Once you run a first successful pass through a slalom course, you’ll always be hungry for more — more speed, shorter lines and the constant pursuit of surpassing your personal best. This is when your addiction to carving turns really reaches a whole new level. In this water ski how to, find out the three secrets to making your first complete trip through the course.
Slow It Down
To effectively learn the rhythm of the course, drop your speed — 4 to 6 mph slower is typically enough. The water should feel soft beneath your ski. Although it will be harder to retain width, the extra time will help you learn to complete the turn properly.
Forgo the Gate
Initially, begin the pass at ball one, skipping the entrance gates altogether. Standing to the right of the wake, make a strong cut toward one ball as soon as you pass the gates. This will ensure your timing is in sync with the rest of the course.
Pick Your Spot
As you round the first buoy, your goal is to ski to a point 15 to 20 feet before the next buoy. By aiming for this spot, you’ll have plenty of room to initiate your turn. The earlier you start your turn, the tighter you’ll finish the turn.