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Featured Footer: Ben Groen

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

When Ben Groen was four years old, his father, Robbie, strapped him to a kneeboard and towed him around the lake. The tot soon progressed to skis and when he was eight, his father decided it was time for his son to ditch the skis and learn to barefoot. “My father, my uncle and my grandfather are all barefooters, so naturally, I had to try the sport,” said Ben. “I sat on the swing, off the boom and I was terrified. I didn’t know what would happen. My dad was firing off instructions, ‘stand there– bend your knees!’ Once I put my feet on the water, I was hooked! Just standing there– skiing with your feet on the water– is an awesome feeling.”

Ben skied in his first tournament in 1999 at the same age. “As a rookie, you’re allowed to ski off the boom or the short line,” Ben explained. “All of my cousins competed in the Juniors and I wanted to be like them.”