Posts Tagged ‘WBC’

Will Leigh – Moving Lakeside

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Recently my family and I were fortunate enough to be able to move from my parent’s farm in the country side, into the house on our lake side farm. By doing this I am now able to be a day student at the school I attend, compared to being a border which only allowed me to come home on the weekends. This has given me the opportunity to ski before going to school in the morning. Being able to ski more has helped me so much with enhancing my skiing ability heading into the summer. A big thank you to mum and dad for making this decision.

By William Leigh


Sam Meredith: World Barefoot Center Visit Oct/Nov 2015

Monday, November 30th, 2015

This year my trip to WBC was for 3 main reasons; to ski, go on Smallz stag and to be there for Tabbs & Smallz Wedding Day. Before I arrived at the WBC I set myself a couple of targets for my trip. I wanted to successfully complete back toe holds on my feet and to also get more comfortable skiing backwards. I had a quiet summer season skiing in the UK, so this was only the third time to be back on the water this year.

The first week was a really tough week which consisted of a lot of slaps and face-plants, mainly trying to ride one foots backwards. Every time I lifted my one foot up especially on the reverse, I would get defensive and start to dive away by pushing on my toes. Two of the most important things I learnt during the first week which helped me the most was to SLOW everything down and to push straight down on my standing foot rather than ploughing through the water and pushing out. After a few failed attempts I relaxed, slowed everything down and the one foots became so much easier and less painful. I even managed to ride a few passes without falling.

After three full days of skiing I was ready for a break as my body was not ski fit. One thing I learnt is you can’t really get ski fit in a gym, nothing can prepare your body on the water more then simply skiing a lot. Before the boys headed off for the weekend stag break, a group of us at the school all went out for a night ski. I have always wanted to night ski, it was a wicked night.



After Las Vegas I couldn’t wait to get back on the water! With my main goal still in mind, I was on a mission to complete a few back toe holds before I went back to the UK. After the 3 day stag break I started getting much more comfortable skiing backwards. I even surprised myself by successfully completing backwards slalom both on the shoe skis and on my feet for the first time. Doing backwards longline and mixing it up with slalom helped me a lot. On one of my last mornings when I was out with Dave Small he had me doing a pass of back ones and back toe holds on my feet. I was concentrating on not diving away and keeping flat on my foot and I managed to do two or three back toes. It felt AWESOME! The last few days I worked on my slalom and jump. The whole trip and the training made me think about how much I need to start training more in the UK.

– By Sam Meredith

James Callahan: Sailing Trip 2015

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

I recently got back from a sailing trip to the Bahamas. We sailed around the Abaco Islands, which are absolutely jaw dropping beautiful. In my opinion our family did pretty good at sailing, I mean we went 7.7 knots (8.86 miles per hour). One thing that really surprised me was how the beaches were completely vacant.  I’m not complaining but the whole beautiful beach was to yourself.  It was a little weird.

Also the snorkeling there was amazing, you can already see straight down to the sand in 15 feet of water.  You can see but with goggles on its like you can’t tell the difference between normally seeing and under water.

The Bahamians are spectacular people there always willing to help and start a conversation with you. Even though they’re hard to understand sometimes because they talk so fast. The food in the Bahamas was remarkable. The fish, and conch was the best. We went to this spot called Two Shorty’s in New Plymouth, Green Turtle Cay and they had the best fried conch. After like ten minutes since we ordered we could here her making a cracking noise in the back, at first we were wondering what it was but then we realized that is was the conch she was hand pounding to tenderize it. It was mind blowing it tastes so good let alone the sauce.

We sailed to an island where there are wild pigs that you can feed so we did. After we gave them all of our food that we brought with us we went snorkeling around the island it wasn’t very good so we walked back to our dingy and guess who we saw. Bradley Cooper, Bradley Cooper was the actor in Hang Over and American Sniper. Yeah it was just our family and Bradley Cooper on a beach Even though it was so much fun it took a few days to get used to sleeping on the sailboat. It was a little hard but I think I had the best bed in the boat. It was a couch/table eating area so we just lowered the table and put cushions over it and there I slept. The best part about it though was the breeze that came through the top window, it deflected a lot wind right at me and it was nice on the hot days. Another thing I had to get used to was the waves rocking you back and forth.

-Sleeping on sailboat

-visiting pigs on No Name Cay and Bradley Cooper


Kenneth Eissler – Live Interview

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Last weekend was very special to me because I was invited to a German TV show. It took place at a big festival and was broadcasted live on TV. I arrived early at the place and was already excited, there was a big stage and many people running around and working to make this big show happen. After the first trial I became less nervous and really enjoyed answering the question about barefoot waterskiing and explained why this sport is so special to me.


Finally at 8pm the show started with a few famous German singers and interviews of other young sportsmen. It was such a great feeling to sit in front of thousand people talking about my big passion: jumping! I really relaxed myself and just enjoyed the interview. This was such a great experience and hopefully it wasn’t the last interview on TV for this year.


by Kenneth Eissler

Carol Jackson – Other Sports That Complement Barefooting

Sunday, November 15th, 2015


Barefoot Water skiers as athletes must maintain a level of strength to ski and prevent injury. Working the upper body, core and lower body is essential. Balance can be improved being involved in other complementary sports.

Some sports you might try are as follows:

  • Rollerblading
  • Indo Board
  • Horse Back Riding
  • Bicycling
  • Tennis
  • Slalom (3 event)
  • Wake boarding
  • Trick skiing

It is always good to cross train between sports particularly in the off season.

– by Carol Jackson

James Callahan – New Boat

Saturday, November 14th, 2015

I’m so excited because we got a new boat from Idaho. It’s a Malibu Flightcraft and it’s a really nice boat because it can get you out of the water really quick and that makes it easy to get up. It also has an outboard so it goes really fast and has a small wake. It’s a lot easier to practice barefooting now that we have two boats.  I can ski in a lake 8 minutes away from my house in Minnesota and my family also has a cabin in Wisconsin.

Our new boat is actually an “old” boat, a 1998 barefoot competition boat.  My Dad had a similar boat when he was a kid growing up. They are hard to find so we were happy when we found it.  It’s nice to have a boat that can do the same things as the ones at WBC.  My Dad is trying to teach my sister to drive so she can take me skiing any time I want.  I love being on the water, so I hope she figures it out soon.

By James Callahan


Lexi McCauley – First trip to WBC

Saturday, June 20th, 2015

In the Winter of 2012, I knew I was going to the WBC but I didn’t know it was such a big deal.  Christmas morning I got my WBC bag, foot print necklace, a footprint towel, and an airplane ticket.  My mom even made me feet and airplane cookies.  My dog got into the cookies so I didn’t get to eat those.  I was really excited to go with my Aunt Tina and sister Sydney.  I had to wait 4 months until I got to go on Spring Break. A couple of weeks before we left my parents explained to me how big of a deal it was to go ski with the world champs.  I wanted to go so bad and that day was taking so long to come.  The day came after a sleepless night because I was nervous to ski and had never been on a plane. I was also scared I wasn’t going to be able to get up because I hadn’t skied since nationals.   We went to the airport and said goodbyes which almost made me cried. We finally left for Florida.

Our flight landed very late and I slept on my way to the hotel.  We got up early to be ready to go to the WBC. When we got there everybody treated me as part of the family. I met so many people I can’t even count but I won’t forget them.  I learned a lot of things my first trip to the WBC and will as I continue more trips. I am now a part of the sport.


Brice Storman – Summer 2013

Monday, March 30th, 2015

2I had just learned how to slalom ski and I thought it was the time of my life, just weaving back and forth through the water. Amazing, I thought. As summer neared its end, my dad told me about this insane water sport called BAREFOOTING. At first that sounded like some lame sport that nobody’s ever heard of. Then my dad showed me a video of it and it was the coolest thing ever. My dad asked me if I wanted to try it next summer and I said yes as enthusiastic as my worried mind would let me.

A year passed and the barefooting thing had slipped from my mind but it hadn’t slipped from my dad’s. He reminded me mid-summer and I tried to make the excuse that we didn’t have anywhere to go to barefoot. But he already found a place to go. He said WBC. So we went and checked it out. 6 or 7 months later, I’m now a sponsored skier and skiing every weekend, having the time of my life with some of the coolest people you could meet.



Highest Scoring Barefoot Act Award at the D2 Show Ski Nationals Tournament

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

The World Barefoot Center likes to support Show Skiing and had the honor to sponsored the Highest Scoring Barefoot Act  at the Division 2 Show Ski National Tournament.

Highest Scoring Barefoot Act Award at the Division 2 Show Ski National Tournament goes to the Lake City Skiers

Team WBC would like to Congratulate the Lake City Skiers for their achievement.

James Callahan: My WBC Experience

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Hello my name is James. I am 11 years old, and I live in Minneapolis, MN. I am writing this blog to tell you about my WBC (World Barefoot Center) experience. I have been down to the WBC twice now. The first time I went down was in June 2014 with my Grandma. When I went down to the ski school the first time, I had only just learnt how to short rope on the boom. After being at WBC for two days, I progressed to doing a long line deep water start.

I recently went down to the WBC for my second time in October 2014. I had the greatest time of my life. It was the first time that I flew by myself on an airplane to anywhere. At first I was a little scared but after the flight attendants helped me and gave me cookies, it was all good. When I got down to the Tampa Bay, FL airport my Grandpa was picking me up and I could tell he was nervous. He didn’t want to lose me or do something wrong. Then when I got to his place everything was ok. My Grandpa lives down in St. Petersburg, FL so it was very convenient that he lives really close to the WBC ski school.

The next morning we woke up at 6.00am to drive to Winter Haven. When we arrived at the ski school, I met the WBC crew. It was so much fun and everyone was funny and kind. I got to meet David Small, Ben Groen and Keith St. Onge! They are very nice and great teachers.

The second time I was down there for the week I learnt so much like tumble turns, toe holds and back deep starts. I look forward to practicing at home and down in Florida. I am hoping to keep progressing in the sport. Even though I love barefooting, I will also enjoy playing hockey this winter. I can’t wait to get back to WBC and hang out with the gang.

– James Callahan