The World Barefoot Water-Ski Championships took place on August 11-19, 2018 on Dream Lake in Napanee, Ontario. This special kind of water-skiing, also known as “barefooting,” works exactly as it sounds: skiers use their feet to surf on the water.

Athletes gathered at Dream Lake near Selby, Ont., all week to compete against the best barefoot water-skiers in the world. The man-made lake was built for this very purpose by Dwight and Michele Williams, who made the lake in 2003 specifically to feed their water-skiing habit. The couple has since found a new interest in barefooting.

The lake had already been host to the 2013, 2014 and 2016 national barefoot championships, but 2018 will mark the first world championships for the site. Thirteen countries were represented by over 100 barefoot competitors at Dream Lake. 

 Prince Edward’s Becky Moynes Meyer won a bronze medal with a personal best jump of 13.7 Moynes-Meyer finished 5th overall.

The event saw six world records either broken or tied. International Waterski and Wakeboard Federation President Jose Antonio Perez Priego says the skiing was amazing and conditions at Dream Lake were perfect. He called it one of the best World Championships ever.

Final results can be found HERE

Photos from the event can be found HERE



In the rear view mirror…

Fabulous performances by all the barefooters. If you missed it live, you can still view it on the archive of the livestream (www.barefootworlds.cain the webcast menu item).

This was the very first time that Canada has hosted the world championships. The water conditions were awesome for the tournament. The three Sanger tournament boats powered by Indmar Marine Engines performed flawlessly.

We had torrential rains after the skiing was over one day and had to adapt the on site activities a bit but the water didn’t seem to dampen spirits and the action continued under the tent for the Stome Mills hosted on site pig roast dinner for all athletes and officials.

We took advantage of the great water and daylight after the tournament finished each day. We had skiing and barefooting for volunteers, LOC and others that were interested. Some had an opportunity to try an adaptive sit ski, Others got a chance to ride in the boat and just watch the action from the best seat in the venue. There were also many attempts to pull 4 barefooters down the lake at once with varying levels of success.

Friday saw the top jumpers compete for prize money in the night jump. Spectacular. The jump course balls were lit up, the jumps were huge and the huge crowd on shore was loud.

Once the president of the World Barefoot Council, Geoff Blaauw, declared the games closed at the on site banquet the party started. Three live bands played. An awesome collection of pictures (available FREE at www.barefootworlds.ca thanks Paul Ruppert!) ran on the projection screen all night and videos of the overall champions were shown as well.

The astonishing fireworks display capped off and amazing tournament and when the fireworks stopped and the bands finished the campfire burned until the wee hours.

Thanks to all our sponsors but especially our primary sponsor Lennox Fencing and our hosts Dwight, Michele and Katie Williams for this incredible event!