Chasing Shortline: A Water Skier s Goal
By Bryan Staub
Have you ever wondered why a slalom ski rope
has so many different colors? The different colors represent each
rope length, and this is how a slalom skier is scored in
The object in competition is to earn as many points possible
while completing consecutive passes through the six-buoy official
slalom course. A skier will continue until a fall or miss.
- The final score is compiled by the total number of buoys or
partial buoys completed at each consecutive rope length at the
point of the fall or miss.
- A complete completion ski rope is 75 feet.
- Red rope section is 15 feet off.
- Orange rope section is 22 feet off.
- Yellow rope section is 28 feet off.
- Green rope section is 32 feet off.
- Blue rope section is 35 feet off.
- Purple rope section is 38 feet off.
- White rope section is 39.5 feet off.
- Pink rope section is 41 feet off.
- Black rope section is 43 feet off.
- The current world record is held by Florida's Chris Parrish:
1.5 buoys at 43 feet off.
Every tournament water skier's never-ending quest is "Chasing
Shortline" skiing trough the slalom coarse at the shortest rope
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