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NSSA D1 & D2 National Tournament Barefoot Awards

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

The World Barefoot Center sponsored the Highest Scoring Barefoot Act Award at the 2015 Division 1 Show Ski National Tournament and also the 2015 Division 2 Show Ski National Tournament! The skiers really look forward to see who will win this award, since all teams can have the opportunity!

The 2015 Awards winners were as follows:

  • D1 award went to the Aquanut Water Shows
  • D2 award went to the Wisconsin Rapids Aqua Skiers

Congratulations from WBC to all the winners.2015 D1 & D2 Barefoot Thank you - KSO-WBC (1)

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.
Sincerely,
James Callahan
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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!!

Footapalooza 2014 Results

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Well Footapalooza 2014 is in the bag, and what a great event this year. Friday stated out very well with many practice runs and catching up with the northern footing crew. Silver lake was flat, warm, and at a great level. With the level of the water being nice and high, it kept many of the lily pads out of sight. By the time night fell the course was set and everything was ready to go for the next day.

​Saturday morning came in cool, foggy and overcast, but the water was flat. As the footers showed up, the fog began to lift and by 9 am the sun was beginning to get warm and the water remained flat. When registration was over we had a total of 29 footers and many new faces. This year was the biggest turnout we have had in 6 years. We had footers from all over. New Jersey, Winnipeg Canada, Florida, Iowa, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Missouri, and of course Wisconsin.

The first set of footers set the bar for the day by completing the first figure 8 of the day. The competition was fierce with great sportsmanship. There were many great match ups throughout the day, and with two divisions, it’s really too hard to go thru them all. I think many of the reader of this post would get bored, but I have a few key points to mention. We had several people that we’re doing 2 figure 8’s or more throughout the day. Additionally I believe the highlight of the Footapalooza was Doug Smith sr. facing off against his wife Kristin. As you can guess, the jokes were flying especially after Kristen took her husband out in the first 8, but let’s face it, Doug was in a no-win situation.

The day progressed smoothly without any weather delays, injuries, or boat issues. (Whew, thank God). After all was said and done we had a guy out of Winnipeg Canada winning the open division and taking 3rd in the pro division. It is important to mention that Wayne King skied back to back five times and never asked for a break and in fact, wanted just to keep going. The matches he was facing was no easy task–either every person he faced ran him at least 1 figure 8. Very impressive for anyone especially for someone that is 56 yrs old!

The rest of the breakdown went like this:

​Open division: Wayne King, Al Morrison, Todd Thompson, Travis Lepak, Brody Meskers, and Paul miller.

​Pro division: Jon DeBelak, Marc Donahue, Wayne King, Brad Pylman, Eric Devries, and then Ron Blouw.

​I would like to thank everyone that participated and helped with the running of the event. A special thanks to Dave Mueller for announcing, thanks to mike miller and Kevin bender for driving, and Trisha bender for running the bracket board.

Additionally I would like to thank our sponsors the World Barefoot Center, Masterline, Thor thoradson, al Morrison and Wood Ya eye ware, barefoot graphics and promotions, Beth ann baker, and if I forgot someone, I am sorry, but thank you so much. Finally I would like thank Bill Wolf and Greg Ake for allowing us to use this wonderful site.

​Footapalooza is going to happen next year in June time, as far as the date goes, that is up in June air. There is a chance–a better than average chance that it will be the week before Father’s Day. I will keep everyone posted. Additionally we have another contribution which means more of a payout.

Foot safe this summer and good luck in the tournaments. God bless you all.

Chris Mcwatters

2014 Barefoot Water Ski Tournaments

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

It’s barefoot tournament time!  For a complete list of barefoot tournaments, visit Barefoot.org.

2014 U. S. Regional Tournament Information:

July 18, 2014 Mid Western Regionals Blue Moo Lake
Alma Center, Wisconsin (3 days)
Paul Adams 612 710-3921

July 18, 2014 U.S. Eastern Regionals,
Prompton State Park, Prompton, PA
(2 days)
John Martines 570-280-9424

July 19, 2014 South Central Regional Tournament
Mystic Lakes, Wichita, KS
Chris Rinke 316-641-0721

July 26, 2014 Western Regional Championships,
Helena, MT (2 days)
Brian Heeney 406 443-7996

July 26, 2014 Jim Boyette Regional Championships
Lake David, Groveland FL
Paul Lower 321-460-0848

2014 Barefoot Nationals

August 12-16

Blue Moo Lake, Alma Center, WI

Tournament info: 2014 Barefoot Nationals

If you’re new to the sport or a long-time skier who is interested in tournament skiing, at WBC we are happy to get you ready to ski in your first tournament! Give us a call at or email wbcbarefoot@gmail.com.

Keith St. Onge’s World Championship History

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

1996 World Championship:

At the age of 18 Keith skied in his first World Championship held in Fergus Falls, MN in 1996.  Keith was a member of the winning USA World Team that earned a Gold in the Team Overall.  He qualified to ski in the second round in all three events (slalom, trick and jump) and took 7th Overall.

Keith St. Onge competing in his 1st World Championships in 1996

1998 World Championship:

In 1998 Keith moved to Florida for the winter and trained for the World Championship in Sydney, Australia.  He won his 1st gold medal in Slalom and took 3rd Overall.  Keith was a member of the winning USA World Team that earned a Gold in the Team Overall.

2000 World Championship:

In 2000 the World Championships went back to Fergus Falls, MN.  Keith did not place in the top three in the individual events but took Silver Overall.  Keith was a member of the winning USA World Team that earned a Gold in the Team Overall.

2002 World Championship:

In 2002 the Worlds were held in Wallsee, Austria.  Keith was favored to win the Overall.  He took Gold in Slalom, Silver in Tricks and Silver Overall.  He came up short to the young David Small from England that surprised everyone with his talented skiing.  Keith was a member of the winning USA World Team that earned a Gold in the Team Overall.

2004 World Championship:

In 2004 the Worlds were in Mulwala, Australia.  Keith won the Bronze in the Slalom and Trick events.  Keith was favored to win the Overall title once again but came up short to David Small.  For the third time in a row Keith won the Silver in the Overall title.  Frustrated and depressed on coming up short for the Gold Overall medal St. Onge changed his life habits and set out on a quest to win an Overall Title before it was too late. Keith was a member of the winning USA World Team that earned a Gold in the Team Overall.

2006 World Championship:

Keith trained harder than he ever had one year prior to this tournament and suffered a back injury that almost changed the outcome and stopped him from competing.  This event was held in Adna, Washington.  Favored to win once again the pressure was immense.  After the first round of the jump event Ketih’s back injury resurfaced.  The team masseuse (Charlene Portman) kept Keith’s back function-able to carry him through the tournament.  Keith went on to win the Gold in the Slalom event, Gold in the Trick event and his first Overall Title earning him the Gold.  This was by far Keith’s best performance setting World Records in every (3 rounds) round in the tricks event.   Keith was a member of the winning USA World Team that earned a Gold in the Team Overall.

2008/2009 World Championship:

Coming off his first Overall Title in 2006 Keith teamed up with past coach Gary “Swampy” Bouchard to train for the Word Championship in Otaki, New Zealand.  With an incredible trick routine put together by coach Swampy, Keith was the first skier to trick over 12,000 points in history.  Keith won Gold in Slalom and Bronze in the trick finals.  Keith won his first medal (Silver) in the jump event and won the Overall Title for the second time.

Keith St. Onge winning his 2nd Overall World Title with L-R, Team Coach Lee Stone, KSO with close friends Adin Daneker & Ryan Boyd

2010 World Championship:

Brandenbourg, Germany was the location of the 2010 Worlds.  Keith and David Small merged their barefoot water ski schools to create the World Barefoot Center.  They trained with each other under the wing of Coach Swampy and began skiing as friends but still harsh competitors at the tournaments.  Keith took Gold in Slalom and Tricks while David Small took Gold in Jump and Overall.  It was a clean sweep for the new business partners and a big win for the business.  Keith was a member of the winning USA World Team that earned a Gold in the Team Overall.

2012 World Championship:

Waco, Texas hosted the 2012 World tournament and it was another show down.  Keith won the Gold in Slalom and Tricks while David Small won the Gold in Jump and Overall.   Keith also won the Silver medal in the Overall title.  Keith was a member of the USA World Team that earned a Silver in the Team Overall.  This was the first time in twenty six years team USA did not win the Gold Team Overall.

2014 World Championship:

The worlds were held in Mulwala, Australia for a second time.  David Small put a personal best slalom score of 19.8 on the board in the 1st round.  Keith skied next and also put a personal best score on the board of 21.1.  The next event was jumping while Keith put a 25.4m jump up his first round David Small came back with a 26.5m jump putting them dead even for the Overall going into the tricks event.  David put a near perfect run together matching his world record of 12,150 points.  Keith bobbled on his first trick while the rest of his run quickly disintegrated.  He fell early in his second pass and posted low score up.  It was to low to make the semi-final round, which meant he would no longer be able to fight for an Overall medal.  The only thing he could do was focus on winning the gold in slalom and try to medal in the jump event.  Jump is Keith’s weak event but he had put many training hours into this event over the past few years.

Keith won the slalom event and jumped a personal best distance of 26.6m/87.3ft to put the pressure on world jump record holder David Small.  David fell short on his last jump giving Keith his first World Championship Jump Title and 13th career World Championship Gold Medal.  David Small won the trick and overall while Keith won Slalom and Jump.  This meant a clean sweep for business partners David Small and Keith St. Onge as well as for the World Barefoot Center Ski School.

Winning this jump title made Keith St.Onge 1 of 4 men to have ever won all three events at a World Championship. Others being, Brett Wing, Mike Seipel & Ron Scarpa.

2014 Jump Finals: 1st Keith St. Onge, 2nd David Small, 3rd Ben Groen. A World Barefoot Center sweep

2016 World Championship:

The Blue Moo in Alma Center, Wisconsin will host the 2016 Worlds.

Want to Volunteer at a Barefoot Water Ski Tournament?

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Attention all barefoot skiers and supporters.   We need your help!  Are you aware of how many volunteers are needed to put on a tournament?  Answer: more than we have!

In the past few years Mike Holt has put together judging, scoring, homologating, driving and safety clinics, get involved we NEED you!  There is no need to be a skier in order to help.  If you are a skier, the more knowledgeable you will be about how tournaments are run.

What is the right fit for you?  Here are some bullet points that might give you a little more incite.

  • Are you precise? Love to measure things? Homologation is for you!
  • Do you have a good eye and an awareness of the rules?  Think about judging, tricks, slalom and even jump.
  • Hanging out on shore, looking over score sheets and marking with red pen, this sounds like a teachers job.  Scorer is easy and done in a groupJ
  • Are you a good swimmer, nurse, or paramedic?  Our tournaments can’t happen without a Safety person on site.
  • Do you like to sit in the drivers seat?  Are you a good listener for instructions and drive skiers as asked?  Any drivers out there?

Please let someone in your region know if you are interested in pursuing any of the suggestion above. Contact information for regions can be found here: Regional Directors. We will send you in the right direction and get you going on becoming certified to help!  This summer, Mike Holt has many USA clinics planned in Florida. Visit his website at Barefoot Water-Ski.  Contact Mike at mike (at)mikeholt.com and sign up.  Everyone is invited!   Mark your calendars–we would love to see you!

Sunday June 29th– Scorers Clinic

July 11th– Driver Clinic

July 25th– Level 2 Judges Clinic

Lauren St. Onge

Lauren St. Onge: 2014 Barefoot Worlds Wrap Up

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

That’s a wrap. The Barefoot World Championships of 2014 Mulwala Australia is over. The success of the World Barefoot Center skiers is phenomenal, we are proud of each and every one of the team skiers. Your hard work, dedication and athleticism shined. The WBC has brought home a lot of hardware and smiling faces.

David Small: Open Gold Tricks & Gold Overall.
Keith St. Onge: Open Gold Slalom, Gold Jump & set a world record for Senior Jump.
Ben Groen: Open Bronze Jump and Silver Overall.
Ash-Kate Stebbings: Open Gold Slalom, Gold Jump, Gold Overall & set world records in Slalom and Jump!
Kenny Eissler: Junior Gold Jump
Will Rhea: Junior Bronze Jump
Kailey Koehler: Open Bronze Overall
Teri Jones: Senior Silver Tricks, Jump, and Bronze Slalom. Tricked a PERSONAL BEST! Yay!

Thank you to the LOC, officials from around the world and the Mulwala Ski Club for hosting, its many months, weeks, days and hours of preparation and we are appreciative.

The next Worlds location has been confirmed and it will take place in Alma Center, Wisconsin, USA.

The Heller family has a private lake and great property to host we are looking forward to another wonderful tournament.

2014 Barefoot World Championships Photo Gallery and Results

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

The 2014 World Barefoot Championships are taking place in Mulwala, Australia.

Videos of events can be found  here: 2014 World Barefoot Championship Videos

Skier Scores: 2014 World Barefoot Championship Results

Final results:

Overall Senior Team World Barefoot Champions:

GOLD – Australia
SILVER – New Zealand
BRONZE – USA

Overall Senior Men’s World Barefoot Champions:

GOLD – Bevan Kelly – New Zealand
SILVER – Ken Derry – Australia
BRONZE – Peter Fleck – USA

Overall Senior Women’s World Barefoot Champions:

GOLD – Gizella Halasz – Australia
SILVER – Stefanie Kirsch – Germany
BRONZE – Teri Jones – USA

Overall Junior boys World Barefoot Champions:

GOLD – Keenan Derry – Australia
SILVER – Chandler Cargile – USA
BRONZE – Kye Cornall – Australia

Overall Junior Girls World Barefoot Champions:

GOLD – Brooke Fitch – New Zealand
SILVER – Shianne Addinall – RSA
BRONZE – Riley McKay – Australia

Overall Open Women’s World Barefoot Champions:

GOLD – Ashleigh Stebbeings – Australia
SILVER – Georgia Groen – NZ
BRONZE – Kailey Koehler – USA

Overall Open Men’s World Barefoot Champions:

GOLD – David Small – Great Britain
SILVER – Ben Groen – NZ
BRONZE – Peter O’Neill – Australia