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The podcast for the weekend water skier. Covering product reviews, interviews with water skiing personalities and other weekend water skiers, and sharing a general love of water skiing.

Weekend Water Skier Podcast kevintcom

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The podcast for the weekend water skier. Covering product reviews, interviews with water skiing personalities and other weekend water skiers, and sharing a general love of water skiing.

    Beating Back Pain for Water Skiers

    Beating Back Pain for Water Skiers

    Beat your back pain with Opti-Stretch to water ski longer

    From my teenage years I’ve fought lower back pain while water skiing. A lot of this came from poor form, but it was made worse by my not taking good care of my back and core. When I learned about Opti-Stretch, it struck me that I may have finally found a solution. Terry Murray, the owner of Opti-Stretch, has been a water skier and wake boarder. She teaches people how to repair the muscles involved in back pain so they can not only heal, but heal stronger than they originally were.

    Our interview covered topics from Monday morning back injuries at work, to the risks in every career to create recurring strain that can lead to back pain and weaknesses.

    Opti-Stretch versus Recurrent Back Pain

    Opti-Stretch is a stretching and strengthening program designed my Dr. Ed Neil, MD. Dr. Neil was working in a pain clinic when he found his own back pain was debilitating to him. He set out to find a program that would create a long-term solution to back pain. As a result, he created Opti-Strecth versus Recurrent Back Pain, and wrote the book. This is a program designed to let you self-direct your healing process and bring yourself back from injury stronger than when you left the sport, rather than plagued by doubt and lingering pain.

    Interview Highlights

    During the interview we talk about stretching before or after exercises, and the pendulum swings that have occurred with that over the past decades. We talk about how proper stretching and strengthening can support degenerating disks and reduce pain from that disease.

    If you ever find that your sets are cut short because you have pain in your back, this information could be helpful for you.

    Links

    Opti-Stretch

    Background Music

    Path of No Return by Lobo Loco on freemusicarchive.org or directly from their site at https://www.musikbrause.de/

    • 26 min
    Affordable boats for water sports

    Affordable boats for water sports

    Utah Boat Show Thoughts

    I walked away from the Utah Boat Show this year with a number of conflicting thoughts. There were exciting new innovations from major boat builders and small companies. Every vendor I spoke with told me that sales were up this year over last year, and that last year was a good year. I’ve covered these exciting thoughts over the past few episodes. I also wondered just how sustainable the current model of boat sales will be over the coming years. It’s these thoughts that I bring to this episode.

    Affordable boats

    A while ago I had the chance to talk with a listener, Alex Sanford, about how water skiing is in decline. One reason we thought this may be was that the sport was getting so expensive. This thought was on my mind as I wandered the floor of the Utah Boat Show this past February. One of my goals for the show was to identify “affordable” boats for not just water skiing, but for towed water sports in general. I ended up being very disappointed with what I couldn’t find. I ended up, after three days at the show, with just a few options, which I’ll list below. Oh, and what did I qualify as affordable? I put the cutoff at $50,000. That’s right. I don’t know just how affordable that really is, but it marked a split in the market between boats that fell safely under that amount and those that went upward to the stratosphere.

    The Scarab 165

    was a surprise affordable boat from a more luxury boat maker. However at just 16′ 6″ long and a capacity of only four people, it had some real tradeoffs to get the price down. It did feature a tower to pull a skier or boarder from and a nice sized platform. With it’s low seating capacity, though, it would be hard to take out for a day. You are more tied to making short runs from a beach with a few friends at a time while others wait on shore.

    There were a LOT of pontoons

    at the boat show. The prices and features on these boats ranged from actually affordable models up to models with slides from the top deck that really started to get pricey. With affordable pontoons, you mostly got what you paid for: a bargain boat with limited amenities and less powerful motors that could be used for towed water sports, but would probably leave a slalom skier wanting on the pull up. One interesting thing about the pontoons is that they throw up a relatively small wake that could be good for skiing, but could make boarders or surfers wonder what happened to their launch and wave. Pontoons seemed to be where a lot of the growth in the market was happening, to judge from the numbers on the show floor.

    Bayliner

    was the boat line with the most to offer in affordable towed water sports boats. I saw a couple of smaller boats with great prices, then had the local sales person take me onto their 22’6″ boats. These still managed to stay safely under the $50,000 cutoff for affordability. What I know of Bayliner is based on what the company was doing two or three decades ago when they produced boats with the build quality of 1970s Detroit. If they made it through a few seasons, you felt like you got your money’s worth. With that expectation, I was pleasantly surprised by their offerings. These boats had a lot of the fit and finish of the more expensive competitors of just a few years ago, and felt like a boat I could spend the day on without bringing along a file and screwdriver to fix everything I saw. They were nice. In fact, the Bayliners were nice enough that I wondered why more companies couldn’t produce affordable boats to fill out their ranges.

    Yamaha

    showed a few jet boats that could be used for pulling skiers or boarders. While I know that a jet boat has a slower hole shot – trust me, my first experiences trying to ski were being dragged along beh...

    • 25 min
    Keep mice off your houseboat

    Keep mice off your houseboat

    Keeping Mice Off Your Houseboat with Offboard

    Art Onweller created the Offboard after having a mouse crawl across his wife while she was sleeping on their houseboat at Lake Powell. His invention is meant to be a more secure and permanent solution to keep mice off houseboats than what many boaters approach with styrofoam plates on their mooring lines. Art has created a plastic disk that mounts solidly on the mooring lines and won’t blow off in storms. He’s adapted his original invention to meet the needs of boaters with various size boats and lines.

    The Offboard has been designed to meet the needs of boaters on inland lakes and ocean-going vessels. He’s even designed these for the Coast Guard to meet the needs they have to keep rats off their boats. The design is not an adaptation of a toy or a disposable plate. It is designed to be rigid and permanent. It is made with stainless steel to survive salty and wet environments. There is a solid closure mechanism with inserts to match the size of your lines. It is available in white or black.

    These run $49.95 for the larger guard or $18.95 for smaller boats. You can order from their website, or call at 1-866-643-0353.

    Art says it’s easy to remember the name. You invite friends onboard, but keep pests offboard.

    Links

    Foothills Products

    Offboard

    Background Music

    Path of No Return by Lobo Loco on freemusicarchive.org or directly from their site at https://www.musikbrause.de/

    • 7 min
    Radar Skis 2017 with Brooks Wilson

    Radar Skis 2017 with Brooks Wilson

    Radar Skis

    It was strange talking about Radar Skis without speaking with Chris Sullivan. However, this year I had the chance to talk with Brooks Wilson about the current state of the Radar line up. Actually I had the chance to talk with Chris Rossi and Brooks Wilson, but forgot to get the

    Radar Firebolt

    There was no way I could review the Radar lineup without talking about the Radar Firebolt trainers. These are skis that I think my own kids would love to play with – even if they never skied on them. The skis top face is a white board surface that kids can color in with the included markers. The skis even have some great humor for the adults, including a submarine that looks like it’s straight off a Beatles album cover.

    Ski Lineup

    Senate

    We started with the Senate. Brooks called this Radar’s most versatile ski in the line that anyone can hop on and feel good. This year’s Senate brought a lot of technology down from last year’s Vapor.

    Vapor

    The Vapor skis use a new advance on the inside:PMI foam. This may not sound like much, but it creates a huge jump from PVC cores. Radar says that this new PMI foam does for the core of a ski what carbon fiber did for the body. Carbon fiber made the ski rebound back to its original shape more quickly allowing it to get back to speed quicker. PMI foam takes this all the way through the ski, making the ski rebound faster. This foam is also damps vibration better than PVC giving the ski a more forgiving ride in rougher water.

    Katana

    As we looked down to the entry level of the line, Brooks told me that Radar has taken carbon fiber construction through the whole line of skis, even on their Katana. They’ve seen how this material has helped make skis better, so they’ve worked to make it available to everyone. Seeing carbon fiber on an entry level ski is amazing considering how few years ago it was an innovation that was only available to the top skiers on the high-end skis from a few manufacturers.

    Vapor Boots

    Usually the manufacturers tell me about one of their top-end boots and I listen so I can report it to you. At the same time I usually wonder why I’d ever get a boot separate from my ski. This year I decided to try out the Radar Vapor boot with my ski. I was drawn in by the carbon fiber infused shell that blends the comfort of a soft shell boot and the responsiveness of a hard shell. At least that’s the claim. I’ll let you know more as I try the boots out this season.

    Wilson Brothers

    Brooks Wilson shared with me how he loves sharing the joy of being on the water, whether that’s pushing a short line in tournament or riding a door behind a boat. He

    Links

    Radar Skis

    Background Music

    Path of No Return by Lobo Loco on freemusicarchive.org or directly from their site at https://www.musikbrause.de/

    • 12 min
    Making Old Boats New Again

    Making Old Boats New Again

    Making Old Boats New Again

    With boat prices always going up, many boat owners are looking for ways to make an older boat seem new again. The cost of making your old boat look or feel new is less that you may think, and can really be dramatic.

    Boat Wraps

    At the Utah Boat Show in 2017 I stopped to talk with TBD Graphics. They do wraps for boats. As we talked he showed me a number of different wrap styles that people have put on their boats. These designs range from simple stripes and wave designs, to corporate logos, and full sponsorship packages. These wraps start under $1,000 and go up with complexity and bigger boat sizes. We discussed that they wrap everything from new boats when owners just want to stand out from the crowd to old boats looking for a new lease on life.

    Prop Repair

    For as long as there have been power boats, there has been propeller damage. I think that there are two rites of passage for new boat owners: trying to sink you boat by launching without the drain plugs, and damaging you prop somehow. If you haven’t done both of these, there’s a pretty good chance that you’ve only skied behind a buddy’s boat.

    So, as soon as you damage your propeller the first response is to look for a new one. However, there are companies who can repair your damaged props in most cases. As I spoke with Perfect Pitch Propellers, we talked about how they determine whether to repair or replace a propeller. I was amazed at how much damage they can repair for less than the cost of a new propeller.

    If you live in Utah, Perfect Pitch Propellers is a great place to look after you damage your propeller. In fact, there’s a pretty good chance that your repair shop is sending your prop to them to get it fixed.

    If you live outside of Utah, look around for your local repair shop. They can do amazing things to get your boat running like it did before you met that submerged obstacle.

    Links

    TBD Graphics

    Perfect Pitch Propellers

    Background Music

    Path of No Return by Lobo Loco on freemusicarchive.org or directly from their site at https://www.musikbrause.de/

    • 7 min
    HO Water Skis 2017 Lineup

    HO Water Skis 2017 Lineup

    HO Water Skis

    It is always a pleasure to talk with Joe Sassenrath at the Utah Boat Show. This year was no exception. Joe took me through some of the ways HO is working to make water skiing more accessible and easier for people at all levels. Despite the amazing things at the top of the line this year, I was more impressed hearing about HO’s commitment to grow skiing at the entry level rather than accepting that surfing and boarding are dominating the industry right now.

    Syndicate VTX

    HO’s top-of-the-line ski this year is a work of art. From the spining along the boot area, to the pencil-thin tail area. They’ve taken out every bit of ski that’s not necessary and slimmed it to a razor’s edge. Joe and I talked about the reasons behind this design. Oh, and did you notice that the name is an homage to their top ski from a couple of decades ago?

    Freeride EVO

    Maybe HO’s most exciting ski for the masses this year is the EVO. This is a ski that HO has designed specifically to run behind the larger boats being sold for surfing, and behind more traditional stern-drive boats with larger wakes. The ski is built to flex more and absorb rough water and wakes easier than almost anything else on the water. You an flex the tail by pushing the ski down. And this isn’t just I think I see a few millimeters of movement. No. This is I saw that ski bend several inches while Joe pushed on it flex. HO says this makes the ski very forgiving and easy to ride. While most skis on the market have a foam core, this ski uses a wood core, similar to those found in most snow skis.

    Syndicate Hardshell Boot

    Getting back to the high end of the line, HO has partnered with Reflex to bring out a new Syndicate Hardshell boot system. They are using Refex’s release mechanism paired with a more stylish toe connection. Underneath that, HO has created a footbed that cradles the boot to eliminate any slop between your foot and the ski. With this, any movement you put into your foot moves directly to the ski.

    Links

    HO Water Sports

    Syndicate VTX

    Freeride EVO

    Syndicate Hardshell Boot System

     

    Background Music

    Path of No Return by Lobo Loco on freemusicarchive.org or directly from their site at https://www.musikbrause.de/

    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

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Luzz ,

Great resource

Kevin, great resource for all avid skiers out there!!! Keep it up!

Wakemanwillis ,

Fun podcast

Enjoyable podcast ! Sometimes the audio quality isn't great, but the content can be pretty good! Great source for industry news and trends. Thanks for all the hard work!

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