Thinking of life before barefooting and before coming the World Barefoot Center is something very strange to think about. Everyone in the barefoot community is, at heart, a family member. At the 2012 US Barefoot Nationals, in Waco Texas, my dad put in two bids in a silent auction for a day of skiing at the World Barefoot Center. Him winning those for my sister, Sydney, and myself was a great blessing. We planned a trip down to WBC for the following spring break, with my Aunt Tina.
The following spring break, we made our way down to FL. I was 12 at the time and could only do about 3 tricks; sit-down stand-up, knee ski, and maybe one foots. When we arrived at the school we met everyone, Ben, Dave, Keith, and Swampy and they were all very nice. My Aunt Tina told them what we wanted to work on. My sister wanted to do better one foots and I was really bad at tumble turns so I wanted to get those down good. We went in the boat with Ben and I was only nervous about being sure I could still stand up after the long winter. I thankfully could. I remember that first set with Ben, I worked on sit-down stand-ups and one foots.
The next few days I worked on toe holds on one shoe and backwards. It was a lot of fun because Alex Youngblood was also at the ski school the same time as we were. We played card games and skied together during my first trip.
The first time at the World Barefoot Center is something I will never forget. I was able to meet so many great people from all over the World & made life long friends. My next visit to the World Barefoot Center was for a month in the summer of 2014.