Perfect your turns by learning from Jamie Beauchesne’s mistakes.
I think this shot looks cool because my shorts are skimming the water. But in reality, it’s not the best position to be in. It’s a good example of getting too much angle too soon at the finish of the turn and biting off more than I can chew. This results in a straight, narrow approach into the next buoy. Ideally, my right shoulder and right hip shouldn’t be so low, and they should be more level. If I were more level coming out of the turn, my weight wouldn’t be so far back, resulting in less load on the rope and an earlier line into my next turn. — Jamie Beauchesne
4 Tips to Better Turns, Beauchesne Style
• Make sure your first movement counts. Don’t be hesitant on your pullout for the gates or to begin your open-water set. With the right amount of speed, you’ll be free of the boat to carve a nice turn.
• If you look across your tip, you lose your hips. Don’t be so quick to rotate your head at the finish of the turn. It’s the primary cause of wheelie turns. Use your peripheral vision to spot where you want to go until you get two hands back on the handle.
• Coming off the second wake, hold onto the handle a bit longer before you release. This allows the ski to take a more outbound trajectory after the edge change.
• Don’t rush the finish of the turn. I see a lot of skiers panicking to get their free hand back on the handle quick to complete the turn. Being patient at this point will earn you more angle and will help you maintain speed.