HIGH OCTANE, HIGH SPEED AND EXTREME WATER SKIING WITHOUT THE SKIS!
Use the boom, ski shoes and a good coach / driver and you’ll be ‘footing' at around 25mph in no time. Starting on your back, sitting up and gently placing your soles on the water are the ingredients, which make up the art of learning to barefoot. Some padding around the rear will help in the early stages too! Next you’re on the handle or the boom, then the real exhilarating experience - barefoot behind the boat! Tumble turns, toe holds and barefooting backwards are targets you’ll want to aim for. Once you’re competent enough, you can begin to enter competitions. There are three competitive events:
Here the skier crosses the wake of the boat as many times as possible in two 15 second passes. This can be done skiing forwards or backwards, on one or two feet.
In tricks the skier has to perform as many tricks as possible within two 15 second passes. Tricks can vary from simple one foot tricks through to complicated 540-degree turns.
Barefooters use a small ramp, which is 18" high. The skier passes over the jump, lands and skis away through a measured course. You do however, need to gain a certificate of competence before you are able to enter the jump competition. It’s a discipline suitable for the expert and it should not be attempted without expert coaching.