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Kenneth Eissler – German Nationals

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

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The German Nationals took place from the 12th until the 14th of July, 2015 in Röllfeld am Main which is near Frankfurt. The open Skier Stefan Weigand organised a very big event. We arrived at a camping place on Thursday afternoon and couldn`t believe what we saw: The competition hadn`t even started but there were already spectators, big tents, sponsor signs and everything you need for a great weekend.

Usually the German Nationals are a more familiar event but Stefan had another plan for the competition this year. The weather was also perfect so we started with the trick and slalom events on Friday. Even the life stream worked so the spectators could watch what happens behind the boat. On Saturday morning the German TV came and interviewed a few skiers and filmed a lot.

The competition was going very well and in the afternoon the excitement got even bigger. We were starting to get ready for the first round of Jumping, when hundreds of people started rolling in to came and watch us jump. They were fascinated by the sport and especially the invert jumpers caught their attention. Lukas Heiss, Stefan Weigand, Frank Renelt, Chris Kurz and I had a hard fight for the gold medal in Jumping.

I really enjoyed skiing in front of so many people because it gives you a great feeling, it makes all the hard training worth it. In the above  picture you can see my 22.6 metres jump from the competition and in the background there are all the people who were there supporting us. All in all it was an amazing weekend and in my opinion the best German nationals I skied so far because it really pushed our sport forward and made it more famous in Germany.

Thanks again for everyone who made it possible!

by Kenneth Eissler

James Callahan: My First Barefoot Nationals

Friday, August 21st, 2015

I recently participated in my first Barefoot Nationals Tournament at Blue Moo Lake in Alma Center, Wisconsin. It was so much fun and everyone was so nice and helpful. The judges and the driver made me feel a lot better and I was not as nervous as I was before.  After I was done everyone was congratulating me.

I received my first medal.  I got silver in tricks and slalom.  Everyone was cheering and clapping and I felt very proud of myself scoring a new personal best in slalom.  Of course, I would’ve like to have gold, but I was glad the gold went to Brice Storman – my fellow WBC teammate.

Some of the highlights were seeing veteran barefooter, Jim Boyette,  who has gone to every Barefoot Nationals, since the 70s.  Also, it was awesome watching Landen Ehlers shatter his pb (personal best) in Slalom and Tricks.  KSO makes everything look so easy.  It was especially cool watching the night jumping.  After going to regionals and nationals, I realized how welcoming and supportive the barefoot community is.  I’m glad I picked up this sport.
Congratulations to Ashleigh on her pending World Record in slalom.  Also, a major shout out to all the instructors at WBC for their great instruction. Thanks and I look forward to working towards my goal of qualifying for Worlds back at Blue Moo Lake in 2016.
Sincerely,
James Callahan
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David Small clinic at the Barefoot Ski Ranch in Waco, Texas.

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

My second stop on my Summer clinics was at the Barefoot Ski Ranch in Waco, Texas.  Stuart Parsons had arranged for me to come up to his site for a week however the place is such a great ski site and the guys were learning a lot so I stayed an extra week. For those of you who are not up to date with the 3 event Barefoot calender this is the site that the next 2 Nationals are going to be held and where the 2012 world championships are going to be hosted.  It is probably one of the best ski sites I have ever been to… and I have been to a lot of sites all around the world!! There are 2 main ski lakes with one at 3700 feet long and the second is 2600 ( and waiting for some rain to come and fill it up).

Royal Tee, Haden and David Small after a great day on the water

3700 feet of glass!!

3700 feet of glass!!!

2nd lake waiting for some rain

Stuart has also dug out a straight line cable lake which comes off the main lake and there was talk of him putting some kickers in there as well as a barefoot ramp at the end where you can jump and land in to a foam pit….. very cool.  On top of all this there is a 4th lake back in the woods which may be turned in to a cable park by the time Worlds comes around!  The main lake has a dye in it which makes it look like a swimming pool and deer come down to the waters edge to cool off orr take a drink while you are sitting in the water waiting for the boat to return…… Did I mention that this place is amazing?! Lol.

Deer drinking from the lake and checking out the footing

The clinic was a great success were we had complete beginners like 7 year old Haden Parsons doing one foots in the swing all the way to Royal Tee Wiseman completing 100 turns in a set with only 3 falls as well as amazing me with his jumping!

Haden doing his one foots

Royal Tee half way through his 100 turn challenge :)

Royal Tee after completing his 100 turn challenge! woopwoop

Stuart Parsons along with Lee Stone, Blake and Landen Ehler were all working on their jumping techniques and progressing comfortably in to the inverted jumping technique.  Its great to see more and more people pushing themselves to try this exciting and crowed pleasing jumping technique!  If you have the right instruction from the very start so that no bad habits creep in it can be as straightforward as learning the ‘traditional’ style.

Stuart Parsons invert jumping

We had a couple of girls out there barefooting with us as well.  Landen brought his girlfriend, Elizabth, to try skiing and she was a great listener!!  She managed to get out there on her bare feet and ski down the lake in just a couple of short passes with the aid of the headzone headsets that I was using.

Kim Taylor showing us lads how its done

Landen showing us his sliding skills

Kim Taylor also came and tore it up and learned how to get up backwards and ski in a perfect backwards position! Aaron York, part owner of the BSR, came and did a fair bit of skiing as well which was good to see him back on the water and he figured out a lot with his turns and his slalom as well as dabbling with a little jumping.  A nice surprise was getting to ski with David Howze who is down working for Stuart in his Summer break from ATM (lol).  This kid (21) had only skied a few times before the 2 week clinic and he came away with doing front one foot wakes on his feet, toe holds long line, backwards long line, back toe holds on shoes and much more so congrats to David for skiing up a storm!

David Howze showing off his skills

Devils cove for memorial day

For memorial day we took a day off and headed in to Devils cove over in Austin. We took Royals Sanger over and hung out with 1000s more people that were there to relax and have a good time. Charlie, my 6 pound toy poodle came with me on this trip as well and loved having 350 Acers of tall grass to play around in and side walks to go running down and paying fetch in so thanks to Stuart for allowing me to bring the little guy!

Charlie after a long game of fetch

I had a blast, got some great ski time there and I am looking forward to going back again before Nationals!