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Old 05-28-2015, 11:28 AM
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Shoe skis

Anyone built a set? Saw some at the boarding school and it looked super easy to build. Just thinking it would be something for fun.

How fast do you pull with them?

How do you get out of the water?

Theirs basically looked like this just used wakeboard bindings and hdpe for the board.




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Old 05-28-2015, 12:04 PM
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I was on a pair about 30 years ago. We would sit on a ski to assist with getting out of the water. Wakeboard speed would be about right, maybe a little faster.
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Old 05-28-2015, 12:12 PM
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I guess one could sit on a surf board to help get out of the water.. Hmmm if I can find some hdpe I'll be attaching some older bindings I have to it and making a set.


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Old 05-28-2015, 01:08 PM
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video please when you try them out
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Old 05-28-2015, 01:11 PM
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I made these in high school wood shop in 1980. Bindings were off some old skis I wish I still had.
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You ski them like you're barefooting. They are a common practice aid (modern version) used to learn new tricks, while slowing your speed. You would do a deep water barefoot start to get up.

I believe old school bindings on Cypress Garden wooden "shoe skis" were sometimes called "Dog Bones"???

Shoe skis that size would put you in upper 20s, low 30s speed range.

Smaller shoe skis, truly the size of your shoe, would put you about 5-7 mph slower than normal barefoot speed.
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Old 05-28-2015, 01:29 PM
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Be careful not to build them as short as I did. Went over the front and the instant face-plant and resulting concussion kept me off the water for a while.
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Let me know how they work I may have to build a set.
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You'd get up the same way as a deep water barefoot start…on your back until you would be able to stand up. We would pull people around 28mph's.

Building a pair is easy…basically make cutting boards and mount the bindings. Put some kind of lacker or fiberglass on the bottom and you're good to go.
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Be careful not to build them as short as I did. Went over the front and the instant face-plant and resulting concussion kept me off the water for a while.

Ouch!

The ones at the boarding school were used on the cable which I think had a max speed of 22 mph and they worked pretty good it looked like. I never rode them though. Guy my size did and it was comical for the rest of us!

I'm building a set, I'll keep everyone posted


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