Posts Tagged ‘waterski’

David Small – The Jump King

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

David “Small’Z” Small has been around for quite some time.  Now that he’s lived in the United States for over five years, his name continues to grow!  He dominates the Jump event and flies further, smoother and more graceful than anyone in the world. Let’s not forget about his butter landings either.  He literally lands like a cat.

Here’s his latest shot in Waterski magazine.

World Jump Record Holder David Small Barefoot Water Ski Jumping

The World’s Greatest Barefooter: David Small


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How to become a WBC Sponsored Athlete!

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Have you ever wondered if you have got what it takes to join the WBC’s Sponsored Athletes Program. Well here at the World Barefoot Center each and every skier shares a passion for the sport of barefoot waterskiing and a willingness to push themselves to become better skiers. Our sponsored athletes program is always expanding to become bigger and better. We are looking for skiers that are able to ski well and that have a great personality as well as the heart and drive to push themselves to become the best skiers they can be. We want to build world-class skiers by giving them an opportunity to train with the best skiers and coaches in the world, and elevate their skiing to the highest level.

In order to reach our goals, we need to be sure that we have members who want to go all the way and are completely committed to improving and doing things the right way. The sponsored skiers need to honour a number of qualifications in order to help both WBC and themselves out. The qualifications include:

  • Attending all major tournaments
  • Willingness to help in all aspects of Barefooting (for example helping out during tournaments, taking pictures/videos, and writing articles)
  • Commitment to the school and spending time here (a minimum of 10 days per year)
  • Openness to teamwork
  • Having a great attitude towards learning
  • Professionalism and class both on and off the water
  • Representing WBC and the sport in an outstanding way
  • Courtesy
  • And most importantly a desire to be both among the best and to become one of the best.

There are no set qualification scores to be able to apply for the program. However, all athletes will be expected to spend at least 10 skiing days per year at the school, and must be dedicated to learning and progressing in the sport.

If you think the above applies to yourself and that you are interested in applying to become apart of the team theres a WBC team application form that needs to be filled out and sent in to either the school E-Mail, wbcbarefoot@gmail.com or to our Postal Address, 3915 Lake Conine Dr. E. Winter Haven, Florida 33881. You will also need to include bio information including your current PB’s and accomplishments (check out Team WBC on our website for examples of what we are looking for), your future goals and ambitions, a description of both your long term and short term goals as well as a short explanation about what you think you can bring to the group as a team skier and what your willing to do for the team. We would also like you to include a picture of yourself so that if you are chosen we can put it on the website.

If chosen, the skier will be notified and will now be a part of The WBC Sponsored Athletes Program, and will be expected to honor all above statements. These individuals will become a part of a very special group.

WILL YOU BE THE NEXT TO JOIN?

By Ashleigh Stebbeings, Australia

Volunteering at a Disabled Waterski Clinic

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Rewarding, life changing, all around fantastic experience!

Lauren, Wildman Willie, and Keith

Keith St. Onge andLauren Lindeman volunteered at a disabled waterski clinic in St. Louis, MO.  The event was called Summer Splash 2011 and it was a blast!

First things first we had to learn how to help and what to do exactly with the disabled skiers.  Good thing we had some practice with a few of the veteran skiers.  Here is what we learned:

1. How to postion the skier into the ski.  Their ski’s are extremely buoyant so we had to submerge the ski to get them into it.

2. Multiple ways to tie the rope on. Some need it long to hold onto and others are not capable to hold onto it. If that is the case then they are put on a pin in the boat that can release the rope.

3. Signals and signs

4. How to start the skier is most important and it depends on the shape and size of the board.

5. Techniques for helping a fallen skier.  A jet ski follows next to the skier and if the fall a volunteer will jump off the jet ski and help the individual back into the ski.

Learning Skier Position

Doug has been skiing for many years.  Unfortunately Doug was not allowed to ski this year because of Doctors orders since he had recent shoulder surgery.  Doug and Lauren made the best of the beautiful day and did some swimming.  Doug worked on treading water which is great rehab for his shoulder.

Doug and Lauren

Treading Water

Offering a helping hand is an important part of life!  Do what you can today to help others, it makes a difference!

Giving a helping hand

By Keith St. Onge and Lauren Lindeman

Footin’ on a Piece of Heaven- St. Louis

Monday, August 8th, 2011

The wind was howling, leaves were blowing and yet and the quiver off the Mississippi River was GLASS calm all day long!  The water was a little high so we had to watch out for debris, other than that it was great skiing conditions. The day prior to the clinic the Anytime Fitness Tour Bus had some issues and needed a little bit of work done on it, so Lauren was not around to take pictures the first day:(  Here is our crew for the second day!

Mark got up for the first time backwards on shoe skis!  How sweet is that!  Then he took it one step further and easily did a backwards one foot. Great work!

Great backwards barefoot position

Back One Foot

 Mark’s son Nathan came out and did some footin’ too!  Before barefoot lessons with Keith St. Onge Nathan was tumbling up directly on the boom.  After a few goes look at Nathan go on the shortline! Way to go buddy!

Ready for a tumble up!

Nathan on the Shortline!

Kristin Smith learns a step off with ease! First on the boom then shortline and next step behind the boat on the longline.  Keep working it Kristin, we hope to see your name in the brackets on the WBC Figure Eight Championships in Winter Haven, FL.  Remember future Figure 8’ers…learn your one foots on the boom before you attempt kicking a ski!

One Foot!

Stepping OffOne Foot!

Caitlynn Smith is a natural barefooter.  Everything Caitlynn attempted she accomplished the first time!  Deepwater starts on the boom, shortline, and then longline.  Every time it was perfect and smooth.  Check her out on her first time behind the boat.  Three point to a great stand up!  

Front Deepwater Start

Barefooting Longline

 

Abby’s dad had his work cut out for him and learned a lot in one day!

 

Getting ready to stand up and Barefoot

Barefooting Longline

Abby learned how to barefoot water ski behind the boat in one day. 

Footing Longline

Barefooting behind the boat! Wooo Hoo!

 By Keith St. Onge and Lauren Lindeman

KSO Barefooting with Blouw & Friends

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Ron Blouw a Footstock Figure Eight Champion, hired Keith St. Onge to give  some barefoot lessons on Lake Payne in Michigan. Two wonderful days  full of skiing and tons of fun! Check out the video that Ron Blouw put together:

Ron and Cheryl were great hosts! Thank you for all of your support!

Keith St. Onge and Lauren Lindeman

Only Jesus and Barefooters Walk on Water

Saturday, July 30th, 2011
Day 5 the afternoon session!

Only Jesus and Barefooters Walk on Water!

Youth Pastor Dan Boeck has been down the the World Barefoot Center Ski School in Winter Haven, Florida a couple times.  This summer we were in Pastor Dan’s home state of Iowa doing a barefoot clinic.  Pastor Dan decided to bring a a group of kids to the barefoot clinic in Waterloo, IA.  It was a hot hot day, perfect barefooting weather.

 Dan’s Daughter Bethany Boeck, Roman Chrischilles, Josh Anderson, Zach Lukkes, and Mitchell Martin all joined in the fun.  Even though the boys thought it was more entertaining to take a fall each and every one of them got up barefooting in an afternoon!  Sweet job! Checkout the shots we took that day!

Thank you for coming over and joining in on the clinic.  We enjoyed our time and look forward to seeing you soon! Follow our tour on Facebook! Anytime Fitness National Barefoot Tour!

By: Keith St. Onge and Lauren Lindeman

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

Footin’ on Oxbow

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Oxbow Waterski Show Team

Near Northampton, MA

Many moons ago my father, Swampy and I used to travel South on highway 91 from Northern New Hampshire towards the tournaments being held in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Connecticut.  On our road trip we always passed a show ski site in Massachusetts.  We could see a ski jump and a site set up for skiing.  My head glued to the window, I always hoped we would see people skiing since we never stopped.  I told my dad I was doing a clinic for the Oxbow show ski team this year and he reminded me that was the same site we always drove past.  It feels great to be doing a clinic in New England at a site we always drove by.  I finally got to stop for a while, and see what this team was all about.

June 8th was the first day of the clinic organized by Taylor Whitcomb.  We met Taylor and his side kick Steve Bouchard at the World Barefoot Center last year.  They came down to our WBC Figure 8 tournament to have a little fun and participate.  Taylor learn how to barefoot ski when he was a teenager.  Soon afterwards he attended college and focused on his career.  He did not touch the water for fifteen years and he is finally back on his feet.  He is more eager to learn as much as he can for the years to come.

Back Toe Hold- Talyor Whitcomb

Steve Bouchard is extremely passionate for the sport and tough as nails!  His attitude is “Go hard or Go home” and I respect him for that.  Since skiing at the WBC he has come a long way and knows that correct path to take when foot’n.

Front Toe Hold- Steve Bouchard

Watch out everyone! Steve’s son Andre Bouchard 10 years old is learning FAST!  Andre did a front one foot for the first time and a toe hold on the WBC shoe skis!  With Andre’s enthusiasm he will be getting up backwards in the next few weeks. Way to go buddy!

The Showman! -Andre Bouchard

Andre Working the Backdeep Start

Chris Fernandez was part of our crew and he is getting the desire to get back on the horse as well.  Chris worked for Mike Seipel in 1994-1996, learned a few turns, jumped inverted and could do a front flip.  Barefooting runs through some of our veins and he is definately one of them!  He missed the sport so much he plans on competing again this year.

Front Slalom- Chris Fernandez

Andy Grey got up behind the boat for the first time today and dispite a few rough falls he did not complain once!  Job well done buddy and I hope to see you foot’n in the barefoot line soon!  Andy is on a show ski team just outside of Springfield MA.

Andy

Tweleve year old Josh Alexander completed his first deep water start on the boom today.  We warmed him up in the swing first and made sure he was comfortable before taking the next step.  Josh did fantastic and we hope to see him getting his feet wet more and more this summer.

Josh Footin'!

It’s a difficult task but Gary Magoon made it look simple.  We congratulate Gary on getting up backwards on the WBC shoe skis for the first time!  We look forward to seeing you in Florida.

Clay Duda is an avid all around skier.  Clay came to understand the difference between a step over and step under surface turn this week.  Practicing the step over will surely make his turns consistent.  We are excited to annouce that we have another huge fan of the WBC shoe skis.  These specific shoe skis are made like no other and are a great learning tool.

A local footer that has been basically self taught for years Jesse Reilly, now footed with World Champion Keith St. Onge.  Jesse has done well over the years and he achieved his first back toe hold!

Back Toe Hold

Dale Thouin is a solid frontwards barefooter.  In one afternoon Dale was skiing away from a backdeep on shoes!  That is a huge accomplishment, we are proud of you!

Have you ever known a baerfooter that refuses to go forward?  Sarah Brittian is has a dislike for foward barefooting but absolutely loves to backwards barefoot.  Funny thing!! Sarah’s goal was to learn back one foots.  Sarah did so well at the back one foots she moved on to back one foot on hands and even a back toe hold!  Sarah did a fabulous job on the barefoot shoes leaning the technique. Take a peak!

"I can't believe I did that!"- Sarah

Sarah's Back Toehold!!!

Becci Ziemba had barefooted a little bit on the boom prior to the clinic.  With some help from her showskiing background Becci did awesome and accomplished a front deep water on the 5ft leader rope.  Wooo Hooo!

Beautiful Becci

Becci on the 5ft!!! Yahoooo!

Sister of Becci, Cassandra Ziemba also came out to do a little footin’.  Cassandra had some experience barefooting, we cleaned up her form and made the whole experience smooth.  Way to go Cassandra!

Pretty Footer- Cassy

Smooth and incontrol- Cassy

Fairly new to the sport Rosie Haynes came out for an afternoon to do some footing.  Rosie did just that, and accomplished barefooting on the boom!  Keep working it girl!

Rosie Barefooting on the boom!

Fiona MacNeill enjoyed the feeling of her feet gliding arcoss the water.  Finoa had a great time learning the barefoot swing.  Just a little practice for comfort and Finoa is ready for the boom.

Finoa Footing!!

Bridget MacNeill had a huge show ski smile on her face when she was BARE footing across the lake!  The next step is to take away the swing and move onto the boom.

Ready for a ride!

Hey ladies we are looking forward to hearing about you barefooting the the ski shows!  Also we would like to invite you to the Women’s Week event we put on at the World Barefoot Center.  It’s a blast!  Only female footers allowed, its pressure free, everyone is full of encouragement and lots of laughs will be had!

Ski Fest is a fun get together when all the waterski show teams in New England camp out, ski, party and have mini clinics.  We are grateful to be a part of this water ski event.  Meeting skiers from all over the US is exciting and being able to teach them makes my day:)

Footing on the Mon River-Morgantown,WV

Monday, May 30th, 2011

The Mon river in Morgantown, West Virginia is a prestine place for footers to get there feet wet. Rarely will you see another boat, except for the coal barges that pass by every now and then. This mountianous area has tons of history but it is most well known for coal mining.  All along the river sits barges filled to the top with coal, it is amazing.

Ready for a Flyer?

Coal Plant on the River

Footers Ready to Hit the Water!

The barefoot clinic organizer Neil O’hara hosted a spectactular clinic. Great boats, sites, even Channel 12 News covered the event and did a story on the Anytime Fitness National Barefoot Tour with Keith St. Onge. Neil has a love for the water, when he gets out there the smile on his face says it all. Barefooting is addicting as many of you know, Neil is making an effort to promote the sport of barefoot waterskiing in the community. We applaude his enthusiasm and are happy to be included in his efforts. A big thank you to Neil for your hospitality and organization.

Front Toe Hold- Neil O'Hara

After: Keith Tweaked his position!

Before:Keith Tweeked his Position

Barefooter Neil O'hara

Unfortunately work comes before play. John Boyd works in the coal mines and was called in early in the AM on the first clinic day. Even though John was not able to make it out he was kind enough to let us use his boat for the clinc. Thank you for kindness, we appreciate it.

Barges Full of Coal

Heather Towers footer, mother, and all around great person. Heather’s upbeat personality keeps her working hard for more in the barefoot world. Working on barefoot surface turns is extremely difficult and time consuming, Heather takes one day at a time. Before we know it Heather will be spinning like a top on the water. Keep it up, we are rooting for you!

The Amazing Barefooter- Heather Towers

Barefoot Turns- Heather Towers

Does this Helmet have Goggles? :)

He didn’t compete last year but Kevin Towers is getting back into the barefoot world and plans on competeing in the 2012 Worlds Championships, Waco, Texas. Kevin has a love for music, his boat is decked out with speakers galore. It has been tested and proven that behind his boat a barefooter can hear the music from the boat clear as day, and we thought only wakeboarders did that. Kevin has a natural talent and drive that will allow him to succeed greatly. Keep your eyes open for Kevin’s posted scores this next year.

Front Wakes- Kevin Towers

Listen to Tunes and Foot

Kevin and Heather Towers

Cody Ebbert is a frequent visitor of the World Barefoot Center down in Winter Haven, Florida. His competing scores have sky rocketed from all of his hard work and tailored training. Turns are not a problem for Cody, he has smooth turns, now he is moving on to toe turns:) Cody is motivated and we look forward to seeing what scores he posts this summer.

Front Slalom- Cody Ebbert

Toe Turn-Cody Ebbert

Does Hair Sticking Out Make You Better?

Cody’s father Greg Ebbert, what a joy to have in the boat; Greg kept us laughing the whole day. Greg has been a barefoot enthusiast for years. For being so early in the season Greg is skiing extremely well. This summer we are cheering him on to complete all four turns behind the boat!

Driving the Boat

Front to Back-Greg Ebbert

Female footers are sometimes hard to come by but Diane has her head in the game and goes footing with the boys. Ski partners Greg and Cody encourage Diane to keep it. Last year was the first time Diane competeted, since then she has learned boat loads:) We hope to see you at the WBC Women’s Week in November. Click here for more info on Women’s Week http://www.worldbarefootcenter.com/barefootblog/category/womens-barefoot-week

Back One Foot- Diane

Keith Coaching Diane on Backwards Position

Did your college professor barefoot waterski? Mike Strager is a professor at West Virginia University and has a passion for footing! Thats cool! Mike has the right idea, work in the winter and ski all summer long, thats the life. Focusing on following the correct steps to advance is a main goal of Mike’s and we applaud him for that. As funny as it may sound its not everyday that someone wants to learn baby steps and not jump to the extreme stuff right away. Mike is on the right track and he hope that he follows his plans and enters a tournament this summer! Go Mike!

One Foot One Hand- Mike

Proffessor Mike

Front Toe Hold- Mike

Kris joined the barefooting world this week. We are happy to share this common addiction of barefooting with you. Kris worked from the WBC shoe skis on the boom, then to his feet, and he ended the day with a front deep on the shortline. Great progress, way to go Kris!!!

Kris barefooting on the boom! Woo Hoo!

Neil, Kris and Keith St. Onge

Kris Shoe Skiing on the Shortline

Zack Dell 11 years old, puts his feet in the waters for the first time!  We started Zack out on the swing and he surpassed it quickly.  With a smile on his face he proceeded to the boom on his barefeet and did great.  Keep practicing and next summer we can teach you a few tricks:)

Zack our Newest Barefooter!

Zack Barefooting on his BAREFEET!

Anytime Fitness Barefoot Tour Dates

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

 

Anytime Fitness National Barefoot Tour

 

Get your feet WET!

Barefoot with 2x World Champion Keith St. Onge at your site.

The clinic is for Beginners to Advanced.

 

  • May 14th PGA Tournament West Palm Beach, FL
  • May 15th Valdosta, GA
  • May 19th-23rd Knoxville, TN
  • May 25th-27th Morgantown, WV
  • May 29th-31st Malvern, PA
  • June 2nd-3rd New Fairfield, CT
  • June 5th-6th Spencer, MA
  • June 9th-11th Worcester, MA
  • June 14th Utica, PA
  • June 16th-18th Angola, IN
  • June 20th-21st Grand Rapids, MI
  • June 25th Figure Eight Tournament Laporte, IN
  • June 27th-28th Moline, IL
  • July 1st-3rd Waterloo, IA
  • July 11th-13th Burnsville, MN
  • July 15th-17th Minneapolis, MN
  • July 19th-21st Chetek, WI
  • July 22nd-24th State Show Ski Tournament Wisconsin Rapids, WI
  • July 26th-28th St. Louis, MO
  • July 29th Disabled Learn to Ski
  • July 30th Figure Eight Tournament St. Louis, MO
  • August 1st-2nd Wichita, KS
  • August 5th-7th Dallas, TX
  • August 10th-13th Barefoot Nationals Waco, TX
  • August 20th FootStock Tournament Crandon, WI
  • August 23rd-25th Burnsville, MN
  • September 1st-4th Dallas, TX
  • September 5th-7th Jackson, MS
  • October 7th-8th WBC Invitational Tournament Groveland, FL
  • October 22nd WBC Championship Figure Eight Tournament Winter Haven, FL

 

Please contact us for more information.  (708) 668-2961 or LLLindeman@yahoo.com