Proper Equipment

I waterskied up on Round Lake this past Sunday and literally faced some hail during one of my slalom runs. I used my new 3mm SWS dry-suit along with some layering underneath. I must say that it kept me warm and comfortable with only slight moisture around the seals.

Last night, I waterskied on the Maumee River with all the amenities. Of course I wore my dry-suit and I used the hot shower to warm my ski bindings and gloves up to a toasty temperature before plunging into the icy water. This morning during the weather forecast I learned that the Toledo area set a new low temperature last night of 26 degrees. I guess my friends and I fall into the hard core waterskiing category. I question why I didn’t buy a dry-suit earlier.

I wore a Barefoot International dry-suit a couple weeks ago which kept me perfectly dry. However, the neck seal was too tight that I felt like I was in choke hold. The wrist and ankle seals were impressively tight and the result was almost a claustrophobic fit. The disadvantage of the Barefoot International dry-suit is lots of drag due to the baggy proportions which allow you to wear massive layering. Therefore, a Barefoot International dry-suit isn’t a good match for slalom skiing. But they are solid and indestructible for everything else. Just remember to belch the air out (on shore and in the water) otherwise you will look like an inflated puff ball!

Ski Course Removal

I just uploaded the photos that Kate took when we removed the ski course. These were taken with her camera phone, so the quality leaves something to be desired. We skied until almost dark, despite the fact that it was November.

Chris and Gary are barefooting this weekend (December 4th and 5th) in Michigan dressed up for the holidays. The local newspaper is going to write an article and publish photos of this endeavor.

Deer

I forgot to mention in my last posting, that we saw what we thought were four logs. Upon closer inspection it was two bucks and two does crossing the river. One of the bucks was at least 8 point. Only their heads were out of the water and they moved across the Maumee with impressive speed. I had never seen this before. We tried taking a picture of them with a camera phone but by then the deer were too far away.

Not afraid of the cold

Yesterday, November 7th, we removed the waterski course. It was windy and we enjoyed small white caps as we toiled on the ski course. The water temperature was in the low 50s. Of course, we couldn’t go out with a boat and not ski. Jason, Kate, and I had a blast skiing down by turkey foot where the Maumee was glass smooth. Note to self, when skiing on cold water my ski feels faster and more responsive. A special thanks goes out to Terry who loaned me his long wetsuit and also helped out with the ski course removal.

Improvement

After skiing badly on Friday behind the x7, I redeemed myself behind the Toyota Epic today. I completed the ski course several times at 30MPH @15′ off and once at 32MPH @ 15′ off which was a hard fought improvement and new personal best. I even tried a run at 34MPH @ 15′ which is flying.

Skiing

I got the ski course 15′ off @ 30MPH behind my ’73 Ski Nautique this past Sunday. The wake isn’t bad with two people in the boat. I can see myself completing the ski course with more speed and shorter line lengths despite the larger wake.

Unfortunately, the river was up and flowing quickly last night with lots of debris. It appears to have crested early this morning and hopefully will be better for skiing tonight.

Personal Best

Last night, Jason and I tore the ski course up! I had four clean passes with the rope length at 15′ off travelling 30 MPH behind the x7. Then, I started working on 15′ off at 32 MPH. My personal best was 4 balls at 32MPH (with rope length 15′ off). Jason completed the ski course at 32MPH and 34MPH at 15′ off no problem. Then he started working on 36MPH and achieved a personal best of 3 balls at 36MPH (with rope length 15′ off).
Ski you later!

Ski Course

I went out skiing this morning with Jason. I completed the course 3 times today at 15′ off at 30.4MPH (behind the x7). Once again, every run I completed was headed upstream. I need to figure out how to do it going downstream. ;-)

Later in the day, I tried out Rob’s new wakeboard which is an O’Brien Science. I was very impressed with it and was able to easily switch edges on the surface.

Ski Course

Last night I started off skiing well, but was not connecting the buoys in the ski course. I concentrated on doing one handed turns and bringing the other hand into my side. My final run of the evening I completed the ski course twice (both times heading upstream) @15′ off at 30.4MPH behind Jason’s X7. It had been a few times out since I completed the ski course and it felt really good! :-)