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Reflections of Women’s Barefoot Week 2013

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

The 4th Annual Women’s Barefoot Week has come and gone but the memories will remain forever.   This year we had near-perfect, hot, sunny weather almost every day and of course, the World Barefoot Center crew always finds calm water.   David Small, Ben Groen, Ashleigh Stebbeings, Keith St. Onge, and Swampy Bouchard provided some awesome coaching and instruction. Every single gal experienced success on the water that week!

The guys gamely donned pink Tommie Copper shirts in honor of the gals and the Breast Cancer Campaign at Tommie Copper.  Yes, it takes real men to pull off pink so well!

A special thank you goes out to our sponsors who donated some awesome products for our gals:  Badger Balm, Tommie Copper, Vibram Five Fingers, Barefoot Wine, Hpnotiq, and Crispers.

And anytime you can get a guy to cook, it’s always a good thing.  In the case of Chris Mcwatters, it’s a GREAT thing. Chris put together a wonderful Mexican dinner for all of us.  One thing to note: what Chris labels “mild” is actually HOT.

Judy Myers did a great job once again of organizing and executing Women’s Barefoot Week.  If you’d like to be on the email list for next year’s event, email Judy at oldbarefooter@me.com.  Sorry, guys, it’s for gals only.  Donning a pink shirt will not get you admission to that week.

USA Water Ski Newsletter featuring Women’s Week

By: Karen Putz

Women’s Barefoot Week 2013 at the World Barefoot Center

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Smallz, Swampy and KSO

Come and join us for Women’s Barefoot Week 2013 at the World Barefoot Center — a week just for women barefooters!

October 5th through October 13th 2013

We have room for 15 women a day, running three boats. You can ski 1 – 2- 5 days–whatever you want, but we need to know in advance so we can fill days with no conflicts. The cost will be the regular WBC Ski School rate minus 15% on your skiing as well as pro shop merchandise. Current ski school rates are $195 per day or $850 for a week (5 total days). Again this rate would be minus 15%!

We are also renting the house down the street with a pool and a hot tub. Everyone is welcome to hang there and use the pool and hot tub. We can accommodate about 6 people there with a couple of mattresses on the floor for $50 a night as well as a few at the ski school for $50 per night. If you want to stay at the ski school call the WBC at 863-877-0039 to make reservations. You can also stay at the local hotels and receive the ski school cooperate rate. There is a Holiday Inn and Hampton nearby, but you would need a car. WBC Discount at Hotels.

Last year, we all bought our own breakfast and snack stuff, the ski school will provide sandwich and salad fixings for lunch on the days you ski a FULL day. (Make your own) For dinner, we either cook at the house or eat out.

We also can coordinate airport pickups and drop offs and split car costs. The rate is $75 per car trip, so if there are 3 people they will split the cost,  if there is just one, they pay the full $75 each way.

We are trying to limit the age to adults. Last year we learned so much and had a GREAT time. So nice to ski with “the gals” only!! Come join us for the fun. You won’t be sorry.  It is a great opportunity to meet other women footers of ALL SKILL LEVELS and learn from the best instructors in the world!!
You can book in by calling the ski school at 863-877-0039.
If you have any questions please feel free to call me at 619-851-6166 or email me at oldbarefooter@mac.com.
Plan to attend now and make your reservations early as this will fill up fast!!
Happy Footing!
Judy ” Old Lady” Myers

Women’s Barefoot Week Sponsors:

Highlights from past Women’s Weeks:

A Week of Barefooting Just for Women

Women’s Barefoot Week 2011

2012 Women’s Barefoot Week Wrap Up

Monday, October 22nd, 2012
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Bill Nelson is an honorary gal this week!

Another great Women’s Barefoot Week at the World Barefoot Center has come and gone. The weather was absolutely perfect in the mid-80’s and sunny every day.

Teri Larson kicked off the week working hard on her toe ups and came oh-so-close! She worked on a little bit of everything while nursing a sore shoulder.

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Speaking of sore stuff, Judy Myers was back on the water after a very long break recovering from knee surgery and then a shoulder mishap after crashing her scooter. Judy didn’t miss a beat getting right back into footin.

Judy Myers

Karen Putz took some lessons from Judy on “101 Uses of Duct Tape,” in this case, to keep the knee braces in place!

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How to hold $1,500 knee braces in place

Karen got back up on her feet backwards after a one-year break and did it longline for the first time.

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Karen Putz

Claudia Landon worked her front and back one foots and she LET GO with both hands on her reverse toe hold. But the most exciting accomplishment for her was back wakes on her feet.

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Claudia Landon

Tina McCauley worked her toe holds and nailed her reverse.

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Tina McCauly

Carol Jackson focused on her surface turns on shoes– and boy, was she smooth!

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Carol Jackson

Joann O’Connor had some exciting moments getting up backwards behind the boat after six years of perseverance!

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Joann O'Connor

Char Portman took a few runs on the shoes and her feet, getting comfortable on the water again.

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Char Portman

Diane Schupp did her one foots in the line-step position behind the boat and took her back slalom to the next level.

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Diane Schupp

The last time Jill Broderick put her feet on the water was in 1967. It had been 40 years since she barefoot water skied. Look at the joy on her face below as she got up again at the age of 60!

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Jill Broderick

Jill won the award for the “Most Improved Skier” sponsored by Vibram 5 Fingers. She learned the deep water start longline by the last day and started the first step toward backwards.

Most Improved sponsored by Vibram 5 Fingers

After a long day of footin on Sunday, Chris McWatters rewarded everyone with a BBQ dinner, including the WBC crew and skiers from Switzerland. He spent six hours grilling ribs which he basted with a super-size carton of really good sauce. “That was the best dinner, ever,” said Claudia.

Chris cooks up a storm!

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WBC crew gets pedicures

And what would Women’s Barefoot Week be without pretty toes? In honor of Women’s Week, the WBC crew did an evening of pedicures. It took a gang of women to drag Swampy into a chair. We all felt sorry for the girl who had to work on Swampy’s talons. It was pretty funny to watch him wince and yell “Ow” every time she snipped a nail. It was worth it; Swampy’s feet looked oh-so-pretty afterwards.  Can you guess which one is his?

WBC pretty feet

A big thank you goes to our Women’s Week sponsors: Barefoot Wine and Vibram 5 Fingers.

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Thank you, Barefoot Wine!

Barefoot Wine “Foot Fan of the Month”

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

Check out  Barefoot Wine’s “Foot Fan of the Month” for June–it’s the Fab Five ladies:  Judy Myers, Val Shinn, Joann O’Connor, Claudia Landon and Karen Putz.   The five ladies met up at the Women’s Barefoot Week at the World Barefoot Center in October, 2010.

Judy Myers

Known as the “Old Lady,” Judy started barefooting at the age of 53.  She’s been featured in More Magazine, on the Today Show and Suzanne Somers show.  She did a Subway “Fit to Boom” segment.   At her very first tournament, all she could do was stand up.  Last summer, she competed in the Worlds.  Today, this 68-year-old gal tells the younger gals to “suck it up” when they dare complain about their aching muscles after a run.  But at the end of Women’s week, we discovered her secret drug stash: a huge bottle of Motrin.

Judy Myers Inspires Deaf Mom

Val Shinn

Dubbed “The Show Girl,” Val presents grace on the water every time she barefoots.   Don’t let Val fool you– at first glance, it doesn’t seem like this delicate lady even belongs on the water, much less in a tough sport like barefooting.  Watch her on the water, and your jaw will drop, the lady can glide!  At the age of 60, Val still climbs pyramids in weekly water ski shows.  Every Thursday, she hosts a radio show on astrological topics.

Valerie Shinn–Show Girl on the Water

Joann O’Connor

Joann is one tough gal– she skis on a fused ankle, the result of a motorcycle accident many years ago.  The 62-year-old picked up barefooting again ten years ago.  Three years ago, she figured out how to make adjustments with her ankle and learned to barefoot backwards.  Some days, her back gives out and she has to crawl back into the boat, but a few minutes later, she’s back out on the water doing toe holds.

Barefooting with a Senior Citizen

Claudia Landon

Claudia is “pure poetry on water.”  When she does her back deep starts, she rises out of the water with the grace of a ballet dancer.   Claudia started barefooting at the age of 37 and ten years later, she entered her first barefooting tournament.  Just recently, she qualified for the Worlds in tricks.  Claudia has endured several ear drum blowouts.  She once donned ear plugs, a headband, a swim cap and a helmet to protect a burst eardrum, and then took a fall where the helmet collided with her arm–breaking the bone.  “I don’t think my arm is supposed to look like this,” she told her husband when the boat came to pick her up.  I think the rest of us would have been screaming in pain.

Claudia Landon, Pure Poetry on Water

Karen Putz

Karen tripped on a wake as a teen and went from hard of hearing to deaf in an instant.  In March of 2010, Karen met Judy and Keith, and put her feet back on the water again.    She taught the entire WBC boat crew to sign “awesome,” so now they praise her from 75 feet away.

Karen Putz on Growing Bolder