Posts Tagged ‘young barefooters’

Lizzie Rhea: Why I Love the World Barefoot Center and Three-Event Skiing

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013


I am 10 years old, and I learned to barefoot five years ago at age 5. Until going to the World Barefoot Center this past summer, I had always just done freestyle barefooting. I loved to play around on the boom and try new things with my brother. I learned to longline when I was eight, but I did not do it very often. It was fun, and I was even lucky enough to get to ski with Andre de Villiers and Brendan Paige.

    My brother and I decided to try to learn 3 event after watching Nationals and Worlds online last summer. We booked a week at the WBC in May, and loved it so much that we went back for another week in July. We skied in our first tournament. We met people from all over the world, and had a fun time.

    The World Barefoot Center has great teachers and they were all  super nice to me. I fell a lot trying to learn new tricks, but every time I fell they said, “ It’s okay, you can do it. Go try again.” They really want you to do your best and have a good attitude while doing it. They encourage you to work very hard, and go for your goals. They make you believe in yourself.

    The WBC instructors taught me how to get up backwards, do toeholds, slalom on one foot going forward, and cross the wake going backwards (still on 2 feet though). I learned that you have to work very hard to be able to succeed in 3 event barefooting. It is hard, and it hurts when I fall, but it is the greatest feeling when you push through and learn a new trick. It is so much harder than freestyle because the goal for everything is to do it behind the boat.

    I pretty much love everything about the WBC, including the pro shop. They have awesome barefoot suits, t-shirts, hats, heater shirts, jewelry, stickers, ropes, bags, and clothes. I wish I could buy everything in there, but my parents won’t let me.

    If you are looking to try something very fun and challenging, go to the WBC and learn 3 event barefoot waterskiing!

Alex Youngblood: My Experience as a Sponsored Skier

Thursday, January 17th, 2013
I am Alex Youngblood from Highland, Michigan and this is my 2nd year being a sponsored skier at the World Barefoot Center. And I would like to tell you about all the fun I’ve had with them.
In 2012, I took a trip to Texas for the Barefoot World Championship tournament. I met people from all over the world! From Great Britain to Austria. I made a lot of new friends too. Sometimes you don’t find your best friends at home. Jenifer Blake and Riley Stenson from Illinois and Minnesota are like my two best friends.
Anyways, I went there to do tricks and slalom. My PB (personal best) was 700 for tricks, and at Worlds I got 900! My slalom PB 2.6 has been the same for a long time. I had a great experience. But to get 900 I learned a lot of new stuff at  the World Barefoot Center. I learned three new tricks in one week!
Backwards one foots, one foot stand ups and one foots. The staff from WBC really helped me at Worlds. And some day they might help you too.

Alex Youngblood

Alex Youngblood at WBC

Alex Youngblood at the 2011 Barefoot Nationals

Alex Youngblood at 9 Years Old

Our Second Home- Chetek Wisconsin

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Chetek, Wisconsin with the Chetek Hydroflites Water Ski Show Team

Barefooting Boys of Chetek. Let's take this same picture in five years time. That would be funny!

The Chetek Hydroflites take the cake when it comes to consistently booking in a clinic with me for the past 7 years in a row.  Working with the Hydroflites skiers and the clinic organizer Ryan Hayes has been easy which makes my life on the road smooth.  This week we had three days and the boats were full!  The interesting thing is that 95% of the skiers were under 12 years old.

Over the past few years the Hydroflite ski show has altered it’s ski show acts more towards barefoot tricks.  Oh and we aren’t talking about the old men, but young kids with talent and drive!  Barefooting is the Hydroflites strength and they use it well for tournaments.

We have some exciting news!  At the Wisconsin State Show Ski Tournament 2011 three young boys scored the highest points compared to any other act in the Chetek Hydroflite show!  Congratulations to Brody Meskers with the back toe hold, back to front, Derek Buchman and Brandon Books for double front toe holds!  Boys, you have worked for it and done well!  It has been a pleasure training all of you!

By Keith St. Onge and Lauren Lindeman