TBR EQUIPMENT GUIDE
WATER JUMP EQUIPMENT
Warm Up Clothing & Shoes should be worn to the ramps every day for the physical warm up prior to getting changed for jumping.
Boots should be as similar to the on snow boot (style and fit) as possible with type of boot and correct fit crucial to skill development!
Skis: Most ideal on the water jump for freestyle skiers of all disciplines are mogul or aerial skis. A second option would be to use a GS ski or similar with a sandwich construction. Skis with a capped ski construction do not perform well or last long on the water jump.
Most importantly, twin tip skis do NOT perform well on the water jump surface or jump shapes we have on Australia's water jump facilities. Twin tipped skis should be avoided for water jumping!
A strap system connecting the binding with the boot is essential. See example image.
The water is usually cold and the weather can vary. We recommend athletes have a full length wetsuit with a snug fit (a wetsuit that is too big doesn't keep you warm). Wetsuit gloves are also a good idea when its colder.
Helmets are compulsory for all TBR water jump athletes.
Life jacket: It is essential that TBR water jump athletes train with a quality life jacket. Slim line / tight fit water skiing vests are most ideal as they don't restrict movement.
Ski poles are not essential/usually not used for water jumping.
Bring a water bottle and snacks as water jumping is physically demanding training.
Image example: common and reliable DIY water jumping ski strap system (strong thin rope and tough small size carabina style clip from bunnings).
NOTE: ensure cord isnt too long that it drags on the ground or it can easily catch under the ski edges. It only needs to reach from the binding to the ski boot buckle.
Twin tips are NOT recommended as the primary ski for any TBR Grom or TBR Mogul athletes! The design and construction of these skis is favorable for elite slopetyle performance but significantly hinders technical progress in skiing and jumping for young athletes.
TBR Grom & TBR Mogul athletes should have a pair of mogul or jnr GS skis at a length measuring between the nose and fore head. These skis need to be tuned and waxed regularly (weekly or fortnightly depending on how icy conditions have been) to perform properly. An 88 degree side edge and 0.5 degree base edge is ideal.
TBR Slopestyle athletes should have a pair of twin tip (park skis) at a length measuring between the nose and fore head.
TBR All Mountain athletes should have a pair of all mountain skis which are versatile for skiing on and off piste and jumping at a length measuring between the nose and fore head. Black Crows is a good first place to look at quality all mountain skis.
The image below demonstrates the ideal pole length for freestyle skiers. Having the poles at the right length is crucial for mogul skiers skill development.
We highly emphasise the importance of a good fitting boot. Incorrectly fitting boots can drastically decrease an athlete’s performance. A softer boot that can be flexed is ideal.
A common mistake costly to skill progression is an oversized boot shell. You can check your shell size by measuring the length of your foot with a tape measure.
We recommend having your boots professionally fitted.
Before purchasing boots please watch TBR’s boot fitting video!
Helmets are compulsory for all TBR athletes to be worn whenever on skis, regardless of the skiing activity being done. Only helmets designed and certified for skiing and snowboarding are acceptable. Helmets should be kept in good condition and helmets not certified for multi-impact should be replaced after a crash resulting in the helmet being struck. TBR Reccomends Multi Impact Technology helmets. The Sweet Protection brand has a good range.
Garments: A crash even at low speed with bare skin sliding on the snow can result in serious ice burn. All TBR athletes should be covered with a gore-tex or equivalent layer whilst skiing down a slope including gloves.