Ashleigh Stebbeings: Barefoot Waterskiing Clinic at Bedford Weir, QLD AUST!!

Each year I travel back to Australia to attend the Australian National Championships and spend some time catching up with family and friends. This year I have been fortunate enough to be doing a few clinics around the region while I am back to promote not only myself but the World Barefoot Center. My goal is to build up the sport of barefoot waterskiing throughout QLD and Australia and would love to see people progress in the sport they love as much as I do. It’s also great to see new faces throughout the region getting involved and so enthusiastic.

My first clinic was a 2 day one at the Blackwater Ski Club located on the Bedford Weir. It is about a 4 hour drive inland from where I live in Mackay, QLD.

Getting ready to leave!!

I drove there accompanied by Milly Grech, another skier from Mackay. We left the afternoon of the 19th of April and arrived just on dark in Emerald, the place we would be staying the next 2 nights. We got up bright and early the next morning to make the hour trek to the river where we would be spending the next 2 days. The weather was a little overcast Saturday morning but as the day went on it got hotter and the water was glass.

Glass Water

Saturday Crew

The river is a beautiful place to barefoot, with long straights and trees to keep it protected from the wind. It was good to see the girls taking control of the boat with the boys being out numbered for once. With the Nationals been and gone the skiers wanted to start learning new tricks and clean up old ones.

12 year old Nik Bray from Emerald worked on his back toe holds and made both his basic and reverse long line. He also had his first go at the line step position and after 2 days was comfortably getting in and out as well as doing both one foots. To finish up he worked turns on shoe skis, he made 3/4 and all were step overs.

Nik's first time trying back toe holds long line

Nik rocking the back line step one foots on his feet!!

Nik working on turns!!

Milly Grech worked on front and back tricks both on the extension and behind the boat. She also did some slalom, impressing the new beginner Casey.

Milly doing a front toe hold!!

Jody Haylock from Emerald did her first full slalom crossing and also got up backwards for the first time. She was all smiles during the pictures below and was cheering with happiness at the feeling of riding backwards!!

Jody working on toe holds

Jody got up backwards for the first time :)

Leanne Cross of Blackwater went back to the basics and worked on her one foot and also one foot one hands. She tried one foot stand ups on the bar for the first time as well as starting to learn backwards where she dipped her feet (or shoe skies) in a couple of times.

Leanne working on one foots

Leanne learning to place her feet in for backwards

David Bray (Brazy or funky pants) tried to keep up with his son Nik and did both back toe holds on his feet on the extension and did his first line step one foots on shoe skis. Brazy said he will have to do some secret training to catch up to Nik!!

Brazy getting into line step for the first time

Brazy doing back one foot, one hands

Casey from Blackwater has tried to step off a ski before but never tried a deep water start. He got his first taste of it on Sunday.

Casey's first attempt on the bar

I would just like to say thanks to the Haylock Family for having us at their house, Jody for organising it and Brazy for allowing us the use of his boat. You guys and girls all did a fantastic job. We shared lots of laughs over the 2 days, it was a great clinic and we couldn’t have gotten better weather if we tried! I look forward to going back in a couple of weeks to do it all over again… but this time for 6 days. Next I am heading up to Cairns, QLD for a 6 day clinic from the 7th May – 12th May.

Nik, Jody & I enjoying the ride back.

Nik & I in our WBC attire :)

Ashleigh Stebbeings

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One Response to “Ashleigh Stebbeings: Barefoot Waterskiing Clinic at Bedford Weir, QLD AUST!!”

  1. Melanie Salisbury says:

    My husband is wanting to do some barefoot lessons and I was wondering where in Queensland they are done and when??

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