Posts Tagged ‘Canada’

Breaking Bad with Barefooting

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Though I have participated in multiple sports growing up, barefooting takes the cake for being the most frustrating, yet the most rewarding sport probably ever… I don’t care who you are, barefooting is one sport that will push you WAY outside your comfort zone–and ultimately takes the sanity out of a lot of us.

When I first came to the World Barefoot Center, I learned quickly how many bad habits I made for myself and soon after learned that I may be slightly insane… Swampy was the one who brought the definition of insanity to my attention which is: Doing something over and over again and expecting different results. That is one definition I will never forget, as I learned being sane is a lot harder than I thought!

But then, when you finally make peace with your mind, conquer your fears, achieve your goals and ultimately find clarity, there is no better feeling. Whether it has to do with learning a new trick, setting a National record, or earning yourself a medal at the World championships. Although I had always thought I have been physically strong as a female athlete, the World Barefoot Center staff have definitely pushed me to be much stronger mentally, helping me grow as an athlete and as a person in general.

Joey Tombers USA, Caitlyn Rowland CAN, Garth Strydom SA goofing off in the pool at WBC

But, lets be honest here, everyone who is a barefooter is at least a little crazy in the head 😉

By: Caitlyn Rowland

Caitlyn Rowland: Barefooting is a Family Thing

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

My parents grew up together in the summers at a camping ground called PineLake. My dad was a huge lake bum and worked for the site doing anything from cleaning boats, to cleaning the seaweed off the shore to pumping gas. In return, the owners would pull him for a ski. He quickly got my mom into the water skiing scene after they got engaged at 19 years old.

Naturally, I grew up in the boat in the summers. They both loved slalom skiing, then one day my dad came across barefoot water skiing… after some convincing, and a ski clinic at Mable Lake later, both of them fell in love with the sport.

My dad competed in the 2004 world in South Africa, then the following year, both of my parents as well as myself competed in the 2006 worlds in Seattle Washington. It was my first worlds ever and it was right after I turned 12 years old.  I thought it was an outstanding experience and so cool that we were all able to support each other and represent team Canada!

I truly think it is a sport that is full of such amazing individuals and has allowed our family to bond like most families never could.

After graduating high school, both of them encouraged me to take a year off before jumping right back into school. So I worked for 10 months and was able to put enough money away to move down to Florida and live the dream at the World Barefoot Center. My skiing improved HUGE. They had me doing all turns for the first time in my life. PROPERLY (by stepping over) and even taught me how to jump inverted! (that being said, I still have a long way to go on that… but the fact that they were able to push me to break that traditional barrier was so exciting for me and definitely one of the biggest highlights in my skiing carrier.

WBC Helps Canadian Barefoot Team

Sunday, January 27th, 2013


For our Canadian team, training at the World Barefoot Center helped our team to achieve some Canadian records and a podium finish at the World Championships in Waco Texas!!

We are looking forward to an exciting footin season for 2013.


I am so thankful to be part of such a unique and admirable team! It is unreal how small the world has become at WBC… It’s often quite likely that when you’re in the boat, you will be accompanied by skiers from all corners of the globe!

Amazing people, OUTSTANDING coaches and an incredible sport. What a life at WBC! I had the time of my life when I made the move south of the border and trained there for the 2012. I was legitimately living the dream!

I cannot wait to get back on the water!

Caitlyn Rowland