Posts Tagged ‘crandon’

Brody Meskers: My Footstock Experience

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

The 2013 Footstock was unlike any other barefoot tournament I have been too.  No fly highs, No Barefoot Sangers, No waiting for good water.

This tournament is skier against skier, friend against friend.   Two  handles, two  ropes,  and one boat.  The objective of the tournament was to see who could hold on the longest being pulled in a Figure 8.  Even though it was a competitive tournament, it was fun to see all the different people  from so many different places.  This is a tournament that you really need to be in shape for.  By the end of the day Sunday, I was having to ski round after round from Open to Juniors. Each run was getting longer and longer in very rough water.  As the tournament neared the last few rounds I was exhausted and had to ski in the junior finals. Even though I came up one run short, I really felt a relieved– and was happy I skied the tournament. It was great to see so many people who shared the love of the sport of barefooting. And I even got to meet people I may be skiing with in the near future at WBC.  

See you soon, Max!

By: Brody Meskers

Duct Tape Now Allowed at Footstock

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Footstock, the grandaddy of all Figure 8 tournaments, is now allowing the use of duct tape again– legally.   According to a recent article on the Waterski website:

One of the most controversial rule changes to this year’s event will be allowing skiers to use duct tape to protect the bottom of their feet. The rule change, which has been happening at smaller endurance tournaments, is in response to the growing number of competitors suffering severe burning of their feet due to the increasingly long runs. Last year’s runner-up Pete Fleck actually burned holes in his feet as a result of barefooting over 30 figure eights over the two day competition.


Gary and Dave Mueller posted a humorous debate about the use of duct tape in Footstock:  To Duct Tape or Not to Duct Tape?

Last year’s Footstock summary: Endurance Records Fall at Footstock

Keith St. Onge and Lauren Lindeman are heading up to Footstock.  Will they don the small piece of duct tape allowed?

Written by: Karen Putz