Watching Barefoot Water Skiing for the First Time with my Dad

My first introduction to Barefoot water skiing was in the late 1960’s when my dad was teaching himself how to barefoot. He was wearing a life jacket and a swim suit. There was no protection for him like we have today. He had a low profile, 18-foot jet boat. He used a slalom ski that he had taken the bindings off of, so that he could step off of the ski easier. I can remember him taking some wicked falls trying to teach himself. This was back when there were very few barefooters and no one around to give pointers to him.

He was very determined to learn, after a good year of stepping out of a ski he was able to do it about 50% of the time. Of course, I know what his main problem was; it was that he skied in too high of a position, which caused him to catch a toe or two, LOL.  I could have told him that back then– if I knew what I know now.

My dad has been battling with cancer for the past 5 years. Now, as the doctors give him no hope or help, we scramble to find a doctor that will treat him and not just let him die with no help.

Jerry “Flipper” Kanawyer

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