Posts Tagged ‘tournament’

Lizzie Rhea: My Trip to Australia

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

I mentioned going to the 2014 Barefoot Worlds in my last blog about girls jumping. My experience in Australia was very fun. It was the best trip I have ever taken. Australia is an awesome country, and I can’t wait to go back again. The people, the food, the weather, and the skiing were all great.

I met people from all over the world during my trip to Australia, and I loved them all. We had different languages, accents, cultures, and traditions. It was very interesting to learn about what it is like in other countries. All of the Australians were so nice and friendly and welcoming.

I loved meeting the locals when we went to restaurants. Australian food was delicious and cool. I loved drinking the lemony Solos and snacking on Savoy crackers – they were my favorite. I also loved the meat pies and the prawns. I regret that I never tried the vegemite on my toast though! I will next time!

The weather in Australia was perfect while we were there. It was sunny and warm for most of the trip. It was so nice to escape from America’s cold winter, and go to Australia’s warm summer.

The water and the skiing were great too! I loved the Custom Ski Boats, which were used in the tournament. The water was very smooth each morning and afternoon. The Max Kirwan Ski park was a perfect spot in the middle of a beautiful countryside. We even saw wild kangaroos on the ride to the lakes. The Mulwala Ski Club was a really fun place to hang out, and Lake Mulwala was very beautiful.

The only part of the trip I did not like was the flight. When we arrived in Melbourne, I asked my Mom if we could just live there, because I did not want to have fly back! After such a great trip, I think the miserable flight is worth it to go to such a great place! I am looking forward to my next trip to Australia!

Lizzie Rhea

Evert Aartsen: European and African Barefoot Championships

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

Evert Aartsen, Jr.

The European & African Barefoot Championships took place in Kimberley, South Africa on October 23 – 26. I had not skied in almost two months before the tournament because of the cold weather in Finland but we did have the boat for one hour on Tuesday the 22nd. I got a few runs of tricks and a few runs of slalom within that hour that I shared with two other Finnish skiers.

We stayed in the Protea Hotel together with the Brits, Austrians, Italians, and the judges. The ski lake was about 30 km from the hotel. On the way to the lake you could see a few wild animals which was pretty cool for me. On Wednesday, the first day of the tournament,  the first event of the day was Seniors Jump. My first event was tricks which was the last event of the day and I was the last skier so I had a long first day.  Once  it was time for the Open men to ski, I felt good and was ready but it all changed after the first run. I crashed on my toe up!  I ended up with a really bad score in the first round. I was second last after the first round!

Next day we were supposed to do the open mens Jump at 8am but the water was to rough so they decided to finish the first rounds of all the Juniors and Seniors first and then see if the water gets any better. But the water did not get any better at the end of the day so the decided that we try again the next day and hope for better water.

So on Friday morning the water was good so we started with Open mens Jump. We got up till the fourth Jumper when the wind wanted to screw us up again!So after a long wait we started to slalom in the rough water which was better than jumping though. we skied on the other side of the lake where the water was a little better.On the first round of slalom I had a bad score again cause I fell early on my first pass. And after the first round the 3:rd place score was 14.2. And I was hoping to score higher than that in the next round.That day the water was a bit up and down all the time so we never Jumped instead of jump we did the second round of slalom.The second round was a lot better for me. I was so happy when they told me the score from the boat. It was 15 flat that would had given me the 2:nd place. but when the official scores came out I saw that they downgraded me by 2 points so I had 13 flat which gave me a 5:th place in slalom.

And on saturday was the last day of the tournament. we had Open mens Tricks round two, and both rounds of Open mens Jump left.we started with the first round of Jump. I was jumper number 9. I was feeling really confident about jumping. So when it was my turn to Jump I went out and landed my first jump which was a 23.4m jump which was the biggest jump in the first round. On second place was my big buddy Stefan Wimmer with a 22.2m jump!After the first round of jump we did the second round of tricks. I improved my score a little bit. After the second round I placed 7:th in tricks.and now we only had one round of jump left and it was pretty late already so the officials decided to give each jumper only two jumps. I was feeling good but also a bit nervous because there was still a few jumper who had the potential to beat that 23.4m. but lucky for me I was the last jumper of round two. And when I was sure for a medal i was pretty happy already but there was still Garth Strydom and Stefan Wimmer to come. Garth improved his score from 21.1 to 21.4. so now it was only Stefan left. he did not improve with his first jump. and I was standing on the dock during his last jump. and he did not land it! I felt bad for him. but still I was pretty happy because I just got a gold medal and I broke Stefans 2 year Jump title.Sorry Stefan! 😀

Evert Aartsen Jr.

Evert Aartsen, Jr.: Under 23 and Dutch Cup Barefooting in Brielle, Holland

Thursday, November 21st, 2013
My last competition before the E&A championships in South Africa was the Under 23 and the Dutch Cup in Brielle, Holland on the 16th – 18th of August.
I flew in to Amsterdam the 15th and  Filippo Ribaldone was waiting for me at the airport.  He arrived earlier that day. So we took the train to Den Haag together where Rob Molenkamp picked us up and drove us to his place where we stayed for the night. Next morning we went to the ski site. We brought our bags to a youth hostel next to the lake where Stefan Wimmer was staying and where we were going to stay the next two days.
When we got everything set up for the competition and all the skiers had arrived from Germany we started to ski. We started with the Under 23 competition and all skied both slalom and tricks after each other. And in the afternoon we had a round of jump. In slalom I scored 13.5 and in tricks I got a PB which I am super happy with! it was 5700 points. Jump was not to good. my Jumps were around the 20 meters.
And when we started the Dutch Cup we skied one round of slalom first, then had a short break and then tricks, and after tricks we had a pretty long break so we could eat something and take it easy, so later in the afternoon we had the jumping!
My trick and jump score were not to good in the Dutch Cup but I did score a PB in slalom with a score of 15. But I had a lot of fun in Brielle when I got to meet all my friends again. and after the competition me and Filippo went back to Amsterdam and stayed at the airport for the night. We did not really like to sleep in the airport but our flight was early in the morning so we had to!
Evert Aartsen Jr.

Filippo Ribaldone: Brielle Open Barefoot Competition

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

During the second weekend of august I had the opportunity to go in Holland in Brielle to ski in another great competition and see all my good friends from all around Europe. I met Evert Aartsen, Jr.  at the airport of Amsterdam and together we been to Rob Mollencamp’s house to spend the night before going at the site.

On the second day, we met all the other skiers, Stefan Wimmer,  Kennet Eissler, Lavinia Eissler, and Lukas Eissler. I was so happy to spend some days with them.
The lake in Brielle is so good, we did the Europeans and Africans there last year, but I think 2013 was even better because we were all staying in the same hostel. It was so much fun.
Was a great competiton.  Evert did his PB in trick 5700 and everyone pushed really hard to have PB in jump…but it didn’t happen ahahaha
I think best jump was from Stefan and Evert both over 25 and then me with 24 but nobody landed 😉  The final result?  Evert first with 20.6 and me third with 19.9.
I love skiing with all this great guys from Europe…and I hope next year we will have a lot more competition like that.

Filippo Ribaldone

The 2014 Greg Wilkinson Memorial Figure 8 Barefoot Tournament

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

The last two articles I wrote were about the person that taught me how to barefoot or the person that got into competing.  This article is about promoting an annual Figure 8 barefoot tournament.   This event was first called the Silver Sheep figure 8 barefoot tournament when Thor Thordarson was the organizer, but due to his busy personal schedule, he turned the organization duties over to Mark Donahue and me.  Mark and I originally called this tournament the Footapalooza Figure 8 barefoot tournament.  The tournament  is always held on the 1st weekend after Fathers Day.

A couple of years ago, the barefoot community lost a great person when Greg Wilkinson lost his battle to cancer.  Greg was a  great advocate for the sport of barefooting. He always had a smile on his face and was always very supportive.  With the permission of Greg’s wife, Penny, Mark and I changed the tournament name to the Greg Wilkinson Memorial.  We take a  portion of the entry money and any donations– and give them to Penny for a charity of her choice in Greg’s honor.

The Greg Wilkinson Figure 8 tournament has a few different rules and regulations than maybe some of the other Figure 8 events out there.  First and foremost, we want everybody to have the opportunity to compete and barefoot.  Therefore, we really don’t care how you get to your feet during the start.  If you can’t deep water start and you need to drop a ski then bring a ski; if you can’t drop a ski and you can only deepwater start, then leave your skies at home.  Deepwater starts and drop ski footers can go side-by-side without any problem.  Our goal and motto has always been and will continue to be “No footer left on the beach.”

This is a double elimination event.  For next year, we are fortunate to have a couple monetary contributors.  Contributors have given this event 1,000 dollars each. Yup, that’s 2,000 dollars plus the entry fees.  Now, instead of having these Figure 8 junkies coming and fighting over the lump sum, Mark and I decided to make two divisions.  Those two divisions have been uniquely called Pros and Open.  If any footer has won or placed in the top 3 in the last 3 years in any Figure 8, you are considered in our book a “pro.”  If you haven’t done that, we are considering you an Open footer.  We are here to attract footers and not scare them off.  We want to give the open footer the opportunity to win money as well.  The monies will be divided between the two divisions.  Also we do pay down to the fourth and maybe the fifth spot in the open division.  The Pro division will only be paid down to the top three.

So, that being said on June 21st 2014, the Greg Wilkinson Memorial Figure 8 barefoot tournament will be held in Rolling Prairie, Indiana, behind the Sacred Heart Apostolic school located at 5901 N 500 E  Rolling Prairie, In.  The entry fee is $55.00, and if you register between now and May 1st, a tournament shirt will be included with the registration fee. Otherwise you will have to purchase shirts at the tournament.

This event is located approximately 20 miles from South Bend, Indiana.  If you’re flying, Chicago is the closest major airport, but there are small airports around the area that some airlines will fly into. This site is very nicely situated behind the school surround by trees and lily pads.  There is a great viewing area for spectators on a grassy knoll overlooking the lake.  The lake is just big enough for a Figure 8 tournament–it is real nice and decreases the chances for a blow out.

Between the lake and the school, there is a large area for camping–sorry, no hook ups, but we do have porta restrooms on site.  For you non-camping types there are hotels within 10-15 minutes of the site.  We will be cooking on site and we seek donations for the food and the cook.  Saturday night after the tournament is over we have a large bonfire with music and beverages.  Sunday morning we all like to get up and get a quick ski in before we pack upon a leave.

There is an opportunity for barefoot lessons on Thursday and Friday if there is enough interest.  The World barefoot Center with Keith St. Onge, David Small, or Ben Groen would be interested to put on a clinic.  Please contact either me or the World Barefoot Center if you are interested.  The sooner the better of course, the WBC schedule fills up rather quickly.   Mark and I will be advertising this event on social media, word of mouth and hopefully a ski magazine or two, so please help spread the word and come out and enjoy a great time, meet new people, or shoot the poop with old friends–and honor a great person and friend.

Thank you and foot safe,

Chris Mcwatters

The 2012 Barefoot Worlds in Waco, Texas

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

The 2012 Barefoot Worlds will take place at the Barefoot Ski Ranch in Waco, Texas from August 26 to September 2.  The tournament can be viewed live at the World Barefoot Center website.

The skier running order, videos, and results can be found at: Barefoot Worlds.

The schedule of events can be found at the Barefoot Ski Ranch:  2012 Worlds Schedule of Events

The hashtag to follow updates on Twitter:  #2012Worlds.  Use this hashtag if you tweet updates on Twitter.   World Barefoot Center on Twitter: @WorldBarefootCN

Other skiers on Twitter:

@keithstonge

@laurenlstonge

@barefootsmallz

@barefootbeng

@ashk8stebbeings

@paulwstokes

@tedbaber

@chandlercargile

The World Barefoot Center on Facebook: WBC Facebook Page

Who’s on the teams:  Elite, Junior, Senior and Coaches

The World Barefoot Center wishes everyone a great tournament!

WBC Invitational Results

Monday, October 17th, 2011

The WBC Invitational was held October 7th and 8th on Lake David in Groveland, Florida.   The event was broadcast live on the World Barefoot Center site, with Swampy Bouchard and Andy Harris providing commentary.

Here are the tournament results:

WBC Invitational Tricks Event Running Order

WBC Invitational Tricks Event Scores

WBC Invitational Tricks Event Finals Scores

WBC Invitational Slalom Event Running Order

WBC Invitational Slalom Event Scores

WBC Invitational Slalom Event Finals Scores

WBC Invitational Jump Event Running Order

WBC Invitational Jump Event Scores

WBC Invitational Jump Event Finals Scores

WBC Invitational Overall Finals Scores

There were quite a few spectacular falls that weekend:

WBC INVITATIONAL MASSIVE FALLS from WorldBarefootCenter on Vimeo.

WBC Head to Head Tournament!!

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

There will be a LIVE VIDEO FEED on WORLDBAREFOOTCENTER.COM of the WBC Head-to-Head tournament being held at Lake David, Groveland, Florida on October 7th & 8th. The tournament starts at 7am eastern time on the 7th so make sure you jump on our website and check it out.

WBC Open Invitational Tournament Rules & Information

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

The WBC Open Invitational is a Head-to-Head fast paced 3-event high stakes tournament. There will be three categories of competition; Overall, Tricks, Jump, and Slalom. This tournament will have a total cash payout of $20,500. The Breakdown of this sum is as follows:

Overall

–   1st –   $5,000

–     2nd –  $2,500

–     3rd –  $1,000

Single Events

–     1st –   $2,500

–     2nd –  $1,000

–     3rd –   $500

The way that the tournament will be run is under a very different format than any tournament before it. The event will start with 2 elimination rounds of both tricks and slalom. All competitors will be included in both elimination rounds. Jumping will include only 1 elimination round, consisting of 4 jumps per skier. Each skier’s best score out of either elimination round becomes his or her seed score for the rest of the tournament. The top 8 seeded skiers in each event will move on to the head-to-head format.

After elimination, head-to-head begins. From this point on, all jump rounds will only consist of 2 jumps per skier. The seed scores determine the pairings for each round (i.e. #1 vs. #8; #2 vs. #7 etc.). The higher seeded skier of each pair will receive the option of choosing to ski before or after his or her competitor. The winners move on to the next round and the losers are immediately eliminated from that event.

Once the final 4 skiers emerge, the seed scores once again base the pairings for the second round. The winners proceed to the third and final round in a head-to-head battle for first and second place. The skier with the higher second round score of the two losers will take third place.

The Overall category winners will be determined by the skiers’ best score in each event throughout the entire tournament, including the elimination rounds.

Judging will follow the same rules as the standard 3-event competition; however, this tournament will feature Instant Scoring. Each score will be announced and recorded before the next skier is pulled.

WBC Invitational Teaser 2

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

4 weeks to go until the WBC Invitational!! Check out the latest video.

WBC INVITATIONAL OFFICIAL TEASER 2 – DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES? from WorldBarefootCenter on Vimeo.