The World Barefoot Center: One Big Family

The WBC family

The World Barefoot Center is an amazing place. It may be known for barefoot waterski coaching, but off the water is a whole other learning experience. At the WBC, life long lessons are being taught, many friendships are being built, and skills across the whole board are being learned.

On occasion, Swampy will have everyone give speeches. These range from motivational speeches all the way to speeches about losing. No matter the topic, for me personally, this has instilled into me communication skills that are hard to obtain. This really opened me up as a person and made me feel comfortable speaking to and in front of people. Even if you are already an expert on people, there is always something to learn, and something that will be learned at the WBC.

The WBC is looked at as a second family to me, something comparable to most sports teams. There is an unexplainable bond between us athletes. Inside jokes and memories are constantly being made, both on and off the water. You never feel alone at the WBC. There is always some sort of support and friendship to lean on.

The sport of barefooting exposes athletes to a great environment, whether it is tournaments, practice, or even just hanging out together. Life-long lessons are being learned every day. They are being learned from everyone, as well as being taught from everyone. Communications, goals, lifestyles, are just few of many skills being traded in the sport of barefoot waterskiing.
I truly do feel part of one big family at the World Barefoot Center, and also at any barefooting event.

Joey Tombers

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