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For sure I need to work on two hands on the handle longer off the second wake. I think I also need to keep my center of mass more to the outside longer off the second wake. Lastly I have to stop turning on side like a rodeo clown.

 

This will be an evolving list.

 

What are do you think you need to fix?

 

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I need to get lighter.

 

I need to work on handle control off the second wake. I frequently keep two hands on the handle but I give the handle back to the boat instead of keeping that inside elbow in tight. I think this is a big key for me to run 35.

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Off side/toe side..have to figure out a way to keep outside shoulder back further into the turn. Counter rotate so shoulders are at least in line with the rope. Let the ski come around before my shoulders do. Ski doesn't finish all the way. Thought I was doing just that yesturday....then I saw the video...not even close.
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1)I need to focuse on correct teqnique and stop chasing bouy count during practice.

2)learn my hardest pass -35 by slowing the boat down more often than i did last season.

3)A smooth early light on the handle edge change by the centerline. I tend to have a big spike or load release after the 2nd wake which naturally takes me narrow to the turn bouy.

4)Insane cardio conditioning, drop my weight from 182 to 170! BTW im half way there! current lbs 176!!

5) Give back to the sport. Help whoever and whenever i can.

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- maintaining my core engagement with the handle all the way outbound, ala @matthewbrown

- work on focus. Not letting what's going on around me to get in my head and distract me.

- work on maintaining a more static position with my upper body as the ski makes it's transition, ala Nate.

- work on moving the load through better into the trailing arm in the transition and outbound, ala @marcusbrown

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My top three: Leverage position, Handle control, Knees slightly bent (not locked). Handle control is going to be big - I think I let the handle out too quickly when I do let go and then I loose connection with the boat. Still need to release the same, just not as quick - thinking of it as a tension keeper.
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Handle control into the turn, let ski come around while maintaining speed through the turn, let hips come back to the handle and get stack as the boat picks me up at the white water.

Like @sb_dc_mbs_13 said - by doing the above - don't break at the waist on off side - got a little dinged up myself by doing that last July. Anxious to get back in the game!

Also - glad to be back in the south again - many more sets this year!

Last - find some ski partners in south GA!

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Back arm pressure to keep outbound after edge change. Slow release of handle and light feed to boat. Hips and center of mass forward into direction of travel, not truly square to boat. Oh yeah, and "go around all of the bouys next time!"
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#1 get in shape now so I don't waste the month of June getting the body in slalom shape.

 

#2 get into a deeper, more aligned position of leverage in white water.

 

#3 with better angle and speed from #2, while keeping trailing arm close, begin my turns earlier while casting wider in the course.

 

All this should result in better spray and deep water starts!

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I asked my ski partner of 12 years what I have to work on this year. He is an excellent skier, great coach and is extremely analytical. He always has great insights, and I was excited to hear what he would suggest. When asked, he was immediately able to point out exactly what he thought I should work on first: My driving.

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