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Learn From One of the Best — We Dissect Chris Rossi's Technique
Markus 2012-12-06 12:40:13 | 4611 views | Comments
Chris Rossi’s got the the goods when it comes to skiing the course efficiently. Check out this photo gallery of his legendary moves, and read our commentary on how you can use his techniques to make your next set the best ever!
Whether Rossi’s using a one-handed or traditional gate setup, he gets his ski moving across course before the boat gets deep into the entrance gates. This gives him an advantage to creating angle without getting heavy on the rope and ending up narrow into buoy 1.
Nice balance on the ski! Upright head position, level shoulders, relaxed arms, and his elbows are close to his body. Even though he’s changed edges, the ski is still moving outbound and creating width before the buoy.
Excellent alignment! Notice how Rossi’s head is centered over his hips, and his hips are directly over his feet. You’ll see most skiers shift their hips and butt to the back of the ski at this stage.
Patience — one of Rossi’s many strengths in the course. He’s always been good about not forcing the ski to finish the turn. Instead, he lets his hips lead the way while being balanced and light on his feet without pushing the ski to complete the turn.
Rossi’s offside pull. Finish the turn with good alignment, and gradually increase your acceleration into the first wake. Go too hard too soon, and you’ll sacrifice width into the next turn. Let the power come from your core. Relax your arms, and keep your elbows close to your body.
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