Posts Tagged ‘learning’

The World Barefoot Center is the place to go to improve your Barefoot Water-Skiing.

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

The World Barefoot Center is continuing to prove itself as the best Barefoot Waterskiing ski school for both beginners and elite.  We have been producing some amazing athletes in the 3 event scene and have had a lot of new students coming to the ski school to learn to barefoot for the very first time or to try some Barefoot freestyle .  Our success in coaching comes down to a few factors…..

1, We have the best Barefoot water-skiers in the World teaching at the school.. David Small, Keith St Onge,  AJ Porreca and Ben Groen who are ranked 1st, 2nd, 4th and 6th in the World.

2, We have the best weather and water conditions at the ski school. With 3 houses on 3 of the chain of lakes we have a lot of options of where to ski and can easily travel through the canals to find long stretches of glass calm water if needed.  With the school based in central Florida, the school has year-round, great weather.

3, The best equipment is used at the ski school.  We use Sanger boats which are powered by Evinrude E-tec motors.  There are 3 jumps permanently in the water so jumping is readily available on a variety of wind directions. We have all of the boats rigged up with Barefoot International towers, fly highs, training booms, all sizes of shoe skis, barefoot swings, US Gear handles, and ropes.  We utilize Head Zone helmets, which allow the coaches to talk to the skier while skiing.  The use of Head Zone helmets dramatically reduces learning times.

With all of these things combined, the World Barefoot Center is the place to go to learn how to walk on water.

Roomy Sanger

Womens week in the Mag.

Getting the BI Fly High rigged up

All 3 boats ready to go

7 year old sitting in the swing learning how to barefoot

7 Year old usinfootsg the shoe skis and Head Zone to learn how to do some one

By : David Small

Barefoot Water Skiing in the sunny climates of the UK

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Ive come back to the sunny climates of the UK for a couple of weeks coaching and a week or so to see my family and friends. During my teaching we got some great new barefooters involved, with Bibbi Curtis learning how to foot and almost get up backwards, Josh Brown learning how to get up longline, do one foots and get up backwards, Dom learned how to stand up longline and do some one foots back there as well as getting up backwards and Harrison who also learned how to get up long line, do one foot and tumble turns! All new skiers and they all did a great job out on the water and im looking forward to seeing them all out at the World Barefoot Center this Winter!

The girls huddling to stay warm in-between sets

Ben Harris stretching out


Ted Baber and his Dad organized me coming over to the Cotswolds and we were using his boat most of the time. Ted has only been skiing for a couple of years and he is coming on leaps and bounds. In just this week he learned a toe up on the long line, greatly improved his slalom and managed to do all 4 of his surface turns on his feet!! Amazing job Ted and looking forward to getting you out stateside for the run up to Worlds next Summer!!

Ted putting a safe jump down on the long line

Ted Baber getting ready for a toe up


At the end of my time at the Cotswolds I had some old school UK team members come on down for a day of skiing. We had Ben and Matt Harris as well as Emily Goldie showing us how things are done out in the cold water and it was great to see them all back out there and having fun.

Adam Chaulk flying high

Matt Harris showing his son how to do it


Natasha giving it a go for her first time

Written by David Small

Volunteering at a Disabled Waterski Clinic

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Rewarding, life changing, all around fantastic experience!

Lauren, Wildman Willie, and Keith

Keith St. Onge andLauren Lindeman volunteered at a disabled waterski clinic in St. Louis, MO.  The event was called Summer Splash 2011 and it was a blast!

First things first we had to learn how to help and what to do exactly with the disabled skiers.  Good thing we had some practice with a few of the veteran skiers.  Here is what we learned:

1. How to postion the skier into the ski.  Their ski’s are extremely buoyant so we had to submerge the ski to get them into it.

2. Multiple ways to tie the rope on. Some need it long to hold onto and others are not capable to hold onto it. If that is the case then they are put on a pin in the boat that can release the rope.

3. Signals and signs

4. How to start the skier is most important and it depends on the shape and size of the board.

5. Techniques for helping a fallen skier.  A jet ski follows next to the skier and if the fall a volunteer will jump off the jet ski and help the individual back into the ski.

Learning Skier Position

Doug has been skiing for many years.  Unfortunately Doug was not allowed to ski this year because of Doctors orders since he had recent shoulder surgery.  Doug and Lauren made the best of the beautiful day and did some swimming.  Doug worked on treading water which is great rehab for his shoulder.

Doug and Lauren

Treading Water

Offering a helping hand is an important part of life!  Do what you can today to help others, it makes a difference!

Giving a helping hand

By Keith St. Onge and Lauren Lindeman