Ranked second on the IWSF Elite Ranking List in women’s slalom, Karen Truelove knows how to tear through some wakes. Follow her four keys to success.
1. I think of the wake crossing as the finish of my previous turn. That means I have to be patient and allow the ski to come around between me and the boat, creating as much angle as I can.
2. I think about relaxing my legs as I approach the wakes so that my ski can finish its turn, but I don’t want noodle legs either. This is when the pull of the boat will be at its highest intensity. But if I’m in a strong body position, it will feel effortless.
3. Ideally, my hips and shoulders should be level and facing the same direction. Here it’s important that I don’t drop my back shoulder away from the boat because my attack angle has already been set, and any unnecessary movement will cause problems into the next turn.
4. My eyes are focused in the direction of my next turn. This helps keep my head up, and I know where I am in the course and can react accordingly.