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Lizzie Rhea: The 2014 Jim Boyette Southern Regional Tournament

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

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I had so much fun competing in the Jim Boyette Southern Regional Barefoot Tournament this year. It was on July 26th, at Lake David, in Groveland, Florida.

I was very nervous when we got to the tournament that morning. We got there so early that it was awkward just sitting around and waiting. My brother, Will, had injured his ribs and could not compete, and I did not like the thought of competing without him. Also, none of my instructors from the WBC were there. This was my first time to compete without them. I had so many butterflies in my stomach that I could not even eat!

Once the tournament got started, and I saw a few people that I knew, I felt better. It was fun to visit with everyone at the starting dock. Will, Ryan, Landen, and Mike sat with me and helped a lot. It started to get fun when I saw Teri, Lauren, Betsy and Carol – four ladies that are always so nice to me and really encouraging.

Before I knew it, it was my turn, and the rest of the day flew by me! I got an 8.0 in slalom, an 1800 in tricks (getting my first toe up in a tournament), and landed a 7.1 meter jump. At the end of the day, Betsy told me that I had set two pending national records for Girls 2 in tricks and jump! I could not believe it!

After the tournament, we played in the park until time for the banquet. It was really fun hanging out with Mike’s girlfriend, Aysha. I also enjoyed getting a picture with Mr. Jim Boyette, the oldest man to compete in a barefoot tournament. The banquet was at a Mexican restaurant in town, and it was awesome after not being able to eat all day because of the butterflies in my stomach!

Mr. Mike Holt organizes a great tournament, and I would like to encourage everyone to come participate in the Jim Boyette Southern Regionals next year!

World’s Oldest Competitive Barefooter, Jim Boyette at the WBC

Monday, September 12th, 2011

So you think you’re too old to start barefooting?

Jim Boyette was 45-years-old when he learned to barefoot back in 1973.  He first tried kicking off a ski, but he found himself faceplanting again and again.  Jim didn’t give up– he switched to a rubberized air mat and stood up on his feet.  “It took about a thousand falls, but I finally got it,” said Jim.   Two years later, he started competing and hasn’t stopped since then.  He’s been to every single Nationals since 1978.  The soon-to-be 84 year old has no plans of stopping his competitive streak.

“My training is restricted to weekends, one hour each day,” said Jim. “My trick runs have gone bad– I start with a flying dock and then some tumble turns.  On my second pass, a tumble up, more tumble turns then the basic stuff– sit down stand up and waves.  I’m lucky if I manage to ski without passing out.”

Tumble turns have always been Jim’s “bread and butter” tricks and he enjoys tricks much more than slalom.  In his prime, he scored 1000+ on his tricks and even at the age of 66, he recorded a 700 at the 1993 Nationals.   “I learned backwards in my mid-50s,” said Jim.  “It took me forever to learn! I stepped off a ski backwards and learned to get up short line, but I never learned to get up backwards longline–and then they stopped allowing skis in tournaments.”

Jim is an inspiration to many at the barefoot competitions.  “Jim is such a nice guy and he has helped me along the way with his positive  attitude,” said Judy Myers, the world’s oldest competitive female barefooter. “He’s always so positive and just makes one know they can continue.  He has a great sense of humor and his spirit makes one feel young.  Jim is always there rooting others along and he makes one feel they ‘can do it.'”

And the next time you complain about your feet hurting, or your neck aching, or your sore abs– consider this: Jim has Charcot-Marie Tooth Neuropathy which causes his muscles to atrophy.  “It affects my barefooting,” said Jim. “Sometimes my feet feel like two pieces of wood–I don’t have a good feeling in my feet–but it hasn’t stopped me yet.  That’s a good thing!”  Jim also has days when arthritis takes over and makes barefooting even more difficult. Jim also limits his time under the sun due to skin cancer that was caught early.

Oh, and about those sore abs that you’re complaining about?  Well here’s one more thing: during a physical fitness test in the Navy, Jim once did 1,613 situps.

“It is always great seeing young kids getting involved in the sport, but I have skied with Jim in the past and the old fellow is just amazing!” said David Small. “He gets out there and tears up the water with ease– and at nearly 84, he truly is an inspiration to everyone, not just barefooters! If an 84 year old can keep going out there and skiing, then none of us can complain about aches and pains after a set from now on.”

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Written by: Karen Putz