Hmmm, ricochet... Not young enough!
Next week I will start my 52nd Ski Season I started in leather lace boots, on hickory sticks with screw on steel edges and cable bindings...
by 1967 -8 I was in a pair of Lange Plastic buckle boots and Look Nevada bindings on Head fiberglass skis...
Still had the then new "Safety straps" (rapid mid 60's ski equipment advances)
My father was A Ski Patroller (started in '66)
I was at western New York ski areas at least 60 days per year throughout the late 60's and into the mid 80's
I was race trained early on (started age 7)
All Skis were essentially straight sticks throughout the 60's 70's and into the early 90's
I was fortunate enough the ski Snowbird in the Late Spring of 1993 where my Father and I rode the tram with the then ski school director-
Mr. Carl Boyer and another Austrian older gentleman.......
They were on the earliest version of "Parabolic" or "Shaped skis" They were call the "S Ski" Designed in Aspen and produced in Bulgaria by one Bulgarian racer Ivan Petkov....there were
only 300 sets of these in the US at the time (Winter 93-94).....
We both rode a demo pair all afternoon, Skiing with Carl and the older Austrian gentleman- We were all experimenting with the incredible self turning capability
of these new boards! We were all ripping fast on piste "carved turns" (at the time there was no real term for this "carving thing")
Truly, there are many incidental advancements along the way- but the "Parabolic" or Shaped ski was one of the most effective (and enjoyable!)
... I am confident when I state that I have been on "Parabolic Skis" as long as almost anyone (save for the original designers)
....If you are truly interested in Ski History and Technical advancements check this out:
.........Another Balkan racer was thinking along the same lines. Ivan Petkov retired from the Bulgarian ski team in 1976 and took up windsurfing. He designed and built a line of “Bora” sailboards and won the national championships three times between 1977 and 1980. He came to the US in 1987, to spend the summer in Hood River and the winter teaching skiing in Aspen. By 1989 he was managing a retail operation for Robbie Naish on Oahu, and while watching the craftsmen there carve custom sailboards, got the idea for a new carving ski. In the spring of 1992 he went back to the resort town of Pamporovo, in the Rhodope mountains of southern Bulgaria. There, Atomic had set up a factory to make some of their inexpensive constructions.
“I had them make a mold for a 187cm ski with a profile of 113-61-91,” Petkov says. “We couldn’t find a wide-enough base material, but they also made water skis there so we got some greenish-blue polyethylene and cut the base out of that. I took three or four pairs in different flexes and went to Mt. Hood. We were amazed at how well they held.”
Petkov called his new product the S-Ski, for its turn shape. He applied for a patent on the geometry. He ordered more skis in 183 and 193cm lengths, and went to the SIA Trade Show in the spring of ’93. “Everyone came to the booth,” Petkov remembers. “Warren Witherell (author of How the Racers Ski) was very excited.” He shipped 300 pairs. The 183cm sample in the Colorado Ski Museum measures 115-61-85, for a 19.5 sidecut depth and a 15 meter radius.
Copyright 2005 by Seth Masia
.....I still have my "S-Ski's" 187cm's
On the base they are lettered:
"Be Free to Ski"
Today I ride ATOMIC Redster SL's
.... A fabulous and incredibly competent tool- If you know how to use it...
Stated in the manner of Bill Murray as "Carl" in Caddyshack:
...."Almost no one ever passes me-
....And Chicks dig the way I ski-
So, I got that goin' for me ! "
-52 Years of joy,
.....Ride the Arc!
- Just Rip it!