These five tips will help you master the open water.
1. Use the wakes as your reference point. The most common mistake is pulling too far past them, which causes slack line turns. Think about starting your edge change from directly behind the boat to just off the second wake, depending on your speed. The faster you ski, the earlier you can start your edge change.
2. Keep your ski’s intended use in mind. If you are a course skier, your ski is likely set up for quick, fast turns, so keep your tempo up.
3. Find your rhythm. Without the buoys dictating your every move, it will be up to you to decide your pace. Feel it out, and see how much speed you can effectively take through your turns.
4. Stick to your keys. Just because the course is not there, do not abandon what you are working on. Contrarily, open-water skiing is the ideal time to iron out whatever may have been ailing you in the course.
5. Stretch it out. The old standard six turns does not apply here. Eighteen turns, 36 turns, whatever you can handle. What a great way to build up your endurance! Find your pace and let that ski run.