I asked this question at BallOfSpray - Forum however I think the replies might be short line glass water biased so thought I’d ask here too as more likely to be skiers at my level on wind and wakes public lakes
Background: Currently on a 2016 67" HO V type R. Very limited skiing recent years, can run occassional 46 and rare 49. Last summer had a 3 day block of coaching and loving skiing so much went boat hunting. Scored our dream boat, a 2003 Response LXi and it’ll be used on small public lake. There’s a course but due to other wakes it’ll mostly be free skiing and limited to 2 or 3 passes through slalom course in a day. With our own boat I hope I’ll be getting a couple of sets at least every spring, summer and autumn weekend and I’m now thinking about a new ski. Weigh 77kg (169lbs), age 52. My aim is firstly consistent 15 off @ 46 and working my way up to 52 or 55kph. No ambitions to progress more than that as doubt it’d be possible on small public lake with many users.
Choices: Stay on the V type R. Or something else. Based on reviews I’m thinking a 67" Omni Carbon or a 67" Senate Graphite.
Update 1: Based on ball of spray replies to above question I decided to keep V type R.
Update 2: Out of blue I’ve been offered a 2019 Senate Pro Build blank for similar price to a 2021 Senate Alloy. Seems like a good deal, however I’m concerned it may be too much ski for me, particularly as on a small lake with other boat wakes, wind and hence 80% free ski and at most 20% course.