Knowing Your Water Skis
If you are looking for something fun to do on your next beach or lake vacation, water skiing may be just what you are looking for. Water skiing allows you to glide across the surface of the water at top speeds with the excitement of waves splashing around you. It is exhilarating and best of all, it is fairly easy. The only requirement needed to do basic water skiing is to be able to hold yourself upright. That, and to have the right equipment.
There are a few things that you will need in order to water ski. The skis are the most important and we will discuss the different types of skis in a bit. You will also need a rope to tie you to the boat, and then of course the boat. Every water skier should also have a pair of goggles to protect their eyes. You will be traveling at high speeds and it is dangerous to not have anything protecting your eyes from wind, water and potential debris. Goggles will keep you safe and keep your mind on the fun. Along the same lines, even experienced swimmers should wear a life jacket. No matter how strong a swimmer you are, if you are knocked unconscious for any reason, a life jacket will save your life.
There are four different types of water skis. These are combination, slalom skis, trick skis and jump skis. Depending on what you want to do in the water, is how you will choose your skis.
The combination skis are the most common type used today. They are great to learn on because that have a wider tip and are easier to maneuver.
Slalom skis use just one ski and allows the athlete to make sharper turn and reach faster speeds. These come in a recreational type which has a wider tail and flatter bottom so they are easier to get up and right straight. They also come in advance which have a more tapered tail with beveled edges and a tunnel bottom. They are more difficult to ski on, but allow the skier to go much faster.
The next type of ski is the trick ski. These are used for stunts such as spinning, jumping and doing extreme moves. There are shorter and wider than the other types of water skis and require a much more advanced skier. There are no fins on the bottom of trick skis to it is more difficult to control your movement, but easier to slide and turn.
Lastly, there are jump skis. These are used for jumping off of ramps and are made of a hi-tech composite material to make them stronger.
Water skiing can be an awesome, so grab some skis and head out to the water!
Sydney Garrison is an avid cyclist and sports enthusiast. She is also a partner in an online bike carrier store.
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