Losing outbound direction right before the buoy (or turn if you're free skiing) is a common problem that will stop you from setting up your turns and movements well. A lot of skiers today are trying to utilize new techniques (upper body counter, angulation, upper- and lower-body separation) at the apex of the turn. But by then it's already too late if you don't have the correct approach off the second wake. Try these four steps to fix your outbound approach and ski more efficiently.
1. Accelerate to maximum speed early. This sets in motion an effective chain of events. Take as much speed to the centerline as you can. You'll see it will be easier to keep the handle moving out with you instead of getting pulled back inside the buoy line. The early speed will also facilitate an earlier edge change.
2. Move out the upper body. The key to keeping the angle at the end of the swing is to keep the upper body constantly and steadily moving out all the way to the apex of the turn.
3. Make a dynamic edge change. You should feel a rotating pull with the back shoulder and a rotating push with the front shoulder. The later you start this movement after the centerline, the more the rope will pull your upper body back into the boat, and the harder this movement becomes.
4. Keep your reaching shoulder high. Do this until the finish of the turn. This will get you against the line at a wider point and give you more time to generate speed before the centerline.
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