Posts Tagged ‘barefooting’

Lexi McCauley – First trip to WBC

Saturday, June 20th, 2015

In the Winter of 2012, I knew I was going to the WBC but I didn’t know it was such a big deal.  Christmas morning I got my WBC bag, foot print necklace, a footprint towel, and an airplane ticket.  My mom even made me feet and airplane cookies.  My dog got into the cookies so I didn’t get to eat those.  I was really excited to go with my Aunt Tina and sister Sydney.  I had to wait 4 months until I got to go on Spring Break. A couple of weeks before we left my parents explained to me how big of a deal it was to go ski with the world champs.  I wanted to go so bad and that day was taking so long to come.  The day came after a sleepless night because I was nervous to ski and had never been on a plane. I was also scared I wasn’t going to be able to get up because I hadn’t skied since nationals.   We went to the airport and said goodbyes which almost made me cried. We finally left for Florida.

Our flight landed very late and I slept on my way to the hotel.  We got up early to be ready to go to the WBC. When we got there everybody treated me as part of the family. I met so many people I can’t even count but I won’t forget them.  I learned a lot of things my first trip to the WBC and will as I continue more trips. I am now a part of the sport.


Alex Youngblood – Music and Motivation

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

I’ve always had trouble in the motive part of Barefooting, or in other words I wasn’t motivated enough, so I needed something to motivate me. So I started listening to music before I went out, and that really helped because I would go out timid and scared to fall and not really focused, but the music kind of mellowed mw out and gave me this mindset that like, if I fall, I will just have to get back up. I hear a lot of the really advanced barefooters say that Barefooting is 99 percent mental and 1 percent physical, and they are more than right. If you go out thinking you are going to fall, you’re going to fall. If there is one thing I have learned, it is you are never productive with a bad attitude. Music is a really good way to reset your mind. Music isn’t the only thing that motivated me this year. When I went to regional and national tournament, I had some really good competition that could do more than me.  I thought, wow, I got some work to do!!!! Hard work can beat talent anytime, if someone wants it more than you, they will get it. SO motivation and mind set is a huge thing in barefoot waterskiing.

Sam Merideth – First Barefooting Experience

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Me and my pals had just passed our driving tests at 17 and wanted to do a lads holiday abroad for a couple of weeks and make it a road trip. My pal Alex had a speed boat and we thought it would be a good idea to take it with us and try and get a camp site situated near a lake. We booked into a Euro camp with a complimentary lake membership and quite a lively place. The lake was huge 3 miles across and long we messed about the first few days on the ringo’s and kneeboarding trying to impress anyone else on the lake but failing in most cases.


On the second week we had spent a whole day skiing and were just about to come back in and I had seen Dave Small skiing on a video barefoot someone from chasewater had recorded and I really wanted to have a go. With just my board shorts on I stuffed some foam padding  down them and was ready to go. Alex said as soon as I sit on the water to keep my feet on the line until he brings the speed up. The first few times I tried I took my feet off the line way too soon and was getting so frustrated it felt a lot faster than I was actually going, when he told me he was only going 30mph I was in shock. We were just about to head in and I thought id give it one last go but I was determined to hold on and wait for the speed.


My last attempt I sat on the water and waited it seemed to take forever for the boat to get up to speed but we finally got there. I was in the wake Alex put his arm up when we hit about 40mph and I took my feet of the line I put my feet on the rough wake and pressed down slowly and stood for about all of 2 seconds, then face planted infront of a fishing boat. I was in such a buzz after standing on the water even if it was such a small amount of time, I have huge respect for Dave Small and his ability at that age. When we returned to the UK we spent that winter skiing and very occasionally having a go on the short line and give barefoot skiing a go but never managed to stand for more than 30 seconds it seemed to be pure luck to stand for longer than a minute.


Will Rhea – First Time Longline

Sunday, June 14th, 2015

I learned to barefoot on the boom the summer I turned 8 years old. The first three years, I only barefooted off of the boom. I learned to tunble turn and do one foots and hops. The thought of trying it longline never occurred to me until I participated in a ski clinic for the first time at 11 years old.

My instructor surprised me when he told me it was time to go behind the boat. He made me hold a wakeboard between my legs with a 75 foot rope hanging off the boom, so there would be no wake. I got up on the third try, then he put the rope behind the boat. I got up again, and felt so excited. I could not wait to show my Dad.

I used the wakeboard to get up for a few weeks, then I decided to learn a deep water start. I hated the spray in my face and up my nose. It felt so different from the boom and even the wakeboard starts. It took me a long time to get used to it, and I almost gave up. I am so glad that I didn’t.

Learning a new trick in barefooting is a lot like that first summer of getting up longline. It is really hard and sometimes makes you scared, and you may even feel like you want to give up. If you keep working on it though, you will get it eventually, and nothing feels better than that!


Lizzie Rhea – Off Season Blues

Friday, June 12th, 2015

This is the 5th snow day in a row for me. I love being out of school and playing in the snow, but sometimes all I can think about is summer! I hate not being able to barefoot for almost 6 months! Our boat has been in storage since October, and I have to wait until April to get it back out again. Even then it will be pretty cold on the water. Needless to say, I do not like the off season!

I love the summer because it is so great to be out of school and enjoying my favorite sport in the hot weather. It is almost March, and I am starting to count the days until I can barefoot again. I can’t wait to get back out there!

The great thing about the WBC is that you can barefoot any time of the year! Last year, I got to go there for three long weekends in the middle of the winter. It was awesome! I love Florida because it is full of warmth and sunshine. This year we are going snow skiing in Colorado for spring break, which will be fun, but I am a little sad that we won’t be going to the WBC!



Johnathan Martines – Life Lessons

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

For as long as I can remember, almost all of my free time has been spent on the water. This time on the water has been a major factor in becoming who I am today. Through barefooting, I have learned a number of life lessons that I believe will be helpful if I plan on having a successful future.

Firstly, through watersports, I learned the value of hard work. Through spending hours upon end on the water working on one skill, I learned that the only way to truly accomplish something valuable is through hard work and failure. Whether it is on the water, in school, or on the job, the only way for me to truly succeed and value what I have accomplished is through trying and failing hundreds of times before finally getting it right.

Along with hard work, I have also learned that change is integral to succeed. When a person fails to perform a skill on the water, they have two options: to give up or to change so that they will be able to accomplish their goal next time. I have taken this concept and made it a huge part of my daily life. When I make a mistake in any aspect of my life, I take some time to reflect on what had happened and how I could act differently so that the mistake doesn’t happen again.

By far the most important thing watersports has taught me is accountability. Every summer, I train and help out at the WBC. This past summer, I began learning to instruct others, which was my toughest challenge to date. Through this experience, I have learned that people’s goals and money are riding on my actions. If I show up in the boat every morning late and unenthusiastic, people are likely to become frustrated and not accomplish their goals. As a result, I have learned that my actions directly affect the success of others, and if I fail to do what needs to be done on my part, I must recognize this, apologize to the people I affected, and change my actions so that the situation will never happen again.

Without watersports and my experiences within the industry, I definitely would not be the man I am today. These lessons have helped me recognize that I am not perfect, and to become a better human, self refelection and evolution is necessary. These self realizations are lessons that I plan to carry with me for the rest of my life and implement in all aspects of my life in order to become a more reliable and determined person so that I will continue to evolve throughout the rest of my life.




Lexi McCauley – Family ski on Father’s Day

Monday, June 8th, 2015

On Father’s Day, my dad wanted the four of us, my brother, my sister, my dad, and I, to ski long line together. “That’s easy enough!” I thought. We couldn’t do it on Father’s Day because it was raining and very windy. So, we did it the following weekend. My dad got the ropes and handles ready to go in we were so excited! At that time we only had a fly high, so two people would go on there, one on the boom, and one on the pylon. The first few times, the rope kept getting tangled. Once we got them, we all couldn’t get outside the wake. The next time we tried, my dad rolled over my brother. So, we figured let’s have dad stand on the inside. When we were already to go, a fishing boat flu beside us and had to wait for the rollers. Once the lake was flat again, we all yelled okay and next thing we knew we were all standing and smiling for picture. My feet were burning, my dad’s were sinking, and my brother and sisters were fine. Even though the gift came late, it was still the best day spent with my dad and family.




Braving the cold – Sam Meredith

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Sam cold skiingLiving in Britain, a big obstacle to overcome is the cold weather. In the winter months if you are diehard about the sport and want to progress, skiing in cold weather is necessary. Skiing during the winter months in Britain where the temperatures rarely break 40 degrees, preparation must be taken to keep warm. Quite often cooler weather is associated with rough water conditions but I find most winter mornings you can find flat water without too much of a struggle.

Warming up is very important ensuring you get good blood flow to your muscles prior to your ski set. I would recommend wearing your barefoot suit or padded shorts under a dry suit in low temperatures. Ensure the zip is completely sealed before getting in the water. Skiing in the dry suit is slightly restrictive compared to skiing in just a barefoot suit and can feel quite uncomfortable but you get used to it. The neck and under arms are the two main areas for heat loss. In icy conditions I usually wear a head band as the wind chill on your forehead creates a stinging pain. To avoid getting a chill before skiing put the dry/wetsuit on in a warm building or car, this will prevent the period of near nakedness in the cool breeze while putting the suit on at the dock. If there is a group of us skiing normally two of us ski back to back sets whilst the other skiers wait in the warm.

Whilst on the water you will find that the cooler weather makes you a little less flexible and more difficult to bend your knees, you must concentrate and make an extra effort to complete things correctly. You will also find your reactions are slower because of the stiffness in your muscles, considering this you must anticipate the slower reactions and avoid problems with increased concentration. When you come in from skiing ensure there are facilities for a hot shower or bath to warm your body up quickly and effectively ready for your next set, if you’re using a wet suit leave the wetsuit on there’s nothing worse than putting on a cold wetsuit.

50+ Senior Barefooter Weekend!!

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015


Ted Eisenstat and Judy Myers are organizing a 3 day Senior Barefooters Events to be held at the World Barefoot Center in Winter Haven, FL. This event will include 3 days of instruction from the World Class Instructors of the WBC.

The dates are May 15th, 16th & 17th, 2015. The event is for 50+ age barefooters.

The cost are as follows:

  • 1 day @ $195.00
  • 2 days @ $390.00
  • 3 days @ $550.00

For more information you can contact Judy Myers at her email

Will Rhea: Barefooting Benefits Other Sports

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Barefooting is my favorite sport, only slightly above basketball and football. I put up my barefoot gear for the winter, then finished my football season last week, and now I am about to start basketball. I was just thinking that I am lucky that my favorite sports do not overlap, and I can give each sport my full attention when it is in season. Barefooting actually benefits my athletic performance in both football and basketball, both physically and mentally.

Physically, barefooting has made me stronger and tougher. It has improved my balance, and helped me to break tackles in football. The balance helps on the basketball court as well. Barefooting has also improved my core strength tremendously, which helps in any sport. Also, the hard falls in barefooting have helped me to jump up quickly after being tackled.

Mentally, barefooting has also made me stronger and tougher for other sports. It has taught me to try harder when I fail and make mistakes. It has also taught me not to think about the past, but to focus on the present, and what I can control right now.

Will Rhea