View Full Version : Let's hear it for Slalom Skiing....

08-03-2004, 06:25 AM
Bringing back a thread form the old forum....


08-03-2004, 06:26 AM
That didn't go as planned... let's try that again....

Let's hear it for Slalom Skiing!

08-03-2004, 06:27 AM

:woohoo: :woohoo:

east tx skier
08-03-2004, 11:40 AM
And yes, I'm doing my impression of this guy :o

08-03-2004, 12:31 PM
awsome shot :headbang: ... what kind of trees are those in the background?

east tx skier
08-03-2004, 02:48 PM
They're Cypress trees. Phenominal wind break on that bayou.

08-03-2004, 09:49 PM
I'm not nearly as good as you guys but,here is a two year old picture.
http://mediaservice.photoisland.com/auction/Aug/2004834039350047507681.jpg :dance:

John B
08-04-2004, 09:08 AM
diging deep:D

08-04-2004, 09:15 AM
Show off,:mad: ..

Looks good John:toast:

08-04-2004, 10:26 AM
Also digging! :D

lakes Rick
08-04-2004, 11:28 AM
Actually Steveo, the photos of your wife are better!!!!!

08-04-2004, 07:54 PM

08-05-2004, 09:44 AM
Getting some training from Farmer Ted

08-05-2004, 02:03 PM
"Just do it" Starsky

east tx skier
08-05-2004, 02:22 PM
No, Dan, you got it all wrong. "A woman is like ... a refrigerator. They're six-feet tall, they make ... ice."

-Homer J. Simpson ;)

By the way, nice pic!

Farmer Ted
08-05-2004, 05:46 PM
Nice shot Brad!!!

If you're getting any training from me it's what not to do!!!! :banana:

08-05-2004, 06:14 PM
Tim, if we keep on sking as much as we are, we're going to keep getting better!! :rolleyes:

betsy&david Harrison
08-05-2004, 07:04 PM
Lets hear it for slalom...again! :banana: I'm new on this site. Did the picture come through? B

betsy&david Harrison
08-05-2004, 07:14 PM
Bringing back a thread form the old forum....

You seem to have this down pat. How do I attach a photo. I went to the manage attachments button, browsed, got a photo, uploaded...where in the h--- did it go? Betsy3415

08-05-2004, 07:32 PM
Welcome Betsy and David!
You must keep your picture under 700 x 700 pixels...Good luck!

east tx skier
08-06-2004, 10:32 AM
Welcome! Also, if you're in photoshop or similar program, save it at "medium" sized.

08-06-2004, 08:12 PM
Welcome aboard, Betsy and David, :toast: . Did you figure out that upload yet?

One of these days um goin to get a good shot of me skiing. Guess I gota start skiing good first

08-06-2004, 09:40 PM
Yeah, lets here it.

08-06-2004, 09:41 PM
And again...

east tx skier
08-07-2004, 12:03 PM
Brian, from the looks of it, your off-side turn is so ridiculously better than mine. I need to stop being such a pansy and lay out harder.

08-07-2004, 02:47 PM
As a wise man once said "if you're not falling, you're not learning." I get scared sometimes, no BS. I get pulling hard and leaning and puting weight on both feet and away from the boat and you just trust you'll be ok. However, the worse fall I've had is by doing that. I knocked myself out and needed 4 stiches. I hit the first wake, the nose of the ski dipped I flipped and smacked my head on the front of the ski. OWW!

08-07-2004, 04:07 PM
I had my worst fall last year. I know I broke one or maybe even two ribs. A sneeze was my worst nightmare for about 3-4 weeks. Didn't go to the doc, not much you can do for ribs. I was on a very aggressive cut through the first wake, the ski popped right out of the water. It's a strange feeling when the ski gets airborn. You don't forget it. I was in pain from the 3rd of July to sometime in August. I have skied like a wuss since then. I changed to the KD 7000 and am feeling more confidence with it. I'm hoping next weekend I can get a few good pics. I am ready to get back to where I was last season. (If only I could ski like when I was 20!) This pic kinda describes the fall. :eek: This was Karen Truelove during a terrible fall at 38 off during a competition. She only suffered a bad headache.

08-07-2004, 06:07 PM
The scariest waterski picture i have ever saw is the one from Jennifer Leachman's leg and anckle x-ray, broken in i don't know how many pieces.
It was hurting just looking at the picture...Ouch!

east tx skier
08-08-2004, 05:52 PM
I always tell the person taking the picture to wait until I'm making the worst face one might imagine, then snap it. Oh, and get that handle down, DUMMY! :mad:

08-08-2004, 05:57 PM
Doug, why do you have the handle so high? Although I'm one to talk, I "dunked" the handle twice yesterday. I pulled out of one, "difficult done on demand, impossible done by appointment only!" ;)

BTW, your board shorts are getting better. LMAO :banana:

08-08-2004, 09:07 PM

Nice shot. :toast: Oh and I second the “nice shorts”:toast: . BUT come on man… I have one word to say, “anger management classes”, ok three words..:wavey: ..

John B
08-08-2004, 09:27 PM
You want to see anger? This is my game face. I've been to anger management classes and it didn't do much good.

08-08-2004, 10:16 PM
Nice shot John B, but if you keep posting pics with you sking, the rest of us feel bad. I had a pic of me crossing the wake, but I'll keep it for my :cry: self!

John B
08-08-2004, 11:43 PM
But I have so many of them. OK I will stop posting pictures of me.(till I get so more good ones) :D

08-09-2004, 06:54 AM
Stevo - I can feel your pain. The last day of my Honeymoon 2 years ago last week - I fell just like you did crossing the wake after ball 3. After a couple of days & nights of not being able to sleep from the pain I did go to the Doc's.... They gave me percocet! :dance: . I had broken a rib.

Boy did I have some stories when I got back to work of exactly HOW I broke a rib on my honeymoon.....
Nice shots everyone.... Gotta love that PULL!:headbang:

08-09-2004, 08:37 AM
Johnny B--

"Show me your war face."
"You don't scare me work on it."

08-09-2004, 10:27 AM
Shot of my “Supra Buddy” from sat

08-09-2004, 10:33 AM
And one of our third. I think he is starting to be a little more comfortable

east tx skier
08-09-2004, 11:37 AM
Brian, the handle's so high because I'm an idiot who can't keep the handle down. Actually, I'll blame that on the fact that I haven't been skiing for two weeks since ski school and have forgotten everything. I needed more coffee. There was a burning building and I had to rescue some puppies. :D

Also, I don't know how I should feel about the fact that you dudes are always checking out my shorts. :confused:

Rob Lipinski
08-09-2004, 02:00 PM
On the home-made noodle course NOT REGULATION but still alot of fun. It helps you with your timing i guess. More fun then open water. I was alittle late but still made the next bouy (noodle). I'm only 15 so i have time to learn ehh? :D

08-09-2004, 02:13 PM
Stevo, at first I thought this was a picture of your fall! Sure glad I read the whole message. Sure didn't look like a Steve, but who are we to judge?

Doug, what are you eating while you're skiing? Those cheeks remind me of the squirrels that ate all my garden. WTS, your skiing is so much better than mine that if I thought cramming a PBJ in my jaw beforehand might help I'd give it a try.

east tx skier
08-09-2004, 02:13 PM
Is there anything you can't do with those water noodles. On Andre's advice, I'll be cutting some up to make sub bouys.

Keep it up, Rob. Wish I'd been attempting anything resembling a course at 15.

As for my PJ&J cheeks, let's just say that that was a new expression for me. Who knows what I'll be doing in the next picture. :uglyhamme

08-09-2004, 02:24 PM
MarkP, that dude in your 3rd pic looks like a young Mr. Bean! :D

Doug, don't know what to tell you. You should be "pulling" the rope toward your forward hip. That will cause the rope to stay at waist level. Just try and visualize thrusting your hips forward and bringing the rope towards them and sticking the handle up your butt. If you attempt, the rope/handle will be right where it needs to be.

08-09-2004, 02:24 PM
P.S. About your shorts, MarkP told me he thought you were one sexy mo-fo! LMFAO! :banana:

east tx skier
08-09-2004, 02:29 PM
As to the handle, as Mark the banana man says, I can quit any time I want. I think it's just a case of not skiing for a couple of weeks and not thinking about it. We had a lot of people in the boat, and there's a picture of both my wife and I almost eating it and having the handle literally above our heads to recover.

John B
08-09-2004, 05:58 PM
Looking good Rob. You have plenty time to get better.Just make sure you keep it fun.
Today one of the guys skiing in my course was doing full passes at 35 off ,like it was a walk in the park.
What I said to one guys in my boat was,"I wish I was young and could say someday I will do that" You can, just stay with it and have fun. :D

betsy&david Harrison
08-11-2004, 06:11 PM
Looks like I figured it out this time. This is me skiing at 34/15. Betsy :smile:

08-12-2004, 06:40 AM
A woman in the slalom course... :D

There are definitely NOT enough women in the course! :headbang:

betsy&david Harrison
08-12-2004, 10:32 AM
How about a thread where we help each other to improve our technique? We are all skiing this weekend..right? Lets send in some photos to be critiqued. Betsy

east tx skier
08-12-2004, 10:38 AM
I'm going to my wife's family reunion/ski weekend at Lake LBJ this weekend (actually leaving today at 2 PM). No need for pictures. Just tell me now to keep that handle down, push my hips forward, and roll my ankles a little. Better yet, tell me a thousand times.

betsy&david Harrison
08-12-2004, 10:46 AM
I have that handle problem too. I find that my hips come up if on my off side turn, I turn my hips so that my ski is crossing the wake at the best possible angle. Also, keep your elbows locked in at the waist so you don't get pulled forward. Remember soft, bent knees while pushing the ski through the wakes. Good Luck! :cool: Wish I could always put this into practice! Betsy

east tx skier
08-12-2004, 10:57 AM
I hear ya. Wish I could practice what I preach more. I'd add, keep your shoulders square with the boat and try to look down your arms (chin up).

08-14-2004, 09:34 PM
For the handle down thing... I found that if I focus on pulling the handle down to my knees, that worked really well. Created all kinds of angles. Just be consious that you don't start breaking at the waist to accomplish this.

Yes - I'm still working on keeping the handle down.:uglyhamme

east tx skier
08-16-2004, 12:03 PM
This weekend, I started making a little headway on this one. First, enough of this 34-36 stuff. We slowed the boat down to about 32, and really worked on it. I'm starting off making shorter cuts, and as a restult, forgetting about the wake. Rolling my ankles forward a bit helps, too. As for what I'm imagining to get my hips up, I'll just leave that private. :)

08-22-2004, 09:28 PM
A shot of Daddy Sweet-Water just after I begged my Supra buddy to go ahead and give me a pull.

Hey, visibility is overrated :D

08-22-2004, 09:34 PM

Air temp at that lake this AM, 43 yup 43 F:eek: ..

That smile wasn’t on purpose.. It was frozen on:headbang: .
And I forgot my towel :(

08-22-2004, 09:37 PM
I feel bad now, Tim and I were b!tching this morning about the temp being around 72 F.

John B
08-22-2004, 09:45 PM
The air temp. this morning when I went out was 42 water 63 and I didn't have a wetsuit on.and I loved it. :D

08-22-2004, 09:48 PM
John, you're nuts! :eek:

08-22-2004, 09:48 PM
When it gets 42F around here, that means we are shooting at something.

08-22-2004, 10:35 PM
Hey John was that a crack on the dude with the wetsuit:wavey:

John B
08-22-2004, 11:16 PM
Me and some of my Home boys :D

betsy&david Harrison
08-22-2004, 11:32 PM

How long have you been skiing Big Bear/Arrowhead? I have a relative that grew up in that area and did a lot of wakeboarding on the lakes up there. Hey...PB this weekend! I skiied 3 balls at 22 off :D

betsy&david Harrison
08-22-2004, 11:35 PM
John B

Maybe you and your Homeboys want to come out to Bakersfield and ski with us sometime...let me know and we'll work out a date.Betsy

John B
08-22-2004, 11:47 PM
I have been skiing here in Big Bear for about 4 years.
Three at 22 off that's good. I made 4 at 15 off 34 mph on Friday.My goal is to do a full pass at 34 by the end of the month. That sounds good, skiing in warm water. How late in the year do you ski? :D

08-23-2004, 08:38 AM
some of my Home boys

Laughing at me as I paced the platform waiting for my driver to gather enough stones to pull me through the fog. One in every crowd, (voice of reason)..:(

John B
08-23-2004, 08:54 AM
Brian said I was nuts,I just have numb nuts,YOUR NUTS :uglyhamme

08-23-2004, 09:17 AM
Oh, in my eyes, it was GO TIME

betsy&david Harrison
08-23-2004, 10:11 AM

We ski into Oct and sometimes into Nov. It really depends on the weather out there. Let me know when you have a free weekend. Betsy

08-23-2004, 10:50 AM
The air temp. this morning when I went out was 42 water 63 and I didn't have a wetsuit on.and I loved it. :DJohn, in that shot of you and your, "home boys", is that the look of love on your face?;)

John B
08-23-2004, 11:37 AM
No, That was come on move it,and get out of the course.
I was waiting for my turn in the course. :mad: It is my course and I don't like when I don't get the first set.
We just finish setting up the course and we didn't get to ski it, the wind is blowing.It took 25 Min. to set it up,that is the best setup time yet. I set on Monday and pull it on Friday. :D

08-23-2004, 10:20 PM
John B... I'm envious.. waterski every day.. wow. My uncle used to be the minister in one of the churches at Big Bear (retired now) -- what a great spot to live...

09-16-2004, 01:10 AM
I know I'm new to the forum but this thread is driving me nuts. My boat is in pieces in the driveway and it's killing me to listen to the slalom stories and tips. AHHHH! I gave up tournament skiing when my best friend and Mastercraft moved out of town. I stole his boat back and can't wait to get back on the water.

Ski tip: The handle is so high because you are using the rear of the ski to slow down and turn instead of the front edge. Just my two cents worth.

You can ski year around in San Antonio. Sorry, just had to rub it in!

It's midnight and I'm going to go work on the boat!

east tx skier
09-16-2004, 10:36 AM
A late welcome to ya. If you're ever near Tyler and want a pull, let me know.

09-16-2004, 12:10 PM
A noodle course! That's awesome... I need to tell a friend of mine that makes noodle 'accessories' (called Noodle Nodes I think) that allow you to connect noodles together to build stuff.

east tx skier
09-16-2004, 12:17 PM
They make superb sub-buoys, that's for sure. Thanks again to Andre for that little bit of info!

09-16-2004, 02:59 PM

I promise to call if I'm ever in town. My corporate office is in Carrollton so you never know.

09-28-2004, 06:54 PM
A little evening fall skiing. Water temp still feels great!

09-28-2004, 06:57 PM
That's one fast ski! Stevie boy jr. missed me. Still learning to use the camera.

09-29-2004, 05:46 AM
Awsome shot....

When we first got our Digital camera - that's all the shots we got were spray & not the skier. I can't find one that I have that shows the spray from the turn & the entire cut across both wakes still rather high in the air, but you don't see the skier.

It is really amazing just how fast we go when things are "clicking" in the course.:D

09-29-2004, 10:25 PM
Jimmer, thnx, this pic was an accident. Don't think that we can capture it if we tried.

east tx skier
10-16-2004, 11:43 AM
If anyone needs me, I'll be at the lake. It's almost 80 degrees and my wife's packing her bag like we're hitting the slopes. Gotta love the southwest.

10-16-2004, 01:30 PM
Enjoy! How I wish we had temps like that! My boat will be winterized next Saturday. :(
I'm still hoping for just one more run this week, after that, I won't ski again until February 3rd and 4th in Cancun.
Check this out. www.waterskicancun.com :D
I'm hoping to get some decent pics. I'll finally get some sets in the course! It's been along time since I skied the course so don't know what to expect.
I'm hoping for some good tips from this guy, from what I've read he's supposed to be an excellent instructor and he uses an MC to top it off!
It would be nice if someone else in the forum could join me there!

east tx skier
10-17-2004, 10:22 PM
Good times were had. Water temp was 66. Still in trunks with a 1.5 mil neo hot top. I may go next weekend, but probably won't put the course back in until spring partially so Don't have to soak in a the cool water too much and partially to overcome the lilly pad problems. Cool site for Cancun. You'll have me beat by a month at least in the Spring.

10-18-2004, 11:39 AM
I met my new next-door neighbor yesterday. I was excited to see a ski boat parked in his driveway; unfortunately, he's from the dark side ('95 Ski Nautique closed bow). However, he seems like a really nice guy, and he said that slalom skiing is his favorite thing in the whole world to do. :woohoo:

His son used to ski on the Clemson ski team, and was an instructor at April Coble's ski school for a couple of summers (however, he's in the Air Force and stationed in Oklahoma right now). His boat is in pretty good shape, but certainly hasn't been babied; those CC trailers sure look cheap compared to the MC trailers. He has his own Insta-Slalom course, so I'm hoping he will help me work on my technique next summer.

10-18-2004, 01:36 PM
sounds like a good neighbor to have! :D

10-18-2004, 01:59 PM
Definitely sounds like a good neighbor to have.

Better than my neighbor coming over and telling me when we first moved in that he had a boat and when I went over to his house to check it out, it was pretty much a 55 gallon drum with a 15 hp on the back and some fishing poles. :eek:

I just commented that it was a nice boat and walked home, looking down and shaking my head like Bart Simpson, Oh maaaaaannnnnnn... :noface:

10-18-2004, 07:30 PM
Sounds like a good time.

betsy&david Harrison
04-05-2005, 11:45 AM
Captkidd...did you ever get any help with your skiing? I ski in an area where there are a lot of good skiers but do you think they'll offer to sit and coach? Thank god one of our good friends is a ski guru. I'd be stuck back at long line if it weren't for him.

I met my new next-door neighbor yesterday. I was excited to see a ski boat parked in his driveway; unfortunately, he's from the dark side ('95 Ski Nautique closed bow). However, he seems like a really nice guy, and he said that slalom skiing is his favorite thing in the whole world to do. :woohoo:

His son used to ski on the Clemson ski team, and was an instructor at April Coble's ski school for a couple of summers (however, he's in the Air Force and stationed in Oklahoma right now). His boat is in pretty good shape, but certainly hasn't been babied; those CC trailers sure look cheap compared to the MC trailers. He has his own Insta-Slalom course, so I'm hoping he will help me work on my technique next summer.