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Nap Time at the World Barefoot Center

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Barefooting is hard work. Good thing there’s nap time at the World Barefoot Center.

A. J. Porreca

Brody Meskers

Like father…

Robbie Groen

Like son:

Ben Groen

Even champions need sleep:

Small'z

Caitlyn Rowland

Caitlyn Rowland

Ted Baber

Ted Baber

The King of Sleep at the World Barefoot Center:

Adin Daneker

Even Swampy goes down for a nap:

Swampy conks out

WBC Head to Head Tournament!!

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

There will be a LIVE VIDEO FEED on WORLDBAREFOOTCENTER.COM of the WBC Head-to-Head tournament being held at Lake David, Groveland, Florida on October 7th & 8th. The tournament starts at 7am eastern time on the 7th so make sure you jump on our website and check it out.

KSO Wetsuits, Fun on the Water Slideshow

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

A collection of KSO Wetsuit customers having fun on the water, including Glen Plake,  Paul Stokes, Judy Myers, Claudia Landon, and more!

KSO Wetsuits Fun on the Water 2011

WBC Open Invitational Tournament Rules & Information

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

The WBC Open Invitational is a Head-to-Head fast paced 3-event high stakes tournament. There will be three categories of competition; Overall, Tricks, Jump, and Slalom. This tournament will have a total cash payout of $20,500. The Breakdown of this sum is as follows:

Overall

–   1st –   $5,000

–     2nd –  $2,500

–     3rd –  $1,000

Single Events

–     1st –   $2,500

–     2nd –  $1,000

–     3rd –   $500

The way that the tournament will be run is under a very different format than any tournament before it. The event will start with 2 elimination rounds of both tricks and slalom. All competitors will be included in both elimination rounds. Jumping will include only 1 elimination round, consisting of 4 jumps per skier. Each skier’s best score out of either elimination round becomes his or her seed score for the rest of the tournament. The top 8 seeded skiers in each event will move on to the head-to-head format.

After elimination, head-to-head begins. From this point on, all jump rounds will only consist of 2 jumps per skier. The seed scores determine the pairings for each round (i.e. #1 vs. #8; #2 vs. #7 etc.). The higher seeded skier of each pair will receive the option of choosing to ski before or after his or her competitor. The winners move on to the next round and the losers are immediately eliminated from that event.

Once the final 4 skiers emerge, the seed scores once again base the pairings for the second round. The winners proceed to the third and final round in a head-to-head battle for first and second place. The skier with the higher second round score of the two losers will take third place.

The Overall category winners will be determined by the skiers’ best score in each event throughout the entire tournament, including the elimination rounds.

Judging will follow the same rules as the standard 3-event competition; however, this tournament will feature Instant Scoring. Each score will be announced and recorded before the next skier is pulled.

WBC Invitational Teaser 2

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

4 weeks to go until the WBC Invitational!! Check out the latest video.

WBC INVITATIONAL OFFICIAL TEASER 2 – DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES? from WorldBarefootCenter on Vimeo.

WBC Invitational Teaser 1

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

This is the WBC Invitational Official Teaser 1….. MORE TO COME!! Keep and eye out for them.

WBC INVITATIONAL OFFICIAL TEASER from WorldBarefootCenter on Vimeo.

Southern Regionals Weekend Recap!!

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

The Southern Regionals and bonus rounds were held on Lake David in Groveland, Florida from the 22nd to 24th July.  Once again WBC continued to see new PBs being set as well as more pending National and World Records.

Another stunning day on Lake David!

Ben & Chandler

Chandler Cargile has been doing a phenomenal job skiing in his first ever tournament in May. Since then he has continued to improve at rapid pace and has now qualified in the trick event for the 2012 Worlds and this tournament was no exception with Chandler landing his first ever jump in tournament at 8.6 meters. Congrats Chan!

Kiwi Ben Groen once again did New Zealand and Team WBC proud tricking a potential New Zealand National and Asian Australasian Oceanic record of 9,400.  He also set a new PB in slalom with a 16.6.

Lisa Pressendo accomplished yet another PB in tricks with a score of 2410, making her first ever toe-back in competition and barely missing out on a back to front in her other pass. Way to go girl!!

Carol receiving her medals

Carol Jackson skied above both the Womens 5 trick and slalom National Records with a score of 1,060 in tricks and 5.5 in slalom.

In the bonus round on Sunday Ashleigh Stebbeings from Australia set two more pending World records in Open Womens tricks with a score of 4,650 and 6,350.

A big congratulations to all the other skiers that did PB’s and a huge thanks to the crew down there for organising such a great tournament!! If you would like to see any scores from the tournament head to www.BarefootWater-Ski.com and follow the links the Southern Region Results.

Banquet (from Left) Lisa, Ben, Chandler, Ash & A.J

By Ashleigh Stebbeings, Australia

Featured Footer: Brody Meskers

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

When Brody Meskers was three years old, he watched some skiers barefooting in a Chetek Hydroflites Ski Show and told his dad, “I want to learn to barefoot!”  Rick Meskers wanted his son to learn to water ski first.  Brody quickly became frustrated with skis that he couldn’t control, so Rick put him in a swing off the boom.  Brody was all smiles when he put his feet in the water.  The following year, he learned to barefoot off the boom and pestered his dad to teach him more.

“Right from the beginning, Brody loved barefooting,” said Rick.  “We never worried about having to teach him as he always wanted to take it a step further each time.”   At that point, there was no holding him back.  Rick added a rope to the boom and Brody taught himself to start on his stomach and tumble up on to his feet–he didn’t like getting water in his face with the deep water start.  By the time he was five, he was barefooting with a twenty-foot line and at six, he entered his first competition.  Because of his tumble up starts, the tumble turn became his first trick–even before he learned to wave.

Keith St. Onge became one of Brody’s idols from the very beginning.  The Meskers met Keith while visiting friends in Florida and Brody took a clinic with Keith when he was six.  “The night before the first clinic, Brody went to bed early so he would be fresh the next morning,” said Rick.  “This is the kid who never goes to bed early!  That was a big deal to him, to ski with Keith.  Anything Keith told him, he took it to heart and repeated everything he said.  Keith is his hero–he loves him to death.”

Six-year-old Brody competed in the Midwest Regionals and Nationals– and he won both tournaments, edging out boys who were 7, 8 and 9 years old.  The following year, Keith told Brody that it was time for him to learn to barefoot backwards.  This proved to be a challenge for him, because he did not like putting his face down in the water.   “That was not a fun year,” Rick recalled.  “Brody promised Keith he would do three backward starts every time we went out on the water.  We had to try to convince him to do it.  That was the only time that I thought some of the fun was taken out of him.”  Brody persisted, and after about 100 starts and many plants, he finally stood up backwards on the water.

Today, Brody is a sponsored skier at the World Barefoot Center and he works with Keith, David and Swampy.  “I like barefooting so much because there is so much to learn,” said Brody. “You can always get better and better.  Sometimes I don’t want to ski, but if I want to become the best, I have to go hard at it.”

This year, Brody focused on jumping and surface turns.  “The first time I jumped, I was with Keith in Florida,” Brody said. “I asked him if it would hurt, and he said no.  I was scared.  I went over the first time with shoe skis and I was so excited.  It wasn’t the cleanest jump–but I landed it!”  Brody recently accomplished his surface turns behind the boat.  His goals this summer include slaloming 12.9 and hitting 3000 with tricks.

“I see Brody being the next Heinrich Sam,” said Keith.  “He is way ahead of the learning curve for a ten year old.  I’ve worked with Brody since he was six years old, so I would love to see him go all the way and accomplish whatever his goals are.”  Brody still has a ways to go to catch up to Keith’s trick scores, but he is determined to make it happen.

Brody spent the month of June working with Swampy, A.J. Porreca and Ben Groen down at the World Barefoot Center.  “As parents, it’s tough to let your kid go,” said Brody’s mom, Tracy.  “But Brody really wanted this, so we agreed to send him off for a month.  They are great guys at the WBC–they are teaching him so much about skiing and life.”

Today, Brody is even more fired up about barefooting than ever.  When people ask him if he wants to be like Keith St. Onge, he’s got an answer ready:  “I want to be better than him.”

Watch out, KSO!

Brody and Ben Groen

Five year old Brody on the water

Nine year old WBC Skier Brody Meskers

Hanging out at WBC

Written by: Karen Putz

We Are WBC — Featuring the World Barefoot Center Elite Skiers

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Five skiers, five National Champions, three World Champions:  Keith St. Onge, David Small, Ben Groen, A.J. Porreca and Ashleigh Stebbeings.  Take a look:

WE ARE WBC from WorldBarefootCenter on Vimeo.

Oh, and somewhere in there, is the Elite Coach, Swampy Bouchard. He keeps them all going.

David Small Jumps Over the Lazy Guys’ Tube

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

The boys at the World Barefoot Center didn’t have anything to do one afternoon, so they decided to have some fun making Small’z work for his jumps:

Watch the action on “Next Level Barefooting,” and check out the GoPro camera view with David Small, Ben Groen, Ben LaFrance, Clement Maillard, and Filippo Ribaldone: