Members Deep11 Posted November 11, 2013 Members Share Posted November 11, 2013 @horton - apologies for the delay in getting this thread running, just come back to it now. For me hips open is something I've been working on for the past few months and it has helped me get consistent at 13, through 12 and into 11m. It's not so much a concept/theory but a how to do it approach which addresses : "Maintaining handle connection", "light on the line", "reverse C", "trailing arm pressure - (left arm going to one)", "quick edge change" "riding the handle to width" For all sorts of reasons all the above are almost impossible (for me anyway) to do, predictably, when trying to point the ski and hips to the shore. "Back arm pressure - (right going to one)" and "hips to the shore" , "countering off the second wake" etc are ideas I have struggled with to some good effect but it has never looked or felt easy. Moreover when comparing my gate shots to Rossi (one or two handed) or Brooks Wilson (photos below) there is no fluidity. "Back arm pressure" and "hips to the shore" after the midline means that you are fighting the pull of the boat to try and achieve the width - unless you are super strong, or timing is just right, the handle always separates from the hip resulting in an unbalanced (usually on the tail) position on the ski and loss of the direction you are actually aiming for. (This is always perfectly exampled when trying a new line length and going harder = get pulled up and go fast and narrow at one.) "Hips open to the boat" means for me engaging the best stacked position at about the first white water in order to store energy in the ski which is then allowed to release as you come up, using the trailing arm connection, to cast the ski out on to its inner edge. Keeping the hips open, critically, allows you to maintain the connection with the boat which in turn pulls you to width and allows you to keep balanced in the middle of the ski, all on a sustainable angle. Notes: 1. The work zone is narrowed - white water to second wake. 2. This does not mean giving anything away to the boat, or taking a narrow line, you are still leaned away during the edge change, in fact you can actually load harder with the reduced work zone as you are not fighting to stay down. 3. Speed has to be maintained through the turn - taking a "hit" changes everything. 4. The only time you can really practice this is the gate or free skiing. 5. You do "counter" only a little later once you release 6. So much easier on the body I realise that this is a diametric opposite to what many many skiers are working on, but this is a friendly forum so hopefully meaningful discussion follows ?- please don't flame me outright! Lots of you guys are much more experienced "thinkers" at this game than me and will no doubt be able to put this into better words, or rationalise why I'm wrong? Anyway I've done my best to explain this - taken ages! Think I prefer to be a lurker. Kevin The photos are of Brooks: 1. Late load in the white water 2. ski releases off the second wake 3. Hips open whilst connected 4. Countered in to the turn Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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