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Joey Tombers: My Last Ski of the Season

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

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I am from Minnesota and the end of the ski season is usually in October. I am a part of the University of Minnesota Waterski and Wakeboard Team and we ski until we cannot anymore because of freezing water temperatures. The last ski of the season was on a rainy, windy, treacherous afternoon when four of us U of M students went out in the boat, found the best shoreline, and each only took about 2 runs because it was miserable weather. I do not own a dry suit, so I threw on as much Under Armor and heater shirts that I own and let the exercise do the rest of the heating.

Upon arriving back to the dock, changing into warm clothes and the U of M students driving back home, the weather began to clear up and all of a sudden the lake was glass. Lucky for me, we ski at my house so I was able to call up another friend to pull each other in the now beautiful weather. I do not know anybody who could pass that water up, so I threw my suit back on. By this time, I was already numb so the need for heater shirts was gone. My friend and I went right back out and enjoyed some great sets of barefooting, and some slalom thrown in there. I even successfully made some of the best turns over the entire season. The lakes are now frozen solid. The picture is of when the weather cleared up and the lake glassed over.

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Joey Tombers: The Importance of Learning Proper Barefooting Techniques

Friday, October 25th, 2013

I am on a show ski team and the conditions for barefooting are not desirable to say the least. When I first joined and was learning how to barefoot I didn’t know I was supposed to be doing it in glass water and I never knew about all of the little things I needed to learn. This first came clear to me when I went to the World Barefoot Center and learned these techniques and tons of other information about the sport. Now when I see new people on my show team try to barefoot I do my best to give them proper conditions and teach them about the techniques.

This really came clear about a year ago, when my friend on my ski team became seriously hurt while barefooting. This was very much avoidable and caused by the lack of knowledge about the sport. Ever since this happened, safety and knowledge have been a bigger part in skiing for me, and I believe they should be stressed more thoroughly if at all possible to beginning skiers.


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By: Joey Tombers

Joey Tombers: Show Skiing and Barefooting

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

When I first started show skiing it was looked at as an opportunity to ski more and learn about the sport of waterskiing. That is about when I heard about barefooting and three event tournaments. These really got me motivated to advance in the sport and make it a passion.

I ski with the Twin Cities River Rats in Minnesota and the support from the team in my barefooting adventure is unreal. I am always getting congratulated and they are always helping me get better at what I do even if it is as simple as boat time. Show skiing is also a time to show off, as the name implies, the skills that my team and I have put together for an audience. I think that is the big difference between barefooting and show skiing. I barefoot for myself and rely on only me for everything I do in order to beat myself in my goals and overcome obstacles. I show ski for the crowd and entertainment of others while also relying on my team to put on a good show.

What is not different about either sport is the passion that the skiers have for what they do. All I can say is that in every other sport I have played the mission is to tear each other down and beat the other person but in any form of waterskiing I have competed in, it is the exact opposite; the mission is to help each other reach to their full potential.

By: Joey Tombers

Overcoming Fear During Barefooting

Monday, February 18th, 2013


Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face… we must do that which we think we cannot.”
In barefooting, many will feel scared while attempting a new trick or something of the sort. It is inevitable that failures will happen, but when fear is present, these failures increase significantly.

The hard part is overcoming this fear. Once the fear is eliminated, a huge obstacle has just been overcome and the margin for success is much larger.
The starting point for overcoming these fears is accepting that there will be failures, such as falling, and coming to the realization that pain is a part of the sport. Another way to help with this fear is just simply to practice, the more comfort the better, but the comfort zone must be increased to allow for success to happen.

At the World Barefoot Center, the coaches constantly tell me to get over my fear. Even if I don’t feel scared, I know a small part of my mistakes are just simply being afraid. This fright must be stared right in the face and told its place.

The absence of fear may be impossible but what is possible is to master this fear and overcome that major obstacle. Many obstacles may not be possible to overcome, but fear is.

Bill Cosby said, “In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” This quote sums up the essence of how to overcome fear.

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WBC says goodbye to Taylor True and Joey Tombers after 5 weeks of hard training!!

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Joey & Taylor at Holtzy's Invitational

When Taylor and Joey arrived at the World Barefoot Centre they were eager to get on the water and make the most out of the 5 weeks that they were spending here to train over the summer. With the tournament season just about to start, they needed to be focused and train hard to give themselves the best possible chance of moving towards their goal to qualify for the 2012 World Championships.


Here’s what Joey had to say about his time at the World Barefoot Centre. “WBC is a wonderful place, both on the water and off. I learned so much in the five weeks I was there. When I first arrived I could barely get up backwards, now I can do line step one foot, one foot reverse, hop and both back toe holds.  All this wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for the awesome coaching by some of the top skiers and you can’t forget Swampy, the best coach you could have. They pushed me to do the very best I could. I had so much fun skiing with WBC and I can’t wait until I come back down next time.”


They both worked really hard to get where they have and also had a great attitude towards training and it has shown with the scores that they posted in the first two tournaments of the season. Joey’s personal bests went from 900 in tricks to 1,330 and he increased his jump from 7.7 to 9 metres. He also went from doing forwards two foot slalom crosses to solidly doing both one foot crosses forwards and also one foot crosses backwards. Taylor’s personal bests went from 320 in tricks to 890 and she increased her slalom score from 3.3 to 4.6. She has also started to consistently get up backwards as well as her forward one foot slalom crosses.

It was great to have them both here and watching them progress as skiers. We are all looking forward to seeing them the next time they come back down to WBC.

– by Ashleigh Stebbeings, Australia