Posts Tagged ‘passion for barefooting’

Barefooting: The Passion and Progression

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

It’s before daylight; it’s earlier than I have to get up on a workday, but I cannot lay in the bed another second. It occurs to me that getting out of bed seems next to impossible most mornings, but not today. Today, I’m going barefooting and I wake up ten minutes before my alarm goes off. I don’t understand it, it’s just what happens.

I go to bed early on a Friday night. When everyone else is just getting ready to go out and start an evening of partying and painting the town red, I am climbing into my bed, having just checked for the second time that I have everything I will need for a great day of footing. After a short ride to the lake that seems to last forever, I meet with a group of individuals that are equally as devoted and passionate about barefooting. This small group of dedicated individuals are my friends, yet, they are more like family. They are a group of close friends you can trust with your life, and everything else that matters. These people are barefooters. A unique bunch to say the least, It takes a lot of discipline to get to the lake on time that early on a saturday but they are never late. After a few jokes handshakes and genuine hugs, it is down to business. Who is first and what are we working on?

In the boat, we have a good solid mix, from beginners to advanced, and occasionally a true newbie that has never tried to foot. It all makes for an exciting day. We ski in a rotation that is sometimes becomes an argument over who want to go next as much as who wants to go last– based on the way the water looks– but either way, the character-building starts when you leave the dock. We push each other to be better and we push each others buttons as well. There are remarkable feats of barefoot skiing, and there are crashes you never forget. It’s why I always say there is only one thing more fun than barefooting: watching someone else learn.

By: Wade Masters

Success in Barefoot Water Skiing

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Success may be a small word, but to me, it has a very important meaning. Success is a goal that I strive for. I do my best to achieve my life goals. I started barefooting when I was five years old and I have loved it ever since. This sport is my passion and I will do whatever it takes to succeed.

I began to compete at age ten and that is when I began to set goals for myself. As I learned new tricks I told my dad that all I wanted to do was win one gold medal. For me this was a difficult, but as I advanced, I received many gold medals. As soon as I reached this goal I decided to raise my standards.

My new goal was to attend a world championship. I traveled to New Zealand as an independent skier which inspired me to be on the USA Team. I then began to train at the World Barefoot Center. My coaches pushed me to exceed past my potential and go beyond my wildest dreams. In 2010 I was a part of the junior team and we took home the overall team gold medal. Two years later, I was honored to be selected as a member of the junior team for the second time.

I spent my entire summer training for the worlds that were held in Waco, Texas. I was determined to represent my country and to do my best. My hard work paid off. I finished second individually and our team finished second as well. I was honored to receive several individual event medals and one in the elite devision.

Every goal that I have achieved had motivated me to go on to bigger and better things. Currently, I am working towards a new goal which is to be a member of the 2014 elite team. I am willing to do whatever it takes because I know the feeling of accomplishment and the joy that it brings.

Some words of wisdom that have truly inspire me come from Eric Thomas. He said, “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you will be successful!”

Kailey Koehler
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