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Lake Silverado World Qualifier Barefoot Tournament

Monday, August 26th, 2013

September 21 – 22, 2013

Lake Silverado, Adna, Washington.

If you are looking to participate in the World Championships held at Lake Mulwala in Australia next March, this is another opportunity to qualify or improve your score. The lake offers a well-protected location and extra length giving barefooters the conditions to ski well.

Friday Saturday Sunday
Noon – Practice/Site Fam. 7:30am Skier Meeting 8:00am Open Dock Start
Registration on site 8:00am Open Dock Start


  • $60.00 USD for skiers who are skiing only slalom and tricks.
  • $70.00 USD for skiers who are skiing all three events.
  • $150.00 USD for family of 3 or more.
  • Please make the Checks payable to “Lake Silverado”

Please bring entry forms to the site for registration.

For more information:
Tenley Cederstrand


  • Holiday Inn Express 730 NW Liberty Pl.,  Chehalis, WA   360- 740-1800 Chehalis, WA
  • Camping available on site
  • Dogs on leash at all times

·        Directions:  I-5 to exit 77.  Head west on hwy 6 for 4 miles to town of Adna. (See Adna HS on right side). Take Right onto Bunker Crk Rd ( 20 MPH) – follow road past general store make next right onto Dieckman Rd go past houses and make right onto Barefoot Blvd thru gate and you are there.

Last Chance Fall Barefoot Tourneys

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

Mike Holt is planning two more tournaments this year at Lake David in Florida.  Both tournaments are tentatively planned, depending on skiers and officials.  This will offer skiers a last chance to qualify for Barefoot Worlds 2014.

NovemberFoot: Saturday November 9th, 10 a.m to 4 p.m.
Last Change World Qualifier: Saturday January 11th, 2014, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The cost will be $70 for two events and $100 for three (if jump is set up).  If you score 100% on the skier quiz, you get $20 off! The highest non-official ranked skier quiz skies for free (right now that’s Ben Groen).

This tournament will have a limit of 20 skiers and it will be first come first served. If you are interested in ‘possibly’ participating, contact Mike Holt at 352.455.0794 to reserve your spot.

Mike’s site: Barefoot Water Ski

2013 Southern Barefoot Regionals

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013
Photo: The WBC Crew had a fantastic weekend at Southern Regionals with a couple of pending records and LOTS of PB's !!! Great skiing everyone and thank you to all that organised the event, it was a great weekend!!

Southern Regionals Group

When Jim Boyette arrived at Lake David in Groveland, Florida on Saturday morning he had a smile and one foot in history.  With his start in the tricks event, the 85-year-old namesake of the Southern Regionals became the oldest person to ski the tournament, beating “Banana” George Blair by three months.  And that was just the start of an amazing day on the water.

From old school to new,  Will and Lizzie Rhea traveled all the way from Tennessee to compete in their first barefoot tournament.  Will became the Boys 2 Regional Champion scoring 1500 in tricks, 8.5 in slalom and a 7.9 meter jump. Lizzie won tricks with a 610 and even pulled off some one-foot wake crosses in her second pass of slalom to score a 4.1, capturing the Girls 1 Regional Champion title.

Carol Jackson, the “Womens 5 Record Machine” set a pending  Womens 5 national record in slalom with a 6.4.  In the officials bonus round on Friday, Carol also set a a pending tricks record with a 1480.

Elite skiers also had a great day on the rope. Ben Groen and Ashley Stebbeings led a solid international squad from the World Barefoot Center.  Ben set a new New Zealand record in tricks with a score of 10,550 in tricks and Ashley astounded the crowd with her smooth jumping style and a jump of 20.5 meters.  Chandler Cargile and Johnathan Martines also landed big 20+ meter jumps. And Brooke Fitch won the Survivor Award for fighting off a huge black snake at one end of the lake and then landing a huge jump at the other.

Photo: Morning in Groveland, Florida
But when it comes to jumping, the legendary Peter Fleck is leading the class in the old school.  Peter, who is more than double the age of most of the jumpers, managed to land one of the biggest jumps of the day.  His 24.6 meter jump was his first jump since the World Championships last year.

Let’s not forget the people behind the scenes who ski and then work their butts off. They are the champions of arriving first, working hard and leaving late.  Mike Holt, Paul Lower, Dale Stevens, Steven Holt, Ronnie Meeks, Duane Godfrey, Jim Forster and Lauren St. Onge who made this year’s event the best ever!   Thanks!

Where are you from?  THE SOUTH!


By: Betsy Anderson Gilman

2013 Midwest Barefoot Regionals

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Just a little chilly...

It was a cold, rough, windy Midwest Barefoot Regional tournament on July 26 and 27 at the Blue Moo in Alma Center, Wisconsin.  Judging from the smiles on everyone’s faces, it was perfectly warm.


A calm moment at the Blue Moo

Joe Knapp's 36th year on the water

Tom Tocco and Alex Youngblood


Cody Heller at the Midwest Regionals

Amber Rangel's First Regional Jumping

Photo: Congrats dad on placing 3rd in slalom!

Patrick Blake

Photo: It was a bit cold at day 2 of the Midwest Barefoot Regionals...

Hey, it's July!

Photo: Definitely NOT the Southern Regionals. Only in the Midwest!

"Definitely not the Southern Regionals," says Scott Jones

Kailey and Ariana Koehler, "It's not cold!"

By: Karen Putz

The 2013 Barefoot Nationals Update

Friday, June 21st, 2013

The 2013 Barefoot Nationals are quickly approaching!  The tournament will be held at Mossdale Quarry Lakes . Here are some updates:

The tournament has been shortened by one day– the new dates are August 15-17.

Host hotel:   Comfort Suites in Oakley, California. Book your rooms early as you can– the room rate is $99.00 a night. The hotel is about 35 minutes from the site.

Airport info: San Jose, San Francisco, Oakland, and Sacramento, all within 75 minutes. I would check all four for flights, because sometimes there’s a big difference in price. Sacramento has the least amount of traffic, almost none. The other three just depend on the time of day. The traffic is heaviest between 2 PM – 8 PM.

Theresa Wallace will perform a 100-mph barefoot run on Saturday, August 17 after the jump event.  The company will be doing some filming during the tournament.

Wednesday 14 – Site familiarization 9 AM – 4 PM
Wednesday 14 ABC Board Meeting Jerry’s House 8 AM – 4 PM
Thursday 15 – 1st day of tournament
Friday 16 – 2nd day of tournament
Saturday 17 – Final day of tournament

Running order of events: 2013 Barefoot Nationals Schedule
Friday 16 Jerry & Tracy Wedding Jerry’s house 7 PM
Saturday 17 Awards Banquet and Dinner
4 – Sanger DXII  Barefooter with Super Fly High
3 Boats Pulling a skier 50 plus miles per hour

Click Here and Select on Nationals to Register

Registration Deadline:
August 7, 2013 and then penalty of $10.00/day

Host Hotel:
Comfort Suites – Oakley
5549 Bridgehead Road
Oakley, CA  94561
Phone: (925) 755-1222
Fax: (925) 755-1221
Brentwood Community Center
35 Oak Street
Brentwood, CA 94513
San Jose (SJC) Oakland (OAK)
San Francisco (SFO) Sacramento (SMF)
For more information:
Jerry Kanawyer

Sponsorship opportunities available :

Tournament Sponsor -$7,500

Tournament named after sponsor

Logo on all media and website

Logo on Event Shirt

Full Page Ad in Event Program

Booth to display product

Banners displayed throughout event

Podium Banner

Presentation of awards

MC to advertise Sponsor

Platinum Sponsor – $5,000

Flight with a Patriot’s Jet Team Pilot

Logo on all media and website

Logo on Event Shirt

1/2 Page Ad in Event program

Booth to display product and banners

MC name recognition

Gold Sponsor – $2,500

Logo on all Media and Website

Logo on Event Shirt

1/2 Page Ad in Event Program

Booth to display product and banners

MC name recognition

Start Dock Sponsor – $1,000 Jump Ramp Sponsor – $1,000

Banner displayed at Start Dock Logo on  Jump Ramp

Logo on Event Shirt  Logo on Event Shirt

¼ page Ad in Event Program ¼ page Ad in Event Program

Event Sponsor – $500.00

Logo on Event Shirt

¼ page Ad in Event Program

Contact Mark Hobson @ 916-420-4957

From the ABC:

2013 U.S. Barefoot Nationals Changes Lake

Due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of the American Barefoot Club and Local Organizing Committee (LOC), the venue for the 2013 Barefoot Water Ski National Championships has been forced to move from Diablo Shores, Brentwood, CA, to the Mossdale Quarry Lakes located at 96 W. Mossdale Rd. Lathrop, CA 95330.

The host hotel and arriving airports will remain the same. This venue is located about 35 minutes from the host hotel. Again the ABC and LOC sincerely apologize for any inconveniences this change will cause, but it is unavoidable. Unfortunately, changing the host hotel would be very costly due to the contract negotiated over a year ago and cause significant inconvenience to people who have already booked their rooms, thus the reason to keep the host hotel the same. In an effort to help competitors understand why the Nationals has undergone two substantial changes, please feel free to contact ABC President Joe Malenfant at with any of your questions. Also, the online registration is active at:


Joe Malenfant

ABC President

By: Karen Putz

Thinking About Entering Your First Barefoot Tournament?

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

You’re thinking about it. You’re tempted. You’re curious.

You’d like to try a barefoot tournament but you have no idea where to start or what to do.

Here’s a book to help you get started:

Barefoot Water Skiing, From Weekend Warrior to Competitor

From Juan Carlos Cardoso Riveroll:

This book gave us the additional push we needed to participate in the 2012 Worlds. We had always been weekend warriors and weren’t at all confident to participate in such a big event!.. After reading through beautifully written experiences illustrated in this book we went for it and had a fantastic time competing, networking and becoming part of the international barefooting family.

In a nutshell the book will illustrate the rules & dynamics needed to participate competitively, it will give you clarity on what it takes (and what it doesn’t). It’s a must read for all skiers that want to take the next step in their footing career (or even if they want to keep it a simple hobby). You’ll be surprised on how accessible tournaments are for any ski level and how supportive the community is.

After the worlds I can say that our skiing level, our focus and our understanding of the sport are at a whole different level. This book gave us the insight we needed. We went for it and thanks to it had the experience of skiing with the best. Karen is a fantastic writer, I have reached out to her via Facebook and had all my questions answered – furthermore she put us in contact with all the right people to keep us on track moving ahead! thank you for such a great book.

The book is available at the World Barefoot Center Pro Shop along with Keith St. Onge’s book, Gliding Soles:

World Barefoot Center Books

Footapalooza Figure 8 Barefoot Event and Greg Wilkinson Memorial

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Footapalooza Figure 8 and Greg Wilkinson Memorial

June 22-23rd

Rolling Prairie, Indiana

and clinic with Ben Groen

Every June, for the last four years, Mark Donahue, myself and a few others have organized a Figure 8 barefoot event the small town of Rolling Prairie, Indiana.  This cozy little town is situated between La Porte, In. and Notre Dame on a small lake behind a church.  This lake called Silver lake is surrounded by trees on 3/4ths and a grassy hill for the last 1/4.  Just big enough for a figure 8 and about 200 ft short for a 3 event lake.  The site offers plenty of area for camping on site and a port-a-potty.  Traditionally on the Friday before the event, Mark and I spend the morning clearing some of the lily pads and setting up the course followed with plenty of horse playing and figure 8 practicing.  We like to start the event between 0800 and 0900 on Saturday depending on the number of footers.

After the event is over we have a BBq and a bonfire with music.  Then on Sunday we like to enjoy a day of fun skiing and relaxing.  The tournament has always been called Footapalooza, but this year we have decided to change the name a little.  This year we are calling it Footapalooza figure 8 Barefoot Event and Greg Wilkinson memorial.  Greg Wilkinson was a fellow barefooter and good friend who lost his battle to cancer this year.  Greg was a great person who always had a smile on his face and loved to barefoot.  So, starting this year Mark and I decided to change the name of our tournament in memory of Greg.  In the years past we had cash payouts and trophies.  This year we will only have trophies.  After tournament expenses, we will be donating the money gathered from the entry fees to Greg’s wife Penny, for a charity of her choice.

This Figure 8 tournament is a very friendly and easy-going event.  For those that are unfamiliar with figure 8 barefooting, the boat tows 2 footers in a figure 8 pattern until one footer falls.  There are a few challenges throughout out the figure 8 pattern, but the most challenging obstacle is the set of rollers caused by the tow boat.  Mark and I believe everyone should get a chance to give it a go if they desire, so we believe in the phrase “no footer left on the dock.”  In other figure 8 events a footer would have to step off a ski, well here we allow either, step off or deep up.  We like everyone to have fun and be as comfortable as possible.  The entry fee is $40.00, for this double elimination event.  We are hoping for a big turnout to honor a friend and have a great time.

Clinic with Ben Groen:

Additionally, this year I am putting out feelers for any interested skiers that would like to host New Zealand’s national champ, #4 ranked barefooter in the world, and World Barefoot Center elite skier Ben Groen for a clinic on Friday the 21st and Sunday the 23rd of June.  Ben is an outstanding instructor and great person.

The possibility of having Ben Groen to the site depends on the interested parties.  I will need a firm commitment prior to flying him up to the area.  Ben teaches all levels of footers– from those who have never tried to surface turns, to beginners, and much more.  Take this opportunity to advance your skills or clean up the ones you have now.

Please RSVP Chris Mcwatters at for any questions regarding the Figure 8 event and the clinic possibility.  The directions are very easy,  the address is 5901 north 500 east Rolling Prairie, Indiana– it is behind the Sacred Heart Apostolic school, but email me where you are coming from and I will send you the directions. Mark and I look forward to seeing everyone and enjoying each other’s company and having fun doing something we all like to do:


By: Chris Mcwatters

My 1st Cover on the Water Skier Magazine

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

I had no idea I was going to be on the cover.  The photographer, Zenon Bilas had a few different idea’s for me one day during a shoot.  He asked me if I could ski a few feet off the swim platform of an inboard boat?  I had barefoot skied there before but only on two feet.  He thought we could get a sweet angle while standing on the back storage of the boat while looking down on me.  I was up for the challenge and off we went.

I quickly realized I had only a few troffs to stand in while the frothy white water came roaring out from the bottom of the boat.  I had a hard time balancing on one foot.  I got knocked off my foot several times while crashing into the turbulent water.  If there’s one place I hate falling it’s directly behind the boat because the water feels like concrete.  I was able to pull off a front toe hold for a few short seconds and Zenon Bilas landed a sweet shot.

Sometimes we have to try new things to get results and in this case we did it.  I’d like to thank Zenon for being so creative and The Water Skier magazine for putting me on the cover when I needed it most in my career.  This cover rejuvenated me and kept me in the sport to want to achieve more!

Keith St Onge

1st WaterSkier cover for Keith St.Onge

By: Keith St. Onge

Keith St.Onge’s 2nd WaterSkier Magazine Cover

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

After years and years of falling short of my dream to win the World Overall Title, it finally happened in 2006.  I trained harder than ever before and it all paid off.  After returning to Winter Haven, Florida, I received a call from photographer Lynn Novakovski.  “I’d like to come out and get a cover shot.” he said.  I couldn’t wait for the opportunity, and Lynn came out the next day.

I tried to remember the covers from other athletes from years back.  I never saw or at least did not remember anybody ever wearing medals around their neck.  I thought this would be a great idea, so I brought my hardware along.

My first run was quite sketchy because my medals were swinging everywhere in the wind.  My friend Char had a hair band in the boat and suggested I tighten up the medals on my neck.  The trick worked as the medals were much tighter and did not flap in the wind.  Of course I was taking a chance if I fell, but I wanted to get a unique cover.

Keith Stonge Waterskier magazine cover shot

1st Waterskier Cover shot for Keith St. Onge after winning the 2006 World Overall Title

By: Keith St.Onge

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David Small – The Jump King

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

David “Small’Z” Small has been around for quite some time.  Now that he’s lived in the United States for over five years, his name continues to grow!  He dominates the Jump event and flies further, smoother and more graceful than anyone in the world. Let’s not forget about his butter landings either.  He literally lands like a cat.

Here’s his latest shot in Waterski magazine.

World Jump Record Holder David Small Barefoot Water Ski Jumping

The World’s Greatest Barefooter: David Small

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