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