When was the last time we had a revolution in the snowsports world? The carving ski, snowboards, before that, metal edges or even plastic boots.
There are not many moments in the history of a sport like skiing where something comes along that changes the entire way we think. Such a traditional sport like skiing is controlled by the way things simply should just be, surely a ski is a ski? Try telling that to Nokia, the previous mobile phone market leader before something new, revolutionary and different came along to spoil the party.
On his first ever ski trip to Chamonix, France, several years ago, inventor Rony Shirion had an unfortunate accident that resulted in a twisted knee ligament. He could not ski for the rest of his holiday. On his return home to the UK, and still in pain from his fall, Rony visited an aquarium where he saw a shark swimming through the water.
An idea immediately struck him and the RS1 ski was born! If a fish uses its tail to swim though water then why does a ski not do the same thing? As we turn on skis we want to feel that smooth transaction from turn to turn and that’s just what Rony wanted to achieve with his new ski.
Starting with some initial ideas, he slowly improved the skis with a collaboration of experts in their field. Over the following two years the RS1 was developed into what is now a fully operational model prototype that has been extensively tested on snow all over Europe by skiers of all levels.
The RS1 makes turning easier and really helps to steer the inside leg through the turn. ‘Because of the easier turning ability, I now enjoy skiing again, even after my knee injury. The skis also help me prevent further injury to both my knees, because the pressure on them is less during every turn’. Rony Shirion, Inventor of the RS1 ski.
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