the Little Mountain Record Tournament on September 15th, 2012. The next day, he scored 1.25@43' off in the first round of the day, and 1@43' off again in the second round. He was the first skier to run 41' off at 36 MPH in 1997, and now he's the first to run it at 34 MPH.

 

Jeff's original score on Saturday was 1.25@43' off, but since he lost the handle right before the second buoy it was corrected to 1@43'.

 

Big thanks to Little Mountain Lake and Race City Marine for putting on the tournament.

 

Check out Jeff's documentary at http://43at43.com/

 

Music: Booker T. & the M.G.'s - Green Onions

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To my novice eye, Jeff is completely different than Nate, which shows there's more than one way to get it done. I see Nate as smooth and light on the line where Jeff cranks out insane turns and then hangs on and bully's his way across to the next ball. Both are amazing.

 

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First time I had the opportunity to watch that vid with sound was just now. Humble is an understatement. How many skiers, pro or otherwise, have you heard refer to their ski set as "we" ......as in "we get down to the end of the lake and we opted up to 38" & "when we got to the 41..." He is THE quintessential gentleman. BTW. amazing driving. How in the world do you do those techniques talked about in another thread (countering, blocking, holding) with all that going on behind the boat. WOW!
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@Wish He does that all the time. I think the only time he uses "I" is if he's referring to how he felt about something. It's like he never wants to take full credit for anything because he wants to acknowledge the people around him any time he does something. It's incredible how humble he is and when I...I mean we, did 43@43, he said "we" a lot to reference his family and friends when most people wouldn't.

 

The guy truly is a waterski legend, but he doesn't really worry about being recognized for his accomplishments. That's not why he skis. He just does it for the challenge and fun! If there is anyone in this sport to look up to I'd say it would have to be Jeff!

 

I'm so glad I was there to capture his first record of the weekend. Thanks for the kind words on the video!

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@estrom I was thinking Jeff's and Nate's gates at the Shortest lines look similar were they both use two hands and reach forward with a slight bend at the waist and then turn and ski they're hips into the handle. Other than that not much in common other than neither of them looks like they have a heavy muscular build.
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@gregy Nate and Jeff look pretty similar when they turn. Schnitz took the picture of Nate and the picture of Jeff is from my film camera earlier this year at 36 mph. The one of Jeff is right before he grabs the handle and it looks like Nate's is right as he grabs it. Each picture is of their onside turns as well.

 

http://i.imgur.com/ltk6U.jpg

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@wish, had a similar experience. Watched on my phone earlier but couldn't really hear. Turnedit on again when I came home on a bigger screen and got to listen. The whole thing is pretty incredible, amazing skiing, super cool person and yes rubber bindings.

Also, big thanks to KeownFilms! You did a great job and thanks for sharing.

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@KeownFILMS they do have head & shoulders pretty level and pointing down the course, similar hips and knees, and are grabbing the handle very low at the hip (wish I could). But (and I'm just re-gurgitating what others have said elsewhere on the forums), Nate seems to have a talent for letting the ski come around more before hooking up - look how much closer Nate's tip is to going under the line (and yes, I realize Nate's shot is taken an instant further into the turn, but I still think his tip was further ahead @ hookup). The other thing is Jeff's outside shoulder is coming around more aggressively vs Nate's staying open. I think those two things have a lot to do with why Nate & Jeff tend to look so different an instant - or about 5' feet - later in the sequence.

 

If that sounds like a critique of Jeff's skiing, i) I'm an intermediate nobody, and ii) although I love watching Nate & try to learn from his style, I think Jeff is a lot more fun to watch and brings out the all-heart/hang-on feeling that I love about course skiing.

 

Great film. Thank you.

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@andjules They definitely have different styles.I just happened to see that picture of Nate when I was editing 43@43 and immediately thought of how Jeff turns the buoy. It's kind of cool how different they are in other aspects but look similar at that moment. Jeff has a unique and powerful style while Nate has a smooth and light style. Whatever they are doing seems to be working for each of them respectively haha.

 

 

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Thinking about how humble and down-to-earth he appears in this video, it seems even more odd that he is carrying on this charade of not telling anyone what he is skiing on.

 

If he was planning to have some fun with a "big reveal," wouldn't this be the time? First EVER to run 34/-41? Not gonna get a more interesting milestone than that, I don't think.

 

I've never met Jeff and maybe he has a great reason for the secrecy. But it's starting to seem really weird from afar.

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@OB These are interesting and enlightening points, and you are absolutely right that I am not a true competitor. I could care less about beating anyone; I just want to ski better. It can be hard to remember that other people have different goals and motivations!

 

Perhaps the parallel I should draw is that I'm not about to tell anyone how I optimized the snot out of a 2d median filter. That innovation is hard to discover on your own, and is an important competitive advantage for my employer. That helps put it in perspective.

 

(Crap, I just put you even further ahead of me in The Points again. When will I learn??)

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... or maybe he doesn't want to give a company that is not supporting him with skis, etc. free publicity. Maybe he built it in his garage and plans to make a killing selling the JR 43 ski.

 

All that is jokeing of course. Over the years Jeff has ridden almost everything out there and skied well on it. I don't think the ski really matters. He could probably borrow my ski or your ski and run 41.

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He could have the slogan "advertise here" on his ski. If Goode could use this in ads, they would already have a video interview with Dave on the web.

 

I think his performance dropped when he went away from Goode several years ago. The quick turning and explosiveness of the Goodes seemed to fit his style well.

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