by Trent Finlayson
Advancing to an effective one-handed water ski turn is one of the most exciting things to learn as a slalomer. The feeling of flowing through a turn – one hand on the handle, full speed, seamless, smooth – is incomparable to anything else in water sports. Follow these simple keys, and you’ll be linking lefts and rights in no time.
If you feel free of the boat as you arc through your two-handed turns, you’re carrying enough speed to perform a one-hander. Contrarily, if you feel the pull of the boat (heavy tension on the line) through your turns, you will need to work on your speed building and maintenance before advancing to the next stage.
While this may seem obvious, there are skiers out there who let go of the handle with the wrong hand. Let’s get it straight. When making a turn to the left, the right hand should release from the handle, and vice versa when turning to the right. Simply remember to always hold on with your inside hand.