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"I wish that you could know how it feels 'to run' with all your heart and lose-horribly!

"I wish you could achieve some great good for mankind, but have nobody know about it except for you.

I wish you could find something so worthwhile that you deem it worthy of investing your life within it.

I hope you become frustrated and challenged enough to begin to push back the very barriers of your own personal limitations.

I hope you make a stupid mistake and get caught red handed and are big enough to say those magic words: 'I was wrong.'

I hope you give so much of yourself that some days you wonder if it is worth all the effort.

I wish for you a magnificent obsession that will give you reason for living and purpose and direction and life.

I wish for you the worst kind of everything you do, because that makes you fight to achieve beyond what you normally would.

I wish you the experience of leadership."

-- Earl Reum


Every great barefooter has lost horribly! What sets great barefooters apart from others is the ability to keep getting up regardless of the embarrassment or pain that they have encountered.

Who wants to learn one foot turns?

If you are ready to pick it up a notch, , then this might be the article for you. Here is what I feel you should know before attempting these advance tricks;

#1 GREAT front and back toe-hold positions that exhibit great Posture and Glide

#2 solid front-to-backs and back-to-fronts

The next thing we have to do is talk about the proper gear and set-up:

#1 Boom set at head height while in skiing position.

#2 Skylon or tower for the long-line (used in all tournaments now).

#3 speed at comfortable one-foot speed. If this speed makes you too nervous, you can slow it down to your back one-foot speed, which should be slower.

#4 for adults, I recommend adding a two-foot extension onto your handle. It allows the boom to be higher without making the skier feel he is getting pulled out of position.

#5 Use Puppy Paws to perfect this maneuver!

#6 Use our Footer's Edge 2-hour instructional video to see the one-foot turns done properly and compare to your own video.

If you are not familiar with these products go to my Pro Shop online or by call 877-685-6270 for additional info.
No matter how many times I help people to perform one-foot turns, I can almost bank on the fact that the skier 'thinks' their starting position is great and that I must spend the majority of the lesson correcting this position.or the back one foot position. Without going into the quintessential basics of Posture and Glide and The Power Band, I will go over what I believe to be the keys to success.

Contrary to two-foot turns, the one-foot front-to-back is easier than the one-foot back-to-front so that is how will approach this. The good news, , is that the one-foot turns are technically easier than the two-foot turns as there is less motion in the set-ups. The bad news (challenge?!) is that the speed must be faster as the total surface are on the water is less. The new motivation is that the carrot just got sweeter! AS I am writing this, my partner Richard Gray is persuading the World Barefoot council to up the value for these tricks to reflect their true difficulty!

Once proper position is established (I cannot stress that most of you that will attempt this will make this your biggest mistake!), the keys to the turn are handle position, maintaining a quiet upper body (review News from THE EDGE #15), and squeeze (News from THE EDGE #6).

The front-to back must be a slow turn from the hips. The biggest temptation is to turn with your head and hands. If you want a great one-foot turn, , then you need to keep your head and upper body quiet while allowing the turn to come from the hips! To do this you must make sure that your shoulders and head stay further back than your hips at all times in the front position. One of the best ways to get the feeling of turning with your hips is to take a Gatorade bottle (medium size) and hold it in-between your legs as high up as possible! Then learn to turn without dropping the bottle. This will be much easier if practiced on the Puppy Paws first.

When you get comfortable with the turn, try to perfect it by making sure your foot in the air stays in one place and rotates without swinging from side to side.

For me, I always make sure the my shoulders stay back and that I bring the handle closer to my body by rolling my shoulders back and pushing my chest forward until my biceps are squeezed into my ribs. This gives me the feel of the pull coming through my hips. If I ever let my elbows away from my ribs, I have problems turning my upper body ahead of my hips!

The next most important tip I use is making sure the turn is slow and powerful. Both of these are accomplished by using my hips! What makes the turn technically easier is that it is not necessary to go up and down near as much as the two-foot front-to-back. Instead, only lower your butt no more than six inches to set your rhythm (News from THE EDGE #15).

Make sure to never come up higher than the perfect position.

Make sure you turn with a squeeze in your hips while pushing your butt out in the back position. Turning too quickly makes this almost impossible.

The back-to-front is more difficult than the front-to-back because the temptation to bend over as you come to the front is great. Have I told you about my "Clock type turn?" I couldn't find it in my article #15 so I will go over it hear.

Lane "Dawg" Bowers' "Clock turn":

Pretend that while in the backwards position, you are standing on the face of a clock with your feet at the center and your chin directly over the 12! While performing the back to front, the most common mistake is to let your head circle around the clock from 12 to 1 to 2 to 3 or in the other direction in the same manner. Contrarily, turn so that your head never leaves the 12 position throughout the entire turn so that as you get to the front, the back of your head is over the twelve position. If you can accomplish this you will have turned with your hips and kept your upper body quiet! Does that make sense?

The keys to the back-to-front:

#1 never reach around for the handle. This makes your upper body move first.

#2 SLOW, SLOW, SLOW keeps the turn in the hips.

#3 Fight to keep your posture!

#4 Fight to keep your elbow into your ribs!

#5 makes it down here to paradise to ensure your success!

Email me with your progress . I am expecting a miracle for you! Do you have questions about training with Lane "Dawg" Bowers? Go to http://www.thefootersedge.com/equipment/articles_listed.html and you will find the answers! Find out if you can get into a private group lesson with Lane "Dawg". If you are an absolute first timer, think you are too slow of a learner, or are not good enough for a lesson with Lane, then you are exactly the kind of person we want to help achieve a miracle!

Also, please help me out and forward this to as many footers or even potential footers as you can. This will help to make this newsletter a BIG success! We want everyone to have a GREAT chance to achieve his or her own miracles!

I am available to personally help you achieve your skiing goals by calling 1-877-685-6270 or visit our website @ http://www.thefootersedge.com Feel free to email me personally with any requests that you have and I will try to make time to help you achieve your true potential!

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