When anyone drives my boat — no matter what boat they’ve skied behind in the past — they always say how they can really feel where the Malibu Response TXi is in the course. From a skier’s standpoint, that means the driver is able to anticipate what the skier is going to do and react to it. Having a boat that’s in tune with what the skier is doing is crucial to staying committed through the wakes. Here are five tips to get you through the wakes and to the next buoy earlier than ever before. — Will Asher, Malibu Boats team skier
Get Good Angle
You want to have an advantageous angle going into the wakes. The goal is to get through the turn, set your position and get good angle into the first wake. If you don’t have good angle coming in, you’re through. Nothing else matters.
Set Your Sights
When you round the buoy, you need to be thinking about where your exit angle will be off the second wake. Instead of trying to look directly in front of you, pick a point farther down course where you’d like to arrive at the buoy and shoot for that.
Then it’s about keeping your body connected, which means your whole body is perfectly in line. Your hips aren’t dragging behind you and your shoulders aren’t being pulled forward, but everything is connected so the boat can’t control you off the wakes.
Keep your position through the wakes. Don’t let the handle and your chest and everything turn back to the boat off the second wake. You have to keep everything on an outbound trajectory toward the next buoy.
Work Smarter, Not Harder
The wakes on the Malibu Response TXi are really smooth and balanced and there are no peaks and troughs, so it feels comfortable to be aggressive going through the wakes and it’s not pulling you off your angle. In other boats, you have to work harder to keep your line off the second wake, but the TXi makes it a lot easier because the wakes are so small and soft.
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