Another great morning on the water at Water World Budapest, Leo Max and Marco have been improving nicely.
Leo Zentai is working on alignment and distributing his weight equally between his feet in order to get better instant and natural acceleration from the ankle set at the finish of the turn rather than the current way he builds speed by progressively pulling long across the wakes and carry speed. This is a very common issue in slalom caused by the natural stance of the body wanting to stand off to the side of the center of the ski. Leo is right foot forward and his body naturally wants to face 35 degrees to the left side of his ski. All slalom skiers have to create an alignment in their stance just like a Gymnast standing on a balance beam or a tightrope walker on a high wire. With the course being equal width on both sides and the buoys being spaced equally apart, it makes sense that we work from a more neutral stance that does not favor one side of the ski. Alignment with the center of the ski is best learned out of the course and not just inside between entry and exit gate.
In Waterskiing we don't get much water time actually like you can train in other sports. So it's important to maximize the whole time the ski is on your foot, sitting in alignment in the water rather than laying off to one side of your ski. Learn to balance in the water with your ski straight upright and with your front knee and belly button and core in alignment with the center of your ski!
It not to easy at first but will pay off in you being able to stand on your ski with alignment when just in a resting state of standing. Only then can you find the correct alignment stance in its neutral form when riding your ski in the course.
Why is this important?
Because it's where all the things that you need to ski to produce is created from this neutral stance. Balance. Power, Acceleration Deceleration, Angle, Width in the course, natural Speed which is needed for getting the speed current in the pull zone on the Pendulum.