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What is Tournament Water skiing?
Slalom is done on a single ski. This event consists of each skier in turn skiing around a course consisting of an entry gate (2 buoys - 2 metres apart) then skiing around 6 turn buoys placed on opposite sides of the course, 11.5 metres from the centre line (which the tow boat follows), then leaving the course through an exit gate of the same dimensions as the entry gate.
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Short board (Trick)
Shortboard skiing is the most difficult of the 3 events in tournament skiing. The ski used for "tricking" is short and wide with no fins. It relies on the skier's skill to use the edges of the ski to get the grip on the water to turn, and their balance to ski in a straight line. Unlike its sister sport of Wakeboarding, every trick has a predetermined number of points allocated and if the skier achieves that maneuver then they are awarded the points.
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Jumping is the most spectacular and dangerous of the three events. The skier is given 3 attempts to ski away after skiing over a 1.5 metre high ramp. The drama that is built as the skier pulls out to the side of the boat before almost stalling on top of the water, and then turning sharply to cross the wake behind the boat generating enormous speeds before hitting the ramp keeps the spectators on the edge of their seats. Each skier is given 3 attempts with the longest jump being recorded.
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