Interested in going a little farther during your next turn on the lake? We picked the brains of some marathon skiers to see what they’ve learned from their experiences. These are some of their best tips:
Use double handles so you can wrap up in calm water. Holding both handles behind your back with one hand and the rope with the other in front helps relax the upper body.
Don’t wrap up in rough conditions. Ski with hands out front in chop over 2 feet to avoid possible injuries.
In heavy chop alternate between jumping the waves and absorbing them with your legs. Going off the water actually takes pressure off the muscles. On the other hand, flexing the knees to absorb waves is more controlled – but burns the thighs more. Use both approaches.
When the legs start burning, shift your body slightly to alleviate stress on certain muscles. Change your grip to take pressure off the hands and upper body.
Self-impose a speed limit for safety, even in glass. A 55 mph cap is recommended.
In moderate chop, use 150 feet of poly-E rope.
Don’t forget the main reason you’re out there: to have fun. Enjoy every moment along the way.