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50KalSkis you lean forward , water skis you lean back.
WalkerAndrewsWake boarding is way better. Water skiing is easy but awkward. You can get way more sendy on a wakeboard. Hell, even a monoski is better.
eojYeah wakeboarding is hell fun but you get pretty smashed if you get something wrong
strayln_SkierI grew up behind boats.
Just can't afford one myself.
Water skiing on 2 skis is the lamest shit, its for beginners.
The progression of my siblings, mates etc was like this.
Kneeboarding, two skis, one ski, wakeboard, barefoot. Nude barefoot.
It's cool how you don't "choose" skiing or boarding behind boats, you just have a go till ya cant hold on then have a rest and change to something else.
Wake surfing is all the craze right now.
It's fun if you have a spare $100 000. I've been lucky enough to have a wake surf behind one of those big SE 550 Supras.
Felt super weird using one of the boards they offered. e.g. they have the smallest fins, feels nothing like surfing, so I used my normal shortboard and got a few wiggles in and fuck me it's tiring just pumping down the line the whole time.
Still not worth that $100 000
CaseyThere are forums like malibucrew where cults of people hook up obscene amounts of ballast and retrofit electric pumps into their old ski boats until they are basically about to sink in order to surf. I remember reading about this guy who claimed to surf behind his 87 Malibu skier having so much weight in the boat it was sunk to the rails in the back. Where there is a will there is a way!
strayln_SkierThis is my dads boat.
Dunno what year or model it is.
He bought it when I was about 6 years old, 2nd hand for $40 000
Can surf behind it if you get 2 ppl to sit at the back, no ballast.
But just not as good as those SE 550's- can accually do a bottom turn and hit it behind those, wheras dads is just pumping to keep up with it. Still fun tho!
This will change your wakesurf game completely. We do it behind my sisters Super Air Nautique. Place the shaper on the opposite side of where you surf and as low and far back on the hull and tie it off (it also floats). Fill ballast up and you can add people to that side but it’s not necessary.
It seriously will make wakesurfig 10 times more fun for you. We mostly wakeboard/wakeski in the morning/evening and surf during the day when the water is choppy and shitty jet skis and tubes come out.
Sweet boat though. I’m lucky enough my brother-in-law is a great wakeboarder and bought a second hand Nautique.
Also watch walesurf videos. Learning from the pros helps in leaps and bounds.
CaseyThat's cool, I've been looking at those surf gates to put behind my Malibu but it seems like no one has one. My boat is more similar to to that Supra in size- a super air nautique is like 5500 lbs dry lol
AuschieYeah she’s a fat bitch when at full ballast. Do you have sacks for added ballast? When my brother-in-law had his Malibu he had a couple external sacks for added ballast.
The shaper will help you get a nice long pocket though. Other boats on our lake tend to have riders very close to the boat because they don’t use a shaper. We are able to drop further back and therefore can use more wave to carve.
I’ve heard you can make them out of a plastic cutting board if you want to keep it on the cheap. For $200ish it’s probably worth just buying a manufactured one that floats.
Boat sports are expensive as hell in general. I’m lucky enough to not have to buy a boat but I’ve sunk some money into boards, skis, and gas.
CaseyYeah I am looking to revamp my setup because my bags are big and in the way it gets annoying because they take up so much space. Ideally I would get something custom in the back that replaces the bench seat, and then fill the ski lockers with custom shaped bags so people can still walk around. Yeah 200 bucks for that gate isn't bad if you get good use out of it, I just wanted to see one in action or surf with it before I believe the hype and buy one.
chris.goodhueWaterskiing is much different.
People think of waterskiing as just a lake time activity but it actually has a competitive scene to it as well. I grew up competitively three event waterskiing in New England where you slalom, trick, and jump for distance. It was a really popular sport in the 70's, 80's and early 90's when boats and gas weren't as ensive. Waterskiing is really hard once you get to the competitive level and crashes are brutal.
Slalom - there is a slalom course where there are six buoys. The boat increases speed by a few mph each time you complete six buoys or complete a "pass" for better terms. Once you run a pass at the max boat speed for your age division, 36mph for a 22 year old guy, then you start shortening the rope until you don't complete all six buoys, then you are done for you round.
Trick - you have two 20 second passes to complete as many tricks are possible, ex - surface slides, wake spins, flips and alot of people do a toe pass where you stick you foot in a the rope ( a trick rope has a special foot holder) and someone is "pinning" so if you fall they let go of the rope so you dont get dragged, definitely sketchy
Jump - pretty simple and super dangerous, definitely scarier than anything ive done on snowskis, you can hit the jump at up to your max speed for your age division, 35mph for a 22 year old guy, and the ramp is usually set a 5 feet, if you jump a certain distance, you can bump it up to 5 and 1/2 and the pros jump at 6 feet
people compete in single events, slalom is the most popular, or you can combine all three scores for an overall score, which is most badass IMO
super fun family oriented sport, sadly is stupidly expensive and is probably dying in the fact that less people are competitively waterskiing each year i would imagine.
SofaKingSickonly water skied once but it was super easy because of my snow skiing experience
only counter intuitive part to me was getting started. you can't just act like you do getting towed on skis by a snowmobile. you gotta lean back and keep your body and legs flexed and straight (don't let yourself bend or let your top half get in front of your bottom half!! super important), then you pop up and start planing and you're set. after that i'd say it's not super dissimilar to pow skiing (but with a tow and you lean back more)
super fun, i highly recommend trying if you get a chance
Erikcass7Have u ever fucking water skied in your life. My fuck child
SofaKingSickYep once, like it said in the post. What's your issue, waterskiing opinion guy?
Erikcass7Ur starting technique is my issue
SofaKingSickWell I ripped it on my first try so I think I got the basics of the technique well enough for this thread, but obv I'm a noob so drop some knowledge on us playa what'd I do wrong?
Erikcass7If u can rip then u do u playa... i ain’t a coach by any means just saying usually u keep it a little loose and bent starting... not straight legged flexed