Archive for the ‘Barefooting Across America’ Category

Keith St. Onge in the Aberdeen, SD News

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

I was lucky enough to have the Aberdeen News come out and take a few pictures of myself and my students while out barefoot water skiing at Mina Lake, SD.  I was doing a barefoot water ski clinic for the Aqua Addicts Show Ski Team this past week and it was a huge success!

To see the article and video click here

To see the pictures and students in the clinic click here:  Scott Schauer has been coming down to the World Barefoot Center Ski School for the past three years and it’s a pleasure to work with him on his own turf this time around.

Keith St. Onge on Mina Lake near Aberdeen, SD

Whole Foods Market Fuels Champions!

Friday, August 26th, 2011

As many of you can imagine, being a professional athlete goes hand in hand with eating well and taking care of the body.  As a barefoot waterskier, I have to stay on top of my eating habits to preform to the absolute best of my abilities.  During a four month Anytime Fitness  National Barefoot Tour on the road, Whole Foods Market has kept me and my fiance, Lauren Lindeman, going strong.  As we go from town to town, we stop at Whole Foods along the way.  Health is always on our mind– we enjoy real foods and we applaud Whole Foods for providing so many wonderful products.  We live vegetarian, dairy free, and gluten free– this is the best lifestyle for us! 

Whole Foods Market

 Thank you, Whole Foods, for making healthy foodies like us happy! 

Keith St. Onge and Lauren Lindeman

Thank You-Barefoot Ski Ranch!

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Stuart and Jennifer Parsons hosted the 2011 Barefoot Nationals on there private lake at the Barefoot Ski Ranch located in Waco, Texas.  This beautiful ski site is perfect for barefoot tournaments.  Multiple lakes, huge docks, great viewing from above and indoor ac, and lots of golf carts and razors to zip around in.   Thank you Stuart and Jennifer! 

We thank you for everyone who was involved in making this a fantastic tournament.  Your hard work is appreciated, we couldn’t have done it without you! 

Thank you for all your hard work!

Judges Dale and Brian

Phil and Swampy- The VOICES of Nationals

Saftey-Paul Adams

Live Video Feed done by KSO and Lynn Johnson


We can’t forget those that come to support and cheer for us!  You mean the world to us!

A shout out to Brenden Paige's Parents via the Live Feed.

Barefooting Family

Skiers and Supporters

Fans lined up the shoreline!

We are looking foward to seeing everyone next year at Barefoot Nationals 2012 and Worlds 2012 at the Barefoot Ski Ranch in Waco, TX. Yeeeehawwww!

St. Louis Figure Eight Champion Ron Blouw!

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Glen Meuller St. Louis Figure Eight hosted by the Barefoot Gang which includes Tim Konezter and Anthony Gramilino.

Setting up the tourney and getting ready for the skiers  hit the water.

Barefooters hit the water slapping fives and grrrring through the rollers!

Ron Blouw

Ready to compete


Game On!

Figure Eights just wouldn’t be the same without men painting there toes.  They secretly like it:) Checkout these beauties!

Aren't those pretty?


And the skiing and camaraderie goes on…..

Hot Feet!

Good Fun

Barefooters getting ready

Figure 8

Now for the awards!

Winners of the First Eight or Shortest 8?

Chris McWaters with the BEST FALL of the tourney!

KSO and Blouw hold the tourney Records 2 1/4 figure 8

Catlynn's First Figure Eight!

In 4th Place Keith St. Onge

4th Place! Keith St. Onge

In 3rd Place JJ Link

3rd Place! JJ Link

In 2nd Place Tim Hydro Konezter

Tim Konezter in 2nd Place! Also the annoucer:)

And for the  Glen Meuller St. Louis Figure Eight Champion Ron Blouw!

Ron Blouw

Rob Blouw takes 1st Place!

Barefooters get on the podium:

Tim, Ron, JJ

Congratulations to all the skiers we hope to see you at the next tourney!  Thank you to all the organizers and competitors we appreciate your hard works and support.

By Keith St. Onge and Lauren Lindeman

Volunteering at a Disabled Waterski Clinic

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Rewarding, life changing, all around fantastic experience!

Lauren, Wildman Willie, and Keith

Keith St. Onge andLauren Lindeman volunteered at a disabled waterski clinic in St. Louis, MO.  The event was called Summer Splash 2011 and it was a blast!

First things first we had to learn how to help and what to do exactly with the disabled skiers.  Good thing we had some practice with a few of the veteran skiers.  Here is what we learned:

1. How to postion the skier into the ski.  Their ski’s are extremely buoyant so we had to submerge the ski to get them into it.

2. Multiple ways to tie the rope on. Some need it long to hold onto and others are not capable to hold onto it. If that is the case then they are put on a pin in the boat that can release the rope.

3. Signals and signs

4. How to start the skier is most important and it depends on the shape and size of the board.

5. Techniques for helping a fallen skier.  A jet ski follows next to the skier and if the fall a volunteer will jump off the jet ski and help the individual back into the ski.

Learning Skier Position

Doug has been skiing for many years.  Unfortunately Doug was not allowed to ski this year because of Doctors orders since he had recent shoulder surgery.  Doug and Lauren made the best of the beautiful day and did some swimming.  Doug worked on treading water which is great rehab for his shoulder.

Doug and Lauren

Treading Water

Offering a helping hand is an important part of life!  Do what you can today to help others, it makes a difference!

Giving a helping hand

By Keith St. Onge and Lauren Lindeman

Footin’ on a Piece of Heaven- St. Louis

Monday, August 8th, 2011

The wind was howling, leaves were blowing and yet and the quiver off the Mississippi River was GLASS calm all day long!  The water was a little high so we had to watch out for debris, other than that it was great skiing conditions. The day prior to the clinic the Anytime Fitness Tour Bus had some issues and needed a little bit of work done on it, so Lauren was not around to take pictures the first day:(  Here is our crew for the second day!

Mark got up for the first time backwards on shoe skis!  How sweet is that!  Then he took it one step further and easily did a backwards one foot. Great work!

Great backwards barefoot position

Back One Foot

 Mark’s son Nathan came out and did some footin’ too!  Before barefoot lessons with Keith St. Onge Nathan was tumbling up directly on the boom.  After a few goes look at Nathan go on the shortline! Way to go buddy!

Ready for a tumble up!

Nathan on the Shortline!

Kristin Smith learns a step off with ease! First on the boom then shortline and next step behind the boat on the longline.  Keep working it Kristin, we hope to see your name in the brackets on the WBC Figure Eight Championships in Winter Haven, FL.  Remember future Figure 8’ers…learn your one foots on the boom before you attempt kicking a ski!

One Foot!

Stepping OffOne Foot!

Caitlynn Smith is a natural barefooter.  Everything Caitlynn attempted she accomplished the first time!  Deepwater starts on the boom, shortline, and then longline.  Every time it was perfect and smooth.  Check her out on her first time behind the boat.  Three point to a great stand up!  

Front Deepwater Start

Barefooting Longline


Abby’s dad had his work cut out for him and learned a lot in one day!


Getting ready to stand up and Barefoot

Barefooting Longline

Abby learned how to barefoot water ski behind the boat in one day. 

Footing Longline

Barefooting behind the boat! Wooo Hoo!

 By Keith St. Onge and Lauren Lindeman

Visiting Anytime Fitness Corporate Office

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Visiting Anytime Fitness Corporate Office

Anytime Fitness Tour Bus!

On our way through Minnesota we stopped by Anytime Fitness Corporate and met up with Mark Daly and our sponsor and club owner Natalie Betts. When arrived to Hastings, MN and we were greeted with smiles of amazement. Everyone was so curious why there was a thirty five by ten foot Anytime Fitness moving billboard parked in the visitor parking area. “We did not know we had an Anytime Fitness bus” many employers said.  Mike and Natalie  Betts helped us create a nationwide promotion of Anytime Fitness brand awareness wrapped in a tour bus.  The tour is linked with 2x World Champion Keith St. Onge’s Barefoot Tour, which also promotes my barefoot ski school in Winter Haven, FL  The World Barefoot Center.  Traveling the country spreading the word about health, eating right, and getting active has been a blast!  Follow the tour via  at Anytime Fitness National Barefoot Tour.

Keith St. Onge

The corporate offices of Anytime Fitness have the most phenomenal atmosphere!  Everyone was  upbeat, relaxed, an all around good vibe for happiness and health.  With bright colored walls and workout equipment made the offices feel like a true gym.  A special hallway is filled with news paper articles focusing on amazing Anytime Fitness gym goers with success stories.  The most memorable success story is when Jay Leno makes a big mistake on his show!  This success story is the major one that will hit home. Click here for story. It’s important to remember that no matter how much or how little you succeed at least you are doing something!  We applaud Susan Bock, keep it going girl!

We had to hit the road once again.  Anytime through us some personal swag and other gifts to hand out on the road.  We said our thank you’s and goodbyes and hit the pavement!

By Keith St. Onge and Lauren Lindeman

Our Second Home- Chetek Wisconsin

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Chetek, Wisconsin with the Chetek Hydroflites Water Ski Show Team

Barefooting Boys of Chetek. Let's take this same picture in five years time. That would be funny!

The Chetek Hydroflites take the cake when it comes to consistently booking in a clinic with me for the past 7 years in a row.  Working with the Hydroflites skiers and the clinic organizer Ryan Hayes has been easy which makes my life on the road smooth.  This week we had three days and the boats were full!  The interesting thing is that 95% of the skiers were under 12 years old.

Over the past few years the Hydroflite ski show has altered it’s ski show acts more towards barefoot tricks.  Oh and we aren’t talking about the old men, but young kids with talent and drive!  Barefooting is the Hydroflites strength and they use it well for tournaments.

We have some exciting news!  At the Wisconsin State Show Ski Tournament 2011 three young boys scored the highest points compared to any other act in the Chetek Hydroflite show!  Congratulations to Brody Meskers with the back toe hold, back to front, Derek Buchman and Brandon Books for double front toe holds!  Boys, you have worked for it and done well!  It has been a pleasure training all of you!

By Keith St. Onge and Lauren Lindeman

KSO Barefooting with Blouw & Friends

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Ron Blouw a Footstock Figure Eight Champion, hired Keith St. Onge to give  some barefoot lessons on Lake Payne in Michigan. Two wonderful days  full of skiing and tons of fun! Check out the video that Ron Blouw put together:

Ron and Cheryl were great hosts! Thank you for all of your support!

Keith St. Onge and Lauren Lindeman

Only Jesus and Barefooters Walk on Water

Saturday, July 30th, 2011
Day 5 the afternoon session!

Only Jesus and Barefooters Walk on Water!

Youth Pastor Dan Boeck has been down the the World Barefoot Center Ski School in Winter Haven, Florida a couple times.  This summer we were in Pastor Dan’s home state of Iowa doing a barefoot clinic.  Pastor Dan decided to bring a a group of kids to the barefoot clinic in Waterloo, IA.  It was a hot hot day, perfect barefooting weather.

 Dan’s Daughter Bethany Boeck, Roman Chrischilles, Josh Anderson, Zach Lukkes, and Mitchell Martin all joined in the fun.  Even though the boys thought it was more entertaining to take a fall each and every one of them got up barefooting in an afternoon!  Sweet job! Checkout the shots we took that day!

Thank you for coming over and joining in on the clinic.  We enjoyed our time and look forward to seeing you soon! Follow our tour on Facebook! Anytime Fitness National Barefoot Tour!

By: Keith St. Onge and Lauren Lindeman