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Women’s Barefoot Week 2014

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Women’s Barefoot Week 2014

October 11 to 18, 2014

World Barefoot Center

Winter Haven, Florida

Grab your spot–this event happens just once a year at the World Barefoot Center–a week exclusively for the gals!

All skier levels are welcome, from beginner to expert. Ski half days or full days. Book one day or two, or all seven days.  Lunch is included.  It’s a week of fun, laughter, and barefooting!

Even the World Barefoot Center guys join in on the fun–you never know what they’ll turn up in!

Accommodations:

Hampton Inn and Holiday Inn

(ask for the WBC discount)

Cost:

15% off the WBC rate and all Pro Shop purchases

Lunch included!

Book your spot in the boat today!

Call: 863-877-0039

Footin’ on a Piece of Heaven- St. Louis

Monday, August 8th, 2011

The wind was howling, leaves were blowing and yet and the quiver off the Mississippi River was GLASS calm all day long!  The water was a little high so we had to watch out for debris, other than that it was great skiing conditions. The day prior to the clinic the Anytime Fitness Tour Bus had some issues and needed a little bit of work done on it, so Lauren was not around to take pictures the first day:(  Here is our crew for the second day!

Mark got up for the first time backwards on shoe skis!  How sweet is that!  Then he took it one step further and easily did a backwards one foot. Great work!

Great backwards barefoot position

Back One Foot

 Mark’s son Nathan came out and did some footin’ too!  Before barefoot lessons with Keith St. Onge Nathan was tumbling up directly on the boom.  After a few goes look at Nathan go on the shortline! Way to go buddy!

Ready for a tumble up!

Nathan on the Shortline!

Kristin Smith learns a step off with ease! First on the boom then shortline and next step behind the boat on the longline.  Keep working it Kristin, we hope to see your name in the brackets on the WBC Figure Eight Championships in Winter Haven, FL.  Remember future Figure 8’ers…learn your one foots on the boom before you attempt kicking a ski!

One Foot!

Stepping OffOne Foot!

Caitlynn Smith is a natural barefooter.  Everything Caitlynn attempted she accomplished the first time!  Deepwater starts on the boom, shortline, and then longline.  Every time it was perfect and smooth.  Check her out on her first time behind the boat.  Three point to a great stand up!  

Front Deepwater Start

Barefooting Longline

 

Abby’s dad had his work cut out for him and learned a lot in one day!

 

Getting ready to stand up and Barefoot

Barefooting Longline

Abby learned how to barefoot water ski behind the boat in one day. 

Footing Longline

Barefooting behind the boat! Wooo Hoo!

 By Keith St. Onge and Lauren Lindeman

Our Second Home- Chetek Wisconsin

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Chetek, Wisconsin with the Chetek Hydroflites Water Ski Show Team

Barefooting Boys of Chetek. Let's take this same picture in five years time. That would be funny!

The Chetek Hydroflites take the cake when it comes to consistently booking in a clinic with me for the past 7 years in a row.  Working with the Hydroflites skiers and the clinic organizer Ryan Hayes has been easy which makes my life on the road smooth.  This week we had three days and the boats were full!  The interesting thing is that 95% of the skiers were under 12 years old.

Over the past few years the Hydroflite ski show has altered it’s ski show acts more towards barefoot tricks.  Oh and we aren’t talking about the old men, but young kids with talent and drive!  Barefooting is the Hydroflites strength and they use it well for tournaments.

We have some exciting news!  At the Wisconsin State Show Ski Tournament 2011 three young boys scored the highest points compared to any other act in the Chetek Hydroflite show!  Congratulations to Brody Meskers with the back toe hold, back to front, Derek Buchman and Brandon Books for double front toe holds!  Boys, you have worked for it and done well!  It has been a pleasure training all of you!

By Keith St. Onge and Lauren Lindeman

South Carolina Barefoot Clinic with David Small

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

I had a few days come open in my Summer schedule so I got in touch with Ron Meekes to see if he would want me to come back down to his place for a couple of days.  He asked around and filled the spots within the day so we booked the flight and headed on down.

A few of the crew plus a random guy from the bank that we picked up.... we made his year :)

Ron had the Southern regional championships down on Lake David in Groveland, FL the following weekend so we worked a lot on his trick runs.  His back toe holds on the long line got more efficient as well as figuring out how to make a flying back deep water start not any more complicated than a regular back deep.  He had been struggling with his backward wake crossings so we started out correcting his position on some cut out and then brought these techniques to the wake crossings.  After the second day he was keeping both feet up consistently the whole way down the passes!!!  On one morning we headed out and took ron over the ramp a few times to get him ready for the comp.  He figured out that he did not need to come in to the jump defensive and kick it as hard as possible but to stay on top of his feet (while in a safe position) and simply ride as much of the ramp as possible!

Ron Meekes, the clinic organizer, doing some back toe hold drills

Rons partner in crime, Becki Welsh skied up a storm.  She is an extremely clean skier so I was constantly trying to get her to ski a little bit ‘dirtier’ so that she did not take any unnecessary falls.  Becki managed to get both of her one foot stand ups on her feet as well as getting up backwards consistently!!  Way to go Beck!!

Becki Welsh and Jim Miller watching the other skiers and waiting for their set to come back around

Pat Vella is new to footing but got up on the 5 foot rope on his feet and managed to get his backwards plant on the WBC shoe skis, all in a day!!

Tom Gabey who used to be big in to barefooting until about 10 years ago came out of the woodwork and hit the water after a long stint of not skiing!  He could still go out there and rock out a lot of the tricks he was doing while he was skiing in Nationals etc etc.  He learned all of his stuff back in the day so his style was very ‘old school’.  He wanted to work on his turns and see if we could get them consistent.  He stepped through the spray on most of his turns as well as leading with his head and shoulders so we got him on one shoe ski so that he had no option but to be on the ‘correct’ pivot foot and in just doing this he cleaned up his turns and got him motivated to start skiing again.  Its amazing what happens when new teaching techniques are introduced making barefooting easier which, in turn makes the skier want to ski more 😉  Love it!  Good to see you back on the water Tom!

Chris Fousd also wanted to work on his turns and we also managed to get him to step over on his turns and keep his shoulders level.  I have never seen a guy love doing a backwards toe up as much as Chris does!!  His own little bit of freestyle J At every opportunity he flips over and stands up in his backwards toe hold!!  Very impressive!

Shauwn Sheely skied both days I was there and just wanted to work on his surface turns.  Lat time I was there I made him do 31 turns on his feet.  When I told him what he had to do he wasn’t overly enthusiastic but once he completed the turns he was ecstatic.  Anyway, Shauwn was getting his 4 turns behind the boat on his feet consistently after the couple of days and can now look forward to the joys of learning some multiple turns and expanding his trick run!!

Jim Miller up backwards

Jim also showing us what no man should do...... pee in his suit

Jim Millers ‘thing’ for a while has been getting up backwards.  He had a bit of a confidence issue to start with but after a few talks and progression on the backwards I saw a complete turn around in his attitude towards not only skiing but in himself as a person! He was going out there and believeing that he could get up and loan and behold he managed to get up on his feet backward on the 5 foot and backwards on the WBC shoe skis on the long line!!  Keep that attitude up Jim and stop peeing in your suit ;))

Last but not least we had a special visit from Don Simon.  Don is in his late 60s and still hitting the water hard.  It was a great privilege to see Don ski and do his front one foots, tumble turns and backwards with ease!!!  He is a great ambassador for the sport and is continuing to build the sport as best he can which is great to see!  Thank you Don!

Don Simon getting ready to ski

I had a great few days down there and had the best food!!  Ron and Becki are excellent hosts and its always a pleasure to head down there and see them!

This random guy watched us for a couple of hours on the bank so we picked him up so he could have an up close and personal look at footing.... he LOVED it!!

Written by David Small

Only Jesus and Barefooters Walk on Water

Saturday, July 30th, 2011
Day 5 the afternoon session!

Only Jesus and Barefooters Walk on Water!

Youth Pastor Dan Boeck has been down the the World Barefoot Center Ski School in Winter Haven, Florida a couple times.  This summer we were in Pastor Dan’s home state of Iowa doing a barefoot clinic.  Pastor Dan decided to bring a a group of kids to the barefoot clinic in Waterloo, IA.  It was a hot hot day, perfect barefooting weather.

 Dan’s Daughter Bethany Boeck, Roman Chrischilles, Josh Anderson, Zach Lukkes, and Mitchell Martin all joined in the fun.  Even though the boys thought it was more entertaining to take a fall each and every one of them got up barefooting in an afternoon!  Sweet job! Checkout the shots we took that day!

Thank you for coming over and joining in on the clinic.  We enjoyed our time and look forward to seeing you soon! Follow our tour on Facebook! Anytime Fitness National Barefoot Tour!

By: Keith St. Onge and Lauren Lindeman

Summer Barefoot Instruction Day 5

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

WaterHawks Day 5

The 5th and final clinic day at the Waterhawks ski site.  Today we had 10 barefooters!  Five in the morning session and a completely different crew of five in the afternoon.  It was sweet! Checkout our morning footers!

Morning Barefoot Clinic Crew

Coy Roussell started us off for the day! First set Coy learned a front toe hold on the WBC shoe skis and by next set it was very close to getting it on his barefeet!  We started the process of going backwards and doing the back deep water start.  As many of you know there are TONS of steps to learning the back deep and in one set Coy was starting to come up! Awesome dude!

Ready for a front deepy?

Working the Front Toe Hold!

Coming Up on the Backdeep

Want to meet a fast learner! Mitch Tauke learned to barefoot incrediable fast!  In just 2 sets he learned his front deepwater on the boom, then shortline and then on to the 10ft extention.  Keep it up Mitch and before you know it long line will be a breeze!

Controlled!Three Point Stance-MitchAnd he's even giving us a thumbs up!

Ryan Ruhns already knew how to barefoot, but wasn’t getting up consistently.  Today we worked on a smooth transition from the deepwater to three point and then to standing up!  Ryan also learned to do a front one foot on the shoe skis.

After a nice smooth stand up!- RyanStrongman Front Toehold!

Jackson Twait hit the water for the very first time today!  Jackson learned a deepwater start on the boom.  Oh but thats is not all is also to let his feet glide across the water and did both front one foots! It’s rare but it happens and Jackson is better footing on just one foot than two! Great job!

Jackson on his barefeet!Working barefoot Form- JacksonOh yeah! One Foot!

David Lammers had attempted barefooting a few times in the past, today with a little bit of instruction he got is feet gliding!  From the barefoot swing to the deepwater start.  Checkout his great three point! Looking forward to seeing some video!

Nice Deepwater Start!-David

Nice Three Point!- David

Thank you all for coming out and spending the morning with us, we hope to ski with you all again soon!  Remember if you are in Florida give us a call and come ski with us.  If you’re looking for a new barefoot suit, checkout KSO Wetsuits.  Designed and worn by Barefoot World Champions Keith St. Onge and David Small.  Ski ya next time!

By Keith St. Onge and Lauren Lindeman

Barefooting Tricks

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Waterhawks day 3

The weather has cooled down and it was a bit overcast today but we are happy!  2-3mph wind, now thats awesome! All day we had glass water to work with, a barefooters dream!

John Bunge starts us off for the day!  John is an avid footer and has even visited us down in Winter Haven, Florida at our ski school the World Barefoot Center.  Today John worked his back one foots, on the shoe skis.  That is an awesome accplishment in itself but John took it a step further and was able to get his foot up on the line.  Impressive!

Nice back one foot!

One Foot One Hand- John Bunge

Next up was Josh Seamans the clinic organizer.  Josh was on a roll today, busting out new tricks right and left!  He completed his first back one foot one hand, back toe hold, and started working on surface turns! ATTENTION: Mrs. Seamans incase you needed an idea for Christmas in July for Josh he may have a Back Toe Handle on the list:) Just click the link and we will ship it to you right away!

Back Toe Hold! - Josh Seamans

All around great skier Garth Peter came out for the afternoon.  Garth can back barefoot, starting with a step off so today we worked on the back deep.  Check it out!

Back Deepwater Start!- Garth Peter

Bryan Baldwin knows what its like to backwards barefoot but just couldn’t get up consistantly.  Its been a year since Bryan has attempted it and now look at him go!  Keith worked with Bryan on the shoe skis to get the correct postion so on his feet it should be no problem!

Backwards Barefoot Position- Bryan Baldwin

Robert or Bobby Peterson loves to be out on the water.  He was determined to get up backwards, with his hard efforts Bobby did it! Woo Hooo!

Foot'N Backwards!- Bobby Peterson

Thank you boys for coming it we enjoyed every minute in the boat with you!

By Keith St. Onge & Lauren Lindeman

New York trip and Barefoot clinic with the Piskuras

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

Arrived in to White Planes, Connecticut and the Piskuras picked both my girlfriend and myself up from the airport and took us to their house 45 mins away.  They have a great set up there with their self designed house (with Jimmies man room which is something to be seen J ), Lorraines dental practice and Jimmys Motel that he is renovating all on the same property!  Talk about not having to go very far to work.  Lorraine was away on a sleep apnea conference until the Sunday so we arrived in on the Thursday night so that we could have a few days in NYC to see the sights before hitting the water.

I had never been in to New York before so it was the usual tourist stuff that had to be done.  We started off by taking the train in and arriving in to Grand Central Station, which is a site in itself.

Grand Central Station

From there we ventured to the Rockefeller building where we were going to go up and see the city from a birds eye view however the lady at the desk said that it was far better to see at night so we postponed it until a later date ( that later date never came around as we ended up been too busy to make it in the day and the clouds came in and low in the next couple of days so the night viewing was out as well. Lol. Next time).

Times Square

Times Square was next which is a bizarre thing seeing the hustle and bustle of a big city and then to see a green park with people sunbathing and playing baseball etc in! We walked around the park and ate lunch there and then ventured back in to the city.  We checked out the Museum Of Modern Art (MOMA), which turned out to be free entry for 3 hours which was a result, which is a very cool building and has a lot of ‘interesting; pieces in.  The next day John Swanky, who has been barefooting for decades and seems to know everyone that has ever accomplished something in the sport of barefooting, had us around for a great steak meal at his lakeside house and then took us in the city the next day to have a backstage tour of the Broadway play ‘Spiderman’.  It was a once in a lifetime experience and I never knew how much went on behind the scenes of a play.  Shana and I then checked out the Empire State building and took the tube to see the Statue of Liberty as well as walking around ground zero.  We figured that Manhattan Island isn’t that big so we walked up to see Brooklyn Bridge and then through China town, little Italy and any other miniature cultural blocks until we ended up back in times square where our hotel was… it was a longer walk than I had anticipated and ended up taking us around 2 and a half hours with a couple of bar stops J Our evening was a meal at a nice restaurant followed by checking out 2nd street and a lot of Irish bars with a lot of interesting characters in them 😉

Backstage at Spiderman

The skiing started off on Monday and continued all week with Lorraine (1999 Senior Womens World Champion!!), Jimmy, Emma and Pete Sylvester everyday with others coming for a ski here and there.

Lorraine and Jimmy P

I had been warned about debris in the river that we were skiing on so Lorraine ended up driving for Jimmys first set so that I could concentrate on his skiing and not dodging trees.  This was a good theory until we drove over a submerged log without hitting it and it surfaced right in front of Jimmy doing front wakes at 45 mph.  He had been making some great headway as well in just a few passes! Needless to say it didn’t end well with us having to take him to the hospital (at the end of the day as he refused to go earlier so as to not mess with our skiing…. Tougher than me!!).  They X-rayed his foot and said that he had broken his heel and to stay off it for about 6 weeks.  Since then he has found out that it was not broken and his recovery time had reduced which is always nice to hear!

Jimmys foot

Lorraine had not had a lot of water time prior to me getting there as they had had some terrible weather all Spring which made skiing difficult but she got right out there and work out a lot of kinks in her front and back wakes as well as doing a lot of back to fronts and front to backs on the shoe skis.  Towards the end of the week she was making a few feet to feet back to fronts on her feet and did one that was so slow and clean that I could not believe what I was seeing…. Congrats on that!  She was also attempting front to backs on her feet at the end of the week, making the turn to the back and then just not having the confidence to grab the handle and ski it out but it is the first time she had the confidence to try them on her feet which was HUGE!!  Im looking forward to seeing what she can do when she is ski fit and had water time….. VERY talented! Pete has been footing for a long time as well but had been a little bit of a boom and shoe ski baby for the past few years so we threw him behind the boat a lot on his feet to clean up his slalom.  He is a very good listener and even with his old school style of slalom and straight legs (thought he was dragging his butt on the water when he was almost locked out straight 😉 )  he managed to pick up some new techniques which made him not only faster and cleaner but a lot more consistent.  Lots of back toes and getting into the step position helped him no end with stiff legs and his turns were looking a lot better. Good job Pete!! Petes youngest daughter, Emma, was a star.

Emma perfecting her toe holds using the headzone

Going 'old school' while the Sanger was in for a new impeller

Her attitude was great even when we were out and it was cold and occasionally raining.  She came on leaps and bounds, just a few things she accomplished was her front toeholds, backwards toes and backwards behind the boat!! Emma, I hope you stick with it and I will be looking forward to seeing her and Pete down in FL this winter at the ski school for some fun in the sun.  Mid week Eric Gorman came out and skied a day with us where we just cleaned up a lot of his skiing and we had a great time with him!!

Throughout the week we did get rained out one day and then the impellor broke on the boat so that was out of action for a day so we ended up going ‘old school’ and using Petes Barefoot Nautique which was great fun!!

At the end of the week Lorraine had a long time friend and skier (Sheri Rogers) come on out and even though we got a little rained out in the morning and resorted to going to a nice restaurant in town (life’s hard) we had great water conditions in the evening and finished the week off with some great skiing from the two girls!!

Local winery

Rhubarb wine after 2 days fermenting

We then went and checked out Erics local winery (White Silo Farm & Winery) where he had some wine tasting going on.  I have never had rhubarb wine before but it is amazing, if you are of age and you haven’t tried it then go to his website (www.whitesilowinery.com) and order some!!! He also gave us the tour of the place and showed us the process of making the wine which was great to see!! Thanks Eric!

The boys

The crew

MASSIVE shout out and thanks to both Lorraine and Jimmy for having myself and Shana up there and your hospitality!! You guys are great and it is always a pleasure to be around you both….. even if I needed to go cold turkey from the caffeine once I left (it was great while I was drinking it though).

Barefooting in Backwater

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

We met Carlos Barreto on Facebook and once he found out about us doing the tour he was interested in doing a clinic.  Carlos joined the Backwater Gamblers Show Ski Team this spring.  Their site sits on the Rock River in Moline, IL other wise known as the Quad cities.  Carlos is a very animated man and you can see his enthusiasm when he talks about barefoot water skiing.

Barefooting Crew!

The first morning was sweet and Carlos Barreto started it off.  Pure glass water the length of the river.  He did his tumble turns and a few one foots.  I then put him on WBC shoe skis and we worked one foot one hands in preparation for toe holds.

Emily Buckwalter is a nineteen year old that skis on the Gamblers.  Her goal was to learn how to barefoot for the first time.  Well, she said she did it before but we made her do a deep water start, which may be a little more difficult at first but it is a stepping stone for the five foot.  She accomplished a deep start on shoe skis and later achieved her goal on standing on her feet.  Great job Emily!

Emily on ShoesEmily on her BARE FEET!

Jason Kauzlarich supplied the boat and he had been foot’n for many years.  In the afternoon the wind blew up so hard we had to go to the backwaters of the Mississippi.  Before going there Jason learned tumble turns for the first time and they were flawless.

Tumble Turn!

That afternoon we headed out to the Mississippi, which was a treat for Lauren and I.  We got the full tour and was able to see the casinos in the backwaters of the Mississippi and Arsenal Island where they make armored doors for tanks and humvees.  We were only able to find a small strip of somewhat smooth water so we did what we could.

Pat Baret got up backwards for the first time on shoes skis.  Oh, did I mention he got the boat driver completely soaked!  Haha  It was funny seeing everyone scurry for shelter when the down pour came!  Seeing people get wet in the boat is funny because they have nowhere to go!  Including the driver…ME!

We got a little damp this run!

Much Better!

James Melter came out strong from the beginning.  He is a fantastic skier with perfect form!  He went through all his basics and once he proved to me he could do what was necessary to turn he executed a perfect back to front and front to back on his feet.  We continued working his reverse turns.  His ultimate goal is to do all four turns consistently although he has done them all before.  We pounded his reverse turn and figured out a few things that would make all the difference.

Surface Turns- James

CJ Barreto, Carlos’s son came out to try barefoot water skiing for the first time.  He never wanted to go out with his father, which might have been a blessing.  Sometimes son’s have a difficult time taking instruction from their father.  I was one of them and for me it was tough because while I was trying to have fun my father was telling me what to do.  My dad told me what to do all the time, “Take out the garbage, make our bed, clean your room, etc…”  I did not want to take instruction from my father when having fun on the water.  So dad’s…be careful and try to butt out of your son’s business at the right time and place.  I went over all the steps with CJ before we took to the water.  With the help of the HeadZone helmet I was able to guide him to barefooting on his feet for the first time.  Congrats CJ!!!!

Cj barefooting!

Jason’s brother Jake  Kauzlarich came out and he has the same story as CJ.  Never footed before! We were able to get him on the five-foot extension after one set on the boom.  Hats off to you brother!

Yay! Sweet Jake!

The only guy we know that Smiles while falling!

Last but not least was my buddy Matthew Becker.  He is the social butterfly on the Backwater Gamblers ski team and is always smiling!  He came out to have a little fun with the boys and was able to do a deep-water start on shoe skis and on his feet off the extension.

Oh Yeah!

Thank you to the Backwater Gamblers for allowing us to stay at you ski site!  A big thanks to Carlos for organizing this whole thing! Keep skiing!

By: Keith St.Onge & Lauren Lindeman

Barefooting in Rolling Prairie

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

Before the Footapalooza figure 8 tourney Thor Thordarson decided to book and organize a clinic day with some local footers.  We skied on a private site with lots of trees for wind protection and the lily pads limited the backwash.  It’s a perfect site for a barefooter.

The morning of the clinic was a little chilly but once lunchtime rolled around the sun was shining and the conditions were still fantastic for footing.

The barefoot clinic organizer Thor Thordarson is already a solid skier.  Thor has the basics down pat, the main goal for the day was to work towards back wakes.  We worked on cut outs.  Cut outs are a great exercise to do in order to learn to position of the back wake cross.

Andy Scupham is a teacher, well this summer he took part in the Keith St. Onge Barefoot Ski School.  What a great summer school class, right? Andy was a great student he listened well and accomplished his very first backwards one foot one hand! Next step is toe holds!

Seventeen year old Aaron Tanis footed with the crew all day.  Aaron learned a lot of barefooting tricks in a short period of time, we are impressed.  In the morning set Aaron completed his front one foots on barefoot trainers and in the afternoon he got up backwards for the FIRST TIME! Yay!

After taking a year off of skiing Mike Blackwell got back into it at lightening speed!  Before Mike arrived he could do a deepwater start and barefoot straight.  After a full day of skiing Mike had completed some tumble turns, front one foot on his feet, and he started the process of getting up backwards barefooting.  Sucessful day! Look how fast he progressed from shoe skis on the boom to the 5ft rope!

Jack Hollingsworth worked his frontward barefooting form.  Look how good his barefoot position became!

Brynn Hollingsworth braved the cold and skied the morning sets.  Brynn has barefooted before, but today we worked on making her front deepwater start a little smoother! Check her out!  We are putting the invite out to you and all the ladies out there to join us at Women’s Week down in Winter Haven, Florida this year!

A special thank you to Chris McWaters for allowing us to use your boat for the clinic.  we appreciate it!  Thank you Thor for organizing the clinic, it was great and everyone learned something, which is the main goal!  Keep footin’!

By Keith St. Onge and Lauren Lindeman