Saturday, December 02, 2006


After recently announcing a third member of waterski blogland,I stonewalled him with a bad link.

Check out Water on the Brain right here

My bad

Friday, December 01, 2006

And then there were...


Look out blogosphere, there are three players in the world of waterski blogs now.

I would like to pull Ewedgie up to the roomy confines of ski blog land.

Yeah, I couldn't resist the pun. Check out the water on his brain right here

Hey Rowboat, show this man some love with a link!

Looks like those eggheads in research were asleep at the wheel.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

just a thought...

According to only one (of many) blogrings ,
over 1000 active knitting blogs exist in cyberspace.

Only 2 waterski blogs fight for bandwidth.


That's 1000+

to 2

Kinda sad

Not just for warmth...

peeing in your jumpsuit is actually good for you.

While orienting as an orthopedic nurse, I learned this tidbit form an expert on pelvic fractures. Basically, having an empty bladder, at the moment of a pelvic fracture, reduced the chance of internal injury because of the bladder's reduced size in its nondistended state. That means less bladder to hit with a chunk of misplaced pelvis. Less bladder space means less displacement of colon, and other assorted anatomical injury risks when the pelvic cavity isn't crowded by the remnants of your last 7 red bulls. Speaking of colons,the famous PJD is not a bad idea either. Don't be full of crap unless you are bragging about your best distance to the ditzy, yet busty waitress at your nearest lakeside Hooter's.

Note: I wish I had the Rowboat's research team working for me. If that were the case, I would have have pictures of someone peeing, empty red bull cans, a jumper, a hooters girl, and a bottle of milk of magnesia to go with my little announcement

So do yourself a favor and pee in your jumpsuit. Just wait until you get into the water.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

What a..

buzzkiller, taking ramps out of a lake in 45 degrees and a 25 mph wind.
Well, taking a ramp out of a lake in any weather is a buzzkiller. I guess the whole ordeal wold suck worse on a 90 gegree day with no wind. At least if it's cold you won't feel like skiing, as much.

It helps to have one of these when you are pulling jump ramps out of the lake.

ramp on shore
This is our distance ramp. It came out of the water in 15 minutes

distance jump hitch
the hitch is a much simpler, much more effective design than that of the show ski ramp. which took 2 hours to get out of the water.

docks on dock
Anyway, after putting the first ramp on shore, we had to unlatch the small floating docks from the large dock and stack them for the winter. This was a good forty-five minutes of sitting in the water trying to unbind cotter pins from steel latches that bind from the uneven flotation. Loads of fun. Luckily, I didn't lose a finger.

naked lake 2
Now, back to the show jump. It was at the far end of the lake. We had to push it 2000 feet to the dock into the wind, with a 25-horse jonboat. That accounts for part of the two hours

By the way, I was the designated swimmer for the afternoon. That was made tolerable by the drysuit and neoprene booties. It took me about two hours to lose feeling in my feet. It would have taken about two seconds with bare feet, even with a drysuit.

show jump hitch
Solid as though it may look, the hitch in the show ski ramp is angled poorly to set onto a trailer hitch. We were forced to improvise, putting the front of the tractor down the boat ramp, and bolting the hitch through a hole in the loader. This created a precarious situation. On several attempts, as Disco tried to back the ramp out of the water, the tractor's rear wheels came off the ground.

Two hours later, we are left with a sight that brings a jumper to tears.

naked lake 1

Sniff, sniff, even the slalom course is out too.

How many days until spring 07?

Friday, October 13, 2006

Futility be damned...

I'm pulling for my (undergrad/ski team) alma mater in the collegiate nationals this weekend.

With last year's controversy behind them (which was within both NCWSA and AWSA rules), hopefully they'll out-ski the predictions of the oddsmakers.

war eagle

War Eagle! Or do I mean Go Tigers!?

As I am a product of my environment, I am guilty of double-naming my blog. My title says Waterskiing etc, but my URL says lakerykert

Anyway, here's a link to NCWSA nationals
  • results.
  • I am my own worst critic...

    part 4 of 4.

    Here, I conclude with another substandard attempt at what is an inconsistent trick for me, the W5B.

    Take a looky-see.

    wake 5b 1
    Apparently, I start all my tricks in the right position

    wake 5b 2
    Good, compressing with the legs while keeping the back straight.

    wake 5b 3
    This series should be titled "the perils of preturning." I am ready to explode off the, uh, middle, of the wake. Once again, I've been impatient in my edge to the wake.

    wake 5b 4
    I have a nice spin going here, but look at where I am in relation to the wake. I am only a few inches away, laterally, from where I was preparing for takeoff in picture three. This is an example of solid technique in the wrong spot.

    wake 5b 5
    The preturn has caused me to spin into excessive slack rope. Because I did not use maximum wake height and rope load, I've pulled my hips inward with the handle pass, but I lacked the up and out direction that comes with using all of the wake. As a result, I don't get all the way around in the air. Even though I know I am sliding the trick, I try to spin the last 180 degrees anyway. Thanks to landing in slack, my ski is sinking as I spin. So it acts like a big scoop in the...

    wake 5b 6

    That fall stung.

    Wednesday, October 11, 2006

    I am my own worst critic...

    part 3 of 4.


    Many of the same flaws in my wrapped WO technique show up in this trick. Observe.

    wake 5f 1
    As usual, I am in good position at the start.

    wake 5f 2
    Here's where the problems begin. I have reduced, not increased my edge and I am beginning to bend over slightly at the waist. This is the opposite of what I should be doing. I should be increasing my edge as I come into the top of the wake, and keeping an upright upper body.

    wake 5f 3
    As was the case with the WO, my axis is good, but I am in the wrong spot. Once again, I am mistaking the feeling of reduced rope tension from the flat ski for the feeling of the edged ski releasing off the top of the wake.

    wake 5f 4
    I do not finish the rotation in the air, I simply slide down the wake. The lack of direction at the beginning of the spin causes the slack rope, which in turn cause me to finish the (no credit) trick with poor body position.

    wake 5f 5
    I get back into tricking position only after a second or two of repositioning myself, and waiting for the rope to come tight. I'm still wasting time between tricks with poor execution.

    The series concludes tomorrow with a W5B.

    Tuesday, October 10, 2006

    Lakerykert news flash!!!!!!!!

    I am no longer an unemployed ski bum. I am now an employed ski bum.

    Here's an action (figure) shot.

    male nurse

    I am my own worst critic...

    part 2 of 4.

    This time it's my flip. I have my good and bad days with this trick, some days I stick the landing, some days I butt-check the landing, and sometimes put it in the water every time. This was a particularly bad day for flips.

    flip 1
    I'm ok right here.

    flip 2
    I'm still right where I need to be, stacked over the ski, setting a progressive edge.

    flip 3
    This is where it goes bad. I've loaded the rope as hard as I can, and I'm not even in the spray yet. Notice my left shoulder. It's beginning to get pulled into the boat. I've already peaked the load on the rope, and at the moment of the picture, the rope load is beginning to decrease. I should be STARTING to edge more aggressively here, not peaking out.

    flip 4
    The sensation of reduced rope load somewhat mimics the reduced rope tension that occurs when leaving the wake. This causes me to begin my flip rotation too early. I am just before the top of the wake, and I have already initiated the flip. At this point on the wake, I still need to be edging away.

    flip 5
    Although my position in the air is good, I have not achieved much height because I have not used the full height of the wake, or the maximum load on the rope.

    flip 6
    The result of all this is an incomplete rotation. My ski does not rotate under my hips, and I fall, damnit.

    Tomorrow, wake 540 back-to-front!

    Monday, October 09, 2006

    I am my own worst critic...

    part 1 of 4.

    Thanks to a friend with a much better camera than I have, I had the opportunity to get some good sequence shots of some of my hand tricks (Thanks, Jeff!!). This gave me a great opportunity to critique myself, so here goes.

    Wrapped wake O

    wake o 1

    As I am about to start the trick, I have an excellent stance over the ski, but very little edge into the wake. I will not be able to turn this trick into a reverse W5B unless I get a stronger edge into the wake.

    wake o 2

    Once again, a solid position with a good axis of rotation. The problem here is my location relative to the wake. Although I have released from the wake, I am directly over the top of the wake. This means that I must have begun to turn BEFORE the top of the wake

    wake o 3

    By turning early, I have advanced on the boat, with minimal outward direction. This is, more than likely, what caused the slack in the rope.

    wake o 4

    Although I have reset to a balanced skiing position, I have wasted a second or two waiting for the rope to come tight again. This is probably why My flip was out of time at dream lake three weeks ago. There is no time to waste in a 20-second pass.

    Speaking of flips, that's the trick for part 2. Log in tomorrow for more in-depth analysis.

    Thursday, October 05, 2006

    Lakerykert PSA

    My amigos at The Green Boathouse have decided to paddle on. They have piled into a floating chick magnet, and now call themselves The Creaky Rowboat . Same wacky banter, new name. Enjoy the new locale.

    I want to see them paddle @ 35.4 mph, letter P

    Wednesday, October 04, 2006

    Yeah, Yeah,Yeah...

    I hear it all the time: The crisp, clean, air,
    Nature's color palette
    The bountiful harvest.
    Reaping the fruits of toil in the summer heat.
    Need I go on?

    The reality for skiers is that fall sucks.

    fall sucks

    Fall just means that this
    happy spring 2.
    looms near.

    Being a transplant to the Midwest, my belief is that over generations, Midwesterners have deluded themselves into these myths about the change of seasons being so wonderful. It's the only thing that keeps you from offing yourself while scraping ice off of a windshield.
    Next: gratuitous tricking photos

    Monday, September 11, 2006

    Big plans soaked...

    by rain. Easily, the wettest damn tournament I've ever skied in was this past weekend. I (and everyone else at the lake) Shivered as the incessant rain gradually soaked through their rain covers.

    The weather was gorgeous on Friday afternoon when I left my apartment

    It was still nice on Friday night. What a great weekend to camp out at a tournament!
    tent row

    I had plans to sit out on the ramp to get both jump and slalom pictures, but it rained too damn much the rest of the weekend.

    The Waterhawk Fall tournament reminded me of a collegiate tournament, from lots of "Triple Splat" plop-overs (to borrow a phrase from Clint), to overhearing a couple in "passionate embrace" (to borrow a cheesy synonym)in the tent across from mine. By the way, the girl(I don't know who) did not sound like she enjoyed the experience. Think whiny 6 year-old with a high fever, and that's about what she sounded like.
    But enough about unfortunate hookups. A large contingent from the Iowa, Iowa State, And Wisconsinwater ski teams made the trip. While Iowa State sorely lacks the numbers for a competitive women's team, Both Iowa (Although I can't vouch for Wisconsin, the vast majority of males in the Iowa ski club are strictly wakeboarders, or 30 year old eligibility-long-gone-from-undergraduate-days three-eventers)and Wisconsin seem to lack the numbers to field a competitive men's team.

    Speaking of the Iowa women's team, a girl took her first ride on a pair of trick skis at the tournament (I think Heidi was her name) and could not get her feet out of the bindings. Flailing helplessly, she could not swim to shore. The chaos that followed lowered the bar for open-water rescue.
    Sorry about the picture orientation. I can't get Flickr to rotate it.

    Libby managed to shoot a few jump pics before it rained.
    I can't tell who that is, but it was a nice jump

    Me, I think. None of my performances were worth the bandwith to mention them.

    Clint, probably

    Speaking of Libby, I've tried to talk her into camping out with me at a tournament all summer. She finally agreed to camp out on Saturday night. Libby was treated to a night of good fireworks with bad music (I swear I heard Toby Keith), cold temperatures, a rain-soaked blanket, a wet tent floor, a perculating drip on her head from the tent roof, and continued heavy rain the next morning. I don't understand why she left to go home at 8 am on Sunday morning.
    Libby's ski tournament chair, it sat empty all day Sunday, except for the gallon of rainwater that collected inside it.

    that's all I have for now. I need a camera with more zoom and more water-resistance.

    Tuesday, September 05, 2006

    Get well soon...

    Bud Piercy. I pasted this from
  • .

    Team Midwest sends its best to
    Carol "BUD" Piercy.

    Some of you may know already, but some don't so I am sending this out. Carol Piercy had a pretty bad injury this weekend jumping. Easy landing, fought to get control, then the ski slipped out on him and he ended up displacing his pelvis and breaking his hip. We are hoping for surgery Wednesday, they feel they have the internal bleeding under control. He's in a lot of pain right now and could really use the prayers and support with a card or something. If you don't have their address it is:

    1134 EP Lane
    Ashland, NE

    To give you an indication of how far his pelvis displaced, during a normal childbirth, there is approximately 1/2 inch of displacement. Dad's was 3 inches. His spirits are good around friends but his family knows his pain. He's worked so hard to get in shape this season and was skiing as good as ever when he first got hurt in July. Didn't really ski all year until Regionals and hurt himself some more. Got almost healed and then this happened. He could use the encouragement.

    I know skiing in Nebraska wouldn't have been possible without him and skiing in Iowa wouldn't be the same. Let him know how much he means to waterskiing, especially here in the Midwest.

    Thanks for your support,
    The Piercy's

    I wish Bud a speedy recovery.

    By the way, the nurses will shit a brick when they read Bud's chart and learn how he broke his hip. It's the last thing they would expect.

    Saturday, September 02, 2006

    Third time's...

    a bitch. Switching a prop out on your everyday, run-of-the-mill inboard ski boat is supposed to be a 20 minute job, max. Well, after three attempts in three days, and nearly five hours total of fruitless straining, all I have to show for my effort is a cut on the side of my head (damn anti-cavitation plate of '97 Moombas).

    About two months ago, I borrowed an OJ prop puller form Rick

    I popped the prop off in about ten minutes, with minimal tension.

    Our three-blade is bent is needs to be replaced with a reconditioned four-blade.

    This time was a little harder.

    Wednesday. 2 hours of struggling, and reattatching the prop puller about 10 times netted nothing. Lubricant didn't help either

    Thursday. After another 1.5 hours of cussing, bumping my head and endless frustration, the prop still wouldn't come off. Hitting the puller bolt, the piller end and the propshaft itself didn't work for shit.

    Friday. One last shot. I would bring out sir Isaac Newton's secret weapon; Thermal expansion. Firsrt, I wiped off the excess shaft lubricant (it is oil-based), and liberally dusted the prop with sodium bicarbonate (that's baking soda in the common tongue). I then took a creme brulee torch and ran it up and down the other propshaft until it was too hot to touch. Then I cranked on the prop puller once again. Nothing. I have officially given up. Time to let Mid river have a shot at it.

    Notice how I wedged the prop with a section of railroad tie.

    Yeah, that didn't work either.

    Friday, September 01, 2006

    In just two weeks...

    I'll have high speed internet. Then, maybe I'll post more often. It's hard to stay motivated when everything takes 10x as long as it should because you spend





    ting for stuff to process. But anyway, here are a few shots from the Omaha Open. This tournament is supposed to be at Carter Lake. But it had to be moved TO Championship Lake Estates in Yutan, NE because of one teeny little problem: Not enough water in Carter Lake. I swear, some people freak out over the tiniest little detail.

    my obligatory lake shots:

    The north end:
    north view

    The south end:
    south view

    One of the unfortunate consequences of AWSA's 2008 switch to a rankings-based system will be the renaming of streets around ski sites. Just ask Bud and Janet Piercy

    rename the road

    How about Rank Road, or Cut-Off Average Court? Top 30% for each event, including overall, Thoroughfare? More brainstorming is in order.

    Back to the tournament. There was a stiff north wind all weekend, and slalom starts on the North end. Very few skiers made it through their third pass , yours truly included. Your fearless blog moderator even dropped his opening pass in round 1.

    jim mcg slalom
    Jim Mclaughlin

    bud piercy slalom
    Bud Piercy

    anonymous spray

    Trick pictures were, dare I say, tricky. My rope leg hamstring still ailing, I sat out tricks this weekend. That meant lots of trick judging. It is extremely difficult to call tricks and take pictures at the same time. I had to point the camera at a spot on the lake as soon as the boat pulled the skier up at the far end of the lake. Not staring directly into the screen (I was judging), I had to wait for the boat to enter the screen and wait for a second or two, then click the button. I also had to figure a significant shutter delay. I was hoping to get the skier in the center of the shot. It didn't work

    this one was a little early
    mary jo trick
    Mary Jo Pinkerton

    This one was a little late, and I didn't zoom in enough.
    mae mae
    Merill Magelli, 2k6 W3 tricks champ

    Way late on the button.
    jim mcg trick
    Jim Mclaughlin

    The persistent north wind brought near-perfect jump conditions all weekend.

    Cory Piercy, 140' His best jump since returning from a two-year tour of duty in Iraq
    cory piercy home game

    Unfortunately, he was the first jumper of the weekend, and a guinea pig for my pictures. After he jumped, I realized that I could get better shots at the other side of the lake, closer to the ramp.

    Steve Prociw, 101' and a huge monkey (more like a gorilla) off his back
    steve prociw 1
    steve prociw 2

    Jim Lindgren, 136' at his first tournament in M4
    jim lindgren 1
    jim lindgren 2

    Jim Mclaughlin, didn't catch the distance
    jim mcg jump

    I popped out a 145 footer, despite some problems with my jumpsuit. Thank God for duck tape
    intensity smoothskin
    Now available in fashionable yellow!

    Next post: cussing, straining, and head bumping with jammed props!