Posts Tagged ‘summer’

Brice Storman – Summer 2013

Monday, March 30th, 2015

2I had just learned how to slalom ski and I thought it was the time of my life, just weaving back and forth through the water. Amazing, I thought. As summer neared its end, my dad told me about this insane water sport called BAREFOOTING. At first that sounded like some lame sport that nobody’s ever heard of. Then my dad showed me a video of it and it was the coolest thing ever. My dad asked me if I wanted to try it next summer and I said yes as enthusiastic as my worried mind would let me.

A year passed and the barefooting thing had slipped from my mind but it hadn’t slipped from my dad’s. He reminded me mid-summer and I tried to make the excuse that we didn’t have anywhere to go to barefoot. But he already found a place to go. He said WBC. So we went and checked it out. 6 or 7 months later, I’m now a sponsored skier and skiing every weekend, having the time of my life with some of the coolest people you could meet.

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Sam Meredith, My Summer at the World Barefoot Center

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

This was my 2nd trip to the World Barefoot Center and certainly the warmest ski conditions I’ve experienced where there is no temperature difference between being in or out of the water. I had little ski time over the last year due to bad weather and logistics but managed to keep up a daily workout in the gym for strength endurance and fitness. Xmas 2012 at the World Barefoot Center got me from just about standing on the water to consistent front toe holds, tumbles and stand up to one foots and getting up backwards behind the boat. I was a little nervous it would take me a while to get back to where I was after a year with a small amount of ski practice.

The first few days worked on my front toe holds, slalom and backwards getting more and more confident. After the 5 days training I worked on backwards one foots on the 10 foot line working up to a toe hold which I managed to nail once after some work, although my one foot position needed much work for consistency.

During the second week of my visit I worked on consistency doing back deeps which took some time to get the hang of again. Ashleigh helped me become more consistent with this by gliding for long passes then eventually getting up backwards and then back down to the glide at the end of the pass. From getting the hang of that I moved it to behind the boat and rarely missed a start and practised getting out of the wake then managing a wake crossing. I also worked on my front trick pass consisting of toe holds and tumbles to one foots. As I became stronger in my toe hold position I started to learn the toe up starting from a negative which after at least 30 attempts managed to complete on the 10 foot.

Also a big part of my stay included fitness training for the team Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights. The training was mainly body weight circuits but involved sprints, swimming and some weighted exercises every workout involved almost every muscle group and lasted approx. 90 minutes. The fitness training was orientated around skiing and interval style sprints or swims this is similar to the way a ski set is achieved by doing a series of intense passes.

Sam Meredith: Summer at the World Barefoot Center

Monday, July 21st, 2014

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This was my 2nd trip to the World Barefoot Center and certainly the warmest ski conditions I’ve experienced where there is no temperature difference between being in or out of the water. I had little ski time over the last year due to bad weather and logistics, but managed to keep up a daily workout in the gym for strength endurance and fitness. Christmas 2012 at the World Barefoot Center got me from just about standing on the water to consistent front toe holds, tumbles and stand up to one foots and getting up backwards behind the boat. I was a little nervous it would take me a while to get back to where I was after a year with a small amount of ski practice.

The first few days worked on my front toe holds, slalom and backwards getting more and more confident. After the 5 days training, I worked on backwards one foots on the 10 foot line working up to a toe hold which I managed to nail once after some work, although my one foot position needed much work for consistency.

During the second week of my visit I worked on consistency doing back deeps which took some time to get the hang of again. Ashleigh helped me become more consistent with this by gliding for long passes then eventually getting up backwards and then back down to the glide at the end of the pass. From getting the hang of that, I moved it to behind the boat and rarely missed a start and practised getting out of the wake then managing a wake crossing. I also worked on my front trick pass consisting of toe holds and tumbles to one foots. As I became stronger in my toe hold position I started to learn the toe up starting from a negative which after at least 30 attempts managed to complete on the 10 foot.

Also a big part of my stay included fitness training for the team Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights. The training was mainly body weight circuits but involved sprints, swimming and some weighted exercises every workout involved almost every muscle group and lasted approx. 90 minutes. The fitness training was orientated around skiing and interval style sprints or swims this is similar to the way a ski set is achieved by doing a series of intense passes.

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Filippo Ribaldone: Back on the Water

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Photo by Timo Harju

Finally, after a long winter on the snow in the middle of April, I got back on the water. This winter was impossible for me to ski or even go to Florida because I did a course to become a snowboard teacher. It was a 1 season long course with no free time and 3 exams at the end.  The course was really helpful for me because it gave me knowledge not just about snowboard techniques but also athlete preparation theory, sport psychology, and motivation, safety and a lot of other interesting things.  Finally, I successfully passed the exam.

This year, I started with a different preparation on the water, thanks to the Italian Waterski Federation. We moved the boat in a very big lake called Viverone, this gave me te opportunity to start the season with some good bases i been doing set of 4 slalom passes, the good thing? every passes was soo long like 5 time a normal pass, and i was also skin in my lake the Waterski KLI in Ravenna, this combination for me was pretty good cos now i physically feels really good and gave me the opportunity to find out how to slide better on water and go back to the 2mt pole in stead of the high fly for back slalom which it make me goes faster.

Right now we took the boat back to the Italian Waterski Federation center in Recetto where the condition are always good and monday I’m gonna start jumping and tricking. I never enjoyed slalom, but now that I learned more about it I start to like it soo much. It is technical, fast, powerful  and also you to kind of edge change, is kind of carving and I love it. (ok, not as much as jumping :)

This season is gonna be fun as always, we got Italian National 12/13 of july, Scandinavian open in Norway, E&A’s in Austria and a competition in Holland.

Now everything is getting ready and fun for the new season, and I’m glad to feel that finally summer is arrived!

Filippo Ribaldone

Chandler Cargile: Looking Forward to Summer

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Last summer at the World Barefoot Center ski school, I had the most fun I have ever had. I met new people, got to know them well and became good friends with them. I also got to see people I already knew. From skiing with all of my friends, to hanging out by the pool, going to the movies, going to Andy’s and just playing around the house, I can’t think of how it could have gotten any better.

There is nothing I love more than being with the World Barefoot Center family, and I hope this summer is going to be just like the last one. The only difference is the new goals we all will have. Much higher goals, and its always better when you have friends like I do to push you as far as you can. I really want to become stronger in my skiing and take it as far as I possibly can.

I cant wait until this summer begins!