Posts Tagged ‘bare foot’

2015 WBC Suits Now Available for PreOrder ONLINE!!

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Our 2015 WBC Barefoot Suits will be arriving shortly. Don’t miss out on your favorite and pre order one online now. Our Adult Range includes the “Wired” in various colors and a new designed “Graffiti”. We also are coming out with our first Junior Suit Range which includes the “Wired” in various colors. http://store.worldbarefootcenter.com/wetsuits/

50+ Senior Barefooter Weekend!!

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

ATTENTION 50+ BAREFOOTERS!!

Ted Eisenstat and Judy Myers are organizing a 3 day Senior Barefooters Events to be held at the World Barefoot Center in Winter Haven, FL. This event will include 3 days of instruction from the World Class Instructors of the WBC.

The dates are May 15th, 16th & 17th, 2015. The event is for 50+ age barefooters.

The cost are as follows:

  • 1 day @ $195.00
  • 2 days @ $390.00
  • 3 days @ $550.00

For more information you can contact Judy Myers at her email oldbarefooter@mac.com.

Lizzie Rhea: Jumping Inverted for a Dog

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

 

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One of my most exciting experiences was at the WBC during fall break this year. My Dad really wanted me to start trying to jump inverted, so he made a deal with me that if I jumped inverted on the 5 foot rope, he would get allergy shots, so that I could get a dog. I have always wanted a dog, but my Dad is really allergic to them. My Dad wanted video evidence of the jump. We shook on it and made the deal official.

I was not even close to jumping inverted, and Ben Groen did not think I could do it after that first day. I tried a million times. I thought I could not do it, and I gave up. I was so sad that I could not even eat supper that night. I could not stop thinking about it, and it was driving me nuts!

The next day, I went back to the WBC thinking that I would not even try it anymore. (I kept thinking that it was not very smart to hit a piece of fiberglass on my bare feet going 40 mph anyway!) However, David Small was determined that I could and would do it, and get my dog! I had to trust him because he is the best jumper in the world. I knew if I listened to him, I would have a chance. He is always good at motivating me and making me believe in myself. I decided to put my game face on and try again.

The first 3 jumps on the boom were awesome, so David let me move to the rope, which wasn’t so awesome! He kept telling me to raise early, but my body just wouldn’t do it for some reason! I was getting really frustrated because my set was almost over. I had to keep telling myself that I could do it.

David told me he would let me try the 5 foot rope if I promised to raise early. Of course I didn’t do it the first couple of times, but all of the sudden I did it on my 3rd attempt. Mrs. Karen Putz got a video of it and sent it to my Dad.

My Dad went to an allergy doctor and has just started taking weekly shots. It will take at least 6 more months, but I am going to get a chocolate toy poodle just like Charlie, David Small’s dog. I am going to name him Dave, in honor of David Small, because I am so thankful that he didn’t give up on me. I can’t wait until I get it!

Lizzie Rhea

James Callahan: My WBC Experience

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Hello my name is James. I am 11 years old, and I live in Minneapolis, MN. I am writing this blog to tell you about my WBC (World Barefoot Center) experience. I have been down to the WBC twice now. The first time I went down was in June 2014 with my Grandma. When I went down to the ski school the first time, I had only just learnt how to short rope on the boom. After being at WBC for two days, I progressed to doing a long line deep water start.

I recently went down to the WBC for my second time in October 2014. I had the greatest time of my life. It was the first time that I flew by myself on an airplane to anywhere. At first I was a little scared but after the flight attendants helped me and gave me cookies, it was all good. When I got down to the Tampa Bay, FL airport my Grandpa was picking me up and I could tell he was nervous. He didn’t want to lose me or do something wrong. Then when I got to his place everything was ok. My Grandpa lives down in St. Petersburg, FL so it was very convenient that he lives really close to the WBC ski school.

The next morning we woke up at 6.00am to drive to Winter Haven. When we arrived at the ski school, I met the WBC crew. It was so much fun and everyone was funny and kind. I got to meet David Small, Ben Groen and Keith St. Onge! They are very nice and great teachers.

The second time I was down there for the week I learnt so much like tumble turns, toe holds and back deep starts. I look forward to practicing at home and down in Florida. I am hoping to keep progressing in the sport. Even though I love barefooting, I will also enjoy playing hockey this winter. I can’t wait to get back to WBC and hang out with the gang.

– James Callahan

Kailey Koehler: My First World Championship

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

One of my most memorable trips, and by far the most beautiful place in the world is New Zealand. I went to my first world competition in 2009 as an independent skier. I did not qualify to ski in the jump event, but I did ski in both the slalom and the trick event. My first worlds was a success. My goal was to beat myself, and that is exactly what I did. I got a PB in both events and I couldn’t have been any happier.

While practicing for the competition, Team USA got the honor of skiing on Lake Keelings. Although the name doesn’t sound familiar, almost everyone has seen this lake because it is where Lord of the Rings was filmed. Unfortunately, this lake had many good memories along with a few bad ones. One in particular was when I bit all the way through my bottom lip while doing a tumble turn to a one foot stand up. Although it didn’t hurt too bad, it looked really bad and it was embarrassing to meet people from all over the world at the opening ceremonies with a fat lip. The 2009 championship was an amazing first world competition and I cherish the good and bad memories forever.

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Lexi McCauley: My First Deepwater Start

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

One morning about three years ago, my family and I woke up to ski. Everyone shouted out the rotation. Being the youngest, I got third in the rotation. We all hurried to get the boat ready because we always try to be the first ones on the water. My brother, Zac, was up to ski first. After his set was my sister Sydney, she had an awesome ski. It was my turn so I quickly jumped in and switched the handles. I didn’t know how to deep water start. I had to start using a wakeboard without shoes.

After a couple of short passes, my dad said it was time to give him the wakeboard. The goal my dad told me was to do a deep water start and make it my personal best distance. My mom always gets us a candy bar if we do something new. All I was thinking was deep water start (1 candy bar) and a personal best distance (2 candy bars). I put my toes on the rope, head back, pushed my hips up, stayed stiff and blew air out my noise. My dad started with a nice slow start and told me to get in my three point stance just like the wakeboard. After lightly planting my feet, I was riding my three point stance and skiing down the lake. I was too scared to look forward. My eyes were on my dad. He told me to look forward and suddenly I saw a flock of geese in my ski path. Later he said, he didn’t want to do anything drastic and the geese always fly away. I looked right back at my dad with wide eyes. All the geese swam away except for one. That goose was right in my ski path. I didn’t see it until I came out the front. I held onto the handle not letting go because I was afraid the goose would have hurt me since I hit it.

After the boat slowed down, I looked back and saw the goose swim up to shore. I jumped onto the platform and told my family that I hit a goose and I am done! They laughed at me. My dad told me to complete one more pass. Of course, I did! It was a successful, 2 candy bars day! My Aunt Tina went after me and she didn’t hit a goose. She had a better run than I did, but I had a better story. I couldn’t stop thinking about that goose. I look at geese differently now and my nickname has been Goose since that day.

Lexi McCauley

Cold Weather Barefooting

Friday, January 31st, 2014
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Keeping warm!

ome winter there’s no reason to stop skiing. I have learned through the years on the best ways to keep warm. It starts with padded shorts, and a flomo vest. Next I prefer to wear a one piece suit instead of sweats; you can always feel the cold in the area that they meet. The main piece is the Dry suit, the dry suit seals around your wrists, ankles, and neck. If all seals work properly, you should stay dry except for your hands, feet and head, which are exposed. I have found that water will get in through the neck when doing a back deep. If you use a neck brace this will stop that from happening. A set of neoprene gloves and a scuba hood will help keep the hands and head warm.

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Even warmer!

Hot water is a must for cold weather skiing. Sticking your hands and feet in after every pass. If your footin, that will help, if you’re shoe skiing, WBC shoe skies have the neoprene boots on them and that helps a lot. I do enjoy the hot tub on the dock that warms the body up fast.

A nice feature for the driver is to install clear plastic from the windshield to the Bimini top this will put the driver in a capsule and keep them warmer.

Jerry Kanawyer (Flipper)

Jerry Kanawyer: Thank You, Swampy

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

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I will be traveling to Australia three weeks early, prior to the 2014 Barefoot Waterski World Championships. I will be training with Ken Derry,  hoping that some of his slalom skills will rub off on me lol. I met Ken back in 1990 when he trained behind my 1989 Barefoot Nautique, in preparation of the 1990 World championships.

I’m coming off my best year in slalom. I posted a personal best score of 16.6, which put me 2nd in the nation with only the legend Keith St.Onge having a better score. To my surprise the elite team needed a slalom score for the world championships. The event that rarely is ever needed.

As I reflect back two years ago, I remember Swampy telling me to concentrate more on slalom and less on jump.  Swampy, I took your comments to heart and it paid off. I’m going to say it… Yes, Swampy, you were right. Thank you for being a part of making a goal that I set out to achieve 25 years ago.

Jerry Kanawyer (Flipper)

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

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