subject: analyzing inverted jumping

“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.”
–Babe Ruth

“Nurture your mind with great thoughts; Heroes are made by
believing.” —Disraeli

For those of you who are beginners or intermediate barefooters,I hope you enjoy this as great entertainment as well as motivationbecause I believe all of you can achieve any goal you are
motivated to learn through baby steps.

I am especially excited to offer members of my new Virtual SkiSchool a special bonus video stunt performed for WaterSki magazine. You can see video analysis of this article plus the bonus footage at

Keep the faith because next issue will be directed at those of you
who simply want to become consistent barefooters!

The information I am about to give you is truly a gift because I have been pressured by certain people in power not to give information that could advance other countries and skiers ahead of the United
States Barefoot Team. To this, I take no regard as I believe that theinformation I have worked so hard to learn about inverted jumping should be made available to everyone so that competition will improve and our sport will grow!

To analyze inverted jumping as I am about to discuss, I am goingto assume that you have a great working knowledge of my ground breaking techniques discussed in my first article
(NFTE#24 Jumping Inverted) which can be found at and is made available along with this video for Virtual Ski School Members at

Jumping inverted requires an increased awareness or great Postureand Glide. This should be great motivation to those of you learning tobarefoot because I have been known to pull people I have just taughtover the jump just so they can learn how important the basics are andhow they are tied to success for advanced barefooters!

CRITAL NOTE: This is not recommended away from a perfectly controlled environment where a skier would be on my Puppy Paw shoe skis
( and holding directly on a very high boom(

Let’s get specific. I look for the following things when analyzinginverted jumping. I could teach anyone regardless of skill levelto become an amazing barefoot jumping coach based on thesecritcal elements.

Lane Dawg Bower’s Killer Inverted Cheat Sheet

#1 Ribs expanded and up
#2 Shoulders slightly behind butt
#3 Butt slightly higher than knees
#4 Knees slightly ahead of ankles
#5 Great ankle flex
#6 Feet close together
#7 Even weight on both feet
#8 Handle height constant—–higher than normal position
#9 Smooth motion in raise
#10 Position maintenance on ramp
#11 Focus of eyes after raise

These elements are best reviewed in slow motion video analysiswhich is another of the critical elements of becoming a great jumper.

Most of inverted jumping is determined by position and raise, but what most inverted jumpers really want to know is how to land thosebig jumps. There are several keys which are in no small part determined before you launch.

#1 Stay relaxed and follow the pull of the boat
#2 Always look towards the horizon while in the air-DO NOT TRY TO
#3 Keep feet close to help absorb the landing
#4 Come down slowly and smoothly trying to land feet-to-feet

To see how I analyze my own personal jumping while doing a photoshoot with Tom king and Keith St. Onge, visit the Virtual Ski Schooland find out how powerful video analysis can be for your ownpersonal