Slalom skiing is a fun watersport, but getting the hang of starting can be challenging. There are two common techniques for deep water starts on slalom skis- one-foot starts and two-foot starts. A two-foot start is a great choice for inexperienced water skiers because you can use the pressure from both feet to keep the slalom ski straight. Here are the steps to keep in mind when doing a two-foot start on a slalom ski.

Step 1

Start by placing both feet in the water ski bindings, even if the rear binding is only a simple strap. Make sure you know how to easily get into the water ski bindings before you get into the water to speed up the process.

Step 2

Flex your knees, and pull them to your chest, and be sure to keep your ankles flexed as well. This position can feel and look similar to sitting back in a chair with your feet in the air.

Step 3

Hold your water ski rope along the instep of your front foot. For example, if your right foot is in front, the rope should be to the left of the slalom ski.

Step 4

Point your slalom ski tip toward your towboat, with about 12 inches of ski tip out of the water. The slalom ski should be at a 45-degree angle to the boat.

Step 5

As your tow boat starts to move, straighten your arms, tuck your chin to your chest, and stand up slowly, allowing the boat to do the work. Keep a slight bend in your knees to maintain balance.

Step 6

Lean back slightly, look straight ahead and keep your arms straight as you increase speed. Looking ahead will help you stay balanced as you start.

Something to keep in mind when practicing a one- or two-foot start on your slalom skis is that it might take some time to master. However, keep practicing and don’t give up. Starting on land first might also be beneficial so that you can get a feel for how your body and feet should be.

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