Fresh off his win at the 2010 Moomba Masters, Aaron Larkin tells WATERSKI how he’s refined his offside turn over more than a decade.
“I used to be so aggressive,” Larkin says. “I’d lean hard, turn hard, whatever it took. But you can’t always do that.”
To improve his offside, Larkin trained with Drew Ross for more than two months, focusing on one thing: technique. Twice a day he’d run 28-offs and 32-offs just to work on it.
“I figured out that slalom skiing required rhythm,” Larkin says. “It’s almost mystical.”
So, what keys did he learn to perfect his offside turn?
“I used to wear a single boot in front and a kicker in the back,” Larkin says, “but Drew got me on a double boot setup, which stopped the movement in my offside.”
Swing Is The Thing
“I was old school and would just get to a ball and turn hard, but doing this created instability and imbalance,” Larkin says. “So I concentrated on technique and swinging from side to side, like a pendulum.”
“Keep your shoulders still and level,” Larkin says. “If your shoulders move over the top of the ski, you never get width. But if you keep your shoulders still at that point, and your feet move out, you maintain width — and along with that comes balance.”