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The Key to Successful Barefooting: The Support Team

Saturday, July 13th, 2013
Having a support team in place is the key to being a successful barefooter.  For me,  a good team includes family, friends, and  the coaches at the World Barefoot Center.
The biggest contributor to my support team is my friend and father figure, Terry Spengler.  I met the Spengler family at a Mad Dog barefoot tournament in Indiana, where he brought his son, Cory, to ski his first tournament twenty years ago.  Next thing I knew, I discovered he only lived in the next town over from my home town.  Terry, Cory Spengler, and I started training together on the Kaskaskia River for upcoming tournaments the following year. He has always been a
great trainer and motivator for his son and I too ski.  He prepares the boat, packs the cooler, and pulls me up and down the lake.  He gives me the needed feedback to continue to grow in the sport.  His dedication  goes above and beyond anything I would ever expect from a friend.

Corey Jones

Having a support team in place is the key to being a successful bare footer.  A good team includes

family, friends, and  coaches at WBC.  The largest contributor to my support team is my friend and

father figure Terry Spengler.  I met the Spengler family at a Mad Dog barefoot tournament in Indiana,

where he brought his son, Cory, to ski his first tournament twenty years ago.  Next thing I knew I figured

out he only lived in the next town over from my home town.  Terry, Cory Spengler, and I started training

together on the Kaskaskia River for upcoming tournaments the following year. He has always been a

great trainer and motivator for his son and I too ski.  He prepares the boat, packs the cooler, and pulls

me up and down the lake.  He gives me the needed feedback to continue to grow in the sport.  His

dedication  goes above and beyond anything I would ever expect from a friend.

A Visit From a World Barefoot Champion

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

The Justin Bieber of the barefoot water skiing world was coming for a visit!

At least, that is what my three daughters equated it to.  Last June, I picked up Keith St. Onge from the airport for an overnight stay and a day of barefooting with close friends, Cory Spengler and Carla Hopler.  Having Keith and close friends together for training on our own turf was a great experience.  Carla was working on slalom wake crosses and I was focusing on my trick run.  Regionals were in my future and I needed some personal training.

I always enjoy going to the World Barefoot Center to train, but highly recommend having them come to you if the opportunity arises.

Corey Jones

Teaching Barefooting with a HeadZone Helmet

Monday, March 18th, 2013

The benefits of teaching with a HeadZone helmet are tremendous! It allows barefooters of all ages to experience the thrill of learning to ski without falling.

My 11-year-old daughter, Calyssa, was terrified of trying to barefoot because she did not want to fall and get hurt. Last summer, I purchased a HeadZone helmet from the World Barefoot Center and we talked her into giving it a shot! She successfully got up on the boom and barefooted for the first time because of the training through the speakers in the helmet. She felt more comfortable being able to hear the instructions in her ears at all times.

Any family wanting to teach their children to barefoot stress free, would benefit from getting a HeadZone helmet. It was well worth it!

By: Corey Jones

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Calyssa Jones

RV’ing Our Way to the Barefoot Nationals

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013
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The Jones family took to the road from the Midwest to Waco, Texas to experience our first Barefoot Nationals!  After a summer filled with training and dedication to the sport, my dream of skiing at nationals was finally within my reach.  It was not without a great amount of preparation to make this happen.

The five of us plus our dog, “Malibu”, headed out on a sweltering August day on our first RV trip– heading to the even hotter Texas.  We were hyped to spend a week engrossed in our favorite pastime: “barefooting”.    And we were not disappointed!  We traveled 14 hours to and from our destination.  We slept overnight in Wal-Mart parking lots (thanks to a tip from Keith St. Onge).

We ate together, played together, and experienced the scenery together.  The people were nice, the Barefoot Ski Ranch was fabulous, and the entire family had the experience of a lifetime.  The outcome was beyond my expectations both on and off the water!  For this year, the distance is greater, the expectations are higher, and I am excited for the CHALLENGE!

Let the fun begin!

Corey Jones