Buying water skis
It is easy to be surprised or even intimidated when learning all the technical aspects of slalom ski construction, so that’s why this guide has been designed to help you navigate the right direction when choosing any water skis to buy.
Let’s start with the most important thing- choosing the right slalom skis depends on two components:
▸how fast you ride behind the boat
▸what you weight range is
Ski speed classification
Your skill level largely depends on how fast you ski behind the boat. So this way, beginners will skate at lower speed to get an idea of how the skis will perform and this is also the best way to improve their cutting technique.
Beginner- skier free, mostly in the open waters like lakes and rivers; Their skiing needs include cutting ability and range, as their skis have to traverse a wide variety of waters and provide freedom, smoothness and also fun. /24-32 mph
Intermediate- crossover skier skiing part-time courses and part-time open waters, who seek to climb the piste area or often ski when the piste is inaccessible but enjoys making tight turns with large splashes. Their skiing performance include flexibility and
efficiency. /28-34 mph
Advanced- The ski tracks are mainly used in the slalom track and in the tournament arena. The ski characteristics should include tight cornering and manoeuvrability for maximum speed and
load. /32-36 mph
Water ski weight categories
Slalom ski dimensions are in inches for the recommended weight class, which takes into account various aspects such as ski construction and the overall skill level of the skier.
Here is the weight classification for water/slalom skis:
▸ 80-135 lbs /size 63-65
▸ 120-185 lbs /size 65-67
▸ 160-210 lbs /size 67-69
▸ 190-225+ lbs /size 69-71
The design of the skis
It takes a lot of theory and engineering to create great slalom skis. One of the main design features that determine how skis are cut is the surface area and a bevel shape.
For example, the beginner skier will benefit from a wider overall shape with a large flat area on the rails, as this allows him to hover higher in the water for easy acceleration at lower speeds and becomes more forgiving as you learn the basics of water carving. And for skiers who ride at higher speeds and want more responsiveness from their gear, a smaller ski area is ideal for a faster edge-to-edge sensation.