Written by: Adam Cord and Adam Caldwell
When we started skiing together years ago, we, like most ski geeks, wanted to try and understand the science behind water skiing. Digging deeper into ski design, we struggled to define our goals and objectives for how a ski should perform without an understanding of what a skier should be doing technically on the water. While there are many ideas about slalom technique, we had never heard a clear philosophy of slalom theory and technique based upon physical science. If you look closely at other sports, you will find that there are sports scientists that have taken the time to define the movements of their sports within the realm of physics, dynamics, geometry, etc. We have set out to do the same in our sport. The following is intended to serve as an introduction to the physical science of slalom: The Grand Unified Theory of Slalom.
Definition: Grand Unified Theory of Slalom (GUT); a global model in which philosophy, theory, and technique are defined to support a singular universal objective; one that functions for all speeds and line lengths in slalom water skiing.
Introduction – Why GUT
The general intent of slalom skiing is to run the course successfully by executing a series of movements that flow together seamlessly. The question is, “Where do we start?”
Historically, skiers invest tremendous amounts of time attempting to link multiple, seemingly unrelated, theories (i.e. counter rotation, swing, connection, handle control etc.) with various techniques (i.e. hips up, open-to-the-boat, back-arm pressure, level shoulders, stack, etc.). These moves are very complex and hard to master. Some concepts are great and others are not. How do we sort them out? How do we piece these seemingly individual and disconnected ideas together?
The issue is, there is no governing philosophy rooted in physical science that can bridge the gaps between existing theories and techniques. We need a better way to unify technical concepts, and a new way of understanding the independent complex movements as a singular dynamic process. With a deeper understanding behind the physics and geometry of slalom, and the ability to integrate all theories into one universal model, it then becomes clear what our objective as a skier must be.
This article is intended to introduce and highlight a few simple concepts, define our objective, and begin to peel back the layers of a much deeper, highly detailed philosophy of waterskiing that is based solely and firmly on science.
Orlando, FLA (December 18, 2015) – Nautique is proud to announce the prestigious 57th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament to be held on May 27-29, 2016, at beautiful Callaway Gardens. The tournament takes place annually over the Memorial Day Weekend on Robin Lake in Pine Mountain, Georgia, located just an hour southwest of Atlanta.
Masters fans may purchase tickets for the 57th Masters on-line through May 19th. Take advantage of our advanced Masters pavilion pass pricing for your front row seat to the action now through February 18th. Tickets will also be available for the awards banquet on Sunday evening honoring the Masters Champions in advance for individual purchase or in convenient packages.
“Each year the attention of the watersports community focuses on Robin Lake at Callaway Gardens to see the world’s best compete at the Masters. Everyone at Nautique is looking forward to another amazing event as the world’s elite waterski and wake athletes put it all on the line to be crowned the next Masters Champion,’ stated Nautique President Greg Meloon.
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An invitation to compete in the Masters is universally considered an acknowledgement of achievement for reaching the pinnacle in a given watersports discipline – only the world’s most elite athletes compete at the Masters. To view the 2016 criteria and schedule of events please visit the Masters website. This tournament is sanctioned by IWWF/USA Water Ski and WWA.
Following the recent Waterski and Wakeboard World Championships in Mexico, the current global boom in Cable Waterski and Wakeboard Parks and also celebrations of the 45th World Cup Stop, the IWWF announced in Switzerland today the appointment of a new Executive Director, Paul Fong from Singapore. He will work closely with IWWF President Kuno Ritschard and the Executive Board. The appointment will commence on March 1st 2016.
Paul Fong, aged 50, married with two children, is currently based in Singapore and is the President of the Asian Waterski & Wakeboard Confederation. He studied economics in the USA at the University of South Florida and Rollins College Florida where he was also a waterski team member. He was a member of the IWWF Tournament Council from 2000 to 2008, a member of the World Cup Committee and Wakeboard Council. Working closely with HSBC Bank, he organized successful World Cup Stops sponsored by the Bank in 2004, 2005 and 2006 and others in the region, including China. He has also been involved in Wakesurf, Cable Wakeboard and Barefoot skiing.
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