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Lurk Technique

post #1 of 11
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Has anyone here skied with a lurk? I have tried it out with a mop handle and it had a great feel, but I struggled with the timing. Pointers?
post #2 of 11
Yes! Let me see if I can dig up a vid of a friend who's a master. A bit like paddling a Kayak. Touch the direction you're turning. I used something roughly 6'-7' long and 1 1/2" in diameter.
Edited by markojp - 9/13/15 at 11:04pm
post #3 of 11
Hey! I found it! Small miracles! Nishida-san's an old friend and ripping great telemark and alpine skier! His lurk is about the perfect length and diameter... Wish I could recall exactly how long it was.
Anyhow, enjoy! And remember this is in T1's and some K2 Piste something o'ruthers that are probably 70 underfoot. I had a pair but can't remember... This clip is still some of the finest teley skiing you'll ever see.


post #4 of 11

Great stuff! Where was that?

post #5 of 11
Niseko pre-discovery. Nishida-san and his wife run(ran?) 'Dog Paddle'. I'm not sure what he's up to these days, but if he's still guiding/teaching, by all means ski with him. Dont know if he speaks English.
post #6 of 11

Saw a great video, this spring of someone in PNW I think, where the telemarker was actually using a kayak paddle instead of a lurk :-)

post #7 of 11

Dude's a ninja!

post #8 of 11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by markojp View Post

Yes! Let me see if I can dig up a vid of a friend who's a master. A bit like paddling a Kayak. Touch the direction you're turning. I used something roughly 6'-7' long and 1 1/2" in diameter.

 





Sounds pretty much like what I experienced. I will check out the vids for asthetics.
post #9 of 11

Easy to find him, Marko.
http://www.h2.dion.ne.jp/~dogpad/dpskitour.htm
I'll hit one of his tour groups when I'm up there this season, thanks.

post #10 of 11
I was looking at the 'blog' section and the latest was a few seasons ago, so I was wondering what was up. I had that bookmarked and am going to drop him a line. At any rate, I hope you can hook up with him for a session. He makes a mean Pizza too! smile.gif
post #11 of 11

I have skied with a Lurk for much of the last 20 years...not every day but many.  I am a huge fan of it when skiing open runs or just cruising along but not really when skiing moguls or trees.  Mine is about 6'7" which is longer than the correct size according to history which should be about shoulder height but happy with it.  I do the hand-switch technique which is less efficient but it works for me and if I understand correctly it is the old Norsk way so it might be why I favor it?!  I am 6'2" for reference.  Cheers!

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