Posts Tagged ‘three event’

Lizzie Rhea: Why I Love the World Barefoot Center and Three-Event Skiing

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013


I am 10 years old, and I learned to barefoot five years ago at age 5. Until going to the World Barefoot Center this past summer, I had always just done freestyle barefooting. I loved to play around on the boom and try new things with my brother. I learned to longline when I was eight, but I did not do it very often. It was fun, and I was even lucky enough to get to ski with Andre de Villiers and Brendan Paige.

    My brother and I decided to try to learn 3 event after watching Nationals and Worlds online last summer. We booked a week at the WBC in May, and loved it so much that we went back for another week in July. We skied in our first tournament. We met people from all over the world, and had a fun time.

    The World Barefoot Center has great teachers and they were all  super nice to me. I fell a lot trying to learn new tricks, but every time I fell they said, “ It’s okay, you can do it. Go try again.” They really want you to do your best and have a good attitude while doing it. They encourage you to work very hard, and go for your goals. They make you believe in yourself.

    The WBC instructors taught me how to get up backwards, do toeholds, slalom on one foot going forward, and cross the wake going backwards (still on 2 feet though). I learned that you have to work very hard to be able to succeed in 3 event barefooting. It is hard, and it hurts when I fall, but it is the greatest feeling when you push through and learn a new trick. It is so much harder than freestyle because the goal for everything is to do it behind the boat.

    I pretty much love everything about the WBC, including the pro shop. They have awesome barefoot suits, t-shirts, hats, heater shirts, jewelry, stickers, ropes, bags, and clothes. I wish I could buy everything in there, but my parents won’t let me.

    If you are looking to try something very fun and challenging, go to the WBC and learn 3 event barefoot waterskiing!

Instant Scoring for Barefoot Water Ski Tournaments

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

This year at the New Zealand tournaments we tried out an instant scoringsystem, and what a difference it made the tournaments. Coming from a skier’s point of view, the worst thing about tournaments is waiting around for hours for your score from your 30-second pass to be posted. I understand that it is quite the process for the judges and does take a lot of time however any way to make the scores come out faster is great.

My Uncle, Rob Groen who is also the President of the New Zealand Barefoot Waterski Club is always trying to progress the sport and make it better. In result of this he sorted out a very easy to use instant scoring system that can be viewed anywhere via the Internet. This is not only beneficial for the skiers but it also allows spectators to have a clue on what is going on.

How it works…

Firstly there are 2-3 judges in the boat that will judge the skier and at the end of each run they will also score the pass, if there is any confusion the videographer has the pass ready for the judges to watch again. Once the score is agreed on they then radio back to land where someone is on a computer. The person on the computer then just types the score into the spreadsheet looking page and within 10 seconds the score will appear on the big TV screen and any other device that is connected to the internet and on the website, whether they be all the way in France, America, Australia… Anyone can see it.

As a skier this was great because by the time I had finished my run and walked up to the TV screen my score was there ready for me to read. Also as a spectator it was good as well because even if you weren’t able to watch the skiers you could still see how they were doing.

I think that this was a huge step for barefoot waterskiing as a sport. I hope that this is only the beginning and that we can continue to try and progress the sport, the use of technology is a great way to start and I look forward for what is to come in the future.

By: Georgia Groen