Most Common Barefoot Questions

Front Tumble-up Start

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1. 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 the boat?

3. What equipment do I need?

1. 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!

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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 long line?

Thank you.

Thom Christen”

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 padding.

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 (
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 buddies!

#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 suit (
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 your “windshield wipers” and tumble turn 180’s.

#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 inches!

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 hips until
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!

Click here to check out this week’s new instructional video as I teach it to “Super Dave” in just a couple of attempts!!!!!

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2. Is it a good way to start behind the boat?

The 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.

Also, do not forget to check it out in my Virtual Ski School! Or on my 2-hour instructional video!

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3. What equipment do I need?

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

#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.

NEVER use any shoe skis while performing tumble turns!

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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