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Old    Antbug (antbug)      Join Date: Jul 2004       10-31-2007, 10:36 PM Reply   
So Monday the wakeski shootout went down. Only 3 brave souls were down for the event. Myke, Mitch and myself. Anyways, it was a good time and Myke came out as the champ!

Also a few pics of Mitch killin it on the skate...


Myke and a little Disco bay.
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Mitch and his Rainbow.... awww how cute
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Riding conditions, man I love this place.
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And finally the wakeski pics
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Old    Joe Umali (dakid)      Join Date: Feb 2001       10-31-2007, 11:14 PM Reply   
hey bug, you have a couple typos. it's "WATERski."
Old    alan plotz (alanp)      Join Date: Apr 2001       10-31-2007, 11:22 PM Reply   
what the hell is a wakeski hahahah. thats funny. murray did a back roll on skis once. i tried it but ate crap promptly.
Old    Myke D (breakz77)      Join Date: Mar 2003       10-31-2007, 11:52 PM Reply   
Thanks for coming out Ant & Mitch!! Good times for sure!

It was definatly not as easy as we thought it would be.. it will make for a funny story though, remember that one time




What's up Joe! No comment on the dry suit?!?!
Old    Joe Umali (dakid)      Join Date: Feb 2001       10-31-2007, 11:54 PM Reply   
i wasn't going to say anything, but since you did, what's up w/ the drysuit, wuss???

Old    Myke D (breakz77)      Join Date: Mar 2003       11-01-2007, 12:09 AM Reply   
Someone's gotta do it
Old    Scott (scott_a)      Join Date: Dec 2002       11-01-2007, 12:12 AM Reply   
hm. wakeskis...the PERFECT thing for someone wearing a knee brace!
Old    Myke D (breakz77)      Join Date: Mar 2003       11-01-2007, 12:21 AM Reply   
Scott you brought up a bad subject..... we had to have a memorial for the knee brace later that day
Old    Blabelmooch (blabel)      Join Date: Jul 2001       11-01-2007, 7:11 AM Reply   
First time I've seen skaters and fruit booters getting along!
Old    C.I.E..... Evan (guido)      Join Date: Jul 2002       11-01-2007, 10:29 AM Reply   
ha, ha, ha..... Good stuff guys. So what's the consesus? Anybody going to be riding those things again or are they as gays as most of us thought they'd be?

Mike, is that a drysuit I see you in? Water temp was 65 last weekend. I'm putting off that drysuit thing for as long as humanly possible.
Old    michael z (absoluteboarder)      Join Date: Aug 2002       11-01-2007, 10:45 AM Reply   
what I wanna know is where Mike's arm went?
Old    Roddyrod (wakeslife)      Join Date: Jul 2005       11-01-2007, 10:50 AM Reply   
Its a shame you guys wasted that beautiful water riding those atrocities
Old    mendo247            11-01-2007, 11:08 AM Reply   
Man i cringe just looking at those things! Looks like fun to watch though. My kness hurt just thinking about it!
Old    Jay (ironj32)      Join Date: Jan 2007       11-01-2007, 11:14 AM Reply   
my buddy Pete from highschool does the promo photo shoots for these things he says they are super fun. i hope to give them a try this winter down in florida. here are two pics that he did for waterski mag.
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Old    Jay (ironj32)      Join Date: Jan 2007       11-01-2007, 11:17 AM Reply   
some of the other photos that haven't been in print yet are freakin sweet...throwin' raleys and some other things you wouldn't think could be down with skis.
Old    Nate Eller (surf22)      Join Date: Oct 2007       11-01-2007, 11:19 AM Reply   
those skis look difficult to get pop off the wake, but i would love to try them

those pics are sweet, if only i had a 15ft ramp in my lake!
Old    Jay (ironj32)      Join Date: Jan 2007       11-01-2007, 11:22 AM Reply   
he's doing the photo shoot for mastercraft for the boat buyer guide this week. hopefully we'll get some pics of what you can do with a nice wake.
Old    Chris Phelps (cpizzle)      Join Date: Sep 2007       11-01-2007, 11:41 AM Reply   
Why?
Old    Jay (ironj32)      Join Date: Jan 2007       11-01-2007, 11:49 AM Reply   
why what?
Old    Dave (bcrider)      Join Date: Apr 2006       11-01-2007, 12:08 PM Reply   
why not!
Old    C.I.E..... Evan (guido)      Join Date: Jul 2002       11-01-2007, 12:13 PM Reply   
Yeah, they look like they'd be fun off a kicker. I'll be interested to see what you can do off the wake.

I guess it's just something different. I like watching the snowskiers these days. They kill it. (I'll preface that by saying that I'd still rather watch snowboarders, but....)
Old    C.I.E. J-Rod (jarrod)      Join Date: May 2003       11-01-2007, 12:22 PM Reply   
Ditto. Let's see some wake tricks. Can you get height on w2w tricks? It seems like you could do some crazy trip flip (side-to-side) rolls pretty easily....again, if you can pop.

I too enjoy watching the freestyle skiers.
Old    BG WCC (bigpapaf1f)      Join Date: May 2005       11-01-2007, 12:24 PM Reply   
Haha Ya right Evan, we all know you are a skier at heart!! We all know you love to spred your legs and you get off on skis! You don't got to lie to us. Wakeboarding is just a cover up! Its cool, we can still be friends!!
Old    Erik (erik_c)      Join Date: Jan 2005       11-01-2007, 12:27 PM Reply   
Hey what guys are doing on snow skis these days is what no one that possible so maybe we could see something here. Plus Mike loves his dry suit sometimes he sleeps in it. He has been waiting all summer to put it back on.
Old    Jay (ironj32)      Join Date: Jan 2007       11-01-2007, 12:38 PM Reply   
i'll see if i can't get some pics that he has already taken. i know he did a shoot behind rusty's xstar a while back.
Old    Antbug (antbug)      Join Date: Jul 2004       11-01-2007, 1:35 PM Reply   
Eric ~ You don't have a lot of room to talk FLAKE!
Old    Danny Smylie (smylie)      Join Date: Jun 2002       11-01-2007, 1:38 PM Reply   
i can do backrolls off the double up on my 1970s 67inch jump skis
Old    Mitch (wakemitch)      Join Date: Jun 2005       11-01-2007, 1:59 PM Reply   
we just tried the wakeskis for a few minutes each. it was my first time every skiing. it is really weird to pop off the wake. ive figured out that i am much more comfortable riding sideways on a board. i can see people getting into it, but its not for me.
ill stick to the skate
Old    C.I.E. J-Rod (jarrod)      Join Date: May 2003       11-01-2007, 2:00 PM Reply   
Ant,

Sorry I haven;t called back man. Was busy, now I just keep forgeting. I'll give you a ring later tonight.
Old    cdubs (chris_williams)      Join Date: May 2007       11-01-2007, 2:09 PM Reply   
I have a buddy who's big into snow skiing and seeing these sure got him pumped to get out behind the boat. I think it's cool what HO has done by bringing these into the industry and I wouldnt be surprised if more companies try to follow them. Slalom skiing is kinda dead so this will freshin up thier sport for sure
Old    Jon (jon4pres)      Join Date: May 2004       11-01-2007, 2:19 PM Reply   
I just dont see how you could ever leave the wake with both feet at the same time.

I could see these things being a blast at a cable park with rails and kickers though
Old    Ride4Him (jcstudebaker)      Join Date: Feb 2006       11-01-2007, 4:14 PM Reply   
Mitch, lets be honest you were so excited when you saw the picture of the rainbow and yourself.

BTW sorry for missing convergence I will make it next time.
Old    Train (ttrigo)      Join Date: Dec 2004       11-01-2007, 4:31 PM Reply   
how much do these cost? thanks for posting some pics bug.
Old    M-Dizzle (liquidmx)      Join Date: Jun 2005       11-01-2007, 4:43 PM Reply   
Its just a fad and will die out quickly!
Old    C.I.E. J-Rod (jarrod)      Join Date: May 2003       11-01-2007, 5:06 PM Reply   
Is it possible for something to die out before it starts?

HO sunk dough into these. You can count on crap load of marketing for the next couple of years anyway.

Can Greg Nelson shred the nar on the Wakeskis? He designed them right?
Old    BG WCC (bigpapaf1f)      Join Date: May 2005       11-01-2007, 5:34 PM Reply   
I think it would be kinda fun for a bit. But it seems like your legs would get all beat up, from the skis hitting them when you are doing tricks.
Old    Jason Callen (westsidarider)      Join Date: Feb 2003       11-01-2007, 6:13 PM Reply   
im willing to bet that in the next 5-6 years there will be a large population riding these things. its somethin different and deffinately challenging. i think its pretty cool
Old    Austin (saltsk8)      Join Date: Oct 2005       11-01-2007, 8:56 PM Reply   
Ant, Myke, Mitch...looks fun, wish I wasn't the third in the other boat or I would have jumped in with you guys. I got bored doing inventory today and mounted a Cell boot onto a pair...so I'm ready to rock. It looks totally facory-used the HO baseplate and drilled holes to match the inserts on the bottom of the Ronix boots...soooo clean. Sunday it's on.
Old    Darren Yearsley (ralph)      Join Date: Apr 2002       11-01-2007, 9:31 PM Reply   
You went riding with Lance Armstrong? Sick!
Old    Mitch (wakemitch)      Join Date: Jun 2005       11-01-2007, 10:20 PM Reply   
JC i was.
There is always next time.
Old    C.I.E... AL Bischofbee (allen)      Join Date: Apr 2005       11-02-2007, 12:18 PM Reply   
You guys are lucky I'm still hurt I would have love to come out there and take your $
Old    Nate Eller (surf22)      Join Date: Oct 2007       11-02-2007, 12:38 PM Reply   
i love snowboarding and wakeboarding to death, but i still instruct snow skiing and will always ski, and i will always slalom ski (whoever said slalom skiing is dead must not be a skier...). i can see these wakeskis definitely taking off, its just another challenge for all of us to try and master. i can forsee a lot of broken ankles in these though, when each leg can go a different direction there can be serious problems lol.
Old    JoBot (love_potato)      Join Date: Sep 2007       11-02-2007, 12:51 PM Reply   
i saw the promo video at expo for these! off the double up hey get as high as wakeboarders doing a normal wake to wake!!! that kinda sucks if you can get booted up on these i would so get a pair to goof around on!!!!
Old    BG WCC (bigpapaf1f)      Join Date: May 2005       11-02-2007, 12:52 PM Reply   
Thats right! Al used to get down on some old skool skis. Al, are you going to get a pair and shred some gnar?
Old    JoBot (love_potato)      Join Date: Sep 2007       11-02-2007, 12:53 PM Reply   
i saw the promo video at expo for these! off the double up hey get as high as wakeboarders doing a normal wake to wake!!! that kinda sucks if you can get booted up on these i would so get a pair to goof around on!!!!
Old    Bakes (bakes5)      Join Date: Aug 2006       11-02-2007, 5:17 PM Reply   
They should make a slalom wakeski, widen it a bit and rotate the the bindings so they are about perpendicular to the axis. Something like that would be pretty sweet. I'll bet most people on here would love something like that.
Old    Danny Smylie (smylie)      Join Date: Jun 2002       11-03-2007, 12:19 AM Reply   
^^^ aka a wakeboard. lol. i like it!
Old    Nick (ironcross25)      Join Date: Jul 2006       02-19-2008, 1:14 PM Reply   
I think they may catch on. It all depends on the twin tippers in the park at your local resort catching on. I am going to get a pair and check them out. If they give you a resemblance of skiing on snow than I think they will be a hit. It will be away to kepp all you muscle in check over the summer and maybe even tweak a few tricks.
Old    Karl R (snower)      Join Date: Aug 2007       02-25-2008, 9:35 AM Reply   
Check out stereoskis.com. Looks like they are really in to rails and stuff.
Old     (tbh)      Join Date: Nov 2008       11-06-2008, 3:50 PM Reply   
I have Stereo Skis and have tried the HO wakeskis but i definitely like the Stereo best. And it is no doubt about which that are looking best.
And i just want to say that the HO wakeskis and Stereo wakeskis are not the same as the body glove "wakeskis". That body glove are making is like trick skis with tips.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EY1RU5IK9M

http://www.happypro.net/stoked/teaser.html

Just look at snow skiing today. they have style!
wakeskiing will get the same kind of style, just like wakeboarding adapted the style from snowboard
Old    Melissa P (honeyb14)      Join Date: Aug 2009       08-05-2009, 1:19 PM Reply   
Hello everyone. I am currently researching and preparing to buy my better half a pair of wakeski's because I know he's wanted them forever. I am however a bit confused at the difference between say a pair of Hydroslide Hoppers and the HO wake skis? Can anyone shed some light? Especially on the length difference and reasons why?

My other concern would be bindings for say a pair of HO wake ski's... do they need to be HO waterski/wakeski bindings or will other brands fit as well?

Thank you for any advice and help!!!
Old    Karl De Looff (boarditup)      Join Date: Jan 2004       09-29-2009, 7:12 AM Reply   
The hoppers are short, wide and have a lot of drag. I have a pair and do not ride them much. I also have a pair of Stereo wakeskis and they are used a lot more.

The HO pattern is almost universal for front bindings. I really prefer the Radar Rail binding for wake skis. You need an adapter plate, but they will feel familiar and take landings in the flats much better than any other ski binding out there with the possible exception of Wiley's Jump Plates.
Old    gary cody (pavement_rider)      Join Date: Feb 2009       09-29-2009, 10:44 AM Reply   
These thing look fun. I agree with a few things. it's always great to have more toys to try to master in your boat(no hate meant here but too many boarders all they can do is board). Like old double trick skiis or our old cut down jumpers that we used to play off the wakes with(1980's)these things will bash up your ankles when crashing and with a kicker these thing would be way way fun!!!!

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