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Old 11-17-2017, 10:40 AM
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yeah baby.... you know it! great for timing and balance
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^^^That picture is so great!
Seriously, he owes all of his slalom course victories to those shorts
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Old 02-08-2018, 06:25 PM
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don't reach till you have to , and very important... let the ski finish. Id bet you are reaching too soon which causes loss of angle outward and then grabbing the handle to try to force a turn. You don't need to start a lean till at least half way back to the wake . As soon as you have rope tension out of the turn, you will get no more angle. I do try to point/close my hips more when I feel "off". One of my faults is turning with just the shoulders thus the hip issue
When you are getting wide to start your offside turn through the red gates, you want you want lean over or fall over while you still have slack correct? And then as you start the turn and lean back that creates tension on the line so you can cut at that angle.....sort of how you make your way around all the buoys

my issues lie at the very beginning of the course, I'm just not comfortable on my offside at all. its like a drastic difference between that and my onside. I mean half the time I don't even make it through the red buoys lol. i should probably go free ski and do nothing but practice my offside turns - many have suggested this and I've not taken it seriously.

Falling over on my offside is just not in my comfort zone, and i need to build that comfort.
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Old 02-08-2018, 09:16 PM
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Ignore the gates while you are learning
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Old 02-10-2018, 02:54 PM
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suggestions on practicing offside turn/pull?

I've heard sitting on the ball?
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Old 02-13-2018, 05:34 PM
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Unfortunately - I am the last one to you want coaching you. Over the last year the quality of my skiing has changed inversely proportional to my weight increase.

There are better guys here to get coaching from.

Generally on the offsie - you will hear things like reach to the bouy, focus your eyes down the buoy line, let the ski finish.

Personally I think I am releasing too early these days, which starts a chain reaction of a lot of bad things. Starts your lean too soon, keeps you narrow, never lets you get free of the boat, prevents you from completing the turn and puts you on a path straight at the next buoy (or worse) instead of cross course. On my on-side - because I start going narrow so early, when I get to the buoy the boat is already pulling me back in and it pulls me over - usually ending in a crash.

Best solution is to find a coach you can visit for a few consecutive days and get 2-3 sets a day in. You will emerge a much better skier I think.
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Old 02-14-2018, 05:52 PM
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what does letting the ski finish mean?
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Old 02-14-2018, 06:09 PM
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what does letting the ski finish mean?
Let the ski finish the turn before you pull to come back across. Solution for the weak side is nothing but practice for confidence and learning a different (directional) point of balance.
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Let the ski finish the turn before you pull to come back across. Solution for the weak side is nothing but practice for confidence and learning a different (directional) point of balance.
like letting it finish the turn around the buoy before you cut across?
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like letting it finish the turn around the buoy before you cut across?
Yes.... But........ your turn should finish at the ball, not begin or be in progress (at the ball). All of that takes place prior to the ball. Let the ski work, complete the turn approaching the ball, pull and come back across....Don't pull past the second wake...

Time on the water is the recipe. Slalom courses are humbling....
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Yes.... But........ your turn should finish at the ball, not begin or be in progress (at the ball). All of that takes place prior to the ball. Let the ski work, complete the turn approaching the ball, pull and come back across....Don't pull past the second wake...

Time on the water is the recipe.
got it, thank you!

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Slalom courses are humbling....
I'm painfully learning that.
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