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Old 09-11-2004, 09:49 PM
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Finally skied on a Course

And boy o boy do I stink!!!!!
The boat ran great with the new 13 x 12 prop. But I think I psyched myself out for the first few passes.
Started out at 15 off and 32 mph and made 0 of 6. Then recalled some advice from the board, and forgot about the entrance gates and made 2 of 6. Took some time off to let other ski, went back out at a full 75' of rope and made 3 of 6 at 32. Next pass made the entrance gate and 5 of 6 at 32 but missed number six and overskied the exit gate
But I did rent a slip at the lake for the rest of this season and will get up there as much as possible before the "other" ski season starts.
All and all I had a blast and now give those that ski at 36 and short lengths all the credit in the world
Can't wait to get out there and make some more cuts!!!!!!!!!
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Old 09-11-2004, 11:44 PM
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Andy,
It sounds like you did pretty good for you first time.
You are just asking for too much. 32.3 mph is fast in a course.
It is a different world is a course.
I would go back to 15off and slow the boat down to 30.4 mph and if still have a hard time 28.6 mph.
You should be able to make a full pass at each speed before you move to the next speed.
You have to earn the right to go to a faster speed.
You have to crawl before you can walk,and you have to walk before you can run.
Almost all of the Big Dogs started that way.
The first time you make a full pass is such a good feeling that you wont forget it.(at any speed)
You just turned 34 so if you don't make your 36 mph by next year at this time and you have made your 34 mph pass you can shorten the rope.
Once you have skied in a course open water will never be the same.
Good luck with your ball count and keep us posted on you progress.

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Old 09-12-2004, 08:20 AM
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John B,

A couple of questions...

1) What is the significance of the speeds you mention in your post above... 28.6, 30.4, 32.3. Not that I would be able to be that percise but mabye those with prefect pass can dial it in that closely.

2) Also, you mention to complete the course (all 6 with gates) before going up to the next speed. Same rule probably applies to shortening the rope. The question then is how short do you go at any particular speed before moving to the next speed. Say for examply you are successful at getting the entire course (with gates) at 15 off and 28.6 mph. Should one then attempt at 22 off at 28.6 or 15 off at 30.4 (assuming there is some significance to the speeds you mention). What would be your (or others) suggested progression... something like...


0 Off at 28.6
15 Off at 28.6
22 Off at 28.6
15 off at 30.4
22 off at 30.4
?? off at ??
?? off at ??
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Old 09-12-2004, 09:37 AM
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Lance,
Those are the tournament slalom speeds. If you have a DigitalPro PrefectPass those are the speeds that are programmed in.

The progression is: (not sure about full length rope)

15off
24.9 mph
26.7 mph
28.6 mph
30.4 mph
32.3 mph
34.2 mph
36 mph
At age 35 you no longer have to go 36 mph

Once you have done a full pass at 34.2 or 36 (your age)
Then you go to a shorter rope, but you do not slow the boat down,the speed stays at 34.2 or 36.(your age)
You don't want to move on till you make a full pass at each speed like it is a walk in the park. (EZ)
You should start each set with a pass you know you can make. Once you make that pass (full) then move on.
I would not go slower then 28.6, but the slalom speeds do go slower then 24. 9 (that is for kids)

Rope lengths are:
Full 75 ft 0-off
15-off
22-off
28-off
32-off
35-off
38-off
39.5-off
41-off
43-off
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Old 09-12-2004, 12:50 PM
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John,
Thanks for the help on the steps on improvement. I never knew which way to go if it should be line length first then speed or vice versa. Now I just have to get the time to Practice. But you're right in saying that just free skiing will never be the same!!
Can't wait to get out again!!!!!
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Old 09-12-2004, 01:07 PM
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One thing I left out is the driver can make or brake your pass.
There was talk about this on one of the other threads about a slalom course.
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Old 09-13-2004, 03:05 PM
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Nice, Andy. Sounds like you're hooked. Our course is finally in, and I plan to start hitting it hard in 2 weeks. Finally, just before it starts to get a bit chilly. Water temp hit 85 this past weekend. Brrr
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Old 09-13-2004, 03:16 PM
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Had my first try at the course on Saturday and it wasn't pretty. I did about 3 @ 15off 28MPH. However, when I say 3 I mean the inside buoys. I'de do good to get 6 boat gates!
Much more practice is needed, but I am willing to give it a try. Had a lot of fun though.
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Old 09-13-2004, 03:48 PM
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bcampbe7,
It is a start, you will only better.
Once you get hooked by those orange balls.
It will be all you want to do.
Ski, without a course,how do you do that.
When do I turn?
Where do I turn?
Where do I look, at the boat? If you don't have balls to tell you what to do, you will be lost.
The question you have to ask yourself.
Do I have balls?
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Old 09-13-2004, 03:57 PM
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I do love it...

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If you don't have balls to tell you what to do, you will be lost.
This is sure to get a comment out of Rick!
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