Paul MacDonald gives you the key to successful barefoot water ski one-foots, thereby opening the door to more advanced water ski tricks, such as toe holds and front wake slalom.
1. Bend your knees a little more than usual in order to keep your center of gravity lower and bring your ski foot to the center of your body. When using a handle, tilt it down toward the leg you plan to stand on.
2. In order to lift your “free” foot, slide it slightly out in front of the ski foot and lift your leg from the hip, keeping the leg in the air slightly bent. Make sure you keep you arms straight and relaxed while on one foot. Lifting your leg slowly will allow you to adjust your position, if needed, and avoid unnecessary falls.
3. When setting your free foot down, make sure you keep 100 percent of your weight on the ski leg until the free leg completely reaches the water. Set the free foot down softly in order to avoid the head packer that results from “slamming” your free foot down.
When attempting one-foots, it is important to increase your normal two-foot speed by 2-3 mph, as the surface area on the water will be reduced by 50 percent. Raising the height of the boom will take some weight off your feet and make the one-foot seem a little easier.
Transfer 80 percent of the pull from the boat to the hand of the foot you are planning to lift. This will allow the pull to come across your body and put you in a more efficient position.