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Old 06-18-2013, 11:11 AM
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newbie ?s

my goal for this summer is more exercise so i bought a '13 HO Triumph 71" with double attack bindings. i'm 6'2" ~220lbs. i only started watersports about 8 years ago so i don't have the "memories" of skiing as a child. i'm very comfortable on a wakeboard. we got into surfing last summer and i didn't wakeboard as much. i didn't slow down on the food or beer so hence the need for more exercise this summer.

i took the ski out for the first time yesterday using the generic overton's trainer rope. i got up twice but each time i got a face full of water. the first time i ran at 27mph and the 2nd at 29mph with PP. i felt very uncomfortable. on the wakeboard i feel balanced and the rear of the board doesn't feel a whole lot lower than the nose. on the triumph, i felt like the tail was dragging with the ski at a fairly acute angle. on the second pull, i tried to work on my posture and it dawned on me that i didn't have a clue what i should be striving for. when i kept my back straight and shoulders back it felt better, but that seemed to accentuate the feeling that the tail was dragging. the boots are in the middle position as recommended by HO and the little fin is at 7 degrees. i couldn't ski very far without giving out. either i'm in really bad lake shape or the muscles are different than the ones i use wakeboarding.

obviously i need more time with the handle. gonna head out later today if the weather permits. any advice on any of the above is greatly appreciated.
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