Johnathan Martines: My Experience at the 2012 Barefoot Nationals

The 2012 Barefoot Nationals at the Barefoot Ski Ranch in Waco, Texas were my 5th Nationals.   Up until 2012, I have never won an Overall title and I had only gotten a handful of medals.

Going into the tournament I was very confident in my skiing. Just weeks earlier I had qualified to ski in the open division in all three events.   All of the training and tournaments leading up to the Nationals went great.  I scored a number of PB’s and learned many new tricks.

The first event I skied in the tournament was tricks.   I was the top seed going into the event and I felt very confident with my trick run.  During my run, I got cut on a few tricks but still scored at 3100, enough to put me into second place and put me into the Open Men’s Final Round.   In the trick finals, the water was extremely rough and everyone was scoring very low.  I scored a 1600 putting me in 2nd place with a Silver Medal.
In jump we only got 1 round of 2 jumps because the water was rough and they needed to finish all of the jumping in one morning.   I missed my first jump, but scored a 16.1 on my second jump, enough to get me the silver medal.
Slalom was by far my worst event.   I barely stood up my first run.  I then proceeded to take a head packer early on in my second run, earning a 9.5.   I did not make the finals, but I did score just enough to stay in it for the overall.  The rest of the skiers that were chasing the Overall also had trouble in the slalom finals, giving me the overall.  When I found out I won the Overall, I was so excited. Winning my first National Overall title is a memory I will never forget.
Johnathan Martines

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