In this water ski how to, learn how taking to the street with a longboard can improve your slalom water skiing skills.
Scope a Spot Find an open stretch of smooth concrete or pavement. Early-morning parking lot sessions are ideal — think Wal-Mart or Home Depot.
Regular or Goofy If you’ve never tried a board sport, the best bet is to assume a sideways stance with the same foot forward as on your slalom ski. If you ride with your left foot forward, you’re a regular foot; if your right foot is forward, you’re a goofy foot. Typically, your front foot will be angled slightly forward, while your back foot is closer to perpendicular.
Find Your Flow Push with your back foot to get going. Once you’re moving, place your feet into a comfortable stance. With level shoulders, make your first turn by slowly shifting your weight over your heels. Concentrate on your hips — they should be inside and slightly forward of your turning circle.
Linking Turns Your board should now accelerate and carve back underneath your hips. From here, it will begin to arc into the next turn automatically. Your weight should now be shifted over your toes, with your hips positioned inside the opposite turning circle. Your turns will naturally flow together without any real sense of where one ends and the next begins.
Once you’re comfortable, start paying attention to where your center of mass is in relation to your feet while turning. The next time you’re on a slalom ski, try to replicate this sensation on the water. Skiing with a similar unrestricted flow will offer you maximum efficiency.