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#1 Thu, Oct 18, 2007 2:20 PM

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38' off Advice

I'm looking for a few pointers to get me to the next level, I run 80% of my 35's but have only run about 15 38's in my life. Have posted links below of me running 28'-38' off the other day in my dry suit on Utah Lake, water temp was in the mid 50's. I'm 155 lbs and skiing on a 65.5" GOODE 9700 at 34 mph.

Sorry for the re-post if you are a regular reader on http://www.thewaterskiforum.com or http://p205.ezboard.com/fwaterskiingfrm7

THANKS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfASYr-_Luc 28'
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jS7QxyiCcU 32'
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxNc0n7fkRA 35'
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnsuDGPwGzk 38'


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#2 Fri, Oct 19, 2007 3:24 PM

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Re: 38' off Advice

Scot,
     First off, I don't see any glaring problems in your style.  Looks like you've come a long way since when we met a while back!  The 2 things I see right off that could use improvement are that you lose too much speed before you turn in for your gate and you engage your biceps too much.  For the gates, I think if you use the same pull out, but start touch later, you'll be perfect.  If you watch the video, the point at which you start to fall back is the point at which you should be turning in.  As you can see, you consistently wait past that point before turning in.  This loss of speed limits how far your ski can turn before load starts to take you downcourse.  2nd, you consistently hold your arms in, engaging your biceps to do this.  While you want to keep the load close to your body, holding your biceps in only holds your body upright.  The more upright you are, the flatter your ski is, the narrower and more downcourse you ski.  When you come off the buoy, think about pushing your handle down and tight to your body rather than holding it in.  Basically, think about pushing the handle down your leg instead of any kind of pulling motion.  This will keep your ski rolled on edge better into the wakes, thus increasing direction into the buoy!
     Thanks for the Utah updates.  Won't be long now!

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#3 Sat, Oct 20, 2007 9:58 AM

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Re: 38' off Advice

Chris,

Thanks for the advice.

Next time out I will work on keeping my speed up before I turn in for the gates and pushing the handle down in my lean without engaging my biceps as much.

It is snowing again today in the mountains of Utah, looks like a little snow in the valley tonight. I'm basically done water skiing on a regular basis but will still go out at times until the water freezes over in December.

Are you getting a Alta/Snowbird pass this year or just Alta? I have a Snowbird pass, we need to ski together this winter at least once.


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