What do springs have to do with my water ski?
Carbon is the strongest material on earth. Its unmatched strength to weight ratio has allowed water skis to cut weight from over 8 pounds, to under 4. However, it is another property, called Springvalue or K-value, that makes a carbon water ski accelerate so quickly. Carbon's inherent stiffness causes it to return to its original shape quicker than any other material. This is why carbon fiber makes a better spring than fiberglass! As a result, your water ski snaps back to its acceleration shape at the finish of a turn lightening fast, providing skiers with the highest performance imaginable. HO is proud to manufacture every slalom ski in our product line with carbon laminates in the quantity and orientation best suited to the type of skiing you choose.
You might not be able to see it, but the core is the most critical structural component of your water ski. Where carbon is the horsepower, a water ski core is the foundation of a great ski. Powerful, durable and accurate all while being as light as possible is the key to a great water ski core. That is why for 2015 HO Skis introduces 100% machined polyurethane cores for its entire Cross- Over Ski Collection. The same 100% machined core manufacturing process developed specifically for the Syndicate Course Collection of skis has been applied to the polyurethane cores of the 2015 CX and TX skis. The result is the world's finest, lightest and ultimately best skiing water skis only US manufacturing can deliver.
If you asked Marcus Brown he would tell you something about boundary layer theory and laminar vs turbulent flow, but trust us on this fact, fish have scales and so should your ski! A textured ski base knocks all those pesky water molecules from sticking to your ski and as a result your ski doesn't have to drag them through the water with you. If you don't have to pull around these extra water molecules your ski has less drag and you don't have to expend as much energy to ski. Less Energy to Ski = More Skiing = More Fun!