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    Default Importance of a "ski" rope for newbies???

    How important is it for me to have a dedicated "water ski" rope? I'm basically a beginner on the slalom.

    This is the rope I've been using. it's my "spare" cheap-o rope.
    http://www.walmart.com/ip/20961573?w...896632&veh=sem




    Obviously, I know that true comp skiers use a stretchy rope that will allow them to get that last couple inches to the bouy. But that's not me...

    So how important is the rope in the equation?
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    It's not that important. The biggest difference in my opinion is the handle. Cheap handles feel bendy and squishy to me. Other than that, it's "nice to have" all of the different take off sections of a ski rope to find the sweet spot of the wake crossing or just to try different lengths but this isn't a big deal for a beginner - this becomes more critical in a course.
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    Concur with Greg. Not a big issue at all. The "nice to have" part for your situation would be ability to shorten the rope to 22 off when skiing from the tow eye. I really don't see that as a big deal at all.
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    I don't think "cheap" is as important as a specific ski/slalom rope compared to a no stretch wakeboard rope. Using a no stretch rope for slalom is a little dangerous.

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    Also, you may have a guest who skis also and it is nice to hand them a rope they are familiar with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cornrickey View Post
    I don't think "cheap" is as important as a specific ski/slalom rope compared to a no stretch wakeboard rope. Using a no stretch rope for slalom is a little dangerous.
    Excuse my ignorance, but why? what's dangerous about it? I'm really trying to envision what could go wrong...
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    Quote Originally Posted by trayson View Post
    Excuse my ignorance, but why? what's dangerous about it? I'm really trying to envision what could go wrong...

    The wakeboard line will slack instead of stretch so when you make your cut back across the wake the boat will pull the slack back out of the line really quickly and will take your shoulders with it.
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    Yup, when you grow up slalom skiing with a dynamic rope then use a wakeboard (static) rope there is no loading of the rope on the cut and accelerating over the wake. You just (in my experience) launch over the front of the ski and land on your face @ speed. It's about as much fun as using a dynamic rope wakeboarding

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    Thanks! Good to know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cornrickey View Post
    Yup, when you grow up slalom skiing with a dynamic rope then use a wakeboard (static) rope there is no loading of the rope on the cut and accelerating over the wake. You just (in my experience) launch over the front of the ski and land on your face @ speed. It's about as much fun as using a dynamic rope wakeboarding
    You only launch out the front of the ski if you're not in proper position no matter what rope you're using. A slalom rope doesn't stretch that much either. Otherwise taller and heavier skiers would gain an advantage in competitive skiing. A good slalom line that won't stretch without a handle is $100.00 or more..

    Concentrate more on your body position when the line does load. Get the handle down in front of your hips, get stacked properly with shoulders square and hips up front and ride that angle right through BOTH wakes before you stand and initiate your next turn.
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