Talk:Barefoot skiing

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Risks, biology and physics?[edit]

Ok, there's a pic of a guy that not only barefoot skies but, jumps over a ramp? How's that possible? What about health? What if I decided I want to stop and jsut threw off the handle? What ya say? If someone knows more, better add. Undead Herle King (talk) 03:05, 28 February 2008 (UTC)


It has been a few years since you asked your questions Herle King, but here goes...Barefoot jumping is done at 38 to 45 MPH. It is done by seasoned barefooters... only in practice with other barefooters, in barefoot tournaments, and rarely in professional and amateur Water Ski Shows (if they have a barefoot jumper on their team...our team (Badgerland Water Ski Show Team, of Merton Wisconsin lead of shows with 2 jumps back to back as we had, at one time, 2 barefoot jumpers). In tournaments it is only done by barefoot skiers who qualify...how do you qualify?...by doing (in front of a certified barefoot judge) 6 wake crossings in 15 seconds, by doing barefoot 'toe holds', and other barefoot 'tricks', which attest to your barefoot ability on the water...in short, for the persons jumping, it is safer than walking across a street. If you want to throw the handle and stop ( I have simply "Passed" the jump without going over it), you can do so, but you forfeit that "jump"..and thus get only 2 jumps for that tournament...normally you get 3 jumps and the best distance of the 3 is where you place in the tournament in your age group...people compete from age 4 to age 85 and there are age groups all the way up the scale. Learn at a certified barefoot school...you will save tons of injuries and tons of wasted money! Check google for "barefoot water ski schools" — Preceding unsigned comment added by Gissy7 (talkcontribs) 10:50, 5 March 2012 (UTC)


"it is safer than walking across a street" WOW how many times have I heard this? Ranks right up there with "easy as riding a bicycle". is there any supporting documentation evaluating the risk of crossing a street VS barefoot skiing, or is this just another cliche pull out of someones arse? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 71.48.202.89 (talk) 16:07, 26 August 2012 (UTC)

UNDELETED?[edit]

Not deleted based on discussion at Wikipedia:Votes for deletion/Barefoot skiing

Formal tone[edit]

After reading some sections of this article, it seems to lack the formal tone expected from en encyclopedia. Don't you think? --Taraborn 18:43, 30 August 2007 (UTC)


I can see why you think this is not professionally written. It is likely because it is written by a 'non barefootwater skier' who knows little about the sport of barefoot water skiing. Having said that, this information is very good though incomplete, as far as the 'whole' story starting in 1947, goes. The World Barefoot Council of the International Water Skiing Federation is putting together a written history of the sport and a timeline to highlight the milestones of batefooting. This task will take several years to be done correctly. Go the the websites of WBC and IWSF and follow the progress of this endeavor and read their 'history' once it is completed! Better yet, get to a "PRO" and learn the sport yourself...anyone, at any age, can experience barefoot skiing what with the technology that the pros have for teaching barefoot water skiing! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Gissy7 (talkcontribs) 14:59, 5 March 2012 (UTC)

How fast?[edit]

How much faster than convential skiing —Preceding unsigned comment added by 86.184.98.136 (talk) 18:06, 9 May 2010 (UTC)

Normal barefoot speed is 20 miles per hour plus 10% of your weight...a 200 pound person will need to travel 40 MPH, a 150 pound person will need 35 MPH, and a 100 lb person, 30 MPH. (In tournaments the skier calls whatever speed he wants. The jump event has a maximum speed of 45MPH (or 75 KPH) and the skier can chose to go any speed UNDER that speed or call 'the Maximum'...which gives the best advantage for the jumper since distance is a function of HEIGHT and SPEED) If using a training 'boom' on the side of the boat, one can go 10 or more MPH slower than "long line', behind the boat and thus "Learn' things with less injury and fatigue. Also many people that are 'barefoot training', use shoe skis which reduce the speed and give more surface than just ones feet, while technique remains virtually the same as using only bare feet. Convential skiing speeds vary...Slalom (1 ski through buoys) speed is usually 28 to 36, jump speed is 30-36, and trick speed is quite slow, as big wakes are needed and high speed is less 'forgiving'...usually trickers go 15 to 22 MPH. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Gissy7 (talkcontribs) 15:17, 5 March 2012 (UTC)

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