subject: Back One-foot Slalom
“Make no small plans, they have no magic to stir men’s
– Daniel H. Burnham
“Nurture your mind with great thoughts;
Heroes are made by believing.”
See my newest instructional video, “Back One-foot
Slalom,” at my all new Virtual Ski School!
If you can cross the wake backwards or are wanting to cross the wake backwards, I am going to give you the inside technology that will help you tear-up the lake withyour new and improved powerful backwards form. These techniques must be mastered in your dry land practice. Those of you who have taken advantage of my Virtual Ski School, will have a huge advantage!
Here is my Lane Dawg Bower’s Short List for Success!
#1 Great position- yes.you know.Posture, Glide and
#2 Learn to move around and be mobile!
#3 Load with RESISTANCE.maintaining resistance!
#4 Edging with the correct foot and body angle!
#5 Vision makes so-so slalom great or good slalom
As is typical with all of barefooting’s many challenges,concentrating on crossing the wake tends to distract skiersfrom maintaining a great position. Back slalom will definitely test your position and shred any bad form!
Here is a quick top to bottom reminder of great back form. I have covered this in great length so I am going to make this short. See my new instructional video for more details.
#1 Head up. Keep your eyes on the horizon.
#2 Shoulders rolled to the back with elbows up.
#3 Meat Hook those ribs so that they exhibit maximum
#4 POWERBAND your midsection and NEVER let that
#5 Soft knees
#6 Relaxed ankles
——————Learning to Be Mobile————————–
Another great challenge in taking your back slalom up a notch is to learn to be able to move around. Most beginning back slalomers do not have mobility. If youcannot move the handle from one side of your body to theother or if you cannot bounce up and down in a relaxed manner, then you are currently stuck in the quagmire ofimmobility. This nasty mess can only be conquered by learning to move in a manner which I affectionately call”Bouncy Trouncy Tigger the Tiger” skiing. You can read this in detail at
—————–Learn to LOAD with Resistance——————
There is nothing more aggravating than going through all the work of getting up backwards behind the boat only tobe slammed at your very first motion into or away from the wake.
This problem is a matter of learning to resist from a great position. Please take time to read and practice my techniques written in my article “Falling on Back One-foot Slalom” at
In short, you need to be able to increase the amount of resistanceyou have against the boat without deteriorating your positionor mobility! This is not difficult, but it does require practice on dry land as I show in this weeks’ Virtual Ski School Video.
After you learn to ski with more resistance, you must maintain that resistance through every phase of your back slalom. A change in resistance is like being shotout of a canon backwards and usually requires major rest and Advil (ibuprofen).
Back slalom cannot be conquered without learning to ski on the insteps of your feet! Think of your foot as a ski and learn to ski deep onto your instep keeping your”pinky toe” edge out of the water.
One way to learn to edge is to use my Clock Theoryto manipulate your body to ski on your outside foot
while learning to turn in the direction you want to ski.
I short, if your normal position is facing “6 O’clock,” and you want to go to your right, move your head, shoulders, and hips over to your left or “4 O’clock” while pointing your heels in the opposite direction. As you do this, your weight should be dramatically transferred onto your left instep while keeping your increased resistance!
To go to your left, simply repeat in the opposite directionat 8 O’clock.
It seems so simple, yet 99% of all the people I transforminto back slaloming machines, spend the majority of their time looking for fish instead of the horizon!
When you double-up on your Power Band, resistance, and edging, you will have to CRANK your neck upward just to see the horizon. My neck gets sore simply from working hard during my back slaom simply to maintain great vision. When I analyze someone’s vision, I should be able to clearly see that the skier’s shoulders and heard are higher than their butt.
It is very common in back slalom for the “headless backbarefooter” to mysteriously show-up where once there was a skier with a perfectly good set of shoulder supporting aneck and head! I dramatically illustrate this in my new BackOne Foot Slalom video at https://www.thefootersedge.com/membervideopage/index.htm
I hope this helps you! If you are interested in skiing with mein my clinic in Lake Seminole – Southwest
Georgia June 11, 12, 13, please contact Posture and Glide King,Michael Lee at [email protected] to secure YOUR spot.