Photo: Will Asher, Credit: Peyton Barrett
As unfortunate as it was, I was not able to make it to the 57th Masters Water Ski and Wakeboard Tournament in Pine Mountain, GA last weekend. For those of you that have been or went this year for the first time, you can confirm that it’s probably one of the best tournaments to go watch. No doubt that after a weekend of watching the top skiers in the world compete at such a cool site, the inspiration levels are at an all-time high. It is definitely a must as far as experiences go, a least once in your lifetime.
I did, however, spend the weekend at a 3-rounder, the "Jacksonville Spring Slalom". After only 1 month riding my new 2016 Vapor Lithium, I set a new tournament PB slashing through 38 and into 39.5. And for that, it was well-worth missing the Masters this one time. Round 2 was the golden round with 1.5 @ 39, while rounds 1 and 3 came up a little short at 38. If I can manage a couple more of those we’ve got ourselves an open rating! So first goal of the season, running 38, is a check. Now on to the second, achieving an open rating.
Looks like the key to running 38, at least for myself, is to maintain width at the gate, and upon turning in remain calm and progressive. Keep in mind that at shorter line lengths it is easier to gain speed due to the pendulum effect, so one must remain strong but calm at the gate. Aside from this, getting off the pull once one comes out from behind the boat and changing edge to ride the line out to the buoy is a must. If done correctly, you’ll feel the ski roll over under your feet. Do it six times in a row and bam!
Summer is here! Let’s hear about some more PBs with your Get A Grip gear at Luke@Getagripwatersports.com
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