Water skiing is one of the most popular and enjoyable water sports activities that one can take part in on water while out in a pontoon boat for the day. Whether you are keen on getting into the sport, is an experienced skier, or just developing an interest, it is important to assure yourself that you are indeed buying the right water ski equipment. Here are some interesting tips you need to consider.
One of the first things you need to decide on is the type of Skis that you want. In water skiing, there are basically 4 basic types of water skis available in the market. These include Combination Pairs, Jump Skis, Trick Skis and Slalom pairs. However, the most common types are Combination Pairs and Slalom Skis. The Combination pair is the most common and is ideal for recreational use and is by far the easiest ski to learn on. They usually feature wider tips which are designed for better control and are ideal for use by both advanced users as well as beginners. It is worth mentioning that one ski is usually set up as a combination ski, it contains a double binding which allows the user to use it as a slalom ski as well.
The slalom ski consists of one ski only and has a higher speed, making it ideal for those sharp turns. There are several types of this ski such as recreational and intermediate or advanced slalom skis. The recreational style ski tends to be wider in the tail and relatively flat on the bottom, this makes it easier for any rider to get up the ski and go straight. On the other hand, the intermediate –to-advanced slalom skis have beveled edges and a tapered tail. They also have tunnel or moderate concave bottoms. This does make riding a tad challenging even though it offers an opportunity for sharper turns and faster rides.
If you want to perform tricks, then the Trick Ski is an ideal purchase since it has a wider and shorter design. They also don’t use fins, making it difficult for riders to control the ski but making it easier for them to slide and turn. For those who are keen on ramp jumping, then Jump Skis would do the trick. They are usually designed with a wider and longer profile and a high tech composite construction to boot.
Another factor you need to consider is the material used to make the ski. Currently, they are mainly made from a graphite/ fiberglass composite or fiberglass. This does ensure that the end product is waterproof and durable. When choosing, you should pay close attention to the bottom designs. They are two main options; the concave and narrow tunnel. For those users who ski with their knees bent and weight forward, then the concave design is ideal. They are known to improve maneuverability and turning. The Concave design on the other hand is ideal for skiers who take an upright stance and ski with their weight on their back.
You should also take into consideration the flex or measurement of stiffness in a ski. A unit with a lower flex is stiffer than one with a higher flex. A ski with a lower flex can travel faster but is difficult to turn and vice versa. Higher flex ratings therefore sacrifice speed. You should also choose an appropriate length for your ski. The standard skis measure five (5) to six (6) feet in length, 0.5 to 0.75 inches in thickness and Six (6) to seven (7) inches in width. If you are a beginner, opt for longer skis since they tend to provide better control and don’t move very fast. Shorter skis are ideal for advanced skiers since they provide higher speeds.
Here are some of the popular water ski equipment readily available in the market. They include but are not limited to the following:
1) Product Name: Rave Sports Adult Pure Combo Water Ski
Product Details: this is a double density, adjustable slide binding unit that’s a perfect for recreational skiers over 125lbs at a variety of skill levels. Each unit has been reinforced using fiberglass rods. They also come with slalom toe as well as soft step inserts which make it comfortable and easy to control as well.
Product Details: this unit does feature a composite construction as well as a composite construction and fiberglass reinforced nylon fins. They have a dual density slide with adjustable bindings which fit sizes 5 to 12 (US). Sold with a one year warranty.
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