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Lexi McCauley: Learning to Barefoot Longline Before My First Tournament

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

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The summer of 2012 was the year I started to get up on the five foot line and also when I hit the goose! On a week night in June, we went out to barefoot. I was practicing three point stances and sit down-stand ups. I was on the ski platform when my dad said to us, “Well, let’s make a deal.” My dad said to my brother, sister, and I if we were interested in going to the 2012 U.S. Barefoot Waterskiing Nationals in Texas I had to get up long line. He would take all of us to Texas if I did it.

My brother Zac said to me, “Lexi, you better start long lining.”

Syd said, “Yeah we want to go to Texas.”

I started on the five foot line by starting on a wake board. Riding the three point stance and waiting till the speed is right. I would stand up and the wake board would slip out and away I would go. After the next couple of times out, my dad started adding extensions to the boom. I was up to two extensions plus the five foot handle now at twenty-five feet off the boom. My dad said, “Let’s go 75 feet.”

The first time long lining, my dad put the line on the boom. I started on the wake board outside the wake. After two-three times, I did my first deep water start on the seventy-five foot off the boom. Then it was time to take on the bubble in the middle. As long as my dad gave me a little s-curve, I could slide out the wake. I only weighed about sixty-five pounds and skied at twenty-seven mph and cheeking out was hard for me because the wake was wide and big.

The first tournament I planned on skiing was two weeks away, Wisconsin’s Chick Fest 2012. Next time out, my dad put me back on the boom, I was thinking I should be practicing cheeking out. The next two or three times out all I did was edged out to the right away from the boat then away from wake. The Tuesday before the tournament it was kind of windy and we went out to ski, which we never did if it was too windy. We were just going out for me to ski. I skied up and down the lake in the choppy water, edging back and forth which was not fun. The next night, I was told to just to cheek out to the right as far as possible and stand up in the middle and ski out. So I yelled “in gear,” waited till the rope was tight and I said “okay.” Away I went. I edged over, stood up, and skied out with no problem. My first tournament was Saturday and I had only long lined from the middle maybe six times. I was going to a tournament!

Lexi McCauley