This is Way Better than that Squirrel

By now, everyone has that damn water skiing squirrel. I won’t even mention him by name. You search for water skiing on the net, you find the squirrel. He is every where! Well, I found a video that is way better than that squirrel that goes around the baby pool. I found MONKEYS!!! Check this out…

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More Barefoot Central Videos from the Mad-City Dual

Over at they have an updated recap covering all of the Mad-City Dual from the beginning of June. Besides the article, they have up some videos of trash talking and a video of the skiing… if you watch the video of the skiing about 28 seconds in you’ll see Bugs & I. I’m on the left doing a wobbly step and then they cut to the end of the run and me face planting.

If you get a chance, go check it out.

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To My Visitor from North Carolina

To whoever checks into my blog every few days from somewhere in or near Fayetteville, North Carolina I’d like to say “Hello”. I see you get to my blog by searching for me by typing in “wedge water on the brain madison”. Drop me a note and say Hi. I’m curious to find out who my loyal reader from NC is.

There is someone from Australia that shows up here regularly too… “Hello to you as well!”

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Mad-City on the Web and Other Random Water Skiing Related Stuff

The Mad-City Ski Team’s website has been undergoing a slow makeover these last several weeks, slowly evolving into something much more useful and modern looking from it’s previous incarnation. If you get a chance, check it out.

Meanwhile, I still have my google alerts scouring the web for anything water skiing, barefooting, show skiing or Mad-City related and this post came up today… Glad to here some more people enjoyed our show and are telling others about it.

I also came across this news story telling about Ralph Samuelson the inventor of water skiing. Even has a video to go with it.

And finally, some not so good news… seems a water skier was hit by jet ski. I’ve seen this almost happen myself and it isn’t good. A jet skier decides the waves of the boat pulling the skier are fun to play on and starts jumping off of them… then the skier falls and the jet skier doesn’t see them in the water and… not sure if this is exactly what happened, but it is a very likely scenario. I’ll bite my tongue and not keep typing what I want to type so I don’t get hate mail from all the jet skiers in the world, but I will suggest this: anyone who buys a watercraft (boat, canoe, sailboat, jet ski, or other PWC) should have to attend a boater safety course. It just makes sense. I attended one when I was 12. They’re not difficult, but they do spell out the common sense that some people seem to be lacking.

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Brief Skiing Recap

Just to recap a little bit… had a good footing set last night until I hit a log… manged a couple nice solid one foots and here’s a picture for your consideration.

As I said, I hit a log. Well we fished it out of the lake so we wouldn’t hit it again or have someone else someone suffer my same fate, or worse. I went back to the landing today to take a look at again and snapped a picture of it so you can see exactly what I hit. Still not sure how I don’t have a broken foot. Must be all the milk I drink. Sandy felt bad about me hitting the log since she was driving, but there really was nothing that she could do. She didn’t see it until it popped out of the boat wake and couldn’t really do anything. She stops, I’d slide into it, she turns, who knows what happens. I told her not to worry about it. My foot’ll be fine in a couple days. Just bruised badly now. Nothing broken.

One foot from Friday night

Here is the log I hit. My foot hit the end near my sandal. It was sticking up out of the water.

Anyway, had another footing set this morning with Dale and Sandy. Very early set, 530am. That’s 2 weeks in a row I’ve been up at the crack of dawn for some footing sets. Today I took the first set. Between the cut that is still healing on my right foot that gets re-opened a little each time I take a run and my very sore left foot from the log, my runs were comfortable, but I did have some nice runs. Kept them short though.

530am footing run

Next up at practice I snuck in a jump set before the show run thru. Putting on my jump ski was painful. It is swollen up just a bit. Hitting the ramp was painful. Hit the water on the landing even worse. Took 3 jumps. Ramp was a bit slicker than I’m use to since we now have running water on it. Kept my skis tight on the ramp, they stayed close together in the air but split apart a little before my landing, creating room for my ass to act as giant brake and popping the handle. With my ankle I was 0-fer the day, but had good jumps, just couldn’t take the landing. Would have had pictures, but for some reason the person using my camera didn’t actually take any pictures.

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Gone Logging!

Out footin’ this afternoon with Sandy, Lisa, Ronée & Joey. Little overcast, rain threatening, but we found some calm water… Had some nice one foots. I’m taking my last foot run of the afternoon… still planing to take a slalom run a little later.

Come down to the end of the run where the water starts to get a little rougher and a see something out of the corner of my eye down by my left foot (yes I realize that is a movie name) and I hit it, whatever it was hard. I go flying. My foot hurts a lot, but didn’t think it was that bad. I wave that I’m OK and then look behind me, hoping to see whatever the hell I hit with my foot. I see something sticking up about 30 yards behind me (yes, that’s how far I flew). I swim back and it is a log sticking up just barely above the water, lodged into the bottom. It was about 8 feet long and 5 inches around. Definitely could have broken my foot on it. I was seriously lucky that I didn’t hit it square, my foot just brushed it. Needless to say we called it a day after that.

Hours later, my foot still hurts, but nothing too bad. I’m walking normally and plan on footing tomorrow at 530am.

Another funny story from tonight about the skiing at 530 tomorrow morning… I’m looking for a 3rd to join Dale and I on the water and I’m talking to T-Bell & Sandy. T-Bell is getting her drink on but Sandy was seriously considering it. Then I mention that it’ll be behind a Sanger and she jumps at it. Needless to say they’re nice to foot behind.

Pictures from the day coming a little later on… they’re on my camera, its 1130pm and I’m going to bed now to get some shuteye before my 5am wake-up.

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A Couple Random Barefoot YouTubes for Your Enjoyment

First on the dock, a “chick” named Amber. She’s a good footer…. does a back deep on the boom and everything. The coolest part? She’ll fix her hair. Worth the wait.

Next on the dock, some random guy that is a little crazy, I’m guessing his name is Andre and apparently people think he’s going too fast. But anyway, dude does some pretty mean tricks. I’ll give away a little bit of his secret…. besides a shit load of speed, he’s on a boom and that boom is up very high and it provides a lot of upward lift and I know that is helping out a lot*. Still the tricks are pretty sick, so enjoy.

Andres — Going Too Fast

*I know this is helping out a lot from a little experiment I did… I’ve been doing one foots long line for a while now… not a problem. Go to do them on my boom and they just didn’t work very well. Raised the boom up about a foot from waist level to just above waist level and now one foots are easy as cake on the boom. This dude’s boom is above his head. That’s gotta help big time.
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Jump Set #2 of the Year

Took another jump set tonight and it went well. Knees felt find and no pain other than just a little sore. Here are the pics…

Almost managed to get a picture of me in the air… my camera is really slow at taking pictures.

Pretty good position in the air… straight up and down and arms kinda close in… skis did come apart a little on the ramp though. Good jump!

I completely wussed out on this landing… my skis are aren’t nearly as flat as they should be, but it was a landable jump!

Nice shot of me in front of the terrace.

Straight up and down, flat skis… good jump!

All in all, a good set… landed 3 of 4 jumps. Decent position for me in the air… managed to keep my body straight up and down and my skis flat to the water. Gonna try and do this again tomorrow.

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