And since it is a Friday, and this is a Friday related post, here’s Dallas Friday on a boat…
Yes, she’s a wakeboarder, but I’ll let anyone in my boat that loves to be on the water… just as long as they save some glass calm water for me to do some footing on. It helps if they can drive the boat… anything else is just a bonus.
About 1 month ago (Nov 1-6), the World Barefoot Center run be Keith St Onge and David Small (both world champion barefooters) held a women’s week at their school. In a sport normally dominated by men, this week the school was overrun by women.
Karen Putz (previously featured here) attended a did a story for Chicago Now. Be sure to read it and check out all of the pictures. There are also links to her personal blog in the story with even more details from the week.
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: email@example.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!
These are all things you’ll find in Brad Paisley’s the video for one of his newest song’s titled ‘Water’. I’m not a huge country music fan, but the song just sounds like summer to me. If you watch closely, you’ll see a little bit of barefooting in the video. Unrelated to the footing, I especially like the part where the guy rides a bike off the dock, attempting to go into the water, but instead rides into another dock. Ouch. And yes, I’m talking about that redneck skiing, the one where they use something like a back hoe in the middle of what amounts to a large puddle of water and swing people around in a circle on skis. I think that’s a little crazy, and people think getting dragged behind, or next to, a boat at 40+ MPH hour is crazy. So to each their own. Now enjoy a little bit of summer time music…
Did you know that Brad is married to Kimberly Williams-Paisley? Not sure who that is? She was the daughter in the Steve Martin movies Father of the Bride I & II and also on According to Jim (as Jim’s wife’s sister). So when he’s out on his boat, skiing, footing or whatever he does, he has some good company in the boat. And good company is always important. Especially at the end of the day when the sun goes down at it’s beer-thirty.
Mr. & Mrs. Paisley
It’s also nice to see our little sport, and the sport of water skiing in general, in the mass media, and a Brad Paisley video qualifies as that. I think every waters skier around remembers the Alan Jackson video for Chattahoochee since it featured some slalom skiing in it.
I personally love the neon colors on his life vest and how he is really cutting it up on what appears to be some classic Dick Pop Jr skis in some of the shots. I also love the old Nautique in the video.
And while we’re on the topic of country music video’s featuring water skiing, I’ll throw one more into the mix. It doesn’t necessarily tie directly to skiing, but it does features such lines as:
It was painted red, it’s stripe was white
It was 18 feet, bow to stern light…
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.
…and all of us over the age of 12 are now officially depressed. Who are we talking about and why? We are talking of one Georgia Groen, age 12, of the New Zealand Barefoot Team. At the wee age of 12, she’s already competing internationally. She just took part in Junior Worlds and her trick run was good enough to place 6th in tricks. She was also just named the BFC Footer of the Month for February 2009
Now you might be wondering why that makes us over the age of 12 depressed? Well, just take a look at the BFC video that they released showing her barefoot tricks. She’s already jumping out of boats and doing side slides. Enough with build up now and on to the video…
You can find the video on Barefoot Central’s video page here. It’s called “I’m a Believer”.
The Cowz R Us Ski Team, based at The Blue Moo (near Alma Center, WI) has posted their event calender for the year. They are kicking off the ski season with a Beach Party on May 30 (which is a Lions Club Fundraiser ). Their next major event is the Wisconsin/Illinois Open on June 26- 28. Following that is the Blue Moo Chick Fest on July 11th. They’ve launched a completely new website for that event and you can find it online at www.barefootchickfest.com. The Blue Moo event calander comes to a close with the Midwest Regionals July 24 – July 26.
One more classic video to share from KSO. Circa 2003, this video originally appeared over on BFC. Besides some barefoot horseplay, it features someone wearing a great white bikini, better yet, it’s someone that should be wearing a bikini. The kicker is she does a deep water start in it… and nothing else.
Sadly, here in the land of cheese (aka Wisconsin) we no longer experience the weather that encourages people to worship the sun in bikinis. We’re now in jeans, long sleeve shirts, sweatshirts and jackets. We’re bundling up as winter approaches, so this video brings fond memory of summer days on the lake.
Beside the bikini clad female, you see KSO and someone else doing some tricks on the boom, that although now they seem almost common, I think they are probably some of the earliest people to try some of them.
Enjoy the footing, enjoy the tricks and enjoy the white bikini…
You can find the video on BFC’s video page here. The video is titled “Hot in Here Video” and the link for it is near the bottom of the page (it is just a text link.)
But seriously, there is some pretty good footing in here. The ladies of Chetek put together a hell of video for Chuck’s Show Ski Challenge. It features some footing from the Chetek Hydroflite Ski Shows and some other footage of them just out having fun footing. Lauren, Kelly, Kelsey and Nina do some nice footing here.
And they even have the token bikini footing shot that features a face plant.
No, I’m not talking about the TV show, I’m talking about what happens when you head out in the boat with a group of friends to ski, drink, relax and generally have a good time.
Well, I’ve posted lots of videos of people doing sick tricks. Here’s a great video of people that do these sick tricks, but instead of just doing those, they are just have a hell of good time. Not a whole lot new here in turns of tricks and barefooting accomplishments, but there is some awesome footing, girls in bikinis, girls in bikinis barefooting and some more. Enjoy the video, because it looks like they had a hell of a good time making it.