The cut to the jump is everything. There are two main ingredients involved in a completed jump - the turn from beside the boat, and the cut throughout the wakes and onto the ramp surface. Which is more important - the turn or the cut? Since jumpers can achieve approximately 95 percent of their available distance on a properly executed three-quarter cut, it only stands to reason that the cut is truly the most important part of the jump.
Michael Heath is the 14-ranked jumper in the world, and teaches at Bennett's Ski School in Zachary, Louisiana. Jack Travers is the owner and operator of International Tournament Skiing, and was the 1997 U.S. Olympic Coach of the Year for water skiing.