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Ted Baber: Training at Keuka Lake

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Flying high during a training set

There was a training week held at Keuka lake, Fairford on the last week of July this year. It was put together by Jem Drew and Paul Turner, with help from Nick Lodge. It was a chance to bring the skiers closer together, and all throughout the week, there was a positive atmosphere. We spent 5 days training and working on different aspects everyday, based on what Paul saw individuals needed to work on, as well as overall new tricks. Charlie Long, Ben Edwards, Nick Lodge, Tom Heaps and Bibby Curtis spent the week camping down the lake. With the weather not holding up all week, it was a challenging to be there training, despite spending time during the rain hiding in the boat under the trees, we still managed to take advantage of the glass water. It was a great week, full of skiing, and being able to build up stronger friendships between the skiers.

By: Ted Baber

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

UK Jump Jam 2012

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

In November 10, 2012 in the Cotswolds England, we had a Jump Jam tournament. It was pretty cold. The tournament started early in the morning with skiers doing tricks and slalom. After that had finished, Dave Small went out and jumped for the crowd. His furthest jump was 23.5 meters. The sun went down and the lights came on for the night jump winner taking 1000 pounds 250 for second and 150 for third.

Filippo from Italy and Evert Aartsen Jr. from Finland both came over prior to the tournament for a couple of days training too. Ben Harris was first out on the water, landing his last jump out of three. I was up next, pretty excited but nervous as I hadn’t jumped at night before. The first two did not go well, landing on my face both times. I skied away the last jump but a small distance. Filippo and Evert both jumped well, around 18m but Greg Meehan won with a 20.5m jump.

Ted Baber

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Saturday, January 7th, 2012

Ted Baber at World Barefoot Center

In the winter of 2010, 16-year-old Ted Baber flew in from Bristol, England to take barefoot lessons from David Small at the World Barefoot Center during a family trip to Florida. The teen had competed in slalom events for water skiing back home, but he had never barefooted. It was a cold day in February, but Ted quickly warmed up with excitement the moment he placed his feet on the water.

“Dave is British and the top skier in the United Kingdom,” said Ted. “I met him before at a few tournaments, so I was excited to learn to barefoot with him.”

Ted spent five and half days at the WBC and picked up a variety of skills. “I learned to barefoot backwards on shoe skis,” said Ted.  “I was so excited! I didn’t get it right away at first, it took me three days.”  Ted enjoyed the whole experience of learning this new sport and all the terminology that came with it. He asked his parents for another opportunity to head to the World Barefoot Center to learn more.

backwards, ted baber, world barefoot center

In April, 2010 Ted returned to the WBC for ten days of instruction.  The ten days stretched into twenty, as travel back home was restricted by the ash cloud that drifted from Iceland.  The extra days on the water paid off.  “I learned the back toe hold,  line step position,  tumbles to one,  two foot slalom and  long line backwards on feet,” said Ted.  “I even went over the jump on shoes and landed my first jump!”  Before he left, he signed on as a sponsored skier.  “I like the challenge of barefooting– I’m passionate about it.”

As soon as he arrived home, Ted continued to practice what he learned.  Ted competed in the British Nationals as his first tournament. “I was nervous, but I tricked like 617 and I slalomed a 3.4.”  He went on to compete in the Europeans and improved his scores.  He was selected for the UK Junior team and spent hours on the water with his father driving the boat, practicing his slalom runs over a huge wake. Ted flew to Germany and competed in the 2010 Worlds.  This was an amazing accomplishment for a kid who learned to barefoot in less than a year.

“Tricks are my favorite event,” said Ted.  “My favorite trick is the front-to-back.  It was hard to learn and I took a lot of hard falls.  But I don’t get frustrated–  I keep trying. I was relived and happy when I finally did it.”

Ted Baber, world barefoot center

Ted threw his shoulder out in the spring of 2011, tearing a ligament and pinching a nerve, but he didn’t let it stop him on the water.  He’s working on honing his surface turns and one foot turns.

“Ted is a great kid with huge talent and the right attitude to succeed in the sport of barefooting,” said David Small. “He has come a very long way in the last few years, on and off the water, and it’s a pleasure to watch him grow. I look forward to seeing how far the WBC team can take him!”

No matter  how bad it gets it’s fun to be out on the water,” said Ted. “A bad day on the water is better than a good day in school.”   Lucky for Ted, the teen has graduated and is done with school. More time for him to play on the water!

Here’s a video with a few clips of Ted on the water:

CHRISTMAS FOOTING from WorldBarefootCenter on Vimeo.