Posts Tagged ‘barefoot jumping’

Lizzie Rhea: Girls Can Jump!

Friday, April 11th, 2014

I have always tried very hard to do whatever my big brother does, and catching up with him has always been my goal, especially in barefooting. When he learned to jump last year, I wanted to learn too, but I was scared to ask. Then, when we were at the WBC in December, David Small told me that it was time for me to learn to jump.

I was very surprised and also nervous about it, but he was so encouraging. He started me off on the boom, then moved me to a 3 foot rope, and then a 5 foot rope. The next day he moved me to the 10 foot rope. After a few turns he said, “Are you ready to go behind the boat?” I said, “ I don’t know!” Then David said, “That was a rhetorical question! You are going behind the boat!” I was scared at first, but then I realized that if he told me I was ready, then there was nothing to be scared about. I actually landed my first two longline jumps and it felt awesome!

After I was done, my parents came and they were very surprised that I had jumped longline. My Mom asked David, “What made you decide to teach her to jump already?” David said, “She can do anything she wants to do!” I think that was one of the most inspiring things I have ever heard!

I just met a really nice lady in Australia named Deb Williams. She competed in junior girls barefooting in the 1970’s. She told me that when she wanted to jump, they would not let girls do it yet. She was actually told by an official that she could not jump because she was a girl. She got together with her friends, and pressured the officials to let girls jump. I think she told me that she was like the 4th girl ever to jump in a tournament. I thought that was so cool, and my Mom told me that I should be very thankful that they paved the way for girls to jump.

I am so glad that I got to meet Deb Williams, and hear about the history of girls jumping in barefooting (She even took the picture of me jumping during practice time). It makes me very thankful to have such an encouraging instructor like David Small, who says that I can do anything I want to do! It is also awesome to watch girls like Ashleigh Stebbeings and Georgia Groen jump better than most of the boys!

Lizzie Rhea

Johnathan Martines: The Hardest Thing to Learn

Friday, August 30th, 2013

As you all know, barefooting is not an easy sport. In barefooting, almost nothing comes easy. No matter what you are learning, whether it’s a toe-hold, a back deep, or a line turn, you are bound to take your fair share of falls and encounter some hardships. Throughout my barefooting career, I’ve had my fair share of struggles, but my most difficult and frustrating challenge to date was learning how to jump inverted.

In April of 2012, I went down to the WBC for a week of training. Having learnt all of the basics, it was now time for me to start learning surface turns and jumping. I started jumping about my third day in. Once I learned how to jump traditional style, I started to work on inverted.

Everything went well in the days that followed, and by the end of the week, I was jumping inverted and landing on the ten foot extension on the boom. After spending a few months home training and not jumping, I came back at the beginning of June for a month. One of my priorities for this trip was to learn inverted jumping behind the boat before the 2012 Worlds.

My first set back was terrible. I would lunge, come forward on the ramp, and be early every single time. For some reason, I was afraid of jumping. This fear hurt my skiing for weeks and weeks. Some days I would go out on the ten foot and look great. Other days, I would go on the five foot and not even be able to land a jump. One thing was the same, though; I could not land an inverted jump behind the boat to save my life.

Finally after a month of jumping every day, something clicked. I went out one afternoon in early July and landed my first inverted jump behind the boat! I was ecstatic! One thing I had dreamed of doing all my life finally came true! The struggle didn’t stop from there. Even though I could land jumps now, they were still very small.

Even today, I still struggle a bit with my jumping. The struggles, however, are on a higher level. Moral of the story, push through your hardships in life and in barefooting and it will be very rewarding.

By: Johnathan Martines

UK Jump Jam 2012

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

In November 10, 2012 in the Cotswolds England, we had a Jump Jam tournament. It was pretty cold. The tournament started early in the morning with skiers doing tricks and slalom. After that had finished, Dave Small went out and jumped for the crowd. His furthest jump was 23.5 meters. The sun went down and the lights came on for the night jump winner taking 1000 pounds 250 for second and 150 for third.

Filippo from Italy and Evert Aartsen Jr. from Finland both came over prior to the tournament for a couple of days training too. Ben Harris was first out on the water, landing his last jump out of three. I was up next, pretty excited but nervous as I hadn’t jumped at night before. The first two did not go well, landing on my face both times. I skied away the last jump but a small distance. Filippo and Evert both jumped well, around 18m but Greg Meehan won with a 20.5m jump.

Ted Baber

Barefoot Jumping at Night

Monday, February 4th, 2013
One of the most memorable events I have done would have to be my first ever night jump event. The event was a last minute event that my brothers Ryan and Mitch decided to put together at the 2012 New Zealand National championships, where any level jumper could compete. When the boys were going around asking people if they wanted to compete I was very skeptical on whether or not I wanted to do it. I remember watching night jump at the 2010 world championships in Germany, it looked awesome! However I decided to give it a shot, so I said yes.
I was getting really excited prior the event, we decided to go do to the local store and buy some glow sticks to decorate our helmets. They ended up looking really cool and I was feeling really good. Then It got really dark outside and the light that my brothers hired didn’t look very bright. I was low key freaking out; what if I couldn’t see the ramp? How ever after Sarah Linton went, she informed me that it was fine and it was heaps of fun. I started to relax again and enjoy the atmosphere. Night jump is the coolest thing to watch, all you can see before the ramp is pattern of glow sticks on the skiers helmets, then out of the darkness the skier is off the ramp and in the air. Every time a skier went over the jump we had fireworks that went off at almost perfect timing.

Soon It was my turn. I remember the deep water start, I couldn’t see the boat wash at all– it was that dark! So I had to feel my way out to stand up. All I could see was a bright white ramp, and it came towards me very quickly. As soon as I landed I felt an adrenaline rush, and just wanted to do it again and again, however unfortunately we only got two jumps. From that day, night jump has been one of my most enjoyable and exciting events to do.

Georgia Groen

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Keith St. Onge and David Small–Hotdogging It at the World Barefoot Center

Monday, April 11th, 2011

“Let’s do something different, daring, and a little fun,” Keith St. Onge and David Small said to each other.  This is what they came up with:

David Small jumps over Keith St. Onge

BAREFOOT LEAP OF FAITH from WorldBarefootCenter on Vimeo.

Radical Barefooting at the World Barefoot Center

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

Just another day on the water at the World Barefoot Center, featuring David Small, Keith St. Onge, Judy Myers, Ashleigh Stebbeings, Ben Groen and Carson Eatman:

RADICAL BAREFOOTING from WorldBarefootCenter on Vimeo.