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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

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 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

Short Bridges to GREAT Skiers!

Monday, June 13th, 2011



We started driving North from Pennsylvania towards the Piskura’s in New Fairfield, CT.  A wonderful gift we recieved from Lauren’s dad before our trip,  a TomTom.  You type in your destination and off you go, right?  Wrong!  After we went over the George Washington bridge our crazy TomTom told us to get onto 9A.  I have taken this route many times in the past driving home towards New Hampshire and I never remembered taking this road.??  Whatever, maybe we have to go a little more West then normal so I’ll go with it.

Next thing I know we are in Manhattan with a sign stating the height of the bridge just ahead. 11 ft. 6 inches.  I new we were over eleven feet but I did not know by how much.  “Lauren, open that manual and see if you can find our height!” I yell.  You would have think I would have known our height before we left, right?  Wrong! Haha  After spending more than an hour maneuvering all the doubled parked cars in Manhattan I finally found my way back to the highway!

We get onto the highway and start cruising finally!  An hour later the TomTom tells me to get back onto 9A.  I doubt the directions this time but Lauren continues to tell me that is what it is saying to do!  I pull away from the exit and at the last minute take the exit onto 9A again.  Why, I’m not sure but let’s just get there!

I failed to say that one of our jacks came down earlier and I spent an hour working on it so I was just ready to be done with this leg of the tour!

I see a cop car following me and next thing I see are red and blue lights.  I pull over in hopes to have no ticket handed towards me.  He asked us a few questions and then told us to take the next exit.  I asked why and he said, “This is a New York (Parkway) and RV’s are not allowed on Parkways.  He continues to tell me that the next bridge is about “this high” as he points half way up our door.  “Yeah, it about eight foot high.  “Thank you so much for stopping us Officer!” I reply.

We pulled into the Piskura’s around 10:00pm tired as could be.  We caught up quickly with each other and made our plan for the morning.

We arrived at the “Kahuna” site I grew up competing on to find glass water.  Joining us was Pete Sylvester.  We set out towards the lake because of the crew (scullers) were hogging the river.  As we skied out to the lake the wind began to blow.  We searched for miles only to find a few patches of decent water.  The plan was to head back to the river in hopes that the scullers would be gone.  We ended up getting lucky with water and skied till lunch.  Lorraine spoiled us with a catered lunch, which I have never experienced at a clinic before.  Enough food to eat later at dinner too!

Jim Piskura has a love for barefooting.  During the clinic Jim worked on his step over turns.  As with many skiers it’s hard to make a change, but once Jim figured out the step over turn was much easier he was happy to keep working on getting it correct.  Consistency is important for great skiers like Jim.

Working the turn

Lorraine Piskura is such a clean and beautiful skier!  She is working on her back one foot wake crosses and turns.  When at the level things become extremely challenging.  Technique must be perfect and falls can be a little brutal if not careful.  Lorraine jams her back wake slalom on shoes but the next big step is doing it on her feet, which she has done in the past.

Front Slalom- Lorraine Piskura

Lorraine Working Her Turns

Pete learned a few new things on the water and was ecstatic about his foot’n!  Pete also owns Sherman Hardware and I was able to get the tour later on.  He is a hard worker and built this business up in nine years and is now ready to sell it to enjoy his retirement. Checkout Pete’s back toe hold!

Happy Footer!

Back Toe Hold- Pete

Eric Gorman joined us for the afternoon set and worked on his back deep starts.  I was able to get him riding his position longer and make his back deep starts more consistent.  Like most people, he has a hard time breaking at the waist when trying to stand but he has full understanding of it now.

Eric Gorman

Eric was kind enough to invite us to his White Silo Farm Winery that afternoon.  We were all excited about that.  Eric works in New York City during the week but helps his dad run the winery on the weekends.  The winery is a hobby for him but he’s working on growing it into a business that will support his family in the coming years.  I fell in love with the Rhubarb Wine, which is something new his father came up with.  Lauren loved the Sweet Blackberry wine and when mixing both of them they call it a Sangria that is to die for!  Thank you Eric for the gift of the two bottles!  Cannot wait to drink them!

On the second day we arrived at the lake early only to find the wind blowing down the pipe.  Everyone attempted to ski but I had to draw the line and say it just wasn’t worth it.  Trying to learn new tricks in choppy water just isn’t the right way to learn.  We had 30mph winds with gusts up to 40mph hour so we called it at about 11am.  We headed back to the Piskura’s and jumped into the Jacuzzi to warm up. 

Later that evening Jim, Lorraine, Pete and Pete’s daughter Emma, Lauren and I went to a restaurant on Candlewood Lake.  We could not leave without stopping by John Shwanke’s house/museum for a quick chat.   John goes way back to being a driver and judge at the second World Championship held.  He has driven many Regional and National tournaments.  He is also known for building stages on Broadway and the first stages for the band KISS as they went on tour.

The hospitality of the Piskura’s are second to none and we thank them from the bottom of our heart!

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!