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Lizzie Rhea: The 2014 Jim Boyette Southern Regional Tournament

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

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I had so much fun competing in the Jim Boyette Southern Regional Barefoot Tournament this year. It was on July 26th, at Lake David, in Groveland, Florida.

I was very nervous when we got to the tournament that morning. We got there so early that it was awkward just sitting around and waiting. My brother, Will, had injured his ribs and could not compete, and I did not like the thought of competing without him. Also, none of my instructors from the WBC were there. This was my first time to compete without them. I had so many butterflies in my stomach that I could not even eat!

Once the tournament got started, and I saw a few people that I knew, I felt better. It was fun to visit with everyone at the starting dock. Will, Ryan, Landen, and Mike sat with me and helped a lot. It started to get fun when I saw Teri, Lauren, Betsy and Carol – four ladies that are always so nice to me and really encouraging.

Before I knew it, it was my turn, and the rest of the day flew by me! I got an 8.0 in slalom, an 1800 in tricks (getting my first toe up in a tournament), and landed a 7.1 meter jump. At the end of the day, Betsy told me that I had set two pending national records for Girls 2 in tricks and jump! I could not believe it!

After the tournament, we played in the park until time for the banquet. It was really fun hanging out with Mike’s girlfriend, Aysha. I also enjoyed getting a picture with Mr. Jim Boyette, the oldest man to compete in a barefoot tournament. The banquet was at a Mexican restaurant in town, and it was awesome after not being able to eat all day because of the butterflies in my stomach!

Mr. Mike Holt organizes a great tournament, and I would like to encourage everyone to come participate in the Jim Boyette Southern Regionals next year!

Want to Volunteer at a Barefoot Water Ski Tournament?

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Attention all barefoot skiers and supporters.   We need your help!  Are you aware of how many volunteers are needed to put on a tournament?  Answer: more than we have!

In the past few years Mike Holt has put together judging, scoring, homologating, driving and safety clinics, get involved we NEED you!  There is no need to be a skier in order to help.  If you are a skier, the more knowledgeable you will be about how tournaments are run.

What is the right fit for you?  Here are some bullet points that might give you a little more incite.

  • Are you precise? Love to measure things? Homologation is for you!
  • Do you have a good eye and an awareness of the rules?  Think about judging, tricks, slalom and even jump.
  • Hanging out on shore, looking over score sheets and marking with red pen, this sounds like a teachers job.  Scorer is easy and done in a groupJ
  • Are you a good swimmer, nurse, or paramedic?  Our tournaments can’t happen without a Safety person on site.
  • Do you like to sit in the drivers seat?  Are you a good listener for instructions and drive skiers as asked?  Any drivers out there?

Please let someone in your region know if you are interested in pursuing any of the suggestion above. Contact information for regions can be found here: Regional Directors. We will send you in the right direction and get you going on becoming certified to help!  This summer, Mike Holt has many USA clinics planned in Florida. Visit his website at Barefoot Water-Ski.  Contact Mike at mike (at) and sign up.  Everyone is invited!   Mark your calendars–we would love to see you!

Sunday June 29th– Scorers Clinic

July 11th– Driver Clinic

July 25th– Level 2 Judges Clinic

Lauren St. Onge

Instant Scoring at Lake David Barefoot Tournament

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

Lake David

Today, we will be having a local qualifying tournament at Lake David, in Groveland, FL. We will trialing a new scoring update system, and be posting skiers directly after their run at this link:

Check it out to see everyone does today!

Lauren St. Onge: Tournament Time!

Monday, October 21st, 2013

>Are you ready to enter a barefoot tournament? If you can do a deepwater start and stand up for a second, the answer is YES!!! There is no need to know how to do fancy tricks, surface turns, or backwards barefoot. Typically tournaments are fairly low key and are a test against ones self to do better than the last time. Beat that “PB” Personal Best!

The atmosphere at tournament is a fabulous experience. Not only do you meet and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow footers, you can learn from them too. Watch trick runs, discuss slalom techniques, and quiz each other on rules. Everyone is cheering for on another and is always ecstatic to have a new skier! When I say everyone I don’t only mean the people on shore, also the judges in the boat, drivers and videographers. We all want everyone to fall in love with the sport we all enjoy. It is time to forget those fancy tricks for the time being and get involved.

No one starts out as a professional. I encourage you to take a chance and go for it. The worst thing that can happen is you don’t like it and never do it again, no big deal. At least you tried. Right?

By: Lauren St. Onge

Lake Silverado World Qualifier Barefoot Tournament

Monday, August 26th, 2013

September 21 – 22, 2013

Lake Silverado, Adna, Washington.

If you are looking to participate in the World Championships held at Lake Mulwala in Australia next March, this is another opportunity to qualify or improve your score. The lake offers a well-protected location and extra length giving barefooters the conditions to ski well.

Friday Saturday Sunday
Noon – Practice/Site Fam. 7:30am Skier Meeting 8:00am Open Dock Start
Registration on site 8:00am Open Dock Start


  • $60.00 USD for skiers who are skiing only slalom and tricks.
  • $70.00 USD for skiers who are skiing all three events.
  • $150.00 USD for family of 3 or more.
  • Please make the Checks payable to “Lake Silverado”

Please bring entry forms to the site for registration.

For more information:
Tenley Cederstrand


  • Holiday Inn Express 730 NW Liberty Pl.,  Chehalis, WA   360- 740-1800 Chehalis, WA
  • Camping available on site
  • Dogs on leash at all times

·        Directions:  I-5 to exit 77.  Head west on hwy 6 for 4 miles to town of Adna. (See Adna HS on right side). Take Right onto Bunker Crk Rd ( 20 MPH) – follow road past general store make next right onto Dieckman Rd go past houses and make right onto Barefoot Blvd thru gate and you are there.

Last Chance Fall Barefoot Tourneys

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

Mike Holt is planning two more tournaments this year at Lake David in Florida.  Both tournaments are tentatively planned, depending on skiers and officials.  This will offer skiers a last chance to qualify for Barefoot Worlds 2014.

NovemberFoot: Saturday November 9th, 10 a.m to 4 p.m.
Last Change World Qualifier: Saturday January 11th, 2014, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The cost will be $70 for two events and $100 for three (if jump is set up).  If you score 100% on the skier quiz, you get $20 off! The highest non-official ranked skier quiz skies for free (right now that’s Ben Groen).

This tournament will have a limit of 20 skiers and it will be first come first served. If you are interested in ‘possibly’ participating, contact Mike Holt at 352.455.0794 to reserve your spot.

Mike’s site: Barefoot Water Ski

2013 Midwest Barefoot Regionals

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Just a little chilly...

It was a cold, rough, windy Midwest Barefoot Regional tournament on July 26 and 27 at the Blue Moo in Alma Center, Wisconsin.  Judging from the smiles on everyone’s faces, it was perfectly warm.


A calm moment at the Blue Moo

Joe Knapp's 36th year on the water

Tom Tocco and Alex Youngblood


Cody Heller at the Midwest Regionals

Amber Rangel's First Regional Jumping

Photo: Congrats dad on placing 3rd in slalom!

Patrick Blake

Photo: It was a bit cold at day 2 of the Midwest Barefoot Regionals...

Hey, it's July!

Photo: Definitely NOT the Southern Regionals. Only in the Midwest!

"Definitely not the Southern Regionals," says Scott Jones

Kailey and Ariana Koehler, "It's not cold!"

By: Karen Putz

WBC Footapalooza Figure 8 Series

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

This event sponsored by the World Barefoot Center & KSO Wetsuits was a success and a must “DO” for next year.  The site is amazing and there are huge fields for camping on Fri. and Sat. night.  The size of the eight is perfect with a perfectly protected site along with lily pads lining the shoreline. Put it on your calendars for next year!

Go to this link to read about it:  Footapalooza Figure 8

The event was also covered in the Herald Argus newspaper:  Footers Make Front Page

Keith St.Onge