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What equipment is best for pond skimming?

Poll Results: What characteristics are best in a pond skimming set up?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 30% of voters (7)
    wide
  • 13% of voters (3)
    long
  • 13% of voters (3)
    deep coarse structure
  • 8% of voters (2)
    equipment that floats after it comes off
  • 8% of voters (2)
    waxed
  • 26% of voters (6)
    costume
  • 0% of voters (0)
    other (please elaborate in your post)
23 Total Votes  
post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 

I am likely to be at a venue where there will be pond skimming this year, the 50th running of the Loveland Derby. The longest continually running race in North America (according the Loveland Race Club). I'm a pond skimming on skis noobie.

I've got skis that are 185cm and 161/121/141. I've got 223cm DHs with a 72mm waist. I have everything in between. Please help me pick a winning setup.

Any technique suggestions would also be appreciated.

post #2 of 22
 Don't really have any advice but i'm interested to see what others have to say. I imagine that a some degree of rocker would be really helpful. 
post #3 of 22
Wetsuit
Water Wings!
Rubber Ducky shaped inflatable ring
post #4 of 22
Rental equipment
post #5 of 22
 the elan quad ones is what I would try out of what you have but in all honesty I would want more lenght as well. 189cm Pontoon or 200cm DPS 120 or 202 DPS 138s would be ideal.

FYI I have won these thing before and you want to be as far back as possible with out wheeling out. You also want as much speed as possible with no hint of a speed check. the faster you go the easy it will be to ski on the water. If you get really at it you should be able to make turns on the pond and spray the crowd.
post #6 of 22
 How about jumping skis in say - a 275. Seems like pure win to me.
post #7 of 22
How about water skis?  Pontoons or the likes.
post #8 of 22
Thread Starter 
If spatulas weren't still going for $300 a pair, flat, I'd have some of those and put them to the test.

As skis and boots are designed to deal with moisture, I presume there aren't any issues other than drying them out completely after use.
post #9 of 22
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Older son prefers his Bros
post #10 of 22
Rockers!
post #11 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by crgildart View Post

Rockers!


 Aren't rockers a crutch in pond skimming? 
post #12 of 22
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post





 Aren't rockers a crutch in pond skimming? 

Not as much as waterskis are
post #13 of 22
 a good costume and some liquid courage!

Getting across is no longer impressive with all the new pow skis. If you do it on straight 210's and a wicked costume then you are a boss. The crashes are more fun to watch anyways.
post #14 of 22
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post #15 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by Philpug View Post





 Aren't rockers a crutch in pond skimming? 

Kayak?
post #16 of 22
Most any of these are good examples of style.  But to be really styling, you've got to best Plake.

http://www.theskichannel.com/videos/Big-Sky-Resort-Pond-Skim/87

Best of luck!
post #17 of 22
"Unexpected" wardrobe malfunction.  That will guarantee making the highlight reel, albeit requiring pixelation... but then again, not as much obscuring as one might expect, since shrinkage should do most of that work.
post #18 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by Philpug View Post





 Aren't rockers a crutch in pond skimming? 

You mean like they are for powder skiing?
post #19 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by lluttrell View Post

 a good costume and some liquid courage!

Getting across is no longer impressive with all the new pow skis. If you do it on straight 210's and a wicked costume then you are a boss. The crashes are more fun to watch anyways.

but I d rather stay dry and not get hurt.
post #20 of 22
Thread Starter 
So you'd skip the long narrow skis, the liquid courage, or both?

I'm actually thinking about going with the 223s and a vintage DH suit will do the trick.
post #21 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by MastersRacer View Post

So you'd skip the long narrow skis, the liquid courage, or both?

I'm actually thinking about going with the 223s and a vintage DH suit will do the trick.

Even better if the DH suit is neoprene.
post #22 of 22
Demo the Pontoons at the rental shop at Loveland.  That rocker will prevent tip dive, which you really don't want!
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