GETTING UP ON 2 SKIS
Getting up on two skis is usually the first maneuver performed by the beginner. First get comfortable
sitting in the water with a flotation device and the skis in from with the tow line between the skis (Photo 1).
Have the tow boat slowly pull you along the water to practice keeping the skis in front. keep the legs and ankles
bent for balance. When you are ready, yell "hit it" to the boat driver to start the ski run. As the boat starts to
pull resist the drag by keeping the skis in front with the legs and ankles bent (Photo 2).
As the speed increases the skis start to lift you up. Maintain balance by bending the knees and ankles.
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As speed increases the skis will be riding more on top of the water and resistance starts to decrease.
Stand more over the skis to avoid falling backward (Photo 4). As speed increases stand up more over the
skis with the knees and ankles bent (Photo 5). Finally relax and stand with moderate knee bending and
lean back slightly to resist the pull of the boat (Photo 6). Absorb the waves by bending at the knees
and ankles, not the waist. Photos 7 through 12 show the same sequence but viewed from a different angle.
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