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Skiing in the Land Down Under: A Canadian Perspective

Friday, March 8th, 2013


For the last two months I’ve been living and skiing down in the Gold Coast of Australia, located in the south of Queensland. Queensland itself is the homeland to many of the best barefooters in the world, including Brendan Paige, Gizella Halasz, and even our own Ashleigh Stebbings. Recently, I had the opportunity of competing in their state tournament. Although the weather kind of sucked due to a tropical storm, it was by far one of my favorite times in Australia so far.

The tournament was held at Bushy’s ski park, which really was just a protected lake in the middle of nowhere like every other barefoot tournament. However, middle of nowhere Australia is a bit different then middle of nowhere Canada or USA. Wild kangaroos were spotted at the lake, and a python was curled up in one of the cabins we were staying in. To attest to how crazy Aussies are, people still slept in the cabin with a python sleeping in the rafters.


The competition was a great success, it was over seven of the skiers very first tournaments. PB’s were set by many, and many of the new skiers tried and got new tricks that they had never done before. In the evenings we would hang out eating and drinking until it was time to go to sleep. On the final day we had medal presentations, and Queensland announced who would be a part of their team for the National Championships in Darwin.

I cannot express enough thanks to the Queensland barefoot club for letting me be a part of their competition, nor to Gizzy, for letting me ski with her in preparation for it. Australian Nationals are coming up in a month, and I can’t wait! If they’re anything like their state competitions, its going to be a blast. I hope you all get the chance to ski here in Australia. The sites are amazing, and the people are even more so.
Hope to see some of you here someday,
-Dani Tipping


Struggling on the Water? Take a Break

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

dani tipping on water

My toughest trick to learn so far was the reverse front to back. I can’t even remember
how many years I tried and failed to get it. It takes 2 hands to count how many different
coaches I frustrated, and I don’t even want to think of all the different ways people tried
to explain it too me. Season after season I showed no improvement, it was just not
happening. I even started devising future trick runs excluding reverse front to backs
because I had started to accept dejectedly that I was never going to succeed, no matter
how hard I tried, worked, practiced, or envisioned.

When at last I began to improve and eventually got the trick, it was after a long period
of not barefooting at all. Complete abstinence. I had gone to school abroad and wasn’t
able to ski at all until holidays and it was this break that helped me clear my mind of
past bad habits, and start afresh.

There are many different ways to learn a trick, but in my mind it is always good to
remember that sometimes, you need to take a step back and take a break from a trick
before you can master it. This isn’t to say if you don’t get a new trick right away quit and,
it will come to you the next time you try, no. New tricks always take work, practice and
probably, a lot of falls. However if you find yourself repeating things improperly until the
wrong ways start to become habits, stop. Take a break, step back, and come back to it
later. Take it from a girl who almost gave up; your impossible trick is definitely possible.
Maybe you just need to look at it with a fresh outlook and an open mind.

Good luck!

-Dani Tipping