Barefoot Chick Fest… It’s On!

Ladies, check you calendars and make plans to head to the Blue Moo on June 19th. This info was recently spotted on both Facebook and on ShowSkiers.com and is from Shauna Pasanen, one of the organizers of the event:

Female barefooters invite you to join an all girl three event barefoot tournament, Barefoot Chick Fest 6/19/10, at the Blue Moo Lake in Alma Center, WI . We encourage you to come out and take part in this great event. If you need help unlocking your potential we will be offering a Barefoot Clinic for Girls only, no boys allowed!

June 17th and 18th. This is a wonderful opportunity to make new friends, create memories, and to have fun sharing your strengths in barefooting. Sign up today by emailing: barefootchickfest@gmail.com If you have ever wanted to compete, learn, or watch barefoot waterskiing now is the time. Women today welcome you in getting started, so that we together can build a sport for newcomers tomorrow. Get involved, make it happen, Barefoot Chick Fest 6/19/10!

2010 Barefoot Figure-8 Series

Chris Mcwatters, along with some others, have organized a Figure-8 Barefoot Series that encompasses several popular figure-8 tournaments that take place throughout the country this year. The goal of the series is to encourage footers to compete at more of the tournmanets with a point system to determine the footer of the year. Results will only be taken from each footer’s 3 best tournaments, so if you miss one, or just face plant one, you’ll still be in the running for footer of the year.

The four figure-8 tournaments in the 2010 Series are:

  1. Footapalooza in La Porte, Indiana on June 12-13 (visit barefootski dot com for more details)
  2. Glen Meuller Annual Figure-8 Barefoot Tournament at Lake St Louis on July 24-25
  3. Clean Lakes Festival Barefoot Challenge in Madison, WI on August 28 (visit the Clean Lakes Festival website for more details)
  4. WBC Barefoot Figure-8 Championship in Winter Haven, FL on Oct 16 (visit the WBC for more details)

For more details about the series, be sure to check out the Facebook Group, the flyer for the series and  the rules and regulations. Also be sure to watch barefootski dot com for more announcements on the series.

Finally, some of the event websites are in the process of being updated. If they look out of date or just don’t have much in the way of info yet, just check back later for updated information.

LA Night Jam III

I know it’s not a barefooting event, but it is a water skiing event done right. Big crowd, great atmosphere, awesome jumping. That’s a recipe for success. I personally haven’t made it down to the event yet, but a good friend made the trip and was definitely impressed. So even though its not footing, I’ll still be a tiny little promoter for it because it is that cool. Watch the promo…


LA Night Jam Promo Video

You’ll get to see some jumping like this…


Freddy Krueger Jump Final 2008

It’s not just the guys that get to fly through the night sky…


Natalia Berdnikava

And even the athletes love the atmosphere…


Freddy Krueger Victory Speech

So if you happen to be in the Tri Lakes, Zachary, Louisiana area come Saturday, June 5, make the effort to attend the Night Jam, you won’t be disappointed.

Footapalooza Will Be Held on June 12

The date for Footapalooza 2010 has been set and it’ll be held Saturday, June 12 at Silver Sheep Lake (a private lake) in Rolling Prairie, IN which is just outside of LaPorte, IN. The event is put on by the Freemen Footers.

They’ll be camping near the site and lodging 5 minutes away. The Friday beforehand people are invited to a bonfire as well.

For more details, including the flyer, entry form and directions, visit BareFootSki Dot Com.

Best Dam Barefoot Race is Saturday, May 15

Just got off the phone (yes people do call me and let me know about events) and found out that the Best Dam Barefoot Race will be taking place on Saturday, May 15 on Beaver Dam Lake in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. It’ll be a 22 mile relay race for teams of 4 or 5 footers.

Last year the weather didn’t cooperate on Saturday (just a tad bit windy) and on Sunday when the ran the rice, although it was very sunny, the actually temperature was way cold (we’re talking 30’s). Hopefully, the weather cooperates a bit more this year.

More details on registration and cost will be coming soon.

Barefoot Chick Fest is Set for June 19

In the most recent issue of the Wisconsin Water Skier (a WWSF publication) on the inside cover there is ad announcing the Barefoot Chick Fest that will be taking place at the Blue Moo Lake near Alma Center, WI on Saturday, June 19 this year. The website is listed as www.BarefootChickFest.com but as of this writing, there are no details there. Another site to look for details is www.cowzrus.net. As of this writing, there aren’t any more details other than to save the date.

For those that don’t know, the Blue Moo Lake is run by the Heller family who have several very accomplished barefoot skiers that competed successfully at the 2008 Worlds Barefoot Championships in New Zealand. Needless to say, they know a little something about barefooting.

Dam to Dam Barefoot Race is November 7th in Austin, TX

One of the biggest barefoot races is coming up in a little less than a month. On November 7th, the Austin Barefoot Club will be hosting the Dam to Dam Barefoot Race.  Here are the details from the flyer that was sent out:

Come join us for the 22nd annual Austin Dam to Dam Race

Hosted by the Austin Barefoot Ski Club

Saturday, November 7th

Steiner Ranch Lake Club, Lake Austin

Friday night party at the Oasis on Lake Travis http://www.Oasis-austin.com

20 mile barefoot ski race Saturday morning on Lake Austin

Pro and Open divisions

Barbeque

Beer

T-shirts

Awards for all racers
Mountain Star Lodge, 3573 Hwy. 620, 512-263-2010 http://www.Mountainstarlodge.com
Hampton Inn, 2013 Hwy 620, 512-263-7474 http://www.Austinlakewaysuites.hamptoninn.com
Club members’ couches and floors also available!
E-mail Blake at Blakefoot@aol.com with team information

Or call Blake at 512-748-5031

Or visit our website www.barefootaustin.org
$295 per team payable at the Friday night party

If you need a team to ski with just let us know!

US Barefoot Nationals… New Place, New Dates

I just saw this on USA Water Ski.  The US Barefoot Nationals are now being held at Mystic Lakes in Maize, Kansas and are taking place a week later, now from August 11 thru 15.  Here’s the official announcement from USA Water Ski:

Dates & Venue Changed For ABC Nationals

Due to severe drought conditions in central Texas, the American Barefoot Club (ABC) has announced a change in the dates and location of the 2009 Barefoot Water Ski National Championships. Originally scheduled for Aug. 4-8 at the Barefoot Ski Ranch in Waco, Texas, the 32nd annual event will now be held Aug. 11-15 (to accommodate the local organizing committee) at Mystic Lakes in Maize, Kan.

“This is relatively short notice for a local organizing committee to get ramped up for a national championships, however, the American Barefoot Club is confident with the commitments we have for support, both physical and financial, that the local organizing committee will pull together a first-class event,” said Dan Cummings, president of the American Barefoot Club.

Mystic Lakes is a two-lake site built in what was formerly a sand pit just outside Wichita, Kan. It was built into a water ski community with houses surrounding the lake. Mystic Lakes has hosted the Midwest Regional Water Ski Championships with more than 300 competitors, so it is no stranger to the logistics of putting together a large tournament.

“There are sidewalks around the lake, it has very high banks for wind protection, and a center strand between the two lakes provides for perfect spectator viewing,” Cummings said. “We will be able to jump on one lake and run slalom and tricks on the other lake. While this is certainly a change from the previously announced Waco site, I am confident it will be a great tournament and one that you will not want to miss. Mystic Lakes has hosted our Regional Barefoot Championships on multiple occasions as well as regular local tournaments.”

More than 100 athletes are expected to compete for national titles in wake slalom, tricks, jumping and overall in respective divisions.

The American Barefoot Club is one of nine sport disciplines of USA Water Ski.

Link to Article

This is especially good news for the many barefooteres that are also show skiers.  Prior to the announcement, Show and Barefoot Nationals were on the same weekend.

Update:

I recieved this in an email from the ABC President:

Barefooters,

Due to the draught we currently experiencing in Central Texas and the lack of water to make the site ski-able, this year’s Barefoot Nationals is being moved to Mystic Lakes in Wichita, Kansas.To accommodate the LOC and Homeowners association, the dates are also being moved toAugust 11-15. The date move will also resolve the conflict we had with Show Ski Nationals, which is good since most of our World Junior Team are also show skiers. 

This is relatively short notice for an LOC to get ramped up. However, we are confident, with the commitments we have for support, both physical and financial, the LOC will pull together a first class event. Mystic Lakes is a two lake site built in what was formerly a sand pit just outside Wichita in Maize, KS. It was built into a water ski community with houses surrounding the lake. Mystic Lakes recently hosted 3 event regionals with over 300 skiers. So they are no strangers to the logistics of putting together a large tournament. Wichita is centrally located in the US and is serviced by an international airport. 

There are sidewalks around the lake, it has very high banks for wind protection, a center strand between the two lakes for perfect spectator viewing. We will be able to jump on the second lake and run slalom and tricks on the other. They have hosted our Regional Barefoot Championships on multiple occasions as well as regular local tournaments.

While this is certainly a change from the previously announced Waco site, I am confident it will be a great tournament and one you will not want to miss. Waco is lining up to host next years Nationals, so we will get to experience that great site as well. We wanted to get the word out so everyone has as much notice as possible to make plans. See you in Wichita!

Dan Cummings
President, American Barefoot Club