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The 9 Best Water Skis of 2021

There are lots of options when you begin searching for a new water ski. Are you looking for a single slalom ski, or a pair of combo skis that allow you to use two or one? Or maybe you’re looking to mix it up altogether and get a wider hybrid slalom ski for some surf-inspired vibes.

No matter your riding style, the best water skis will have the technology, construction, and key features that will take your water skiing from a walk in the park, to an exhilarating thrill ride. Here, we’re bringing you a little bit of everything, with our list of the best water skis of 2021.


HO Omni Waterski ​+ FreeMax Bindings

Best 2021 water skis
 
 

The HO Omni Waterski with FreeMax Bindings is a setup to do it all. The ski is a hybrid, falling between traditional and wideride styles, providing smooth turns at a wide variety of speeds. The bevel-less tail paired with HO’s Speedskin Base, a fish-scale inspired textured ski base, helps to reduce ski drag and help you get up to mach speed. The FreeMax Boots consist of dual lace zones, a relaxed fit, and are easy to slip right on. This is a fast, stable, maneuverable, and intuitive combo, making days on the water fun for skiers of all levels.

Ability LevelWater Ski Type Original Price
Intermediate - AdvancedHybrid Slalom$549.99

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Connelly Aspect Slalom Water Ski ​+ Swerve with RTS Bindings

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The Connelly Aspect Slalom Water Ski is a light and nimble option ideal for slower boat speeds. Sharp bevels on a wide forebody set the ski higher in the water and add support on aggressive turns. Connelly’s V-Tech step base technology reduces drag and adds maneuverability making it easier to direct the ski. The balance of support and maneuverability are what makes it one of the best slalom water skis. Plus, the polished speed base means easy gliding behind the boat. Keeping you connected, the Swerve with RTS Bindings offer a lace up style that will work for everyone on the boat. So grab this water ski and get ready to send it!

Ability LevelWater Ski Type Original Price
Beginner - IntermediateSlalom$399.99

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Radar Lyric Slalom Ski ​+ Lyric & ARTP Bindings - Women's

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Looking to turn up the volume? The Radar Lyric Slalom Ski + Lyric & ARTP Bindings are just what you’re looking for. The ski’s lightweight carbon build provides consistent flex while its forgiving All-Terrain Core allows you to cross wakes with ease. The CorFlex technology’s corrugated contours through the tip of the ski result in easier turns and quicker acceleration. A smooth tip rocker makes turning on this ski the easiest thing you’ve done out on the water in ages. With the Lyric and ARTP boots offering the perfect blend of comfort, support, and performance, you’ll be singing your happy song all day.

Ability LevelWater Ski Type Original Price
Intermediate - AdvancedSlalom$629.99

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Obrien Sequence Slalom Water Ski ​+ Z9 STD & STD RTS Bindings

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From deep water starts to smooth carves, the Obrien Sequence Slalom Water Ski is as solid of an option as you’ll find out on the water. The ski features a Transitional Concave Tunnel, a narrow concave that transitions out towards the edges for a stable ride and smooth turns. A performance flex and carve fins provide easy turn initiation and control when you need it. Paired with the Z9 STD & STD RTS Bindings, the Sequence is a great option for cruising at slower speeds while still allowing you to carve like a pro.

Ability LevelWater Ski Type Original Price
Beginner - IntermediateSlalom$329.99

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HO Omni Waterski ​+ FreeMax Bindings - Women's

Best 2021 water skis
 
 

The riding options are endless when you slip into the HO Omni Waterski with FreeMax Bindings set up. A hybrid ski, it falls between traditional and wideride styles, providing smooth turns at a wide variety of speeds. A 30% softer flex specific to the women’s model helps to maximize the feel for more finesse skiers. The bevel-less tail paired with HO’s Speedskin Base, a fish-scale inspired textured ski base, helps to reduce ski drag and maximize acceleration. The Switchblade Fin System takes the guesswork out of swapping fins, with each new blade shape having the new settings built right in. This is a fast, stable, maneuverable, and intuitive combo, perfect for female skiers of all levels.

Ability LevelWater Ski Type Original Price
Intermediate - AdvancedHybrid Slalom$549.99

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Connelly Aspect Slalom Water Ski ​+ Swerve with RTS Bindings - Women's

Best 2021 water skis
 
 

The Connelly Aspect Slalom Water Ski for women is a light and nimble option ideal for slower boat speeds. Sharp bevels on a wide forebody set the ski higher in the water and add support on aggressive turns. Connelly’s V-Tech step base technology reduces drag and adds maneuverability making it easier to direct the ski. This balance of support and maneuverability is what makes it one of the best slalom water skis. Plus, the polished speed base means easy gliding behind the boat. Keeping you connected, the Swerve with RTS Bindings offers a lace-up style that will work for everyone on the boat. This ski is just what you need to feel like a pro while on your way to becoming one.

Ability LevelWater Ski Type Original Price
Intermediate - AdvancedSlalom$429.99

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HO Omni Waterski ​+ FreeMax Bindings - Boys'

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The riding options are endless when you slip into the HO Omni Waterski with FreeMax Bindings set up. A hybrid ski falling between traditional and wideride styles, it provides smooth turns at a variety of speeds. Its youth-specific flex provides a softer flex pattern resulting in easier maneuverability for smaller skiers at slower speeds. The bevel-less tail paired with HO’s Speedskin Base, a fish-scale inspired textured ski base, helps to reduce ski drag and maximize acceleration. It comes equipped with the Asher Balance Fin which is reduced in length for quick turn rotation. Kids just want to have fun and this stable, maneuverable, and intuitive combo is one of the best kids’ water skis out there.

Ability LevelWater Ski Type Original Price
Intermediate - AdvancedHybrid Slalom$469.99

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Connelly Outlaw Slalom Water Ski ​+ Swerve with RTS Bindings - Women's

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The Connelly Outlaw Slalom Water Ski is a wide ski for anyone who wants to enjoy waterskiing. Its wide tip and tail make the ski easy to get up and out of the water. Once you're up, the Standard Tunnel concave that runs the center of the ski giving stability while maintaining edge hold. There’s no question you’ll have a great time riding this ski, one of the best women’s beginner water skis.

Ability LevelWater Ski Type Original Price
Beginner - IntermediateSlalom$369.99

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HO Hovercraft Water Ski ​+ FreeMax & ART Bindings

Best 2021 water skis
 
 

Whether you're a beginner looking to improve deep water starts, or an expert looking for a surf-inspired ski session, the HO Hovercraft has something to offer all types of riders. Unique to this water ski is that it has a surface area comparable to two regular skis combined. This results in much easier get-ups and a much more stable and surfy feeling platform. Its tri-fin setup adds even more to the surf feel, giving great hold and enabling pivot turns from the tail. Dual lace zones on the FreeMax boot ensure you're properly secured down for the ride. This unique shape and design are why we chose the HO Hovercraft as one of the best water skis of 2020.

Ability LevelWater Ski Type Original Price
Intermediate - AdvancedShaped$499.99

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