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#1 Wed, Apr 30, 2008 12:19 PM

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Keys to Slalom Gates

For the May/June WaterSkier Magazine, Chris Rossi divulges the most top secret information leaked yet on the keys to slalom gates. Available in this PDF Download: http://www.proskicoach.com/articles/key … lom_gates/

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#2 Wed, Apr 30, 2008 6:19 PM

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Re: Keys to Slalom Gates

Great article guys. I also sent you an email about some ski school dates later in May.
Thanks

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#3 Wed, Apr 30, 2008 6:37 PM

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Re: Keys to Slalom Gates

Nice article Chris. At the end you say the only thing you change when you shorten the rope is when you edge out. Do you edge out earlier or later as the rope gets shorter?

What is the red stuff sticking out of the top of your RS-1' in the pictures?

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#4 Thu, May 1, 2008 4:13 AM

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Re: Keys to Slalom Gates

Shorter line=shorter swing, so as you go down the rope, you must start later.  What your seeing in the picture is our Radar Special Edition Team RS-1 boots.  There were only three pair made, so don't call up your local shop to get them.  Red snake skin upper cuff, gold reflective side panels, with Jordan leather holding them all together.  Sweet.

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#5 Thu, May 1, 2008 7:09 AM

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Re: Keys to Slalom Gates

Skiing at 55k.  Not as easy to get moving here.  What, if anything, would you alter with slower boat speed?
If I call the apex 100% and the base of the wake 0%, what percentage should be used for moving out and at what percentage should the release occur?  Thanks.

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#6 Thu, May 1, 2008 7:30 AM

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Re: Keys to Slalom Gates

I've never seen a white MPD, so what are you and Trent skiing on? Also, are those RS-1's you're both using, as they also look different  from what I've seen in the catalog.

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#7 Thu, May 1, 2008 12:16 PM

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Re: Keys to Slalom Gates

KTM

You need to come to SkiTek already!

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#8 Thu, May 1, 2008 5:16 PM

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Re: Keys to Slalom Gates

what a great break down explanation in that article, seemed to "ring a bell"...cool lookin' new stick/boots, got any close up pics of those boots and ski setup???


2008 MC PS197 with ZO upgrade with 2011 Radar Senate C 67" working to smoke that 36-28 consistently in any tourney.

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#9 Thu, May 1, 2008 6:30 PM

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Re: Keys to Slalom Gates

Chris, Another Fantastic Article !  Thanks for sharing !

Wondering where you are beginning your edge out now and where you would suggest a 34 mph skier to start ?

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#10 Fri, May 2, 2008 7:29 PM

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Re: Keys to Slalom Gates

The same concept applies to all speeds.  For 55kph/34mph, the skier would start the edge out slightly later due to less overall water speed.  As far as the white ski goes, that is the 2009 Radar RS-1.  It has new construction, flex, and rocker for 09!  We took a great ski and made it even better.  Combine that with the new RS-1 boots and you have one sick set-up.

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#11 Mon, May 5, 2008 7:41 AM

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Rossi - Thanks for that article.  I have been working hard on my gate this spring and "being light on the handle, falling away, doing nothing, and catching the load late and at the bottom" worked so well.  I am better out to "zero" than ever.   Better in the course too.  A big positive change for something that was really easy to do.  Thanks again. Kevin Bishop

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#12 Mon, May 5, 2008 8:26 PM

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Good to hear from you Kevin.  Hope all is well.

Chris

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#13 Tue, May 6, 2008 7:51 AM

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Hey Chris, all is well and thanks for asking.  I will send you an email.  Hope to see you in FL or Cali sometime soon.  Cheers, KB

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#14 Wed, May 7, 2008 5:15 PM

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Re: Keys to Slalom Gates

Wade,

I just finished the article, I am trying to determine if there are any differences to what we were working on last fall when I came down for a lesson. During my lesson one of the main things you had me focusing on (gates) was a good strong pull out and coast until I came back down to the boat speed, slight counter rotation,  then make my turn in through the gates. Should I be changing this?

Thanks for your help
John Millen

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#15 Thu, May 8, 2008 9:58 AM

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Re: Keys to Slalom Gates

Things evolve. What we were working on in the fall still works, what we're working on now works better.

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