The Modern Classic

Maherajah Water Skis

Including the famous 3.5 Slalom Ski that was originally made for Kris LaPoint in 1966, Maherajah has been making tournament quality slalom skis for over 70 years.
Introducing the new Generation 7 Competition Slalom Ski

A true composite structure combining carbon fiber technology with our traditional and trademark exotic woods.

Our new Gen 7 is named to commemorate our 70th year of building the highest quality competition-quality skis in the industry. The Gen 7 incorporates the optimum composition of the highest quality materials to provide the right combination of flexural and torsional stiffness for smooth tight turns and eye-watering acceleration.

The Gen 7 Construction: The Gen 7 starts life as a high pressure laminated sandwich incorporating a combination of beautiful hand-selected hardwoods, softwoods, and both unidirectional and bidirectional carbon fiber layers strategically sized and located to optimize both flexural and torsional stiffness. Each piece of this sandwich is selected parametrically to meet stringent specifications.

These layers are pressure laminated with structural epoxy resin under over 10 tons of pressure and allowed to cure per time and temperature specifications.

The Gen 7 Profile: Derived from decades of building high performance skis, certain profile features have been researched, refined, and optimized. From the broad forebody section transitioning to the fast taper—a combination that allows fast hook turns with blazing acceleration... To the full radius edges—allowing fast, effortless edge changes….To the full width, extra deep tunnel concave bottom—allowing extreme roll angles with no slip-out.

Unlike the manufacturers of carbon fiber composite skis, we are neither size, nor shape-constrained by expensive molds. Once the blank is pressed and cured, it is profiled using a CNC router for perfect repeatability or customized per the user’s specific requirements.

The Gen 7 Rocker & Flex Pattern: The smooth, variable-radius rocker allows seamless transition from pre-turn, through your turn, and into acceleration. Additionally, the flex pattern is controlled structurally and optimized for the inherent asymmetry dictated by the difference between your off-side and on-side turns.

The Finish: The top surface is flow-coated with three coats of beautiful full gloss epoxy resin. The bottom and edges are finished with three coats of polyurethane varnish and hand rubbed for a finely textured, water-break-free running surface to assure full wet-out.

The Gen 7 Fin: We have long been intrigued by the impracticality of adjusting fins in the field or on the water using a micrometer. This whole approach just seemed impractical and too imprecise to our engineers.

We were puzzled that while so much importance was placed on LE (Leading Edge position) and DFT (Distance From Tail) measured in thousandths of an inch, that adjustable fins would not allow these parameters to be varied independently—moving DFT forward would necessarily move LE forward. Decreasing or increasing fin depth would also affect exposed blade area. If all these separate parameters are so important then they should be able to be varied independently.

The approach used on the new Gen 7 is based on our decades of building top performing skis. Instead of an infinitely adjustable fin blade, the new Gen 7 fin possesses easily changeable blades.

The blade that comes installed on the ski is our factory-optimized shape intended to perform well for most skiers. Each blade is CNC-laser cut for precise repeatability. It possesses a very specific DFT (Distance From Tail), a specific LE (Leading Edge distance), a specific FA (Fin Area), and a specific FD (Fin Depth). And the CNC-machined billet fin block locks the blade in a precisely repeatable position.

Each ski comes with three blades and a universal fin block affixed to the top of the ski. The blade is easily and quickly removed and reinstalled with two set screws. The first alternate blade has the same blade area as the base blade but its DFT (and LE) is 0.100” smaller—thus moving the fin back 0.100”. The second alternate blade is the opposite with DFT 0.100” larger—thus moving the blade forward 0.100”. Just loosen two set screws in the fin block, drop out the blade, pop in the new blade, tighten the set screws and try it immediately. No scribing, no note taking, no measuring. This combination of blades will give a skier a total variation of 0.200” in fin placements so a clear differentiation can be detected.

You will find a complete matrix of blade shapes and sizes in the “Store” section of our website from which you can choose for your optimization and experimentation. You will see that there are fins where the DFT has been increased but the LE stays the same. You will also see where we have varied fin depth without affecting either DFT or LE. With our CAD design software and CNC-Laser cutting, we can even keep the fin area the same with or without varying the depth also—something that can’t be done with conventional fixed-shape adjustable fin blades. If you are really serious about optimizing your fin tuning, then being able to isolate each parameter and change it independently is the only way to do this effectively.

The Wing: Since their inception back in 1978, wings and their efficacy have been the subject of much conjecture. Our own testing has clearly demonstrated their presence only becomes beneficial at the shorter line lengths beyond 32’ off. Think of it like having a rear wing on an exotic sports car that only begins to have any effect at speeds above 150 mph. Until then, it’s all about looks.