This start looks like a better way to start, is
it ok to just start here?
2. Is it a good way to start behind
3. What equipment do I need?
This start looks like a better way to start because
it keeps the water out of my face. Is it O.K. to
learn this before the front deep water start?
I recommend learning the front deep water start
first because it teaches you the skills that you
will need to master the front tumble-up start. I
do occassionally find that people chose not to accept
my advice so I am including my article on learning
this behind the boat below. I also describe a way
to 100% eliminate any water in your nose! Read on!
here to read the entire article!
instructional videos not on my two hour instructional
blanket in my Pro
I have one request. I have water allergies that
make front long line deeps uncomfortable the next
day. I use nose plugs but they do not always work.
I am able to start on my stomach and tumble turn
to the front on the boom. Is there a way to do this
It takes courage to go barefooting when you know
it could cost you sleep and extreme sinus problems,
but many barefooters have just accepted that sinus
problems are normal! They do not have to be and
I am going to reveal my Lane
“Dawg” Bowers 100% sinus problem solution that
will make one major happy camper!
Then I am going to show you how to do the long-line
front tumble-up the easy way!
Lane “Dawg” Bowers’
100% sinus problem be gone solution:
You can either use duct tape, clear medical tape,
or even better, a water-proof band aide! The key
is how it is applied.
#1 put one side of the band aide on one nostril.
#2 Pinch the nostril completely against your septum.
#3 Pinch the other nostril tight to your septum
#4 Pull the tape tightly around the front of your
nose being careful
to completely cover your nose openings, and pull
the tape tightly
onto other nostril making a completely air tight
covering that I
guarantee will keep all water out of your nose!
Make sure there is not oil, grease, or lotion on
your nose before applying!
This solution by itself, has been a major source
of happiness for thousands of barefooters! I really
hope to hear that this helps you! Click HERE
to see the final result!
Now, let’s get to the long line front tumble-up!
I am going to start by list my tips for making
the long-line front tumble-up an easy one;
#1 A great barefoot
suit and padded shorts are critical! I have
found that this start as well as all forward starts
and tumble turns are about 20 % more effortless
using my Iron
Man shorts and Barefoot Iron suit because of
the full wrap padding and the double gluing of the
I will explain why on this
week’s instructional video of the front tumble-up.
#2 The use of the extended pylon or Fly
High is a MAJOR help to making this as well
as all your barefooting easier. Why? This is not
just hype. The upward pull gets more of your body
out of the water on this start which makes barefooting
easier AND safer! That is why we now use extended
pylons at all times and in all tournaments.
#3 Shorten the rope up to make the upward pull
even more pronounced! In this weeks’ new
instructional video (http://www.thefootersedge.com/membervideopage/index.htm)
I will reveal the my favorite “Z-Man” knot for easy
rope shortening that will blow you away! The new
spectra ropes tend to melt and this 2 second knot
is so easy that you will be showing it off to your
#4 Keep the acceleration medium until you are more
proficient. The speed should not exceed 25 until
the skier gets outside the wake!
#5 Start way out to the side where you want to
go (before the boat takes off) so you can get outside
the wake without going over it!
#6 It is much easier in a dry
with Iron suit and shorts underneath because you
are not so deep in the water before take-off!
#7 This is tremendously easier if you have perfected
wipers” and tumble turn 180’s.http://www.thefootersedge.com/videos/index.htm
#8 Your legs and knees must remain straight, squeezed
together, and no more than 12 inches off the water!!!!
With the rope on the Fly
High, shortened to around 50 feet in length,
and you donned in your ultra mega slippery new gear,
and your starting point 30 feet out from the center
of the boat towards the side where you want to do
your tumble, you are ready to begin!
I like to keep my arms pretty bent to protect my
shoulders and to help me get into my “body-surfing”
mode! As the boat accelerates at a medium acceleration
to no more than 25 mph, lean onto your elbow and
hip in the direction you want to go.
I like to look at my target outside the wake!
Edge (“body-surf”) aggressively until you are outside
the wake while trying to miss the wake from the
boat completely. If you have to go over the wake,
you did not edge as aggressively as you could have
so you will have to deal with the additional bounce
from dropping off the wake into the curl.
Once you have reached the curl, stabilize for a
minute. If you start bouncing, get onto one hip
and elbow to eliminate being flat on your stomach.
When you get ready to begin the tumble, realize
that you want to onto one side of your body while
“locking your elbow” until they are completely straight
with the MIDDLE of the handle on your “gun holster”
or outside thigh.
IF YOU LIKE ABUSE TRY THIS; The worst case scenario
is rolling onto a flat back with your arms extended
over your head!!!Without going into specifics, this
is a lot like those police beatings that occasionally
gets captured on TV!
This start becomes smoother and easier when you
become better at rolling onto one of your hips and
ribs while locking the handle onto the other hip
(gun holster) and rib. Keep in mind, you must keep
the leading edge (side of your body that the handle
is on) out of the water until you get completely
to the front.
At no time during this start should your legs bend,
come apart, or rise higher off the water than 12
After you get to the front, immediately pull the
handle into your hip and ride the butt glide position
for at least 5 seconds to ensure that you are in
control! It is not a bad idea to even hook your
feet over the rope and re-pull the handle into your
you are sure of yourself.
The driver should not exceed 30 mph until you are
in control. An extra couple of mph (3-5 mph over
the initial 25 mph) will make the tumble in the
curl of the wake easier.
After you are smiling and waving your fist in the
air out of excitement of getting into your happy
place (great butt glide position), you can do your
3-point position and wave to the thousands of adoring
fans (like fisherman) who have watched
this amazing start!
to check out this week’s new instructional video
as I teach it to “Super Dave” in just a couple of
Remember the Virtual
Ski School ends up being FREE for those of you
who are coming down to ski with me!
me know how you do!! Email
me your success stories!
2. Is it a good way
to start behind the boat?
front tumble up is very popular on the long rope,
but you must master it on the short rope where it
is safer. Please refer to the article above for
all the tips to learning this start behind the boat.
do not forget to check it out in my Virtual
Ski School! Or on my 2-hour
What equipment do I need?
believe that the very basics for barefooting are
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!
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.
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.
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
use any shoe skis while performing tumble turns!
you have specific questions about any equipment,
please submit them on the form below and I will
post the answers here!