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David Small California Barefoot Water- ski clinic

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

I arrived in to San Fransico on the Saturday where Mr Jerry Kanawyer himself picked me up .  What I had forgotten was that it was his birthday so he didn’t get a happy bday straight away from me so I apologize for that Jerry.  Jerry has been on the US barefoot Water ski team for years and has always been a great US team player!!  His nickname is Flipper which for those of you that don’t know where it came from….  He is one of only a few people in the World that do all 3 flips in their trick runs….. the wake to wake, wake, and regular flip!!  Rather him than me.

Jerry Kanawyer flipping

Jerry lives in Brentwood on one of the best ski lakes I have been to (it could be a couple hundred feet longer if you wanted to be REALLY picky).  It is died blue to stop the weeds growing in there which also makes the lake look like a swimming pool and with it been located in California it’s as warm as a bloody swimming pool as well…… perfect!!

Diablo Shores

Jerry got in to a car crash a few years ago and if he take a good hit he gets a head ache so he was skiing with a helmet on but when looking on the net we found something better…….. HAHAHAHA! You crack me up Jerry bird!!!

Jerry sporting his head gear

While I was there Jerry made great headway on his front and backwards one foot slalom as well as figuring out the line step position one foots and hops as well as working on breaking his old school bad habit of stepping through on his surface turns. Jerry is also in the process of learning invert jumping which he is doing great on and is always good fun to teach.

Jerry bringing the landing gear down after an inverted jump

Andy Conway was there for 4 days and work a lot of slalom and line step position one foots as well as trying to sort out his surface turns.

7 year old Jackson showing us all how its done

Early in the week we had a 7 year old boy called Jackson that had beaten leukemia and was out there barefooting on the short handle off the boom!! Talk about inspiring, this kid was amazing!!!

On the Wednesday we took a trip out to the Delta where we were met by Willy Farrel (aka, ‘One way Willy’) and his crew of Roy, Pepper Benz and his son…..   , Mark Hobsen, and Dave Naddy.

The Sacramento crew

We took Willys Malibu Response LX out on the 1000 miles of glass calm water (Delta) and hit it hard.  It was in the upper 90s that day and we stayed out on the glass from 830 in the morning until 7 at night without a brake as it was so good out there.  Roy, Mark and Dave worked on similar things with correcting their backwards barefooting position, back one foots and toe holds as well as getting in and out of the step position (the head zone helmets are a life saver when I comes to all of these things and makes it 100% easier for both the skier and instructor!).  Pepper worked on cleaning up his back to front and had never made a front to back so we concentrated on that and by the end of the day he was making a great front to back on the WBC shoe skis.

Dave Naddy showing us a great back toe hold

Loving the zinc action :)

Peppers son, Brady, who had never barefooted before or shown much interest, rocked it out and got out there on the handle and was showing the guys how easy it was to do some one foots.  He also got the award for the most improved skier of the way and went away with a new best hobby….. Way to go dude!!

Brady setting the bar for his elder brother

Adin Danneker, a WBC team member, rolled on up on the Thursday (he can travel around a lot as he only works a couple days a month and then sleeps a lot ….. hes a fire fighter).

It was all too much for Adin

Adin has been competing at a high level for a number of years and won medals at the last World Barefoot Championships as well as other top International events in the past.  It was a pleasure having him there with us for a few days and see his multiple turns get progressively better as well as making some huge progress in his slalom!

Roy Cotterill in a back one foot stance on the WBC shoes skis

Gregg Myer came and took a quick rip after a 6 year break from skiing and still went and did some back slalom.  He was up there on a magazine shoot for his one of a kind million dollar race car that was going up for auction the following month.

Meal time after a long day on the Delta

I took a few days and headed up to Sacramento to ski on another private lake (Twin Cities) and I got to see some more impressive skiing up there.  Mark Hodsen organized these few days and put on a great show.

Mark Hobsen looks just like Pitbull ;)

If it was a little chippy on the lake we headed to the infamous ‘lost slew’ on the Delta which was just behind the lake. Here we were greeted with a few straight glass stretches of around 3 miles a pop!!!! Mark made great progress with his backwards position as well as back one foots and figures out one foot slalom on his feet.  His wife also gave it a go and was a natural and got up first time on the boom and loved it!!  Mark also had his 11 year old niece, Mackenzie, give it a go and she got up on the 5 foot and was showing us some one foots.

11 year old Mackenzie after her ski

She went away loving barefooting and since getting the barefoot bug has been pestering Mark to get her back out on the water!! Great to see young kids, especially girls getting in to the sport! Joe Jacinto showed his face for a couple of days and learned some new slalom techniques as well as finding out that you don’t have to throw yourself in to a turn to make it around 😉 His wife, Dine, also gave barefooting a go and managed to get up on the handle on the shoe skis for the first time.

Pepper came back while I was up there with his older son, carter, as he had heard that his younger brother, who didn’t like barefooting before, was now footing and loving it.  He came to step up his game… nothing like sibling rivalry aye.  He had a great forwards position on his feet, great one foots and even started to try backwards.

Carter and I taking a ski on the Delta after a very productive day

I went and skied with the kids for a little rip at the end of the days they were there and it brought back great memories from when I was a kid learning to barefoot!  Any kid that tries this sport correctly with the right instruction and equipment and doesn’t love it must have something wired incorrectly 😉

Andy had to wear goggles due to his allergies which made it amusing to watch him ski and it was great to watch an ‘old school’ footer go out there and have fun doing some freestyle!!  We worked on some turns and slalom and then some side slides and general goofing around stuff… good fun.

Andy and his goggles ;)

I had a great couple of weeks in Cali and I am looking forward to going back out there later on this Summer!!

Huge thanks for everyone that skied and to Jerry Kanawyer who brought me out there and put me up as well as Willy for the day skiing and Mark for bringing me up to Sac for those fun few days!!!

By David Small AKA Small’z. lol

1st Barefoot Clinic Stop in South Carolina

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

The trip started of with an interesting leg as Charlie (my toy poodle) came with me and it was his first flight.  Fortunately he is a great traveler and did not make a peep the whole way so we were clear sailing.

Ron Meeks, the clinic organizer, met me at the airport and took me to his place on the lake.  This is probably the most organized clinic I have ever been to as when I arrived Ron had a spread sheet there with the whole week planned out with who is coming, what we are having for lunch and dinner for the week and anything else you could imagine.

The first day started off with this water and pretty much continued throughout the week! …

There were a few days where we had some chilly weather which made it a little more difficult to get motivated to get in the water and learn something new.

Then there were also days where a lot of sun cream was needed 😉

One of the skiers, Shawn, has a plane not to far away so on one of the evenings we took a little trip to see the local area and to get an arial view of the set up we were using…  Cheers Shawn!!

I had a great week there and all the skiers learned so much including Ron Meeks doing some surface turns on his feet for the first time and sorting his back wakes, Becky learning her toe holds and getting better at backwards, Jim Miller learning backwards long line, Mark rocking turns out as well as some great slalom and much much more but it would take too long for me to mention.

Everyone skied a lot and resorted to taking small naps in-between sets :)

O, there were also these bugs that only came out ever 13 years, mated and then died within a couple of weeks (kinda cool) and we also came across a snake trying to eat birds under a bridge….

Footing on the Mon River-Morgantown,WV

Monday, May 30th, 2011

The Mon river in Morgantown, West Virginia is a prestine place for footers to get there feet wet. Rarely will you see another boat, except for the coal barges that pass by every now and then. This mountianous area has tons of history but it is most well known for coal mining.  All along the river sits barges filled to the top with coal, it is amazing.

Ready for a Flyer?

Coal Plant on the River

Footers Ready to Hit the Water!

The barefoot clinic organizer Neil O’hara hosted a spectactular clinic. Great boats, sites, even Channel 12 News covered the event and did a story on the Anytime Fitness National Barefoot Tour with Keith St. Onge. Neil has a love for the water, when he gets out there the smile on his face says it all. Barefooting is addicting as many of you know, Neil is making an effort to promote the sport of barefoot waterskiing in the community. We applaude his enthusiasm and are happy to be included in his efforts. A big thank you to Neil for your hospitality and organization.

Front Toe Hold- Neil O'Hara

After: Keith Tweaked his position!

Before:Keith Tweeked his Position

Barefooter Neil O'hara

Unfortunately work comes before play. John Boyd works in the coal mines and was called in early in the AM on the first clinic day. Even though John was not able to make it out he was kind enough to let us use his boat for the clinc. Thank you for kindness, we appreciate it.

Barges Full of Coal

Heather Towers footer, mother, and all around great person. Heather’s upbeat personality keeps her working hard for more in the barefoot world. Working on barefoot surface turns is extremely difficult and time consuming, Heather takes one day at a time. Before we know it Heather will be spinning like a top on the water. Keep it up, we are rooting for you!

The Amazing Barefooter- Heather Towers

Barefoot Turns- Heather Towers

Does this Helmet have Goggles? :)

He didn’t compete last year but Kevin Towers is getting back into the barefoot world and plans on competeing in the 2012 Worlds Championships, Waco, Texas. Kevin has a love for music, his boat is decked out with speakers galore. It has been tested and proven that behind his boat a barefooter can hear the music from the boat clear as day, and we thought only wakeboarders did that. Kevin has a natural talent and drive that will allow him to succeed greatly. Keep your eyes open for Kevin’s posted scores this next year.

Front Wakes- Kevin Towers

Listen to Tunes and Foot

Kevin and Heather Towers

Cody Ebbert is a frequent visitor of the World Barefoot Center down in Winter Haven, Florida. His competing scores have sky rocketed from all of his hard work and tailored training. Turns are not a problem for Cody, he has smooth turns, now he is moving on to toe turns:) Cody is motivated and we look forward to seeing what scores he posts this summer.

Front Slalom- Cody Ebbert

Toe Turn-Cody Ebbert

Does Hair Sticking Out Make You Better?

Cody’s father Greg Ebbert, what a joy to have in the boat; Greg kept us laughing the whole day. Greg has been a barefoot enthusiast for years. For being so early in the season Greg is skiing extremely well. This summer we are cheering him on to complete all four turns behind the boat!

Driving the Boat

Front to Back-Greg Ebbert

Female footers are sometimes hard to come by but Diane has her head in the game and goes footing with the boys. Ski partners Greg and Cody encourage Diane to keep it. Last year was the first time Diane competeted, since then she has learned boat loads:) We hope to see you at the WBC Women’s Week in November. Click here for more info on Women’s Week http://www.worldbarefootcenter.com/barefootblog/category/womens-barefoot-week

Back One Foot- Diane

Keith Coaching Diane on Backwards Position

Did your college professor barefoot waterski? Mike Strager is a professor at West Virginia University and has a passion for footing! Thats cool! Mike has the right idea, work in the winter and ski all summer long, thats the life. Focusing on following the correct steps to advance is a main goal of Mike’s and we applaud him for that. As funny as it may sound its not everyday that someone wants to learn baby steps and not jump to the extreme stuff right away. Mike is on the right track and he hope that he follows his plans and enters a tournament this summer! Go Mike!

One Foot One Hand- Mike

Proffessor Mike

Front Toe Hold- Mike

Kris joined the barefooting world this week. We are happy to share this common addiction of barefooting with you. Kris worked from the WBC shoe skis on the boom, then to his feet, and he ended the day with a front deep on the shortline. Great progress, way to go Kris!!!

Kris barefooting on the boom! Woo Hoo!

Neil, Kris and Keith St. Onge

Kris Shoe Skiing on the Shortline

Zack Dell 11 years old, puts his feet in the waters for the first time!  We started Zack out on the swing and he surpassed it quickly.  With a smile on his face he proceeded to the boom on his barefeet and did great.  Keep practicing and next summer we can teach you a few tricks:)

Zack our Newest Barefooter!

Zack Barefooting on his BAREFEET!