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  • Slalom Ski Recommendations?

    Since it's winter here, I figured I might as well start looking for my first ski. First off, I'm looking for something used due to my budget. I'm a newb to slalom on the water, and have never even been behind an MC before. With that said, I want something fairly aggressive so I don't outgrow it in a few months, and in case I want to compete.

    I don't know much about skis, so I'm just looking for some suggestions on what to look for. I'm 5'6" and about 140lbs.

  • #2
    Get an HO Comp Free Ride.. Easy to get up on and it will take you thru a course. But forget competing...you'll be wiped out by the higher end ski's... Start with a open water ski like the Free Ride, then move to a cross-over and if your better than the ski...then go syndicate... There are many ski's on ebay this time of year.... and at www.ski-it-again. just my opinion - i am sure other skiers will chime in.

    Don't forget a ski plan...start with something sell it..move on..
    sigpic...A bad day water skiing still beats a good day at work...1995 Pro Star 205....

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    • #3
      Dude, you're right up the street from us (Midwest MasterCraft) stop in anytime to talk skis we're always happy to help even if you don't buy a ski from us, as mike stated ski it again is a great resource, we're working with the Minnesota Waterski Association too so hopefully we can get some of them to upgrade to new skis and get their used ones into some new hands.

      We have some pretty good closeouts cooking and we also offer a demo program so if you don't find anything before spring you can still hit the water for ice out.
      www.waterskis.com
      http://www.facebook.com/waterskis

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      • #4
        What size ski should I be looking for? I may check out Midwest mc if I ever get the free time to go down there.

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        • #5
          How fast are you skiing?
          www.waterskis.com
          http://www.facebook.com/waterskis

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          • #6
            Not sure yet. I'm guessing 34 or 36.

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            • #7
              Corey will set you up...plus they have that black x-10
              sigpic...A bad day water skiing still beats a good day at work...1995 Pro Star 205....

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              • #8
                Ha, just bought a ps190, so we're good on that.

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                • #9
                  I am partial to D3, they seem so forgiving and will easily transition to course skiing. Although I have upgraded thorught out the years, I started the course on a d3 barely scrapping a few bouys at 30mph. Now years later and still hacking up the course, my D3 still performs for me at 34 thru 28. Capable of alot more and easy for beginners. With that said, I am sure other skiis are just as suitable. I have heard great things about the HO Triumph and I am considering getting one for my lazy days. You can find an early D3 on ski-it - again for cheap.

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                  • #10
                    If you're new to slalom try starting slower, everything is easier to link together at slower speeds. As you get your form together and everything clicks, up the speed a little at a time. You will develop fewer bad habits and avoid a lot of hard falls.
                    I spent most of my money on booze, broads and boats. The rest I wasted. - Elmore Leonard

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                    • #11
                      Yeah, I'll probably start around 28-30mph and work my way up. What do you guys think of this ski? I talked to my dad about sizes, and he's thinking about 65" would be good for me. This 67" would probably work well for him since he's a few inches taller and weighs another 30 lbs.

                      http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/cs...418826924.html

                      Just found this closeout. I know it's a high-end ski, but it's cheap...

                      http://www.waterskis.com/HO-S1-Water...i_closeout.htm
                      Last edited by mxhideout; 12-05-2012, 12:46 AM.

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                      • #12
                        IMO both skis are too much ski for your beginning level. At the speeds you are starting at you would do very well on a shaped ski such as an HO Triumph or an O'Brian Syncro. (we own both skis.) I have seen good skiers take both these skis through a course at 28 off 34 mph. So you will have a lot of room to improve before needing to upgrade your ski. Both are excellent open water ski's as well which is a real plus..(high end skis are rarely open water friendly).

                        65" would be good for your size however 67" will not be a problem until you move to the 22 off 32+ mph range and than you may find the 67" a little sluggish around the balls.

                        When choosing (or wanting ) a new ski, I refer back to a visit to Coble ski school and asking if it was time for me to consider upgrading my ski. I was told that water skiing is one of the few sports where the equipment (ski) needs to match the ability level of the skier.Buying a ski designed for skiing at levels you are far from mastering will do more harm than help to your performance. I kept my ski for another 3 years.

                        Good luck in your search.

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                        • #13
                          try this... the new 2103 HO Free Ride

                          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VxS0JsW5OQ
                          sigpic...A bad day water skiing still beats a good day at work...1995 Pro Star 205....

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                          • #14
                            The Triumph is a step above the Free Ride? How much is this worth?

                            http://www.ebay.com/itm/HO-TRIUMPH-W...496#vi-content

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by mxhideout View Post
                              The Triumph is a step above the Free Ride? How much is this worth?

                              http://www.ebay.com/itm/HO-TRIUMPH-W...496#vi-content
                              doesn't say what year... but it's not a bad price...bindings are in good shape - I have a 2010 Triumph and a 2012 Coefficient XL/S like them both. Triumph is a fun ski responsive and the Coefficient is like driving a high performance car.

                              Triumph good at 30-32 - but less responsive at high speeds... You won't find one ski to take thru different levels. I had a 2010 Free Ride which was good for a season and a half... It was a great ski to master deep water starts but it was rough thru the wake at higher speeds. Its wide and even on edge I would catch air...that said - a triumph could last you awhile depending on your goals and how much time you get to have on the water.
                              sigpic...A bad day water skiing still beats a good day at work...1995 Pro Star 205....

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