Posts Tagged ‘2011’

David Small and Ashleigh Stebbeings IWWF 2011 Barefoot Athletes of the Year

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

David Small and Ashleigh Stebbeings were selected for the 2011 International Waterski and Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) Male and Female Barefoot Skier Athletes of the Year.

From the World Barefoot Council:

David Small (GBR) – David continues to raise the bar in the barefoot trick event. During the 2011 season he posted three scores over his current World Record. On extremely close calls during record review, the last trick was found to be out of time in each case. His performance of 13,100 points at the 2011 Canadian Nationals serves notice of things to come in 2012. His dominence in the jump event once again went unchallenged as he won every event he competed in and holds the #1 world ranking in jump for the sixth time over the past eight years.

Ashleigh Steebeings (AUS) – Ashleigh’s 2011 season introduced women’s barefoot tricks to a completely new level of skill. Multiple turns prior to this season have been limited to a very few female barefoot trickers (in the distant past) scoring front to front 360 turns. Ashleigh executed every single muliple turn in the rule book this year over her comeptitive season. All four 720’s, all four 540’s all four 360’s. She tops the 2012 Rankings list in Tricks, Slalom and Overall. Still being only one of two women to jump inverted she holds the #2 spot in that event.

Both of these great atheltes will be going for gold at the 2012 World Championships on the waters of The Barefoot Ski Ranch in Waco Texas, August 27 – September 2, 2012.

Duct Tape Now Allowed at Footstock

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Footstock, the grandaddy of all Figure 8 tournaments, is now allowing the use of duct tape again– legally.   According to a recent article on the Waterski website:

One of the most controversial rule changes to this year’s event will be allowing skiers to use duct tape to protect the bottom of their feet. The rule change, which has been happening at smaller endurance tournaments, is in response to the growing number of competitors suffering severe burning of their feet due to the increasingly long runs. Last year’s runner-up Pete Fleck actually burned holes in his feet as a result of barefooting over 30 figure eights over the two day competition.


Gary and Dave Mueller posted a humorous debate about the use of duct tape in Footstock:  To Duct Tape or Not to Duct Tape?

Last year’s Footstock summary: Endurance Records Fall at Footstock

Keith St. Onge and Lauren Lindeman are heading up to Footstock.  Will they don the small piece of duct tape allowed?

Written by: Karen Putz