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Footin’ on Oxbow

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Oxbow Waterski Show Team

Near Northampton, MA

Many moons ago my father, Swampy and I used to travel South on highway 91 from Northern New Hampshire towards the tournaments being held in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Connecticut.  On our road trip we always passed a show ski site in Massachusetts.  We could see a ski jump and a site set up for skiing.  My head glued to the window, I always hoped we would see people skiing since we never stopped.  I told my dad I was doing a clinic for the Oxbow show ski team this year and he reminded me that was the same site we always drove past.  It feels great to be doing a clinic in New England at a site we always drove by.  I finally got to stop for a while, and see what this team was all about.

June 8th was the first day of the clinic organized by Taylor Whitcomb.  We met Taylor and his side kick Steve Bouchard at the World Barefoot Center last year.  They came down to our WBC Figure 8 tournament to have a little fun and participate.  Taylor learn how to barefoot ski when he was a teenager.  Soon afterwards he attended college and focused on his career.  He did not touch the water for fifteen years and he is finally back on his feet.  He is more eager to learn as much as he can for the years to come.

Back Toe Hold- Talyor Whitcomb

Steve Bouchard is extremely passionate for the sport and tough as nails!  His attitude is “Go hard or Go home” and I respect him for that.  Since skiing at the WBC he has come a long way and knows that correct path to take when foot’n.

Front Toe Hold- Steve Bouchard

Watch out everyone! Steve’s son Andre Bouchard 10 years old is learning FAST!  Andre did a front one foot for the first time and a toe hold on the WBC shoe skis!  With Andre’s enthusiasm he will be getting up backwards in the next few weeks. Way to go buddy!

The Showman! -Andre Bouchard

Andre Working the Backdeep Start

Chris Fernandez was part of our crew and he is getting the desire to get back on the horse as well.  Chris worked for Mike Seipel in 1994-1996, learned a few turns, jumped inverted and could do a front flip.  Barefooting runs through some of our veins and he is definately one of them!  He missed the sport so much he plans on competing again this year.

Front Slalom- Chris Fernandez

Andy Grey got up behind the boat for the first time today and dispite a few rough falls he did not complain once!  Job well done buddy and I hope to see you foot’n in the barefoot line soon!  Andy is on a show ski team just outside of Springfield MA.

Andy

Tweleve year old Josh Alexander completed his first deep water start on the boom today.  We warmed him up in the swing first and made sure he was comfortable before taking the next step.  Josh did fantastic and we hope to see him getting his feet wet more and more this summer.

Josh Footin'!

It’s a difficult task but Gary Magoon made it look simple.  We congratulate Gary on getting up backwards on the WBC shoe skis for the first time!  We look forward to seeing you in Florida.

Clay Duda is an avid all around skier.  Clay came to understand the difference between a step over and step under surface turn this week.  Practicing the step over will surely make his turns consistent.  We are excited to annouce that we have another huge fan of the WBC shoe skis.  These specific shoe skis are made like no other and are a great learning tool.

A local footer that has been basically self taught for years Jesse Reilly, now footed with World Champion Keith St. Onge.  Jesse has done well over the years and he achieved his first back toe hold!

Back Toe Hold

Dale Thouin is a solid frontwards barefooter.  In one afternoon Dale was skiing away from a backdeep on shoes!  That is a huge accomplishment, we are proud of you!

Have you ever known a baerfooter that refuses to go forward?  Sarah Brittian is has a dislike for foward barefooting but absolutely loves to backwards barefoot.  Funny thing!! Sarah’s goal was to learn back one foots.  Sarah did so well at the back one foots she moved on to back one foot on hands and even a back toe hold!  Sarah did a fabulous job on the barefoot shoes leaning the technique. Take a peak!

"I can't believe I did that!"- Sarah

Sarah's Back Toehold!!!

Becci Ziemba had barefooted a little bit on the boom prior to the clinic.  With some help from her showskiing background Becci did awesome and accomplished a front deep water on the 5ft leader rope.  Wooo Hooo!

Beautiful Becci

Becci on the 5ft!!! Yahoooo!

Sister of Becci, Cassandra Ziemba also came out to do a little footin’.  Cassandra had some experience barefooting, we cleaned up her form and made the whole experience smooth.  Way to go Cassandra!

Pretty Footer- Cassy

Smooth and incontrol- Cassy

Fairly new to the sport Rosie Haynes came out for an afternoon to do some footing.  Rosie did just that, and accomplished barefooting on the boom!  Keep working it girl!

Rosie Barefooting on the boom!

Fiona MacNeill enjoyed the feeling of her feet gliding arcoss the water.  Finoa had a great time learning the barefoot swing.  Just a little practice for comfort and Finoa is ready for the boom.

Finoa Footing!!

Bridget MacNeill had a huge show ski smile on her face when she was BARE footing across the lake!  The next step is to take away the swing and move onto the boom.

Ready for a ride!

Hey ladies we are looking forward to hearing about you barefooting the the ski shows!  Also we would like to invite you to the Women’s Week event we put on at the World Barefoot Center.  It’s a blast!  Only female footers allowed, its pressure free, everyone is full of encouragement and lots of laughs will be had!

Ski Fest is a fun get together when all the waterski show teams in New England camp out, ski, party and have mini clinics.  We are grateful to be a part of this water ski event.  Meeting skiers from all over the US is exciting and being able to teach them makes my day:)