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Different Types of Water Skiers

There are Multiple Ways to Water Ski

 Learn the different ways you can water ski and what are the 3 most popular types.  Brought to you by HO Water Skis


We've found that there are 3 basic types of Slalom Skiers based on their environment and preference.

Course Water Skiing

A Course Skier skis primarily in the slalom course and in the tournament arena. Their ski feature needs include tight angle turns and responsive agility to handle maximum speed and load. Water ski equipment in the Syndicate Collection include the Syndicate PRO, Syndicate VTX & Syndicate Omni waterski, Syndicate Hardshell & Animal waterski boot & bindings, the Legend and Victoria waterski jackets/comp vests, 41 tail, Legend & Angel waterski gloves and the Syndicate Knotless mainline waterski tow-rope with 41 tail handle.

Crossover Water Skiing 

A Crossover Skier skis part time in courses and part time in the open water. This skier aspires to move up to the course arena or often skis at settings where no course is available but loves to make hard turns with big spray. Their ski feature needs include efficiency and versatility. Waterski gear in the HO Crossover Collection include the Carbon Omni & Omni waterskis, xMAX water ski boots, Team & System USCGA life vests, world cup waterski gloves, LTD waterski rope & handle package.

A Free Skier skis primarily in open waters such as public lakes and rivers. Their ski feature needs include carve-ability and range, as their ski should to cut through the most diverse waters and keep the ride smooth, free & fun. Watersports Equipment in the HO Freeride Collection include EVO & Freeride water skis, freeMAX waterski bindings, Pursuit & Code USCGA life jackets, Pro Grip water ski gloves and Extreme or PowerGrip waterski tow ropes.

For example: if you enjoy slaloming the course, turning buoys, and going for gold at tournaments you'll need a different ski setup than someone who enjoys cruising the big lakes and rivers and ripping turns in the public waters. "But I like to do all of those things!" you say? Well, we make skis specific to cross-over types as well. No matter where, when, or how you ski, we make a line specifically tailored for you! If you're still unsure, check out our Support for sizing and selection info!

Thanks for Checking out this bit on the types of Water Skiers.  See all our types of water skis for all these styles and more boating equipment at 88 Gear Water Sports