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Highest Scoring Barefoot Act Award at the D2 Show Ski Nationals Tournament

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

The World Barefoot Center likes to support Show Skiing and had the honor to sponsored the Highest Scoring Barefoot Act  at the Division 2 Show Ski National Tournament.

Highest Scoring Barefoot Act Award at the Division 2 Show Ski National Tournament goes to the Lake City Skiers

Team WBC would like to Congratulate the Lake City Skiers for their achievement.

Highest Scoring Barefoot Act Award at the D1 Show Ski Nationals Tournament

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

The World Barefoot Center likes to support Show Skiing and had the honor to sponsored the Highest Scoring Barefoot Act  at the Division 1 Show Ski National Tournament.

Highest Scoring Act at the D1 Show Ski National Tournament Awarded by the World Barefoot Center

Congratulations to the Rock Aqua Jays on their huge barefoot line from Team WBC!!

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

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

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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Best Barefoot Ski School, Biggest Barefoot Ski School & Most Affordable Barefoot Ski School

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

Saying we are the Best Barefoot Ski School may be a little biased, but here are a few reasons we could be considered to be the best:

The best Barefoot Water Skiers in the World own and work at the WBC: David Small and Keith St.Onge have won the last six world titles, Ashleigh Stebbeings is the #1 female barefoot water skier in the world and Ben Groen is ranked #4 in the world.  There are some athletes that should only be athletes and not coaches or instructors but these four individuals have the common sense to be both.  Our instructors will not only provide a great service but they are safety conscious and provide a fun atmosphere in the boat while learning.

We have the best equipment and boats.  We use all Barefoot International products (Boom, Tower, Tower Extension), provide shoe skis and ropes & handles by US Gear.  Our boats are a little older, but that is entirely due to the wear and tear these boats go through on a daily basis.  The Sanger outboards have a flat wake, no chin spray off the side and are powered by brand new Evinrude engines.

The World Barefoot Center is the Largest Barefoot Ski School in the history of the sport.  This is a fact because:

We have four boats, fully equipped.
We have five top-level instructors that have titles as professionals, top four on the ranking list, hold world records, and years of experience.
We have four lakes which we use and can accommodate any wind direction.
We have a fully-stocked pro shop.
Our instructors are available seven days a week.
We pulled 22 skiers in one day, which is a record as far as we have ever heard.

Most Affordable prices:
Our clients can simply do their homework and Google our competitors prices.  The World Barefoot Center prices are the most reasonable, affordable, and fair-priced compared to any other barefoot ski school.


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The Hottest Selling T-Shirt at the World Barefoot Center

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

Ashleigh Stebbeings and Dave Small model the hottest selling T-shirt

What goes on in the minds of champions?

“A champion is someone who gets up even when he can’t.”

“No excuses, only challenges.”

“If it’s important to you, you’ll find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse.”

“Pain is temporary. Glory is forever.”

The WBC staff gathered some of their favorite motivational quotes and put them on a T-shirt– this is now the hottest selling T-shirt at the World Barefoot Center.  You can grab yours at the new World Barefoot Center Pro Shop:

WBC Quotes T-shirt

Summer Clinics:

Want to learn from a champion? You can book Keith St. Onge, David Small, Ashleigh Stebbeings or Ben Groen for a summer clinic in your boat, on your lake! From beginners to experts, all four of them have experience working with a diverse range of skills on the water. If you’ve always wanted to learn to barefoot water ski or nail that back deep, grab your chance this summer.

To book a clinic with one of the WBC crew: Summer Clinics 2013.

Ashleigh Stebbeings and Peter O’Neill are Athletes of the Year

Friday, December 21st, 2012

The International Waterski and Wakeboard Federation has selected Ashleigh Stebbeings and Peter O’Neill as Barefoot Athletes of the Year for 2012.

2012 Male and Female IWWF Barefoot Athletes of the Year!

Dec 19, 2012
Ashleigh Stebbeings and Peter O’Neill, both members of the 2012 Gold Medal Australian Team, have been selected by the World Barefoot Council as the Atheltes of the year for 2012.

Both of these individuals contributed team points in all three events to ensure the Australian Team of the Gold Medal at the 2012 World Barefoot Championships. Not since 1985 have the Australians held the Gold Medal position.

Please take a moment to check out thier 2012 accomplishments and nominations at Just click on the Awards link on the left and follow to Athelte of the Year. By Clicking their photos you can view the Bio for each of these amazing atheltes.

All the best to everyone in our community for a wonderful Holiday Season. More exciting news to follow!

Richard Gray
Chairman, World Barefoot Council

Daily Mercury, Stebbeings Named Athlete of the Year

2012 World Barefoot Water Ski Championships

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

This years World Championships was held 2 weeks after the US Barefoot National championships at the same site provided by Stuart Parsons at the Barefoot Ski Ranch in Waco, Texas.  A big thanks goes out to Stuart for putting both of these events on.  We all know that its a big job so we salute you :)

Areal view of BSR

If any of you reading this has ever been to BSR then you will know that it is probably one of the best water ski set ups in the World and it is very rare for the site to get blown out…. Throughout the week of Worlds we had the pleasure of a huge storm come around Florida and make its way towards Texas.  Fortunately it didn’t get quite over to us however it did bring wind to the site and there were a few occasions where both of the ski sites had white caps.  This made it interesting to say the least.

Opening ceremonies

The opening ceremonies were at BSRs new cable park and it was great to see so many different countries there especially Mexico and China which are new at the World Championships.  We were also shown a true texan show and got to see a shoot off……. interesting to say the least

2012 Medalists

Right after the opening ceremonies Worlds got under way. There were a lot of good skiing and having the live feed on the World Barefoot Centers website made it possible for fans, families and groupies (haha) to watch the skiing take place, real time.  All we need now is instant scoring ….. 😉

Team WBC

Here are the results for the Overall.


1. David Small

2. Keith St Onge

3. Peter O’Neill


1. Ashley Stebbeings

2. Elaine Heller

3. Georgie Groen

Junior boys

1. Keenan Derry

2. Ben Franks

3. Ryan Jameson

Junior girls

1. Georgia Groen

2. Kailey Koehler

3. Courtney McDonald

Senior men

1. Kenny Derry

2. Dan Baumgartner

3. Peter Fleck

Senior women

1. Gizella Halasz

2. Steffi Kirsch

3. Teri Jones

For more results go to

On the Friday night Stuart put on another night Jump Jam but this year there was no beat your PB event.  With it being held along side a Worlds event meant that we had all of the top jumpers from around the world which made for a very exciting event!!!  There were a lot of spectators there for this event which made it even more exciting for the skiers.  The results were…

Elimination round of jump jam


1. David Small

2. Keith St Onge

3. Ben Groen


1. Ashley Stebbeings

2. Elaine Heller

3. Georgia Groen

The closing banquet and prize giving was great to see as a huge hall was packed full of all the World wide skiers and spectators that had flown in from around the World to compete and to support the World Championships.

closing ceremonies

Well done to all of the competitors and a big thank you to the sponsors of the Worlds…  World Barefoot Center, Parsons Roofing, Sanger Boats, US Gear, BSR, Lake Elmo Sports

Written by David Small aka Small’z

Ashleigh Stebbeings sets a NEW WORLD RECORD in the Open Womens Trick Event of 5,050 pts!!!

Friday, July 6th, 2012

Ashleigh Stebbeings (AUS) made history on June 23, 2012 at the Southern Glass 2012 Barefoot Waterski Tournament held in Port St. Lucie, FL. Ashleigh set a new Women’s Barefoot Trick Record of 5050 Pts. and became the first women in history to push the World Record over the 5000 point mark.” – World Barefoot Council

The Trick Pass was as follows:

First Pass: Toe Up, 180 Front to Back, 180 Back to Front, 180 Front to Back Reverse, 180 Back to Front Reverse, 180 1 Foot Front to Back, 180 1 Foot Back to Front, 180 1 Foot Front to Back Reverse, 180 1 Foot Back to Front Reverse (downgraded 100 pts) then fall on a toe back! The first pass came out to 2600 pts.

Second Pass: Back Deep Water Start, Line Step Hop (not credit due to the video footage), Line Step 1 Foot, Line Step 1 Foot Reverse, 360 Back to Back, 360 Back to Back Reverse, 540 Back to Front, Toe Back (not credit as time has expired)! The second pass was 2450 pts.

I would like to say a special thanks to my Dad and Swampy for everything they have done for my skiing. My skiing wouldn’t be where it is today without them both. They have put their heart and soul into my skiing and I really hope they know how much I appreciate it. I would also like to thank everyone at the World Barefoot Center, my family and all the barefooters in Australia and around the world for their constant support. It means the world to me and it was such an amazing feeling to FINALLY break the 11 year old record! I hope to continue to move forward and that the girls can continue to raise the bar higher.

Ashleigh Stebbeings, AUS