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Will Rhea: Lessons from Barefooting

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014


I love to barefoot water ski. It is a fun and challenging sport. Over the years, barefooting has helped me grow mentally and physically stronger, and I have learned some important lessons about life from the sport.

Barefooting has taught me to be more respectful of my parents. They are the ones who make the sport possible for me. It takes a lot of time and money to compete in the sport, and I am thankful that they support me.

Barefooting has also taught me that if I want something, I have to work hard for it. I have learned not to quit when I fail, but to work harder. I do not expect to get things right away like I did a couple of years ago.

If I had a hard fall when I was younger, I was done for the day. I would get very mad and give up easily. The WBC instructors have taught me that messing up is just part of the process of getting better. I have learned that no matter how many times I fall, I should not give up until I succeed. Now, every time I learn a new trick, I want to succeed no matter how many falls I have to take.

It is a great feeling when I know I tried very hard and I succeeded. That is a life lesson for many things. Barefooting has helped me become more mature in so many ways. I am glad to be a part of this sport.

Will Rhea

The Barefooting Across AmericaTour Begins

Monday, May 16th, 2011

The tour begins!  5/15

Keith St. Onge and Lauren Lindeman are off!  First stop Port St. Lucie, FL at the PGA tourney.  A great start to the tour Keith St. Onge tricked a potential world record of 13,100!  This is the first time 13,000 points has been reached in history. Woo hoo! After the tournament we loaded up the RV and headed north to Valdosta, Georgia.  The Cargile family was welcoming and allowed us set up on their property for the night. It was peaceful and a beautiful area full of lakes and open land.

Hitting the road early this time in search for a church.   Our navigation system brought up a church within one mile down HWY 75 so we pulled off.  We met a nice young woman and we asked her what time the service was., “Sunday school starts in two minutes.” She said.  Ummm, “What about the service?” We questioned.  Isn’t Sunday school for teenagers and younger?  She replied, “No, this is Sunday school for grown ups.”  We told her we had never been to a Sunday school for grown ups but we were willing to give it a try!  The church was in Lenox, GA and we had a great time and learned a lot from the deacon (Chad) that put on the Sunday school.

We would like to thank Chad for sending us this email and keeping us in their prayers for safe travels.  Thank you so much for welcoming us into your church. Here is what we received from the Church we visited:

“Keith & Lauren,

Hey ! I just wanted to let you guys know how much we enjoyed your stopping by for Sunday School today at Lenox Baptist Church ! It was a pleasure meeting you both and please stop by on your way back through. I pray for safe travels and good luck with everything you all have going on with your barefootin clinics!

In Christ,

Chad Sumner
Lenox Baptist Church”

The billboards along the way are entertaining feet follow us everywhere! Traveling from Valdosta to Atlanta we are hoping to meet up with some friends in Atlanta.  Followed by grocery shopping at Whole Foods in Marrietta, GA in search of Coconut Bliss and other healthy products!

It has been a blessing having my fiancé Lauren with me.  She drives the bus when I get tired and fuels me up with food when need be.  It has been interesting watching her drive this beast though!  A 34ft. motor home keeps you working the whole time while driving.  If it’s windy you feel it, when a trucker passes you it pushes you over and when you drive by a larger vehicle you feel the wind off it and you once again feel the wheel challenge you.  We are approaching Atlanta right now and I can tell Lauren is getting much more relaxed driving the Anytime Fitness Tour bus…phewwwww…I can relax a bit, but must take over the helm in the big cities.