Posts Tagged ‘endurance barefooting’

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

WBC 2011 Figure-8 Tournament Series

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

two skiers barefooting behind boatDo you have what it takes to be the last person standing at a Figure 8 barefoot tournament?  The WBC 2011 Figure-8 Tournament Series is one way to find out!  The series consists of four tournaments around the U.S., with two skiers at a time competing in a Figure-8 pattern.  To be a contender for the Overall titles, a skier has to ski in three of the four tournaments to qualify.

Though we strongly encourage it, you do not have to enter all four races.   A skier must post positive scores in three tournaments to be a contender for the overall title.  The scoring and placing  is based on a points system, with skiers earning points for each round (excluding the first round).  The skiers with the highest combined scores in three tournaments will win the top three Overall titles for the series.  Skiers that ski in all four tournaments will have the lowest tournament score eliminated.

If you’ve never competed in a Figure-8 tournament, don’t let that stop you!  All it takes is some solid barefooting skills and the mental will to hang on until the other skier falls over.

Tournament sites and dates:

June 25:  Rolling Prairie, Indiana

August 6:  Lake St. Louis

August 27:  Madison, Wisconsin

October 22:  Winter Haven, Florida

The total cash prize for the WBC Figure-8 Tournament Series is $4,000.  The payout is as follows:

1st Place: $2,500

2nd Place: $1,000

3rd Place;  $500

Everyone is invited to the BBQ and awards at the World Barefoot Center on October 22, immediately after the tournament.