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Will Leigh – Moving Lakeside

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Recently my family and I were fortunate enough to be able to move from my parent’s farm in the country side, into the house on our lake side farm. By doing this I am now able to be a day student at the school I attend, compared to being a border which only allowed me to come home on the weekends. This has given me the opportunity to ski before going to school in the morning. Being able to ski more has helped me so much with enhancing my skiing ability heading into the summer. A big thank you to mum and dad for making this decision.

By William Leigh


Sam Meredith: World Barefoot Center Visit Oct/Nov 2015

Monday, November 30th, 2015

This year my trip to WBC was for 3 main reasons; to ski, go on Smallz stag and to be there for Tabbs & Smallz Wedding Day. Before I arrived at the WBC I set myself a couple of targets for my trip. I wanted to successfully complete back toe holds on my feet and to also get more comfortable skiing backwards. I had a quiet summer season skiing in the UK, so this was only the third time to be back on the water this year.

The first week was a really tough week which consisted of a lot of slaps and face-plants, mainly trying to ride one foots backwards. Every time I lifted my one foot up especially on the reverse, I would get defensive and start to dive away by pushing on my toes. Two of the most important things I learnt during the first week which helped me the most was to SLOW everything down and to push straight down on my standing foot rather than ploughing through the water and pushing out. After a few failed attempts I relaxed, slowed everything down and the one foots became so much easier and less painful. I even managed to ride a few passes without falling.

After three full days of skiing I was ready for a break as my body was not ski fit. One thing I learnt is you can’t really get ski fit in a gym, nothing can prepare your body on the water more then simply skiing a lot. Before the boys headed off for the weekend stag break, a group of us at the school all went out for a night ski. I have always wanted to night ski, it was a wicked night.



After Las Vegas I couldn’t wait to get back on the water! With my main goal still in mind, I was on a mission to complete a few back toe holds before I went back to the UK. After the 3 day stag break I started getting much more comfortable skiing backwards. I even surprised myself by successfully completing backwards slalom both on the shoe skis and on my feet for the first time. Doing backwards longline and mixing it up with slalom helped me a lot. On one of my last mornings when I was out with Dave Small he had me doing a pass of back ones and back toe holds on my feet. I was concentrating on not diving away and keeping flat on my foot and I managed to do two or three back toes. It felt AWESOME! The last few days I worked on my slalom and jump. The whole trip and the training made me think about how much I need to start training more in the UK.

– By Sam Meredith

James Callahan: Sailing Trip 2015

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

I recently got back from a sailing trip to the Bahamas. We sailed around the Abaco Islands, which are absolutely jaw dropping beautiful. In my opinion our family did pretty good at sailing, I mean we went 7.7 knots (8.86 miles per hour). One thing that really surprised me was how the beaches were completely vacant.  I’m not complaining but the whole beautiful beach was to yourself.  It was a little weird.

Also the snorkeling there was amazing, you can already see straight down to the sand in 15 feet of water.  You can see but with goggles on its like you can’t tell the difference between normally seeing and under water.

The Bahamians are spectacular people there always willing to help and start a conversation with you. Even though they’re hard to understand sometimes because they talk so fast. The food in the Bahamas was remarkable. The fish, and conch was the best. We went to this spot called Two Shorty’s in New Plymouth, Green Turtle Cay and they had the best fried conch. After like ten minutes since we ordered we could here her making a cracking noise in the back, at first we were wondering what it was but then we realized that is was the conch she was hand pounding to tenderize it. It was mind blowing it tastes so good let alone the sauce.

We sailed to an island where there are wild pigs that you can feed so we did. After we gave them all of our food that we brought with us we went snorkeling around the island it wasn’t very good so we walked back to our dingy and guess who we saw. Bradley Cooper, Bradley Cooper was the actor in Hang Over and American Sniper. Yeah it was just our family and Bradley Cooper on a beach Even though it was so much fun it took a few days to get used to sleeping on the sailboat. It was a little hard but I think I had the best bed in the boat. It was a couch/table eating area so we just lowered the table and put cushions over it and there I slept. The best part about it though was the breeze that came through the top window, it deflected a lot wind right at me and it was nice on the hot days. Another thing I had to get used to was the waves rocking you back and forth.

-Sleeping on sailboat

-visiting pigs on No Name Cay and Bradley Cooper


Kenneth Eissler – German Nationals

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015


The German Nationals took place from the 12th until the 14th of July, 2015 in Röllfeld am Main which is near Frankfurt. The open Skier Stefan Weigand organised a very big event. We arrived at a camping place on Thursday afternoon and couldn`t believe what we saw: The competition hadn`t even started but there were already spectators, big tents, sponsor signs and everything you need for a great weekend.

Usually the German Nationals are a more familiar event but Stefan had another plan for the competition this year. The weather was also perfect so we started with the trick and slalom events on Friday. Even the life stream worked so the spectators could watch what happens behind the boat. On Saturday morning the German TV came and interviewed a few skiers and filmed a lot.

The competition was going very well and in the afternoon the excitement got even bigger. We were starting to get ready for the first round of Jumping, when hundreds of people started rolling in to came and watch us jump. They were fascinated by the sport and especially the invert jumpers caught their attention. Lukas Heiss, Stefan Weigand, Frank Renelt, Chris Kurz and I had a hard fight for the gold medal in Jumping.

I really enjoyed skiing in front of so many people because it gives you a great feeling, it makes all the hard training worth it. In the above  picture you can see my 22.6 metres jump from the competition and in the background there are all the people who were there supporting us. All in all it was an amazing weekend and in my opinion the best German nationals I skied so far because it really pushed our sport forward and made it more famous in Germany.

Thanks again for everyone who made it possible!

by Kenneth Eissler

Don’t Focus On Luxury – submitted by Joni Gerard

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

Concepts Written by Daniel Coyle from The Little Book of Talents


We love comfort. We love state-of-the-art practice facilities, oak-paneled corner offices, spotless locker rooms, and fluffy towels. Which is a shame, because luxury is a motivational narcotic: It signals our unconscious minds to give less effort. It whispers, Relax, you’ve made it. The talent hotbeds are not luxurious. In fact, they are so much the opposite that they are sometimes called chicken-wire Harvards. Top music camps—especially ones that can afford better—consist mainly of rundown cabins. The North Baltimore Aquatic Club, which produced Michael Phelps and four other Olympic medalists, could pass for an underfunded YMCA. The world’s highest-performing schools—those in Finland and South Korea, which perennially score at the top of the Program for International Student Assessment rankings—feature austere classrooms that look as if they haven’t changed since the 1950s. The point of this tip is not moral; it’s neural. Simple, humble spaces help focus attention on the deep-practice task at hand: reaching and repeating and struggling. When given the choice between luxurious and spartan, choose spartan. Your unconscious mind will thank you.

Kenneth Eissler – Live Interview

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Last weekend was very special to me because I was invited to a German TV show. It took place at a big festival and was broadcasted live on TV. I arrived early at the place and was already excited, there was a big stage and many people running around and working to make this big show happen. After the first trial I became less nervous and really enjoyed answering the question about barefoot waterskiing and explained why this sport is so special to me.


Finally at 8pm the show started with a few famous German singers and interviews of other young sportsmen. It was such a great feeling to sit in front of thousand people talking about my big passion: jumping! I really relaxed myself and just enjoyed the interview. This was such a great experience and hopefully it wasn’t the last interview on TV for this year.


by Kenneth Eissler

Carol Jackson – Other Sports That Complement Barefooting

Sunday, November 15th, 2015


Barefoot Water skiers as athletes must maintain a level of strength to ski and prevent injury. Working the upper body, core and lower body is essential. Balance can be improved being involved in other complementary sports.

Some sports you might try are as follows:

  • Rollerblading
  • Indo Board
  • Horse Back Riding
  • Bicycling
  • Tennis
  • Slalom (3 event)
  • Wake boarding
  • Trick skiing

It is always good to cross train between sports particularly in the off season.

– by Carol Jackson

James Callahan – New Boat

Saturday, November 14th, 2015

I’m so excited because we got a new boat from Idaho. It’s a Malibu Flightcraft and it’s a really nice boat because it can get you out of the water really quick and that makes it easy to get up. It also has an outboard so it goes really fast and has a small wake. It’s a lot easier to practice barefooting now that we have two boats.  I can ski in a lake 8 minutes away from my house in Minnesota and my family also has a cabin in Wisconsin.

Our new boat is actually an “old” boat, a 1998 barefoot competition boat.  My Dad had a similar boat when he was a kid growing up. They are hard to find so we were happy when we found it.  It’s nice to have a boat that can do the same things as the ones at WBC.  My Dad is trying to teach my sister to drive so she can take me skiing any time I want.  I love being on the water, so I hope she figures it out soon.

By James Callahan



Thursday, October 29th, 2015


Eating a healthy, balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health, and can help you feel your best. It doesn’t have to be difficult either. Eat the right amount of calories for how active you are, so that you balance the energy you consume with the energy you use. If you eat or drink too much, you’ll put on weight. If you eat and drink too little, you’ll lose weight. It is recommended that men have around 2,500 calories a day (10,500 kilojoules). Women should have around 2,000 calories a day (8,400 kilojoules). Most adults are eating more calories than they need, and should eat fewer calories.  Eat a wide range of foods to ensure that you’re getting a balanced diet and that your body is receiving all the nutrients it needs.


Starchy foods should make up around one third of the foods you eat, potatoes, cereals, pasta, rice and bread. Most of us should eat more starchy foods: try to include at least one starchy food with each main meal. Some people think starchy foods are fattening, but gram for gram the carbohydrate they contain provides fewer than half the calories of fat.

It’s recommended that we eat at least five portions of fruit and veg. It’s easier than it sounds. A glass of unsweetened 100% fruit juice (150ml) can count as one portion, and vegetables cooked into dishes also count. I try to mount my plate with lean meat and fill up on green vegetables not too many root vegetables if you want to lean up.


Fish is a good source of protein and contains many vitamins and minerals. Aim to eat at least 2 portions of fish a week, including at least one portion of oily fish. Oily fish contains omega-3 fats, which may help to prevent heart disease. You can choose from fresh, frozen and canned: but remember that canned and smoked fish can be high in salt. Oily fish include salmon, mackerel, trout, herring, fresh tuna, sardines and pilchards. Non-oily fish include haddock, plaice, coley, cod, tinned tuna, skate and hake. If you regularly eat a lot of fish, try to choose as wide a variety as possible. We all need some fat in our diet. But it’s important to pay attention to the amount and type of fat we’re eating. There are two main types of fat: saturated and unsaturated. Too much saturated fat can increase the amount of cholesterol in the blood, which increases your risk of developing heart disease. Saturated fat is found in many foods, such as hard cheese, cakes, biscuits, sausages, cream, butter, lard and pies. Try to cut down on your saturated fat intake, and choose foods that contain unsaturated fats instead, such as vegetable oils, oily fish and avocados. For a healthier choice, use just a small amount of vegetable oil or reduced-fat spread instead of butter, lard or ghee. When you’re having meat, choose lean cuts and cut off any visible fat.

fresh salmon steak on white background

Sugary foods and drinks, including alcoholic drinks, are often high in energy (measured in kilojoules or calories), and if eaten too often, can contribute to weight gain. They can also cause tooth decay, especially if eaten between meals. Cut down on sugary fizzy drinks, alcoholic drinks, sugary breakfast cereals, cakes, biscuits and pastries, which contain added sugars: this is the kind of sugar we should be cutting down on, rather than sugars that are found in things such as fruit and milk.


Food labels can help: use them to check how much sugar foods contain. More than 22.5g of total sugars per 100g means that the food is high in sugar, while 5g of total sugars or less per 100g means that the food is low in sugar. Use food labels to help you cut down. More than 1.5g of salt per 100g means the food is high in salt. Adults and children over 11 should eat no more than 6g of salt a day. Younger children should have even less. Eat less salt, eating excessive amounts of salt has been proven to increase the risk of heart disease.


Eating a healthy, balanced diet plays an essential role in maintaining a healthy weight, which is an important part of overall good health. Being overweight or obese can lead to health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, heart disease and stroke.  Most adults need to lose, and need to eat fewer calories to do this. If you’re trying to lose weight, aim to eat less and be more active. Eating a healthy, balanced diet will help: aim to cut down on foods that are high in fat and sugar, and eat plenty of fruit and vegetables. Don’t forget that alcohol is also high in calories, so cutting down can help you to control your weight.


Physical activity can help you to maintain weight loss or be a healthy weight. Being active doesn’t have to mean hours at the gym: you can find ways to fit more activity into your daily life. For example, try getting off the bus one stop early on the way home from work, and walking. Being physically active may help reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.  After getting active, remember not to reward yourself with a treat that is high in energy. If you feel hungry after activity, choose foods or drinks that are lower in calories, but still filling.


We need to drink about 2 litres to stop us getting dehydrated. This is in addition to the fluid we get from the food we eat. All non-alcoholic drinks count, but water and lower-fat milk are healthier choices. Try to avoid sugary soft and fizzy drinks that are high in added sugars and calories, and are also bad for teeth. Even unsweetened fruit juice is sugary, so try to limit how much you drink to no more than one glass (about 150ml) of fruit juice each day.


Some people skip breakfast because they think it will help them lose weight. In fact, research shows that eating breakfast can help people control their weight. A healthy breakfast is an important part of a balanced diet, and provides some of the vitamins and minerals we need for good health. A whole grain cereal with fruit sliced over the top is a tasty and nutritious breakfast. Eating healthy makes you feel a lot better in yourself and can make you train harder and give you increased mental focus which is a key factor for barefoot skiing.


– Sam Meredith

James Callahan: My First Barefoot Nationals

Friday, August 21st, 2015

I recently participated in my first Barefoot Nationals Tournament at Blue Moo Lake in Alma Center, Wisconsin. It was so much fun and everyone was so nice and helpful. The judges and the driver made me feel a lot better and I was not as nervous as I was before.  After I was done everyone was congratulating me.

I received my first medal.  I got silver in tricks and slalom.  Everyone was cheering and clapping and I felt very proud of myself scoring a new personal best in slalom.  Of course, I would’ve like to have gold, but I was glad the gold went to Brice Storman – my fellow WBC teammate.

Some of the highlights were seeing veteran barefooter, Jim Boyette,  who has gone to every Barefoot Nationals, since the 70s.  Also, it was awesome watching Landen Ehlers shatter his pb (personal best) in Slalom and Tricks.  KSO makes everything look so easy.  It was especially cool watching the night jumping.  After going to regionals and nationals, I realized how welcoming and supportive the barefoot community is.  I’m glad I picked up this sport.
Congratulations to Ashleigh on her pending World Record in slalom.  Also, a major shout out to all the instructors at WBC for their great instruction. Thanks and I look forward to working towards my goal of qualifying for Worlds back at Blue Moo Lake in 2016.
James Callahan