Hi guys, took my friend to the lake this weekend, never tried slalom before he got up on his 3 try double boot and started rippin'. Needless to say he is super jacked about and can't wait to go more. He wants to buy his first stick and I thought I would consult some sources before we go shopping.
He is 5'6-5'8 tall and 155-165 lbs. which puts him the 66"-67" zone, any particular reason for going with one length over another here. I suppose boat speed here is between 28-32 so to avoid the feeling of sinking maybe a 67". You guys tell me this is just and educated guess here.
As far as ski choice goes I was thinking something like a HO CDX (used one) or maybe a radar annex, HO vengeance, connelly F1X.
I should say the guy has some unreal natural athletic ability and I know he will grow into a ski quickly. Just wondering if you have any other suggestions or if I should lean more to one of those skis mentioned above.
Any help with some explanation would be greatly appreciate.
Here is to growing the sport.
Hi Chris - CDX is a good ski for Cdn waters. Lots of bevel.
My ski buddy has a nice/exc condition 66" Sixam - original series (red/blue) for sale. Shipping would be easy. Great ski for learning and beyond. He is 145 lbs.. so it has lots of life left in it.
PS: Also have a 67" Goode 9800 too.
Last edited by Shark (Mon, Jul 26, 2010 2:34 PM)
I skied on 4 of connelly's skis for a friends masters thesis project a few weeks ago, the F1X was my favorite of the day (windy w/ white caps) out of concept, outlaw and prophecy also. overall very easy ski to ride, smooth and responsive right out of the box. great ski for learning the course!
I would highly suggest something a tad wider for both stability, forgiveness and slower speeds. This will allow him to grow into proper technique fundamentals while also growing into higher speeds. I wouldn't start him wilth an Annex or simular ski. (I own and Love my Annex...) But, this is not the type of ski to Rush into.
Personally, I would Rush into a Senate with RS-1 or Strada bindings and then make a simple stick swap to a Annex, or Strada, etc... when he is in Great shape technically and ready to get into really short line or 36mph.
So are we saying anything that is a little bit wider will do here? Another quick question, what does more bevel do? I know what it is so I don't need a lesson on that just curious what more bevel does to the ski.