The SDSU WATERSKI TEAM competes in the National Collegiate Water Ski Association (NCWSA) against teams from all over the state of California, Arizona, Oregon, Nevada, and Washington. The club practices in Mission Bay in the slalom course on Fiesta Island as well as in the open bay and accepts male and female skiers and wake boarders of all skill levels.
How much does it cost?
For your first semester, it costs $400, and every semester after that is $350. Your dues cover pretty much everything including boat gas, many travel expenses, tournament entry fees, use of team gear and more.
What is the time commitment?
There is no time commitment! You can go to as many or as few practices and tournaments as you want, but the more you practice, the better you get!! There is usually a meeting on campus once a week (usually Tuesdays at 7pm) where we discuss upcoming tournaments, practices and other important information!
How often do we practice?
The ski nautique is stored at Mission Bay Aquatic Center where we are able to use their truck to launch so it goes out 3-4 times per week depending on the availability of approved team drivers.
The X2 is stored at Campland on the Bay, meaning a team member has to drop the boat in the water (and not many members have a vehicle that can tow) so it goes out maybe once every other week, also depending on the availability of approved team drivers.
What is 3 event skiing?
SLALOM: Slalom skiing involves a multi-buoy course that the skier must go around in order to complete the pass. There are entrance gates at the beginning and end of the course that the skier must go between, and there are 6 turn buoys that the skier must navigate around in a zigzag pattern. Every consecutive pass is harder than the pass before it. When a pass is completed, the boat is sped up by 2 mph until the maximum speed has been reached for the division, based on the skier’s gender and age. After the skier has run their maximum speed pass, the rope is shortened at specific increments to make it more difficult to reach the buoy width. In a tournament, the boat speeds up or the rope shortens until the skier fails to complete the slalom course by falling or missing a buoy. The skier with the most buoys, at the fastest speed and shortest rope wins.
TRICK: In a tournament, skiers are given a 20-second run during which they perform a series of their chosen tricks which includes surface turns, rotations over the wake, and flips. A trick cannot be repeated. Each trick has a point value. A panel of five judges assesses which tricks were completed correctly and assigns that predetermined point value to each successfully completed trick. The skier with the most points wins.
JUMP: Water ski jumpers use two long skis to ride over a water ski jump in an attempt to travel the longest distance. In a tournament, skiers are given three attempts to hit the ramp. The winner is the skier who travels the farthest calculated distance and successfully rides away. There are no style points, simply distance.
How do tournaments work and how often do we go to them?
We normally travel to tournaments on Fridays and come home Sunday evenings. We start skiing at 8am Saturday mornings with men’s slalom, then women’s slalom, B team slalom, then men’s trick, women’s trick, and B team trick. Then Sunday morning we start with women’s jump, then men’s jump, then B team jump. There are 5 A team skiers per event (ex. 5 for men’s slalom, 5 for women’s slalom, etc.) Anyone who wants to ski, that did not make one of the 5 people on A team, may ski B team. Also, there is usually a theme to the tournament so we all dress up according to the theme Saturday night and have fun with all of the other teams! We normally go to 3-4 tournaments per semester. In the fall we go to regionals, and whoever qualifies at regionals gets to go to nationals! As of right now we do not go to any wakeboard tournaments but this next fall, we are trying to go to at least one!