The Sport of Barefoot
Barefoot skiing is water skiing behind a motorboat without the use of water skis, commonly referred to as “barefooting”. Barefooting requires the skier to travel at higher speeds than conventional water skiing (30-45mph/50-70kmh).
The necessary speed required to keep the skier upright varies by the weight of the barefooter and can be approximated by the following formula: (W / 10) + 20, where W is the skier’s weight in pounds and the result is in miles per hour. It is an act performed in show skiing, and on its own.Competitive Trick Barefooting has two passes of 15 seconds to complete as many different tricks as possible. All tricks have specific point values depending on difficulty. The skier also is awarded points for the start trick they performed to get up.
Competive Slalom Barefooting has two passes of 15 seconds to cross the wake as many times as possible. The skier can cross the wake forwards or backwards and on two feet or one foot. The world record was set by Keith St. Onge in 2006 (20.6).
Competive Barefoot Jumping consists of a footer traveling over a small, fiberglass jump ramp. They have three jumps and the longest one successfully landed counts. Professionals can jump as far as 90 feet (27.4 meters) and the world record of 29.9 meters (98.1 feet) was set by David Small.