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Barefoot Water Skiing Tips and Tricks

Barefoot Water Skiing Videos: How To Barefoot Waterski,
Barefoot Skiing Tips with Lane “Dawg” Bowers



“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.
The most certain way to succeed is to always try just one more time.”
-Thomas Edison Inventor




“Don’t ever give up whatever you are trying to do. Giving up reinforces a sense of incompetence; going on gives you a commitment to success.”
-George Weinberg




I learned to barefoot skiing off of a kneeboard. We recently bought a Mobius. I did what I always do and had problems. I think we were going too fast. I thought that because of the spray in my eyes, we never reached the speed needed before I fell. Is it possible that the barefoot skiing speed was too fast and that’s why I could not see. We were going full throttle. Can we go slower? How slow? I don’t want to step off of the kneeboard and face-plant. How long should the rope be?
Thanks for any advice!




I remember the actual spot on the Illinois River where I was trying barefoot skiing speeds and barefoot skiing lessons just like you are. I was behind a very old outboard and was wearing a life jacket and a pair of barefoot skiing ballistic shorts! I thought I was the bomb. And that is what I proceeded to do. I am going to outline how to save you major aggravation.


By the way, since this is getting to be the time where everybody is getting their feet wet, I am going to send out a double header. I will fire out another article on entering your first barefoot skiing tournament as soon as I finish this brief project! I will keep this short so that I can help as many of you as possible.


#1 I prefer a wakeboard (boots removed) to a kneeboard for this type of start as it is longer and easier to balance on!


#2 I go over this start thoroughly in my 2 Hour Barefoot Skiing video ( Give yourself an unfair advantage!


#3 Barefoot Skiing Equipment: Barefoot Skiing Suit, Barefoot Skiing Booms, Wakeboard Towers, Barefoot International Fly High Pylons, and the new Super Fly High…

… [or a helicopter like the one we use :~) ] make this much easier than going off a regular pylon or a lower pull. The extra upward pull makes life beautiful. I never ski down low because it makes me feel like I am being pulled by submarine compared to a high pull.


#4 Make sure and read NFTE#19 Long Line Front Deep Water Start; ( because it will explain how to set your feet in the water. The only difference between THAT start and a wakeboard start is that you will start slower on your plant when on a wakeboard, and you will not HAVE to wear as much protection—although I highly recommend that you do as it will help you to protect one of your favorite body parts!


By the way, I have made the front deep water start video lesson in its entirety viewable for FREE at


#5 Do not exceed 35 mph as your maximum speed if you are under 200 lbs! I have taught many people over 300 lbs to do this under 40 mph!!!!

So to answer your question about speed, speed kills especially when you combine it with inexperience!!!


#6 Reduce the practice time and aggravation by 87.2% and come down to paradise where miracles are in the making! Short and sweet.



Here we go.


Once you have mastered the awkward chore of learning to get out of the water without tipping over (WAY EASIER when the rope is higher instead lower :-), have the boat driver pull you easy up to about 10-12 mph, but not so fast that you start bouncing!!!


Edge (surf… or tip your hips like you are farting :~) outside the wake staying right next to the curl of the wake at this same slow speed.


Once you are very comfortable there, work your Three Point Position by lifting your knees a little so that your feet can be as close to your butt as possible.


Are your ankles flexed? Ultra Mega Gliders only please! If you do not know this, you do not have enough tickets for this ride yet!


The boat driver will be doing you a huge favor if he or she slowly accelerates after your feet are planted to about 18-20mph for a good run of perfecting your plant without standing up! This is a MAJOR help!


“Here me now, believe me later.” (Spoken in a Hans and Franz accent-Saturday Night Live joke)


After perfecting this maneuver for several passes, you are now ready to accelerate at a medium pace to your minimum barefoot speed. For most people, this will be below 35mph! I am 190 and can do this easily at 30mph!


The stand-up is accomplished by following the pull of the boat without pulling in on your arms! Keep your feet and knees relaxed while maintaining Ankle Flex.


As the boat accelerates, lift up your ribs and expand your chest like you are getting “all bowed-up” (guys-redneck terminology from down south!) or like you are in a bikini contest (girls!).


I like to call this “MEAT-HOOK!” Picture a meat hook going into your rib cage and lifting you up. I know it sounds gross, but you can picture how this would lift your rib cage and expand your ribs, right? Imagine a body builder’s posture.


Do not stand-up higher than a chair position for your first pass.


You will achieve what I lie to call the Power-Band by driving your hips up and forward toward the handle. Every little bit you stand up… you need to be pulling back on your shoulders while your hips are driving into the handle.





PowerBand =>


Do not use your arms to pull the handle in or you will be eating energy.

Stop BEFORE you get tired by letting go and sitting down!

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Barefoot Water Skiing Tips and Tricks

Great 3-Point and Six Pack -  Learn

Barefoot Waterski

with Lane “Dawg” Bowers


“Making the simple complicated is commonplace;
making the complicated simple, awesomely simple,
that’s creative.”
– Charles Mingus



“Correct muscle memory is the easiest thing to practice,
and is the foundation of all great skiers!”
-Laneimus Maximus circa 2003





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
2. Improve on bad form
3. Revamp your glide for better
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 (


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


The bonus is that I am going to show you how to set-up a great dry land practice apparatus 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!


This is the foundation for what I call No Fall Barefooting!



——————Point and Flex!!!!!—————————





I want you to practice the following exercise where ever you are right now! Point your toes 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


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 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 SEPARATING 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 [floor]
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 10-15 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.





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 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 over lapped 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 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. – roll your shoulders to the back so that they are behind your chest with your shoulder blades pinched together.


2. 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)!




Barefoot Skiing Tips – How To Barefoot Waterski

Flyers from Boat Houses – How To Barefoot Waterski, Barefoot Skiing Tips with Lane “Dawg” Bowers



“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way
to succeed is to always try just one more time.”

Thomas Edison
American Inventor


On a personal note, the greatest successes I have ever experienced or witnessed have been people who never looked at an unsuccessful attempt as a defeat. They simply knew that was not the way to do it next time.  — Lanemus Maximus circa today





Hi Lane,


Thank you so much for the E-book []  and the instructional video, [], they have been very helpful. I have been doing flying dock starts for several years and I love starting like that, now I want to crank it up a little. I want to do a flying roof start off my boat house so bad it hurts but I would rather not hurt myself doing it. Right now the roof is about 7 feet above the water and the water is about 7 feet deep. Is that do-able?


Thank you, Lyle Garver




“They laughed when you had trouble zipping-up your Ultimate Super Suit, but then you did a flying front deep off the boat house…”


Everybody starts gathering around to see why you are putting the ladder next to the boat house. You climb up the roof in your way hot new Super Suit with rope in hand. The boat driver slowly takes out the slack until you yell, “Hit it!” and you go sailing of the roof and end up barefooting away while all your buddies are freaking out!


Imagine what your friends would think of you doing that?!


A barefoot run back up to your adoring fans and some major high fives make you the official start of the party!


What would you think if I could tell you how to perform the “front flyer” like a Pro?


Stay tuned and I am going to show you a secret that not many top skiers even know about to make the landing smooth! It is so “JV” to do this start only to land wrong and… take the entire hit right on your back with a smack that is heard all around the lake!


What does this mean for you?


I am going to give you what you expect from me…


ALL the steps to do this without even having me there to help!


That is, unless you are smart enough to print this article off, laminate it, and keep it in your boat like the “Cliff Notes” from your college days!


You think I am lying, don’t you.


Fasten your seatbelt and I am going to turn you into a one-man (woman or child) barefoot water skiing freak show!


I am getting ready for the last call here in paradise… so I am going to link you to your homework;


* Long Line Front Deep article; []

* World Class Butt Glide []

* 3-Point 6-Pack Abs [–61.htm]


And check this out…


If you feel like you might want to skip your homework and jump right to the good, stuff…then I have a short cut that will save you time and a lot of boat gas.

I want you to suit-up and then run as hard as you can into the side of your home as least three times.

This will give you an idea of how it feels not to do your homework! It gets better! You just saved a bunch of gas and no water in your nose!

LOL :) … but I am NOT kidding…





Here we go;


There are a couple of myths I want to clear up about the Flying Front Deep Water Start…From a Boat House or other equally cool platforms;


You do NOT want to land on your back!

You do NOT need to get your feet on the rope before hitting
the water!

You DO want to land feet first at about a 45 degree angle.


Listen here, have you ever dove into the shallow end of the pool? You shouldn’t have, but you did, so did I (broke my neck once, but…I digress).

If you did it successfully, you dove feet or hands first in a kind of swooping motion that sent you into a rapid directional change from downward to forward.

This is the secret to the flying front deep. You may even want to try it holding a handle as you practice jumping off of your dock or into a pool…but not the bath tub!


Step #1 Make sure you have about 10-15 feet of rope with you while the boat is at a standstill.


Step #2 Use the words, “In gear…” to designate to your driver that the boat should proceed at an idle….


Step #3 Drop any coils you are holding onto the dock so that you only have the barefoot handle in your hands.


Step #4 With about 5-7 feet of rope still left on the dock, yell “Hit It!” to designate to the driver that he is to accelerate at a slow to medium acceleration.

The way to perform this start is with a one, two, or three step brisk walk off the surface of the boat house or platform.



Optional things to yell;
“Drive it like you stole it!”
“Hammer Time!”
“Bend it!”



Step # 5 Your arms should be completely relaxed all the way up until right before your feet pierce the water. At this point the handle should come into your hips as you know from the “Butt Glide” handle position.


Note to Self: Always follow the pull of the boat! Never jump
ahead with a loose rope!


Step #6 Once you are knee deep into the water, sweep the handle into your hips as you roll your upper body into the “Arch Back” position that you know from your homework on the Front Deep Water Start.


Note to Self: The correct position for your feet and legs once you are “air borne,” is a relaxed straight position with your toes pointed like a ballerina! Upon “Swooping,” your feet will end up pointed at the boat as they break the surface of the water.


Then, and only then, should you put one or both of your feet on the rope and proceed as you would with any front deep water start.


I prefer to keep the acceleration “medium” until I “cheek-out” to the sweet water outside the wake… most people do better if the speed does not go over 28mph before getting outside the wake.


What is “Cheeking Out,” you say? And “How can I achieve this new level of cool,” you ask? Check out my article at


Do you understand what this means? You are a barefooting machine!


If you are an amateur, do not read these next critical equipment tips…



They are only for people who are concerned about getting an unfair advantage.


#1 Use the best barefoot shorts and suits in the world at the only place where they are guaranteed to be the best!

#2 Cheap Ropes Break Boat Windshields and your friend’s teeth! Join the Varsity Squad and use a No Stretch Rope and handle which are also guaranteed to be the best.

#3 Never jump from an unsafe area or into an unsafe area. I do not want to get any emails of injuries from stunt junkies who did not do their homework.



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“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.”

-Albert Einstein




“Lane I am sick and tired of watching your line fronts on the video (footers edge instructional) which I bought several years ago.
Still having problems with the line front.
I can ride in the back line position standing on one foot but don’t know where my hands/knuckles should be? Ron Scarpa says the wrists should be against the thigh, and yet everyone else looks like it’s different. Where and what should I be doing with the line front. Should I be practicing one foot back to front turns for the line front?
Look forward to hearing from ya




Bart, I am glad you asked this question and I am going to give you the best advice I know how. Also, please review my article at entitled “NFTE#26 Line-step One-foots & Hops



Mike Seiple gave me some great advice when I was at your stage that I believe to be my first course of action with my students. He encouraged me to learn my  before even messing with my line turns. I took his advice and mastered my line-turns much easier. I find that when I could do one-foot turns to the front  then the line turns where almost identical.



I do not want this to make you think that they came without paying my dues! I did literally thousands of one-foot turns and line turns on ( before ever attempting them on my feet. I had all the muscle memory developed before ever attempting them on my feet.



I feel that too many people scare themselves so badly, and THEN try to find out how to correct the problem. Take the longer and safer route, which I described above, and I PROMISE you will be emailing me with your success story!



But I digress. To answer your question, I try to always get my knuckles of the hand on the handle pressed into the step-over leg.

Specifically, I try to press them where the hamstring muscle ends and the quadricep muscles start! Then keep the free hand with your palm at face level, fingers fully extended, and the elbow in.



The hand is a guide that your face will follow.

Learning to ski ( in this position is a huge help. The upper body should be in the position I describe for on my video (



When you are ready to step over the rope, remember the most important rule in surface turns.




Do not lower your FREE hand or your head as you step over!

Always let your upper body follow the lower body!



Critical info and additional reading about Lane Dawg Bower’s  at



I like to start with a very slight compression in my knees and hips making sure not to bend over. I hold the upper body quite and step over slowly making sure my heel moves directly towards my butt and that the step over leg stays as close to the rope as possible.

Try to land in a one-foot one-hand position without grabbing for the handle.



This is critical to practice properly on land and then the  before ever getting onto your feet.


Remember to have your muscle memory dialed in from repetition of perfection. Just making a step-over on your shoes does not count. You have to make it perfectly hundreds if not thousands of times if you want to approach it on your feet with total confidence!




“Don’t get off the porch and try to run with the big dawgs unless you have your Puppy Paws!”

-Lanemus Maximus circa 1996





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Two Ski Bomb-Out – Barefoot Skiing Tips with Lane “Dawg” Bowers



“Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success”
-Dale Carnegie


“Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more
-Henry Ford





I am going to lay out the very easiest way to jump out of your perfectly good and away! If you are familiar with my teaching methods than you know the foundation to any good trick is great form.



For this stunt, it will be very helpful to keep your upper body posture and your lower body glide from changing. You can review my form in my Trauma Center at





Here we go!


#1 While skiing in perfect form like the pictures at my Position’s Page at learn to do big surface hops on a boom
( raised to eye level. When you land do not allow your butt to touch the water.



Critical TIP: Think of landing the in the same way you would land if you were coming off the top bunk bed. Would allow your butt to slam onto the hard ground? Of course you wouldn’t! Would you land by locking your legs straight and tight? Not if you enjoy having your legs hinge in only one direction! The correct way to land is with your feet directly beneath your knees so that you can keep from slipping! You would also land with soft knees to absorb the landing without having to let your butt  get anywhere near the ground!



#2 Learn to do the same maneuver on the starting from your  Make sure to remove the back bindings or you might get stuck. This would be a BAD THING! Don’t make me describe this worst case scenario!



SPEED: I would perform this at the slowest possible speed that you feel comfortable doing your hop at. For most people under two hundred pounds, this should be done at or under 35mph on the and short rope with the boom at eye level!



Toe-Flick Method of releasing the skis:


Remember to keep your form good during the entire jump. To release the skis effectively, you will find that “flicking” the skis behind you is the most effective method. To do this, bring the skis behind you on your up-weight by using your toes to guide them backwards as you bring your heels toward your butt! Remember to flex your ankles in the air after the release so that you get into your Ultra Mega Glide position in the air before landing. You can review this foot position at





Never go to the next step until you can perform the current step without getting your butt near the water!


is the only way to perform this trick!



Bonus Tip: Do not pull in on your arms during the ski release!

This is also a BAD thing.


Not getting your skis behind you will cause you to hit your own skis. Pulling in on your arms could also cause this problem.



#3 Going to the short rope, I recommend practicing your hop first to get your feel for the water.



I also would keep the boom above head height at first. Perform the hop here until you can perform it without touching your butt. Form and relaxed arms become more important as you get on the short rope and behind the boat, but the good news is that the form and technique are identical!


I also recommend landing with your feet inside shoulder width to ensure that they are supporting the bulk of your weight.



#4. The long rope is identical to the short rope with the exception that you will need to be in the trick curl when you perform it. It will also be very helpful to use a Fligh High extended pylon to give you added lift! (



Enjoy this great trick and please let me know about your progress.