Archive for the ‘Barefooting Videos’ Category

Ten Back Barefooting in Madison

Monday, June 24th, 2013

On Father’s Day, June 16, twelve guys slipped into the water to get ready to barefoot backwards. The plan was for eleven of them to flip around on a ski and step off. Paul Stokes planned to step off and do a front-to-back. It took four attempts, one dislocated shoulder (Bob Mahnke left in an ambulance) and one fall, but ten guys barefooted backwards for what may be a World Record.

The stunt was the brainchild of Jeff Jacobson. “The purpose of this was for a Mad-City Team record,” said Jeff. “Everyone involved is either on the team, an alumni or from Madison. The average age of the guys was 43, ranging from the youngest at 32 to the oldest at 55.”

The boat crew contributed to the successful run with Don Heilman at the wheel, Dan Jaworski handling all the ropes and Sue Heilman capturing the photos.

The back barefoot team: Jeff Tash, Jim Larson, Paul Stokes, Eric Schulz, Kirk Schulz, Dan Wang, Scott Hamele, Beau Urban, Bob Mahnke, Michael Nowicki, and Scott Solberg.

Whether the ten-man line counts as a World Record or not is up for debate and subject to the Water Ski Federation approval. Thirty years ago at Sea World in Texas, a ten-man back barefoot line was recorded in this photograph:

Written by: Karen Putz

Tommie Copper at the World Barefoot Center

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Keith St. Onge, Tom Kallish, Jeff Sussman and Josh Chapman

In April, the Tommie Copper company came out to the World Barefoot Center to film Karen Putz and Keith St. Onge on and off the water.

Tommie Copper is a company which makes copper-infused compression wear for pain relief and injuries.  The owner, Tom Kallish, experienced a water ski accident after slaloming over a submerged log.  He endured several operations on his back, hips and knees.  His doctor prescribed compression wear for his injuries, but Tom found the products bulky and uncomfortable.  He researched the healing properties of copper, developed a copper-infused yarn and patented the fabric and process.  One year ago, Karen discovered the Tommie Copper products after recovering from surgery.  For the full story of how this film project came about:

Karen Putz and the Tommie Copper Story

A video is in the works and the company released a web commercial:

Tom Kallish slaloming at the WBC

KSO being interviewed

Tom Kallish and Karen Putz

Videos of the World Barefoot Champions

Monday, January 21st, 2013

David Small

Four-time Open World Champion, David Small is Co-owner of the World Barefoot Center, and one of the greatest barefoot waterskiers on this planet. He is originally from England, now living in Winter Haven, Florida. Dave holds more Overall World Titles than any other skier in the history of the sport, and also had held the Jump and Tricks World Record.

Keith St. Onge

Keith St. Onge, or “KSO”, is one of the most influencial barefoot waterskiers in our sports history and is a legend in the footing community. As part owner of the World Barefoot Center and 2x World Champion with over 20 years experience, Keith has a grasp on the sport few have experienced, and it shows on the water! Keith is the author of Gliding Soles, Lessons from a Life on Water.

Surface Turns on my Bare Feet!

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Turns are a BIG part of barefoot water skiing. Before you can even begin to learn turns, you must learn all of the basics. I had to have all of my one foots and toe holds down. Swampy told me I had to be able to trick over 2000 points without doing turns. My trick run would be toe up, toe hold, toe hold, 360 tumble to 1, 360 tumble to 1, one foot, one foot, hop, sit down stand up to 1, sit down stand up to 1, sit down stand up to 2, then I would do a back deep, get into line step position and do one foot, one foot, hop, (get out of line step) back toe hold, back toe hold. All of the basics really help with turns, especially the front and back toe holds. Once you have mastered the basics and are solid with it all, you are ready for turns. The reason you must learn the basics first is so that you do not pick up any bad habits, because bad habits are very hard to break. It’ll be easier if you just learn the right way.

My first front-to-back came as a real shock. About four days before I did it, I had worked nothing but back toe-holds and line step position. I was already solid on my front one foots and toe holds. After finally getting my line step, one, one, hop, back toe, back toe, I was able to start learning turns. I had done turns on the WBC shoe skis before, but it was a long time ago, and they weren’t consistent. One morning, A.J. and Ben took me out for a set of turns on the WBC shoe skis, and it went very well. My basic front to back was my best turn out of all four of them. For the rest of that day I had just kept working turns on the shoe skies.

The next day, Swampy and A.J. took me out to try a couple turns on my feet; just to get the feel of them. As I jumped in the water, A.J. told me that turning on your feet and turning on the shoe skis are not much different. He also told me not to over think it, because once you start to think about it, you’re not going to make it. So I got up and just pictured myself on the shoe skis. I turned with my pivot foot and made my first front to back. I had made it on my first attempt. I was so shocked and didn’t know what to think, say or do, so I just floated in the water laughing. I was SPEECHLESS and EXCITED!! As soon as I made that turn, I was so surprised that I looked at the camera, as I was skiing backwards, and said something I probably shouldn’t have. Once I had made the first one, I tried a few more, but failed the rest. Two days later, I went out with Ben and Brody Meskers and made two more front to backs and my first back to front. One of the main things that help THE MOST is to just not think about it; just do it. I want to thank Swampy, A.J., Ben, Keith and Dave for a fun week and teaching me all that they did!

By: Chandler Cargile Chandler Cargile makes Front to Back!

Ben Groen, Back in the USA

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Ben Groen is back at the World Barefoot Center after spending a few weeks back home in New Zealand.  Before he left, he took one last spin on the water.  What a spin it was!

Check out the cool camera footage taken with the GoPro camera:

Ski With the Top Barefoot Champions

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

In two short years, the World Barefoot Center has grown to include the top barefoot champions from around the world.  We love what we do, and it shows in our passion for the sport.  Like Swampy always says, “Let your feet do the talking.”

INSANE SKIING from WorldBarefootCenter on Vimeo.

WBC Invitational Teaser 2

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

4 weeks to go until the WBC Invitational!! Check out the latest video.

WBC INVITATIONAL OFFICIAL TEASER 2 – DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES? from WorldBarefootCenter on Vimeo.

WBC Invitational Teaser 1

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

This is the WBC Invitational Official Teaser 1….. MORE TO COME!! Keep and eye out for them.

WBC INVITATIONAL OFFICIAL TEASER from WorldBarefootCenter on Vimeo.

Judy Myers Featured on Growing Bolder

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

KSO and Judy

World Barefoot Center sponsored skier, Judy Myers, is a legend in the sport of barefooting, being the oldest female competitor (Sharon Carlson is right behind her!). Check out the video that Growing Bolder did on Judy Myers and how she inspired Karen Putz to get back on the water. The video also has footage of Banana George Blair:   Barefoot Competitor Walks on Water.

Find more inspiring video, audio, and images at Growing Bolder.

We Are WBC — Featuring the World Barefoot Center Elite Skiers

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Five skiers, five National Champions, three World Champions:  Keith St. Onge, David Small, Ben Groen, A.J. Porreca and Ashleigh Stebbeings.  Take a look:

WE ARE WBC from WorldBarefootCenter on Vimeo.

Oh, and somewhere in there, is the Elite Coach, Swampy Bouchard. He keeps them all going.