Posts Tagged ‘Water’

Jim Forster: Water Creatures

Monday, December 23rd, 2013


Have you ever wondered what all of the wildlife thinks about when they see one of us ski by? Curious perhaps, but I’d bet they are more scared than not.

Just think about it: here comes a large machine, going real fast and making a lot of noise towing another living animal. Their first instinct is to get as far away from you as possible. The point I’m making is that when you’re skiing on a lake, river, or canal that you’re not familiar with, there’s no need to fear the animals (unless you’re in Africa and hippos are in the water). I live in South Florida and respect the alligators, but am not afraid of them for the reasons I mentioned above. Unless you’re swimming in the water and are in for long periods of time, alligators will stay as far away from you and the boat as possible. Don’t mistake what I’m saying, alligators should be respected. After all, it’s their habitat that we’re intruding on, but as long as you’re near a boat with it’s engine running, they will stay away from you. To them, the boat is bigger, louder and faster than they are.

I have seen some really large water moccasins when I was skiing in Louisiana and I definitely gave them a wide berth. I wouldn’t recommend irritating them as they can be pretty aggressive and are very poisonous. But for the most part, where I ski we rarely see any snakes. Also, the waterfowl (birds) can also be a factor when you ski. Here in South Florida, there are a couple species of ducks that inhabit the canals and lakes. They too, should be respected. At times they swim across our boat path and we wait it out, after all, they’re living creatures and we wouldn’t dare cause harm to them.

As we approach the Winter months, remember, the gators and snakes are reptiles and they are cold blooded. They become slow and lethargic until they warm up in the sun, so if you should encounter them, don’t become alarmed. Chances are they will just lay there unless you disturb them. Well, I hope that I haven’t frightened anyone and would like to wish everyone skiing at the upcoming World Barefoot Championships in Mulwala, Australia good luck. I hope to see you in there in March!

Jim Forster

Water: The Fuel of Barefooting

Thursday, April 4th, 2013


H2O, our sport wouldn’t be possible without it! Not only do we need it to run the boats, but our bodies! Water is an extremely important nutrient for life, and especially for athletes. Two thirds of the body is made of water, making it the most important nutrient. Four days without any water and you would be dead. On average the body needs 1.5 quarts of water a day minimum. Take into consideration how hot it is or if you exercise, you will need more water because you will sweat.

Are you aware that muscles are 75% water? Research suggests that a loss of 3% of this water decreases strength by 10% and speed by 8%. Ever wonder why you have an “off” day skiing? Simply drinking water could be the simple fix!

Hydrate in advance 1-4 hours prior to a barefoot ski set or a tournament run. If you are out in the boat for a long period of time, skiing, teaching, or riding along keep drinking water and lots of it. Next time you get into a boat to ski make sure you have packed an adequate amount of water.
Many people complain they do not like water. If this is the case add a slice or lemon/lime, ginger, mint, or a splash of an herbal tea. Coffee, soda pop and alcoholic beverages do not count as water intake. It is proven that these fluids have the opposite effect and cause dehydration.

Skier Checklist:

 Wetsuit/equipment
 Sunglasses
 Sun Screen
 Hat
 Towel
 Snack
 WATER!!!!!

By: Lauren St. Onge

Barefooting in Rolling Prairie

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

Before the Footapalooza figure 8 tourney Thor Thordarson decided to book and organize a clinic day with some local footers.  We skied on a private site with lots of trees for wind protection and the lily pads limited the backwash.  It’s a perfect site for a barefooter.

The morning of the clinic was a little chilly but once lunchtime rolled around the sun was shining and the conditions were still fantastic for footing.

The barefoot clinic organizer Thor Thordarson is already a solid skier.  Thor has the basics down pat, the main goal for the day was to work towards back wakes.  We worked on cut outs.  Cut outs are a great exercise to do in order to learn to position of the back wake cross.

Andy Scupham is a teacher, well this summer he took part in the Keith St. Onge Barefoot Ski School.  What a great summer school class, right? Andy was a great student he listened well and accomplished his very first backwards one foot one hand! Next step is toe holds!

Seventeen year old Aaron Tanis footed with the crew all day.  Aaron learned a lot of barefooting tricks in a short period of time, we are impressed.  In the morning set Aaron completed his front one foots on barefoot trainers and in the afternoon he got up backwards for the FIRST TIME! Yay!

After taking a year off of skiing Mike Blackwell got back into it at lightening speed!  Before Mike arrived he could do a deepwater start and barefoot straight.  After a full day of skiing Mike had completed some tumble turns, front one foot on his feet, and he started the process of getting up backwards barefooting.  Sucessful day! Look how fast he progressed from shoe skis on the boom to the 5ft rope!

Jack Hollingsworth worked his frontward barefooting form.  Look how good his barefoot position became!

Brynn Hollingsworth braved the cold and skied the morning sets.  Brynn has barefooted before, but today we worked on making her front deepwater start a little smoother! Check her out!  We are putting the invite out to you and all the ladies out there to join us at Women’s Week down in Winter Haven, Florida this year!

A special thank you to Chris McWaters for allowing us to use your boat for the clinic.  we appreciate it!  Thank you Thor for organizing the clinic, it was great and everyone learned something, which is the main goal!  Keep footin’!

By Keith St. Onge and Lauren Lindeman

Barefoot Wet Suit Worn by the “BEST”

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

KSO Wetsuits is the newest barefoot wetsuits worn by World Champions, Keith St Onge and Dave Small.   They both understand the importance of top-quality wetsuits that provide padding  for flotation and protection.  Their youngest to oldest students– from beginners to professionals– at the World Barefoot Center depend on a quality suit, and KSO Wetsuits delivers quality and protection on the water.  

The new 2011 “KSO Wet Suit” proves to fit like a glove, with it’s new, tapered waist line and wrap around padding over the shoulders and around the ribs.  There are many graphic and color options to choose from, with a unique style for everyone!

Visit the World Barefoot Center online pro shop or to learn more and buy yours today.