3 Slalom Truths from Watching TWBC Webcasts

First of all, TWBC is AMAZING and being able to watch waterskiing on TV multiple weekends this year has been just unbelievable.

No matter what skier is skiing and what line they are skiing, there are 3 things they all do:

  1. Their shoulders never rotate inward toward the boat in any turn. In other words they turn with their lower body ONLY. Their shoulders never rotate enough to cross a plane 90 degrees to the boat wake.

  2. They never hinge at the hips.

  3. They all have a very high gate and turn in from that high point.

No matter what their style is, all of the above is very consistent skier to skier. Keeping it simple and focusing on the basics is the key to progressing. I’d ask yourself if you’re doing all 3 things next time you’re in the slalom course. Thoughts?

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I will try. I won’t achieve.
Oh well, plenty of room for improvement :joy:

I do agree that the broadcast have been very enlightening and I also have noticed certain attributes of skiing short line that I am not able to achieve.

I would comment that the only person I see hip hinge is Will and this is usually at 1 and or 3 at 39 or shorter. It’s odd but he does it fairly consistently.

Overall it is remarkable that this many skiers are consistently running these short line lengths, especially off the dock in a run off situation.

Two primary things I notice regarding skiing short rope:

The reach is actually forward pre buoy.
They “ride” the rope across course with little to no pressure down onto the ski.

I don’t quite understand this concept. How would that feel to the skier and how does the opposite feel?

So the way I feel when this happens with me is like holding onto the rope and your ski is a skate board. It’s always moving in a direction you asked it to. The ski accelerates right as you connect back to handle, and the ski decelerates as soon as you stand more erect into the buoy and the ski has changed to the turning edge.

It’s the exact opposite of legs straight and get into the huge body lean away from the boat, and just pull as hard as you can, pushing down onto the ski with the expectation this position and pulling lean angle is accelerating you across course. ITS NOT. This position with actually result in friction pushing down on the ski against the water, slowing the ski and you’re working harder than you need too. The other result of this body position is: when you try to come up and allow the ski to change edges, the dramatic transition will cause separation of your hands, arms/handle away from your COM, thus resulting in narrow path to the buoy.

Nate’s skiing style is a great example of riding the rope/handle. Pigozzi is more of the aggressive lean angle away from the boat even though his style seems to work for him.

“The other result of this body position is: when you try to come up and allow the ski to change edges, the dramatic transition will cause separation of your hands, arms/handle away from your COM, thus resulting in narrow path to the buoy.”

This is happening with me into my onside turn right now as the line shortens. I lean like hell out of 1-ball, overleveraged, and unfurl into 2 and end up flat, direct, and late, no chance for a good turn.