When I’m going over a snow-ski bump in the winter, I am actually improving my water skiing without even knowing it.
Strength – My legs and lower back are definitely stronger because of the snow-skiing techniques I use. You need to be especially strong in those parts of the body to move the ski tips around in mid-air.
Edge Control – Snow skiing has taught me excellent edge control to and through the water-ski ramp. In moguls you have to work on angulation of the hips, compression of the lower body and a strong, upright upper body. This is vital in the entire jump process – on snow or water.
Reflexes – The absorption and extension needed through a mogul jump field help develop the timing and reflexes needed on the water-ski jump.
Mental – I am able to keep an edge throughout the year without burning out on one sport or the other. My mental preparation couldn’t be better. During tournaments in the summer I never have to deal with nerves. That’s because I’ve been active year-round and my mind hasn’t had a chance to get lazy.
Enjoyment – I love getting huge air, whether it’s off a water-ski jump or in a mogul field. The difference is, I want to be upright and facing forward when I’m flying over the water.