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How to Barefoot Water Ski using a Wakeboard

Monday, March 28th, 2011

If your reading this right now, it must mean you are interested in learning how to barefoot or have had trouble learning.  There’s even a chance you are struggling to teach someone else to stand on his or her own two feet.  Getting those first few stand-ups and having the sensation of putting those soles on the water is a hard one for many.  Here’s an easy, simple, and effective way to learn how to barefoot water ski for the first time, without flushing the sinuses with lake water.

1. First, you want to get your balance while floating in the water as you straddle the wakeboard. The key is to relax and let your feet just float on each side. Next, have the boat slowly idle forward and as you start to move, place both feet on the nose of the board.

2. Now as the boat picks up some speed the board will begin to plane off. Make sure to keep your feet on the nose of the board for stability at this stage and let the board flatten out.  If the board starts to bounce ask the boat driver to slow down.

3. As the board stabilizes you want to slowly bring your feet down evenly in front of you to meet the water, allowing them to glide along on top of the surface.

4. At this point the driver will start to increase the speed again, and as this happens you want to smoothly shift weight onto your feet, keeping them flat and on top of the water. If you start to get spray in your face at this point, remember – relax! Resist all urges to tense up and/or let go of the boom, flatten your feet out, and just let them wash back underneath you.

5. As the boat speed increases more you can put more weight onto your feet. You should begin to feel the wakeboard slide out behind you. Be sure to support your own weight now – stand on top of those feet and keep those arms nice and straight out in front of you.

6. Now that you’re standing, push your hips forward and have both your chin and back perpendicular to the water. By now you should have the perfect stance, with a nice straight back, straight arms, and knees bent at a 90-degree angles with those feet directly under your knees.

Once you feel like you’ve had enough, or you run out of water, simply bend those knees even more, let go, and lean back, allowing your self to simply sink down into the water, ready to get back up and do it again!

You can also use a kneeboard for this technique, but a wakeboard is much easier to balance on, and sits a tad easier between your legs for smaller skiers. This is a great way to learn how to stand up for those first times until you can do it without the board.  Never attempt the Superman start, which is when you let your feet drag behind you as the boat takes off.  This will result in many hard falls and wear your arms out completely!  If you do not have a board the learn a deep water start with your feet on the front cables of the boom and lift those hips up.  Otherwise you can visit us at the World Barefoot Center located in Winter Haven, FL.

By: Keith St Onge

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