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maverick posted 06-24-2009 08:29 PM ET (US)   Profile for maverick   Send Email to maverick  
Skiing behind the Whaler Guardian 20 is awesome! Plenty of power (Johnson 225), but drinks a fair amount of fuel! Gotta pay to play, however. That said, I need some off topic help from you old timer experts!

I'm trying to identify the brand of an old wooden, concave slalom ski I've owned since about 1974. It's a professional ski, and extremely well made. I refinished it a very long time ago ago and had Maharaja painted on it thinking it was a Maherajah...I don't think it is....I wrote to Bob Maher about 10 years ago and he thought maybe it was a Velbro?? if memory serves.

I also found a Vogue ski on ebay that is similar looking....anyone have any guesses on what mine is? No name on it anywhere. Here's the Vogue link:
http:/ / cgi. ebay. com/ VINTAGE-1960s-VOGUE-SLALOM-WATER-SKI-GREAT_W0QQ cmdZViewItemQQ_trkparmsZ65Q3a12Q7c66Q3a2Q7c39Q3a1Q7c72Q3a1205Q7c240Q3a13 18Q7c301Q3a0Q7c293Q3a1Q7c294Q3a50QQ_trksidZp3286Q2ec0Q2em14QQhashZitem45 ecb90504QQitemZ300324291844QQptZLHQ5fDefaultDomainQ5f0QQsalenotsupported

My ski is shown here:

Thanks, Chuck in Aiken, SC

Tohsgib posted 06-25-2009 11:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
Looks like my old Dick Pope Jr.
johnhenry posted 06-25-2009 12:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for johnhenry  Send Email to johnhenry     
Yep old cypress garden ski. Trying to remember the name of their good slaloms. Eldorado??? maybe
johnhenry posted 06-25-2009 12:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for johnhenry  Send Email to johnhenry     
EL Diablo, thats it.
Tom W Clark posted 06-25-2009 12:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
I've got a couple of vintage Wally Burr slalom skis that look just like that.
Tohsgib posted 06-25-2009 12:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
My friend makes longe chairs out of garbage pick wooden skis. I am trying to do the same but not easy to find anymore.
OIA posted 06-25-2009 01:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for OIA  Send Email to OIA     
Also looks like the old Taperflex.
JMARTIN posted 06-25-2009 01:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for JMARTIN  Send Email to JMARTIN     
Looks like my old Terry, but has lighter colored wood. John
maverick posted 06-25-2009 05:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for maverick  Send Email to maverick     
Definitely not an El Diablo by Cypress Gardens, that one has a grooved bottom, this one is laminated like 4 different kinds of wood, very think in the middle, gets thinner at front and rear, as well as narrower front and rear. Professional high boots, too. Take a look at an el diablo: http:/ / cgi. ebay. com/ VINTAGE-CYPRESS-GARDENS-EL-DIABLO-WOOD-WATER-SK I_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trkparmsZ65Q3a12Q7c66Q3a2Q7c39Q3a1Q7c72Q3a1205Q7c24 0Q3a1318Q7c301Q3a1Q7c293Q3a1Q7c294Q3a50QQ_trksidZp3286Q2ec0Q2em14QQhashZ item29ff14e107QQitemZ180373217543QQptZLHQ5fDefaultDomainQ5f2QQsalenotsup ported
maverick posted 06-25-2009 05:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for maverick  Send Email to maverick     
Not a Terry or Taperflex, wrong lamination, rudder and boots. Still wondering if Velbro, built by Dale Velzy, a famous surfer. Vogue is the only other one that looks even close....anyone got a Vogue with photos?
johnhenry posted 06-25-2009 09:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for johnhenry  Send Email to johnhenry     
May still be a dpj/cypress garden ski. I don't think their earlier skis had that grooved bottom. I recall the dark/light wood pattern.
Spray posted 07-01-2009 10:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for Spray  Send Email to Spray     
Could it be a Cypress Gardens Alfredo Mendoza? Same era as Dick Pope. I learned to slalom on one.
Nauti Tauk posted 07-01-2009 10:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for Nauti Tauk  Send Email to Nauti Tauk     
Possibly a Little Monster? Cypress Gardens,concave bottom,short ski,very fast and tended to "hook".

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