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shepherd
06-02-2006, 02:12 PM
Does anybody know a good guide that outlines the effects certain adjustments to your ski will have on it? Moving the bindings, adjusting the fin, adjusting the wing, etc...

If such a guide doesn't exist, well let's create it here on this thread! I know there are some expert slalom skiiers amongst us here who can provide some guidance to us.

Thanks.

shepherd
06-02-2006, 02:15 PM
I'll start:

My new ski has a habit of kicking out from under me in the turns. What effect would lowering my fin have? Will it help keep the tail down in the water in the turns? How will it effect my pull through the wakes?

bcampbe7
06-02-2006, 02:16 PM
http://waterski.about.com/od/slalomwaterskiingtips/a/tune_slalom_ski.htm

shepherd
06-02-2006, 02:30 PM
http://waterski.about.com/od/slalomwaterskiingtips/a/tune_slalom_ski.htm

Excellent site. Thanks bc. This thread can die now...

MarkP
06-02-2006, 03:20 PM
Excellent site. Thanks bc. This thread can die now...Another good read Shep

http://aquaskier.com/articles/ski%20tuning%20hints.pdf

Jorski
06-02-2006, 03:38 PM
This is one of my fav's...


Goode fin settings and measurement... (http://www.goode.com/wsfinadj.html)

This is another good one, lots of discussion about fin settings:

Slalom Tweakers (http://p079.ezboard.com/bslalomtweakers)

And from the guy that invented the adjustable fin:

Schnitz..fin tuning (http://www.schnitzskis.com/skitips/fintuning.html)

Schnitz...binding tuning (http://www.schnitzskis.com/skitips/bindingtuning.html)

Schnitz...problem solving (http://www.schnitzskis.com/skitips/skituning.html)

Good luck...let us know how you make out. Also, I would find out what the recommended settings are for your ski, from the factory and from one of sponsored guys who ski for your ski company and who have ski school (Matt Rini helped me out). These guys have typically set up dozens and dozens of these skis and know the problems and solutions well.

Jorski
06-02-2006, 03:45 PM
I'll start:

My new ski has a habit of kicking out from under me in the turns. What effect would lowering my fin have? Will it help keep the tail down in the water in the turns? How will it effect my pull through the wakes?


When you say that the ski "kicks out" do you mean that it wheelies and the tip comes up ? Is it the same on both sides ? Where does the spray break on your ski? (when standing, turning and behind the boat)

Do you tend to get bounced on the wakes or cut through them?

Finally, are there any differences in how the ski behaves on good side versus your bad side turns?

Adding depth to your fin will create a little more drag, thus increasing tip preassure..thus the ski will feel a little more stable and "glued to the water. the cost will be more difficulty initiating the turn.

BuoyChaser
06-02-2006, 03:57 PM
both are great articles...gotta break out my ski trakker and do some video to make sure my body position is right before I mess around with too many settings...

88 PS190
06-02-2006, 04:07 PM
seems like he's saying its blowing out the fin.

shepherd
06-05-2006, 02:46 PM
When you say that the ski "kicks out" do you mean that it wheelies and the tip comes up ? Is it the same on both sides ? Where does the spray break on your ski? (when standing, turning and behind the boat)

Do you tend to get bounced on the wakes or cut through them?

Finally, are there any differences in how the ski behaves on good side versus your bad side turns?


Yes, yes, yes and yes! Like BC said, I think I need to concentrate more on body position/fundamentals. I have no problem cutting through the wakes. Lately, it seems my biggest problem is coming out of the turns, particularly my weak side turns. Sometimes my tip comes up high out of the water (weight too far back I guess), sometimes I break at the waist (weight too far forward). Looks like coming out of the turn with the proper body position will help. I'm also going to try changing my grip next time, like discussed in the other thread.

Meantime, I'm going to study the links you guys gave me in this thread. Thanks!

BuoyChaser
06-05-2006, 02:56 PM
Yes, yes, yes and yes! Like BC said, I think I need to concentrate more on body position/fundamentals. I have no problem cutting through the wakes. Lately, it seems my biggest problem is coming out of the turns, particularly my weak side turns. Sometimes my tip comes up high out of the water (weight too far back I guess), sometimes I break at the waist (weight too far forward). Looks like coming out of the turn with the proper body position will help. I'm also going to try changing my grip next time, like discussed in the other thread.

Meantime, I'm going to study the links you guys gave me in this thread. Thanks!
watch yourself on video and compare your even still image to the position of the pros in waterski mag, when your in skiin' shape...also in the latest issue of waterski mag they have a breakdown on what the fin settings do...