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81mastercraft 07-01-2014 11:07 PM

Starting on one ski
Hi everyone,

This might sound like a dumb question to lots of people but I just got my first mastercaft a month ago. I learned to ski a long time ago but would go years in between skiing. Now that I have my own boat I get it out once a week and go skiing a few laps every time. I'm getting better and dropping a ski now, I'm getting better at this but I'd like to have some tips or tricks on getting up on one. I'm not lucky enough to have a bear foot boom or anything like that. Any tips would be great!


uplander 07-01-2014 11:23 PM

Do you have a double boot ski, or is the back foot open

are you left foot forward or right

88 PS190 07-01-2014 11:39 PM

There are several ways to go about it - here's my big pointers.

A - head up, shoulders back, arms straight knees bent.

B - Don't "move" just hold position - your single biggest effort should be in clenching your butt and keeping your knees strong.

C- Look at the windshield of the boat.
This does several things.
If your head is up and looking at the window you won't get dragged under.
If your arms are straight your shoulders will stay behind them like a rudder.
Keeping the hips/low back/knees strong will keep you from buckling down onto the ski.
Finally not moving keeps you stable/strong.

I for one do not endorse any foot out tom foolery.

TNH2oSkier 07-02-2014 12:01 AM

Purchase an Easy up rope, dont set ski straight up and down in the water, get the back of the ski closer to your butt than you think. Make sure at least 4-6" of the ski is above the water.

Look up get up, look down fall down.

81mastercraft 07-02-2014 12:12 AM

As of right now i have an older set of combo skis so its just the back foot open. So everyone suggest keeping my back foot in? what about driver of the boat? is this just a full throttle like 2 skis or is it more of a drag?

CruisinGA 07-02-2014 12:13 AM

What TN said.
Closer the tail of the ski is to your butt the easier you will come up

JMLVMI 07-02-2014 12:23 AM

Throttle depends on your weight, but certainly more power needed then a two ski get up because of the lack of surface area. I have my wife count "three Mississippi" from the in gear position to almost full throttle. That gives me a nice quick pull-up, but doesn't jerk the rope out of my hands. YMMV

gweaver 07-02-2014 01:07 AM

I was having a hard time trying to start on one ski. My problem was I couldn't hold on through the plow and I kept flopping over. I bought one of these trainer ropes and a pair of the MasterLine Pro-Lock gloves and I popped right up. This was after trying unsuccessfully for about two seasons.
As far as position goes, I'd listen to the folks who've said keep the back foot in the rear binding and get your back heel up as close to your butt as possible.

bturner2 07-02-2014 08:33 AM

Another thing to consider is the ski itself. Make sure what you're using is size appropriate. We had a guy once trying to get out on a pair of "teen" skis which were way too small for his build. And then there's always You Tube.....

bcd 07-02-2014 08:50 AM

If you have both feet in and don't have a cheater rope, it makes a difference which side of the ski you put the rope when you are starting. If you have your left foot forward, put the rope to the right of the ski. If you are right foot forward, put it to the left of the ski.

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