With schedules as they have been as of late I have really only been skiing about 2 days per week. Last night was one of those days- literally.
Wednesday at our lake the local lions club holds a weekly bass tourney. This usually translates into a couple bass boats fishing the cove where our course is located. With school starting next week for most, last night was real crowded on the water. Lots more bass boats but several wakeboarders, tubers, and finally jet skis.
So we pull into the cove where the course is set-up and find a wanna-be wakeboarder trying to learn how to get up for the first time. They are away from the buoys but still their constant power turns to try again are sending rollers down the whole course. We wait until they have painfully worked their way through most of the cove. As we are setting up for the first set in comes this guy on an older jet ski- kinda sounded like a chain saw. He was most impressive- he ran the whole course- all 6 balls but missed the end gate. We waited and waited, with a skier in the water, for him to finish. After 2 passes or so, with the water now churning, he left for the open lake. We decide to take a shot at on opening pass of 30mph through the churning wake. As we reach the gate the guy comes back and is cutting in front of our boat as we are still trying to ski the course! NOT GOOD! Kevin managed the impossible, He ran a full pass through all that slop!
After a couple tries by each of us to get a clear shot at the course we gave up. The guy then buzzes us again as we are getting back in the boat. We called him over and he was more of a jerk in person than just running through our would be smooth water. He said he had as much of a right to be there as we did! We tried to explain that this was a ski course not a PWC course but it just didn't seem to matter. We then decided to try one more time but before we could even get a ski on he came through again!
I finally did run a bit of free skiing at the other end of the lake and it felt decent. I am working again on keeping a better line through the wakes and not getting pulled up early- usually from too much angle out of the turn, I think. I was also able to focus on letting the ski finish the turn naturally and actually skiing away from and back to the handle rather than reaching and snatching. We got about a half mile into the pass before we got to the wakeboarders again and gave up for good.
After skiing at our lake for about 12 years this was the worst bout with other folks and was the first time it was impossible to find smooth enough water to ski on, especially during the week! Hopefully saturday morning's set we will fare better.