Posts Tagged ‘inspiration’

Brice Storman – The First Time

Friday, April 10th, 2015

My first day at WBC was pretty awkward. I knew I was around the best barefooters you could meet and I didn’t want to make a fool out of myself.  We go out on the boat and I’m the last one to ski. When I’m up to ski my heart starts racing as I plop in the water. Ben Groen, my instructor for the time spent over at WBC, is one of the coolest and nicest people you could meet. He put me out on the seahorse first, which I thought was for sissies; I thanked him in my head for taking me off. Then the thanking reversed. The boom was so hard but I didn’t complain. I took so many falls it felt like forever but it really wasn’t. Fall after fall, my confidence depletes. The third day Ben has the idea of putting me back on the seahorse and I feel so embarrassed. But it works: first try, I stood up on the boom. A couple tries later, I’m on the short line and it’s awesome.

Thank goodness Ben never gave up on me and I never gave up on him!


The World Barefoot Center: One Big Family

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

The WBC family

The World Barefoot Center is an amazing place. It may be known for barefoot waterski coaching, but off the water is a whole other learning experience. At the WBC, life long lessons are being taught, many friendships are being built, and skills across the whole board are being learned.

On occasion, Swampy will have everyone give speeches. These range from motivational speeches all the way to speeches about losing. No matter the topic, for me personally, this has instilled into me communication skills that are hard to obtain. This really opened me up as a person and made me feel comfortable speaking to and in front of people. Even if you are already an expert on people, there is always something to learn, and something that will be learned at the WBC.

The WBC is looked at as a second family to me, something comparable to most sports teams. There is an unexplainable bond between us athletes. Inside jokes and memories are constantly being made, both on and off the water. You never feel alone at the WBC. There is always some sort of support and friendship to lean on.

The sport of barefooting exposes athletes to a great environment, whether it is tournaments, practice, or even just hanging out together. Life-long lessons are being learned every day. They are being learned from everyone, as well as being taught from everyone. Communications, goals, lifestyles, are just few of many skills being traded in the sport of barefoot waterskiing.
I truly do feel part of one big family at the World Barefoot Center, and also at any barefooting event.

Joey Tombers

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Ariana Koehler: My Coach Since Day One

Sunday, March 10th, 2013


Every time before I ski, there is something I have a habit of doing. Some people may think they know what this is and say, “You always have to tie your hair back because it gets pulled out after every fall.” Although this statement is true, I do not plan on chopping my hair off any time soon and the habit I am speaking of goes further beyond this tedious task. This habit is something not many people know of and something that no one can physically observe.

No matter where I am, in practice or at a tournament, I always repeat the words of Philippians 4:13 in my head. This Bible verse states, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” This has been one of my life verses for as long as I can remember and it has been a constant motivator for me as I have continued on with the sport of barefooting. People run to a lot of different things for the strength to move on and accomplish goals that they have put in place. For me, I cling to these words; knowing that with enough drive, motivation, dedication, and passion, I can achieve anything that I set my mind to. It is not alone or with only these qualities that I can defeat the challenges that I face, but with the power of my God who is bigger than any obstacle that stands in my way. I have worked with many different coaches and skied with a number of people throughout my years of barefooting and competing, but there is only one coach who has been there since day one. He has seen every struggle and every success, every frustrating battle and every fear I have ever faced. He has helped me achieve every dream that I once had and He will continue to do so as I continue to press on.

I feel that everyone in this sport can relate to the level of frustration that barefooting brings. There are times when it is hard to keep moving forward and it is in these times when it would be easy to call it quits and give up. It is my God who gives me clarity in these times, and reminds me why I have kept going all of these years. I love the sport of barefooting more than anything and I desire to continue on knowing that all things are possible with faith and trust in the Father. I never want to settle for being “good enough” when I know that I can accomplish so much more. Philippians 4:13 has told me that my God has believed in me from day one, it is now my job to believe in myself and trust in Him.

~Ariana Koehler