Posts Tagged ‘alex youngblood’

Alex Youngblood: My Coaches

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

 

A lot of different coaches have taught me a lot of different stuff. Let’s start with Keith St. Onge, Ben Groen, and David Small. Keith, Ben, and David are my main coaches. They taught me my front toeholds and my back deep long line. They worked me really hard and it all paid off. I usually go to their ski school every spring now for about 2 weeks.

Another one of my coaches was Lane Bowers. He taught me my first back deep on the boom. One thing he told me to do, which I still do it to this day is to growl when you are in the motion of getting up. That helped me a lot. So, that back deep had a huge impact on my skiing.

Last but not least, Kenny Kaestner. He was the one who taught me my first front deep. We made a special deal. If I got the front deep with his help by October 1st, he said he would give me, my very own junior handle for free. I told him, it was a deal! After that I practiced and practiced and practiced. Finally the day came to do it. I tried and tried and tried, I wasn’t going to give up. I tried it one last time and on that that attempt, I did all the mechanics right…AND I GOT IT!!! I was extremely happy and flabbergasted! And I thank him for that.

So those are all my coaches who have gotten me to this point. They rock!

– Alex Youngblood

Alex Youngblood: My First Worlds

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

My first World Championships wasn’t what I expected. Not in a bad way, but in a good way. There was a lot of people that I didn’t know. But let’s remind ourselves that this was when I was 10 years old. However, this meant that I got to meet a lot of new people.

The Worlds was held at an awesome site with awesome water and my best friend was there too. Which made it really fun. The biggest difference was the age divisions, which meant I had to compete with girls that were up to 17 year olds! I thought that this was really weird at the time, but as I got older I saw why. Also, when I was on the start dock, some of the girls were starting off like a 10 foot platform. My dad explained to me that it was for extra points. It was still pretty strange though.

Before I knew it, it was my turn to ski. My PB at the time in tricks was 700 pts. My goal by the end of the ski year was to get 900 pts. Slalom wasn’t that big for me at the time.

I started with a front flyer to 2. I nailed that! Once I had gotten up, I did all my tricks. At the end of the first pass, I asked what was the last trick in time. He said “your reverse one foot”. That was my last trick, I was so happy! I then did my second run and at the end, I butt slid to the shore. I got up and hugged my dad. He said I got every trick in time. My trick run come out to 910 points! My dad and I were extremely happy. So that was my first worlds, it went really well!

– Alex Youngblood

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.

2013_MW_Regionals_Overall_Results

A calm moment at the Blue Moo

Joe Knapp's 36th year on the water

Tom Tocco and Alex Youngblood

Brrrrr!

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

Alex Youngblood: My Experience at the World Barefoot Center

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Well, there is a lot of stuff to write about, let’s just start off on all the fun experiences in this wonderful sport called Barefooting. So once you get really into a sport, you obviously want to get better at it, right?

Well I did.

My dad hooked me up with the World Barefoot Center. So I live in Michigan, but WBC was all the way in Florida! ! And at the time I was 10 years of age, so I was pretty nervous to be honest with you. But I wanted to be a world champion barefooter. Keith St. Onge and David Small are my idols, so I knew it was the right thing to do.

I toughened up and went.

Once I got there, I met people from all over the world. Some from Austria, Great Britain and also New Zealand! I was really shy at first. But once I got to know everyone, I was all right. Anyway back on topic. Once I got there it was straight to the water for me. I said at the beginning that I was committed to this. I was probably out on the water and the boat for about three hours in the morning and three hours in the afternoon. It was tuff training, but I was willing to do whatever it takes to be the best I can be. After about a week, I was sore and tired. But I wanted to make the last week count. I worked my hardest, I got frustrated at times but I knew this stuff wouldn’t just come to you. A lot of people would be doing this sport if it was easy.

On my last day, I didn’t want to go home really, learning new tricks and techniques were more fun than I thought, and I said my goodbyes and thank you.  I really like this sport and I want to keep getting better and better. I’m definitely not giving up now!

-Alex Youngblood

Alex Youngblood: My First Experience at WBC

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Well, there is a lot of stuff to write about, let’s just start off on all the fun experiences in this wonderful sport called Barefooting. So once you get really into a sport, you obviously want to get better at it Right? Well I did. So my dad hooked me up with the World Barefoot Center. So I live in Michigan, but WBC was all the way in Florida! And at the time I was 10 years of age, so I was pretty nervous to be honest with you. But I wanted to be the world champion barefooter. Keith St. Onge and David Small are my Idols so I knew it was the right thing to do. So I toughened up and went.

Once I got there I met people from all over the world. Some from Austria, Great Britain and also New Zealand! I was really shy at first. But once I got to know everyone, I was all right. Anyway back on topic. Once I got there it was straight to the water for me. I said at the beginning that I was committed to this. I was probably out on the water and the boat for about three hours in the morning and the afternoon. It was tough training, but I was willing to do whatever it takes to be the best I can be.

After about a week, I was sore and tired. But I wanted to make the last week count. I worked my hardest, I got frustrated at times, but I knew this stuff wouldn’t just come to you. A lot of people would be doing this sport if it was easy.

On my last day, I didn’t want to go home really, learning new tricks and techniques were more fun than I thought, and I said my byes and thank you. I really like this sport and I want to keep getting better and better. I’m definitely not giving up now!

-Alex Youngblood

Alex Youngblood: My Experience as a Sponsored Skier

Thursday, January 17th, 2013
I am Alex Youngblood from Highland, Michigan and this is my 2nd year being a sponsored skier at the World Barefoot Center. And I would like to tell you about all the fun I’ve had with them.
In 2012, I took a trip to Texas for the Barefoot World Championship tournament. I met people from all over the world! From Great Britain to Austria. I made a lot of new friends too. Sometimes you don’t find your best friends at home. Jenifer Blake and Riley Stenson from Illinois and Minnesota are like my two best friends.
Anyways, I went there to do tricks and slalom. My PB (personal best) was 700 for tricks, and at Worlds I got 900! My slalom PB 2.6 has been the same for a long time. I had a great experience. But to get 900 I learned a lot of new stuff at  the World Barefoot Center. I learned three new tricks in one week!
Backwards one foots, one foot stand ups and one foots. The staff from WBC really helped me at Worlds. And some day they might help you too.

Alex Youngblood

Alex Youngblood at WBC

Alex Youngblood at the 2011 Barefoot Nationals

Alex Youngblood at 9 Years Old

Michigan Clinic w/ the YoungBlood’s

Monday, July 30th, 2012

I’ve known Jim Youngblood from my younger years when I wasn’t so disciplined. He reminded me I once ordered a Mountain Dew with Vodka one night out to eat when I thought I was invincible. I have grown up quite a bit since then and I was so excited when Jim asked me to do a clinic, for several reasons. One, I knew he had a great site. Two, his daughter Alex visited the ski school this spring and at the ripe age of ten was passionate about the sport and learning extremely fast! Three, it would be great to reconnect with Jim after many years. I wanted to help them out as much as I possibly could. Working with young, motivated and talented kids gets my heart pumping for the sport! Not that I don’t like working with mature skiers but the young are the future of our sport ; ).

Alex Youngblood hammering away her Front Toe's

Jen and her father came over from the Chicago area and it was great to work with them as well. Jen is learning quickly and get this, she would rather go backwards than forwards. She’s a smart cookie because barefooting backwards is easier than barefoot skiing forwards. Mostly due to skiing on the larger part of your foot backwards and being able to use your toes with the ability to lean away slightly. Make sure to start learning the backwards start literally days after learning how to barefoot ski forward.

Jenny figuring out her front one foot!

I had to push Jen to work on front one foots but check out the sweet picture of her riding a super clean one footer!
70 years young making it look easy on the glass conditions we had for three days straight!

Ben came over from Illinois and for 70 Years young skied up a storm! Great time!

Nice sequence of Katie learning her front barefooting Start.

Katie in the Start position

Katie Learning the butt ride

Success!!

Katie was skiing for three days with us and her progression was perfect!  Katie is also ranked #2 in the Nation as a Jr. Female GS snow skier.

Katie & Alex staying warm in the early morning

Girls having fun in the perfect weather we had!

Katie’s dad, Mike, showing the girls he can learn new tricks too! Forth attempt looking clean!

Mike White doing a sweet toe hold on the WBC Shoe Ski. Forth try and he's rock'n it!

I’m taking a picture of Katie’s dad taking a picture of his daughter getting up on her feet for the first time ever behind the boat! Congrats on that one young lady!

Katie's first time up Long Line! Yahooooo!

I would like to thank Jim and his family for welcoming me into their house.  The clinic was a success and I hope I can see everyone reach their goals that participated in the clinic.  I put my heart and soul (Sole) into everyone I teach and it’s great to see people achieve things they thought they could not do or at least achieve things more easily with my help.

KSO, Alex & Jim YoungBlood

The World Barefoot Center takes pride in our instruction on the road doing clinics or at our facility in Winter Haven, FL, which is only fifteen minutes from LegoLand.

By: Keith St.Onge

Alex Youngblood, Nine-Year-Old Barefoot Competitor

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Alex does a flyer at the Michigan tournament

She’s a tiny, little thing standing on the dock, but when nine-year-old Alex Youngblood stands on the water, you can’t help but say, “Wow!”   She’s a kid with a real passion for barefoot water skiing.  And when you talk to Alex,  you can literally see that excitement– her whole body radiates when she talks about the sport she loves.  Alex first put her feet in the water on water skis when she was three-years-old.   “Alex would watch me from the boat and mimic me barefooting,” said Jim, her father.  “She would pick up a handle and put it on the pylon and pretend that she was barefooting.  She probably learned a lot just from doing that.  I put her in the swing and let her dip her feet in the water– she took to it very quickly.”

Jim’s own first taste of barefooting came when he was in his 20’s, and it wasn’t a pleasant experience as he injured himself while trying the sport.  He decided to stick with slalom skiing– until he began hanging out with two barefoot skiers (one who was Chris Szwed, father of Kyle and Laura Szwed) who  needed a spotter.  They convinced him to give barefooting another try, insisting that with proper equipment and training, it would be a much better experience.  “Once I tried again, I got the bug and never looked back.  I left slalom skiing behind,” Jim laughed.

Alex competing in the Michigan tourneyAlex has been bitten by the same bug.  In 2009, Kenny Kaestner from Foot’n Foundations challenged Alex to learn a deep water start so that she could compete in the Regionals and Nationals.  He promised her a brand new junior toe handle if she could complete the start and send him a video.  Alex worked hard and at the end of the ski season that year, she was the proud owner of a new handle.   “Alex looks up to Kenny–that challenge was a turning point for her,” said Jim.  “You know how it goes, you can tell your kids the same thing over and over and they become numb to it.  Alex did everything that Kenny asked her to do, he is a good teacher for her.”

Alex learned backwards on the short line earlier this year with instruction from Lane Bowers, and she has the goal of qualifying for the Worlds next year.  At a recent Michigan tournament, Alex scored a 2.8 in slalom and 350 in tricks.  She added knee skiing at the end of her second run, something that Jim says he can’t do himself.  “If she can get backwards long line and a few other tricks– one foot and tumble to one, then qualifying for the Worlds is doable,” Jim explained.  “It’s her desire and her wish to go to the Worlds, not mine.  She has a very competitive personality–not against others– but she sets goals for herself and then works to see if she can accomplish it.”

Watch for Alex on the water!

Written by: Karen Putz

Alex, barefooting with her parents

All this barefooting is tiring!