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Collin Barber: Barefooting Screw Ups

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Barefooting can be a very complex sport to understand, especially when you are completely new at it. First off, there’s the mere concept of skiing on your bare feet. Then, there’s the different kinds of tricks that require different handles and then the different kinds of events and the way you can get scored in each event and the different speeds to go and what to do in tournaments and why the heck you would want to hit a piece of fiberglass to fly through the air at 40 mph… So yeah, it gets pretty confusing quite quickly. It takes time for newbies to get used to all the terms and concepts of the sport. I know it took me quite a while to understand everything that was necessary for the sport, and I’m sure it was just as confusing for anyone else who has been introduced to the sport.

It was three years ago when I first started competing in tournaments. I was really new to the sport and I was still trying to comprehend everything that went along with the sport. After a couple weeks of staying at the WBC, I went back home and began skiing there again. My tricks seemed to be going well, but something felt odd about slaloming behind my boat. I thought maybe it was the wake. It seemed a lot wider than it was at WBC. I kept on screwing up, but I just shrugged it off thinking that I was just being mental about it. Then a couple weeks later, Kailey Koehler came over and skiied with us. She noticed something odd about skiing behind my boat too… The boat seemed, well, smaller from where she was skiing. So she ended up measuring my rope, and what do you know, I was using a 100 foot rope to ski behind. This long of a rope wasn’t even used in tournaments. As you could imagine, this indeed made the wake wider and my slalom practice significantly worse.

So no matter the status of how good a skiier someone is, they all had their own unique beginnings. They all had their screw-ups, and their lessons, and in this case… the use of a ridiculously long rope.

Collin Barber