we head to the European Championships in France next for a precision based lesson in slalom water skiing of the three water skiing disciplines slalom arguably requires the most physical strength and exact technique we caught up with two of the sports top talents to learn what it takes to compete at the highest level riddim precision accuracy it's probably 80% of the job you have a very very limited window of opportunity where it's either go home or succeed it's a very technical sport it's not a sport where you can just pick it up and then two years later be at the top the width of the entire slalom course is 23 meters because we divide it from the center of the boat path to the buoy where we go around it that's eleven point five meters we go around six buoys we stop we make the rope shorter and whoever runs more buoys with the shortest rope wins so we get to a point where the Rope is shorter than the distance from the center to the buoys that's why we let go one hand and stretch out with our body and let the ski go around the buoy you have to be very quick and focused and very prepared to accomplish a good score starting out on the standard rope length which the top guys will start out on is 13 meters and that's kind of it's not that hard on the body we've got to the point where it's actually fairly easy and you wouldn't see any you'll miss it you know I go out and it's kind of like that's a warm-up pass that's where we get our body moving we start feeling the boat then every time the Rope gets shorter there's more pressure on the body because you look further up on the boat so the pool comes from the side then you finish the turn and you get a tug and at that point it's about keeping your chest up and making sure that you're not being pulled over the front as soon as get pulled forward it's impossible to get the next boy it's really important that your ski by moving your legs it's always swinging underneath you it's never static it's very dynamic one centimetre could change everything like if the driver is one or ten centimeter on the other side then you don't get to the buoy or you start to buoy in the turn in a different way that you don't want to controlling and maintaining similar racing conditions is of the utmost importance in the slalom event one condition that varies however is the event location people say waters water you ski anywhere in the world the waters waters this is the same as like not really based on a temperature of the water slow water equals warm water colder water will make your ski right faster so you have to adjust your timing the depth of the water also how much whenever you're turning we bend the scheme we push on the tail of the ski how much the water push up so if there's very little water there's no much support so you blow the tail to deep water it's very slow water and very hard water we normally prepared our flat conditions our handles narrowed regulation length well everyone try seeing them as long as possible without being out of course and people want to get it within a millimeter the difference between success and failure you know you need to get outside of that boy and then turn if your handles are centimeter short or you don't get that ski out to that extra centimeter you might not be able to get around the boy it's really really close you want to maximize your chances you want to get out as much as you can and that's why a lot of us guys that the decent is what we're all tool it's a whole body sport you use your legs to stay balanced on the ski and to not buckle and go forward and use your upper body to stay stacked against the boat if you're over the front there's no way you're going to get to the next point I think it's a very complete support because slalom ski use your arms your legs your core your shoulders your back that's what we're working on in the winter and the offseason to get ready for a season by spending a lot of time in the gym and be quick reactive strong and avoid injuries also you know that if you make one mistake you're finished if your ski falls out it's like it's impossible to you know you're done you need to have a sort of certain level progression where you can get yourself that maximum point but not too aggressive where you're where you're turning too hard when your ski fills out the water you

Precision Technique in Slalom Water Ski | Gillette World Sport

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  • June 1, 2019 at 6:08 pm
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    Skiing is the BEST!

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  • June 1, 2019 at 6:08 pm
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    That guy wid da hair… lmao

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  • June 1, 2019 at 6:08 pm
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    kind of surprised the drivers/boats haven't been replaced in tournaments with robots by now.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 6:08 pm
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    Hi I am 15 years old and have been skiing for a while now. I am at the stage where I am getting some good cuts in, however my boat is not a slalom boat and it creates a wake. Any tips?

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  • June 1, 2019 at 6:08 pm
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