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David Smalls second trip to Austria

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Austria … the second visit.  It had been 2 weeks since I was last in Austria and I was happy to find that the weather had warmed up a little bit as well as the forecast showing that we weren’t going to get rained on all week :) Andreas Rektenvelt picked me up at the airport along with his daughter and her friend.  I had a very interesting trip over as I had got lumbered with taking a super fly high over as well as some barefoot suits and shoe skis.  This involved me trying to lug around a 6 foot long very heavy box around Orlando, Manchester and Viennas airports….. I got my daily exercise that is for sure.  I walked out side Viennas airport to see Andreas getting a parking ticket as he was trying to get as close to the doors as he could….. thanks Andreas :)

Karting the fly high through the airport

This week clinic was held in Walsee at the Wimmers ski site where the 2002 World Championships were held and as this was where I won my first World Overall Title it held good memories for me to be back.

All week we had Andreas skiing along with Stefan Wimmer and his elder brother, George, that is getting back in the sport after a short break.

The boys

As the Stefan and Andreas are attending the World Championships this Summer in Waco, Texas their training for the week started with a lot of getting their base tricks down so that they were confident with their base trick runs and making their jumping along with their front and back one foot wake crossings clean and consistent.  Once this was achieved we moved the training on to developing new skills in order to increase their scores in each discipline.

Stefan showing his mad skills

As George had taken a lot of time off from competitive skiing we spent a lot of time going back over his basic tricks. When I say basic, we worked the kinks out on his front and back one foots and toe holds and then got right on to his surface turns which came back to him very quick ……. on one afternoon the wind blew straight down the pipe which made it almost impossible to ski so George got the pleasure of going on a 100 foot line on shoe skis directly behind the boat and got to practice his backward one foots and toe holds…… Needless to say, I wasn’t the most popular person that afternoon. lol.

George Junior

If any of you that are reading this have hung out with me for any period of time you wil know that I use my phone a lot to take pictures and then upload them to the Tinternet, for your enjoyment, on the World Barefoot Centers Facebook or my own personal page.  Well, while we were out having some great ski time the Austrian weather decided to surprise us with a nice hail storm. As the people in the boat were dry and warm at that point we rushed back to the dock and got out of the boat as fast as humanly possible to avoid, not only getting wet but also getting beat on by hail stones, and as I jumped out of the boat I heard a …. splash.  Thinking nothing of this we all ran up to the club house where we made coffee and i got my phone out to use the Wifi to upload some of the pictures of the day on to my computer……….. phone wasn’t to be seen :(  As the river was 4 and a half meters deep, cold and murky, efforts to retrieve the phone by swimming down failed miserably.  As far as we were all concerned it was bye-bye iPhone. The next day Andreas turned up with the full scuba gear so i geared up, swam down and after a short while after over 15 hours of the poor phone been submerged in water and sitting in the mud it was retrieved…… happy days :0  For the next 6 days the phone sat in a bag of rice trying to dry off and when i fired it back up while plugged in to the computer……… IT WORKED!! I could retrieve all my info, pics and anything else on the phone and it actually worked while plugged in to a power supply but the battery was dead.   Don’t worry, i have a new one so the pics will keep coming 😉

Finding the phone

I had another great week out there with the Austrian Team, they skied amazing and made me feel very at home.  I will be looking forward to seeing you all in Texas this Summer where you can all show off your mad skills.

Was a little bit chilly

O, Andreas and I also managed to get a skydive in over there on the final day while we were on the way to the airport. We rocked up expecting at least a building……. what we got was a white van pull up 45 mins late, a guy hobble out with a broken leg and then the rigs all piled up in a jungle of stuff in the back.  Interesting would be a good way to describe it but the jumps went well and we are still here. Good times :)

Austrian skydiving..... lol

Written by David Small

Easiest & Safest way to Learn Barefoot Water Skiing!

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

The World Barefoot Center Ski School located minutes from LegoLand in Winter Haven, FL teaches our students the best, easiest and safest way to learn. We will either start our first timers on a swing, which hangs from the boom, off a Wakeboard or doing a start off the boom while riding on the padding of a barefoot suit. Experience will determine the start method we use. If a student has never barefoot skied they will start on the swing, which guarantees no falls! If the skier is fit and more daring they can start with the front start in a barefoot suit. The wakeboard start is a happy medium.

Here is a link to the Wake Board Barefoot Start.

Keith St.Onge

HeadZone Helmets, Communication in the Water Ski World.

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

BEND YOUR KNEES!  ARMS STRAIGHT!  EYES UP!  That’s me, Keith St.Onge yelling at my students from the boat four years ago.   I had to yell at the top of my lungs to get my students attention and quite frankly I was fed up with it.  Most times the skier could not hear me and if they did, I was more of a distraction then an instructor.  It felt like I was scolding these barefoot skiers and possibly scaring them at the same time.  I then developed my own sign language to communicate but half the time they would only catch a portion of my symbol.  Simply too many distractions!  “How can my dream job be such a nightmare?” I would say.
Jackie St.Onge

I met Mark Ellis, president of HeadZone four years ago and he has changed my life for the better…forever!  I used the HeadZone communication device when they first hit the market and instantly fell in love with the product.  I can now use this system to easily communicate with my clients while they are performing the maneuvers they want to learn.  I simply talk into the microphone, which sends my instruction through the helmet.  The student does not have to look at me or try to figure out my sign language.  I like to explain this situation as a “Reaction.”  The student reacts to my instruction instead of having to think about what do to.  Many of my clients tell me “It seems like you’re in my head.” Haha, I laugh and say, “That’s because I am!”

With HeadZone I can cut the learning curve in half and accomplish in one run, what use to take three to eight runs.  Not only that but my students do not take unnecessary falls.  I’m able to critique their position before something bad happens and beginners learn instantly because of my ability to response quickly.

You might be asking what type of water resistance this helmet may have?  HeadZone is fully waterproof and can withstand all impacts on the water.  Many times it helps break a fall with less impact being diverted from the head.  The helmet molds tightly to the skull and does not catch or bucket the water.

We are proud to be affiliated with HeadZone and take pride in using this product at the World Barfoot Center!  Come down to sunny, Winter Haven, Florida and allow us to guide you from all levels of barefoot skiing.  The future has arrived and we are embracing it…you should too!

By: Keith St.Onge, 2x World Champion, 11x National Champion

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