Posts Tagged ‘chandler cargile’

Chandler Cargile: Learning to Pull Barefooters

Friday, November 1st, 2013

One thing I really struggled with and continue to struggle with some is pulling other skiers. I am just so used to always being the one skiing behind the boat. Finally one day, everyone at the World Barefoot Center said it had been past time for me to learn how to drive the boat. Honestly, pulling skiers skiing isn’t too scary and is actually pretty fun.

This summer, Johnathan Martines and I pulled each other skiing on shoe skis, which was very fun. Then, we would go out and pull each other doing slalom. Next, we would go out and pull Ricky Bruce barefooting. The more we pulled, the more fun it would get. Johnathan was familiar with driving a boat because he pulled his dad back home. For me, my mom would pull my dad and I would either watch or video his skiing.

I think it is important to learn how to pull skiers because the next step is coaching. It all plays a part in each other. I finally pulled my first skier (Ben Groen) over the jump behind the boat. I was really far out and I was very nervous, but I pulled him on his last two jumps behind the boat. Not only is it something that is needed to be learned, but for me, I feel good after I do it. I feel more responsible and grown up just by doing that. I really don’t know why I have waited this long to be pulling skiers, to me I think it is actually pretty fun.

By: Chandler Cargile

Chandler Cargile: Using Video Review to Improve Your Barefooting

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

There have been many things help me learn a new trick such as the coaching, the training, the encouragement, and reviewing videos. It is amazing how much it has helped me in my skiing after watching my skiing and studying it closely. The reason it helps watching video is because I can watch my own skiing and watch where I am messing up, plus I can watch it in slow motion and get into detail on where I am really going wrong. Even more than watching my own skiing, watching Keith St. Onge’s slalom and David Small’s jumping and tricks have helped me a numerous amount of times. Watching it has shown me how down weighting and being slow on the jump gives you big pop and keeping the handle out gives you more distance and time to come down on top of your feet. It has also shown me, in slalom, I am supposed to be aggressive on the transfers, shoulders forward and drive as hard as possible. And in tricks, I see how every turn is supposed to be slow and every turn is a one foot turn with a quick handle pass.

Watching my videos and going back and watching theirs has made a big help in my skiing. I recommend other skiers watch their and then watch Keith and Dave’s. It unbelievable how much it really helps.

David Small’s World Record Jump

Keith St. Onge’s video

David Small’s video

By: Chandler Cargile

Chandler Cargile: Looking Forward to Summer

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Last summer at the World Barefoot Center ski school, I had the most fun I have ever had. I met new people, got to know them well and became good friends with them. I also got to see people I already knew. From skiing with all of my friends, to hanging out by the pool, going to the movies, going to Andy’s and just playing around the house, I can’t think of how it could have gotten any better.

There is nothing I love more than being with the World Barefoot Center family, and I hope this summer is going to be just like the last one. The only difference is the new goals we all will have. Much higher goals, and its always better when you have friends like I do to push you as far as you can. I really want to become stronger in my skiing and take it as far as I possibly can.

I cant wait until this summer begins!

Chandler Cargile: My First World Barefoot Tournament

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

With the 2012 World Championships being my first Worlds and my first big tournament, I cannot even begin to explain how nervous I was. At first, I was confused on where to go and when to go. (ask Johnathan Martines, he knows) Once it was my turn to ski, my heart dropped like a rock and I couldn’t breathe! I can’t even tell you how nervous I was. Luckily, I made it to the second round in tricks, slalom and jump. I didn’t make it to the finals in tricks an slalom, but I did make it in the jump event. For some reason, I wasn’t as nervous at the jump finals. I can’t remember the order we all jumped in, but I think I was third to last. I think it was Foot’s wife (can’t really remember) that told me to start swimming out to the boat.

As I jumped in the water an started swimming, my heart started racing. We got down to the other end and I gave the boat crew my call. Once the boat started accelerating, all the nerves started to go away. As the boat got closer to the jump, I started to cut out and set up. As I hit the jump, I went up and freaked out a little bit. I landed it an rode it away! I couldn’t be sure, but to me it felt like an “okay” jump. Then, as I was swimming back to the boat, I heard Rob Groen announce that it was a 20.9 meter jump. I was extremely happy and my confidence level went up.

My next two jumps were pretty much crappy, but after I jumped, Ben Franks jumped a 20.9 meter jump as well! Ben and I tied for second place and Evert Aartson got first!

From the time I started jumping to the time it was over, it had been the most exciting and stressful 30 minutes I’ve ever had! Overall, I had the best time skiing and hanging out with my friends from all over the world!

Chandler Cargile

Surface Turns on my Bare Feet!

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Turns are a BIG part of barefoot water skiing. Before you can even begin to learn turns, you must learn all of the basics. I had to have all of my one foots and toe holds down. Swampy told me I had to be able to trick over 2000 points without doing turns. My trick run would be toe up, toe hold, toe hold, 360 tumble to 1, 360 tumble to 1, one foot, one foot, hop, sit down stand up to 1, sit down stand up to 1, sit down stand up to 2, then I would do a back deep, get into line step position and do one foot, one foot, hop, (get out of line step) back toe hold, back toe hold. All of the basics really help with turns, especially the front and back toe holds. Once you have mastered the basics and are solid with it all, you are ready for turns. The reason you must learn the basics first is so that you do not pick up any bad habits, because bad habits are very hard to break. It’ll be easier if you just learn the right way.

My first front-to-back came as a real shock. About four days before I did it, I had worked nothing but back toe-holds and line step position. I was already solid on my front one foots and toe holds. After finally getting my line step, one, one, hop, back toe, back toe, I was able to start learning turns. I had done turns on the WBC shoe skis before, but it was a long time ago, and they weren’t consistent. One morning, A.J. and Ben took me out for a set of turns on the WBC shoe skis, and it went very well. My basic front to back was my best turn out of all four of them. For the rest of that day I had just kept working turns on the shoe skies.

The next day, Swampy and A.J. took me out to try a couple turns on my feet; just to get the feel of them. As I jumped in the water, A.J. told me that turning on your feet and turning on the shoe skis are not much different. He also told me not to over think it, because once you start to think about it, you’re not going to make it. So I got up and just pictured myself on the shoe skis. I turned with my pivot foot and made my first front to back. I had made it on my first attempt. I was so shocked and didn’t know what to think, say or do, so I just floated in the water laughing. I was SPEECHLESS and EXCITED!! As soon as I made that turn, I was so surprised that I looked at the camera, as I was skiing backwards, and said something I probably shouldn’t have. Once I had made the first one, I tried a few more, but failed the rest. Two days later, I went out with Ben and Brody Meskers and made two more front to backs and my first back to front. One of the main things that help THE MOST is to just not think about it; just do it. I want to thank Swampy, A.J., Ben, Keith and Dave for a fun week and teaching me all that they did!

By: Chandler Cargile Chandler Cargile makes Front to Back!

Featured Footer: Chandler Cargile

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Fourteen-year-old Chandler Cargile entered his first barefoot tournament in May, 2011 at Port St. Lucie in Florida as one of the World Barefoot Center’s sponsored skiers.  Chandler scored 900 points in tricks and a 4.8 in slalom, which is completely amazing for a first tournament.  What’s even more amazing to know is that Chandler first learned to barefoot in July, 2010.

“Barefooting was my dad’s idea,” said Chandler.  “He took me and my brother to the lake near our home and we both tried it.  It took me two tries on the boom and I was on my feet.  My brother did a deep water start, but couldn’t stand up.  We went back a few more times and then we both did the deep water start.  I was really excited!  We went back the next day and did it again.”

Not long after learning to barefoot, Chandler wanted to learn some tricks so his father suggested going to a ski school.  Chandler’s choice was easy;  he wanted to go to the World Barefoot Center and meet the two world champions.  He signed up for a half-day lesson and found himself in the boat with Keith St. Onge.   “I had seen a lot of videos of Keith and read about him in magazines, so I was so excited to meet him,” said Chandler.  “I started to learn the back deep with shoes, tumble turns and one foots with the KSO shoes.  It was a fun trip with Keith!”

On his second trip to the WBC, Chandler went back to ski in Figure 8 tournament and signed up for another lesson.  This time, he met his other idol, David Small.  By the end of the lesson, both David and Keith recognized that Chandler had a deep thirst to learn– both on and off the water. “Chandler is one of the most intense, driven, young kid that I’ve seen in a long time,” said Keith. “He jumped into the sport hard –doing everything– in practice, in skiing, and in working out.  That kid has the drive and the heart– he just loves skiing.”

Chandler went on to become a sponsored skier at the World Barefoot Center.  He never did ski in the Figure 8 tournament that weekend.  “I chickened out,” Chandler laughed.  “I had never competed before and I was a bit scared to try.”

Ben Groen instructs Chandler for his first jump

Swampy took over as a coach and Chandler worked with Ben Groen and A.J. Porreca.  They quickly groomed him as a three-event skier and introduced him to jumping.  His first jump was off the boom.  “On my first jump, I butted the ramp as I went over,” Chandler recalled.  “I moved to the handle, the two-foot, the five-foot, the ten-foot and then behind the boat– all in one morning!”

Chandler found himself battling some nerves when he faced his first jump on the long line behind the boat.  “I thought to myself, it’s not that different from the ten-foot, so I just did the same thing,” said Chandler.  “I landed my first jump–not great–  not clean– but I landed it!”

At his first barefoot tournament, the same nerves crept up as he readied himself in the water, but as soon as the boat pulled forward, Chandler relaxed.   “I felt like I was skiing with Swampy at the school, I wasn’t nervous anymore.  It didn’t feel like a tournament–it felt like I was at the World  Barefoot Center.”  Four tournaments later, Chandler has racked up 1780 in tricks, 8.1 in slalom and 8.6  in jumping.

At the Southern Regionals, Chandler’s goal was to land his jumps so that he could compete in jumping at the Nationals.  After missing his first jump, the pressure was on to land the next two– and he did.  “I was so excited about that– ready to go to the Nationals!” said Chandler.  But little did he know, there was trouble brewing.  The day before, during a practice run, Chandler worked with A.J. to practice his toe up start.  He felt some pain in his hip while planting his foot.  It wasn’t a sharp pain, but it was enough to make him reach for the Advil.  He powered through the pain during the jumping on Saturday and then faced it again during his slalom runs on Sunday.  “I did a back deep on the slalom and when I got up, I felt a lot of pain in one leg, but I kept going,” said Chandler.  “When I went for my second run, it felt worse.  As I told the driver my speed and got ready, I was thinking to myself, ‘this is my last run.’  As I started to plant, I could feel my leg wobble a bit and then I felt a pop.”  Chandler had to be helped into the boat and on land– he couldn’t put any weight on his leg.  A trip to the hospital revealed a fractured hip.  “I was pretty upset– I was ready to go to the Nationals and really looking forward to it.”

Knowing Chandler, he’ll be back on the water in no time.  And when the next Figure 8 tournament comes up, you can bet he won’t be sitting on the sidelines.

Written by:  Karen Putz

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