There are several discussion forums for waterskiing. The one that I go to ishttp://eclipse.nicholls.edu/cgi-bin/...g.pl?frames%3B
It is primarily a slalom/tournament discussion. The topics range from techniques, equipment reviews, binding and fin/wing setup, boats, et al. There isn't too much BS going on there (like this one). Whereas, Skifly (three events and gossips) has a lot more 'noise' there. So, I don't go there much anymore. Waterskiing magazine has its own forum as well.
In all places, you still have skiing vs boarding feeling. Mostly, skiers disliking boarders. I do both on snow and water. I find it funny.
Slalom on the course is very addictive. It's very technical, and you can't ever win against the course. You're skiing against your personal best. Similar to golf, when you make one good turn around the buoy you know you have it in you to do it again. Albeight the perfect turn is not there everytime. It's like hitting the golf ball straight down and onto the green.
AND, if you run the course, then you're hooked. The me vs the course begins. If you ski 28mph, then there's 30, 32, 34, and 36. If you run 36 mph, then the rope shortens, from 60' (15off from 75'), down to 43 off (32 ft rope length). By the time you get to 38 off, the ski handle does not reach the buoy. Most top tournament skiers get into 39off (36 ft of rope). The course centerline to buoy is appx 38 ft.
There's tremedeous acceleration/deceleration on the slalom. Speed can go from 20 mph to 65 is an heartbeat. Incorrect body position will result in over the front (OTF) wipe out.
There are similarities between snow and water skiing. But the are many differences as well.
As for the Fischer (now Fisher) ski, it is one of the best ($1300 wo bindings). It's designed for advanced/expert skiers. Like snow ski, beginners and intermediates should not be on expert skis.