Information about Waterskis

WATERSKIS

 

Waterskiing is where it all started, sliding around on planks of wood on the lake and carving around the corners. Today, waterskis still carve and throw up walls of water but there are skis to suit every age, style and needs of today’s skier from the absolute beginner right through to seasoned pros.

 

If you haven’t been water-skiing before and want to have a go then it’s best to start out on a pair of Combo waterskis. These are a pair of skis that look like an oversized set of snow skis and made from hardened plastic. The pair of skis makes it easy to learn getting up out of the water and start moving around, once you feel confident and ready to start trying a single ski, most combos will have one of the skis set up ready to go as a single ski. Combo skis come in a variety of sizes to suit juniors through to full sized adults.

 

As you progress from combo skis the next step is to start looking at Slalom skis. These are designed to be used as a single ski and are sized up to suit a single person a majority of the time. Slalom skis are made from lightweight and strong foams as well as fibre glass, this will give the ski a more responsive ride and allows the ski to be designed with particular features to suit a skiers needs. As the skis progress up in the range the materials in the ski will start to change. The foams will get lighter and stronger and fibre glass may be replaced in favour for carbon fibre, these changes are designed to enhance the skis features.

 

Progression and development hasn’t been just in the skis, the boots and bindings have come a long way too. The boots, much like wakeboard boots, have been designed to fit and feel like just an everyday shoe. This is done to give you greater level of comfort but also to have control over the ski so you are always in control and can direct the skis movements without it being a struggle.

 

Sizing up for a new ski or combos can be done by taking into account the skiers weight; this is done to make sure that you get the right size for you so you can have a good day out and not struggling and exhausting yourself.

 

Slalom Ski Sizing Chart

 

Boat Speed

 

Weight [kg]

43-49kmh / 26-30mph

49-55kmh / 30-34mph

55-58kph / 34-36mph

30-40

61”-64”

61”-64”

61”-64”

45-55

65”-66”

63”-65”

63”-65”

50-65

65”-66”

65”-66”

64”-66”

60-75

67”-68”

66”-67”

65”-67”

70-85

68”-70”

67”-68”

66”-68”

80-85

69”-70”

68”-69”

67”-69”

90-105

70”-72”

69”-71”

68”-70”

100+

72”

71”-72”

69”-72”

*These are only recommendations; size may vary depending on skier’s ability

 

With all the different shapes and styles of skis, the options that you have to find a ski to suit your needs are fantastic. Remember that our team are always happy to help you to find a ski shape to suit you!

 

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