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lugwrench 07-11-2006 4:49 AM

Anyone straying away from traditional slalom? The one handed gate makes a lot of sense to me as it helps to set up a rhythm, but the counter rotation at the buoy is hard for me to get down. <BR> <BR>I'm starting to figure it out while free skiing but as soon as I get into the course I get "buoy blinders". I forget all of my form and technique and just try like hell to get that next buoy which never happens. <BR> <BR>Anyway just seeing who else is trying WCS and if you have any tips, pointers or things to practice I'm all ears. <BR> <BR>b

bbeach 07-11-2006 9:46 AM

You won't get much slalom theory talk on here... If you are really interested in learning about WCS, check out... <BR> <BR><a href="http://waterski.nicholls.edu/waterski/" target="_blank">http://waterski.nicholls.edu/waterski/</a> <BR> <BR>Lots of good knowledgeable skiers online there!

lugwrench 07-12-2006 10:09 AM

Thanks Brad, there is some good info on there...ugly forum however.

bbeach 07-13-2006 9:48 AM

yeah its an old style formatted forum but you get used to it and the info is valuable.

kstateskier 07-19-2006 6:07 PM

If you are making a full transition to west coast, you need to go to a school or a coach. There is too much to learn on your own. You will have to work buoy to buoy, you can't actually try to run the course if you are trying a new technique. I use part of west coast such as the one handed gate and work a lot with hips and handle position to mock west coast. I use sort of a hybrid form.

lugwrench 07-20-2006 10:07 AM

There are some good schools here but I don't think there are any teaching west coast. I'd say I have more of a hybrid technique as well but I've always skied pretty compressed so west coast seemed to make sense to me. Just having a lot of fun on the ski right now, hope to maybe get through 15 off @ 32 by the end of the season but we'll see.

kstateskier 07-21-2006 11:28 PM

A lot of the west coast technique is based off of stuff that can't really even be used until at least 36/22'. It's a lot of rhythm stuff. You could use some of the form and work that way. I don't know if I would recommend it for that line length, as I am sure there are a million other things you could learn first.

lugwrench 07-24-2006 5:13 AM

That was really one of my questions. At my level of skiing, is it wise to be concerned with the specifics of west coast or should I really just be focused on the basics until I get into some shorter line lengths. See, you answered my question without me asking it. <BR> <BR>Had some great sets this weekend, some of this slalom stuff is almost starting to make sense. Thanks!

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