10 Water Skiing Tips from the Experts

Ontario’s lakes are slowly starting to warm up and we may actually get some summer soon. That means water-ski and wakeboard season for a lot of a alpine friends.

Looking to pick up the sport, or up your game this summer? We’ve borrowed the expertise of some experts in the area. Here are some tips from the pros.

Geneva Roach

gmroachskiTwitter: @gmroachski

1) For any beginner skiers who are first learning to drop I ski I always like telling them its just like riding a scooter. Think about putting all your wait on your front foot and think about the ski your dropping as the leg you are pushing off of the ground. Usually the ski pops right off and they have successfully dropped a ski!

2) For people who are starting to ski on one ski its important to try and get a good stance. Try to keep your hips up to the handle to give you a more powerful stance as you cross the wakes. A good stance is the key to progressing into starting the course.

3) For skiers who are doing the course as a beginner skier its impotent to keep your chest up. When you let your chest fall toward the water it puts you in a vulnerable stance where if you hit any rollers you could easily fall. having your chest up will give you better pull against the rope and more control as you cross the wakes.

Jason jMac McClintock

@jMacSkisTwitter: @jMacSkis
Website (personal): jmacskis.com
Website(Ski School): McClintocks.com

1) Relax!: Being tense in the water can make getting into the right “water position” extremely difficult. The skis float which makes people panic and straighten their legs while fighting the skis. If you just relax into your life jacket and keep your knees tucked into your chest with the ski tips up, you will float comfortably in a ball.

2) Let the boat do the work: Getting up on skis really shouldn’t take that much effort, so if you are finding that it is, you are probably trying to do to much. If you simply stay in that nice tight ball position you are sitting in the water in, you will end up ski down the lake sitting on your skis. There is no rush to stand up which is one of the most common mistake. Let the boat pull you completely up onto the surface of the water before trying to SLOWLY stand up without using your arms.

3) Arms straight, knees bent: This seems so simple, but your instinct will be to pull yourself out of the water and make balance adjustments by pulling on the handle. The handle is not solid, if we pull in on it we create “slack line” which is difficult to handle when you’re a beginner. If you keep your arms perfectly straight and rely completely on your legs for stabilizing you will be fine! You’re standing on a very unstable surface, so soft knees will manage the moving surface below your feet.

4) Chest tall: Find your comfort on the water, then start adjusting your body position slowly. Work on getting your chest tall, your hips and chest will move together so keep adjusting until your shoulders, hips, and heels line up. As you do this your knees need to shift forward towards your toes putting you in a solid athletic position, which takes the extra pressure off your lower back. You’re in a strong position now! Have some fun and edge around, try to lift a ski, but don’t forget about your keys.

Jed Leech

@jeechskiTwitter: @jeechski

Waterskiing is all about your positioning. The fundamental waterskiing position includes: slightly bent Knees, arms straight, head up, and chest slightly behind hips. These crucial fundamental tips are what I continue to focus on improving even after years of competitive waterskiing. If you can achieve the correct position while waterskiing, everything else will follow.






Kole Magnowski

@KoleMagSkiTwitter: @KoleMagSki
Website: www.wsftalliance.com

1) Keep your hips up: A good way to think about this is to imagine a rope attached around your waist that is pulling you toward the handle. A common mistake is to let your hips fall back. Push your hips forward for a stronger position.

2) Let the boat do all the work: Another common mistake is trying to out ‘muscle’ the boat. It’s powerful, so let it do all the work for you. Keep your arms straight while cutting through the wakes.

3)Balance: Practice balance training on shore before you go out. Any type of balance training will provide strength in your ankles, legs, and core. Increase in balance will allow you to react quicker and have more stability on the water.

Taryn Grant

@tgrant_skiTwitter: @tgrant_ski
Instagram: @tgrant_ski
Facebook: facebook.com/taryngrantski

1) Getting up: Keep your knees bent right to your chest, arms straight, skis together and the tips of the skis up and out of the water. Let the boat do all the work for you, the boat will lift you up and out of the water on it’s own. When on top of the water, stay sitting down with knees really bent until you feel comfortable and then stand up slowly.

2) Behind the boat: Keep skis shoulder width apart with your knees bent like you are sitting in a chair. Keep your back straight and your arms straight.

3) Have fun! Be sure to have fun out on the water and enjoy yourself!

Jaret Bull

@the__bullTwitter: @the__bull
Website: www.jaretbull.com

1) Keep your eyes up: Pick something on the boat that is still, such as the ski pylon, and focus on it. Focusing on something with your vision will help your balance on the skis or skis. Avoid looking down at the water or your skis.

2) Keep your arms straight: Bending your arms will put you back on the skis and off balance. Until you are very comfortable riding the skis avoid bending the arms as much as possible.

3)Bend your knees: Waterskiing is no different than any other sport. A stacked athletic position with slightly bent knees is ideal.

4) Hips and chest up: Try to keep your hips close to the handle and avoid letting them sit back behind you. This can be accomplished by keeping the chest tall and not dropping it toward the water.

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