Ricky Bruce: Living the Dream at the World Barefoot Center

I am relatively new to the sport of Barefoot Water skiing. Around 2 years ago, I had my introduction to barefooting through my good friend and skiing buddy, Randal Meikle. A day out on the boom and I was hooked! I didn’t ski again untill later in the year and at best, it was the odd weekend here and there – pretty sporadic really.

I attended a clinic in NZ with Ben Groen of WBC in early 2012 when he was back home visiting family. Under Ben’s coaching, I managed to get up for the first time longline. It was exhilarating to be out behind the boat on nothing but my bare feet.

The following few weeks I went out every week and attended the annual “May Camp” held in New Zealand on Lake Karapiro. There, I met some great people involved in the local NZ barefoot scene and planned to get coaching from Rob Groen, visiting down at the lake in Otaki. After a couple of skiing weekends at the beautiful Lake Inspiration working on the basics, I mentioned to Rob I was planning at some stage to get over to the World Barefoot Center and ski a few weeks.Next thing I know I am forwarded an email. It was an opportunity to go to the WBC to help out for a year and ski. Needless to say, It didn’t take me long to decide this was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. Two short months later, I found myself on a plane headed to Florida.

First impressions of the school were: welcoming,friendly, well-run and disciplined. I knew I would have to step out of my comfort zone here, as I am naturally pretty shy by nature.

Twelve weeks down the track, I’ve had a few mishaps,a lot of mistakes, and also an injury, I’m still here and loving it! I have the privilege of being coached by the world’s best as well as seeing countless barefooters learn and train here at the WBC on pretty much a daily basis.The experience of observing others learn is pretty awesome and has been incredibly valuable to my own skiing and development. Add to those aspects the chance to meet so many of the global barefoot family, and watch the sport grow as more and more get involved. I’m looking forward to meeting a lot more of you footers as you come to the WBC coaching school in 2013.

There you have it…opportunity and privilege. I am Ricky Bruce from New Zealand and I am living the dream!


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One Response to “Ricky Bruce: Living the Dream at the World Barefoot Center”

  1. duane says:

    Well said Ricky…great seeing u there!

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