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Old 09-14-2017, 02:14 PM
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I hit the wall.

I've been on a slalom ski for over 50 years, since age 9. For the last 20 years I've always skied at 15 off, always worked for me, I didn't think the challenge of a shorter line was a good idea.

This summer I was told that 15 off is the worst length, because of the wake. I started going shorter, spent most of the time at 28 off and 34 mph. What a blast!

Last night I skied at 32 off, it was like playing with an energetic Great Dane puppy, just a little more than I could comfortably handle. Things happen very fast at that rope length.

My new nickname is "28 off", I'm thinking of getting vanity license plates that say that.

I've had my best waterski season this year. Ever!
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Old 09-14-2017, 03:24 PM
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I've been on a slalom ski for over 50 years, since age 9. For the last 20 years I've always skied at 15 off, always worked for me, I didn't think the challenge of a shorter line was a good idea.

This summer I was told that 15 off is the worst length, because of the wake. I started going shorter, spent most of the time at 28 off and 34 mph. What a blast!

Last night I skied at 32 off, it was like playing with an energetic Great Dane puppy, just a little more than I could comfortably handle. Things happen very fast at that rope length.

My new nickname is "28 off", I'm thinking of getting vanity license plates that say that.

I've had my best waterski season this year. Ever!
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Old 09-14-2017, 03:32 PM
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Old 09-14-2017, 03:36 PM
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I feel the same way....might just try out the shorter length now for fun! I haven't really thought about it that much, mainly I think about speed before line length.
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Old 09-14-2017, 03:59 PM
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I've been on a slalom ski for over 50 years, since age 9. For the last 20 years I've always skied at 15 off, always worked for me, I didn't think the challenge of a shorter line was a good idea.

This summer I was told that 15 off is the worst length, because of the wake. I started going shorter, spent most of the time at 28 off and 34 mph. What a blast!

Last night I skied at 32 off, it was like playing with an energetic Great Dane puppy, just a little more than I could comfortably handle. Things happen very fast at that rope length.

My new nickname is "28 off", I'm thinking of getting vanity license plates that say that.

I've had my best waterski season this year. Ever!
Nice job. I have only been course skiing for about 4 seasons and was stuck like you in the beginning. I agree - don't think you can improve staying at 15 off only

I took an unconventional approach a couple years ago. I would start on my hardest (think 1 ball maybe) and lengthen the rope down to fifteen at a set speed. I don't do tournaments but I can tell you I did get better each year.
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Old 09-14-2017, 04:39 PM
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I've got a 30 second clip on my phone, but no clue as to how to post it.
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Old 09-14-2017, 05:25 PM
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