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Dave Robbins
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Last year in an attempt to eliminate the pivoting of my trick release on any (slightly) undersized pylons, i added a pin to the front half of my "travel" release, To mate into the 6.00 mm hole as described in the rulebook.  Worked great on the Prostar

I had skied MasterCraft exclusively.  I tried ALL last season to get used to the "wake".
I tried Malibu at the first tournament this year and it's a lot closer (at my sped) to a MC 197 then the CC or ProStar.  Someboy elses Robbins release was already on so I used it.
First run behind the Malibu a couple of weeks ago scored 20% more than my best of all of 2014 behind the ProStar.

At the 2nd tournamnet of my season and I went to mount my own release on, I was surprised when the tournament boat did not have the 6.00 mm hole as shown in the rulebook.   I'm told that Malibu hasn't had that for a long time

Then why is it in the rulebook or why did Malibu pass boat test ?
I hope nobody gets surprised by this at a significant tournament.
I can machine my release to have pin removable or make it like a set-screw, but this was a surprise.
better alternative
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Releases are a thing of the past. Old is new again. Rope release is better, safer, and works on any boat. 
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here we go again....
non problem
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its probably never been a seen before as no one at a significant tournament has ever discovered this problem as no one actually uses a mechanical release any more...
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I guess I'm no one. Rope release not so great for driving/releasing which my training partner do 100% of the time.
Use Rope
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Rope releases are easy to use while driving, just make the rope longer. Don't use a mechanical release
releasing whilst driving
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you release whilst driving? even more of a reason to use a rope! Using a mechanical release whilst driving has to be one of the most dangerous things I've ever heard. Thats madness I'm afraid.
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I got 1 training partner so drive & release is the norm. It's our risk. No drags in 20 years so........we trick on oblivious to the mandatory rope release.
Dave Robbins
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I tie a longer rope onto my release and around my left foot to release while driving, though I don't recommend that anybody else drive & pin
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humm , I bet 99% of you guys so eager to sell the rope release, when it comes to hand tricks just decide " uh ok I'll just hook it to the pylon"

for me plain and simple :
hand tricks = mecanical release
toe tricks = rope release

and yeah don't think rope is bullet proof I've seen freaky accidents with rope , latest being: end of the frayed rope getting stuck between the plastic swivel part and the main of the pylon ...
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not to mention a lost finger.
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Dave, re: rope on foot: are you talking pull to release or your mechanical rope release sold by Masterline ?
Dave Robbins
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Actually any mechanical release can be foot activated with the right length extension rope,  and BTW my lawyer friend tells me to say, "Never drive & Pin"
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Your lawyer friend is telling me to quit tricking. Not gonna happen any more than it would with you Dave. Legalities be damned!
An alternative
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I have been pinning for my sons and many many students through our ski school, from beginner to advanced, and I have never used a rope release. Over the years I have used every available mechanical release that has been on the market. I have always driven and released, and knock on wood, I've never had an injury. In fact, just last night we got a 9 year old up for the first time on a toe harness, and I handled the release and drove as usual. I use our Vortex release that we developed over 4 years ago. It is the closest thing to a rope release without the danger of injury to the release person. If you spent time at Bennett's you would see the release in regular use.

Releases are preferential to each skier and pin person. If you get a chance to see one of the Vortex releases in use, you might find it interesting. It is built to last, compact, and fits all pylons. To ward off the potential ney sayers, let me end by saying " My Vortex release is not for everyone, and if you love rope releases, or any other release, Amen to that ".

I just enjoy advancing the discipline by offering unique alternatives. Our Toe Link harness is another example of progression through design and it too is taking hold across the globe

Dave Curmi
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vortex release = robbins release just the pivot works in line with the rope instead of perpendicular to it .... cleverer choice on your behalf Dave if you ask me :-)
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