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Technique for Pond Skimming/Puddle Jumping an 80ft puddle

post #1 of 35
Thread Starter 

Helllo!

 

The season is wrapping up here in Ontario, which means time for the annual puddle jump at the local resorts.

 

My local hill is building an 80ft puddle this year, so I was just wonding who has a few pointers for me to get across "dry"!

 

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post #2 of 35

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Fat skis are a good idea!
 

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Originally Posted by mich5483 View Post

Helllo!

 

The season is wrapping up here in Ontario, which means time for the annual puddle jump at the local resorts.

 

My local area is building an 80ft puddle this year, so I was just wonding who has a few pointers for my to get across "dry"!

 

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post #3 of 35
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Fat skis are a good idea!
 



 



hahahaa got the fat skis, I need a technique!!

post #4 of 35

Go really fast.

post #5 of 35

I'll just say this. If you want to win, you need to do more than make it across because you won't be the only one that makes it. You need a ridiculous costume and some spectacular move. Like doing it switch or carrying a girl piggyback. Oh yeah, this could be the only time ever where "lean back" is valid advice.

post #6 of 35

My theory is still to take the fins off of a wakeboard . . . 

 

Sorry, Mich, that's no help.

post #7 of 35
Thread Starter 

I went really fast last time and double ejected when I hit the water. Ill have to try leaning back a bit more.

post #8 of 35

Get skis with NO side cut...straighter is better....lean back...until you start to slow down...then lean forward so the tails dont bog you down.

 

A gimmick is good...naked is better

post #9 of 35

if you lean back to far you will wheelie out, once i got on to the pond I was actually pressure my tongues, but I was also a huge freaking ski.

 

140-120-131 192cm in length with a 40 meter sidecut. I could easily clear 80 feet of pond with those skis ....while turning.

post #10 of 35
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A gimmick is good...naked is better


Two X chromosomes helps with this.

post #11 of 35

Watch what those in front of you do and try copying the ones who make it across and avoid the mistakes of those who don't....then relax and go for it. 

 

If you have to go first, listen to Josh and keep your weight relatively centered- maybe a bit back on the entry.  In terms of speed, just enough to make it across with a few feet to spare is probably ideal.

post #12 of 35

When and where does this go down at the Vail Resorts?  Soon at A-Basin?

post #13 of 35
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Originally Posted by Skidude72 View Post

Get skis with NO side cut...straighter is better....lean back...until you start to slow down...then lean forward so the tails dont bog you down.

 

A gimmick is good...naked is better

I have a old pair of rossi 200s in my basement. Should I use those or my Salomon Lord 185s?
 

 

post #14 of 35

Pond skipping gets interesting once the participants start trying to get the crowd wet! From what I've seen, you don't want to just barely make it. Speed is your friend. I've only seen one guy on xc racing skis(very narrow) make it successfully and it looked really dangerous. The potential for serious injury (head/neck) is in falling forward at the end where the water ends and the snow begins again. Good luck!

post #15 of 35

We had a snowboard instructor hit the water last year and made two nice turns going across...

 

Sprayed people good on both sides...

 

And carried enough speed to make a quick getaway afterwards.   smile.gif

post #16 of 35

I have 78 mm underfoot. If I were to try to pond skim would they be too tiny?

post #17 of 35
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I have 78 mm underfoot. If I were to try to pond skim would they be too tiny?


unless you balance is bettter and quicker than a the best in the world I doubt youll make it.

 

I really wish I had video of going switch, doing turn and with the girl on my back but I guess was pretty back. My last run were even faster than this run, and I was able to spray the crowd with some nice big smear turns.

 

I am at  1:00

 

 

 

 

post #18 of 35
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I have a old pair of rossi 200s in my basement. Should I use those or my Salomon Lord 185s?
 

 


If the rossis are skinny, I'd go with the Lords- maybe a tad more side-cut than you would want ideally, but the ski is designed to float, which is what you want to do.

 



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Originally Posted by skiking4 View Post

I have 78 mm underfoot. If I were to try to pond skim would they be too tiny?

 

I had 96 mm underfoot twin tips the only time I did it in Les Arcs and made it both times across without issue...there were certainly a few wipe outs, but the good skiers on narrower skis didn't have a problem making it.
 

Unfortunately, the guy who took pics of me never emailed them, but here are a few I took

 

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Yes, you want enough speed to make it across

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post #19 of 35

Just follow Glen Plake's lead...

 

Big Sky 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #20 of 35
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Just follow Glen Plake's lead...

 

Big Sky 2009

 

 


hahahha thats great! We dont do the double puddle thing. Just 80ft continuous.

post #21 of 35
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fins off of a wakeboard . . .


That would be called a Trick Ski. It would be interesting to try or see someone going down the slope on one or a pair, then do a 720 on the water. Should not be difficult for a trick skier.
post #22 of 35

Rental boots!!!!! Keep your good stuff dry. Our local mountain is having there Slush Cup (pond skim) this weekend. I prefer to stand back, drink beer and laugh my ass off!

post #23 of 35

Awesome!


And he's doing ski ballet moves on big twintips on the run in.

 

 

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Just follow Glen Plake's lead...

 

Big Sky 2009

 

 

 



 

post #24 of 35

it would probably be a good idea to make sure your DIN settings are "fairly high" (realative) so there is less of a chance of you double ejecting

post #25 of 35

Here's a video I just uploaded showing how it's done out here in Alberta at the end of May.  The final three guys clear the pond, so watch and learn grasshopper.

 


Edited by exracer - 3/26/11 at 9:08pm
post #26 of 35

banff and big sky do it right.  Ours is just a simple ride through the puddle.  It is decently long though.  The organizers lower the start point if too many people make it.

post #27 of 35

I saw in the Summit Daily that Keystone is having a contest closing day (4/10/11)- $25 to enter with winners (best costume, best wipe out & best run) getting season passes for next year and qualification for ~"Worlds" (or something like that) at Vail.  Do most hills charge?

post #28 of 35


Our local hill charges $20 to enter and everyone gets a t-shirt.  Best skim and best costume get anytime season passes and the runners-up get mid-week season passes.

 

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I saw in the Summit Daily that Keystone is having a contest closing day (4/10/11)- $25 to enter with winners (best costume, best wipe out & best run) getting season passes for next year and qualification for ~"Worlds" (or something like that) at Vail.  Do most hills charge?



 

post #29 of 35

anytime ski passes is a great gesutre by the ski area!


 

post #30 of 35
Thread Starter 

Check this out!!!!!

So I used all of the suggestions you guys gave me and managed to have the best/farthest skim!

 

Heres the vid:

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