Most Common Barefoot Questions

Front Toe-Up Start

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1. What causes me to get stuck half way up?
2. What equipment do I need?
3. Is there any way to practice this on dry land?
4. What driving tips are helpful?

1. What causes me to get stuck half way up?

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Getting "stuck" can be caused be several things;

#1 Incorrect "angle" in the shoulders, hips, and hands.

#2 Not grabbing far enough forward on your leg with the hand that is helping to pull you forward.

#3 Not enough explosive power in your attempt

All of these problems can be solved off the water by reading and studying my article below.

Great Front Toe-ups are Made in the Off Season

I know a lot of you are not able to barefoot now because the weather is just too cold, but that does not mean that you cannot make huge improvements in the off season! I am writing this article to serve two purposes;

#1 learning the front toe-up technique while safely on

#2 great conditioning for explosive leg strength and
abdominal strength

I am getting a lot of requests for ways that I recommend to improve conditioning. This is a great one! Even if you cannot do your front toe-holds or one-foots, this is going to be great conditioning as well as the proper muscle memory for one of barefoot water skiing’s most difficult starts.

Even if you already are good at front toe-ups, this will help you to explode into a whole new level with this trick!

If you need to brush up on the proper technique for front toe-holds, go to my Trauma Center which is now easier to find on your all new Members page at
(remember to click on the ‘Bookmark this page!’ link on the right to avoid having to sign-in each time).

The key to this technique is keeping your “angle” in the hips, shoulders, and handle during the entire process of the toe-negative’ and the ‘toe-positive.’

After achieving the perfect front toe position you have your first big decision to make. What am I going to use to help me create leverage?
If you have the flexibility to reach your ankle, then you will be making this start about %50 easier on yourself because you will be starting with your upper body further forward than the other ‘old school’ option like I was
taught by grabbing under your knee. You can also hug your knee in order to get further forward.

After you have made this decision (don’t be afraid to try all the variations), you are ready to do the toe-negative!

With your hand firmly grasping your favorite grab site, take your other hand and drop it towards the ground. You will also want to turn your hand so that your fingers are facing backwards. If you were on the water you would want to avoid catching your fingers!

Make sure not to start lowering your butt UNTIL you have positioned your hands properly.

Next, begin lowering your butt very slowly while crunching and leaning towards the hand that is reaching towards the water. At ALL POINTS during this maneuver, your need to have your side that is reaching lower than the side that is supporting your weight in order to maintain the proper “angle” and thus the proper weight distribution.

You should take about 5 seconds to sit down and no more than 2 seconds to get up. That requires the explosive strength that this exercise will help you to build.

When you are ready to perform the “toe-positive,” make sure you set your angle by leaning onto your butt cheek that is attached to the leg you are going to stand on. Next make sure your free hand is on the ground ready to be used as balance.

To get up, you need to have a grasp on your ‘grab spot,’ plant your
standing foot next to your butt cheek, lean on your free hand, and get ready to explode by contracting your abs aggressively, leaning your hand, and pressing down aggressively on your planted foot. Do not be afraid to use your grab hand to pull your body forwards.

I am adding the additional bonus of including some dry land pictures of me performing this maneuver with the various grab options, the toe negative, and the toe positive! Check them out at

I hope you commit to this program so you can enjoy one of the great starts in barefooting!

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2. What equipment do I need?

I believe that the very basics for barefooting are as follows;front toe handle

#1 The best barefoot wetsuit you can afford. I believe the best wetsuit on the market is Barefoot International's Iron Man wetsuit. I personally wear this suit and guarantee it to be at least 30% more protection than any other suit. It is an enormous advantage. You can see these suits and receive the best pricing anywhere along with free shipping by clicking here!

#2 I also believe that you MUST use padded shorts and that the best shorts out there are the Iron Man shorts. I unconditionally guarantee these shorts to be the best shorts of any kind in bare foot water skiing.

I highly recommend getting the best boom on the market since this also is a major safety issue. The Barefoot International boom and Fligh High extended pylon are the best out there. I also guarantee these to be the best out there.

Although I do not normally start barefooters out on shoe skis, it is critical to learning the more advanced tricks and are an absolute must for the serious barefooter. The Dawg Paws are the best shoe skis on the planet and I also have a less expensive shoe ski which you can see by visiting our Pro Shop.

If you have specific questions about any equipment, please submit them on the form below and I will post the answers here!

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3. Is there any way to practice before getting on the water?

Yes! Read the article above and get additional monthly tips in my Virtual Ski School

This trick must be practiced extensively on dry land in order to maximize your efforts on the water!

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4. Are there any driving tips?

When you are first practicing, your should be doing your "toe-negative." To do this properly, drive the normal tow-hold speed, and then slow down as the skier sits down on to the water. I would say a 5mph slow down as the skier slowly sits down will be perfect. The driving must be done smoothly enough that the skier does not feel the change!

Email me with your progress. I am expecting a miracle for you!

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