Ballet and Swivel Skiing
The “Rockettes” of waterskiing. The ballet line consists several (up to 24) girls skiing in unison, each skier on a single ski. Several tricks can be performed during the ballet like chorus line kicks, ankle holds, and toe holds. Synchronization is key to a beautiful ballet line. This along with bright smiles and flashy costumes make this act a winner.
Swivel skiing combines the grace and beauty of ballet-like movements with the thrill of executing difficult maneuvers. If you think this looks easy, try it… you’ll soon discover that mastering the swivel ski takes years. Patience, determination, persistence, and athletic ability are needed to perform with the grace and skill demanded of a swivel skier.
Using a wide, flat ski with a binding mounted on ball bearings enables the swivel skier to pivot 360 degrees. Their tow line uses a handle with a “bear trap” toehold allowing them to be towed by one foot. The most important piece of equipment for a swivel skier is the safety release which disconnects the skier from the boat should they fall while in the toehold. Swivelers perform turns and tricks while incorporating the grace and beauty of ballet in their routine; like a ballerina on water.