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Jbyrd65
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Any Slalom Skiers

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We demoed a 2023 R8 surf last night and the surf was great, however the wake wash for a slalom skier was worse than my Tige 23zx wake boat. Any recommendations for the skiers riding in a surf boat? I have searched this forum before asking trying to find out. Thanks for your input and ideas to try before I demo this boat again. It had some issues with electronics which is why there will be another demo.
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I don't have any experience with a R8, but I noticed that the wake is much more substantial than the wake behind a dedicated ski boat, or smaller runabout/bowrider. We came from a 19' Rinker, and the wake wasn't too bad to go in and out of, however with our 242, it was something to get used to for sure. I would say that obviously the longer the rope, the smaller the wake will be, so make sure you're using the full 75' of rope when skiing. My daughter got outside the wake on our Cobalt for the first time over Memorial weekend, and she had trouble getting back in. I told her it's just something she's going to have to get used to. Go faster/turn into the wake harder to get back in.
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I still slalom ski, not doing the slalom course that much anymore. Use to have a smaller mastercraft and missing that ski wake. Currently slalom behind Cobalt A28, can still cross the wakes fairly hard, but much worse on the knees. The new surf boats are going to be hard for much fun with slalom in my opinion. Would be ok for teaching someone to slalom as long as they are not trying to cross the wakes.
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FYI the new Radar slalom skis are amazing, just got a new one last year
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It's just not the best boat for water skiing, but at least it's not as deep a V as the R7 was :) My 210 is nowhere as nice to ski behind as a 23' ski boat, but it also handles chop on a big lake way better and is more functional for how we use the boat.

Nauti's advice about using the full rope, doing what you can to reduce ballast, etc. sounds on point.
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