Archive for the ‘Tournaments’ Category

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!

Instant Scoring at Lake David Barefoot Tournament

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

Lake David

Today, we will be having a local qualifying tournament at Lake David, in Groveland, FL. We will trialing a new scoring update system, and be posting skiers directly after their run at this link:

http://web.groenz.co.nz/barefoot/combined.php

Check it out to see everyone does today!

The 2014 Greg Wilkinson Memorial Figure 8 Barefoot Tournament

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

The last two articles I wrote were about the person that taught me how to barefoot or the person that got into competing.  This article is about promoting an annual Figure 8 barefoot tournament.   This event was first called the Silver Sheep figure 8 barefoot tournament when Thor Thordarson was the organizer, but due to his busy personal schedule, he turned the organization duties over to Mark Donahue and me.  Mark and I originally called this tournament the Footapalooza Figure 8 barefoot tournament.  The tournament  is always held on the 1st weekend after Fathers Day.

A couple of years ago, the barefoot community lost a great person when Greg Wilkinson lost his battle to cancer.  Greg was a  great advocate for the sport of barefooting. He always had a smile on his face and was always very supportive.  With the permission of Greg’s wife, Penny, Mark and I changed the tournament name to the Greg Wilkinson Memorial.  We take a  portion of the entry money and any donations– and give them to Penny for a charity of her choice in Greg’s honor.

The Greg Wilkinson Figure 8 tournament has a few different rules and regulations than maybe some of the other Figure 8 events out there.  First and foremost, we want everybody to have the opportunity to compete and barefoot.  Therefore, we really don’t care how you get to your feet during the start.  If you can’t deep water start and you need to drop a ski then bring a ski; if you can’t drop a ski and you can only deepwater start, then leave your skies at home.  Deepwater starts and drop ski footers can go side-by-side without any problem.  Our goal and motto has always been and will continue to be “No footer left on the beach.”

This is a double elimination event.  For next year, we are fortunate to have a couple monetary contributors.  Contributors have given this event 1,000 dollars each. Yup, that’s 2,000 dollars plus the entry fees.  Now, instead of having these Figure 8 junkies coming and fighting over the lump sum, Mark and I decided to make two divisions.  Those two divisions have been uniquely called Pros and Open.  If any footer has won or placed in the top 3 in the last 3 years in any Figure 8, you are considered in our book a “pro.”  If you haven’t done that, we are considering you an Open footer.  We are here to attract footers and not scare them off.  We want to give the open footer the opportunity to win money as well.  The monies will be divided between the two divisions.  Also we do pay down to the fourth and maybe the fifth spot in the open division.  The Pro division will only be paid down to the top three.

So, that being said on June 21st 2014, the Greg Wilkinson Memorial Figure 8 barefoot tournament will be held in Rolling Prairie, Indiana, behind the Sacred Heart Apostolic school located at 5901 N 500 E  Rolling Prairie, In.  The entry fee is $55.00, and if you register between now and May 1st, a tournament shirt will be included with the registration fee. Otherwise you will have to purchase shirts at the tournament.

This event is located approximately 20 miles from South Bend, Indiana.  If you’re flying, Chicago is the closest major airport, but there are small airports around the area that some airlines will fly into. This site is very nicely situated behind the school surround by trees and lily pads.  There is a great viewing area for spectators on a grassy knoll overlooking the lake.  The lake is just big enough for a Figure 8 tournament–it is real nice and decreases the chances for a blow out.

Between the lake and the school, there is a large area for camping–sorry, no hook ups, but we do have porta restrooms on site.  For you non-camping types there are hotels within 10-15 minutes of the site.  We will be cooking on site and we seek donations for the food and the cook.  Saturday night after the tournament is over we have a large bonfire with music and beverages.  Sunday morning we all like to get up and get a quick ski in before we pack upon a leave.

There is an opportunity for barefoot lessons on Thursday and Friday if there is enough interest.  The World barefoot Center with Keith St. Onge, David Small, or Ben Groen would be interested to put on a clinic.  Please contact either me or the World Barefoot Center if you are interested.  The sooner the better of course, the WBC schedule fills up rather quickly.   Mark and I will be advertising this event on social media, word of mouth and hopefully a ski magazine or two, so please help spread the word and come out and enjoy a great time, meet new people, or shoot the poop with old friends–and honor a great person and friend.

Thank you and foot safe,

Chris Mcwatters

Brody Meskers: My Footstock Experience

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

The 2013 Footstock was unlike any other barefoot tournament I have been too.  No fly highs, No Barefoot Sangers, No waiting for good water.

This tournament is skier against skier, friend against friend.   Two  handles, two  ropes,  and one boat.  The objective of the tournament was to see who could hold on the longest being pulled in a Figure 8.  Even though it was a competitive tournament, it was fun to see all the different people  from so many different places.  This is a tournament that you really need to be in shape for.  By the end of the day Sunday, I was having to ski round after round from Open to Juniors. Each run was getting longer and longer in very rough water.  As the tournament neared the last few rounds I was exhausted and had to ski in the junior finals. Even though I came up one run short, I really felt a relieved– and was happy I skied the tournament. It was great to see so many people who shared the love of the sport of barefooting. And I even got to meet people I may be skiing with in the near future at WBC.  

See you soon, Max!

By: Brody Meskers

The 2013 Barefoot Nationals Results

Monday, September 16th, 2013
Photo: 85-year-old Jim Boyette does a flyer.
The 2013 Barefoot Water Ski National Championships was held at Mossdale Quarry Lakes in Lathrop, California.  Unfortunately, the site changed six weeks prior to the tournament. A key part of making this change happen, though, was Tim Pellaton, who no matter what I needed was able to find it for me, from a trailer for the scorers, to a motor home for the officials, to a gas trailer. A key thanks also goes to Mike Temby for donating his personal jet ski for a pickup boat.
The site was a big challenge to set up with depths of fifty feet and inclines that made it nearly impossible to set up the course. Tim and I spent ten days setting it up with help the last couple of days from Claudia and Dave Landon and Casey and Judy Meyers. Andrew Martin and Andy Conway handled all the electronics, video,
web site, programs, and t-shirt design. Thank you to Mark Hobson and Mike Temby for their assistance with fundraising, as well as Doug Jordan for handling
the jump!
Photo: Nice water at the Barefoot Nationals.
And what can I say about Scott Pellaton, Mike Ehlert and Teresa Wallace! Teresa went out and skied 92 mph on her feet, during a down-time for rough water that
we had put a hold on the tournament for. Scott’s 1981 Sanger Mini Day Cruiser (with Mike Ehlert as his observer) got the hair standing up on all of our backs with
that Blown Chevy 540 cubic inch engine pushing about 900 horse power. Thanks, Scott, Mike, and Teresa!
And a Big Thank You goes to all of our sponsors! Dublin Toyota, WBC (World Barefoot Center), Sanger Boats, Delta RV and Boat Storage, Flipper Roofing, Flipper Sports, Pape Material Handling Company, Temby Properties, The Boat Dock, Mike Molepske, Don Stoppe, and our host hotel Comfort Suites.  With the short amount of time we had to establish an alternate site in close proximity to our lake, the Mossdale Quarry site was all we had. While it wasn’t perfect due to the wind mentioned previously, and even though the backwash made the competition a little tough, the skiers stepped up their game and took those challenges head on.
I was a little disappointed with the turn out, as it was one of our more sparsely attended National competitions with only 68 skiers. If we had more skiers, we
would have run out of time for the event unless we had shorter turn-around times. Regardless, I want to thank all of the officials for their huge time investment in
order to make this event happen. A final bit of appreciation goes to the owner of the lake, Robert Brown, for working with us to get this event on the books.
By: Jerry Kanawyer
Tournament article by USA Water Ski via WaterSki: 36th Annual Barefoot Nationals

The 2013 Canadian Barefoot Nationals

Monday, September 9th, 2013

The Canadian Nationals were held August 16-18 with site familiarization on the 15th. When I arrived Thurs afternoon, the wind was blowing around 30-45K (20-30 mph for the metrically challenged).  As the skiers trickled in, we were all amazed that the water was entirely skiable, in fact barely any roughness at all, so we all had the chance to practice slalom and trick runs.

Dwight Williams

The entire site was amazing. The hosts, Dwight and Michelle Williams, had a dream a few years back of having a ski lake. From start of digging (10 days) to skiing was 37 days as they created a world class venue. Becky Moynes (our new Canadian open women champion) got a hold of Dwight and Michelle in the spring of 2013 and they offered to host our Nationals. The preparation for our arrival was astonishing. Dwight even built a LARGE skier dock for the event.  As such, hands down, it is everyone’s opinion that this was the best venue and best ever event for Canadian barefoot skiing.

The boat crew change dock. A large screen TV was setup in the shade for spectators to watch the live feed.

Dwight set up bleachers in front of the jump. This location was also a great vantage point for watching the trick and slalom runs.

The Williams Family--I'm hoping they'll adopt me

The Canadian Nationals are held over 3 days: the Canadian Challenge RC (Fri), the Canadian championships (Sat) and the Canadian Open (Sun). The organizing committee went one further, make that three further, by having extended familiarization on Thursday, an extra “round” on Friday, AND allowed everyone to ski Sunday rather than just the usual top 8. Hence, Trick Jump Slalom on Fri, Sat and Sun for all who entered. On Fri, the extra round was basically familiarization for any skiers wanting extra practice and receive instruction. Steve Keating made his longline back deep, having never fully attempted this start prior to the tourney, while all the other skiers benefited from practicing  and being coached through the steps.

Travelling from afar, Lake Havasu AZ, was Gord Croteau, back for his umteenth Canadian National. Gord placed 2nd in jump, slalom and overall. There was a large contingent of Team Gordie fans (wearing team Gordie shirts) cheering him on as Gord performed somersaults in his slalom runs. We had only one American guest, Matt Michaelski who drove from Michigan and picked up Don Schwartz (2012 worlds Sr gold medalist) at Pearson Airport. Matt was back for his 2nd Canadians and participated as skier and driver. We will all be glad to see the return of our friend from Michigan.

Matt Michaelski ruining a perfectly good shot

Ruth and moi…enhancing this shot of the lake

Ruth and moi -- enhancing the shot of the lake

The weather on all 3 days of competition was perfect, hence perfect water conditions. Turn around times were minimal as the lake washed out immediately. The organization was flawless as Terry Jones, the entire Mike Spence family, Tim Weekes, Al, Barb and Becky Moynes and skier volunteers executed great driving, judging, scoring, boat changes, postings and venue adaptions.  When a slight washback was noticed from the jump on Thurs famil, Terry Jones took the initiative to turn the jump 90 degrees during trick/slalom and voila: no washback; perfect ski conditions hence only one reride, for rollback. The length of the lake was more than adequate and I can’t remember anyone running out of lake. As such many PB’s and records were posted.

Terry Jones working on the jump

Ski jump perpendicular to the lake for trick and slalom…and that might very well be my handle flying by!

The Weekes’ Sanger. Al Moynes, seen handling the rope while I slack off, judged all events hence was in the boat all day, every day. Al is a well respected Level 1 judge with three World championships experience.  George Weekes is driving, Becky is judging, Ross Holden (Mens 8 champ) is recording, and I am trying to figure out why I always miss one of two waves.

The dreaded visit with Paul Roberts on the pickup vessel. Paul is president of the OWSA – Ontario Waterski Association who travelled to Napanee and volunteered to counsel disheartened skiers. Here Ross Holden is in session with the Pres.

Enroute to a visit with Paul

One intangible that sets the tone for Canadian Nationals is the attitude of the skiers and officials toward each other. Our Nationals are low stress, friendly competitions where the skiers know each other well, volunteer and go out of their way to welcome newcomers. We had three skiers competing for the first time that did very well and showed great potential; all commented that their reticence to compete in a national competition was alleviated due to the friendly attitudes of the regulars and the officials….Mission accomplished and lessons learned.

Don Schwart,z having a laugh with newcomer Mason Timmerman and his dad Rob. The Spence girls, Michelle and Melissa, having just finished their trick runs. Marcel Brunet and Morgan Allen set to walk onto the start dock for their trick runs. We used Marcels Sanger for the slalom event and 2nd jump boat. Morgan Allen is Bram Alllen’s dad…Bram took 3rd place in Open trick

Steve and Shelley Keating took a free elevator ride to watch Terry in action.

The banquet was superb with great food, short speeches, some good laughs, competition videos played in the background and awards kept short. The overall medals were awarded at the ski site where in attendance were hundreds of friends of the Williams, followed by a great band and dance, fireworks and ski video being played off the side of the workshop with hundreds taking in the barefooting spectacle. Did I mention helicopter rides in the afternoon?

George Weekes was crowned Canadian champion, winning all 3 events and Becky Moynes took her rightful place at the top. This is a very proud moment for Mike Spence, VP Barefoot skiing Ontario, and the Weekes and Moynes families whose contributions have enhanced barefoot skiing in Ontario and Canada.

The dance following the awards…you can see on the right, tourney barefoot runs projected on the workshop.

Mike Spence, Becky Moynes and George Weekes

The Moynes Family

One final note about Becky Moynes and the hosts, Michelle and Dwight Williams. What a wonderful time had by all! Becky got the ball rolling, handled all the organization, skied, worked as an official and tourney director, and won in all aspects. Dwight is living large and created a spectacle unmatched. Thanks again for making this happen.

By: Duane Godfrey