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Getting started with Barefoot Competitions

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

How do I start competing in Barefoot Water Skiing tournaments?

To start competing in Bare foot Water-Skiing tournaments is simple enough. All you have to do is sign up to the AWSA (American Water-ski Association), find where the nearest barefooting competition is near you this summer, and fill out an application online at and you are good to go!!

How do I sign up?

To sign up and join the AWSA (American Water-ski Association) is simple enough, simply go to and select the online sign-up option, then follow the instructions and you’re there!

Where are the Barefoot Water Skiing tournaments?

Barefoot waterskiing tournaments are all over America, and can be broken down and located in 5 “Regions”: The Midwest, The West, The East, The South Central, and The South. Each of these regions hold their own regional tournaments, as well as smaller tournaments within each of their regions. For more information on up and coming tournaments near you, visit the (AWSA) American Barefoot Water-ski Club website, or click on the link below.

What is a trick run?

A trick run is a combination of two passes, where the objective is to do as many tricks as you can in 15 seconds. Each trick is given a certain amount of points, with more points being awarded for more difficult tricks. You also are given points on the start method you do at the start of each pass, with more points being given for a harder start. Click on the link below to see the 2011 Rule book, with scores for each trick on the last pages

Or, to view some world record trick runs from the last few years by World Champions Keith St. Onge and David Small, check out the link below.

How does the slalom event work?

The slalom event works the same as the trick event, where you have two passes each with 15 seconds. This time however, instead of doing as many tricks as you can you must cross the wake, back and forth (Similar to slalom skiing on a ski), as many times as you can on 1 foot in 15 seconds. You have one pass to ski forwards, and one pass to ski backwards. If your foot lifted touches the water, you are only given a 0.5 point value for that crossing.

How good do I have to be to Barefoot Water ski?

If you can stand on two feet, and have fun doing it, then you’re good enough! Anyone can Barefoot Water-ski and you don’t have to be a particular age to learn either-WBC Staff member and skier Judy Myers is 68 years young and still going strong to this day!!

Where can I find a bare foot suit?

These days, barefoot waterskiing wet suits are generally quite easy to come by, there are a lot of stores online you can order from, including Lake Elmo Sports, who has been a strong and reliable dealer for all things skiing for years now! Check them out at online for a wet-suit today at or take a look our range of equipment on our online pro shop today at for the World ‘s best barefoot wetsuits – worn and skied in by the World Champions from the last 10 years!!