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Collin Barber: Barefooting with a Positive Mental Attitude

Saturday, January 11th, 2014
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WBC Shoe Skis

You just finished a run on the shoe skis as the boat is on its way back to pick you up. Whether you were doing one foots, toe-holds, or turns, you managed to do the trick on the shoe skis without a problem. As the boat gets nearer and nearer, you hear the instructor tell you to take the shoe skis off and to do the exact same run but on your feet. As you start taking them off, the instructor looks at you and asks the inevitable question:

“What changes?”

Well… You could give the obvious answer of the fact that you are now skiing on your bare feet, which have less surface area than the shoe skis making the task harder and that you are now going to be skiing at a faster speed than before.

But you don’t give that answer. Instead, you respond with:

“Nothing changes.”

Why? Because it’s a mental game. If you gave the first answer, that shows you have uncertainty in yourself. If you have uncertainty in yourself, you’ll second guess your abilities. In turn, this will probably end up in struggling with the trick on your bare feet.

But if you answer with the mentality that absolutely nothing changes, you will probably struggle much less. You are telling yourself that if you can do it on shoe skis, you can do it on your bare feet too. You have confidence in yourself and with that confidence you are more likely to succeed with the task at hand.

So, am I telling you not to be scared of taking off those shoe skis? Well, in a sense, yes. But in reality, what I’m really trying to say is this:

PMA! Positive Mental Attitude!

By: Collin Barber

Show Skiers Go Barefoot

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Day 2 with the WaterHawks Water Ski Show Team, at Eagle Lake.

It was a windy morning but that didn’t stop us!  The cool breeze was a nice change from yesterdays high heat.  These footers are signed up for the entire day, that means each person skied two sets in the morning and two sets in the afternoon.  Lets checkout what they learned.

First up Tyler Schuman from Minnesota.  Tyler worked on his front one foot one hand trick and then moved on to backwards deep starts.  In the past couple years Tyler has played with backdeeps but couldn’t figure out what was going wrong.  Today KSO figured it out and had Tyler try it out on the WBC trainers.

One Foot One Hand!Barefoot Backwards!

Just last night we heard a story from Ryan Corkery about why he joined the WaterHawks Ski Show Team.  Ryan had come to a show 2 years ago and saw Keith St. Onge Barefoot in the show and from that day Ryan knew he had to learn to barefoot waterski.  A week after Keith left town Ryan became a member of the ski team. Inspiring! Now Ryan is doing his deepwater start, tumble turns and one foots a lot more easily, its amazing was a few tips can lead do.  Ryan worked on back deepwater starts too.

Ohhh Yeah! One Foot

Planting for a Backdeep

Chloe Lawson is tough!  After taking a year off from skiing due to a broken leg she is back at it once again, we applaude her for that!  Chloe has a natural great forward gliding position.  In the afternoon Chole worked on her back deep water starts.

Clean Frontwards Barefooting Posture

Chloe Back Deep Water

All around fantastic show skier Jordan Kintzle came out for the day.  Jordan learned a front deepwater start, working on getting a cleaner front one foot and is starting to glide perfectly on his feet backwards!

Nice Posture and Glide

Body Slide!

The WaterHawks show director Melanie Kintzle learned about the three point stance and standing up over her feet.  Once Melanie go the hang of it she was deeping up much smoother than before.  Those beach starts in the show will be much easier:)  Like many people Melanie was a little nervous to try a back deep, we assured her that you can breathe while dragging backwards.  After some encouragement Melanie was gliding backwards with ease.

Deep Water Start

Nice Barefoot Form!

Thank you all for skiing with us! We had a wonderful boat crew and it was very enjoyable! Remember we sell ALL your barefoot gear from wetsuits, to booms. We hope to see you in Florida at the World Barefoot Center.

By Keith St. Onge and Lauren Lindeman