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Stefan Wimmer: Barefoot Training in Italy

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

At the beginning of September, Filippo texted me that his federation wants to organize a training competition in Recetto, Italy from 12. to 15. September.

For me it was great to ski a small training competition before the European Championship in October.

My decision was clear because in that time of the season the weather conditions in Austria start to get naff.  So I planned a short trip to Italy that I can train with Filippo for 3 days. My girlfriend Karin and Madeleine, a good friend of mine, came with me to support me at my competition.

On the way to Italy:

We arrived in Recetto on Friday morning and put the ramp into the water.

It took us about 2 hours to fix everything and than we started with our training.

We did two sets of slalom and tricks and in the afternoon we did a jump set.

On Saturday we planned to do a small traininig competiton of 2 rounds (slalom, tricks and jump).  The weather was good all the time but when we started to jump the conditions got bad. So we decided to jump 2 rounds on Sunday.

On Sunday morning we started at about 8:30 in the morning with another round of slalom and tricks and after that we jumped.

It was a really nice training weekend for me in Recetto and it was nice to meet a lot of waterskiers from Italy.

I will come back for sure next year  to ski a competition in Recetto.

By: Stefan Wimmer

Stefan Wimmer: Becoming a Barefoot Instructor

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

What you guys should know is that I study sport in Austria with the goal to be a Sport Instructor for all different sports.

So,when I was at the World Barefoot Center for the first time,  the team showed me how to instruct people and I got to know how to work with every individual skier. It was really interesting for me to learn which methods they use physically or mentally to train people and also to motivate them.

So after the first 3 weeks at the WBC, my goals changed. Now I want to be a great skier, but I also want to be a great instructor like the WBC Crew is.

This year I started to work as an instructor for barefoot water ski and I also helped out at the World Barefoot Center for one month in my summer holidays. It was a really cool experience to work with different skiers from all over the world. I worked with beginners and also with sponsored athletes.

It was interesting to see how the skiers learned and progressed and that makes me proud.  It is a good feeling to see that other people can learn from you step by step.

The biggest rule for me:

As an instructor is your goal and your function to put the skier on the right way that he can progress.

For me instructing is one of the greatest jobs, because everyone is individual and you can’t teach everyone the same way. It is a challenge to find the right way that the individal skier can understand you easily.

Keep on Footing!!

By: Stefan Wimmer

Stefan Wimmer: My First Experience as a Sponsored Skier

Sunday, April 28th, 2013


Ben and Ted picked me up from the airport and we arrived at the WBC around 10 pm. I met Swampy, and Ben quickly showed me around the house where I would stay for the next three weeks. Later on, we talked about my skiing – what level I am on right now, and what I want to learn. Before I went to bed, I started to get nervous because Swampy says to me “Let’s see tomorrow what you can do on the water.”

The morning started really good. I met the other team members and we all ate breakfast together. I felt really good to be here with all these other skiers from all over the world, to train with them. I enjoyed every single minute spent with them.

At 8 o’clock we went out for the first set and I started to get nervous again, because I wanted to impress Swampy and the other team members with my skiing. The first set was really good, because I did my skiiing well and enjoyed being back on the water. The next two days I went out with Ben, just to be on the water and get my feeling back. We did a lot of basics on the shoes, and some on my feet.

A few days later, we started to work on my skiing to get up to the next level, if it was Slalom, Tricks or Jump, Swampy, David, Keith and Ben would all put some pressure on me to see if I could pass. At the begining it was really hard to get over my fear and to trust my skiing, but at the end of each day, I was happy with my skiing and my mental strength continued to grow. I had a lot of challenges on the water, and it pushed me to my limit!!

Barefooting is not an easy sport so I had good and bad days, my skiing was on and off. When I had bad days and nothing worked on the water the way I wanted, I always had my goals and idols in my mind which kept me motivated.



In those three weeks I learnt so much about Barefooting, and those guys pushed me to the next level of my skiing. Since I have been a skier of the World Barefoot Center, I have learnt to get over my fears, and challenge myself on the water. I am really proud to be part of the greatest Water ski school in the World.

Stefan Wimmer

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Stefan Wimmer: How I Started Barefooting

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

My dad was also a barefooter, so when I was a little feller, I was always with him and my older brother in the boat. We had a lot of fun and I enjoyed to be with my family on the boat. When I was six years old, I started to play around on the boom.

I skied whenever I desired to ski. Sometimes I wanted to learn something new and sometimes I just played around.

In this time I did also a lot of other sports like soccer, skateboarding, trampolining and some more. I liked to do so many different sports and barefooting was always a part of these sports.

When I was 9 years old, I skied my first tournament in Italy (Albarella) and it was amazing for me. I was a little bit nervous to miss the start, but I made it so I was really happy.

Since then, I skied every year a view competitions, but just for fun and barefooting was like a big hobby for me.

My brother was always an idol for me because he skied very good and I wanted to ski like he did. He trained hard and was focused on barefooting. In 2003, he won the junior slalom world championship and I was so proud of him.

From this poin, barefooting got more and more interesting for me. With 15 years, I did competitions in The Netherlands, Germany, Italy… and I love to travel around and do everywhere in the world Barefoot competitions.

I stopped playing soccer and from this time on, my focus was on barefooting.

When I watched at competitions professional barefooters, I wanted to be like them and trained more and more. This was my incentive.

Now I am proud to be part of the World Barefoot Center Team were I can ski and train with the best barefooters all over the world.

Keep on footing!!