Barefoot Worlds Coverage on Tales from the Foot

Barefoot Worlds are going on right now in New Zealand.  The best of best are over there tricking, slaloming and jumping.  KSO is trying to defend is title.

Meanwhile, the rest of the world, at least those of interested in barefooting, are curious to know what’s going on over there.  So far, there hasn’t been much, if any, official coverage, but I have managed to track down some sources to keep tabs on what’s happening.
Instead of having to scour the internet yourself looking for info, I’m doing that for you.  Just head over to my barefooting website Tales from the Foot.  That link will show you all the World’s Barefoot coverage that there is to know about so far.
While you’re there, feel free to browse around the whole site.
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Going for a Record… 122 Peoples, 1 Very Big Boat

I wrote about their attempt last year (someone from Tasmanina even stopped by in December 2008 to let me know about this upcoming attempt on Jan 31st.) Well they are going to try it again.  The Horsehead Water Ski Club in Tasmania is going to try to set a record.  Don’t know where that’s at?  Neither did I, so enter Google Maps, and you find out it’s here…

Still not sure where that’s at?  Well that “island” is off the southern tip of Australia. It is west of New Zealand, if that helps.  Here’s a link to the location in Google Maps.
Enough geography for today, back to the task at hand.  The World Record attempt.  The current World Record, at least according to this YouTube video, so it’s gotta be true, is 100 skiers.
Anyways, the Horsehead Water Ski Club is gonna try it again this year.  This weekend actually. They gonna try on Saturday, so that would be some time late on Friday here in the states if my international date line logic is current, but it could be wrong.

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A New Holiday Classic

No, this isn’t water skiing related, but it is a relatively new Christmas. This dates back all the to 2005 when Carson Williams put together this little light show for his neighborhood.  I’m not sure if it was that year or next, but Miller picked it up for their holiday beer advertising.  Then the following year they tried to create their own, but it wasn’t nearly as good as the original.

Without further adoo, here is the original Symphony in Lights featuring the Wizards in Winter by TSO…
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The Mad-City 2008 National Recap is Online

I just finished posting Mad-City’s National Recap over on the Mad-City website.  Once again, it features a highlight clip.  Here’s the link. If you don’t want to read the whole recap and just want to see the video, here it is…

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Time for a Crash Course

For those of you that think that doing these crazy tricks on skis, or your barefeet, or hitting the ramp is easy, just watch this video.  It features skiers from a professional ski show trying out the new stuff in their spare time and this video shows all the crashes these people go through to land that big stunt in the ski show.

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Spread Eagle Night Shows

One thing you just don’t see very much is water skiing at night.  It’s just not allowed in most places.   Tommy Bartlett’s in the Dells would do night ski shows, but in the heart of summer, it just doesn’t get very dark until very late, so it usally wasn’t done in the full dark very often.

Once in a while the local ski teams around the state of Wisconsin get permission from the local authorities and put on a night show.  It’s usually a pretty big deal.
The Badwater Ski-Ters put on a night show this past year.  They are based way up north in Spread Eagle, WI (yes, it’s a real place) and ski on the Menominee River.  

Night show are something you don’t get to see very often, but luckily, they put together a little highlight video of their show.  Take 10 minutes and check it out.
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Mad-City 2008 State Highlight Clip is Online!

I’ve just posted Mad-City State Highlight Clip online. You have a couple options to view it…

  • First option is to go to the team’s website where there is a state recap online, with a brief recap of the whole weekend, including the video. Here’s the link for that.
  • Next option to start searching YouTube, but that isn’t always easy to find what you want.
  • Third option, is to just stay right here, because I’ve posted the video below.
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Another Couple Peeps Doing 7’s

Well, it has finally come to pass.  Paul O’Conner of Mad-City is no longer the sole person doing 720’s in the show ski world.  We have a couple more people to add to the role call now.

First off, we have someone from the Waterhawks in Waterloo, Iowa doing a 7 of the ramp through some fire.

Next, we have a 16-year old named Nick Wilson, from the Lake City Skiers in Warsaw, Indiana land a 7.  
Not sure how consistent either of these people are throwing them yet, but much props to them for landing one.  Me, I still spin abot 330 degrees when I throw a heli.  Makes skiing away a bit difficult.
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