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pond skimming anyone?

post #1 of 18
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Anyone ever dare do it? Details!
post #2 of 18
What happens to your poor boots?

Why would someone kill there equipment like that?

I assume people use shitty boots.
post #3 of 18
It's only water...COLD water.
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Forbid that ski boots get wet..
post #5 of 18
Ever try plastic bags and duct tape. Anything to keep the boots dry.
post #6 of 18
We used to pond skim in High School. Used old skis and our only boots. A big pond formed at the base of our "mountain" (Mt. Brighton, if anyone knows it) every spring. Mucho fun.

I was just looking at Momentum Camps yesterday, and they have a ramp that you can ski off of into a pool to practice aerials. They say your boots will dry overnight.
post #7 of 18
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I've seen that at Lake Placid. Freestylers catching air and landing in a pool. But that was in the summertime.
post #8 of 18
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Originally posted by pm128:
Forbid that ski boots get wet..
Wet yes

Submurged in water no

That just can't be good for the liners and bootwork.

I guess if your good you don't have to worry about falling in.

My new Atomics are like water skis so maybe I should try. [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #9 of 18
It's easy. Go fast, lean back just a touch, weight both skis equally, and don't air in. Oh yea, fat skis are good. Don't fall, and your boots won't get any wetter than the will from skiing slush.
post #10 of 18
I will try it for the first time next week!
post #11 of 18
Thread Starter 
Good luck and wear an insane costume! (or better yet a wetsuit if you have one just in case) And post a photo next week!

A pair of Spatulas would be best for this wouldn't they!
post #12 of 18
In the past we had the pond jump at the bottom of one of the slopes that had a pond loaded with plastic ducks...I remember --one year we had a scuba guy retrieving equip. and other flotsom & jetsom. This year in Apr. we will have an ersatz pond built in at the bottom of the slope in front of the "Foggy Goggle" .....sell more beer!!!!
Don`t worry about tuning your equipment!!!
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Here's Sean Warman, a member of the PSIA Alpine Demo Team, skimming the "Slush Cup" pond at Michigan's Schuss Mtn. earlier in March. Thanks to Joan Gum for the pix.
post #14 of 18
Helispin is right, it really is not that difficult and you really don't get that wet. I did it over a man made pond at the bottom of an obsticle course competition. Just slight tail pressure, two flat skis, and adaquate speed and you skim right over the top.

When I did it I barely got wet at all, but it was a different story for the sadistic spectators at the bottom who were eargerly waiting to see contestants go for a swim: after I cleared the pond I did a flying hockey stop that completely drenched a good portion of them. Fastman justice!
post #15 of 18
Firstly make sure you have the speed needed , second weight slightly back but not squating and have your stance under your body mass and third once on the water stay rigid until your on the other side. And it's not going to hurt your boots (their made to deal with sweat and moisture) plus they will have the whole summer to dry out and it may even help the odor.
post #16 of 18
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Originally posted by Leeroy:
Firstly make sure you have the speed needed , second weight slightly back but not squating and have your stance under your body mass and third once on the water stay rigid until your on the other side. And it's not going to hurt your boots (their made to deal with sweat and moisture) plus they will have the whole summer to dry out and it may even help the odor.
And don't forget to absorb any ramp/jump on entry to the pond... you want to come in with as much forwards momentum, and least downwards force as possible....
post #17 of 18
I did a small bit of water skiing on Pocket Rockets on Saturday. Only had to ski across about six feet. I could feel the tips begin to lift, fat skis are great.
post #18 of 18
No worries about wet boots when you make it. Been there, done that. I like to ski after when the others are shivering waiting for the free goggles and baseball hats from sponsers you've never heard of.

Helispin is usually right about most things skiing, I desagree here. lean forward as much as you can, put your hands way out front. even weight on both skis. air it out on exit for style points.
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