Posts Tagged ‘growing bolder’

Growing Bolder with Barefoot Water Skiing

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Judy Myers and Karen Putz were interviewed by Growing Bolder less than a year ago.  The amazing story about Karen’s husband forwarding a link about Judy on the Today Show changed her life.  The video link inspired Karen to take the sport of barefoot water skiing again and she came to the World Barefoot Center to put her feet back on the water after her last barefoot run twenty years prior.

Judy and Karen were approached by Growing Bolder to do a video on Karen and Judy’s relationship and how Karen lost her hearing from taking a fall while barefoot skiing.  Her family had a rare inherited gene where a sudden hit or blow to the head would cause hearing loss.  A Mom Who Walks on Water. They also did another video on Judy: The Barefoot Competitor.

Recently, Kellie Clark viewed the Growing Bolder video and decided he wanted to try barefoot skiing.  He visited the World Barefoot Center in Winter Haven, FL with his friend, Steve Franklin, and we got them on their feet.  We appreciate the time Growing Bolder took to come out and interview Judy and Karen.  We hope to have many new students that are inspired from watching Growing Bolder!!
By: Keith St.Onge

Judy Myers Featured on Growing Bolder

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

KSO and Judy

World Barefoot Center sponsored skier, Judy Myers, is a legend in the sport of barefooting, being the oldest female competitor (Sharon Carlson is right behind her!). Check out the video that Growing Bolder did on Judy Myers and how she inspired Karen Putz to get back on the water. The video also has footage of Banana George Blair:   Barefoot Competitor Walks on Water.

Find more inspiring video, audio, and images at Growing Bolder.

Barefoot Wine “Foot Fan of the Month”

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

Check out  Barefoot Wine’s “Foot Fan of the Month” for June–it’s the Fab Five ladies:  Judy Myers, Val Shinn, Joann O’Connor, Claudia Landon and Karen Putz.   The five ladies met up at the Women’s Barefoot Week at the World Barefoot Center in October, 2010.

Judy Myers

Known as the “Old Lady,” Judy started barefooting at the age of 53.  She’s been featured in More Magazine, on the Today Show and Suzanne Somers show.  She did a Subway “Fit to Boom” segment.   At her very first tournament, all she could do was stand up.  Last summer, she competed in the Worlds.  Today, this 68-year-old gal tells the younger gals to “suck it up” when they dare complain about their aching muscles after a run.  But at the end of Women’s week, we discovered her secret drug stash: a huge bottle of Motrin.

Judy Myers Inspires Deaf Mom

Val Shinn

Dubbed “The Show Girl,” Val presents grace on the water every time she barefoots.   Don’t let Val fool you– at first glance, it doesn’t seem like this delicate lady even belongs on the water, much less in a tough sport like barefooting.  Watch her on the water, and your jaw will drop, the lady can glide!  At the age of 60, Val still climbs pyramids in weekly water ski shows.  Every Thursday, she hosts a radio show on astrological topics.

Valerie Shinn–Show Girl on the Water

Joann O’Connor

Joann is one tough gal– she skis on a fused ankle, the result of a motorcycle accident many years ago.  The 62-year-old picked up barefooting again ten years ago.  Three years ago, she figured out how to make adjustments with her ankle and learned to barefoot backwards.  Some days, her back gives out and she has to crawl back into the boat, but a few minutes later, she’s back out on the water doing toe holds.

Barefooting with a Senior Citizen

Claudia Landon

Claudia is “pure poetry on water.”  When she does her back deep starts, she rises out of the water with the grace of a ballet dancer.   Claudia started barefooting at the age of 37 and ten years later, she entered her first barefooting tournament.  Just recently, she qualified for the Worlds in tricks.  Claudia has endured several ear drum blowouts.  She once donned ear plugs, a headband, a swim cap and a helmet to protect a burst eardrum, and then took a fall where the helmet collided with her arm–breaking the bone.  “I don’t think my arm is supposed to look like this,” she told her husband when the boat came to pick her up.  I think the rest of us would have been screaming in pain.

Claudia Landon, Pure Poetry on Water

Karen Putz

Karen tripped on a wake as a teen and went from hard of hearing to deaf in an instant.  In March of 2010, Karen met Judy and Keith, and put her feet back on the water again.    She taught the entire WBC boat crew to sign “awesome,” so now they praise her from 75 feet away.

Karen Putz on Growing Bolder

World Barefoot Center Skiers on Growing Bolder TV

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Karen Putz, Judy Myers and Keith St. Onge are featured on Growing Bolder, shown on over 250 PBS stations and Create TV:

Find more inspiring video, audio, and images at Growing Bolder.

World Barefoot Center on Upcoming PBS Show

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

The World Barefoot Center will be featured on Growing Bolder TV, which is broadcast on over 250 PBS stations nationwide. Watch for an upcoming announcement on the date and time.  Growing Bolder is about folks who break the boundaries of what it means to grow older, and it’s reflected in their motto:  “It’s not about age, it’s about attitude.”

From the Growing Bolder site:

GROWING BOLDER delivers empowering stories that inspire audiences of all ages to believe that it’s never too late to achieve their dreams. It features stories of masters athletes, cancer survivors, musicians, health experts, entrepreneurs and more.   Marc Middleton, President and CEO of Bolder Media Group says, “We believe that this show is a reflection of what’s happening in the world – these days, you don’t have to stop living at any age. You can start a new career, overcome illness and disease, pursue a fitness goal and smash all the existing stereotypes of age. Producing the show is easy, because we’re just telling the stories of thousands of men and women who are Growing Bolder.”

Bill Shafer, Executive Vice President of Bolder Media Group and camerman, Jason Morrow joined Keith St. Onge, Judy Myers and Karen Putz in the boat on February 24. Bill captured the story of how Karen met Judy and returned to barefoot water skiing after becoming deaf from a barefooting fall as a teen.  You can read more about the filming at Karen Putz’s blog:  Karen and Judy’s Story:  Growing Bolder on PBS.

To find out if the show will be broadcast in your area, do a search by zip code:  Search Growing Bolder by Zip Code.  If your local PBS station does not carry the show, call your local station to request Growing Bolder in your area.  Growing Bolder is on Twitter and Facebook.

Karen Putz, Bill Shafer and Keith St. Onge