Monoski

Monoski
Monoski is a term that most people may be unfamiliar with. Its name accurately describes it, as it is basically a single ski, which resembles a snowboard. Unlike snowboards, the monoski is ridden with both feet forward, rather than to the side, so that the rider’s toes are pointed to the front of the board. The monoski was originally used in deep powder snow, but they have recently become a popular ski choice to use while waterskiing.

The monoski was invented in the 1960s and became popular throughout the 1970s and 1980s. As snowboarding rose in popularity, monoskiing died down in the United States but remained popular in Europe. Throughout the last decade, monoskiing has risen in popularity again. It has made the journey to the water and given birth to water monoskiing.

When a person uses a monoski for water monoskiing, their feet are placed o­ne in front of the other with their toes pointed to the front of the ski. A standard ski binding is used to secure the front foot. For the back foot, a smaller, slipper type binding is used. Slalom skiing is a type of water monoskiing. A slalom ski is slightly different, as it is made of two separate plates. A person using a slalom ski will find their speed and agility greatly increased, compared to regular skiing. Tournaments are held for slalom skiing. These tournaments are comprised of a buoy obstacle course that skiers are required to navigate. After a skier clears the obstacle course, a vote is tallied based o­n the length of the rope and number of buoys cleared.