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Most Common Barefoot Questions

Long-Line Front Deep Water Start

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1. How do I stop bouncing?
2. How do I stop from going out the front when I put my feet in the water?
3. Equipment tips?

4. Is there a way to practice on land before I attempt this behind the boat?
5. Rope type? Length? What handle should I use?
6. Should I wear shoe skis?

1. How do I stop bouncing?

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Click HERE to see a free video of this method!

This start can be broken down into three separate stages; “planing-off,” the “three point position,” and “standing up.” Bouncing occurs when you do not properly transition into the butt glide position. It can also be exaggerated by having your knees bent while on the rope.

Tip: If you have a dry suit that can be worn over your barefoot suit, you will be at an advantage.

After hooking up the handle, the best way to learn the first step is to float your whole body to the top of the water holding the handle into your hip bone. Do not move it higher or lower throughout this first step. Then, cross the arch of one of your feet over the rope keeping your entire body at the surface of the water, and keep your knees completely straight. Cross the second foot’s arch over the first foot without hooking your heel over the rope or your foot as this could cause injury to the ankle if the rope pops out of your hand on some of your first attempts.

As the boat gets ready to accelerate, keep your entire body floating until the boat takes off. As the boat first accelerates, straighten out your entire body keeping your knees very straight, pushing your hips higher than your head, and keeping the handle next to your hips. You will need to hold this position for only three seconds before sitting onto your tail bone. You will find it helpful to take a deep breath BEFORE the boat takes off.

After the three seconds, sit directly onto your tail bone without stopping to rest on your back. Make sure you have kept the handle in with your knuckles pressed into your hips.

TIP: If you do not like the feeling of hundreds of gallons of water rushing towards your face, keep your knees straight and tightly together. If you really enjoy a major face washing, simply bend your knees and separate them slightly. This will allow a tremendous sinus blast that will keep on giving you lake water in small amounts the rest of the day and most of the night. This is usually when some people will decide to leverage their barefoot gear for a wakeboard! (“we never said it was easy…we just said it was kool!”)

Seriously, if you are one of those people who are prone to sinus problems, you will be happy to learn that Duct Tape or a water proof band aid works wonders when used to cover a nose that is pinched into the closed position.

Once you are able to sit forward and ride in this position with your feet still on the rope and the handle tucked properly, you will be ready for the next stage…the Three Point Position!

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2. How do I stop from going out the front when I put my feet in the water?

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Click HERE to see a free video of this method!

To avoid this kind of aggravating experience, you need to fix your muscle memory for your transition from the butt glide to the three-point position.

Butt Glide 3-Point NO ROPE

Sit on the floor with your feet out in front of you. Place
your hands about one foot behind you and wider than
shoulder width apart. Lean back with your upper body
about 45 degrees from vertical.

Keeping your legs completely straight with your knees
together and toes pointed, raise your legs until your
knees are the same height as your shoulders. Let’s
call this the “V Sit Position” because your body
resembles the letter “V.”

Now add your point and flex exercise while holding your
“V” position! Can you feel your ‘flab-dominals’ working?
We are just getting started. Once you have the perfect flex,
bring your heels wide and back to your butt at about the
same width or just wider than your butt
WITHOUT SEPERATING YOUR KNEES …
WITHOUT LOWERING YOUR KNEES!

The key here is to keep your knees quiet (no movement).

If you have down this properly;

1. your knees are about shoulder height,
2. your knees are together
3. your ankles are flexed
4. your ankles are as close to your butt as possible
5. your heel is the only part of your foot on the water
6. your toes are not lifted, but the ball of your foot
is off of the surface you are on

Practice this over and over again until it is perfect, smooth,
and effortless! This will be a great abs workout as well
as turn you into a three-point machine!

Now let’s add another challenging element…

-----Butt Glide 3-Point Position WITH the Rope--------------

I have found a great way to simulate the realistic pull
of the boat that works much more dynamically than a
handle on a door knob!

To make your own, all you need is;

1. a wakes handle
(which is easier to use than a trick handle because it
does not get in the way of your knees as easily)

2. a pulley

3. a bucket

4. about 10 feet of rope

Fill your bucket with enough water to give you a
little resistance. I filled it all the way up with water for
me, but only about a third of the way full for my
wife Cindy who is 98 pounds (and featured on this video).

Connect them all together and scoot back on the floor
so that you are keeping the bucket about half way off
the floor the entire time.

Adjust the height of the pulley and the rope so you can
easily get into the “V Sit Position” and keep your
feet on the rope and your knees the same height as
your shoulders.
Pull the wakes handle into your hip so that the rubber
of the handle is touching your hip bone while keeping
your knuckles on your legs!

Your feet should be pointed with your toes overlapped
on the rope. Your knees should be straight WITHOUT
knee bend. Your knees are squeezed together.

Next take your feet off the rope without lowering your
knees or feet.

“Point…hold…FLEX…hold…Heels to your butt!”

This needs to be done in the exact same manner as
described above!

The only difference is the handle! There are two positions
for the handle;

1. IN to your hip
2. OUT on your knee caps

The key here is to accomplish this without ever opening
your knees or lowering your knees! The handle goes
from the IN position to the OUT position as your
knees remain constant!

When do you move the handle from IN to OUT?

As soon as your heels make it to your butt, move
the handle to your knee caps.

For women and children, I find it helpful to keep the
handle to the IN position until the feet are settled on the
water.

For big dudes, I find the handle should come out sooner
as long as the “V Sit Position” can be maintained!

The final stage is to prepare your 3-point position for
final check mode before standing!

After your handle is on your knees and you feel relaxed
and stable…

1. Shoulder Roll-roll your shoulders to the back so that
they are behind your chest with your shoulder blades
pinched together.

2. Meat Hook! Lift your rib cage in an upward motion
so you look all “Bowed-up!”

With this mastered, you may take to the water with more
confidence and preparation than I ever had when I was
learning. While others rip their heads off, you will foot
with the quiet confidence of a Jedi Warrior
(Star Wars reference)!


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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.

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

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See my newest instructional video, “Great Six Pack and
3-Point Exercise,” at my all new Virtual Ski School!

I have witnessed the power of dry land practice so
many times now that I more passionate than ever to
help you experience your own special miracle! If you
have ever wanted to;

1. learn to barefoot water ski
2. improve on bad form
3. revamp your glide for better one foots
4. just learn a new abs workout to improve your
six pack (don’t worry if yours is a one pack),

then this article is for you!

The following exercise will turn you into a barefooting
machine by tapping into the power of proper dry-land
practice. First, I am going to show you how to properly
practice the foot position for the Ultra Mega Glide
(http://www.thefootersedge.com/traumacenter/info/ne14.htm)

Next I will show you how to practice the butt glide and
3-point position without a rope, and finally the butt glide
and 3-point position WITH a rope.

The bonus is that I am going to show you how to set-up a
great dry land practice apparatus (pictures and video are
on my Virtual Ski School at
http://www.thefootersedge.com/newskischool/index.htm)
to realistically prepare you for the water! And the best part is,
if you follow my advice, you will learn all this without ever
getting hurt! What a huge benefit!

------------------Point and Flex!!!!!---------------------------

I want you to practice the following exercise where ever
you are right now! Point your tows and hold for several
seconds. Next, flex your ankles WITHOUT lifting your
toes. I have the pictures you can see to make sure you are
doing it right near the bottom of my Positions’ page
http://www.thefootersedge.com/positions.htm

It is critical that you perfect this flexed position because
the following exercises will build on this foundation.
Make sure to practice this exercise frequently so that
your muscle memory will be there perfectly when you
get on the water.

“point….hold…..flex….hold…. point….hold…..
flex….hold… point….hold…..flex….hold…”

If this bores you…get over it! It has been approved by
the Department of Redundancy Department.

Butt Glide 3-Point NO ROPE

Sit on the floor with your feet out in front of you. Place
your hands about one foot behind you and wider than
shoulder width apart. Lean back with your upper body
about 45 degrees from vertical.

Keeping your legs completely straight with your knees
together and toes pointed, raise your legs until your
knees are the same height as your shoulders. Let’s
call this the “V Sit Position” because your body
resembles the letter “V.”

Now add your point and flex exercise while holding your
“V” position! Can you feel your ‘flab-dominals’ working?
We are just getting started. Once you have the perfect flex,
bring your heels wide and back to your butt at about the
same width or just wider than your butt
WITHOUT SEPERATING YOUR KNEES …
WITHOUT LOWERING YOUR KNEES!

The key here is to keep your knees quiet (no movement).

If you have down this properly;

1. your knees are about shoulder height,
2. your knees are together
3. your ankles are flexed
4. your ankles are as close to your butt as possible
5. your heel is the only part of your foot on the water
6. your toes are not lifted, but the ball of your foot
is off of the surface you are on

Practice this over and over again until it is perfect, smooth,
and effortless! This will be a great abs workout as well
as turn you into a three-point machine!

Now let’s add another challenging element…

-----Butt Glide 3-Point Position WITH the Rope--------------

I have found a great way to simulate the realistic pull
of the boat that works much more dynamically than a
handle on a door knob!

To make your own, all you need is;

1. a wakes handle (Wakes Handle - B223 or Combo B223C)
(which is easier to use than a trick handle Front-Toe Handle - B219 because it does not get in the way of your knees as easily)

2. a pulley

3. a bucket

4. about 10 feet of rope

Fill your bucket with enough water to give you a
little resistance. I filled it all the way up with water for
me, but only about a third of the way full for my
wife Cindy who is 98 pounds (and featured on this video).

Connect them all together and scoot back on the floor
so that you are keeping the bucket about half way off
the floor the entire time.

Adjust the height of the pulley and the rope so you can
easily get into the “V Sit Position” and keep your
feet on the rope and your knees the same height as
your shoulders.
Pull the wakes handle into your hip so that the rubber
of the handle is touching your hip bone while keeping
your knuckles on your legs!

Your feet should be pointed with your toes overlapped
on the rope. Your knees should be straight WITHOUT
knee bend. Your knees are squeezed together.

Next take your feet off the rope without lowering your
knees or feet.

“Point…hold…FLEX…hold…Heels to your butt!”

This needs to be done in the exact same manner as
described above!

The only difference is the handle! There are two positions
for the handle;

1. IN to your hip
2. OUT on your knee caps

The key here is to accomplish this without ever opening
your knees or lowering your knees! The handle goes
from the IN position to the OUT position as your
knees remain constant!

When do you move the handle from IN to OUT?

As soon as your heels make it to your butt, move
the handle to your knee caps.

For women and children, I find it helpful to keep the
handle to the IN position until the feet are settled on the
water.

For big dudes, I find the handle should come out sooner
as long as the “V Sit Position” can be maintained!

The final stage is to prepare your 3-point position for
final check mode before standing!

After your handle is on your knees and you feel relaxed
and stable…

1. Shoulder Roll-roll your shoulders to the back so that
they are behind your chest with your shoulder blades
pinched together.

2. Meat Hook! Lift your rib cage in an upward motion
so you look all “Bowed-up!”

With this mastered, you may take to the water with more
confidence and preparation than I ever had when I was
learning. While others rip their heads off, you will foot
with the quiet confidence of a Jedi Warrior
(Star Wars reference)!

You can get a 7 Day FREE Trial Membership of My Virtual
Ski School
only by clicking on the link below.
http://www.thefootersedge.com/newskischool/7daytrial.htm



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5. What type of rope do you recommend? What length? What handle should I use?

The handle should be a a wakes handle (Wakes Handle - B223 or Combo B223C) which has no toe strap or teeth strap on it. This handle is better to use for this start than the toe-hold handle because its width between the handle and the yoke is narrower and stays more out of the way of the skiers knees when taking the feet off of the rope and planting them on the water!


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6. Should I wear shoe skis when attempting this?

Click HERE to see a free video of this method!

No! I believe in learning on your feet first unless you are in water that has debris. There is nothing like feeling the rush of the water underneath your feet!

I do believe that shoe skis such as my Puppy Paws are critical to the success of mastering your form, but I do not believe it should be your first experience.

It is critical with any shoe-ski that you master the ankle flex necessary for a good three-point. If you drag a toe with a shoe ski on your foot, you can catch harder than using just your feet. For this reason, anyone who is older than 30 years of age, that has a bad knee, or who has not mastered the proper dry land practice, should first learn to master this maneuver on your feet.

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