It’s almost supernatural how consistently dominant Team Malibu skier Regina Jaquess has been lately. Over the last 15 months, she’s owned the women’s pro slalom category, winning every contest she’s entered from the Masters to the Malibu Open. Here’s how you can train and compete like Regina to up your PBs and first-place finishes.
Hydrate Daily I’m at a point with my job where I can ski daily. Either in the morning before I open the store or after work, I can generally get a set in every day or every other day. Consistently being on the water at least every other day makes a huge difference. I could never have done this when I was busy building the business and a week would slip by without any time on the water.
Response Factor Using the Malibu Response TXi every day, I’ve really had a chance to learn how efficient the boat is. It works so well with Zero Off that it gives you a lot of freedom into the pre-turns, so you’re getting to the buoy earlier than you would behind any other boat. Even when you’re at other tournaments and you’re not behind the Malibu, you still know the feeling of getting there early and you have the confidence to get through your turn because you’ve done it daily in practice.
Dial It In My TXi is set up perfectly so anyone can drive it. We did another article where we talked about how to do this, and it’s not just marketing, it really works. You can get just about anyone to drive you perfectly so you don’t have to search for a perfect driver and you can ski more often. It also takes a lot of strain off your personal relationships!
Eliminate Injury The TXi’s hop-in-and-drive features eliminate the driver as a factor and allow me to run 38s and 39s in practice day in and day out. You can get injured really easily at short line lengths if the driver isn’t perfect, so taking away the concern about the driver being a danger to you at shorter line lengths allows you to concentrate on your technique and timing.
Consistency Is King You want to keep everything the same when you get to a tournament, so carry your practice routine into the tournament. The idea is to get your techniques so completely engrained in yourself that it’s second nature and you can tune out everything else. There are crowds and other skiers and nerves to contend with, but if you envelope yourself in your training process, it becomes just another practice day on the water.
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