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#1 Zod

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 06:52 AM

My goal this summer is to get comfortable with one ski. Right now I am just working on getting up on it. Almost had it over the weekend. Any tips or advice?

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 07:40 AM

nope. ..but I can make you a sammich for when you get out of the water and back on the boat??

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 07:42 AM

Do it like this...



#4 Zod

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 08:52 AM

nope. ..but I can make you a sammich for when you get out of the water and back on the boat??


fug yes

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 10:44 AM

My goal this summer is to get comfortable with one ski. Right now I am just working on getting up on it. Almost had it over the weekend. Any tips or advice?


Water skied a ton growing up.

Are you trying to drop a ski, or get up with 1?

What size motor do you have on your boat?

Who do you have driving, are are they experienced?

Do you have an accurate speedometer on the boat?

What do you weigh, and what size ski are you trying to slalom with?

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 12:17 PM

I waterski frequently on our Maine lakes all summer long, Fuzz pretty much nailed it. Getting up on one is difficult, if you don't have a big enough engine or are just too big. Better to just get up on two and drop one and learn that way.

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 12:20 PM

I used to teach courses at Cypress Gardens

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 12:23 PM

Actually tie a rope around a ham and drag it behind the boat and you have me.

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 04:36 PM

I don't know why, but when I am on the water, I prefer to wake board over water ski.. When I am on the slopes, I prefer to ski over snowboard. I am a decent water skier just because I lived on the lake for a summer. Never tried one ski, but remember when 'icing' people was a thing? It was a stupid fad, but I was skiing once, and my buddy pranked me by pulling up beside me on the jet ski and handing me a Smirnoff. I took a knee and almost finished it before wiping out. Hurt like hell.

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 05:45 PM

Not all of us have private lakes, oceanfront property and such.

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 05:50 PM

Once you start getting up on one and getting used to spraying like crazy, its helluva good time.

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 07:26 PM

My goal this summer is to get comfortable with one ski. Right now I am just working on getting up on it. Almost had it over the weekend. Any tips or advice?


I thought you got the hang of it last summer?

#13 Zod

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 08:08 PM

I thought you got the hang of it last summer?


On two skis I am comfortable. One ski is a whole new ball game.

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 11:12 PM

I never could get up on one. I always had to drop it once I got going.

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 12:02 AM

My goal this summer is to get comfortable with one ski. Right now I am just working on getting up on it. Almost had it over the weekend. Any tips or advice?


At first, when I was learning, it was easier to get up on two skis and then drop one. After a few hours on one, I got the "feel" for the slalom and I found it rather easy to start off with one ski. If you have a good sense of balance, it should come naturally.

As previously mentioned though, you need a sufficiently powerful boat and an experienced driver. If the driver/boat takes too long getting up to speed it will make for a miserable experience.

Here is a better explanation:

http://www.wikihow.c...Ski-on-One-Ski)

Always enjoyed slaloming the most, lots of fun and worth the effort. Good luck!

Note: Watch out for partially submerged logs floating in Lake Wylie! If you are still having a difficult time, find an ocean cove with calm waters to try it in, the greater buoyancy of the salt water makes it much easier.


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