Deeside Wakeboard and Waterski Club originally started as a water skiing club and we still have a large number of members who are passionate about water skiing. We are always welcoming new members to our club including complete beginners who have never tried water skiing before. We have a large number of qualified instructors who will help you master the basics and set you on your journey in this enjoyable water sport.
Once a person has mastered the basic technique of standing up on the water and being towed it is likely they will want to develop their skill in numerous directions. One popular option is to take up Slalom Skiing, where a rider makes sharp turns in the water while being towed by a boat at speed. We hold a number of slalom skiing events throughout the year where riders have to navigate their way around a number of buoys floating in the water, much like a slalom skier goes outside markers on a ski slope. The faster the boat travels, the most difficult this becomes, and the winner of a competition is the rider who can navigate the course at the highest speed without missing any of the buoys. One of the main challenges when slalom skiing is being able to cross the wake produced by the boat towing the rider at speed (a technique known as ‘carving’).
Another popular type of water skiing is trick skiing. Trick skis are normally much shorter than slalom skis, as they need to be more manoeuvrable, and a shorter, lighter board is easier to move than a longer, heavier one. This also means the board is less stable on the water so a good deal of skill is required to handle the board while looking good (something some of our members can do better than others!). Tricks include changing the direction of travel, going backwards and connecting the tow rope to your feet (as opposed to holding it with your arms).
On occasion Deeside Wakeboard and Waterski Club provides ski jumping and we sometimes get a ramp out on the water.