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Summer Barefoot Instruction Day 5

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

WaterHawks Day 5

The 5th and final clinic day at the Waterhawks ski site.  Today we had 10 barefooters!  Five in the morning session and a completely different crew of five in the afternoon.  It was sweet! Checkout our morning footers!

Morning Barefoot Clinic Crew

Coy Roussell started us off for the day! First set Coy learned a front toe hold on the WBC shoe skis and by next set it was very close to getting it on his barefeet!  We started the process of going backwards and doing the back deep water start.  As many of you know there are TONS of steps to learning the back deep and in one set Coy was starting to come up! Awesome dude!

Ready for a front deepy?

Working the Front Toe Hold!

Coming Up on the Backdeep

Want to meet a fast learner! Mitch Tauke learned to barefoot incrediable fast!  In just 2 sets he learned his front deepwater on the boom, then shortline and then on to the 10ft extention.  Keep it up Mitch and before you know it long line will be a breeze!

Controlled!Three Point Stance-MitchAnd he's even giving us a thumbs up!

Ryan Ruhns already knew how to barefoot, but wasn’t getting up consistently.  Today we worked on a smooth transition from the deepwater to three point and then to standing up!  Ryan also learned to do a front one foot on the shoe skis.

After a nice smooth stand up!- RyanStrongman Front Toehold!

Jackson Twait hit the water for the very first time today!  Jackson learned a deepwater start on the boom.  Oh but thats is not all is also to let his feet glide across the water and did both front one foots! It’s rare but it happens and Jackson is better footing on just one foot than two! Great job!

Jackson on his barefeet!Working barefoot Form- JacksonOh yeah! One Foot!

David Lammers had attempted barefooting a few times in the past, today with a little bit of instruction he got is feet gliding!  From the barefoot swing to the deepwater start.  Checkout his great three point! Looking forward to seeing some video!

Nice Deepwater Start!-David

Nice Three Point!- David

Thank you all for coming out and spending the morning with us, we hope to ski with you all again soon!  Remember if you are in Florida give us a call and come ski with us.  If you’re looking for a new barefoot suit, checkout KSO Wetsuits.  Designed and worn by Barefoot World Champions Keith St. Onge and David Small.  Ski ya next time!

By Keith St. Onge and Lauren Lindeman

Barefooting in Rolling Prairie

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

Before the Footapalooza figure 8 tourney Thor Thordarson decided to book and organize a clinic day with some local footers.  We skied on a private site with lots of trees for wind protection and the lily pads limited the backwash.  It’s a perfect site for a barefooter.

The morning of the clinic was a little chilly but once lunchtime rolled around the sun was shining and the conditions were still fantastic for footing.

The barefoot clinic organizer Thor Thordarson is already a solid skier.  Thor has the basics down pat, the main goal for the day was to work towards back wakes.  We worked on cut outs.  Cut outs are a great exercise to do in order to learn to position of the back wake cross.

Andy Scupham is a teacher, well this summer he took part in the Keith St. Onge Barefoot Ski School.  What a great summer school class, right? Andy was a great student he listened well and accomplished his very first backwards one foot one hand! Next step is toe holds!

Seventeen year old Aaron Tanis footed with the crew all day.  Aaron learned a lot of barefooting tricks in a short period of time, we are impressed.  In the morning set Aaron completed his front one foots on barefoot trainers and in the afternoon he got up backwards for the FIRST TIME! Yay!

After taking a year off of skiing Mike Blackwell got back into it at lightening speed!  Before Mike arrived he could do a deepwater start and barefoot straight.  After a full day of skiing Mike had completed some tumble turns, front one foot on his feet, and he started the process of getting up backwards barefooting.  Sucessful day! Look how fast he progressed from shoe skis on the boom to the 5ft rope!

Jack Hollingsworth worked his frontward barefooting form.  Look how good his barefoot position became!

Brynn Hollingsworth braved the cold and skied the morning sets.  Brynn has barefooted before, but today we worked on making her front deepwater start a little smoother! Check her out!  We are putting the invite out to you and all the ladies out there to join us at Women’s Week down in Winter Haven, Florida this year!

A special thank you to Chris McWaters for allowing us to use your boat for the clinic.  we appreciate it!  Thank you Thor for organizing the clinic, it was great and everyone learned something, which is the main goal!  Keep footin’!

By Keith St. Onge and Lauren Lindeman

No Lake Payne, No Gain!

Friday, July 1st, 2011

We arrived at Ron Blouw’s cottage in Middleville, Michigan on Sun. June 19th.  Ron and his wife Cheryl and son’s Payton, Grant and Jordan welcomed us to there summer play ground.  The Blouw’s move forty minutes South during the summer months so they can enjoy the lake.  Lauren and I plugged in he Anytime Fitness Tour Bus across the street and prepared for the next morning of footers.

Monday morning consisted of Ron Blouw and his son Payton Blouw, Cory Holden and Kaitlyn DeVries.  Since most of the skiers on this lake step off skis to do endurance runs I thought it would be a great idea to learn deep water starts.  Good thing they were all interested in doing deep starts. because I don’t allow skis in the boat anyhow:)

After a half dozen tries Payton and Cory both completed several starts on their butts.  Padded shorts make the deep water start much easier and help prepare for tumble turns. It is important for the skier must learn butt control.  Cory worked on his front one foot and look at hiss success! Payton did toe holds on shoe skis as well as both tumble turns!

Front One Foot- Cory Holden

Payton's Front Toe Hold!

Kaitlyn DeVries has been a FootStock goer for a few years now and competeing a few times in the Women’s  Division.  Kaitlyn is proficient at barefooting behind the boat and doing step offs.  A few days prior the the clinic Kaitlyn attempted some front deepwater starts, sadly they were not complete.  With just a little bit of instruction Kaitlyn became a natural at the front deepwater start! As a bonus Kaitlyn also worked on one foots.  We hope to see you at Women’s Week Kaitlyn!

Front Deep Water Start- Kaitlyn DeVries

Kaityln DeVries

Ron worked his front toe holds on shoe skis and once proficient at those we moved onto his backwards position.  Ron’s goal was to do back ones on his feet and move onto back to fronts from there.  Instead of going straight to turns I explained to him we must get his basic one foot stronger since that will be the foot he turns on.  He did his back one foot on the rope and one hand with WBC shoe skis and when he looked solid with that we moved onto a back toe hold.  This was his first back toe-hold on shoe skis and he was pumped!  On his next set we started with more back toe holds in preparation for back to fronts.  Back to fronts followed directly after and he really got them dialed in.  All Ron needs to do now is take the same progression on his feet and he will be efficient with the turn.

Turning- Ron Blouw

Payton and Ron

Ron's Back One Foot One Hand!

In the afternoon I had Dave otherwise known as “Fig” and he was the pioneer on Payne Lake.  He has a passion for the sport like no other and you can truly see the respect from everyone when he get’s in the boat.  Most footers on the lake learned from Fig at one point or another.  Fig learned both one foots on his feet.

Look at Fig Go! Woo Hoo!

Doug Wieringa spent most of the day working on his frontwards one foot one hand, once he figured out what hand to let go with and what foot to pick up it was easy! Doug also got up backwards on his feet on only his twelfth attempt, that quick learning!

Doug's One Foot

Eric “Bear” De Vries skied with us and got up backwards on his feet for the first time! Congrats! Eric is also working in his front toe hold, your getting there!

So Close!

Jason “Smiley” Mulder was a novice footer and he learned the deep water start and tumble turns by accident.  Actually it worked out well because he learned his tumble up start with no trouble.  This guy had what I call a perma-smile!  He had a smile on his face 24/7 and I could tell being in the boat was all he wanted to do!  This crew of guys made me laugh so hard my cheeks hurt by the end of the day.  That’s always a good time!

Oh Yeah Jason!

Perma-Smile!

The next morning our skiers were Ron and Cheryl Blouw and Kyle and Eric Voelker.

Morning Crew

Cheryl Blouw was intimidated by the idea of stepping off a ski years ago.  We were able to convinced her to learn a deep water start.  Even though you can get a lot of water in your face when learning a deep start it is worth it.  The deepwater start allow you to go much slower when planting two feet in the water and you learn good habits from the beginning.  Once proficient with the start the skier will not get any water in their face or nose.

Nice but Ride!

Three Point Stance

Barefoot Once Again!

We had twins join us that only tried barefoot skiing on their own off the boom, no instruction.  We went over the start on dry land first to help the muscle memory before attempting for the first time.  Both Kyle Voelker and Eric Voelker learned quickly and after several starts directly on the boom I gave them the five foot rope.  They were successful once again in their training wheel position, which are knees together with feet wider than the butt.

After realizing how quickly they had progressed I thought it would be great for them to get up behind the boat.  Since they were only skiing the morning session it was a little bit of a long shot but doable!  After a few tries a piece they both stood on their feet behind the boat.  It was amazing to see their facial expressions!  Their goal was to get up on the five foot for the morning but yeah, there’s nothing wrong with surpassing your goals!  Great job guys!

That afternoon I had Todd Blouw, Ross Hopkins, his wife Bethany Hopkins, David Rintsema and Grant Blouw.

Todd Blouw is also a great long line barefooter, stepping off for a start!  Todd Learn to do a front deepwater and some tumble turns!

Todd after a front deep!

Tumble Turn- Todd Blouw

Ross was quite a seasoned skier. He worked on back one foots on the WBC shoes.

Ross Hopkins

Bethany Hopkins worked on her front one foots on shoe skis.  Unfortnaley Bethany had horrible water to ski on, but she still did great!

David Rintsema was another first timer for the deepwater start and her learned his first trick, the tumble turn! Great job!

Barefooter-David Rintsema

Tumble Turn- David Rinsema

Grant Blouw is Ron’s son.  Grant is also a great footer behind the boat with a step off.  Well now skis are no longer need, Grant can do a deepwater start! Nice work!

Ready for the Deep Start

Grant After an Awesome Deep Up!

We wish you all the best this summer with the new techniques make sure to keep it up the rest of the summer! Thank you to all those that helped organize the clinic and participated, we enjoyed it! Remember only Jesus and barefooters walk on water:)

By: Keith St.Onge & Lauren Lindeman

All “Betts” are on!

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Lauren and I arrive at the Anytime Fitness in Angola, IN to meet the owner, Mike Betts.  Mike and his wife Natalie sponsored our RV wrap with an Anytime Fitness logo so it was best to leave the motor home as a billboard since we get so much attention from it.  Just pulling into the parking got people’s attention!  We left there and stayed at the lake house during the three-day clinic.

We caught up with the Betts that evening and shared stories of being on the road for one month thus far.   We continue our conversations over diner at Timbuktoos, that is a local favorite.  They have an amazing and unique menu!

Lauren and I had just caught an REO Speedwagon concert a few days before.  Mike told us he sat next to the lead singer (Kevin Cronin) on the plane before and like always we say, “What a small world.”  Mike is originally from Australia and has a few Anytime Fitness gyms there as well.

The next day we finished early so Lauren and I played on Mike’s stand up Jet ski.  This is the only Jet ski I actually have a tolerance for.  I like the challenge compared to the sit down jet ski, which involves no effort to ride and provides no exercise whatsoever.  After Lauren and I had our competitions on who could turn to the left and right the fastest we parked it.  It was a toss up on who was champion.

Mike had his buddy Greg coming over the next morning with another local footer, Jeff.  We decided to start skiing at 6:30am to beat all the Wally’s out on the lake since it was Sat.  Mike started the crew off and he looked great.  I taught him the lazy boy position a few years back at the ski school and he was comfortable doing that.  The “Lazy Boy” is similar to reclining a Lazy Boy recliner while riding the butt.  The position is riding on the tailbone with the handle pulled in.  Knees and feet are squeezed together while knees are slightly bent.  Just think of the sitting V position in P90X and that is the “Lazy Boy.”  This position will help you do long butt slides at the end of your runs or get you in control before standing up.

After Mike’s feet got a little sore we moved onto backwards deep water starts on shoe skis.  He perfected that last year on shoe skis and was back for more.  He took a backwards fall last year that slightly injured his back so getting up wasn’t the problem but skiing away from the starts challenged him mentally.

Mike Betts Frontwards Barefooting

This was Greg’s first time learning a deep-water start since his early days of standing up off a kneeboard.  I went over the basics with him on dry land first and he adapted quite easily!  He was stoked to be standing without the aid of a kneeboard and had this smile that lasted all day.  I taught him the lazy boy as well and that kept him in control before standing, which I recommend.

Greg Smiling Ear to Ear!

Greg’s wife Elena came out for a set.  A few years ago Elena had tired barefoot waterskiing and had a bad fall the first time, like many this shyed her away from the sport until now.  First try and look at her go!

Elena Female Footer! Yay!

Greg and Elena brought there very own little cheerleader! Rosie will be getting her feet wet soon!

Soon to be Barefooter


Jeff was the guy that was self-taught and I could tell.  Straight legged and rough on the starts but after a few pointers and tricks of the trade I could tell I made his life a little easier and more enjoyable! Jeff got up on his second attempt backwards on his feet!  He never thought he would ever go backwards but with a little push from me and the aid of thewaterproof  HeadZone helmet he learned it quickly!

Barefooting on the Boom

I ran into an old time friend and student that morning named Randy Strebig.  He joined in the clinic on a last minute invite and since the wind had started to blow quite hard he invited us all out to a private lake in the area.  Randy is a wild man that likes to live on the edge and after he let me look him over he wanted to do surface turns.  I corrected his position and he began to turn easily.  Towards the end he took a few falls and I explained to him that his head and shoulders were turning before his hips and feet.  Everything must turn as one unit.  I had heard Randy competes in ballroom dancing and he brought up a good point just as I was going to make fun of him.  He said they are taught to turn their head last, called spotting.  They turn their head last so they can focus on one point to prevent dizziness as well as stopping the twisting motion.  So, he tried to keep looking backwards when he did his back to front and it helped out tremendously!

Barefoot Clinic

Greg and Mike took one more set a piece and had fun on the private lake.  It’s always nice not having to worry about other boats or competing for calm shorelines.

Natalie barefoot water skied in the clinic last year but just got eye surgery and could not play.  We hope to meet up with her later this summer so we can get her on her feet!

Lauren and I were able to get a few runs in as well.  I just did a little showing off but Lauren nailed another toe up start on the ten foot extension so she was happy!

It was a fabulous three day clinic, great skiers and great fun! Thank you to all who participated.

By: Keith St.Onge

Anytime Fitness Tour Hit’s up Angola, Indiana

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Angola, Indiana

For the 2nd year in a row we stopped in Angola and skied with a fun group of skiers.  First up Brian McMillian you may know him as buckhead he is the organizer for the Buckethead Race held in Indiana.  Brian worked on backwards one foot one hands and accomplished a few back toe holds.  Surface turns are in Brian’s future, keep working position on the shoes.

Working on the Surface Turns

 Last year we had the pleasure of teaching Brian’s wife Cara Mcmillian to barefoot on the boom her smile was priceless.  This year we missed Cara but we congratulate this couple and wish them the best at starting a family!

Ben Morgan had an injury the first year we did a clinic.  Finally we were able to see his skills on the water.  Ben has a natural abilty and nice positioning on the water. A first for Ben this week was a front to back on the WBC shoe skis.  Nice job!

Back one foot one hand!

Ben’s lovely better half Audra Morgan also skied the clinic.  Audra has been working on her front toe holds and they are coming along.  Her new trick is soon to be a back one foot on her bare feet! 

Determined!!! We love that!

Front One Foot

 Ben’s younger brother Chris Morgan came out to join us for the day.  Chris worked his front one foots and tumbles and with just a few tips for his backwards barefooting form and all will be smooth:)

Front Ones on Trainers

 Keith Farmer has been an avid footer for years.  Keith worked on his back one foot one hands!

O Yeah!

Dan Melton and his daughter came out to watch for a bit.  Next year we hope to see you both out there getting your feet wet.  Thank you all for participating we enjoy seeing you and your progress.

Footin’ on Oxbow

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Oxbow Waterski Show Team

Near Northampton, MA

Many moons ago my father, Swampy and I used to travel South on highway 91 from Northern New Hampshire towards the tournaments being held in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Connecticut.  On our road trip we always passed a show ski site in Massachusetts.  We could see a ski jump and a site set up for skiing.  My head glued to the window, I always hoped we would see people skiing since we never stopped.  I told my dad I was doing a clinic for the Oxbow show ski team this year and he reminded me that was the same site we always drove past.  It feels great to be doing a clinic in New England at a site we always drove by.  I finally got to stop for a while, and see what this team was all about.

June 8th was the first day of the clinic organized by Taylor Whitcomb.  We met Taylor and his side kick Steve Bouchard at the World Barefoot Center last year.  They came down to our WBC Figure 8 tournament to have a little fun and participate.  Taylor learn how to barefoot ski when he was a teenager.  Soon afterwards he attended college and focused on his career.  He did not touch the water for fifteen years and he is finally back on his feet.  He is more eager to learn as much as he can for the years to come.

Back Toe Hold- Talyor Whitcomb

Steve Bouchard is extremely passionate for the sport and tough as nails!  His attitude is “Go hard or Go home” and I respect him for that.  Since skiing at the WBC he has come a long way and knows that correct path to take when foot’n.

Front Toe Hold- Steve Bouchard

Watch out everyone! Steve’s son Andre Bouchard 10 years old is learning FAST!  Andre did a front one foot for the first time and a toe hold on the WBC shoe skis!  With Andre’s enthusiasm he will be getting up backwards in the next few weeks. Way to go buddy!

The Showman! -Andre Bouchard

Andre Working the Backdeep Start

Chris Fernandez was part of our crew and he is getting the desire to get back on the horse as well.  Chris worked for Mike Seipel in 1994-1996, learned a few turns, jumped inverted and could do a front flip.  Barefooting runs through some of our veins and he is definately one of them!  He missed the sport so much he plans on competing again this year.

Front Slalom- Chris Fernandez

Andy Grey got up behind the boat for the first time today and dispite a few rough falls he did not complain once!  Job well done buddy and I hope to see you foot’n in the barefoot line soon!  Andy is on a show ski team just outside of Springfield MA.

Andy

Tweleve year old Josh Alexander completed his first deep water start on the boom today.  We warmed him up in the swing first and made sure he was comfortable before taking the next step.  Josh did fantastic and we hope to see him getting his feet wet more and more this summer.

Josh Footin'!

It’s a difficult task but Gary Magoon made it look simple.  We congratulate Gary on getting up backwards on the WBC shoe skis for the first time!  We look forward to seeing you in Florida.

Clay Duda is an avid all around skier.  Clay came to understand the difference between a step over and step under surface turn this week.  Practicing the step over will surely make his turns consistent.  We are excited to annouce that we have another huge fan of the WBC shoe skis.  These specific shoe skis are made like no other and are a great learning tool.

A local footer that has been basically self taught for years Jesse Reilly, now footed with World Champion Keith St. Onge.  Jesse has done well over the years and he achieved his first back toe hold!

Back Toe Hold

Dale Thouin is a solid frontwards barefooter.  In one afternoon Dale was skiing away from a backdeep on shoes!  That is a huge accomplishment, we are proud of you!

Have you ever known a baerfooter that refuses to go forward?  Sarah Brittian is has a dislike for foward barefooting but absolutely loves to backwards barefoot.  Funny thing!! Sarah’s goal was to learn back one foots.  Sarah did so well at the back one foots she moved on to back one foot on hands and even a back toe hold!  Sarah did a fabulous job on the barefoot shoes leaning the technique. Take a peak!

"I can't believe I did that!"- Sarah

Sarah's Back Toehold!!!

Becci Ziemba had barefooted a little bit on the boom prior to the clinic.  With some help from her showskiing background Becci did awesome and accomplished a front deep water on the 5ft leader rope.  Wooo Hooo!

Beautiful Becci

Becci on the 5ft!!! Yahoooo!

Sister of Becci, Cassandra Ziemba also came out to do a little footin’.  Cassandra had some experience barefooting, we cleaned up her form and made the whole experience smooth.  Way to go Cassandra!

Pretty Footer- Cassy

Smooth and incontrol- Cassy

Fairly new to the sport Rosie Haynes came out for an afternoon to do some footing.  Rosie did just that, and accomplished barefooting on the boom!  Keep working it girl!

Rosie Barefooting on the boom!

Fiona MacNeill enjoyed the feeling of her feet gliding arcoss the water.  Finoa had a great time learning the barefoot swing.  Just a little practice for comfort and Finoa is ready for the boom.

Finoa Footing!!

Bridget MacNeill had a huge show ski smile on her face when she was BARE footing across the lake!  The next step is to take away the swing and move onto the boom.

Ready for a ride!

Hey ladies we are looking forward to hearing about you barefooting the the ski shows!  Also we would like to invite you to the Women’s Week event we put on at the World Barefoot Center.  It’s a blast!  Only female footers allowed, its pressure free, everyone is full of encouragement and lots of laughs will be had!

Ski Fest is a fun get together when all the waterski show teams in New England camp out, ski, party and have mini clinics.  We are grateful to be a part of this water ski event.  Meeting skiers from all over the US is exciting and being able to teach them makes my day:)

Barefooting in Buffumville

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

Visiting Barefoot Roots
Buffumville, MA 

The Buffumville ski site is a place I am familiar with, I grew up barefooting in tournaments on this lake. The memories were revisited and a smile brought to my face. 

New to the footing community Kate Mercier, hosted the barefoot clinic on Buffumville. We had nice conditions and a huge turn out of barefooters. Brian brought a pontoon so those who were not sking could take a break and relax on the water. It was a wonderful set up and well organized, Kate did a spectacular job, especially for hosting her very first clinic! Thank you Kate! 

Kate Mercier visited the World Barefoot Center in Winter Haven, FL last year, now she is hooked. During the clinic Kate worked on her front toe holds and back deeps. The front toe holds are coming along quite nice. As for the back deepwater start Kate learned to plant her feet and ride exceptionally well. Now it is just getting that tushie in the air and letting the boat pull her up. Kate promised that she is going to work on it and send us a picture in the next couple weeks. We love success and can’t wait to see proof:) 

Learning with the HeadZone Helmet

Working Toward a Front Toe Hold

Back Deep -Kate Mercier

Brian Boria the man with the pontoon, we can’t thank you enough, it worked out perfectly. Brian makes us laugh! He has purchased an old barefoot suit online and well to say the least Brian had a hard time sitting at work because he was so sore. After some persuading Lauren talked Brian into trying on a new fully padded KSO barefoot suit with padded shorts underneath, WOW what a difference. Brian make some comments that he actually floated and didn’t mind riding on his butt! With just a few minor corrections Brian barefooted on the shortline with ease. Smooth plant, and he even learned to do tumble turns. 

Rocking the nose tape! No water in the nose!

Ouch! The non padded suit!

Brian's First Tumble Turn! Woo Hoo!

Brian brought his son Andrew Boria. We played a little game, it was to make sure that Andrew stayed just a little bit ahead of his father to encourage him to keep working on new tricks. Andrew started off on the boom and with this natural talent he was moved quickly to the 5ft leader and was footin’ like he had been doing it forever!  Andrew learned both tumble turns and on the WBC shoe skis he is working on front one foots. Keep it going! 

Listening to Keith's instruction via the HeadZone waterproof Helmet.

5ft Leader! Yay!

Nice Barefoot Form- Anderw Boria

A regular at the World Barefoot Center Ski School and Keith St. Onge Barefoot Clinics Rodney Allain. Rodney has been training with Keith for many years and continues to progress more and more. Years ago when Keith first met Rodney he was struggling to barefoot on the boom. Now it is amazing to watch Rodney backwards barefoot as he has the most perfect position, the hard work over the years paid off. 

Back One Foot One Hand!- Rodney Allain

Rodney Allain

Paul McManus we thank you for allowing us to use your boat for the clinic. Paul has a love for the sport of barefooting, his enthusiasum shines. Keith cleaned up Paul’s barefoot postion and that allowed him to ski clean. With his athletic ability and determination Paul did his first back deep water start and skied 30+ feet! That’s amazing! Once we brought him to the WBC shoe skis he was popping up with no problem. Nice work Paul! 

One Foot One Hand!

Slalom skiing is Myles Lemansky’s sport but we think that we might have turned him on to barefootfooting at this clinic. Myles worked on becoming more comfortable and that helped make a smooth transition from the deepwater to planting and standing. After a few attempts tumble turns were a success! Barefooting behind the boat on the long line will NOT be an issue any longer. Easy and smooth! 

Sweet Tumble Turn! -Myles

Footin' on the Leader Rope

Seth Lemansky Myle’s brother also join in on the fun. Seth was struggling to get up on the shortline before he arrived. Now that is history, Seth is strong and consistent on getting up on the shortline. Seth worked on front one foots on the WBC Shoe Skis, before we know it we will see pictures and videos of front toe holds! Keep working it! 

Greatest Spotter! Seth's son Owen

Seth ready to ski

Woo Hooo! One Foot One Hand on the Shoe Skis!- Seth

Before we arrived Sean Mattei was missing the three point portion of his front deepwater start. Keith St. Onge made sure to make Sean aware of it and had him practice standing up barefooting without tons of spray in his face. After a few runs Sean had worked it out, and moved on to tumble turns. 

Sean ready for his first tumble turn

Tumble Turn

Sean’s brother Keith Mattei used to do barefoot competitions years ago. During the clinic Keith worked on cleaning up his barefooting position. We hope to see Keith competeing again soon:) 

Keith Having Fun!

 

Peter Boria is a solid footer and ready to learn. Peter worked on his front one foots and once those were good he moved on to a front one foot one hand. Checkout Peter out after, just a little professional instruction. It can go along away. 

Working the one foot one hand

Peters Daughter Isabella Boria 11 years wanted nothing do to with barefooting after a hard fall on the boom her first time. The first day was asked and she was positive that she did not want to take a turn.The next morning her parents informed us that Isabella woke up and decided that after school she was going to learn to barefoot the correct way. Isabella went into the barefoot swing. Its a great tool forbeginners and those who have had a bad experience. As long as the skier holds on to the boom they will NOT fall, the swing holds them in place and allows the skier to learn without the faceplants. After Isabella mastered the swing she barefooted on the boom without the swing. Ladies let’s mark that one down as another female footer! 

Barefooting in the Swing- Isabella

Isabella BAREFOOTING!!! First try!

Eleven year old Seamus O’Brien is a gung-ho athlete. Seamus learned to do the barefoot swing in no time and was having a blast barefooting around the lake. This summer Seamus will get lots of water time, we look forward to seeing him advance. 

Seamus McManus

Barefoot Swing- Seamus

Kyle Boria learned tons at the clinic!  He moved from the boom to the five foot leader by the end of the second day!  Then to top it off he busted out a few tumble turns! Way to go!!!

Kyle Boria

Footin' on the Five Foot!

Visiting Buffumville was a real treat, we throughly enjoyed our stay. Thank you to all the wonderful skiers that came out. We wish you all the best this summer, keep working on it and we will see you in Florida at the WBC Ski School or next year at a KSO traveling barefoot Clinic. Ski Ya Later!

Being a Tourist in PA, for a Day!

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

We played tourist!

Our first stop Hershey, PA.  Mmmm the smell of the chocolate was mouthwatering.  We went on a tour through Chocolate World and learned about the entire

process of making the Hershey chocolate bar.  After the tour we walked through the store with walls of candy, it was spectacular.  On our way out of

town we waved goodbye to Hershey Kiss street lights.

Kisses Street Lights

Visiting Hershey PA

Not to far a drive and we visited the city of Landcaster and then onto the Amish Villages.  The tour informed of of the Amish way of life as we toured

through an old house.  It is a simple way of life that is extremely home and family oriented.  It’s a nice refresher to realize you can be perfectly

happy with family and the bare neccesities.  Life doesn’t have to be complicated like we make it out to be a good majority of the time.  Keep life

simple, be happy!

Amish Boy

Valley Forge National Park is located near the clinic site of our next tour stop.  We jumped on our bikes and headed for the trail, half way across the

parking lot we heard a loud PPPSSSSSSSSSTTTTTT noise.  Keith’s bike had a flat tire.  We decided to run walk the park, it was nice to see all the

history and get a workout at the same time.  We are truely thankful for all those who have fought and are fighting for our FREEDOM! God Bless them all!

Footing on the Mon River-Morgantown,WV

Monday, May 30th, 2011

The Mon river in Morgantown, West Virginia is a prestine place for footers to get there feet wet. Rarely will you see another boat, except for the coal barges that pass by every now and then. This mountianous area has tons of history but it is most well known for coal mining.  All along the river sits barges filled to the top with coal, it is amazing.

Ready for a Flyer?

Coal Plant on the River

Footers Ready to Hit the Water!

The barefoot clinic organizer Neil O’hara hosted a spectactular clinic. Great boats, sites, even Channel 12 News covered the event and did a story on the Anytime Fitness National Barefoot Tour with Keith St. Onge. Neil has a love for the water, when he gets out there the smile on his face says it all. Barefooting is addicting as many of you know, Neil is making an effort to promote the sport of barefoot waterskiing in the community. We applaude his enthusiasm and are happy to be included in his efforts. A big thank you to Neil for your hospitality and organization.

Front Toe Hold- Neil O'Hara

After: Keith Tweaked his position!

Before:Keith Tweeked his Position

Barefooter Neil O'hara

Unfortunately work comes before play. John Boyd works in the coal mines and was called in early in the AM on the first clinic day. Even though John was not able to make it out he was kind enough to let us use his boat for the clinc. Thank you for kindness, we appreciate it.

Barges Full of Coal

Heather Towers footer, mother, and all around great person. Heather’s upbeat personality keeps her working hard for more in the barefoot world. Working on barefoot surface turns is extremely difficult and time consuming, Heather takes one day at a time. Before we know it Heather will be spinning like a top on the water. Keep it up, we are rooting for you!

The Amazing Barefooter- Heather Towers

Barefoot Turns- Heather Towers

Does this Helmet have Goggles? :)

He didn’t compete last year but Kevin Towers is getting back into the barefoot world and plans on competeing in the 2012 Worlds Championships, Waco, Texas. Kevin has a love for music, his boat is decked out with speakers galore. It has been tested and proven that behind his boat a barefooter can hear the music from the boat clear as day, and we thought only wakeboarders did that. Kevin has a natural talent and drive that will allow him to succeed greatly. Keep your eyes open for Kevin’s posted scores this next year.

Front Wakes- Kevin Towers

Listen to Tunes and Foot

Kevin and Heather Towers

Cody Ebbert is a frequent visitor of the World Barefoot Center down in Winter Haven, Florida. His competing scores have sky rocketed from all of his hard work and tailored training. Turns are not a problem for Cody, he has smooth turns, now he is moving on to toe turns:) Cody is motivated and we look forward to seeing what scores he posts this summer.

Front Slalom- Cody Ebbert

Toe Turn-Cody Ebbert

Does Hair Sticking Out Make You Better?

Cody’s father Greg Ebbert, what a joy to have in the boat; Greg kept us laughing the whole day. Greg has been a barefoot enthusiast for years. For being so early in the season Greg is skiing extremely well. This summer we are cheering him on to complete all four turns behind the boat!

Driving the Boat

Front to Back-Greg Ebbert

Female footers are sometimes hard to come by but Diane has her head in the game and goes footing with the boys. Ski partners Greg and Cody encourage Diane to keep it. Last year was the first time Diane competeted, since then she has learned boat loads:) We hope to see you at the WBC Women’s Week in November. Click here for more info on Women’s Week http://www.worldbarefootcenter.com/barefootblog/category/womens-barefoot-week

Back One Foot- Diane

Keith Coaching Diane on Backwards Position

Did your college professor barefoot waterski? Mike Strager is a professor at West Virginia University and has a passion for footing! Thats cool! Mike has the right idea, work in the winter and ski all summer long, thats the life. Focusing on following the correct steps to advance is a main goal of Mike’s and we applaud him for that. As funny as it may sound its not everyday that someone wants to learn baby steps and not jump to the extreme stuff right away. Mike is on the right track and he hope that he follows his plans and enters a tournament this summer! Go Mike!

One Foot One Hand- Mike

Proffessor Mike

Front Toe Hold- Mike

Kris joined the barefooting world this week. We are happy to share this common addiction of barefooting with you. Kris worked from the WBC shoe skis on the boom, then to his feet, and he ended the day with a front deep on the shortline. Great progress, way to go Kris!!!

Kris barefooting on the boom! Woo Hoo!

Neil, Kris and Keith St. Onge

Kris Shoe Skiing on the Shortline

Zack Dell 11 years old, puts his feet in the waters for the first time!  We started Zack out on the swing and he surpassed it quickly.  With a smile on his face he proceeded to the boom on his barefeet and did great.  Keep practicing and next summer we can teach you a few tricks:)

Zack our Newest Barefooter!

Zack Barefooting on his BAREFEET!

1st Stop of the Anytime Fitness National Barefoot Tour = Success!

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

The first clinic stop of the Anytime Fitness National Barefoot Tour in Maryville Tennesee.

Maryville, TN Anytime Fitness National Barefoot Tour 2011

Keith St. Onge 2x World Champion and 11x National Champion travels the country teaching hundreds to barefoot waterski.  What better than the Smoky Mountians for a back drop?! It was a cool temperature clinic but we are not complaining because the wind was minimal and the lakes were like butter!

Channel 8 News came out for an interview! Here is a picture of the new crew filming Keith, Nate with the camera is amazed!

New Crew Filming Keith St. Onge

Wade Masters the clinic organizer did a wonderful job everything went smooth and was enjoyable.  Take a look at what Wade worked on during the barefoot clinic.

Back Toe Hold Wade Masters

Front Toe Hold Wade Masters

First Back One Foot EVER Wade Masters!

Thank you to Rusty and Kelly for allowing us to park the Anytime Fitness Tour Bus at your house, you were great hosts.  Kelly didn’t get a chance to foot this trip but before we know it she will move on from the barefoot swing and show us her stuff. Check out Rusty’s tricks on the water!

"Look No Hands!" Rusty Gaston

Back Barefooting Rusty Gatson

It's Lucky if a Butterfly lands on you, even more so if on your NOSE!

Tina McKeehan is amazing!  Tina learned to barefoot last summer and is improving quickly.  Like many women Tina is the only female skier in the area, but those men better watchout because she is on the road to pass them up!

Backwards Barefooting Tina McKeehan

Great Listener Tina McKeehan

Working on Tumble Turns Tina McKeehan

Mark Johnson AKA Claw Foot/Bear Claw has success with his back deep! Yippie! Determination is the best word to discribe Mark Johnson.  When he wants something he goes for and nothing is going to stop him, not even a raw swollen chin;) As many of you know learning a backdeep can be a process to figure out, once it is understood it is as easy as pie.  We predict that Mark will be gliding along with ease this summer! Keep it up!

Mark Johnson relaxing in the boat

Back Deep by Mark Johnson

Back Deep By Mark Johnson

Keith Willocks or you may know him better by Willy was skiing up a storm in Tennessee!  Keith is a solid barefooter but always striving for more.  Its early in the season and Keith has already started working on turns.  If the he works hard and does some dry land practice he will be spinning like a top!

Willy Willocks

Front to Back Keith Willocks

Footer Keith Willocks

We had a wonderful time in Maryville, TN thank ya’ll  for particpating!