The 2013 Barefoot Nationals Results

Photo: 85-year-old Jim Boyette does a flyer.
The 2013 Barefoot Water Ski National Championships was held at Mossdale Quarry Lakes in Lathrop, California.  Unfortunately, the site changed six weeks prior to the tournament. A key part of making this change happen, though, was Tim Pellaton, who no matter what I needed was able to find it for me, from a trailer for the scorers, to a motor home for the officials, to a gas trailer. A key thanks also goes to Mike Temby for donating his personal jet ski for a pickup boat.
The site was a big challenge to set up with depths of fifty feet and inclines that made it nearly impossible to set up the course. Tim and I spent ten days setting it up with help the last couple of days from Claudia and Dave Landon and Casey and Judy Meyers. Andrew Martin and Andy Conway handled all the electronics, video,
web site, programs, and t-shirt design. Thank you to Mark Hobson and Mike Temby for their assistance with fundraising, as well as Doug Jordan for handling
the jump!
Photo: Nice water at the Barefoot Nationals.
And what can I say about Scott Pellaton, Mike Ehlert and Teresa Wallace! Teresa went out and skied 92 mph on her feet, during a down-time for rough water that
we had put a hold on the tournament for. Scott’s 1981 Sanger Mini Day Cruiser (with Mike Ehlert as his observer) got the hair standing up on all of our backs with
that Blown Chevy 540 cubic inch engine pushing about 900 horse power. Thanks, Scott, Mike, and Teresa!
And a Big Thank You goes to all of our sponsors! Dublin Toyota, WBC (World Barefoot Center), Sanger Boats, Delta RV and Boat Storage, Flipper Roofing, Flipper Sports, Pape Material Handling Company, Temby Properties, The Boat Dock, Mike Molepske, Don Stoppe, and our host hotel Comfort Suites.  With the short amount of time we had to establish an alternate site in close proximity to our lake, the Mossdale Quarry site was all we had. While it wasn’t perfect due to the wind mentioned previously, and even though the backwash made the competition a little tough, the skiers stepped up their game and took those challenges head on.
I was a little disappointed with the turn out, as it was one of our more sparsely attended National competitions with only 68 skiers. If we had more skiers, we
would have run out of time for the event unless we had shorter turn-around times. Regardless, I want to thank all of the officials for their huge time investment in
order to make this event happen. A final bit of appreciation goes to the owner of the lake, Robert Brown, for working with us to get this event on the books.
By: Jerry Kanawyer
Tournament article by USA Water Ski via WaterSki: 36th Annual Barefoot Nationals

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