>I did not think much of the extended pylon the first time I tried it
>behind a friends boat. Over the winter, I put the pen and paper to it and
>designed my own. After trying some different stuff I have found out these
>things. First shorten the rope as much as possible. This really gives an
>upward pull to the rope. It will definitely save you some spills. This
>is important in learning the more technical stuff (rolls, spins, slides).
>The short rope will not give you much range to jump far but will help you
>learn to pop up giving you height. Just some of my experiences.
I'm not that much of an expert, considering that I just learned a backroll
last week. But I found that I only wanted to shorten the rope enough to
clear both wakes when doing the roll. Too short of a rope snaps you
around so fast that you get disoriented. A longer rope gives more cut and
hangtime. The more hangtime, the more you feel like you're in control
of the the roll. I already lengthened the rope 3' since I first learned
(from 50' to 53'). I also think that weighting the boat (for a bigger
wake) is more advantageous that shortening the rope for a higher lift
angle. However, make sure you're clearing both wakes for the roll. You
need the extra foot or two of air to complete the roll, and coming down
the outside of the wake will kick your board out from under you.
Altamonte Springs, FL