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Old 08-02-2008, 09:08 PM
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avoid a wave picking up skier

How do you all go back for a down skier? When circling back for a down skie, for some reason this weekend, I kept hitting the wake and either swamping the bow (slow speed) or having a back breaking slam (fast speed).

I guess I need some better technique.

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Old 08-02-2008, 09:14 PM
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What boat do you have? Not that it matters all that much.

I hit it slow at a angle. Straight on will come over the bow.
If you are getting slammed, you are going too fast.

You will learn, a few soakers with passangers with street clothes will teach you quick.
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Old 08-02-2008, 09:17 PM
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Go slow thru a big wake and just before you get to it, give it some throttle and power thru it. That will keep the bow up and avoid a blow over.
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Old 08-02-2008, 09:17 PM
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If its a real problem and going back at the angle doesnt work give the boat a little throttle going into the waves, that will raise the bow so it will not swamp you
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Old 08-02-2008, 09:22 PM
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If no one is behind you threatening your skiers' safety, let the boat come to a stop (going straight), turn (idling in gear) and be almost parallel to your waves when you cross. If there is a wally behind you keep giving it the gas and that should keep the bow up at any angle through the waves.
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Old 08-02-2008, 09:24 PM
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Yeah, I had a few soakers already and some hard slams too.

I guess I need to try the power thru technique and I like the idea of a different angle.

I have a '99 Maristar.

Thanks for the tips. I'll have to keep trying. I just like to get back to the skier right away and seem to go too fast thru the wave.
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Old 08-02-2008, 09:44 PM
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If no one is behind you threatening your skiers' safety, let the boat come to a stop (going straight), turn (idling in gear) and be almost parallel to your waves when you cross. If there is a wally behind you keep giving it the gas and that should keep the bow up at any angle through the waves.
This is the way me and my ski friends do it and it works great. When I am impatient due to poor conditions (a jetski just ruined the water) I have had it happen to me. Our main reason for slowing down to a near stop before turning is to not send a roller downcourse.
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Old 08-02-2008, 10:23 PM
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We do the same thing. Even in open water (not a course) it is common courtesy, and safer, not to race around in a circle, making tons of wake, to pick up the rider. I am teaching our drivers to throttle down, wait a second, then come back, unless you need to "defend" or rescue the rider.
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Old 08-02-2008, 10:37 PM
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Like PTX9 said, assuming skier is not in jeopardy, bring it back to idle and let the wake pass you by. Turn around at idle and idle back to the skier. If you do it this way, there shouldn't be any of your own rollers with which to contend. If for some reason there are, just give it a little power to pick up the nose before you hit them. At any angle, that'll keep you from swamping.
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Old 08-03-2008, 11:23 AM
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Like Protour X9 said, I have the best luck being nearly parallel with any big rollers.
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