Slalom Water Skiing Technique For Beginners

If you are ready to go from two skis to one, it will take learning a little slalom water skiing technique before you get the hang of it. Making the change from two skis to slalom water skiing is a challenge, but worth the work once you get it. With a little time and a patient boat driver, you will soon be an accomplished skier.

  1. Decide which foot should go forward. You should do this before you start slalom water skiing. Stand with both feet together and have someone take you by surprise. Which ever foot goes out first to catch your balance should be the foot you put forward.
  2. Dropping a ski. This is the easiest way to get started slalom water skiing. Start your ride on two skies and then work your foot out of the ski you want to drop. Once you get it off, you can balance as you put your foot in the boot behind you.
  3. Deep water start. Starting off in deep water when you are slalom water skiing is challenging. You will want to start with your back foot loosely in the toe strap. Flex your knees and bring them close to your chest with the rope on the inside of the ski. Keep your arms straight and let the boat to the work. You just concentrate on your balance.
  4. Evenly distribute your body weight. Slalom water skiing is all about balance. If you want to move in an out of the wake on one ski, you need to make sure your body is aligned with the ski and the ski should always be pointed in the direction that you want to go.
  5. Keep your weight on the balls of your feet. You need to lean back enough to force both your feet and your lower body through the wake first, but you don't want to lean back so much that your weight is on your heels.
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