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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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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.

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

2014 World Barefoot Championship Running Order

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

Running order for skiers for the 2014 World Barefoot Championships (thanks to Kami Koehler):

Australia is a day ahead of us– check the time here:  What time is it in Mulwala, Australia

Who’s skiing in the Barefoot Worlds:  List of Skiers

Skier results and scores:  Skier Scores

USA Barefoot Team (photo courtesy of Lisa Ebbert):

The 2014 Barefoot World Championships

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

The 2014 Barefoot World Championships will take place in Mulwala, Australia on March 11 to 16.  Here are the links to follow:

Official Facebook Page for 2014 Barefoot Worlds

Instant scoring and skier results

2014 Worlds Skier Videos

BarefooterHQ Facebook Page

World Barefoot Center Facebook Page

World Barefoot Council

From USA Water Ski: U.S. Teams

Evert Aartsen: European and African Barefoot Championships

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

Evert Aartsen, Jr.

The European & African Barefoot Championships took place in Kimberley, South Africa on October 23 – 26. I had not skied in almost two months before the tournament because of the cold weather in Finland but we did have the boat for one hour on Tuesday the 22nd. I got a few runs of tricks and a few runs of slalom within that hour that I shared with two other Finnish skiers.

We stayed in the Protea Hotel together with the Brits, Austrians, Italians, and the judges. The ski lake was about 30 km from the hotel. On the way to the lake you could see a few wild animals which was pretty cool for me. On Wednesday, the first day of the tournament,  the first event of the day was Seniors Jump. My first event was tricks which was the last event of the day and I was the last skier so I had a long first day.  Once  it was time for the Open men to ski, I felt good and was ready but it all changed after the first run. I crashed on my toe up!  I ended up with a really bad score in the first round. I was second last after the first round!

Next day we were supposed to do the open mens Jump at 8am but the water was to rough so they decided to finish the first rounds of all the Juniors and Seniors first and then see if the water gets any better. But the water did not get any better at the end of the day so the decided that we try again the next day and hope for better water.

So on Friday morning the water was good so we started with Open mens Jump. We got up till the fourth Jumper when the wind wanted to screw us up again!So after a long wait we started to slalom in the rough water which was better than jumping though. we skied on the other side of the lake where the water was a little better.On the first round of slalom I had a bad score again cause I fell early on my first pass. And after the first round the 3:rd place score was 14.2. And I was hoping to score higher than that in the next round.That day the water was a bit up and down all the time so we never Jumped instead of jump we did the second round of slalom.The second round was a lot better for me. I was so happy when they told me the score from the boat. It was 15 flat that would had given me the 2:nd place. but when the official scores came out I saw that they downgraded me by 2 points so I had 13 flat which gave me a 5:th place in slalom.

And on saturday was the last day of the tournament. we had Open mens Tricks round two, and both rounds of Open mens Jump left.we started with the first round of Jump. I was jumper number 9. I was feeling really confident about jumping. So when it was my turn to Jump I went out and landed my first jump which was a 23.4m jump which was the biggest jump in the first round. On second place was my big buddy Stefan Wimmer with a 22.2m jump!After the first round of jump we did the second round of tricks. I improved my score a little bit. After the second round I placed 7:th in tricks.and now we only had one round of jump left and it was pretty late already so the officials decided to give each jumper only two jumps. I was feeling good but also a bit nervous because there was still a few jumper who had the potential to beat that 23.4m. but lucky for me I was the last jumper of round two. And when I was sure for a medal i was pretty happy already but there was still Garth Strydom and Stefan Wimmer to come. Garth improved his score from 21.1 to 21.4. so now it was only Stefan left. he did not improve with his first jump. and I was standing on the dock during his last jump. and he did not land it! I felt bad for him. but still I was pretty happy because I just got a gold medal and I broke Stefans 2 year Jump title.Sorry Stefan! 😀

Evert Aartsen Jr.

Filippo Ribaldone: Brielle Open Barefoot Competition

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

During the second weekend of august I had the opportunity to go in Holland in Brielle to ski in another great competition and see all my good friends from all around Europe. I met Evert Aartsen, Jr.  at the airport of Amsterdam and together we been to Rob Mollencamp’s house to spend the night before going at the site.

On the second day, we met all the other skiers, Stefan Wimmer,  Kennet Eissler, Lavinia Eissler, and Lukas Eissler. I was so happy to spend some days with them.
The lake in Brielle is so good, we did the Europeans and Africans there last year, but I think 2013 was even better because we were all staying in the same hostel. It was so much fun.
Was a great competiton.  Evert did his PB in trick 5700 and everyone pushed really hard to have PB in jump…but it didn’t happen ahahaha
I think best jump was from Stefan and Evert both over 25 and then me with 24 but nobody landed 😉  The final result?  Evert first with 20.6 and me third with 19.9.
I love skiing with all this great guys from Europe…and I hope next year we will have a lot more competition like that.

Filippo Ribaldone

Italian Barefoot Nationals 2013

Friday, November 15th, 2013

During the second week end of July 2013 in the beautiful lake of the waterski KLI in Ravenna, Italy there was the Italian Barefoot Water Ski Nationals.
For me was a great competition as I won my first Open Overall title and my second Jump title in a row. The jump competition was really tough, thanks to my friend Giulio Stagi.  After the first round, we had the same distance: 20.4. We had to move in the second round to decide everything–finally 21.3 for Giulio and 21.4 for me. Yeah!

But the best thing was the eight Juniors, 9 to 16 year old, entering the competition, all of them having at the end a result on board in slalom and trick. I was really happy for them, more than my result cos i think kids are the future of pure sport and having little skier comping up the rankings will also help the sport and the older (i hate to say older to me) skier to keep on going and keep skiing their best.
Well done little guys!