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Calendar Updated for 2011

Take a moment and check out the calendar on the site. Lots of events have been added for 2011. If you have a barefooting event that you want listed, send it to wedge [at] talesfromthefoot [dot] com.

I’m anxiously waiting for the Madison lakes to melt so I can get my boat in the water for that first run of the year. The weather hit near 50 here today, which will work some wonder on that sheet of ice covering Lake Monona.

Barefoot Worlds Kick Off on Saturday

The 2010 Barefoot Worlds kick off this coming Saturday at the Beetzsee Rowing Course in Brandenburg-an-der-Havel near Berlin, Germany. The rowing course has seats for 5,000 spectators and has held as many as 10,000 people. The event runs from Saturday, August 7th thru Sunday, August 15th. Now I’ve never been to Berlin or Germany, but I know lots of people who have, and everyone of them says you can have a ton of fun over there. Plus, they are bound to have some really good beer, and of course really good beer gardens.

By now, many of the participants are likely there, on their way there, or about to leave. To everyone, I wish you all save travels, and of course, good luck in the event.

I’ve read through some of their newsletters (yep, they send them to me) and they are expecting huge crowd for the event, which will be awesome to see for a barefoot tournament.

I’ll do my best to cover the event from 4400 miles away, but I will admit to a conflict on the final weekend of the event… I’ll be competing in the National Show Ski Championships, so my ability to keep close tabs on the event will be hampered that final weekend, but I’ll still do my best. I’ll use the full resources of the interweb to cover the event. There is the significant time difference from there to here, so hopefully I’ll be able to use that to my advantage.

And if you happen to be heading over there and want to be a correspondent for Tales from the Foot, let me know by sending an email to wedge [at] talesfromthefoot.com. Or if you just a picture or two, send them my way.

US Nationals Results

In now somewhat old news that has been published everywhere*, Keith St. Onge and Elaine Heller won their respective Open Pro Divisions, both sweeping the titles in slalom (19.7 and 13.4), trick (12,450 and 3060) and jump (84 feet and 61 feet) (respectively).

For more scores, you can check out the full USA Water Ski Press Release and at least for the time being, you can find all of the scores here (via the ABC website).

On a related note, I did get to watch a little bit of the webcast of this event that the World Barefoot Center did. Not the slickest production I’ve seen, but they are aware of that and are working on making it better (when I watched, there was a kid posing in the background). Yes, there were a couple small technical hick-ups, but nothing major. What I did like was the live feed from the boat to show each person’s runs. You could see exactly what the judges could see with a view right from the boat. I was only able to watch for a little bit on Saturday morning and watched a 82 year old and 75 year old do their trick runs. (I hope I’m still able to barefoot at their ages.) Swampy did a good job describing what he was seeing, estimating their scores, describing why somethings counted and why some didn’t. I give MAD PROPS to the WBC for making this happen. I’m sure they made countless peoples’ days by enabling them to watch their friends and family compete at Nationals. I can’t wait to see what they do next time.

*everywhere that publishes barefoot water skiing results

1993 Barefoot Nationals

Old school videos keep showing up on the internet and making their way to my inbox. Here’s the Men’s Open footage from the 1993 Bareboot Nationals featuring footing by Don Mixon Jr, Lane Bowers, Jon Kretchman and Rick Powell. And yes there is some sweet wetsuits in the video…

1993 Barefoot Nationals

A Small Exclusive

One of my regular readers and contributors, SacFooter (229 videos and counting on YouTube), recently had the opportunity to foot with David Small out at Diablo Shores in Brentwood, CA after their regional tournament. David stuck around for a few days to do some clinics and SacFooter attended one of them. His comments about David: “Super Cool, GREAT instructor and a lot of fun to be around.”

And As SacFooter always does, he shot a lot of video and put together this exclusive video for Tales from the Foot of David Small doing some footing. It features all 3 primary barefoot events with a whole lot of tricks, some solid slaloming and some inverted jumps.


David Small in Brentwood, CA

Thanks for the video Roy!

Vintage Tricking

Here’s some vintage barefoot trick skiing by the one and only Paul Stokes. I know he’s phenomenal footer and person, having skied with him on several occasions (he’s even dabbled in show skiing once or twice).

Paul Stokes – 2002 Barefoot Worlds Finals Trick Run

Willie Rips the Port of Sacramento

Tales from the Foot’s west coast correspondent SacFooter sent us a video that he produced exclusively for Tales from the Foot.

SacFooter has the privilege to ski with Willie Farrell fairly regularly and has posted about his experiences before (link). While those of us in the midwest were suffering through a cold, windy and rainy October, they were blessed with blue skies and calm water in the Sacramento area. On one of those days SacFooter took his camera along and he’s put together a little video for us to…

Watch Willie Farrell rip up the Port of Sacramento as he puts on a clinic on how to barefoot trick and slalom.

Willie Rips the Port of Sacramento

Thanks for the video SacFooter!!!

Worlds & Nats

The main reason for a new post is my google alerts found a nice article on the Heller girls.  They recently competed at the World Games in Taiwan and did very well with Elaine taking the gold and Shannon the bronze. Quite an accomplishment for two sisters.  They also competed at the US Nationals a couple weeks later taking gold and silver.  (article)  One thing that helped a lot is Elaine is now using the inverted jumping style and is currently the only woman using that type of jump. Basically, you fly through the air like superman (or woman) and fly a hell of a lot farther.

I can’t find a source to back this up, but I remember seeing a USA Water Ski post go through my RSS reader about Keith St. Onge winning gold at Worlds and I know he also won gold at Nationals as well as set a pending trick record. (article)

Here’s a link with all of the Nationals results.

Finally… a little teaser. Keep an eye on here for a pretty sweat barefoot video (or two) coming soon. Camera work kinda sucks and the view point isn’t that great, but the trick is more than kick ass and makes up for the poor camera work and bad perspective.

US & Canadian Nationals Results

Whie looking at BFC I saw that they had posted an article about the Canadian Barefoot Nationals that took place August 21st to 24th.  The article was well done and highlighted the notably portiions of the event, including the 15 foot flyer done by the 65 year young Ross Holden.  For the full results, I’ve tracked down the posted results from the Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada Website (that name just doesn’t roll of the tongue.)

It got me thinking that I haven’t heard anything about the US Nationals that took place August 12th to 16th. I scoured the BFC website looking for details and came up empty.  I then began looking across the inter web and found the results on the American Barefoot Club’s site.  Not a whole lot of details about how things went, but they have all the results.  Here’s the link for the recap.  I’ve also opted to include the article below, because I wasn’t able to find a direct link to it and it may eventually disappear.
Lake Elmo Sports Barefoot National Championships Begin

The US Barefoot National Championship began Wednesday August 13th at the “Blue Moo.”  This beautiful site is found just outside of Black River Falls, Wisconsin , Wisconsin and being donated to the event by the Blake Heller Family.   The Final Overall Results features skier from the very youngest to the very senior such as Jim Boyette and John McDonald. For the individual events use the following links:

Tradition at this event, has every skier randomly assigned to a barefoot teams.  There will be either 9 or 10 skiers on each team.  The teams are then auctioned off with have of the money being paid out in prize money and the other half will support the US Barefoot Teams attending the World Championships in January.  Scoring for the team is the similar to the World Championships.  Each team member’s overall score (from each event) is used in the scoring.  The top 5 scores from each event are included in the overall for each team.  This is a lot of fun because a Junior skier can be just as (or more) important than the World Champion Keith StOnge.