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Waterhawks Whip it up!

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Waterhawk Show Ski Team!

We arrived a day before the clinic began at the Waterhawks ski site near Waterloo, IA.  After we set up the Anytime Fitness National Barefoot Tour Bus up lake side we decided to do some skiing.  John Bunge brought his boat to give us a few pulls on Eagle Lake.  The conditions of this private lake are fantastic.  Later on in the afternoon John informed us that NBC Channel 7 News would be coming out to do a piece on the tour! Checkout the video footage. Click here for video.

Keith St. Onge NBC News

Barefooting gets on TV!

The Waterhawks were happy to have us and since they were missing some skiers, we volunteered and jumped right into show practice.  The next night was the big show for the 4th of July weekend! Wowie the weather forecast was calling for 96 degrees with the heat index of 105 degrees!  With that in mind the clinic started early in the morning to beat the heat. Check out this boat crew!

The only female in the boat Kate Worthington.  Kate had been having some problems in the ski show doing her beach start.  After a few tips and things to think about Kate cleaned up her start and stance.  Now Kate will be confident in her beach start!  Cheer her on the next show!

Austin Walstad from MN came down to ski for the whole day.  Austin’s goal is to be able to take his senior pictures in a couple years, doing a back toe hold.  Keeping that goal in mind Austin worked the basics of he back one foots on he feet and he accomplished both back toe holds on shoe skis!

Back Toe Hold-Austin

A local Tim Schell had barefooted a tiny bit before the clinic.  It was a rough road but once Tim got the hang of it he was barefooting on the five foot handle no problem.  Tim even learned a few tumble turns!

Smooth Deepwater Start! -Tim

Way to go Tim!

Tim’s father Vince Schell joined us for the afternoon session.  Vince had skied on the boom a few times in the past but had not gone any further in his barefooting.  Today Vince learned how to do a front deepwater start and tumble turns!

A Controlled Glide- Vince

Three Point Position-Vince

Yay Vince!

Garrett Bunge was on a roll today!  Before today he had only done one deepwater start behind the boat and he completed 10+ without a hitch! Sweet dude! To top it off Garrett went in the pre show and did his deepwater and skied through the show course!

No Skis Needed!- Garrett

Rocking it out!-Garrett

Skyler Woods is in the barefoot line for the Waterhawks.  Now there will be no need for a ski to step off of, Skyler can do deepwater starts! Skyler added a few tricks to his runs, a toe hold on shoe skis and busted out a few tumble turns. Ya!

Deepwater Start- Skyler

A Lil' Wave From Skyler!

All it all it was a great day, everyone learned something new and more importantly had FUN!

The Amazing HeadZone Helmet- Waterproof Communication

Cooling Off

Thank you Skiers!

By: Keith St. Onge and Lauren Lindeman

Barefooting in Backwater

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

We met Carlos Barreto on Facebook and once he found out about us doing the tour he was interested in doing a clinic.  Carlos joined the Backwater Gamblers Show Ski Team this spring.  Their site sits on the Rock River in Moline, IL other wise known as the Quad cities.  Carlos is a very animated man and you can see his enthusiasm when he talks about barefoot water skiing.

Barefooting Crew!

The first morning was sweet and Carlos Barreto started it off.  Pure glass water the length of the river.  He did his tumble turns and a few one foots.  I then put him on WBC shoe skis and we worked one foot one hands in preparation for toe holds.

Emily Buckwalter is a nineteen year old that skis on the Gamblers.  Her goal was to learn how to barefoot for the first time.  Well, she said she did it before but we made her do a deep water start, which may be a little more difficult at first but it is a stepping stone for the five foot.  She accomplished a deep start on shoe skis and later achieved her goal on standing on her feet.  Great job Emily!

Emily on ShoesEmily on her BARE FEET!

Jason Kauzlarich supplied the boat and he had been foot’n for many years.  In the afternoon the wind blew up so hard we had to go to the backwaters of the Mississippi.  Before going there Jason learned tumble turns for the first time and they were flawless.

Tumble Turn!

That afternoon we headed out to the Mississippi, which was a treat for Lauren and I.  We got the full tour and was able to see the casinos in the backwaters of the Mississippi and Arsenal Island where they make armored doors for tanks and humvees.  We were only able to find a small strip of somewhat smooth water so we did what we could.

Pat Baret got up backwards for the first time on shoes skis.  Oh, did I mention he got the boat driver completely soaked!  Haha  It was funny seeing everyone scurry for shelter when the down pour came!  Seeing people get wet in the boat is funny because they have nowhere to go!  Including the driver…ME!

We got a little damp this run!

Much Better!

James Melter came out strong from the beginning.  He is a fantastic skier with perfect form!  He went through all his basics and once he proved to me he could do what was necessary to turn he executed a perfect back to front and front to back on his feet.  We continued working his reverse turns.  His ultimate goal is to do all four turns consistently although he has done them all before.  We pounded his reverse turn and figured out a few things that would make all the difference.

Surface Turns- James

CJ Barreto, Carlos’s son came out to try barefoot water skiing for the first time.  He never wanted to go out with his father, which might have been a blessing.  Sometimes son’s have a difficult time taking instruction from their father.  I was one of them and for me it was tough because while I was trying to have fun my father was telling me what to do.  My dad told me what to do all the time, “Take out the garbage, make our bed, clean your room, etc…”  I did not want to take instruction from my father when having fun on the water.  So dad’s…be careful and try to butt out of your son’s business at the right time and place.  I went over all the steps with CJ before we took to the water.  With the help of the HeadZone helmet I was able to guide him to barefooting on his feet for the first time.  Congrats CJ!!!!

Cj barefooting!

Jason’s brother Jake  Kauzlarich came out and he has the same story as CJ.  Never footed before! We were able to get him on the five-foot extension after one set on the boom.  Hats off to you brother!

Yay! Sweet Jake!

The only guy we know that Smiles while falling!

Last but not least was my buddy Matthew Becker.  He is the social butterfly on the Backwater Gamblers ski team and is always smiling!  He came out to have a little fun with the boys and was able to do a deep-water start on shoe skis and on his feet off the extension.

Oh Yeah!

Thank you to the Backwater Gamblers for allowing us to stay at you ski site!  A big thanks to Carlos for organizing this whole thing! Keep skiing!

By: Keith St.Onge & 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