Posts Tagged ‘sponsored skier post’

Ted Baber: British Nationals

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

The final British Nationals for 2013 was held at The Three Sisters Club in Wigan on a cold, cloudy September 7th. Never the less it didn’t put off the skiers to take to the water and show off what they have learnt throughout the season.

The first discipline was slalom, where the juniors showed great progression, demonstrating both back as well as front slalom. Charlie Long took out first place in the Junior Division. The Open class followed with myself and the other competitors skiing at our best. Only two competitors competed in the senior’s category, where Chris Coombs and Paul Turner took to the water. With Paul taking first place closely followed by Chris. Unfortunately afterwards the weather took a bad toll delaying the tricks event.

When the weather past over, all skiers showed great solid skiing. With the likes of Brad Beattie, Tom Heaps and Bibby Curtis demonstrating toe-holds and back one foots, but despite their efforts Charlie Long took first place in the juniors trick event as well. In the open class they showed similar solid displays, everybody skied well considering the conditions. Paul Turner secured first place in the seniors as well as second in the open class in the trick event.

Chris Coombs

In the jump event everyone took part from boom to long line, Charlie Long showing good inverts on the boom, again, gaining first place in the juniors. Paul and I were the only competitors jumping long line.

Overall Charlie Long took first place in the juniors, I took first place in the open class and Paul Turner took first in the seniors.

By: Ted Baber

Ted Baber: Clinic in Sweden

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

At the end of June my friend Evert Aartsen Jr and I went to Sweden to run a barefoot clinic. We flew into Gothemberg and then drove 2 hours to a place called Bunn. The set up there was great! There was three boats, 2 were sangers and one was a flight craft. Also, the lake that the clinic was being held on was massive. It was split into three sections Bunn one, Bunn two and Bunn three, so we where able to find flat water all the time.

We had a total of 20 skiers at the clinic. 10 were young kids between the ages of 5 and 14 years old and the other 10 where adults. The clinic was held over three days. During our stay in Sweden we stayed in a little wooden cabin. Each cabin held three people. We were also provided with breakfast, lunch and dinner.

We split the 20 skiers into two groups. Evert taught the kids as he could speak Swedish and I taught the adults because they spoke fluent english. Everybody that I taught improved massively over the three days and they all gave us really positive feedback. It went so well that the Swedish barefoot group invited Evert & I back next year to run another clinic. We can’t wait!

By: Ted Baber

Ted Baber: Scandinavian Open

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

In July my friend Bradley Beattie and I from Great Britain went over to Finland to ski with Evert Aarsten Jr. We went over a week early to train before the tournament. In that week we had no luck with the weather, so in the end we had to deal with the rough water and train in it. It was so rough I was struggling to stand on 2 feet. Also, it was freezing cold and the only thing that was keeping me motivated was knowing that there was a boiling hot sauna on the side of the lake waiting for me.

It came to the day of the tournament and we could not have asked for better weather. It was perfect conditions with a boiling hot sun and flat water. A barefooters dream! The Scandinavian Open had a good turn out with 5 different countries attending. There was the Fins, Swedes, Norwegians, Dutch and the Brits.

The tournament was under way, Evert Jr and I were disappointed in our first round scores in tricks. He scored 2,400 pts and I scored 3,600 pts. However Evert Jr hit a massive PB in the second round with a score of 5,900 pts. After the trick event we did slalom. Evert Jr came out on top in this event with 14.0 and I score a close second with 13.2. The last event and the most exciting was jumping. Evert Jr and I were the only invert jumpers. We both struggled on the first couple of jumps to stay square off the ramp and I took a big crash on one. I end up landing an 18m jump and Evert Jr took out the overall with a swell 23m jump.

By: Ted Baber

Kailey Koehler: My World Championships Experience

Friday, October 4th, 2013

I have had the privilege to attend three world championships.  The first worlds that I went to was held in Otaki, New Zealand.  I was 13 years old and let me tell you, I was a little bundle of nerves.  It was my first big tournament and I had no clue what I was doing.  I went to New Zealand not knowing what to expect, but I had the time of my life.  I was able to meet people from all over the world, and I was able to ski with professional athletes who I idolized.  I qualified as an independent skier in tricks and slalom.  I skied quite well considering the level I was at with my skiing and all the pressure I was under.  After I skied, I was able to tour the beautiful country and explore the different cultures.  I went bungee jumping, saw sheep roaming the streets, and skied on the lake that “Lord of the Rings” was filmed on.

My first worlds was an experience that I will never forget and it was a stepping stone to the level of skiing that I am currently at.  My first worlds was when I realized that I was serious about this sport and I got the drive to become a better skier.  Ever since then, I began to train at the World Barefoot Center, where world champions are made.  My coaches taught me new tricks and they encouraged me to push past my limits.  As I continued to grow as a skier, I was able to go to a second world championships in Brandenburg, Germany.  I was on the US Junior team and we received the overall team gold medal.  Germany was a great experience that created many lasting memories.

The last world championships that I attended was held in Waco, Texas.  I skied in the junior division for the last time and I also competed as an elite skier.  I had so much fun and was able to take home a few medals in the process.  I am so lucky to have had the privilege to go to the world championships and I hope to go to the next one in Australia.  I look forward to meeting new people and catching up with my friends from all over the world.

by Kailey Koehler