Few things are more frustrating than feeling yourself slip down-course as the tip of the ski pops a wheelie at the finish of the turn, especially when it strikes without notice. In this water ski how to, learn the three simple secrets to keeping your ski tip down for good.
Keep Your Speed
Maintain a strong leveraged position all the way into and through the edge change. If you’re encountering wheelies on your onside, there is a good chance you’re letting up and coming out of the cutting position too soon. Remaining in the cut a fraction of a second longer will result in greater speed and a more level ride throughout the turn.
In addition to keeping an adequate speed, you also have to address where the speed is being directed. If you ease up through the edge change, your weight will abruptly shift forward, causing you to change directions too soon and putting you narrow into the buoy. Keep your upper body still and your core engaged through the edge change. This provides for a balanced transition, allowing your ski to track out before the buoy.
To avoid tip-rise from this point, think about moving with the ski all the way through the turn’s completion. Counter-rotate your hips to the outside of the turn as the ski begins to pull back underneath you. This helps ensure your weight is always moving in the right direction.