A ways back, Slalom Magaine… I mean WaterSki Magazine went up to Footstock, wrote a nice little article and even created a video that they posted on their website. I know I linked to that video when it came out, but now it has found its way on to YouTube… so here it is.
Here’s some more great runs from Footstock 2010.
The first one features Jeremy Petrie (right) against Luke Bruckner (left) as Jeremy fights to maintain his grip on the handle, re-gripping it many times. Luke wins and goes on to take 6th. Jeremy wins 8th. There’s a lot of re-gripping going on. This video starts after they already made one eight.
The next features Dan Ehlers, who is hailed as the comeback story of the year at Footstock, who after 21 years took 4th place, versus Keith St Onge, one of the world’s very best barefooters.
Footstock – Dan Ehlers vs Keith St Onge
According to the YouTube clip, it is 7 minutes and 49 seconds of barefooting around tight corners and through rollers.
Here’s the boat footage of Mark Donahue beating Peter Fleck in the record 5-1/4 figure eights at the 2010 Footstock Open Division held in Crandon, WI on Peshtigo Lake. This forced them both to foot again to decide the championship!
Mark Donahue vs Peter Fleck in 5-1/4 Figure Eights
First place went to Mark “The Porn Star” Donahue who beat the legend Peter Fleck in a record breaking 5-1/4 Figure-8s’s to take the title of 2010 Footstock Champion! Earlier in the day, Fleck had beaten Donahue to become the last undefeated footer, putting Donahue into the loser’s bracket.
Rounding out the top three was Keith St Onge. Dan Ehllers took fourth, Chris Van Zeeland took fifth, Luke Brukner took sixth and Josh Bruns took seventh.
The last four unbeaten footers were Van Zeeland (he put KSO in to the loser’s bracket), Ehllers, Donahue and Fleck.
Based on the Facebook Status Updates provided by Gary Mueller on the Footstock page, it sounds like Donahue beat KSO with a run longer than 4-1/2 fig-8s to advance to the finals. He then had to beat Fleck twice. The first run was the record breaking 5-1/4 fig-8 and the second run was 3-1/2 fig-8s. Counting all of those fig-8’s up, the Porn Star did 13-1/4 figure-8’s to beat two of the best barefooters in the world.
In the Seniors Division, Peter Fleck took first, Mark Donahue took second and The Mule, Bob Mahnke, took 3rd.
In the Junior Division, Sam Landgraf took first, Nich Ruchti took second, Jake Wiedemeier took third, Jake Smith took fourth and Blake Pluemer took fifth.
Elaine Heller took 1st in the Women’s Division. And from the sounds of it, there were more than a couple pink shirts handed out in the Open Division.
If I’ve made any mistakes, please let me know and I’ll get the story updated. If you have video, pictures, whatever, let me know, I’d like to get it out to the barefooting world.
The granddaddy of figure-8 tournaments is a little less than a month away now. I don’t know if it is the oldest figure-8 tournament, but it is definitely one of the biggest. I haven’t seen a new promo video for the tournament, but did run across this old one.
1991 Footstock Promo Video
Want more details about Footstock, check out their Facebook page. It seems to have the most up to date details.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.