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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!!

Jerry Kanawyer: Choosing a Barefoot Wetsuit

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Your choice of a barefoot wetsuit is a big decision; it can help your skiing, or make your skiing a lot harder. Especially with certain tricks, like tumble turns, flips, and starts.

My last barefoot suit was an okay suit when I first bought it, but it fell apart real fast, in less than a year. I was at the world championships, and was struggling with my flips. Unfortunately I didn’t realize that the wetsuit was the problem until I returned home. The wetsuit had completely delaminated. I pulled a three year old wetsuit out of my closet, and instantly my flips were back to normal.

Don’t let your wetsuit make it more difficult for you to do all of your skiing. A bad suit would also make it more difficult to learn something new. Make it easy on yourself with good quality equipment. The wetsuit should be snug fitting and remember when it gets wet it will stretch a little. If you’re in between sizes it’s always better to have a tighter fit rather than loose, but not so tight that you lose your mobility. A loose fitting suit will get hung up when sliding a cross the water and cause maneuvers to be extra hard to accomplish.

Jerry Kanawyer

David Baranowski: New to Competition

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

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My name is David Baranowski and I live in Philadelphia. I started barefooting in 2006 when I bought my first ski boat, my wife thought it was cool to watch but didn’t want anything to do with it except drive for me, she then sent me to Florida for some training and I was addicted to it even more.

I started to learn tumbles and then on to 1 foots, what a blast learning them, I went to a clinic with Keith St. Onge for a day and wow was it awesome, so this year I ran a clinic with Keith and worked on back ones that I’m having such a hard time with, but was determined to get them. I am going to do my first tournament at the eastern regionals in Pennsylvania and my goal is to do all four tumbles to one and to front toes. I cannot wait to get to the wbc and ski my butt off and work as hard as I can to make myself and the WBC proud.

David Baranowski

2014 Footstock Results

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Foot Stock Figure 8 World Championship

Foot Stock is held way up north in Crandon, Wisconsin. This year Keith St. Onge, David Small, and Lauren St. Onge made the trip to compete. Keith and Lauren have attended many times over the years but this is Dave’s first time! Everyone was extremely welcoming as always. Every year this tournament tends to bring out the top barefoot figure eight skiers. The bar has been set high. Can 3 event barefoot World Champions Keith and Dave hang with the figure eighters? Peter Fleck has won this tourney for 4 years in a row!

Even though it was calm the first day the water was still a little rough, backwash and boat rollers caught skiers off guard. A big deal at FootStock is to make it to the Sunday Club, which means the skier made it through the brackets and has not been eliminated after Saturday’s competitions. Keith, Dave and Lauren earned Sunday Club Shirts!

Day two looked like it was going to be long because it was glass calm conditions. Luckily the wind started to blow and the odds became more difficult. It was go time for the finalists!

David Small and Fleck, we were all expecting the long, long, long run of the day and to our surprise Dave goes down early do to an extended butt ride. It’s all part of the learning experience of figure eights. Fleck advances.
Keith St. Onge is taken out by Chad Mietz after 2 ¼ eights. Way to go guys!

For the Open Final Marc Donahue and Peter Fleck! Fleck has not lost a match in 3 years. Today was the day Donahue takes Fleck down in the first eight. Donahue has to beat Fleck one more time to take the gold. In the end Fleck succeeds and wins its again. Congrats!

Footstock 2014 Results

Senior Division:

From Left to Right
1st Pete Fleck (Florida)
2nd Marc Donahue (Indiana)
3rd Chad Mietz (Wisconsin)
4th Bob Mahnke (Michigan)

Junior Division:

Left to Right
1st Brody Meskers (Wisconsin)
2nd Isaac Aukee (Michigan)
3rd Spencer Schallock (Wisconsin)
4th Henry Kerschbaum (Wisconsin)

Women’s Division:

Left to Right

1st Amanda Cotter (Wisconsin)
2nd Haley Gibbon (Wisconsin)
3rd Kristina Ruchti (Minnesota)
4th Amanda Nelson (Wisconsin)

Masters Division

Right to Left

1st Wayne King (Canda)
2nd Dave Hopkins (Michigan)
3rd Mike Netzer (Wisconsin)

Open Division:

1st Pete Fleck (Florida)
2nd Marc Donahue (Indiana)
3rd Chad Mietz (Wisconsin)
4th David Small (England)
5th Keith St Onge (Florida)
6th Kyle Kazel (Minnesota)
7th Brody Meskers (Wisconsin)
8th Luke Bruckner (Wisconsin)
9th Colt Wennlund (Wisconsin)
10th Kevin MacGregor (Minnesota)
11th Jacob Weber (Minnesota)
12th Nick Ruchti (Minnesota)
13th Greg Fatla (Wisconsin)
14th Ron Blouw (Michigan)
15th Alex Mahnke (Wisconsin)
16th Martin Lorenz (Minnesota)

Until next year FOOTSTOCK!!

Lauren St. Onge

Life at the World Barefoot Center

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Whether you’re brand new to barefoot water skiing or you’re an expert, we have a spot for you on the boat at the World Barefoot Center!

Here’s a peek inside a typical day at the WBC:

Workouts are optional.

Jim Forster: The Challenge of Competing

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

As we start June, we find the 2014 Barefoot Tournament season underway. With the PGA Season Opener held on May 3 in Palm Beach Gardens, the season has begun. I also realize that the weather in most other regions of the U.S. has been pretty lousy this Spring, but we were lucky enough to have had a warm Winter this year in South Florida.

I often wonder why isn’t there more participation in barefoot tournaments? As a competitive barefooter, I can tell you that it takes time and commitment to ski in tournaments.  I would say that one of the biggest challenges facing most competitive barefoot skiers is, Time. But the commitment is very rewarding as not only do you improve your skiing, but as I have said before, you will meet skiers from other regions and countries and we all share the same passion for the sport.

I love to encourage the development of younger skiers coming up through the sport.  I realize that barefooting is technically, a hard sport to master, but to me, that’s the real challenge. Be willing to make the effort to improving your skiing. Trust me, I have been skiing a long time and it is WORTH IT! Barefooting may not appear to be as flashy and as hip as say, wakeboarding ( shoot me now ), but to me a barefooter is a more well-rounded skier. Be that one person who has the determination and grit to succeed…….barefooting is fun! What other sport allows you to glide over the water and perform toe holds…surface turns…..cross the wake backwards ( you can’t do that in 3 event! ) and jump, all on your bare feet? I’d bet you’d be the only kid in your class that can claim to be able to ski without a board or skis…..how cool is that??!!

So, I’m appealing to young and older skiers alike, make that effort to join a tournament, you’d be surprised how well you’ll do. You’ll also be pleasantly surprised how supportive other skiers will be….we are a tight knit group, but you have to be willing to let us help you. Hope to see you at a tournament soon!

Jim Forster

Kailey Koehler: Competition Nerves

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

No one will ever understand the nerves that are felt before a ski tournament until they have had first-hand experience. I usually stay pretty calm until they call my name and I walk out onto the pier. Local tournaments aren’t as nerve-racking because they are very laid back and fun, however the rules still remain and if you fall then you are done. As the season progresses and the tournaments get bigger, everyone is a lot more serious and concentrated about their skiing. Even though we are all very focused, even at a National or World tournament ,everyone is very encouraging. We all want to do our best and we want out competitors to do their best as well.

As we all stand on the dock we like to wish each other luck and give our friends advice on when to start our tricks or slalom. We help each other decide wether we should go forward or backwards based on the direction of the wind. After all, the most important part is to have fun and ski our best. Even though tournaments can be nerve- racking, they are a lot of fun and they are a great way to ski with friends and compete on a friendly level.

Kailey Koehler

Kids in Extreme Sports, What is Wrong With Their Parents?

Monday, May 19th, 2014

By Joni Gerard, Jackson’s Mom

I think children that are involved in extreme sports like barefooting, wake boarding, motor cross racing or any other competitive sport that involves high speeds, high air, or high risk come from a different breed of parents. I get asked all the time “aren’t you scared to death when Jackson is barefooting” or “I bet you freaked out the first time you saw him wipe out!” The truth is, if I was scared to death, I wouldn’t let him participate. Let me be clear. I know there is risk involved in jumping over a fiberglass ramp in your bare feet while being pulled behind a boat at 40+ mph. But I also know that there is risk when I am driving him down the highway taking him to his lesson. I refuse to let fear stop dreams, especially when it comes to my little darlins’ and their hopes for the future. I feel my role as a parent isn’t to smother and stamp out dreams that involve risk. It is to educate and help my children analyze a situation so that the risk is minimized to a point that we all feel at peace.

So how do I educate my son on the sport of barefooting? Well…I don’t! I leave that part up to the pros at World Barefoot Center. We have regular meetings about his progress and future goals. Safety is a huge priority with Swampy and all of the coaches. I trust them 100% to teach Jackson in a safe learning environment.

I think it is so important for children to be taught to think independently and not buy into the propaganda that is shoved down our throats all day, everyday. Teaching Jackson to analyze a situation before he acts or reacts is a daily priority as his mother and his educator. (We are in our second year of homeschooling). If he can train himself to think ahead of any given scenario, he can avoid a lot of the traps that the common drifter falls prey too. Independent thinking will allow him to visualize potential outcomes from his behavior and guide him to choose the best reaction. This type of thinking is a lost art. Napoleon Hill describes only 2% of the population as independent thinkers in his book Outwitting The Devil. Will this work 100% of the time? I doubt it. But it will work most of the time. At some point I have to trust his judgement, say a quiet prayer and enjoy the show.

Peace is an interesting emotion. I referred to it earlier as the desired emotion we feel as a family regarding Jackson’s barefooting. The peace I am talking about is a calmness within your soul; the total absence of anxiousness or worry. I feel like this inner peace is a gift from God. The Gerard family receives this feeling because we ask for it and it is granted. We pray most days before Jackson’s barefoot lessons and before all competitions. I firmly believe peace is what some folks call the sixth sense. It’s a voice coming from within you but it’s not your voice. It’s God speaking to you! It’s your inner conscious. When there is peace on your conscious, all is calm. But when the hairs stand up on the back of your neck, listen to that too! Many dangers have been preceded with a warning but the person refused to listen to that small voice from within. Moms and dads should ALWAYS listen to that voice!

So these are the methods I use to help me keep it together while my eleven year old is bending air at a speed of 40+. I am not a reckless person or even an adrenalin junky. But I am not a white knuckle Panicking Patty either. Believe it or not, I think my family is balanced and fair. With that being said, Jackson knows not to even ask about motorcycle racing!

Joni W Gerard

Collin Barber: off the Water, and Back Again

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

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For the past year, I have had to restrict my skiing due to a knee injury that I got last spring. I ended up tearing a ligament in my knee doing surface turns. For the first half of the summer, I was unable to ski. It was extremely annoying and agonizing to wait to ski again. Eventually, I was cleared and continued to ski the rest of the remaining summer. The doctors had said my knee was fine but something still seemed off about it. It still hurt during some types of movement and ached every now and then. After summer was over, I got it checked out one more time just in case. The doctors came to the conclusion to scope my knee to just “clean stuff up”. After the quick operation, I would be all good for full physical ability in just a couple weeks.

So there I was in the hospital, waiting for the anesthesiologists, when the doctor finally told me, “Oh, by the way, there could be a possibility while we’re in there that your knee’s meniscus is torn too. And if it is, well we’re gonna fix it and you won’t be able to do anything for the next 5 months. But that’s a small possibility. So! Let’s go!”

And what do ya know, after I woke up from the operation, I got to find out that that small possibility had actually happened. What that meant was for the next month and a half I couldn’t walk or bend my leg. Then the next 3 and a half months I got to walk, but I still couldn’t run or do any physical activity.

So… besides this winter being completely immobilizing, I have finally rehabilitated completely. For the first time in two years, I finally get to compete again barefooting, and I am definitely looking forward to it. I have goals already set that I am determined to meet by the end of the summer.

Collin Barber