Subject: PART 2 Short Attention Span Theatre presents Barefoot Band-Aids #5
“Being ignorant is not so much a shame as being unwilling to do things the right way.”
– Benjamin Franklin
“Practice without improvement is meaningless.”
-Chuck Knox, NFL Coach
I am adding a new segment to my newsletter called ‘Short Attention Span Theatre.’ This is going to be a quick information burst that will be able to cover more ground and skiing levels all in one email! You might find this useful.
I believe this will be a great way for you to see how problemsfrom a wide variety of barefoot water skiers from all over theworld can be handled! It should be a great addition to ourTrauma Center(http://www.thefootersedge.com/equipment/articles_listed.html) where ALL my articles are available to you for free!
If you have not yet joined my Virtual Ski School, you can join free for 7 days to review streaming online videos and instructionat http://www.thefootersedge.com/newskischool/7daytrial.htm Members this week will get to see how I practice and what I have to work on in my own personal skiing at my skiing as I prepare for the Nationals coming in one week!
Here we go!
#1 Back One-Foots
I have been working on my back ones and back toes on myDawg Paws this summer. I am super comfortable with the Paws, but I am having trouble transferring to my feet. Do I feel like my feet are digging into the water…need more speed?
Lanemus Maximus: In order to be able to simulate the light andrelaxed feeling you feel on the Puppy Paws, you have to be able tofeel that way on two feet before you can feel that way on one foot.It is standard protocol for rapid success that you learn to be “Tigger the Tiger Bouncy Trouncy” on the Paws on two, the Paws on one, and then your feet on two, and finally your feet on one. It is also critical
to maintain great VISION in all four positions I mentioned. Finally, double check to make sure that you are able to separate your set-upon your feet into the two stages of #1 moving around the clock (Clock Theory) and #2 creating angle. If you do these separately without lifting your foot, then lifting your foot will become like the
Puppy Paws in good time!Set-up Pictures at http://www.thefootersedge.com/positions.htm
Articles: NFTE# 3,6,13, and 17http://www.thefootersedge.com/equipment/articles_listed.html
Video explaining exercise for great dry land
training at http://www.thefootersedge.com/newskischool/7daytrial.htm
#2 Where is the love on the long line 3-point?
“How do you get into a 3 point position on a long line? Whenever I try to get up; I plane, ride on my butt, try to get into a three point and always seem to catch something and either bounce too much
or get thrown. I think we’re going to fast, but I’m not sure. I’m 124 lbs, and we’re going about 28-30.
Thanks Debbie Funderburk”
Lanemus Maximus: Try dropping your speed about 3mph to see if you respond better. Next, make sure that you practice the correctrhythm for “point.flex.heels to your butt” as I go over extensivelyin my NFTE# 61. Part of the key is to make sure you are not sitting too far forward in your butt glide position. Keep your feet and shoulders at about the same height when in the butt glide. This allows the feet to get to your butt before hitting the water.I have the best explanation on video of this concept and how to
practice before hitting the water on my new Virtual Ski School. I am so confident you will like it that I allow you to try it for free for 7 daysat http://www.thefootersedge.com/newskischool/7daytrial.htm
Article: NFTE#61 at http://www.thefootersedge.com/equipment/articles_listed.html Check out my Foot Ski article and pictures at http://www.thefootersedge.com/positions.htm # 8,9,10Also read my Ultra Mega Glide article at http://www.thefootersedge.com/equipment/articles_listed.html
#3 Show Skiers Rule!
Really enjoy your tips and articles. We have been doing a lot of show skiing up here in Kansas and we are working on many footers behind one boat. Seems the step out is the best way. Any way to teach new people to do a step out without the face smackers we have all suffered?????
Pomona Lake Ski Club”
Lanemus Maximus: For the those who do not show ski, it seems archaicthat people still step out of skis, but I know that for most show skiers, it is a required skill. I DO NOT RECOMMEND LEARNINGTO
BAREFOOT THIS WAY UNLESS YOU ARE DIRECTLY ON THE BOOM. This is the biggest killer of new barefooters I have ever encountered and I feel strongly that everyone should learn to barefoot as I outline on my beginners site (SWING METHOD) at http://www.beabarefooter.com using the guidelines set forth in my article,”The Easiest Way to Learn How to Barefoot Water Ski (NFTE#18). I honestlybelieve that you could pull more barefooters with less horsepower coming off kneeboards since they are more buoyant and allow the skier to put both feet in the water which is less drag, but I
will be the first to tell you that I have never tried this with 10 people!
Nevertheless, I will answer your question. I go over this method ingreat detail at http://www.beabarefooter.com. If you concentrate on good upper body posture where the skier never allows his upper body to come in front of his hips.while keeping your knee very bent, then you can accomplish the step off by riding around using my scissor-step method. Ride around with your foot comfortably in the water around 25mph or less until you are very stable. Next practice keeping
your barefoot in its comfortable position (read my Foot Ski article at
http://www.thefootersedge.com/positions.htm #8, 9, 10) while youbring the step-off ski behind the barefooting foot WITHOUT changingspeeds. When you are comfortable with your step-off ski back behind you enough so that your toes are the only thing on the surface of the ski,slowly accelerate keeping your good form. This must be perfected on the boom until the skier can let the ski FALL off the foot without distortingtheir form!http://www.thefootersedge.com/equipment/articles_listed.html
#4 Backwards Deep Start…Seems Fishy
“I got a quick question for you. Backwards deepwater? Got your video, and watched it, but still having problems getting up on short line on boom. Start out about 12-15 mph and start bouncing and unable to set my feet in the water because I look like a fish going up and down. Please help with any info for me.
Thanks much, Greg Woods”
Lanemus Maximus: If you look more closely at the video, you will seethat while you are in the first stage, “Planing,” you should be going 8-10mph. Make sure you are not pushing down on the rope with yourfeet. Keep only one foot on the rope and do not use the rope to push down on or use like a crutch.Check out my articles on backwards at
#5 Hail Marry One-foots
“quick question. I keep digging in my right foot even though I’m conscious to keep balanced. This happens on the bar too.
Steven S. Horwood”
Lanemus Maximus: This comes from having either the wrong foot position or the wrong body position. It sounds like you have not seen my video. Save yourself the anguish. This is not brain surgery, but you can get hurt by practicing improper form.
#1 Make sure you have worked out the proper form in your 3-point position. You should be able to ride this until you are sure your feet are not going to catch!
#2 Make sure your body position resembles that in my Positions page at http://www.thefootersedge.com/positions.htm
Master your form on dry land, then on the Puppy Paws, and then on your feet and you will foot like a champion. There is no excuse for the abuse!