Basic Waterskiing Tips

Waterskiing pic
Waterskiing
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An experienced shopping center owner and manager, Assad Boulos has served as the president of ANA, Inc., since 1983, and is also the president of Juan Parrilla and Wasfi, two restaurants in Houston, Texas. Outside of his professional work, Assad Boulos enjoys traveling, playing volleyball, and waterskiing.

Although waterskiing has a reputation as an activity that requires a great deal of strength and skill, there are a few tips to keep in mind to make it less frustrating and challenging, so the beginning waterskier can focus on the fun.

– Posture. Posture is perhaps the second-most important element of a comfortable waterskiing experience, behind the personal flotation device, since it helps the skier stand on the skis and remain upright. The best upper-body posture involves an arched back, lifted ribcage, and pinched shoulder blades. The best lower-body posture goes through several stages, from a crouched position with ankles almost parallel to the skier’s bent knees to a standing position with feet hip-width apart.

– Know the signals. Signals are the best way for the waterskier to communicate with the boat driver, there are six to use while actively skiing. Asking to turn left or right is as simple as holding out that arm with the hand straight out. When asking to speed up, the skier puts his or her thumb up, and when asking to slow down, the skier puts his or her thumb down. To say the speed is appropriate, the skier should make an “okay” sign. And to ask to stop, the skier brings a hand across the neck.

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