Alex Youngblood: My First Experience at WBC

Well, there is a lot of stuff to write about, let’s just start off on all the fun experiences in this wonderful sport called Barefooting. So once you get really into a sport, you obviously want to get better at it Right? Well I did. So my dad hooked me up with the World Barefoot Center. So I live in Michigan, but WBC was all the way in Florida! And at the time I was 10 years of age, so I was pretty nervous to be honest with you. But I wanted to be the world champion barefooter. Keith St. Onge and David Small are my Idols so I knew it was the right thing to do. So I toughened up and went.

Once I got there I met people from all over the world. Some from Austria, Great Britain and also New Zealand! I was really shy at first. But once I got to know everyone, I was all right. Anyway back on topic. Once I got there it was straight to the water for me. I said at the beginning that I was committed to this. I was probably out on the water and the boat for about three hours in the morning and the afternoon. It was tough training, but I was willing to do whatever it takes to be the best I can be.

After about a week, I was sore and tired. But I wanted to make the last week count. I worked my hardest, I got frustrated at times, but I knew this stuff wouldn’t just come to you. A lot of people would be doing this sport if it was easy.

On my last day, I didn’t want to go home really, learning new tricks and techniques were more fun than I thought, and I said my byes and thank you. I really like this sport and I want to keep getting better and better. I’m definitely not giving up now!

-Alex Youngblood

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