Posts Tagged ‘Clinic’

Want to Volunteer at a Barefoot Water Ski Tournament?

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Attention all barefoot skiers and supporters.   We need your help!  Are you aware of how many volunteers are needed to put on a tournament?  Answer: more than we have!

In the past few years Mike Holt has put together judging, scoring, homologating, driving and safety clinics, get involved we NEED you!  There is no need to be a skier in order to help.  If you are a skier, the more knowledgeable you will be about how tournaments are run.

What is the right fit for you?  Here are some bullet points that might give you a little more incite.

  • Are you precise? Love to measure things? Homologation is for you!
  • Do you have a good eye and an awareness of the rules?  Think about judging, tricks, slalom and even jump.
  • Hanging out on shore, looking over score sheets and marking with red pen, this sounds like a teachers job.  Scorer is easy and done in a groupJ
  • Are you a good swimmer, nurse, or paramedic?  Our tournaments can’t happen without a Safety person on site.
  • Do you like to sit in the drivers seat?  Are you a good listener for instructions and drive skiers as asked?  Any drivers out there?

Please let someone in your region know if you are interested in pursuing any of the suggestion above. Contact information for regions can be found here: Regional Directors. We will send you in the right direction and get you going on becoming certified to help!  This summer, Mike Holt has many USA clinics planned in Florida. Visit his website at Barefoot Water-Ski.  Contact Mike at mike (at)mikeholt.com and sign up.  Everyone is invited!   Mark your calendars–we would love to see you!

Sunday June 29th– Scorers Clinic

July 11th– Driver Clinic

July 25th– Level 2 Judges Clinic

Lauren St. Onge

Ted Baber: Clinic in Sweden

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

At the end of June my friend Evert Aartsen Jr and I went to Sweden to run a barefoot clinic. We flew into Gothemberg and then drove 2 hours to a place called Bunn. The set up there was great! There was three boats, 2 were sangers and one was a flight craft. Also, the lake that the clinic was being held on was massive. It was split into three sections Bunn one, Bunn two and Bunn three, so we where able to find flat water all the time.

We had a total of 20 skiers at the clinic. 10 were young kids between the ages of 5 and 14 years old and the other 10 where adults. The clinic was held over three days. During our stay in Sweden we stayed in a little wooden cabin. Each cabin held three people. We were also provided with breakfast, lunch and dinner.

We split the 20 skiers into two groups. Evert taught the kids as he could speak Swedish and I taught the adults because they spoke fluent english. Everybody that I taught improved massively over the three days and they all gave us really positive feedback. It went so well that the Swedish barefoot group invited Evert & I back next year to run another clinic. We can’t wait!

By: Ted Baber

Ashleigh Stebbeings: Barefoot Waterskiing Clinic at Bedford Weir, QLD AUST!!

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Each year I travel back to Australia to attend the Australian National Championships and spend some time catching up with family and friends. This year I have been fortunate enough to be doing a few clinics around the region while I am back to promote not only myself but the World Barefoot Center. My goal is to build up the sport of barefoot waterskiing throughout QLD and Australia and would love to see people progress in the sport they love as much as I do. It’s also great to see new faces throughout the region getting involved and so enthusiastic.

My first clinic was a 2 day one at the Blackwater Ski Club located on the Bedford Weir. It is about a 4 hour drive inland from where I live in Mackay, QLD.

Getting ready to leave!!

I drove there accompanied by Milly Grech, another skier from Mackay. We left the afternoon of the 19th of April and arrived just on dark in Emerald, the place we would be staying the next 2 nights. We got up bright and early the next morning to make the hour trek to the river where we would be spending the next 2 days. The weather was a little overcast Saturday morning but as the day went on it got hotter and the water was glass.

Glass Water

Saturday Crew

The river is a beautiful place to barefoot, with long straights and trees to keep it protected from the wind. It was good to see the girls taking control of the boat with the boys being out numbered for once. With the Nationals been and gone the skiers wanted to start learning new tricks and clean up old ones.

12 year old Nik Bray from Emerald worked on his back toe holds and made both his basic and reverse long line. He also had his first go at the line step position and after 2 days was comfortably getting in and out as well as doing both one foots. To finish up he worked turns on shoe skis, he made 3/4 and all were step overs.

Nik's first time trying back toe holds long line

Nik rocking the back line step one foots on his feet!!

Nik working on turns!!

Milly Grech worked on front and back tricks both on the extension and behind the boat. She also did some slalom, impressing the new beginner Casey.

Milly doing a front toe hold!!

Jody Haylock from Emerald did her first full slalom crossing and also got up backwards for the first time. She was all smiles during the pictures below and was cheering with happiness at the feeling of riding backwards!!

Jody working on toe holds

Jody got up backwards for the first time :)

Leanne Cross of Blackwater went back to the basics and worked on her one foot and also one foot one hands. She tried one foot stand ups on the bar for the first time as well as starting to learn backwards where she dipped her feet (or shoe skies) in a couple of times.

Leanne working on one foots

Leanne learning to place her feet in for backwards

David Bray (Brazy or funky pants) tried to keep up with his son Nik and did both back toe holds on his feet on the extension and did his first line step one foots on shoe skis. Brazy said he will have to do some secret training to catch up to Nik!!

Brazy getting into line step for the first time

Brazy doing back one foot, one hands

Casey from Blackwater has tried to step off a ski before but never tried a deep water start. He got his first taste of it on Sunday.

Casey's first attempt on the bar

I would just like to say thanks to the Haylock Family for having us at their house, Jody for organising it and Brazy for allowing us the use of his boat. You guys and girls all did a fantastic job. We shared lots of laughs over the 2 days, it was a great clinic and we couldn’t have gotten better weather if we tried! I look forward to going back in a couple of weeks to do it all over again… but this time for 6 days. Next I am heading up to Cairns, QLD for a 6 day clinic from the 7th May – 12th May.

Nik, Jody & I enjoying the ride back.

Nik & I in our WBC attire :)

Ashleigh Stebbeings


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Pre World Championship clinic in California with David Small

Monday, September 10th, 2012

After the US National Barefoot Waterski Championships there were 2 weeks leading up to the World Championships. I had booked a clinic in Sacramento with Mark Hobson the first week and then I was going to go down and train with Jerry Kanawyer at his place in Brentwood, which is where the 2013 US Barefoot National Championships are going to be held.
Marks lake is great to ski as its 3000 feet long with hardly any backwash and its a private lake. We had Joe Jacinto and his Wife Di come and do some skiing with us as well as Andy McCarville and Roy Cotterill. On the thursday we went down to Jerrys for a day so that myself and Mark could use Jerrys jump…. Mark went over it for the first time on his feet and I think its safe to say that he LOVED it and is hooked. Good man :)

3000 feet of glass in Sacramento, CA


Danielle showing us how its done at Diablo Shores in Brentwood, CA

Joe worked a lot on improving his backward one foots behind the boat as well as his toe hold and surface turns……. Check out his suit – I want one like this!!!!

Joes old retro suit


Di out on her feet :)

Di went out there on her feet and stood up easily on the boom with a good position even after getting a little put off by a hard fall a few weeks before…… Its easy when you open your eyes and breath every now and then ;)) Well done!!!!

Marks skiing had come on leaps and bounds since I saw him a few weeks previous to my arrival. He had been hitting the water hard and working on his fundaments so when I got there we pushed on with his backward slalom, nearly getting one foot wake. His from wakes rocked it out and his turns are looking really good. Keep up the good work Mark!! Marks wife only had a couple of weeks left till she was due to give birth to their second kid so thanks to Leigh for putting up with us footers :))

Goooooo Mark


Andy cracks me up! He wears goggles and a nose clip which in theory and in practice work wonders but they still look funny. He skied great with his slalom coming on a lot and generally cleaning up his skiing. I also managed to convince him to join me on a skydive at Lodi Skydive Center which was 10 mins down the road. He did his first tandem skydive and loved every minute of it.

Andy and myself kitted up for skydiving at Lodi

Roy cam over and also skied like a champ!! He is a guru with his video camera and always gets great footage of everyone skiing. He had improved his backward a lot since I last saw him.

Roy stretching out

At the weekend I ended up going in to San Fran with Jerry, his now fiancé (congrats big guy!!!!) and a lot of the Australian Barefoot Waterski team. We took a boat ride under the golden gate bridge and around Alcatraz which was pretty cool to see.

Boat ride around Alcatraz and under the Golden Gate

That week Jerry and I skied a lot and we just tried to hone in our trick runs, clean up slalom and jump as big as possible before heading off to the World Championships that weekend.

Hahahaha. Jerry K, you crack me up!!

Always a good time over there in Cali!!! Thanks for having me!!

Written by David Small

AKA Small’z

Summer Barefoot Instruction Day 5

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

WaterHawks Day 5

The 5th and final clinic day at the Waterhawks ski site.  Today we had 10 barefooters!  Five in the morning session and a completely different crew of five in the afternoon.  It was sweet! Checkout our morning footers!

Morning Barefoot Clinic Crew

Coy Roussell started us off for the day! First set Coy learned a front toe hold on the WBC shoe skis and by next set it was very close to getting it on his barefeet!  We started the process of going backwards and doing the back deep water start.  As many of you know there are TONS of steps to learning the back deep and in one set Coy was starting to come up! Awesome dude!

Ready for a front deepy?

Working the Front Toe Hold!

Coming Up on the Backdeep

Want to meet a fast learner! Mitch Tauke learned to barefoot incrediable fast!  In just 2 sets he learned his front deepwater on the boom, then shortline and then on to the 10ft extention.  Keep it up Mitch and before you know it long line will be a breeze!

Controlled!Three Point Stance-MitchAnd he's even giving us a thumbs up!

Ryan Ruhns already knew how to barefoot, but wasn’t getting up consistently.  Today we worked on a smooth transition from the deepwater to three point and then to standing up!  Ryan also learned to do a front one foot on the shoe skis.

After a nice smooth stand up!- RyanStrongman Front Toehold!

Jackson Twait hit the water for the very first time today!  Jackson learned a deepwater start on the boom.  Oh but thats is not all is also to let his feet glide across the water and did both front one foots! It’s rare but it happens and Jackson is better footing on just one foot than two! Great job!

Jackson on his barefeet!Working barefoot Form- JacksonOh yeah! One Foot!

David Lammers had attempted barefooting a few times in the past, today with a little bit of instruction he got is feet gliding!  From the barefoot swing to the deepwater start.  Checkout his great three point! Looking forward to seeing some video!

Nice Deepwater Start!-David

Nice Three Point!- David

Thank you all for coming out and spending the morning with us, we hope to ski with you all again soon!  Remember if you are in Florida give us a call and come ski with us.  If you’re looking for a new barefoot suit, checkout KSO Wetsuits.  Designed and worn by Barefoot World Champions Keith St. Onge and David Small.  Ski ya next time!

By Keith St. Onge and Lauren Lindeman

Barefooting in Rolling Prairie

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

Before the Footapalooza figure 8 tourney Thor Thordarson decided to book and organize a clinic day with some local footers.  We skied on a private site with lots of trees for wind protection and the lily pads limited the backwash.  It’s a perfect site for a barefooter.

The morning of the clinic was a little chilly but once lunchtime rolled around the sun was shining and the conditions were still fantastic for footing.

The barefoot clinic organizer Thor Thordarson is already a solid skier.  Thor has the basics down pat, the main goal for the day was to work towards back wakes.  We worked on cut outs.  Cut outs are a great exercise to do in order to learn to position of the back wake cross.

Andy Scupham is a teacher, well this summer he took part in the Keith St. Onge Barefoot Ski School.  What a great summer school class, right? Andy was a great student he listened well and accomplished his very first backwards one foot one hand! Next step is toe holds!

Seventeen year old Aaron Tanis footed with the crew all day.  Aaron learned a lot of barefooting tricks in a short period of time, we are impressed.  In the morning set Aaron completed his front one foots on barefoot trainers and in the afternoon he got up backwards for the FIRST TIME! Yay!

After taking a year off of skiing Mike Blackwell got back into it at lightening speed!  Before Mike arrived he could do a deepwater start and barefoot straight.  After a full day of skiing Mike had completed some tumble turns, front one foot on his feet, and he started the process of getting up backwards barefooting.  Sucessful day! Look how fast he progressed from shoe skis on the boom to the 5ft rope!

Jack Hollingsworth worked his frontward barefooting form.  Look how good his barefoot position became!

Brynn Hollingsworth braved the cold and skied the morning sets.  Brynn has barefooted before, but today we worked on making her front deepwater start a little smoother! Check her out!  We are putting the invite out to you and all the ladies out there to join us at Women’s Week down in Winter Haven, Florida this year!

A special thank you to Chris McWaters for allowing us to use your boat for the clinic.  we appreciate it!  Thank you Thor for organizing the clinic, it was great and everyone learned something, which is the main goal!  Keep footin’!

By Keith St. Onge and Lauren Lindeman

Footers get FRONT PAGE!

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Lauren Lindeman makes a splash on the front page of the LaPorte, Indiana Herald Argus news:

Footapalooza Makes Front Page!

Blowouts and Falls

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Lauren and I left the Oxbow Show Ski site on Sat. morning around 11:30am to head towards Niagra Falls for a few days of rest.  We knew we had a seven hour drive so we hoped to make it there Sat. evening so we could enjoy the falls all day on Sun. About five hours into our drive and as Lauren was driving we had a tire blowout!  Lauren freaked out as anyone would and within a few seconds she gained calmness and slowly pulled over to the shoulder.   As I began the process of getting out the lug nut wrench and so forth a off duty police officer stopped and asked us if we needed a hand.  He quickly asked us questions about our wrapped RV and what we do.  We explained to him we barefoot water ski and he instantly knew footers in the area.  I changed the flat in just over an hour.  Wow, those RV wheels have many lug nuts! Haha.

We arrived in Niagra Falls around 8:30pm and started walking towards the park in hopes to see the falls while it was still light out.  We were told by many to go to the Canadian side.  With passports in hand we did exactly that.  We walked over the massive bridge over Niagra River and entered Canada.  I told Lauren I would take her out for a nice dinner because we had deserved it. We were taken back by the beautiful site of the falls and an old lady told us the falls would be lit up from 9pm till midnight.  Lauren and I headed towards the huge tower where we were told to go.  We missed the fine dining by 15 min. but ended up looking over the falls as we ate dinner at the casino on the bank of the river. We got back to our house on wheels around 12:30pm and looked forward to sleeping in.  We woke up and proceeded to visit the falls on the American side and walked several miles around the gorgeous state park preserved for the public.

Anytime Fitness Barefoot Tour Dates

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

 

Anytime Fitness National Barefoot Tour

 

Get your feet WET!

Barefoot with 2x World Champion Keith St. Onge at your site.

The clinic is for Beginners to Advanced.

 

  • May 14th PGA Tournament West Palm Beach, FL
  • May 15th Valdosta, GA
  • May 19th-23rd Knoxville, TN
  • May 25th-27th Morgantown, WV
  • May 29th-31st Malvern, PA
  • June 2nd-3rd New Fairfield, CT
  • June 5th-6th Spencer, MA
  • June 9th-11th Worcester, MA
  • June 14th Utica, PA
  • June 16th-18th Angola, IN
  • June 20th-21st Grand Rapids, MI
  • June 25th Figure Eight Tournament Laporte, IN
  • June 27th-28th Moline, IL
  • July 1st-3rd Waterloo, IA
  • July 11th-13th Burnsville, MN
  • July 15th-17th Minneapolis, MN
  • July 19th-21st Chetek, WI
  • July 22nd-24th State Show Ski Tournament Wisconsin Rapids, WI
  • July 26th-28th St. Louis, MO
  • July 29th Disabled Learn to Ski
  • July 30th Figure Eight Tournament St. Louis, MO
  • August 1st-2nd Wichita, KS
  • August 5th-7th Dallas, TX
  • August 10th-13th Barefoot Nationals Waco, TX
  • August 20th FootStock Tournament Crandon, WI
  • August 23rd-25th Burnsville, MN
  • September 1st-4th Dallas, TX
  • September 5th-7th Jackson, MS
  • October 7th-8th WBC Invitational Tournament Groveland, FL
  • October 22nd WBC Championship Figure Eight Tournament Winter Haven, FL

 

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