“There is no use in trying,” said Alice; “one can’t believe impossible things.” “I dare say you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

-Lewis Carroll

“Failure is, in a sense, the highway to success, since every discovery of what is false leads us to earnestly seek after what is true.

-John Keats

Bring your bag of tricks and talk directly with Lane “Dawg” Bowers tomorrow (Sunday, August 27th) from 8pm to 9pm EST by calling (702) 876-7738.

In conjunction with Short Attention Span Theatre, I bring you my fast food approach to instructional help that I have named Barefoot Band-Aides! I will continue to write full feature articles, but judging by the response, this just might become a regular feature!


Here are the first 10 questions and answers. I will include links to additional info at www.thefootersedge.com/../trauma_center.htm


#1 From: Jimmy


“I am starting off a kneeboard, pigeon-toed, with my knees bent however I face plant. Should my feet be entering the water in front of or on the side of the kneeboard?”


Lane Dawg: Your feet will have to enter the water out in front initially, but as the speed picks up, you will need to bring them back so that your ankles are under your knees. Practice your Three-Point Position and ankle flex on dry land first!

Wake Board Start article!!� https://www.thefootersedge.com/equipment/info/ne36.htm

Ultra Mega Glide- https://www.thefootersedge.com/equipment/info/ne14.htm

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#2 I have a prostar 190 and I am trying to learn to cross the wake please help!!!!-Thanks Shawn


Lane Dawg: I recommend using a 100-foot barefoot rope to make sure you are crossing the wake where it is at its best. Learn to ski with your feet close together first and then learn to edge and transfer your weight without losing your position.


Crossing the Wake for your first time? Click here� https://www.thefootersedge.com/equipment/info/ne40.htm



#3 My reverse toeholds and reverse back ones are very shaky.  Basic sides are solid, what to do? -Thomas


Lane Dawg: You are on the right path my son with this good question. The answer is to practice your reverses twice as much as your basics and take advantage of GREAT dry land practice to save aggravation.






#4 How to get long line one foots?-Brian


Lane Dawg: First learn to ski in a really good position using my Posture and Glide approach. Next, you have to learn the art of transferring your weight from side to side instead of digging in with your heels and pulling with your arms!





#5 What’s a good speed for 185lbs.?- Ryan Brotzel


Lane Dawg: If you were talking about for learning, I would say around 30-33. This really depends on how good your position and your glide is so make sure and do dome dry land practice after reviewing the instructional video and the articles below!




#6 How do I successfully perform a tumble turn long line? I can’t make it to my back to turn before I fall. -Joel


Lane Dawg: Save yourself some major aggravation and learn these from a Butt Glide Position (not from your feet) at around 30-33 mph for an average size man. Trying to “make it to your back” is how people blow out their knees so do yourself a huge favor and follow the info on ALL the links below before trying again!!!!!!-‘Danger Will Robinson.danger!’




#7 Front flips behind the boat…balls to try them and get around but I still l can’t ski away from them. Handle placement, baseball grip in the gut. My friend is telling me to bring the handle tight to the inside

hip…your thoughts????


Lane Dawg: A good flip comes from getting in a tight ball with good handle position. Pull the handle hard to the hip closest to the wake making sure to keep it no higher than hip level so you do not have to jump too high!

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#8 How important is it to have glassy water when

barefooting?                 Can an experienced barefooter barefoot on choppy water? -John Santos


Lane Dawg: Not only is it possible, but some thrive on it and even build endurance competitions around choppy water just to see who can hang on longer. It really depends on how choppy is ‘choppy.’


I am going to do an article on skiing rough water soon. If you are talking about seriously rough water then we change gears by going from a Glide, as I teach everyone to do, and push the heels forward in front of the knees to help the feet ‘slice’ through the rougher water.


#9 this season I will be concentrating on my four turns: back to front plus reverse and front to back plus reverse. Any tips please?

-Chris Christis Canberra Australia


Lane Dawg: I am a real stickler on making sure you have ALL four toeholds on both sides of the wake and can be bouncy trouncy! Then you have to learn to not let the fear of turning effect your great Posture and Glide as you learn to turn with your hips instead of your upper body!








#10 I am 14 and I barefoot on the brazos river! Yes I want to learn how to start barefooting backwards?So what are the basic steps of learning how to? -Joey Martin


You will need good boat driving, the correct boom height, and a some good dry land practice. I highly recommend getting good equipment and some professional help as this is not brain surgery, but can be very aggravating if you have an inexperienced driver and coach!


First backwards-deep water start� https://www.thefootersedge.com/equipment/info/ne29.htm





Well, I thought this would be quicker than writing an article, but I was wrong. I hope you are helped by this new format. If you have any further questions feel free to email me, call, or get down here to paradise where we can really turn your dreams into reality!