Lizzie Rhea: Why I Love the World Barefoot Center and Three-Event Skiing


I am 10 years old, and I learned to barefoot five years ago at age 5. Until going to the World Barefoot Center this past summer, I had always just done freestyle barefooting. I loved to play around on the boom and try new things with my brother. I learned to longline when I was eight, but I did not do it very often. It was fun, and I was even lucky enough to get to ski with Andre de Villiers and Brendan Paige.

    My brother and I decided to try to learn 3 event after watching Nationals and Worlds online last summer. We booked a week at the WBC in May, and loved it so much that we went back for another week in July. We skied in our first tournament. We met people from all over the world, and had a fun time.

    The World Barefoot Center has great teachers and they were all  super nice to me. I fell a lot trying to learn new tricks, but every time I fell they said, “ It’s okay, you can do it. Go try again.” They really want you to do your best and have a good attitude while doing it. They encourage you to work very hard, and go for your goals. They make you believe in yourself.

    The WBC instructors taught me how to get up backwards, do toeholds, slalom on one foot going forward, and cross the wake going backwards (still on 2 feet though). I learned that you have to work very hard to be able to succeed in 3 event barefooting. It is hard, and it hurts when I fall, but it is the greatest feeling when you push through and learn a new trick. It is so much harder than freestyle because the goal for everything is to do it behind the boat.

    I pretty much love everything about the WBC, including the pro shop. They have awesome barefoot suits, t-shirts, hats, heater shirts, jewelry, stickers, ropes, bags, and clothes. I wish I could buy everything in there, but my parents won’t let me.

    If you are looking to try something very fun and challenging, go to the WBC and learn 3 event barefoot waterskiing!

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