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Kyle
04-30-2013, 11:09 AM
Let's roll off of last years thread and see who can throw up good numbers this year.


Yesterday was my first time in the course since September-October. I can barely move today.

Ran 2@-35 (34mph)

I met phntmski out to do course maintenance. We got it all back in. He skied and I drove. The water was nice so I borrowed all of his gear as I did not plan on skiing.

Pass 1) 6@-28
2) 6@-32
3) 2@ -35
4) skied to the dock. I was tired and I wanted my ski. I'm used to my ski and wanted my large bindings vs his mediums. They were too tight.

mikeg205
04-30-2013, 12:06 PM
I need lot's of help... ;) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1aB3I6IApA

#1 - losing my stacked position
#2 - I am not keep rope down
#3 - adjusting binding to have ski ride flatter in the water...
#4 - need to keep shoulders in right position..

No bouys so 0 @ 15 off...

cbryan70
04-30-2013, 12:10 PM
keep that ski on edge through the wake

aquaman
04-30-2013, 12:37 PM
I would suggest more boat speed or a bit larger ski ?

Agree.....stay on edge and Pull through the wake.

Kyle
04-30-2013, 12:40 PM
I need lot's of help... ;) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1aB3I6IApA

#1 - losing my stacked position
#2 - I am not keep rope down
#3 - adjusting binding to have ski ride flatter in the water...
#4 - need to keep shoulders in right position..

No bouys so 0 @ 15 off...

#3 is the wrong mentality. Cbryan70 is correct. You never really want a flat ski. One edge or the other basically. The angle of attack cross course is more of following the boat and crossing the wake vs going straight across.

Now I know it's cold and busting your a$$ in cold water is not fun, but try being more aggressive behind the boat. More angle so perpendicular to the direction the boat is going. Then roll the ski to the opposite edge after the wake crossing. This will slow you down without having the lean back or tons of slack.

Not bad for the first time out though.

mikeg205
04-30-2013, 12:57 PM
#3 is the wrong mentality. Cbryan70 is correct. You never really want a flat ski. One edge or the other basically. The angle of attack cross course is more of following the boat and crossing the wake vs going straight across.

Now I know it's cold and busting your a$$ in cold water is not fun, but try being more aggressive behind the boat. More angle so perpendicular to the direction the boat is going. Then roll the ski to the opposite edge after the wake crossing. This will slow you down without having the lean back or tons of slack.

Not bad for the first time out though.

Yeah I am in total agreement with more speed and more aggression - behind boat... I usually ski 34-36... But I was trying to square my shoulders to stern of boat... this action tended to pull me around...and then I keep forgetting to keep rope down...

Okay more perpendicular adding to list... but I do want to try the bindings one notch forward....ski it 30,32, 34, and 36 and see how it feels... even at high speeds my ski tip seems way high.

Even my X-SL seems to be riding high at tip compared to Marcus Brown and other training vids.

My front binding always seems to be out of water...oh well - work work work... :)

#1 - losing my stacked position
#2 - I am not keep rope down
#3 - adjusting binding to have ski ride flatter in the water...
#4 - need to keep shoulders in right position..
#5 - more perpendicular to boat

TxsRiverRat
04-30-2013, 12:59 PM
Mike - move here for the summer and come out to our ski league... The coach I have lined up does a decent job ;)

mikeg205
04-30-2013, 01:03 PM
Mike - move here for the summer and come out to our ski league... The coach I have lined up does a decent job ;)

on way... ;)

Kyle
04-30-2013, 01:33 PM
Mike. What ski are you on.

I can get some measurements on where to put the bindings.

mikeg205
04-30-2013, 02:09 PM
Mike. What ski are you on.

I can get some measurements on where to put the bindings.

I ski a 2010 Triumph 69 inch and a HO X/SL 69 - weight is 190.

Kyle
04-30-2013, 02:31 PM
What bindings do you use.

Do the rear find adjust or are they non adjustable.

Kyle
04-30-2013, 11:58 PM
I skied again tonight. 4 pass set.

3@-35

mikeg205
05-01-2013, 12:00 AM
What bindings do you use.

Do the rear find adjust or are they non adjustable.

Phantoms on the triumph and animals on the X/SL.

Double booted... and yes I can adjust.

Sotipnomon
05-05-2013, 07:16 PM
Are there any tricks to adjusting the animals? There is one on the ski I picked up and I've never had a boot before. I started to back out some screws and they were a lot longer than I expected so I just put them back in case they were holding more together than I knew. I would like to open it up a little, I can barely get my hand in there. I know they are supposed to be snug but jeeze.

Sotipnomon
05-14-2013, 09:19 AM
Boy do I know how to kill a thread or what?...

mikeg205
05-14-2013, 09:24 AM
You can move them forward or back... what were you thinking of doing... You can also make the fir extremely snug... a feel some here did not like in case of falling. There's no adjustment on the angle of the lower leg.. unless you keep the back loose... how long was the screw?

Sotipnomon
05-15-2013, 10:13 AM
I am wanting to open it up a little, the strap that comes around the front has a couple of different holes where it attaches to the base. These were the screws i messed with and they were 1.5-2".

TxsRiverRat
05-15-2013, 10:35 AM
I finally had a good day on the course last night. Kyle had me (reluctantly) slow the boat to 30 mph to fix my issues. Set #1, didn't do bad, but only completed 1 of my 6 passes. 2nd set, I nailed it - 6, 5, 5, 5, 6 and 6 buoys.

The differences:

1. More strength as I am skiing more

2. Softer knees into the pre-turn and buoy

3. Rolling the ski from the outside edge, to the inside edge in the pre-turn / turn

4. Straight arms on the offside pull to 2 4 and 6, which got me there earlier, wider and eliminated the bus turns

And the best advice Kyle gave me last week - don't give up - scrap it out... if you make a mistake, keep skiing, you'll be surprised how much time you can make up.

I am BLISSFULLY SORE today and feel badarse!

jwroblew
05-15-2013, 10:55 AM
This year has been crappy for me. -35 are tough, I'll run some sweet ones but most are scrappy, only looked at -38 once and managed to get around 3 ball. Hopefully this warm weather will stick around so I can ski in some water warmer than 63 degrees.

jamisonsbrodie
05-17-2013, 12:05 PM
Finally got out last night for the first time since I broke my ankle last August in a bad OTF crash. Felt great to finally ski again. Took a little while to getting my sea legs back, but was able to run some 32's with a soft 34 pull. Late ice out this year has us way behind last year, but I am feeling great about the season.

Sotipnomon
05-19-2013, 11:51 PM
That is a nice wall of spray brother!

Traxx822
05-20-2013, 09:07 AM
I need lot's of help... ;) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1aB3I6IApA

#1 - losing my stacked position
#2 - I am not keep rope down
#3 - adjusting binding to have ski ride flatter in the water...
#4 - need to keep shoulders in right position..

No bouys so 0 @ 15 off...


I love your video's they are hilarious.

I like how the driver and cameraman make the credits. That cracks me up.

I'm always down to drive Mike's boat. Thing handles like a Ferrari.

Mark rsa2au
05-20-2013, 09:57 AM
Finally got out last night for the first time since I broke my ankle last August in a bad OTF crash. Felt great to finally ski again. Took a little while to getting my sea legs back, but was able to run some 32's with a soft 34 pull. Late ice out this year has us way behind last year, but I am feeling great about the season.


AAAHHH!! You guys are killing me!! Winter now in Melbourne Australia and I can't ski!!!
But I can check out the forum to keep me going.

Sotipnomon, check my avatar photo for spray....

shepherd
05-24-2013, 02:38 PM
Let's roll off of last years thread and see who can throw up good numbers this year.


Yesterday was my first time in the course since September-October. I can barely move today.

Ran 2@-35 (34mph)

I met phntmski out to do course maintenance. We got it all back in. He skied and I drove. The water was nice so I borrowed all of his gear as I did not plan on skiing.

Pass 1) 6@-28
2) 6@-32
3) 2@ -35
4) skied to the dock. I was tired and I wanted my ski. I'm used to my ski and wanted my large bindings vs his mediums. They were too tight.


Wednesday was my first time out since late October. No excuse for someone living in FL, but it's north Florida, the weather has been crappy, they drew down the lake during the winter, I blew out my hammy in the gym last month, and then went on a European vacation.

Anyways, I skied 2 sets, got a taste of the green rope (32 off @ 34), and my muscles are aching in all the right places. :D
Can't wait to get back out there this weekend. This summer's goals are to ski 32 off consistently and hope I can manage a full 35 off pass or two.

Kyle
06-10-2013, 03:27 PM
How is everyone coming along.


I can't get past 3@35

Trying to slow my gates down. Kinda going into 1 hot

TxsRiverRat
06-10-2013, 03:40 PM
I was running 4 of 6 passes @ 15 off, but i slowed the boat back down to 30, like u told me to... I am making improvements and changes, but I wanna get back to faster and shorter...

Maybe these injuries are taking their toll... Chiro appt really helped me out today...

Phntmski
06-10-2013, 04:16 PM
So far my best is a full -28 pass. Did that at spring fling. Never made a -28 in May before! :D This past weekend was a big regression. Only made about 1/2 my -22s and 3 @ -28 my 1 and only attempt. Back to basics. Back to basics.

swardco
06-10-2013, 06:07 PM
Finally getting out a little bit been on the water 3 times. Only made a few passes at -15, 32 mph.

mikeg205
06-10-2013, 06:17 PM
worked on stacking properly... actually thought pushing down with back leg during pull thru wake... have to get some video from next outing.

André
06-10-2013, 09:56 PM
Started skiing late april in a drysuit,a week later in boardshorts and 5 weeks later back in a wetsuit!Crazy weather for this season start.
Course is in for the last 2 weeks but only managed a 6 sets since installed.
Ran some clean 28 tonite but didn t hook up 32.Fighting some lower back pain and don t want to overski that early in.
Goal is still the same since August 2007,to run 35 and get a taste of 38!
Gotta hurry up.My hairs are turning white more and more!!!

TxsRiverRat
06-11-2013, 10:45 AM
slowed the boat again to 30, was running 15 off b2b2b, but only getting 4 @ 32 mph... water on our river site was too busy and full of trash after these rains :(

cbryan70
06-11-2013, 11:27 AM
My boat is still in the garage waiting for a battery and new impeller. Weather here sucks.

jamisonsbrodie
06-11-2013, 02:18 PM
Only been out 3 times. Slowest start that I can remember. Water just finally hit 60 degrees this week.

Kyle
06-13-2013, 12:52 PM
Well I ran my -35 with authority last night.

Slowed my gate down and ran it. I have only been getting to 3 ball all year and once I got around 3 headed to 4 I instantly felt in better course position such as not being rushed or running the course late.

I tried 2 shots at -38 and I've got to figure out gate angle and speed. Nothing was made on either attempt at -38.

All in all I'm happy.

I did take a massive handle shot on my -35 at exit gates. I was like come he|| or high water I'm running this pass. I tweaked a muscle in my back where I have previously broken 4 vertebra and today I'm a little tight. I figure by Saturday I'll be good. Lots of Advil and water.

BBgun1
06-30-2013, 11:12 PM
D3 all the way baby! Met one of the owners in Denver at the airport, he's a heck of a guy! Said he was going back to the shop to fine tune a ski...think he said he works with Freddie and others to validate. Must've been testing at high altitudes.

Hammer
07-22-2013, 09:45 AM
History. Started skiing after decade off. Was only a 15 off skier then. Got into 22 once in practice. Granted that was 36 mph. 3 years ago joined a local ski club. By the end of the year was running into 22 consistently though I am now at 34 mph. Tore my rotator cuff and only skied 5 sets last year. So far this year couldn't do anything, so bought a new ski to replace my 20+ year old stick. Took a while to get it dialed in. I have progress rapidly since figuring it out. Ran off the dock 6 @ 15, 6 @ 22, 41/2 @28. By the end of the night I managed 3@32 off. Wasn't pretty, previously could only get 1@32. So my goal is the run 32 this season and get into 35. I think it's pretty good for a 240 lbs guy. If I could loose a few pounds I am sure it would help things, but I like to eat.

JMLVMI
07-22-2013, 09:59 AM
History. Started skiing after decade off. Was only a 15 off skier then. Got into 22 once in practice. Granted that was 36 mph. 3 years ago joined a local ski club. By the end of the year was running into 22 consistently though I am now at 34 mph. Tore my rotator cuff and only skied 5 sets last year. So far this year couldn't do anything, so bought a new ski to replace my 20+ year old stick. Took a while to get it dialed in. I have progress rapidly since figuring it out. Ran off the dock 6 @ 15, 6 @ 22, 41/2 @28. By the end of the night I managed 3@32 off. Wasn't pretty, previously could only get 1@32. So my goal is the run 32 this season and get into 35. I think it's pretty good for a 240 lbs guy. If I could loose a few pounds I am sure it would help things, but I like to eat.

Nice work!

charrison327
07-22-2013, 10:10 AM
you got this!

Phntmski
07-23-2013, 12:27 PM
So, what's it like to ski with an inguinal hernia about the size of a hernia? :confused: Found out the 15th I have one. :( Gonna try it out tmrw. Hoping to ski out the season and get it fixed this winter.

jamisonsbrodie
07-31-2013, 11:12 PM
I finally got some good skiing this week, and this morning i ran up the line from 22 into 38, and then again from 32 into 38. First time this year that I have been able to run straight up into 38. I was going to skip regionals this weekend due to sporadic skiing, but now i'm tempted to go. If I could just ski 2-3 times per week, i'd be feeling great, but instead I've been averaging once every 7-10 days.

TxsRiverRat
08-10-2013, 12:07 PM
Just seems there's nothing better than a great day behind the boat is there?

Got out on the lake with the sunrise, skied 2 sets, off by 830

Set 1

15 @ 30: 6
15 @ 30: 6
15 @ 32: 6
15 @ 32: 6
15 @ 34: 5
15 @ 34: 4

Set 2

15 @ 30: 6
15 @ 32: 6
15 @ 34: 5
15 @ 34: 3
15 @ 34: 6!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yeehaw....

I'm sore and my hands HURT...

Bartender, hit me again...

André
08-10-2013, 12:25 PM
Skipped my morning set today.My partner fell at his third pass and the rope slipped from the pylon without me noticing(No spotter!:)).
Caught the rope with the prop while picking him up!!!
After 20 minutes of diving under the boat,i was out of breath and out came the knife!
Managed to cut only the white rope and salvage the rest.
Second time this happen in 25 years of skiing.

TxsRiverRat
08-10-2013, 07:25 PM
MikeG - where you at duuuude?

mikeg205
08-10-2013, 07:33 PM
I was out with fellow TT'rs - today... drilled on my wake crossing today... was very conscious of staying on edge, keeping hands down, and inside shoulder back....

Will post pictures later or tomorrow.

TxsRiverRat
08-10-2013, 07:36 PM
see my scores man??? I skied awesome today!

mikeg205
08-10-2013, 07:37 PM
see my scores man??? I skied awesome today!

Damn - that is awesome....

At this rate you're gonna need a new Prostar and start competing!

mikeg205
08-10-2013, 07:38 PM
Just seems there's nothing better than a great day behind the boat is there?

Got out on the lake with the sunrise, skied 2 sets, off by 830

Set 1

15 @ 30: 6
15 @ 30: 6
15 @ 32: 6
15 @ 32: 6
15 @ 34: 5
15 @ 34: 4

Set 2

15 @ 30: 6
15 @ 32: 6
15 @ 34: 5
15 @ 34: 3
15 @ 34: 6!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yeehaw....

I'm sore and my hands HURT...

Bartender, hit me again...

THis is absolutely awesome... instant progress gratification!... How did 34 mph feel thru the course?

TxsRiverRat
08-10-2013, 09:29 PM
THis is absolutely awesome... instant progress gratification!... How did 34 mph feel thru the course?

Thanks!

The 1st few attempts @ 34 felt blazing fast... With more attempts it slowed down because I was learning it... The last 34 where I ran it, I ran as easily as I did the 30s!

My neck is a lil stiff, but I'll get over it...

svxwilson
08-12-2013, 01:07 PM
I need some advice. I ride left foot forward and I have never actually ran a course but I am a aggressive open water skier. I weigh 185lbs and am 6', I ride a HO Freeride 2009 with double attack 2012 boots. I can carve deep hard and fast from the right side but I have issues doing the same thing from the left side. I had a friend recommend initiating the left side turn one handed to pull my body around. I was outside the wake to the left and worked on my left turn a bunch the last day out and was slowly getting better with the one hand practice but it still didn't feel right. I am aware that my technique probably needs a lot of work as I am completely self taught.
Looking for some help on getting better at crossing the wake on edge and help carving harder.

TxsRiverRat
08-12-2013, 03:14 PM
I need some advice. I ride left foot forward and I have never actually ran a course but I am a aggressive open water skier. I weigh 185lbs and am 6', I ride a HO Freeride 2009 with double attack 2012 boots. I can carve deep hard and fast from the right side but I have issues doing the same thing from the left side. I had a friend recommend initiating the left side turn one handed to pull my body around. I was outside the wake to the left and worked on my left turn a bunch the last day out and was slowly getting better with the one hand practice but it still didn't feel right. I am aware that my technique probably needs a lot of work as I am completely self taught.
Looking for some help on getting better at crossing the wake on edge and help carving harder.

That’s because left to right it is your offside pull.

A few things to try:

1. As you turn the ski, plant the handle and ski to it.
2. Look at the pylon in the boat
3. Give your right shoulder to the boat instead of pointing your shoulders in the direction of travel
4. Center your body on the ski so you have 65-70% of your weight on the front (you don’t want to tail ride).

Try that next time out and have someone film you. let me know how that works for you.