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How to do a deepwater start on combo skis?

A deepwater start is the most common way to get up on combo skis. Beginners can quickly get the hang of a deepwater start by following these simple steps:

  • Bend your knees towards your chest, and hold the handle of your water ski rope between your knees.
  • Keep your combo skis shoulder-width apart, and allow at least 6 inches, but no more than 12 inches, of the skis to point out of the water, at about a 45-degree angle to your tow boat.
  • As the boat starts to pull forward, keep your arms straight, press your feet forward slightly, and stay in a sitting position until your skis are on top of the water, then straighten your legs and hold the handle of your water ski rope near your waist. But remember to keep a slight bend in your knees, and keep your back as straight as possible.
  • Look straight ahead, and keep your combo skis shoulder-width apart as you find your balance.

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