We asked a collection of pros to show you how to get the most out of your water ski sessions.
1. Less Muscle Equals More Direction
When you round a buoy, let your body’s natural falling motion roll your ski on edge. The amount of edge created here is the maximum sustainable angle you can take to the next buoy. As your free hand connects back onto the handle, feel your arms fall away from your body. This allows your body to freely extend away from the ski edge, creating the maximum angle that you can manage. If you let your arms out and push them down, your body will go farther away from the handle. Hence, you get more sustainable ski angle with considerably less muscular attack. – Chris Rossi
2. Control Your Speed
People have a tendency to use a heavy hand when they barefoot. That may not be the best practice. There is a right speed for just about everything you do, and for footing, it’s in the mid-30 mph range. If you’re doing anything on two feet as an adult, you should be in the mid-30s, not 45 mph. By dialing down the speed, you can learn new things easier, faster and without the hard falls. – Ron Scarpa
3. Think Outside the Water
One way to improve your water ski technique is to look at other sports. For example, when you link turns on the water, you’re moving your feet from one side of your body to the other to change edges on the ski. Snow skiers and hockey players are two types of athletes who do that type of movement, but on a different surface. What I try to do is analyze their movements, think outside the box and forget about water skiing. I look for the movement they make that allows them to increase their edge angle and how they move their feet underneath them. Then I compare that to video of myself skiing and see if I’m moving my feet the same way as the snow skiers or the hockey players. – Mike Ferraro