Posts Tagged ‘falling’

Barefooting Accomplishments Never Come without Struggle

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013
The amazing accomplishments of any barefooter never come without struggle.  This accomplishment could be a new trick, a new medal, or a new Personal Best (PB).  Along the way to that goal, there will be failure.  And failure means falling, pain, and just plain painful falls.  No one in the sport can progress without taking a fall here or there.
I have taken plenty of brutal falls just like every other individual in the sport.  I’ve had marks to prove these falls and I still have scars to this day.  These scars have come from trying to succeed and trying to learn new tricks.  The best example was when I was trying to learn Back Toe-Holds.  I started out on barefoot shoe skis trying to learn the trick.  Time after time again, I fell and fell and fell–with my head getting whipped into the water.  I kept losing my balance, straightening my leg too much, or just spazzing out while trying to get my foot to the strap.

Eventually when I got it on shoe skis, I moved on to my bare feet.  I thought I knew the trick by now, but boy was I wrong.  There I was again, taking fall after fall after fall, waking up with the sore neck and headache.  To top that off, I started to get wounds on the top of my feet from falling.  Whenever I fell, the strap would rip off the top of my foot.  My feet started to bleed and to this day I have scars from those falls still.  Even worse than that, I popped blood vessels in my eyes from getting whipped back on the falls so many times.  I ended up with red eyes for the next month and a half.

Even after all of that, I managed to master the trick.  I have no idea how many falls I took trying to learn that trick, but they were definitely the most painful.  All those falls of course meant failure, yet that was the only way to learn how to do the trick right.  It’s just like Thomas Edison said about inventing the light bulb: “I have not failed.  I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work”.  Every great barefooter has failed doing a trick.  As long as they take something from these failures, they will become a great skiier.  As long as they learn from their mistakes, they can become even better.  Giving up is when true failure shows.  There is no greater failure than giving up.
No matter how painful the falls are, no matter what marks they leave, it’s best to get back up and try to understand what went wrong.  Of course when I look at those scars on my feet, I think, “Dang, those falls were not fun”.  Then I think again about how they show what I got through, the struggles I went through.  I know I can get through any obstacle now.  I know there will be even worse struggles to get past, and it may take time.
This is the same with every skier.  It all just depends on their mind frame.  Just keep getting back up, even if you’re discouraged, learn from the falls, and of course, Toes Up!
Collin Scott Barber

South Carolina Clinic with David Small

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

I have been going to Mr Meekes place for the last few years and this year was certainly no disappointment. We had glorious weather and glass water for the full 5 days and a lot of amazing skiing came from it. Ron is still working out in the gym like a mad man and is now competing in Iron Man competitions so he is in the best shape of his life which made him skiing 5 days straight a breeze. His slalom came on a lot, especially backwards as did his front and back toe holds along with a nice toe up and perfecting his turns. He had a little stretch in his hammy mid way through the week which slowed him down a little bit but he battled on and pushed through it so way to go with that Ron!!

Boat crew one day

Saun Sheeley is also a trooper. He ended up cutting his foot open so the decision was made to make a redneck solution for the problem….. lol. Shaun did great with everything backwards once he figured out how to ski with his knees bent and together….. we could drive a truck between his legs sometimes even when his feet were together 😉 His turns were looking very stable as well by the end of the week.

Shawn Sheely with his foot protector in place

As always we ate like kings with everyone getting treated to Rons cooking skills for lunch however this year we didn’t get to sample Rons Famous Cheesecake…. Fingers crossed next year we can see one again.

Wade Masters sporting a new hair doo

Wade Masters payed us a visit and skied up a storm for the day he was there where we worked a lot on his surface turns.
We had a new chick come to the clinic (Ashley) which was nice to see and although she was only there briefly she listened very well, learned a lot and had a lot of fun. Hopefully Ashley will come back next year and have a couple of days booked so we can really push on with her skiing.

Jim Miller peeing in his suit again ;)


Jim Miller also had some ski time with us and is progressing well. Great to see you Jim!

On the way back to the lake after getting picked up we drove past a Drop Zone so Ron was kind enough to stop and I managed to get a jump in :)

SC skydive. Kitted up and ready to go

About a week after I left Rons place I received an email from Ron saying that he liked Charlie so much he had gone out and bought himself a little black toy poodle…… I cannot wait to see the little guy!!

Rons new little toy poodle

I had a great week there again and I will look forward to seeing everyone again next year!!!

Written by ; David Small …. AKA Small’z