Water Skiing is comprised of 3 disciplines – slalom, tricks, jumps and serve as the foundation from which the WSWBC was built.
Slalom skiing is probably the most popular skill among recreational skiers. Performed on one ski, this is the skill that most beginner and novice skiers strive to accomplish, and what the elite skiers manage to make look effortless.
Slalom Competition Format
A slalom course is comprised of 6 fixed buoys positioned between 1.9m-2.2m apart, with the boat alignment gates set at a distance of 55m. Depending upon a skiers’ category and/or ability level, the rope length can vary between 18.25m to an incredibly short 9.50m. A successful pass requires each skier to follow the boat through the slalom course entrance gates, pass around the outside of all 6 buoys and proceed through the end gates. Upon completing each pass, the rope will be shortened (thus making the run more difficult) until such a time as the skier cannot complete the full run. A final score will be recorded on the basis of speed, rope length and # of completed buoys.
Trick skiing is a discipline that demands a high level of balance, skill, and creativity. Unlike the other classic disciplines, you’re up against the clock and are judged on the performance of your trick selections.
Tricks Competition Format
A trick course is approximately 175m long, and is marked at either end by 2 fixed buoys, positioned 15 meters apart. Each contestant is allowed two 20 second passes through the trick course and may perform as many tricks as he/she desires, given the time allotted. At the conclusion of both runs, the skier will record a score that is based up the numeric value allocated to each of the successfully performed tricks.
Ski jumping is by far the most extreme discipline in Classic, 3 event skiing, and has almost been perfected by Canada’s reigning World Champion, Jaret Llewellyn. Performed on two specially designed skis, coupled with a helmet and padded wetsuit, contestants approach the ramp at lightening speeds, and can soar through the air at distances of up to 300 feet!
Jump Competition Format
A starting buoy for a jump course is placed approximately 210m out from the ramp, which provides a reference for the best jumpers to begun a sequence of aggressive wake crossings to maximize their speed approaching the jump ramp. The height of the ramp is dependent upon the skier’s category, and can range from 1.5m to 1.8m. The boat speeds for this event are determined by the skier’s category, and ranges between 48kph to 57 kph. Each contestant is entitled to 3 jumps/passes or falls from the time he/she starts. A jump is scored when the skier passes over the ramp and lands without falling and is based only on the horizontal distance of the jump.
So, if you’re interested in carving up the slalom course, trying your hand at tricks, or soaring to greater heights/distances, why not try classic water skiing?