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The 2013 Barefoot Nationals Results

Monday, September 16th, 2013
Photo: 85-year-old Jim Boyette does a flyer.
The 2013 Barefoot Water Ski National Championships was held at Mossdale Quarry Lakes in Lathrop, California.  Unfortunately, the site changed six weeks prior to the tournament. A key part of making this change happen, though, was Tim Pellaton, who no matter what I needed was able to find it for me, from a trailer for the scorers, to a motor home for the officials, to a gas trailer. A key thanks also goes to Mike Temby for donating his personal jet ski for a pickup boat.
The site was a big challenge to set up with depths of fifty feet and inclines that made it nearly impossible to set up the course. Tim and I spent ten days setting it up with help the last couple of days from Claudia and Dave Landon and Casey and Judy Meyers. Andrew Martin and Andy Conway handled all the electronics, video,
web site, programs, and t-shirt design. Thank you to Mark Hobson and Mike Temby for their assistance with fundraising, as well as Doug Jordan for handling
the jump!
Photo: Nice water at the Barefoot Nationals.
And what can I say about Scott Pellaton, Mike Ehlert and Teresa Wallace! Teresa went out and skied 92 mph on her feet, during a down-time for rough water that
we had put a hold on the tournament for. Scott’s 1981 Sanger Mini Day Cruiser (with Mike Ehlert as his observer) got the hair standing up on all of our backs with
that Blown Chevy 540 cubic inch engine pushing about 900 horse power. Thanks, Scott, Mike, and Teresa!
And a Big Thank You goes to all of our sponsors! Dublin Toyota, WBC (World Barefoot Center), Sanger Boats, Delta RV and Boat Storage, Flipper Roofing, Flipper Sports, Pape Material Handling Company, Temby Properties, The Boat Dock, Mike Molepske, Don Stoppe, and our host hotel Comfort Suites.  With the short amount of time we had to establish an alternate site in close proximity to our lake, the Mossdale Quarry site was all we had. While it wasn’t perfect due to the wind mentioned previously, and even though the backwash made the competition a little tough, the skiers stepped up their game and took those challenges head on.
I was a little disappointed with the turn out, as it was one of our more sparsely attended National competitions with only 68 skiers. If we had more skiers, we
would have run out of time for the event unless we had shorter turn-around times. Regardless, I want to thank all of the officials for their huge time investment in
order to make this event happen. A final bit of appreciation goes to the owner of the lake, Robert Brown, for working with us to get this event on the books.
By: Jerry Kanawyer
Tournament article by USA Water Ski via WaterSki: 36th Annual Barefoot Nationals

Preparing for the 2013 Barefoot Nationals

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013


I have been in this sport for many years; my first tournament was in 1987 at the Oakland Estuary in Oakland California. It was also my first experience with William Farrell. He was very helpful and supported of all of the new skiers. He rallied us to get out there and give a 110% and have fun. Very early in the day I started to say, wow this guy sure talks a lot. I found out later that there is no off button for West Coast Willie; he’s the original energizer bunny. No one can ever say that Willie isn’t a social butterfly.

Scott Pellaton wowed us with a 110 Mile per hour pass. That was a sight to see for a rookie barefooter. I was hooked after my first tournament. I started looking for a barefoot boat afterwards. I found a 1984 Barefoot Antique. It had a great flat wake, but some of you newer skiers would not know about the cliff that you come off of; the wake was tall and wider. It was still a great wake but it made it difficult learning back one foot wakes. You thought the falls on our current boats are bad, it was twice the hit taking falls from skiing behind the Barefoot Antique.

We have had a cold winter for northern California. This winter has been all about letting the body heal, working and planning the 2013 Barefoot Nationals which will be held at
Diablo Shores in Brentwood, California.

For this tournament, we are trying to put a lot of emphasis on getting some spectators in the seats as well as putting on a great Nationals for all the skiers. For the last four years, Mike Temby, Tim Pellaton, Rick Fuller and I have put on an air and ski show. On Saturday with the finals, we are planning to add in a mini ski show to add to the event. Some possibilities would be acrobatic jet skiers, a speed barefoot run with the top female or male record holders, Scott Pellaton and Theresa Wallace, an air show by the patriot jet team–the only privately-owned jet team in the world. We might just have some skydivers coming in to show us their stuff (and no, it’s not going to be Small’z!).

The host hotel is the Comfort Suites in Oakley, California. Book your rooms early as you can– the room rate is $99.00 a night. The hotel is about 10 minutes from the site.

We are surrounded by four airports: San Jose, San Francisco, Oakland, and Sacramento, all within 75 minutes. I would check all four for flights, because sometimes there’s a big difference in price. Sacramento has the least amount of traffic, almost none. The other three just depend on the time of day. The traffic is heaviest between 2 PM – 8 PM.

Jerry Kanawyer (Flipper)

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