Posts Tagged ‘2013’

German and Austrian Barefoot Nationals

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

The 2013 German and Austrian Nationals took place in Wallsee, Austria. We had a great week of training with perfect conditions  before the competition started. The tournament started on Friday the 9th of August and ended on Saturday evening. We first started with slalom and afterwards tricks. The conditions weren´t really good so we had to wait for the next day to ski the second round of tricks slalom and jumping. The next day it was still a little bit windy, but it was good enough to ski the second round of tricks and slalom. In the evening, the wind stopped and the water was good for jumping.

I hit a new PB with my first ever landed invert jump in a tournament (18.9m) and could get the third place in the international competition behind Stefan Wimmer (25.3m) and Lukas Heiss (21.6m). After we finished the tournament we held the award ceremony in a restaurant near the river. In the German valuation I received second place in jumping,  third place in tricks and fourth place in slalom.

Best wishes

Kenny Eissler

2013 Southern Barefoot Regionals

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013
Photo: The WBC Crew had a fantastic weekend at Southern Regionals with a couple of pending records and LOTS of PB's !!! Great skiing everyone and thank you to all that organised the event, it was a great weekend!!

Southern Regionals Group

When Jim Boyette arrived at Lake David in Groveland, Florida on Saturday morning he had a smile and one foot in history.  With his start in the tricks event, the 85-year-old namesake of the Southern Regionals became the oldest person to ski the tournament, beating “Banana” George Blair by three months.  And that was just the start of an amazing day on the water.

From old school to new,  Will and Lizzie Rhea traveled all the way from Tennessee to compete in their first barefoot tournament.  Will became the Boys 2 Regional Champion scoring 1500 in tricks, 8.5 in slalom and a 7.9 meter jump. Lizzie won tricks with a 610 and even pulled off some one-foot wake crosses in her second pass of slalom to score a 4.1, capturing the Girls 1 Regional Champion title.

Carol Jackson, the “Womens 5 Record Machine” set a pending  Womens 5 national record in slalom with a 6.4.  In the officials bonus round on Friday, Carol also set a a pending tricks record with a 1480.

Elite skiers also had a great day on the rope. Ben Groen and Ashley Stebbeings led a solid international squad from the World Barefoot Center.  Ben set a new New Zealand record in tricks with a score of 10,550 in tricks and Ashley astounded the crowd with her smooth jumping style and a jump of 20.5 meters.  Chandler Cargile and Johnathan Martines also landed big 20+ meter jumps. And Brooke Fitch won the Survivor Award for fighting off a huge black snake at one end of the lake and then landing a huge jump at the other.

Photo: Morning in Groveland, Florida
But when it comes to jumping, the legendary Peter Fleck is leading the class in the old school.  Peter, who is more than double the age of most of the jumpers, managed to land one of the biggest jumps of the day.  His 24.6 meter jump was his first jump since the World Championships last year.

Let’s not forget the people behind the scenes who ski and then work their butts off. They are the champions of arriving first, working hard and leaving late.  Mike Holt, Paul Lower, Dale Stevens, Steven Holt, Ronnie Meeks, Duane Godfrey, Jim Forster and Lauren St. Onge who made this year’s event the best ever!   Thanks!

Where are you from?  THE SOUTH!


By: Betsy Anderson Gilman

2013 Midwest Barefoot Regionals

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Just a little chilly...

It was a cold, rough, windy Midwest Barefoot Regional tournament on July 26 and 27 at the Blue Moo in Alma Center, Wisconsin.  Judging from the smiles on everyone’s faces, it was perfectly warm.


A calm moment at the Blue Moo

Joe Knapp's 36th year on the water

Tom Tocco and Alex Youngblood


Cody Heller at the Midwest Regionals

Amber Rangel's First Regional Jumping

Photo: Congrats dad on placing 3rd in slalom!

Patrick Blake

Photo: It was a bit cold at day 2 of the Midwest Barefoot Regionals...

Hey, it's July!

Photo: Definitely NOT the Southern Regionals. Only in the Midwest!

"Definitely not the Southern Regionals," says Scott Jones

Kailey and Ariana Koehler, "It's not cold!"

By: Karen Putz