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Old 08-24-2021, 10:24 AM
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If she's that bonkers for it, the ideal position is about 60ft back, with a rope and a pair of skis, she'll be in one (trick or slalom) in 2-3 weeks
Definitely working on it! She's a bit gun shy of the added speed, even though I keep reassuring her that it really won't take much to keep her up as tiny as she is. That, and she loves this so much, everything else is just wasted time on the water in her mind. HAHA But, I keep the little skis in the coffin and ready to roll for when she is... and just keep encouraging without "pushing".


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She's just fine! The more comfortable she gets the more toe side she will ride.. IF anything, I would say watch the wave not the front of the board, that way she won't drift off and bleed off the energy... My niece was the same way at first. Then we worked her to ride more toe side to keep the energy off the wave. She'll get it real soon, the more toe pressure the less chance of riding off the wave perpendicular and losing the energy. Always told my niece if her toes are white then she's riding hard...
She came a LONG way over the last weekend with a few adjustments, so thanks all for the above comments. She still has some work to do on squaring up her body, but straightening her front foot and sliding more toe-side made a huge difference. She went from short rides and being pushed out of the wave, to as long as 5 or 8 minutes at a time ropeless going up and down the wave while being able to generate speed from the back and ride back up to the front.
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Old 08-24-2021, 12:53 PM
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Love seeing the youngsters discovering the joy that surfing can bring. Kudos, awesome job with her!
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Old 08-24-2021, 01:41 PM
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Love seeing the youngsters discovering the joy that surfing can bring. Kudos, awesome job with her!
Thanks. She has a LOT of work ahead of her to get anywhere near your granddaughters, but she’s certainly having fun trying… hahaha.

Speaking of which, you may have noticed an uptick in views on your Instagram lately… because I swear, she’s watched every one of their videos about a thousand times now!
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The order of my pics is bad.... she got too high in the last pic... or thought she did: The second pic is her reaction 2 seconds later after drifting back and then saving it.

Sorry... just being a happy dad. People say happy wife happy life... meh, thats easy... keeping your 9 year girl smiling continuously... now thats a true achievement! Haha

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Old 08-26-2021, 07:01 AM
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Definitely working on it! She's a bit gun shy of the added speed, even though I keep reassuring her that it really won't take much to keep her up as tiny as she is. That, and she loves this so much, everything else is just wasted time on the water in her mind. HAHA But, I keep the little skis in the coffin and ready to roll for when she is... and just keep encouraging without "pushing".
Try "surfing" on a rope tied to the tower, about 30ft long (slalom rope on shortest) to get her used to the handle and being towed rather than pushed, then progress onto longer ropes, then repeat using the pair skis (tie the tips together and have someone in the water with her if needed) then tow up on the tower with the short line, then remove the tie, repeat, then lengthen.

We just got a 9yr old up and skiing long line in one day using a high pole.

WRT the speed, you're surfing quicker than she'll be going on pairs - especially if you have a set of wide kids combos like the O'Brien ones
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Try "surfing" on a rope tied to the tower, about 30ft long (slalom rope on shortest) to get her used to the handle and being towed rather than pushed, then progress onto longer ropes....
Been there done that with her cousin behind my brothers boat. Hahaha

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Making alot of progress. Not her longest or best, but its the one we got on video.

https://youtu.be/r1ooc1dWp0c

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That just made my day. Her progression is amazing and quick.
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Well done, Dad. Her smile says it all.
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Old 08-30-2021, 12:51 PM
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Great job!
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