Can anyone with experience on both ski's tell me if its worthwhile
replacing my VTX
with the new powerstix edition of HO. Also tips needed on deepy (uhmmm DEEP
I haven't seen any follow up messages to your post and was wondering if
anyone e-maile a resopnse. I am debating between the PSX, PSR, VTX, and
I demoed the PSX? last year and felt it delivered a very smooth ride.
I am a very aggressive recreational skier and am not sure if the PSR or
VTR would be a better choice than the PSX and VTX.
Also, do the Powerstix really make a difference?
All replies greatly appreciated.
Scot, I can't help much on the skiis. I ski on a VTI because of my
stance (weight back) and enjoy this ski very much. When I demo a ski,
I go for the feel at 22 off behind an 89 MC. By the way, I have the
weight shifted to starboard in the boat which eases my pass through the
wake. If your a beginner barefooter, I can help with the deep water
start -- here goes:
a. equipment- ensure that you have a good bf suite, Poly-e rope
(prestretched) and a wide wake crossing handle.
b. Use the slow, medium, fast boat speeds to start.
c. When you're behind the boat, place both feet on the rope and lay
back in the water after the "hit-it" Lie flat with your hips pushing up
and striaght as a board. The slow for the boat driver is to take you
over the roller (stern wake) then up to medium speed (25mph or so). You
can sit up after the roller; however, keep the handle tight into your
gut at the waist. At medium speed cheek out over the wake. Push your
right or left ***check deeper in the water to steer. Once you cross
the wake take your feet off of the rope and open you legs as wide as
you can with the knees bent. At this point the driver should be moving
to ski speed (fast) depends on your weight, I weigh 180lbs and have the
boat speed at 38mph. When you feel the burn, slowly lower your feet
and shrug your shoulders forward. Your up and b'footing. Assuming of
course that you are ready for a deepwater start and have the correct
body position. Keep your weight behind the knees, knees bend, arm
straight (sitting in the chair) feet almost flat on the water.
Most people falter when they plant their feet, e.g., straight legs
heels dug in, stand-by for the face plant.
d. When I teach someone to b'foot I use a boom to show correct form
and how to tuck and roll. Calvin Bramlett taught me this method and
it's worked for me. Mike Seipel taught me the tuck and roll fall which
I use frequently.
P.S the boat drive is critical to a good deep water start.
>I haven't seen any follow up messages to your post and was wondering
>anyone e-maile a resopnse. I am debating between the PSX, PSR, VTX,
>I demoed the PSX? last year and felt it delivered a very smooth ride.
>I am a very aggressive recreational skier and am not sure if the PSR
>VTR would be a better choice than the PSX and VTX.
>Also, do the Powerstix really make a difference?
>All replies greatly appreciated.
>> Can anyone with experience on both ski's tell me if its worthwhile
>> replacing my VTX
>> with the new powerstix edition of HO. Also tips needed on deepy
>> WATER START) for barefooting. Thanx....My mail address :
>Scott J. Sipiora, Interface Designer
>444 N. Michigan Ave.
>Chicago, IL 60611
Subject: Re: HO VTX vs. the new PSX
My son skied a VTR for 2 seasons in Boys 2 (34mph) and now is switching
to a VTX for Boys 3 (36mph). The VTR has a less agressive turn but is
more forgiving of a mistake. The VTX on the other hand has a quicker
turn with more agressive acceleration/deceleration. He describes the
VTR as "classical music" and the VTX as "rock and roll". Both get the
job done but in a different style. At just 115 lbs he skied a 65" VTR
to 3 at 32off in a Class C, and 2 at 32off in RC tournaments last year
(34mph). Technically the ski was too big for him but it is such a
versitle ski that it has a very broad range of body sizes it can
accomodate to. His best in practice on the VTR at 36mph has been 4.5
at 28off. He is not unhappy with his VTR it is just that the VTX is
quicker in a short line turn and holds more long range promise as the
line gets shorter. I would advise that if you are already into 32off
or above or are a 36mph skier go with a VTX. If you ski 34 and are not
through 28off the go with the VTR.