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Can Anyone Learn to Barefoot?

by on ‎08-19-2011 02:54

No matter what your age or gender, if you have the desire to learn, you can be

taught. How quickly one can learn only depends on a few factors, and that is what we will

discuss. These factors are, do you have the right equipment, type of watercraft, and most

importantly who is teaching you?

 

Though you can barefoot without having the right equipment, it makes the learning

curve go a lot quicker. To start off, a barefoot wetsuit and a pair of padded barefoot shorts

will help you more than you think. When you are just learning, you will spend a lot of time

on your butt to maintain control, and having these items will make the experience much

more enjoyable. SO Wetsuits has a great new line of suits and shorts, meant for all levels

of barefooting. Riding on your butt in a pair of board shorts and a life jacket is not going to

be very comfortable, and you will probably never want to try to barefoot again.

 

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Another piece of equipment you will want to invest in is going to be a Barefoot Boom. If you feel

brave and want to learn the hard way, going behind the boat is where you’ll want to be, but

the most progressive way will be directly off the boom. The boom is very stable to

maintain control, you’ll be right next to the boat for direction from the coach, and you won’t

have to deal with the boat’s wake. Even if the child is younger, he or she will be able to sit

in a handle or swing, and glide their feet on the water as they feel comfortable before trying

a deepwater start.

 

The next factor is the towboat. First of all, you do not need to go very fast when you

first learn, but trying to barefoot off of a jet ski, pontoon boat, or even some slower fishing

boats is not going to be the best way to learn for anyone. Your beginning speed should be

your weight, divided by 10, plus 15 or 20. If prices are a large concern, a lot of the best

barefoot boats are even under $10,000, so there is no need to go spending $30,000+ on a

brand new boat.

 

Finally, the most important factor of your progression is the person who is teaching

you. Like many other sports, the athlete who is the most technical and has the best coach

usually succeeds. If you are getting bad instructions, it’s going to take you a lot longer to

learn the trick, than someone who has good instructions, and it is possible that you will

develop bad habits and never be able to learn the trick at all. It would be most beneficial to

go to either a ski school, or ski with someone who has experience in instructing. The WBC

(World Barefoot Center) has 3 of the best coaches in the world, two of them being World

Champions.

 

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You can check out the ski school at www.worldbarefootcenter.com for availability and rates.

 

So, before you start telling yourself you’ll never be the guy or girl flying across the

water on their bare feet, do some research and, before you know it, you may surprise

yourself. Anybody can barefoot water ski, and with these factors in place, there is no limit

to the success that can be achieved. For any questions or concerns, you can contact the

WBC at (863) 877‐0039 or by E‐Mail at

wbcbarefoot@gmail.com.

Comments
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on ‎08-19-2011 07:54

ABSOLUTELY AWESOME, FANTASTIC, & mere words cannot do it justice. I am REALLY IMPRESSED!!

 

Thank YOU!!

 

LIQUID NIRVANA aka Ken Finlay