Posts Tagged ‘Judy myers’

50+ Senior Barefooter Weekend!!

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

ATTENTION 50+ BAREFOOTERS!!

Ted Eisenstat and Judy Myers are organizing a 3 day Senior Barefooters Events to be held at the World Barefoot Center in Winter Haven, FL. This event will include 3 days of instruction from the World Class Instructors of the WBC.

The dates are May 15th, 16th & 17th, 2015. The event is for 50+ age barefooters.

The cost are as follows:

  • 1 day @ $195.00
  • 2 days @ $390.00
  • 3 days @ $550.00

For more information you can contact Judy Myers at her email oldbarefooter@mac.com.

Is Barefooting on Your Bucket List?

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

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Skydiving. Mountain climbing.  Scuba diving. White water rafting. Barefoot water skiing.

More and more, I’m seeing barefooting as a “bucket list item” among new customers  whenever I’m down at the World Barefoot Center. No matter the age, they want to learn how to walk on water–and it’s right up there with skydiving, mountain climbing, and more. Today’s equipment and teaching methods make it easier than ever to try this extreme sport.

Four years ago, I took up barefoot water skiing again at the age of 44.   I had not barefoot water skied in over 20 years.  At that age, I pretty much thought I’d never barefoot again until I saw 66-year-old Judy Myers barefooting on the TODAY Show.  Judy took up the sport at the age of 53 and today, she’s the world oldest female competitive barefooter at 70. Just watching her on the show inspired me and I started feeling the old passion sparking up within me.  Judy invited me to the World Barefoot Center in March, 2010 and my life did a 180.

The first time I got into the boat at the World Barefoot Center, I was a nervous wreck and pretty intimidated by all the fancy moves everyone else was doing on the water.  If you told me then that I’d be doing some of those things four years later, I would have laughed you out of the boat.  But that day, I was embarrassed to get into a wetsuit and scared that I would make a fool of myself on the water with a boat full of people watching.  I got over that pretty quickly the moment I put my feet on the water and felt the old passion for the sport return.

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I’ve been taught by every instructor at the World Barefoot Center and I’ve enjoyed learning from all of them (even the one who makes me cry, who shall not be named. <Insert grin.>)  I was once asked to rank each instructor, and I found it impossible to do so.  Keith St. Onge, David Small,  Ben Groen, Ashleigh Stebbeings, and Swampy Bouchard all have a professional attitude and the knowledge to instruct in every aspect of the sport.  They all know when to push, and when to pull back and rebuild your skills.  In fact, when Ben suggested a back toe hold during my last set of Women’s Week in 2013, I thought he had lost his mind. But by the end of the set, I had let go of the handle a few times and accomplished my first back toe on my feet.  Not bad for a 48-year-old!

I’m also seeing more and more “mature” folks taking up the extreme sport after several years off the water.  In 2012, Jill Broderick from Vermont came to the Women’s Barefoot Week for the first time.  The last time Jill barefoot water skied was 40 years ago.  In one short week, she learned the deep-water start, tumble turns, and longline. In 2013, she moved up to one foots and continued to build a solid foundation to her barefooting skills.  Oh yeah, Jill is over 60 years old.

Jill Broderick

The most famous barefooter of all, Banana George, took up barefooting at the age of 46, took up competition at 65, and barefooted behind a seaplane when he was 81. The last time he set his feet on the water, he was 93.  Even then, he managed to do a one-foot!

So if you have “Barefoot water skiing” on your bucket list, don’t wait for some day to make it happen.  Last I checked, there is no “Someday” to be found on any calendar anywhere.

By: Karen Putz

Reflections of Women’s Barefoot Week 2013

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

The 4th Annual Women’s Barefoot Week has come and gone but the memories will remain forever.   This year we had near-perfect, hot, sunny weather almost every day and of course, the World Barefoot Center crew always finds calm water.   David Small, Ben Groen, Ashleigh Stebbeings, Keith St. Onge, and Swampy Bouchard provided some awesome coaching and instruction. Every single gal experienced success on the water that week!

The guys gamely donned pink Tommie Copper shirts in honor of the gals and the Breast Cancer Campaign at Tommie Copper.  Yes, it takes real men to pull off pink so well!

A special thank you goes out to our sponsors who donated some awesome products for our gals:  Badger Balm, Tommie Copper, Vibram Five Fingers, Barefoot Wine, Hpnotiq, and Crispers.

And anytime you can get a guy to cook, it’s always a good thing.  In the case of Chris Mcwatters, it’s a GREAT thing. Chris put together a wonderful Mexican dinner for all of us.  One thing to note: what Chris labels “mild” is actually HOT.

Judy Myers did a great job once again of organizing and executing Women’s Barefoot Week.  If you’d like to be on the email list for next year’s event, email Judy at oldbarefooter@me.com.  Sorry, guys, it’s for gals only.  Donning a pink shirt will not get you admission to that week.

USA Water Ski Newsletter featuring Women’s Week

By: Karen Putz

Women’s Barefoot Week 2013 at the World Barefoot Center

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Smallz, Swampy and KSO

Come and join us for Women’s Barefoot Week 2013 at the World Barefoot Center — a week just for women barefooters!

October 5th through October 13th 2013

We have room for 15 women a day, running three boats. You can ski 1 – 2- 5 days–whatever you want, but we need to know in advance so we can fill days with no conflicts. The cost will be the regular WBC Ski School rate minus 15% on your skiing as well as pro shop merchandise. Current ski school rates are $195 per day or $850 for a week (5 total days). Again this rate would be minus 15%!

We are also renting the house down the street with a pool and a hot tub. Everyone is welcome to hang there and use the pool and hot tub. We can accommodate about 6 people there with a couple of mattresses on the floor for $50 a night as well as a few at the ski school for $50 per night. If you want to stay at the ski school call the WBC at 863-877-0039 to make reservations. You can also stay at the local hotels and receive the ski school cooperate rate. There is a Holiday Inn and Hampton nearby, but you would need a car. WBC Discount at Hotels.

Last year, we all bought our own breakfast and snack stuff, the ski school will provide sandwich and salad fixings for lunch on the days you ski a FULL day. (Make your own) For dinner, we either cook at the house or eat out.

We also can coordinate airport pickups and drop offs and split car costs. The rate is $75 per car trip, so if there are 3 people they will split the cost,  if there is just one, they pay the full $75 each way.

We are trying to limit the age to adults. Last year we learned so much and had a GREAT time. So nice to ski with “the gals” only!! Come join us for the fun. You won’t be sorry.  It is a great opportunity to meet other women footers of ALL SKILL LEVELS and learn from the best instructors in the world!!
You can book in by calling the ski school at 863-877-0039.
If you have any questions please feel free to call me at 619-851-6166 or email me at oldbarefooter@mac.com.
Plan to attend now and make your reservations early as this will fill up fast!!
Happy Footing!
Judy ” Old Lady” Myers

Women’s Barefoot Week Sponsors:

Highlights from past Women’s Weeks:

A Week of Barefooting Just for Women

Women’s Barefoot Week 2011

World’s Oldest Female Barefooter Turns 70

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

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Judy Myers took a couple of celebratory barefoot runs today at the World Barefoot Center despite high winds and whitecaps. Keith St. Onge managed to find a patch of calm water and Judy was all smiles during her runs.

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If you’re not familiar with Judy, here are some links to catch you up:

The TODAY Show: Barefoot Water Skier is Landing on her Feet

Judy on Growing Bolder

Happy 70th birthday, Judy!

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Finding your Passion

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

This world and our lives are all about people!!  Helping others, serving others and always believing you can do it.  I look up to many top athletes and I know many people that look up to me.  Meeting people and seeing their achievements only help our own personal growth!

Back in 2009, Judy Myers had a segment on the Today Show and the husband of Karen Putz forwarded the segment to her.  She saw this 66-year-old woman barefoot water skiing.  Karen had not barefoot skied in two decades due to losing her hearing while taking a barefoot water skiing fall.  Her family had a rare gene; if they hit their head hard on something it would cause them to lose their hearing.  Her sister tripped on a throw rug, hit her head on the floor and lost her hearing just like that, and her brother also lost some hearing from barefooting.

Karen contacted Judy Myers, and in no time was down at the World Barefoot Center ski school in Winter Haven, Florida in the spring of 2010.

Judy Myers helped Karen Putz pursue her passion for Barefoot Water Skiing

I got Karen to barefoot water ski again for the first time in twenty years.  After her second visit just two weeks later, Karen asked me, “Where do you see yourself in five years?”  I told her I would like to be a keynote speaker.  She immediately asked me if I would ever be interested in writing a book.  “Funny you ask.” I said.  I began writing a book with my cousin Matt, but we had too many other things going on and the project never took off.  After Karen went home, we continued our discussion about writing a book. “I would be interested in writing your book.” Karen said without hesitation.  We discussed it some more and decided we could do it.

Two and a half years later, we have the book nearly complete.  Just imagine the communication barrier!  My hat is off to Karen on this one.  I had to speak to an interpreter over the phone.  The interpreter would then sign what I was saying to Karen and Karen would type out what I was saying.  Wow, made for some interesting conversations to say the least, haha!

The Book, "Gliding Soles" Lessons from a Life on Water

The book should be released in September on Amazon.com   Here is a great video below on Karen, with a small plug for the book called “Gliding Soles, Lessons from a Life on Water.”  Gliding Soles Barefoot Camp was the name of my first barefoot ski school.

Visit the link below to view the video on Karen Putz & Keith St.Onge:

http://www.kwtx.com/ourtown/home/headlines/Axtell-Deaf-Barefoot-Skier-Overcomes-Adversity-165939516.html

By: Keith St.Onge

www.keithstonge.com

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

World Barefoot Center in MORE Magazine and Chicken Soup

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Grab a copy of the November issue of MORE magazine the next time you’re at the supermarket.  The World Barefoot Center gets a mention, along with Keith St. Onge, Judy Myers and sponsored skier, Karen Putz. You can also read the entire story here:

Reinvent Yourself After Misfortune

The trio can also be found in the newest Chicken Soup for the Soul book:

Chicken Soup for the Soul Find Your Happiness

Reserve Your Spot for Women’s Barefoot Week 2011

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Women’s Barefoot Week is coming up — reserve your spot!  All of the details are here:

Women’s Barefoot Week 2011 at the World Barefoot Center

This year, the gals are skiing in Halloween costumes.  Stay tuned to find out what the World Champions have to wear on the water! Check out the highlights from the 2010 Women’s Barefoot Week (and the World Champions… in pink!):

KSO Wetsuits, Fun on the Water Slideshow

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

A collection of KSO Wetsuit customers having fun on the water, including Glen Plake,  Paul Stokes, Judy Myers, Claudia Landon, and more!

KSO Wetsuits Fun on the Water 2011