Brody Meskers: My 120 Turn Challenge

When I went to the World Barefoot Center this summer, Swampy presented me with the 120 turn challenge. The 120 turn challenge consists of 120 turns with no more than 2 falls. That afternoon in the boat was one of the most nerve-racking times barefooting (even more so than skiing at the World Championships that I competed in the summer before). If I fail, I know that 500 turns await me the next day. I hopped in the water, gave myself a pep talk, and before I knew it I had 60 turns in with only one fall. With a glimmer of hope, I am half way there but my arms felt like they were going to fall off. Not a good way to start the next 60 turns.

A fall at 80 turns really messed with my head. Then reality hit at turn 107–I fell! I was disappointed and mad knowing what was ahead of me. Swampy, well let’s just say… he wasn’t too happy with me either. So, we headed back and I just lay down in my room, dreading 500 turns. After calling home to talk to my dad and feeling a little sorry for myself, I sucked it up and accepted that I had a new challenge ahead– and I wasn’t going to lose this one! The plan was to do 120 turns three times and then finish off with the last 140 turns. I didn’t have to worry about the number of falls this time out, but I couldn’t imagine 500 turns. My entire day consisted of turns and sleep, but I did it!

Needless to say, I am much better at doing turns and my mental strength took a little boost as well.

Brody Meskers

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