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Barefooting Tricks

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Waterhawks day 3

The weather has cooled down and it was a bit overcast today but we are happy!  2-3mph wind, now thats awesome! All day we had glass water to work with, a barefooters dream!

John Bunge starts us off for the day!  John is an avid footer and has even visited us down in Winter Haven, Florida at our ski school the World Barefoot Center.  Today John worked his back one foots, on the shoe skis.  That is an awesome accplishment in itself but John took it a step further and was able to get his foot up on the line.  Impressive!

Nice back one foot!

One Foot One Hand- John Bunge

Next up was Josh Seamans the clinic organizer.  Josh was on a roll today, busting out new tricks right and left!  He completed his first back one foot one hand, back toe hold, and started working on surface turns! ATTENTION: Mrs. Seamans incase you needed an idea for Christmas in July for Josh he may have a Back Toe Handle on the list:) Just click the link and we will ship it to you right away!

Back Toe Hold! - Josh Seamans

All around great skier Garth Peter came out for the afternoon.  Garth can back barefoot, starting with a step off so today we worked on the back deep.  Check it out!

Back Deepwater Start!- Garth Peter

Bryan Baldwin knows what its like to backwards barefoot but just couldn’t get up consistantly.  Its been a year since Bryan has attempted it and now look at him go!  Keith worked with Bryan on the shoe skis to get the correct postion so on his feet it should be no problem!

Backwards Barefoot Position- Bryan Baldwin

Robert or Bobby Peterson loves to be out on the water.  He was determined to get up backwards, with his hard efforts Bobby did it! Woo Hooo!

Foot'N Backwards!- Bobby Peterson

Thank you boys for coming it we enjoyed every minute in the boat with you!

By Keith St. Onge & Lauren Lindeman

Waterhawks Whip it up!

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Waterhawk Show Ski Team!

We arrived a day before the clinic began at the Waterhawks ski site near Waterloo, IA.  After we set up the Anytime Fitness National Barefoot Tour Bus up lake side we decided to do some skiing.  John Bunge brought his boat to give us a few pulls on Eagle Lake.  The conditions of this private lake are fantastic.  Later on in the afternoon John informed us that NBC Channel 7 News would be coming out to do a piece on the tour! Checkout the video footage. Click here for video.

Keith St. Onge NBC News

Barefooting gets on TV!

The Waterhawks were happy to have us and since they were missing some skiers, we volunteered and jumped right into show practice.  The next night was the big show for the 4th of July weekend! Wowie the weather forecast was calling for 96 degrees with the heat index of 105 degrees!  With that in mind the clinic started early in the morning to beat the heat. Check out this boat crew!

The only female in the boat Kate Worthington.  Kate had been having some problems in the ski show doing her beach start.  After a few tips and things to think about Kate cleaned up her start and stance.  Now Kate will be confident in her beach start!  Cheer her on the next show!

Austin Walstad from MN came down to ski for the whole day.  Austin’s goal is to be able to take his senior pictures in a couple years, doing a back toe hold.  Keeping that goal in mind Austin worked the basics of he back one foots on he feet and he accomplished both back toe holds on shoe skis!

Back Toe Hold-Austin

A local Tim Schell had barefooted a tiny bit before the clinic.  It was a rough road but once Tim got the hang of it he was barefooting on the five foot handle no problem.  Tim even learned a few tumble turns!

Smooth Deepwater Start! -Tim

Way to go Tim!

Tim’s father Vince Schell joined us for the afternoon session.  Vince had skied on the boom a few times in the past but had not gone any further in his barefooting.  Today Vince learned how to do a front deepwater start and tumble turns!

A Controlled Glide- Vince

Three Point Position-Vince

Yay Vince!

Garrett Bunge was on a roll today!  Before today he had only done one deepwater start behind the boat and he completed 10+ without a hitch! Sweet dude! To top it off Garrett went in the pre show and did his deepwater and skied through the show course!

No Skis Needed!- Garrett

Rocking it out!-Garrett

Skyler Woods is in the barefoot line for the Waterhawks.  Now there will be no need for a ski to step off of, Skyler can do deepwater starts! Skyler added a few tricks to his runs, a toe hold on shoe skis and busted out a few tumble turns. Ya!

Deepwater Start- Skyler

A Lil' Wave From Skyler!

All it all it was a great day, everyone learned something new and more importantly had FUN!

The Amazing HeadZone Helmet- Waterproof Communication

Cooling Off

Thank you Skiers!

By: Keith St. Onge and Lauren Lindeman

Barefooting in Buffumville

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

Visiting Barefoot Roots
Buffumville, MA 

The Buffumville ski site is a place I am familiar with, I grew up barefooting in tournaments on this lake. The memories were revisited and a smile brought to my face. 

New to the footing community Kate Mercier, hosted the barefoot clinic on Buffumville. We had nice conditions and a huge turn out of barefooters. Brian brought a pontoon so those who were not sking could take a break and relax on the water. It was a wonderful set up and well organized, Kate did a spectacular job, especially for hosting her very first clinic! Thank you Kate! 

Kate Mercier visited the World Barefoot Center in Winter Haven, FL last year, now she is hooked. During the clinic Kate worked on her front toe holds and back deeps. The front toe holds are coming along quite nice. As for the back deepwater start Kate learned to plant her feet and ride exceptionally well. Now it is just getting that tushie in the air and letting the boat pull her up. Kate promised that she is going to work on it and send us a picture in the next couple weeks. We love success and can’t wait to see proof:) 

Learning with the HeadZone Helmet

Working Toward a Front Toe Hold

Back Deep -Kate Mercier

Brian Boria the man with the pontoon, we can’t thank you enough, it worked out perfectly. Brian makes us laugh! He has purchased an old barefoot suit online and well to say the least Brian had a hard time sitting at work because he was so sore. After some persuading Lauren talked Brian into trying on a new fully padded KSO barefoot suit with padded shorts underneath, WOW what a difference. Brian make some comments that he actually floated and didn’t mind riding on his butt! With just a few minor corrections Brian barefooted on the shortline with ease. Smooth plant, and he even learned to do tumble turns. 

Rocking the nose tape! No water in the nose!

Ouch! The non padded suit!

Brian's First Tumble Turn! Woo Hoo!

Brian brought his son Andrew Boria. We played a little game, it was to make sure that Andrew stayed just a little bit ahead of his father to encourage him to keep working on new tricks. Andrew started off on the boom and with this natural talent he was moved quickly to the 5ft leader and was footin’ like he had been doing it forever!  Andrew learned both tumble turns and on the WBC shoe skis he is working on front one foots. Keep it going! 

Listening to Keith's instruction via the HeadZone waterproof Helmet.

5ft Leader! Yay!

Nice Barefoot Form- Anderw Boria

A regular at the World Barefoot Center Ski School and Keith St. Onge Barefoot Clinics Rodney Allain. Rodney has been training with Keith for many years and continues to progress more and more. Years ago when Keith first met Rodney he was struggling to barefoot on the boom. Now it is amazing to watch Rodney backwards barefoot as he has the most perfect position, the hard work over the years paid off. 

Back One Foot One Hand!- Rodney Allain

Rodney Allain

Paul McManus we thank you for allowing us to use your boat for the clinic. Paul has a love for the sport of barefooting, his enthusiasum shines. Keith cleaned up Paul’s barefoot postion and that allowed him to ski clean. With his athletic ability and determination Paul did his first back deep water start and skied 30+ feet! That’s amazing! Once we brought him to the WBC shoe skis he was popping up with no problem. Nice work Paul! 

One Foot One Hand!

Slalom skiing is Myles Lemansky’s sport but we think that we might have turned him on to barefootfooting at this clinic. Myles worked on becoming more comfortable and that helped make a smooth transition from the deepwater to planting and standing. After a few attempts tumble turns were a success! Barefooting behind the boat on the long line will NOT be an issue any longer. Easy and smooth! 

Sweet Tumble Turn! -Myles

Footin' on the Leader Rope

Seth Lemansky Myle’s brother also join in on the fun. Seth was struggling to get up on the shortline before he arrived. Now that is history, Seth is strong and consistent on getting up on the shortline. Seth worked on front one foots on the WBC Shoe Skis, before we know it we will see pictures and videos of front toe holds! Keep working it! 

Greatest Spotter! Seth's son Owen

Seth ready to ski

Woo Hooo! One Foot One Hand on the Shoe Skis!- Seth

Before we arrived Sean Mattei was missing the three point portion of his front deepwater start. Keith St. Onge made sure to make Sean aware of it and had him practice standing up barefooting without tons of spray in his face. After a few runs Sean had worked it out, and moved on to tumble turns. 

Sean ready for his first tumble turn

Tumble Turn

Sean’s brother Keith Mattei used to do barefoot competitions years ago. During the clinic Keith worked on cleaning up his barefooting position. We hope to see Keith competeing again soon:) 

Keith Having Fun!

 

Peter Boria is a solid footer and ready to learn. Peter worked on his front one foots and once those were good he moved on to a front one foot one hand. Checkout Peter out after, just a little professional instruction. It can go along away. 

Working the one foot one hand

Peters Daughter Isabella Boria 11 years wanted nothing do to with barefooting after a hard fall on the boom her first time. The first day was asked and she was positive that she did not want to take a turn.The next morning her parents informed us that Isabella woke up and decided that after school she was going to learn to barefoot the correct way. Isabella went into the barefoot swing. Its a great tool forbeginners and those who have had a bad experience. As long as the skier holds on to the boom they will NOT fall, the swing holds them in place and allows the skier to learn without the faceplants. After Isabella mastered the swing she barefooted on the boom without the swing. Ladies let’s mark that one down as another female footer! 

Barefooting in the Swing- Isabella

Isabella BAREFOOTING!!! First try!

Eleven year old Seamus O’Brien is a gung-ho athlete. Seamus learned to do the barefoot swing in no time and was having a blast barefooting around the lake. This summer Seamus will get lots of water time, we look forward to seeing him advance. 

Seamus McManus

Barefoot Swing- Seamus

Kyle Boria learned tons at the clinic!  He moved from the boom to the five foot leader by the end of the second day!  Then to top it off he busted out a few tumble turns! Way to go!!!

Kyle Boria

Footin' on the Five Foot!

Visiting Buffumville was a real treat, we throughly enjoyed our stay. Thank you to all the wonderful skiers that came out. We wish you all the best this summer, keep working on it and we will see you in Florida at the WBC Ski School or next year at a KSO traveling barefoot Clinic. Ski Ya Later!

Footing on the Mon River-Morgantown,WV

Monday, May 30th, 2011

The Mon river in Morgantown, West Virginia is a prestine place for footers to get there feet wet. Rarely will you see another boat, except for the coal barges that pass by every now and then. This mountianous area has tons of history but it is most well known for coal mining.  All along the river sits barges filled to the top with coal, it is amazing.

Ready for a Flyer?

Coal Plant on the River

Footers Ready to Hit the Water!

The barefoot clinic organizer Neil O’hara hosted a spectactular clinic. Great boats, sites, even Channel 12 News covered the event and did a story on the Anytime Fitness National Barefoot Tour with Keith St. Onge. Neil has a love for the water, when he gets out there the smile on his face says it all. Barefooting is addicting as many of you know, Neil is making an effort to promote the sport of barefoot waterskiing in the community. We applaude his enthusiasm and are happy to be included in his efforts. A big thank you to Neil for your hospitality and organization.

Front Toe Hold- Neil O'Hara

After: Keith Tweaked his position!

Before:Keith Tweeked his Position

Barefooter Neil O'hara

Unfortunately work comes before play. John Boyd works in the coal mines and was called in early in the AM on the first clinic day. Even though John was not able to make it out he was kind enough to let us use his boat for the clinc. Thank you for kindness, we appreciate it.

Barges Full of Coal

Heather Towers footer, mother, and all around great person. Heather’s upbeat personality keeps her working hard for more in the barefoot world. Working on barefoot surface turns is extremely difficult and time consuming, Heather takes one day at a time. Before we know it Heather will be spinning like a top on the water. Keep it up, we are rooting for you!

The Amazing Barefooter- Heather Towers

Barefoot Turns- Heather Towers

Does this Helmet have Goggles? :)

He didn’t compete last year but Kevin Towers is getting back into the barefoot world and plans on competeing in the 2012 Worlds Championships, Waco, Texas. Kevin has a love for music, his boat is decked out with speakers galore. It has been tested and proven that behind his boat a barefooter can hear the music from the boat clear as day, and we thought only wakeboarders did that. Kevin has a natural talent and drive that will allow him to succeed greatly. Keep your eyes open for Kevin’s posted scores this next year.

Front Wakes- Kevin Towers

Listen to Tunes and Foot

Kevin and Heather Towers

Cody Ebbert is a frequent visitor of the World Barefoot Center down in Winter Haven, Florida. His competing scores have sky rocketed from all of his hard work and tailored training. Turns are not a problem for Cody, he has smooth turns, now he is moving on to toe turns:) Cody is motivated and we look forward to seeing what scores he posts this summer.

Front Slalom- Cody Ebbert

Toe Turn-Cody Ebbert

Does Hair Sticking Out Make You Better?

Cody’s father Greg Ebbert, what a joy to have in the boat; Greg kept us laughing the whole day. Greg has been a barefoot enthusiast for years. For being so early in the season Greg is skiing extremely well. This summer we are cheering him on to complete all four turns behind the boat!

Driving the Boat

Front to Back-Greg Ebbert

Female footers are sometimes hard to come by but Diane has her head in the game and goes footing with the boys. Ski partners Greg and Cody encourage Diane to keep it. Last year was the first time Diane competeted, since then she has learned boat loads:) We hope to see you at the WBC Women’s Week in November. Click here for more info on Women’s Week http://www.worldbarefootcenter.com/barefootblog/category/womens-barefoot-week

Back One Foot- Diane

Keith Coaching Diane on Backwards Position

Did your college professor barefoot waterski? Mike Strager is a professor at West Virginia University and has a passion for footing! Thats cool! Mike has the right idea, work in the winter and ski all summer long, thats the life. Focusing on following the correct steps to advance is a main goal of Mike’s and we applaud him for that. As funny as it may sound its not everyday that someone wants to learn baby steps and not jump to the extreme stuff right away. Mike is on the right track and he hope that he follows his plans and enters a tournament this summer! Go Mike!

One Foot One Hand- Mike

Proffessor Mike

Front Toe Hold- Mike

Kris joined the barefooting world this week. We are happy to share this common addiction of barefooting with you. Kris worked from the WBC shoe skis on the boom, then to his feet, and he ended the day with a front deep on the shortline. Great progress, way to go Kris!!!

Kris barefooting on the boom! Woo Hoo!

Neil, Kris and Keith St. Onge

Kris Shoe Skiing on the Shortline

Zack Dell 11 years old, puts his feet in the waters for the first time!  We started Zack out on the swing and he surpassed it quickly.  With a smile on his face he proceeded to the boom on his barefeet and did great.  Keep practicing and next summer we can teach you a few tricks:)

Zack our Newest Barefooter!

Zack Barefooting on his BAREFEET!

How to Barefoot Water Ski using a Wakeboard

Monday, March 28th, 2011

If your reading this right now, it must mean you are interested in learning how to barefoot or have had trouble learning.  There’s even a chance you are struggling to teach someone else to stand on his or her own two feet.  Getting those first few stand-ups and having the sensation of putting those soles on the water is a hard one for many.  Here’s an easy, simple, and effective way to learn how to barefoot water ski for the first time, without flushing the sinuses with lake water.

1. First, you want to get your balance while floating in the water as you straddle the wakeboard. The key is to relax and let your feet just float on each side. Next, have the boat slowly idle forward and as you start to move, place both feet on the nose of the board.

2. Now as the boat picks up some speed the board will begin to plane off. Make sure to keep your feet on the nose of the board for stability at this stage and let the board flatten out.  If the board starts to bounce ask the boat driver to slow down.

3. As the board stabilizes you want to slowly bring your feet down evenly in front of you to meet the water, allowing them to glide along on top of the surface.

4. At this point the driver will start to increase the speed again, and as this happens you want to smoothly shift weight onto your feet, keeping them flat and on top of the water. If you start to get spray in your face at this point, remember – relax! Resist all urges to tense up and/or let go of the boom, flatten your feet out, and just let them wash back underneath you.

5. As the boat speed increases more you can put more weight onto your feet. You should begin to feel the wakeboard slide out behind you. Be sure to support your own weight now – stand on top of those feet and keep those arms nice and straight out in front of you.

6. Now that you’re standing, push your hips forward and have both your chin and back perpendicular to the water. By now you should have the perfect stance, with a nice straight back, straight arms, and knees bent at a 90-degree angles with those feet directly under your knees.

Once you feel like you’ve had enough, or you run out of water, simply bend those knees even more, let go, and lean back, allowing your self to simply sink down into the water, ready to get back up and do it again!

You can also use a kneeboard for this technique, but a wakeboard is much easier to balance on, and sits a tad easier between your legs for smaller skiers. This is a great way to learn how to stand up for those first times until you can do it without the board.  Never attempt the Superman start, which is when you let your feet drag behind you as the boat takes off.  This will result in many hard falls and wear your arms out completely!  If you do not have a board the learn a deep water start with your feet on the front cables of the boom and lift those hips up.  Otherwise you can visit us at the World Barefoot Center located in Winter Haven, FL.

By: Keith St Onge

www.WORLDBAREFOOTCENTER.com

(863) 877-0039