Posts Tagged ‘World Records’

Boat Driving 101 with Dave Miller

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Much like being a great barefoot skier, being a great barefoot driver requires many hours of training, practice and most of all desire to do it well.  Do you have what it takes?

I’m sure you’ve all been out skiing when everything just felt perfect. The pull on the start was great, the speed was “spot on”, the boat path was straight when it needed to be and all you had to do was concentrate on your tumble turn, one foot, toe-hold  or turn….nothing else was on your mind except for the trick you were working on. On the other hand if you are always wondering if the driver is going to drown you on the start, not get your speed right or give you a bad line (not straight) maybe your driver is in need of some education so that you can stay focused on the trick you are working on, therefore advancing your barefoot skills quicker.

Ever wonder why you often ski so well at ski school? Most instructors at the best ski schools have years of experience driving all levels of skier and have become very good drivers.

How can you improve your driving so you can help your skier advance quicker? There’s no simple answer but in the same way a skier can improve their skills and understanding of a trick, technique or body position by watching other skiers (one of the biggest benefits of a ski school in my opinion) a driver can do the same thing by riding along in a ski school boat or participating as an official at a barefoot tourney and watching the drivers. It’s not easy to become an ABC Senior Driver or a WBC Level 1 driver but to get to that level we’ve all taken suggestions and constructive criticism from our peers, skiers and other officials and have the desire to do our best for every skier whether it be a training run or the finals at the World Championships.

All of the respected drivers I know are more than happy to share tips, tricks and ideas on how to provide a great pull on the start (watch the skier and give them the speed they need at the right time), how to hold speed (try using the tachometer in conjunction with the speedometer), drive a straight line (pick a spot at the far end of your run and use gentle course corrections) and being honest when you didn’t actually give a good pull.

Having an open minded and “willing to learn” attitude to become a better driver will help your skier advance quicker and safer. It doesn’t matter if they are learning a front deep for the first time, trying to get up backwards, perfect a multiple turn or beat KSO in wakes or SmallZ in jump–a good driver is key and a GREAT driver makes it even easier!

Dave Miller (who has pulled 10+ ABC or World Record runs)

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Best Barefoot Ski School, Biggest Barefoot Ski School & Most Affordable Barefoot Ski School

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

Saying we are the Best Barefoot Ski School may be a little biased, but here are a few reasons we could be considered to be the best:

The best Barefoot Water Skiers in the World own and work at the WBC: David Small and Keith St.Onge have won the last six world titles, Ashleigh Stebbeings is the #1 female barefoot water skier in the world and Ben Groen is ranked #4 in the world.  There are some athletes that should only be athletes and not coaches or instructors but these four individuals have the common sense to be both.  Our instructors will not only provide a great service but they are safety conscious and provide a fun atmosphere in the boat while learning.

We have the best equipment and boats.  We use all Barefoot International products (Boom, Tower, Tower Extension), provide shoe skis and ropes & handles by US Gear.  Our boats are a little older, but that is entirely due to the wear and tear these boats go through on a daily basis.  The Sanger outboards have a flat wake, no chin spray off the side and are powered by brand new Evinrude engines.

The World Barefoot Center is the Largest Barefoot Ski School in the history of the sport.  This is a fact because:

We have four boats, fully equipped.
We have five top-level instructors that have titles as professionals, top four on the ranking list, hold world records, and years of experience.
We have four lakes which we use and can accommodate any wind direction.
We have a fully-stocked pro shop.
Our instructors are available seven days a week.
We pulled 22 skiers in one day, which is a record as far as we have ever heard.

Most Affordable prices:
Our clients can simply do their homework and Google our competitors prices.  The World Barefoot Center prices are the most reasonable, affordable, and fair-priced compared to any other barefoot ski school.


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Ashleigh Stebbeings sets a NEW WORLD RECORD in the Open Womens Trick Event of 5,050 pts!!!

Friday, July 6th, 2012

Ashleigh Stebbeings (AUS) made history on June 23, 2012 at the Southern Glass 2012 Barefoot Waterski Tournament held in Port St. Lucie, FL. Ashleigh set a new Women’s Barefoot Trick Record of 5050 Pts. and became the first women in history to push the World Record over the 5000 point mark.” – World Barefoot Council

The Trick Pass was as follows:

First Pass: Toe Up, 180 Front to Back, 180 Back to Front, 180 Front to Back Reverse, 180 Back to Front Reverse, 180 1 Foot Front to Back, 180 1 Foot Back to Front, 180 1 Foot Front to Back Reverse, 180 1 Foot Back to Front Reverse (downgraded 100 pts) then fall on a toe back! The first pass came out to 2600 pts.

Second Pass: Back Deep Water Start, Line Step Hop (not credit due to the video footage), Line Step 1 Foot, Line Step 1 Foot Reverse, 360 Back to Back, 360 Back to Back Reverse, 540 Back to Front, Toe Back (not credit as time has expired)! The second pass was 2450 pts.

I would like to say a special thanks to my Dad and Swampy for everything they have done for my skiing. My skiing wouldn’t be where it is today without them both. They have put their heart and soul into my skiing and I really hope they know how much I appreciate it. I would also like to thank everyone at the World Barefoot Center, my family and all the barefooters in Australia and around the world for their constant support. It means the world to me and it was such an amazing feeling to FINALLY break the 11 year old record! I hope to continue to move forward and that the girls can continue to raise the bar higher.

Ashleigh Stebbeings, AUS