The toughest obstacle a rookie slalom skier faces is that of crossing the wakes. It’s natural to fear getting pulled out the front and face-planting the water, but if you follow these simple steps, you’ll significantly improve your chance of success.
1. You want to be as balanced on the ski as possible, and that requires even weight distribution on both feet. You can tell if your stance is balanced by looking down at where the water is flowing off your ski. If it’s near the big toe of the front binding, then you’re right on target. If it’s breaking close to your back binding, then place more weight on your front foot. Simple.
2. You want the pull from the boat to be transferred through your body as low as possible. To keep the handle low, roll your shoulders back so your chest is up, and relax your arms.
3. As you begin your cut into the wakes, establish a balanced pull through your entire body. Allow your chest to face the boat so the pull is being carried through both arms.This will keep excess load off your lead shoulder and help you maintain your position as you
approach the wakes.
4. stay tall just before the first wake’s impact, with your trailing hip (right hip while cutting left) as close to your trailing arm as possible. This will have your hips facing the same direction as the tip of the ski, and will keep you from overloading the line. Maintain this strong position through both wakes.