Footstock 2010 Poster

I’m really not sure what to say about this poster for Footstock this year. I will tell you that Footstock takes place on August 21-21 this year up in tiny Crandon, WI. I honestly don’t know if it’s the oldest Figure-8 tournament around, but it is definitely one of the biggest and typically draws some big name footers like KSO, Stokes and Mahnke. Don’t know all those names? Do some research and you’ll realize why they are big names.

One of the truly unique aspects of barefoot figure-8 tournaments is they’ll put a big name footer up against a no-name footer. Both footers feel the pressure. One footer has to live up to the expectation his (or her) name carries and has no desire to faceplant against an unknown footer. The other footer? He (or she) has the opportunity to let the world know who they are by knocking of an elite barefooter.

Want more details? Contact Gary Mueller at

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 If they look out of date or just don’t have much in the way of info yet, just check back later for updated information.

Best Dam Barefoot Race 2010 Results

The results are in for the 2010 Best Dam Barefoot Race held earlier today (May 15, 2010).

After lots of wind in 2007, a little less wind in 2008, then way too much wind in 2009, so much that they delayed the race by a day only to run it in 40 degree temperatures, the weather gods finally smiled on the race as weather was near perfect in Beaver Dam, WI. At race time, the temperature was near 60 degrees, is was partly sunny and just enough breeze to let you know that there was wind. The lake behind Dawn & Woody’s Moonlight Bar was nearly glass.

waiting for the horn to sound

Shortly after 11am, the boats idled out to the starting line and about 11:10am, the horn sounded and the 5 boats took off with their barefooters in tow.  In two falls that likely impacted the final results, Aaron Schoezl, a past Footstock Figure-8 Champion, fell on his deep water start. One other footer also quickly fell, but their identity was a mystery to those of us on shore (update – per Mike Miller in a comment below, it was Mark Mahan that fell.)

and they’re off

And with that, the boats disappeared behind the point as they raced northeast towards the far end of the lake. After about 8 minutes, we heard from one of the spotter boats that the first wave of footers were passing them. About 15 minutes into the race, we heard from the turn-a-round boat that four boats were already on their way back towards the finish.

As the race timer ticked towards the 27 minute mark, we could hear the roar of some of the boat motors as they raced back towards the finish line. As the timer crossed 27 minutes, the first boat, Team Mahnke, appeared past the point and raced across the finish line with a time of 27:12.

As the winners fished their final footer out of the water and cracked open their first celebratory beers, another boat, Team Mahan, made it’s appearance around the point, turning towards the finish line, when their footer fell. They quickly turned the boat around and put the handle back in the footer’s hands as another boat, Barefoot Central’s Team, appeared from behind the point. Team Mahan with their footer on the end of the rope, quickly took off towards the line, finishing with a time of 28:13 and they were followed quickly by Barefoot Central with a time of 28:24. The fourth boat, Hotfooters, finished 49 seconds later with a time of 29:13.

Team Manke enjoying their celebratory beers

After a 22 mile race, the top four teams were separated by a mere 2:01.

Back to the falls from the beginning of the race… Aaron Schoezl’s team, took 3rd behind the Mahan Team by 11 seconds. If Aaron or Mark don’t fall, they both likely contending for first. The initial pickup probably cost them about 45 seconds, maybe  a little more, maybe a little less. Those falls put them about a minute behind the eventual winners.

Update: One last note… Team Mahnke was also hampered by an 8-cylinder engine running on what they thought was 6, so they didn’t have nearly the speed that they are use to. It was fine for the initial start, but after that, they just couldn’t get the same speed. Even with the handicap, they were still able to win the race.

Here the the final standings after the race:

  1. Team Manke – 27:12 (Bob Mahnke, Luke Bruchner, Chad Mietz, Paul Stokes, Mark Donahue)
  2. Team Mahan – 28:13 (Mark Mahan, Rob Christenson, Chris McWaters, John Debelak, Mike Miller)
  3. Barefoot Central – 28:24 (Chris Van Zealand, Aaron Schoezl, Scoot Reed, Lucas Twelemeyer, Jamie Kumlien)
  4. Hotfooters – 29:13 (Mike Peterson, Gary Slawny, Dan Weinberger, Marci Holtz, Dave Strobel)
  5. Team Hughes – 44:22 (Tommy Schmidt, Andy W., Shane Hughes, Chad Behl, Tyler Sweeney)

recapping their races to each other

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.

Building a Barefoot Calendar

Do you have a barefooting event coming up this spring, summer, fall or even winter? Any type of barefoot event (figure-8, 3-event, race, freestyle, clinic, really anything.) If so, shoot me an email at and I’ll get it added to the calendar here on Tales from the Foot. Be sure to include some details about when, where and who to contact for more details. I can even add a full post about your event if you send in enough details about it. If you want a page on the site (ie to use as the events official website, I can help with that too (all I ask is you provide some follow up on what happens at the event for a story with some pictures and/or video).

Not planning an event, but looking for one to go? Be sure to look at the calendar here. There’s already lots of events in store for 2010. Based on my scouring of the internet, so far on the calendar we have the Blue Moo Chickfest, Wisconsin Open, Midwest Regionals, Barefoot Nationals, Manitowish Waters Midwest Open, World Barefoot Championships, Footstock, Clean Lakes Barefoot Challenge, Faceplant Fest and Project Snowflake.

Still waiting to here when or if there will be a Best Dam Barefoot Race (I need to make some calls), when the Dam to Dam Race will be (sometime in November), when the big St Louis Figure-8 and Race will be, and any other events that might be occurring somewhere this year.

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 but as of this writing, there are no details there. Another site to look for details is 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.

Varying Degrees of Winter Water Skiing

First off, some props go out to the Mad-City Ski Team, Skipper Buds and Malibu Boats. Based in Madison, WI, the ski team performed a benefit show on December 19th called Project Snowflake to raise some dollars for he local children’s hospital. They braved 30 degree weather and 36 degree water to raise about $3k for the American Family Children’s Hospital. They had fun for a very good reason. Check out the story on their website for more details. You can also donate to the cause. Details are in the Mad-City story. You ask why this made a barefooting website? Well, they had some barefooting in their show. Picture below.

Next, 30 years ago a town in California decided they needed a way to boost business on New Years. They settled on the Bun Run. It’s naked water skiing on New Year’s Day. Read the story here for more details.

Finally, there are a group of wild and crazy guys up near Montreal, Canada that like to do some water skiing in the winter. It sounds like it’s an annual tradition and they have a lot of fun in the process. Watch the video below…

Winter Water Skiing in Canada

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

20 mile barefoot ski race Saturday morning on Lake Austin

Pro and Open divisions




Awards for all racers
Mountain Star Lodge, 3573 Hwy. 620, 512-263-2010
Hampton Inn, 2013 Hwy 620, 512-263-7474
Club members’ couches and floors also available!
E-mail Blake at with team information

Or call Blake at 512-748-5031

Or visit our website
$295 per team payable at the Friday night party

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