Located in Ellensburg
Washington, D3 is owned and operated by Denny and Creed Kidder. Denny
Kidder is a living legend in the world of water-ski manufacturing.
Denny’s designs have been used by the best skiers in the world
for over 4 decades. Denny’s passion has always been the design
and production of three-event waterski products. In the 80’s
his Kidder Redline ruled the competitive slalom scene. The best jump
skiers in the world were riding Kidder jump skis and the Kidder trick
ski is still the benchmark by which all others will be measured. In
the mid-nineties Denny sold the Kidder brand and started KD Skis. His
new design the KD 7000 instantly became a hit. The 7000 was
ultimately awarded ski design of the decade by Water Ski Magazine.
Fast forward to 2001.
Denny had sold KD but the fire still burned inside to produce three
event skis for the high end competitor. “ We made the decision
to let the other companies worry about tubes, combos, vests and
such.” “We wanted to focus on three-event hard goods for
the passionate, hard-core competitors” Denny said. With the
no-expense spared philosophy Denny teamed up with his son Creed
Kidder. Creed has been working with Denny producing water skis most
of his adult life. With that experience Creed is the D3 operations
manager and runs the day to day business at the plant in Ellensburg.
Denny also recruited Paul Crawford who had represented (and competed
on) Kidder Products since 1992. A former National Over-all Champion,
Paul and his wife Kari now handle the sales, R&D and marketing
side of the D3 operation. With this small team assembled, a very
small 3,200 square foot manufacturing facility was acquired. D3
produced its first ski in early 2002.
By 2009 the facility has
grown to almost 10,000 square feet but the initial mission statement
has remained intact. Produce, without compromise the finest three
event water ski products in the world. D3 is the only company who
produces jump skis, trick skis and slalom skis. We remain dedicated
to the three event competitor. To date D3 Skis holds world records
and continue to dominate the podiums at jump, trick and slalom events
all over the world.
Welcome to D3.
Denny, Creed & Paul
The adjustable fin on the ski is designed to "fine-tune" performance characteristics which may vary
between individual skiing styles, skier weight and boat speed. There are three types of adjustments
that can be made to the fin: depth, length, and distance to the tail.
Distance to the Tail of the Ski
An adjustment forward (toward the tip of the ski) lifts the front and drops the tail during an on-side
turn. An adjustment backward drives the front into the water and raises the tail.
More depth improves stability and holding power, while less depth makes it easier to turn.
An increased fin length drives the tip of the ski into the water during the off-side turn. A fin with shorter
length raises the tip of the ski.
Each type of adjustment will substantially change the performance of the ski. The less the leading
edge of the fin is out of the ski, the more the fin will keep the front of the ski up. The longer the
leading edge, the more it drives the front into the water.
In order to accurately verify results, only one type of adjustment should be made between ski rides.
Do not exceed .020" of adjustment per ski ride. Exceeding this tolerance can result in unacceptable
results and quick falls.
Once the ultimate fin position has been determined, mark and/or measure the fin position. Therefore,
if the fin is accidentally moved the exact position can be easily readjusted.
Wing / Spoiler
The wing is designed to help slow the ski down as you approach the turns. The more angle you set
on the wing, the faster your ski will decelerate into the turns. The tolerances for the wing angle should
be kept between 6-10 degrees.
Difficult to initiate turn Decrease fin depth, and/or move fin forward
Unstable and/or too fast into turns Increase fin depth and/or move fin backward
Too much ski tip in water on both left and right turns Increase fin depth
Too much ski in the water while turning off-side causing breaking at the waist Decrease fin length
Too much ski in the water while turning on-side Move fin forward
Too much ski tip out of the water during on-side turns Move fin backward
Difficult to initiate angle across wakes Move fin forward
Ski overturns and gets too much angle across wakes Move fin backward and/or add depth
Ski changes edges too slowly Decrease fin depth and/or move fin forward
Ski is too responsive Increase fin depth and/or move fin backward
To adjust fin settings: 1) Record wing angle and remove the wing. 2) Loosen Allen screws on the fin
clamps to allow the fin to slide with only a slight pressure. 3) Adjust to desired settings using set
screws. 4) Tighten Allen screws to hold fin tightly in place. 5) Check measurement after tightening
screws as sometimes the fin will move while tightening 6) Replace wing to desired angle using D3
Skis angle gauges.
How we measure depth
How we measure distance from tail, flat
How we measure distance from tail, needle
How we measure length tips