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#324298 - 06/28/07 08:41 PM Big Daddy .....after a 17 year break sking again.  
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Well after a 17 break from water skiing, I was able to get up a on 2 skis, drop one and use the Connelly Bid Daddy Slalom ski.

So hear the deal. I'm almost 39 years old, very near 300 pounds, and have not skied in 17 years. I bought the Big Daddy and tried 9 times (over 3 days) to get up on one ski. No dice. Got really close, but no cigar.

Then I bought a "dump ski" for $50 bucks on eBay (69 inch Ski) and expanded the front bindings 1.5 inches to accomidate my size 13 4E foot. The dump ski fits loosely.

On the 3rd try with 2 skies I got right up and around 50 feet later dropped the dump ski and stayed on the Big Daddy for the next 7-8 minutes until I got tired.

The Big Daddy really helps get you up quickly and easily. The ski is not great at "carving". But it is steady at lower speeds and comfortable on the arms and legs as it has a lot of surface area.

A couple of things that really helped me as coming out of retirement skier:

1) Big Daddy = A+ more surface area mean easier starts
2) Grip Rest = A allows you to rest your upper body completely and enjoy more time actually sking vs. trying to "get up".
3) Ski Gloves = B+ the gloves really reduce the hand fatigue and ensure the handle does not slip.

It took quite a while to find the dump ski in the Ohio River as it was upside down. I'll wrap the ski in yellow reflective tape tomorrow to increase the visability. Hopefully that'll make finding the ski much easier. Worst case I'll paint the thing flouresant yellow.

Now I'll hopefully increase both my strenght and skill level and then take another try at "getting up on one" soon.

Brian

Last edited by Cincyboater; 06/29/07 10:12 PM.

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#324301 - 06/28/07 08:59 PM Re: Big Daddy .....after a 17 year break sking again. [Re: Cincyboater]  
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Way to go! Perseverance prevails. Great to hear you back to skiing… just another great feature about boating.


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#324323 - 06/28/07 10:28 PM Re: Big Daddy .....after a 17 year break sking again. [Re: WaterWing]  
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That's great to hear...glad you enjoyed it!

What is a 'Grip Rest'?

I've heard of taping a piece of one of those bright colored foam swimming noodles to a ski too.


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#324333 - 06/28/07 10:48 PM Re: Big Daddy .....after a 17 year break sking again. [Re: athiker]  
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I bought one of the very cheap ($4) infant orange life vests and tied it in front of the binding. I've only used it once but it didn't seem to get in the way and it sure made it easy to find!


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#324394 - 06/29/07 06:08 AM Re: Big Daddy .....after a 17 year break sking again. [Re: Nauti_Addict]  
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Congrats!


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#324395 - 06/29/07 06:11 AM Re: Big Daddy .....after a 17 year break sking again. [Re: CMJ]  
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Good job!
I got tired just reading this..


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#324473 - 06/29/07 09:58 AM Re: Big Daddy .....after a 17 year break sking aga [Re: athiker]  
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Grip rest is a belt you wear around your waist. It has a hook on the front where a normal belt has the buckle. It allows you to connect the ski rope to the belt and completely rest your upper body.

It has a "breakable pin" that disconnects you completely if you fall.

I have no connection to the product.......but I like it. I can't find the link at the moment. I'll get to the boat later today and get the manufacuters name for you.

Brian

Last edited by Cincyboater; 06/29/07 10:10 PM.

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#324517 - 06/29/07 11:54 AM Re: Big Daddy .....after a 17 year break sking aga [Re: Cincyboater]  
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Great Job Cincy.

Mark one up for the BIG guys !


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#325637 - 07/04/07 09:54 AM Re: Big Daddy .....after a 17 year break sking aga [Re: athiker]  
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Grip rest site: http://www.griprest.com/


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#326368 - 07/06/07 10:39 PM Re: Big Daddy .....after a 17 year break sking aga [Re: Hockey Family]  
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 Originally Posted By: Hockey Family
Great Job Cincy.

Mark one up for the BIG guys !
Ditto.

I have not skied since I was a skinny guy many years ago.
I guess there is still hope that a "big" guy like me can get up.


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