Posts Tagged ‘first time bare foot ing’

Catfish Bay Water Ski Show Team

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

“Greatest show on H20” is what their sign reads!  Yes, if you’re driving down I-90 West bound towards Sioux Falls, South Dakota you’ll see their lake with bleachers on the North side.

Team Practice w/ HillBilly Bay as their Theme

This was my third trip back to Catfish Bay and I can say I always love going back.  The skiers are so excited about water skiing.  Due to so few lakes in the area this private site is the perfect place to learn how to water ski or participate on the show ski team.  They have one to two shows per week depending on the holiday and time of year.  Catfish Bay Website

Can't practice Toe Holds enough!

Wrong, Ankle is too far in front of the knee = Hard crashes

Perfect Toe Hold, Ankle is Directly under the knee!

Jason Wallen / Clinic Organizer...Thank you for all your support!

Little Wallen in the Swing

Jim “Jimbo” Bruns started Catfish Bay many years ago and Jason Wallen is who sets up the Barefoot Water Ski Clinic with me.  I appreciate all the support from the club.

Jim Bruns founder of CatFish Bay

Picture perfect deep water start.  I like to make sure all my students fully understand the technique before trying it on the water.  Chris did exactly that and was successful on his first attempt on barefoot water skiing on the boom.

Chris, preparing for his 1st attempt on his Feet.

1st time Chris Barefoot Water Skis!

Learning Butt Control. I tell all my students to have full control on their butt before placing their feet into the water

Super clean front toe hold for just learning it!

Jason Wallen performing a sweet Back to Front. As you can see he is loaded on his pivot foot. When we lets go of the handle his left foot taps the water causing a small divot in the water which then catches his right foot/pivot foot. He got lucky though. Work on staying on the pivot foot to compete the turn smoothly.

I ask Adam if he would show me a flip off the shore line kicker and he did just that!

Thank you Catfish Bay for all your support!  It’s great coming back year after year and seeing everyone continually improving!

Keith St.Onge

HOW TO BEGIN BAREFOOT WATER SKIING

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

So you are at your lake or river and you see these water-skiers zipping by– but they have no skis  – they are skiing on their bare feet.  Now that has your interest as something you just have to try, but how do you get started, what does it involve, just where are you ever going to get this information?

If you are like many of us, you hook up with these skiers and they say they will teach you how to barefoot ski.  Sounds good and easy, but this is the wrong way to get started. Do your homework and start checking the Internet for information about barefoot water skiing.  Websites such as Barefoot.Org or Worldbarefootcenter.com contain a wealth of information regarding this sport.

 The first thing you should do is make reservations and go to a ski school that specializes in teaching barefoot water skiing such as the World Barefoot Center in Winter Haven, FL.  If you are going to learn this new sport you should learn it properly and safely.  By doing this you will save yourself from the brutal falls that one can take when they do not learn by using the proper methods and equipment. 

The WBC owned and operated by the current World Champions Keith St. Onge and David Small, uses the newest methods and equipment, such as shoe skis, KSO Wetsuits and Barefoot International booms and Towers, to get you started and take you to the next level.  You will learn the proper techniques in a proper progression and eliminate the painful falls that usually occur when “friends” teach you.

You will also need to purchase specialized equipment such as a padded bare foot suit, padded shorts and perhaps a neopream heater shirt to be worn under your barefoot suit in cooler weather.  Again, do your research to find the best and latest equipment.  It is imperative that your barefoot suit fit well, have adequate padding and is constructed well.  All suits are not created equal, so again, have a professional help you with this purchase to make sure you are getting the best suit available. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and seek help.  The World Barefoot Center has a complete Pro shop on site as well as on line and can help you with this purchase. 

Don’t be afraid to seek out help and answers to your questions and concerns.  The World Barefoot Center is here to answers any questions you may have at (863) 877-0039.  The bare footing community loves to help others in the sport no matter what level your skiing is at so feel free to give other footers a call!!

By: Judy Myers