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Footin’ on Oxbow

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Oxbow Waterski Show Team

Near Northampton, MA

Many moons ago my father, Swampy and I used to travel South on highway 91 from Northern New Hampshire towards the tournaments being held in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Connecticut.  On our road trip we always passed a show ski site in Massachusetts.  We could see a ski jump and a site set up for skiing.  My head glued to the window, I always hoped we would see people skiing since we never stopped.  I told my dad I was doing a clinic for the Oxbow show ski team this year and he reminded me that was the same site we always drove past.  It feels great to be doing a clinic in New England at a site we always drove by.  I finally got to stop for a while, and see what this team was all about.

June 8th was the first day of the clinic organized by Taylor Whitcomb.  We met Taylor and his side kick Steve Bouchard at the World Barefoot Center last year.  They came down to our WBC Figure 8 tournament to have a little fun and participate.  Taylor learn how to barefoot ski when he was a teenager.  Soon afterwards he attended college and focused on his career.  He did not touch the water for fifteen years and he is finally back on his feet.  He is more eager to learn as much as he can for the years to come.

Back Toe Hold- Talyor Whitcomb

Steve Bouchard is extremely passionate for the sport and tough as nails!  His attitude is “Go hard or Go home” and I respect him for that.  Since skiing at the WBC he has come a long way and knows that correct path to take when foot’n.

Front Toe Hold- Steve Bouchard

Watch out everyone! Steve’s son Andre Bouchard 10 years old is learning FAST!  Andre did a front one foot for the first time and a toe hold on the WBC shoe skis!  With Andre’s enthusiasm he will be getting up backwards in the next few weeks. Way to go buddy!

The Showman! -Andre Bouchard

Andre Working the Backdeep Start

Chris Fernandez was part of our crew and he is getting the desire to get back on the horse as well.  Chris worked for Mike Seipel in 1994-1996, learned a few turns, jumped inverted and could do a front flip.  Barefooting runs through some of our veins and he is definately one of them!  He missed the sport so much he plans on competing again this year.

Front Slalom- Chris Fernandez

Andy Grey got up behind the boat for the first time today and dispite a few rough falls he did not complain once!  Job well done buddy and I hope to see you foot’n in the barefoot line soon!  Andy is on a show ski team just outside of Springfield MA.

Andy

Tweleve year old Josh Alexander completed his first deep water start on the boom today.  We warmed him up in the swing first and made sure he was comfortable before taking the next step.  Josh did fantastic and we hope to see him getting his feet wet more and more this summer.

Josh Footin'!

It’s a difficult task but Gary Magoon made it look simple.  We congratulate Gary on getting up backwards on the WBC shoe skis for the first time!  We look forward to seeing you in Florida.

Clay Duda is an avid all around skier.  Clay came to understand the difference between a step over and step under surface turn this week.  Practicing the step over will surely make his turns consistent.  We are excited to annouce that we have another huge fan of the WBC shoe skis.  These specific shoe skis are made like no other and are a great learning tool.

A local footer that has been basically self taught for years Jesse Reilly, now footed with World Champion Keith St. Onge.  Jesse has done well over the years and he achieved his first back toe hold!

Back Toe Hold

Dale Thouin is a solid frontwards barefooter.  In one afternoon Dale was skiing away from a backdeep on shoes!  That is a huge accomplishment, we are proud of you!

Have you ever known a baerfooter that refuses to go forward?  Sarah Brittian is has a dislike for foward barefooting but absolutely loves to backwards barefoot.  Funny thing!! Sarah’s goal was to learn back one foots.  Sarah did so well at the back one foots she moved on to back one foot on hands and even a back toe hold!  Sarah did a fabulous job on the barefoot shoes leaning the technique. Take a peak!

"I can't believe I did that!"- Sarah

Sarah's Back Toehold!!!

Becci Ziemba had barefooted a little bit on the boom prior to the clinic.  With some help from her showskiing background Becci did awesome and accomplished a front deep water on the 5ft leader rope.  Wooo Hooo!

Beautiful Becci

Becci on the 5ft!!! Yahoooo!

Sister of Becci, Cassandra Ziemba also came out to do a little footin’.  Cassandra had some experience barefooting, we cleaned up her form and made the whole experience smooth.  Way to go Cassandra!

Pretty Footer- Cassy

Smooth and incontrol- Cassy

Fairly new to the sport Rosie Haynes came out for an afternoon to do some footing.  Rosie did just that, and accomplished barefooting on the boom!  Keep working it girl!

Rosie Barefooting on the boom!

Fiona MacNeill enjoyed the feeling of her feet gliding arcoss the water.  Finoa had a great time learning the barefoot swing.  Just a little practice for comfort and Finoa is ready for the boom.

Finoa Footing!!

Bridget MacNeill had a huge show ski smile on her face when she was BARE footing across the lake!  The next step is to take away the swing and move onto the boom.

Ready for a ride!

Hey ladies we are looking forward to hearing about you barefooting the the ski shows!  Also we would like to invite you to the Women’s Week event we put on at the World Barefoot Center.  It’s a blast!  Only female footers allowed, its pressure free, everyone is full of encouragement and lots of laughs will be had!

Ski Fest is a fun get together when all the waterski show teams in New England camp out, ski, party and have mini clinics.  We are grateful to be a part of this water ski event.  Meeting skiers from all over the US is exciting and being able to teach them makes my day:)

Blowouts and Falls

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Lauren and I left the Oxbow Show Ski site on Sat. morning around 11:30am to head towards Niagra Falls for a few days of rest.  We knew we had a seven hour drive so we hoped to make it there Sat. evening so we could enjoy the falls all day on Sun. About five hours into our drive and as Lauren was driving we had a tire blowout!  Lauren freaked out as anyone would and within a few seconds she gained calmness and slowly pulled over to the shoulder.   As I began the process of getting out the lug nut wrench and so forth a off duty police officer stopped and asked us if we needed a hand.  He quickly asked us questions about our wrapped RV and what we do.  We explained to him we barefoot water ski and he instantly knew footers in the area.  I changed the flat in just over an hour.  Wow, those RV wheels have many lug nuts! Haha.

We arrived in Niagra Falls around 8:30pm and started walking towards the park in hopes to see the falls while it was still light out.  We were told by many to go to the Canadian side.  With passports in hand we did exactly that.  We walked over the massive bridge over Niagra River and entered Canada.  I told Lauren I would take her out for a nice dinner because we had deserved it. We were taken back by the beautiful site of the falls and an old lady told us the falls would be lit up from 9pm till midnight.  Lauren and I headed towards the huge tower where we were told to go.  We missed the fine dining by 15 min. but ended up looking over the falls as we ate dinner at the casino on the bank of the river. We got back to our house on wheels around 12:30pm and looked forward to sleeping in.  We woke up and proceeded to visit the falls on the American side and walked several miles around the gorgeous state park preserved for the public.

Barefooting in Buffumville

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

Visiting Barefoot Roots
Buffumville, MA 

The Buffumville ski site is a place I am familiar with, I grew up barefooting in tournaments on this lake. The memories were revisited and a smile brought to my face. 

New to the footing community Kate Mercier, hosted the barefoot clinic on Buffumville. We had nice conditions and a huge turn out of barefooters. Brian brought a pontoon so those who were not sking could take a break and relax on the water. It was a wonderful set up and well organized, Kate did a spectacular job, especially for hosting her very first clinic! Thank you Kate! 

Kate Mercier visited the World Barefoot Center in Winter Haven, FL last year, now she is hooked. During the clinic Kate worked on her front toe holds and back deeps. The front toe holds are coming along quite nice. As for the back deepwater start Kate learned to plant her feet and ride exceptionally well. Now it is just getting that tushie in the air and letting the boat pull her up. Kate promised that she is going to work on it and send us a picture in the next couple weeks. We love success and can’t wait to see proof:) 

Learning with the HeadZone Helmet

Working Toward a Front Toe Hold

Back Deep -Kate Mercier

Brian Boria the man with the pontoon, we can’t thank you enough, it worked out perfectly. Brian makes us laugh! He has purchased an old barefoot suit online and well to say the least Brian had a hard time sitting at work because he was so sore. After some persuading Lauren talked Brian into trying on a new fully padded KSO barefoot suit with padded shorts underneath, WOW what a difference. Brian make some comments that he actually floated and didn’t mind riding on his butt! With just a few minor corrections Brian barefooted on the shortline with ease. Smooth plant, and he even learned to do tumble turns. 

Rocking the nose tape! No water in the nose!

Ouch! The non padded suit!

Brian's First Tumble Turn! Woo Hoo!

Brian brought his son Andrew Boria. We played a little game, it was to make sure that Andrew stayed just a little bit ahead of his father to encourage him to keep working on new tricks. Andrew started off on the boom and with this natural talent he was moved quickly to the 5ft leader and was footin’ like he had been doing it forever!  Andrew learned both tumble turns and on the WBC shoe skis he is working on front one foots. Keep it going! 

Listening to Keith's instruction via the HeadZone waterproof Helmet.

5ft Leader! Yay!

Nice Barefoot Form- Anderw Boria

A regular at the World Barefoot Center Ski School and Keith St. Onge Barefoot Clinics Rodney Allain. Rodney has been training with Keith for many years and continues to progress more and more. Years ago when Keith first met Rodney he was struggling to barefoot on the boom. Now it is amazing to watch Rodney backwards barefoot as he has the most perfect position, the hard work over the years paid off. 

Back One Foot One Hand!- Rodney Allain

Rodney Allain

Paul McManus we thank you for allowing us to use your boat for the clinic. Paul has a love for the sport of barefooting, his enthusiasum shines. Keith cleaned up Paul’s barefoot postion and that allowed him to ski clean. With his athletic ability and determination Paul did his first back deep water start and skied 30+ feet! That’s amazing! Once we brought him to the WBC shoe skis he was popping up with no problem. Nice work Paul! 

One Foot One Hand!

Slalom skiing is Myles Lemansky’s sport but we think that we might have turned him on to barefootfooting at this clinic. Myles worked on becoming more comfortable and that helped make a smooth transition from the deepwater to planting and standing. After a few attempts tumble turns were a success! Barefooting behind the boat on the long line will NOT be an issue any longer. Easy and smooth! 

Sweet Tumble Turn! -Myles

Footin' on the Leader Rope

Seth Lemansky Myle’s brother also join in on the fun. Seth was struggling to get up on the shortline before he arrived. Now that is history, Seth is strong and consistent on getting up on the shortline. Seth worked on front one foots on the WBC Shoe Skis, before we know it we will see pictures and videos of front toe holds! Keep working it! 

Greatest Spotter! Seth's son Owen

Seth ready to ski

Woo Hooo! One Foot One Hand on the Shoe Skis!- Seth

Before we arrived Sean Mattei was missing the three point portion of his front deepwater start. Keith St. Onge made sure to make Sean aware of it and had him practice standing up barefooting without tons of spray in his face. After a few runs Sean had worked it out, and moved on to tumble turns. 

Sean ready for his first tumble turn

Tumble Turn

Sean’s brother Keith Mattei used to do barefoot competitions years ago. During the clinic Keith worked on cleaning up his barefooting position. We hope to see Keith competeing again soon:) 

Keith Having Fun!

 

Peter Boria is a solid footer and ready to learn. Peter worked on his front one foots and once those were good he moved on to a front one foot one hand. Checkout Peter out after, just a little professional instruction. It can go along away. 

Working the one foot one hand

Peters Daughter Isabella Boria 11 years wanted nothing do to with barefooting after a hard fall on the boom her first time. The first day was asked and she was positive that she did not want to take a turn.The next morning her parents informed us that Isabella woke up and decided that after school she was going to learn to barefoot the correct way. Isabella went into the barefoot swing. Its a great tool forbeginners and those who have had a bad experience. As long as the skier holds on to the boom they will NOT fall, the swing holds them in place and allows the skier to learn without the faceplants. After Isabella mastered the swing she barefooted on the boom without the swing. Ladies let’s mark that one down as another female footer! 

Barefooting in the Swing- Isabella

Isabella BAREFOOTING!!! First try!

Eleven year old Seamus O’Brien is a gung-ho athlete. Seamus learned to do the barefoot swing in no time and was having a blast barefooting around the lake. This summer Seamus will get lots of water time, we look forward to seeing him advance. 

Seamus McManus

Barefoot Swing- Seamus

Kyle Boria learned tons at the clinic!  He moved from the boom to the five foot leader by the end of the second day!  Then to top it off he busted out a few tumble turns! Way to go!!!

Kyle Boria

Footin' on the Five Foot!

Visiting Buffumville was a real treat, we throughly enjoyed our stay. Thank you to all the wonderful skiers that came out. We wish you all the best this summer, keep working on it and we will see you in Florida at the WBC Ski School or next year at a KSO traveling barefoot Clinic. Ski Ya Later!

1st Stop of the Anytime Fitness National Barefoot Tour = Success!

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

The first clinic stop of the Anytime Fitness National Barefoot Tour in Maryville Tennesee.

Maryville, TN Anytime Fitness National Barefoot Tour 2011

Keith St. Onge 2x World Champion and 11x National Champion travels the country teaching hundreds to barefoot waterski.  What better than the Smoky Mountians for a back drop?! It was a cool temperature clinic but we are not complaining because the wind was minimal and the lakes were like butter!

Channel 8 News came out for an interview! Here is a picture of the new crew filming Keith, Nate with the camera is amazed!

New Crew Filming Keith St. Onge

Wade Masters the clinic organizer did a wonderful job everything went smooth and was enjoyable.  Take a look at what Wade worked on during the barefoot clinic.

Back Toe Hold Wade Masters

Front Toe Hold Wade Masters

First Back One Foot EVER Wade Masters!

Thank you to Rusty and Kelly for allowing us to park the Anytime Fitness Tour Bus at your house, you were great hosts.  Kelly didn’t get a chance to foot this trip but before we know it she will move on from the barefoot swing and show us her stuff. Check out Rusty’s tricks on the water!

"Look No Hands!" Rusty Gaston

Back Barefooting Rusty Gatson

It's Lucky if a Butterfly lands on you, even more so if on your NOSE!

Tina McKeehan is amazing!  Tina learned to barefoot last summer and is improving quickly.  Like many women Tina is the only female skier in the area, but those men better watchout because she is on the road to pass them up!

Backwards Barefooting Tina McKeehan

Great Listener Tina McKeehan

Working on Tumble Turns Tina McKeehan

Mark Johnson AKA Claw Foot/Bear Claw has success with his back deep! Yippie! Determination is the best word to discribe Mark Johnson.  When he wants something he goes for and nothing is going to stop him, not even a raw swollen chin;) As many of you know learning a backdeep can be a process to figure out, once it is understood it is as easy as pie.  We predict that Mark will be gliding along with ease this summer! Keep it up!

Mark Johnson relaxing in the boat

Back Deep by Mark Johnson

Back Deep By Mark Johnson

Keith Willocks or you may know him better by Willy was skiing up a storm in Tennessee!  Keith is a solid barefooter but always striving for more.  Its early in the season and Keith has already started working on turns.  If the he works hard and does some dry land practice he will be spinning like a top!

Willy Willocks

Front to Back Keith Willocks

Footer Keith Willocks

We had a wonderful time in Maryville, TN thank ya’ll  for particpating!

Barefoot Water Skiing Crashes and Faceplants

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

“World Champions are not made overnight.  They have to endure a lot of falls and faceplants to reach success.”

–Coach Swampy Bouchard, World Barefoot Center

Here’s a collection of barefoot crash videos from the World Barefoot Center, featuring some spectacular crashes, falls, tumbles, faceplants and body slams.  You’re guaranteed to cringe:

Barefoot Crashes and Faceplants

Barefooting Crashes

Extreme Barefooting Crashes

Barefooting Crashes and Smashes

The Best Barefoot Crashes

Slips and Trips at WBC

Massive Falls at the WBC Invitational Tournament

Wicked Barefoot Falls

HOW TO BEGIN BAREFOOT WATER SKIING

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

So you are at your lake or river and you see these water-skiers zipping by– but they have no skis  – they are skiing on their bare feet.  Now that has your interest as something you just have to try, but how do you get started, what does it involve, just where are you ever going to get this information?

If you are like many of us, you hook up with these skiers and they say they will teach you how to barefoot ski.  Sounds good and easy, but this is the wrong way to get started. Do your homework and start checking the Internet for information about barefoot water skiing.  Websites such as Barefoot.Org or Worldbarefootcenter.com contain a wealth of information regarding this sport.

 The first thing you should do is make reservations and go to a ski school that specializes in teaching barefoot water skiing such as the World Barefoot Center in Winter Haven, FL.  If you are going to learn this new sport you should learn it properly and safely.  By doing this you will save yourself from the brutal falls that one can take when they do not learn by using the proper methods and equipment. 

The WBC owned and operated by the current World Champions Keith St. Onge and David Small, uses the newest methods and equipment, such as shoe skis, KSO Wetsuits and Barefoot International booms and Towers, to get you started and take you to the next level.  You will learn the proper techniques in a proper progression and eliminate the painful falls that usually occur when “friends” teach you.

You will also need to purchase specialized equipment such as a padded bare foot suit, padded shorts and perhaps a neopream heater shirt to be worn under your barefoot suit in cooler weather.  Again, do your research to find the best and latest equipment.  It is imperative that your barefoot suit fit well, have adequate padding and is constructed well.  All suits are not created equal, so again, have a professional help you with this purchase to make sure you are getting the best suit available. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and seek help.  The World Barefoot Center has a complete Pro shop on site as well as on line and can help you with this purchase. 

Don’t be afraid to seek out help and answers to your questions and concerns.  The World Barefoot Center is here to answers any questions you may have at (863) 877-0039.  The bare footing community loves to help others in the sport no matter what level your skiing is at so feel free to give other footers a call!!

By: Judy Myers

Mind Over Matter in the Boat

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

It’s March 29th and here at the World Barefoot Center we had a very inspirational day out on the water.  We were running two full boats, which were full of complete beginners as well as some of the top skiers in the world.

In the morning, we had a young skier, Kailey Koehler (14 years old), who had been battling her toe up on the long line as well as her turns on the shoe skis.  She went out and tried her toe up without some of her usual equipment that usually helps her and couldn’t accomplish it successfully.

Kailey climbed in the boat and had a chat with David Small about what was going wrong and how most of it was simply due to lack of confidence and commitment.  She changed her attitude, went straight back out, and nailed the very next toe up behind the boat with ease.

On her following sets, she worked on surface turns, where she has a problem with crushing and falling away on a lot of her turns.  Again, she changed her attitude before she went out there, and after doing some visualization and dry land training, she completed her turns with conviction and skied the best she ever had.  Good job Kailey!!!

By: David Small

Anytime Fitness Barefoot Tour Dates

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

 

Anytime Fitness National Barefoot Tour

 

Get your feet WET!

Barefoot with 2x World Champion Keith St. Onge at your site.

The clinic is for Beginners to Advanced.

 

  • May 14th PGA Tournament West Palm Beach, FL
  • May 15th Valdosta, GA
  • May 19th-23rd Knoxville, TN
  • May 25th-27th Morgantown, WV
  • May 29th-31st Malvern, PA
  • June 2nd-3rd New Fairfield, CT
  • June 5th-6th Spencer, MA
  • June 9th-11th Worcester, MA
  • June 14th Utica, PA
  • June 16th-18th Angola, IN
  • June 20th-21st Grand Rapids, MI
  • June 25th Figure Eight Tournament Laporte, IN
  • June 27th-28th Moline, IL
  • July 1st-3rd Waterloo, IA
  • July 11th-13th Burnsville, MN
  • July 15th-17th Minneapolis, MN
  • July 19th-21st Chetek, WI
  • July 22nd-24th State Show Ski Tournament Wisconsin Rapids, WI
  • July 26th-28th St. Louis, MO
  • July 29th Disabled Learn to Ski
  • July 30th Figure Eight Tournament St. Louis, MO
  • August 1st-2nd Wichita, KS
  • August 5th-7th Dallas, TX
  • August 10th-13th Barefoot Nationals Waco, TX
  • August 20th FootStock Tournament Crandon, WI
  • August 23rd-25th Burnsville, MN
  • September 1st-4th Dallas, TX
  • September 5th-7th Jackson, MS
  • October 7th-8th WBC Invitational Tournament Groveland, FL
  • October 22nd WBC Championship Figure Eight Tournament Winter Haven, FL

 

Please contact us for more information.  (708) 668-2961 or LLLindeman@yahoo.com

Life is Blissful at the World Barefoot Center

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Keith St. Onge and Lauren Lindeman are big fans of Coconut Bliss, the amazing organic ice cream that is soy and dairy free. They managed to hook Karen Putz on the stuff too. Over on Twitter, @LunaandLarrys caught wind of the Bliss addiction that was forming and they sent some goodies over to the World Barefoot Center:

When KSO isn’t on the water, you can find him in the frozen food section at Whole Foods, picking up pints of Dark Chocolate, Mint Galactica, and his newest addiction: Chocolate Walnut Brownie. 

Lauren is smart– she knows how to work off those calories– she just takes a pint out on the water with her when she goes barefooting:

New 2011 KSO Wetsuits

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

The 2011 KSO Wetsuit Collection is here!  Order yours today at KSO Wetsuits or call the World Barefoot Center at: (863) 877-0039.

Spatter

Spatter

Splitstripe

Splitstripe

gray and white WBC

WBC

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