Lane “Dawg” Bowers’ Resistance Theory of Barefooting- The Bucket Method

How to Eliminate Those Brutal Out-of-Nowhere Ghost Falls

If you have ever been frustrated by taking a massive digger or header (barefoot fall that makes you question your life choices) when you thought your shoulder roll, meat hook, and PowerBand were actually not bad… Then you need the Lane “Dawg” Bowers’ Resistance Theory of Barefooting! Get ready for a barefooting miracle that will take you to a whole new level…

  •  Yes, I am Tired of falling when I thought I was skiing in great form.
  • Yes, I am sick and tired of getting knocked around every time I ski into the wake either forwards or backward!
  •  I am Sick and Tired of Making my Front-to-Back or Back-to-Front and then Getting Yanked ‘Out the Back’ or ‘Out the Front.’


“When the time to perform arrives, the time to prepare has past.”
-Unknown artist

“True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are united.”
-Alexander von Humboldt

“The key to safe and rapid acceleration of the learning process comes from understanding that your mind doesn’t recognize the difference between the muscle memory developed on the land and that developed on the water.”
-Lanemus Maximus


As you may already know, I am the president of the Lane Bowers fan club here in Central Texas. I have both videos, your Internet book, and I even cut out copies of your articles from Waterski Magazine and bind them. Yes I am anal, but it works for me.)

You teach the way I learn–simple basics and lots of repetition. The same way I learned to fly helicopters in the Army.

I laid off of back one-foot slalom due to the “headers” and have finally committed to learning them on shoes first, then doing them on my feet. That is my goal this offseason. I have made several one foot crosses, but they were suicide crosses rather than in control. Kept hopping off the table with a straight leg, and wham!

With the shoes, I am taking less falls, and able to find the sweet spot occasionally. Last Sunday, I made two crosses on my feet. Next set, I lost them again.

Michael J. Hartman
Homeland Security Div, G-3 Ops
5th U.S. Army”

Many barefooters can relate to this problem. In fact, it is the exact same problem that causes footers to catch backward when they do a front to back, heel caching on back one foots, and even falling when you first learn to ride backward.

This problem can be solved by understanding and then implementing the following leading-edge technology; drum roll, please…

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Lane Dawg Bower’s Resistance Theory of Barefooting
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This information is so powerful that it is illegal in several Eastern block countries!

I want you to take the following test (do not look ahead 🙂

What is the difference between the two pictures resistance 1a vs resistance 1b?;

“resistance 1a”
Resistance Theory of Barefooting


“resistance 1b”

Resistance Theory of Barefooting heavy

Resistance Theory of Barefooting


What is the difference? Is there anything noticeable or are they basically the same positions?

NOW look at THESE 2 pictures…


“resistance 2a”

Resistance Theory of Barefooting 2a light

Resistance Theory of Barefooting 2a light


“resistance 2b”

Resistance Theory of Barefooting 2b heavy

Resistance Theory of Barefooting 2b heavy


The first picture shows the rope going through a hook and is connected to a one-gallon container of water that weighs roughly 7 pounds.

The other picture shows the same set-up connected to a cement curb that weighs about (I am guessing) 70 pounds.

Surprised? I hope you are because this dramatically illustrates my Resistance Theory of Back slalom.

Critical point; RESISTANCE IS NOT BAD WHEN IT IS APPLIED FROM A GREAT BAREFOOT POSITION. This means great posture, glide, and an awesome Power Band!
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This is incredibly important to comprehend. The application of this info will help your back one-foot slalom shred like you are carving on ski or a snowboard!

Great barefoot slalom needs three critical skills;

  1. Position
  2. Edge control
  3. Resistance from the hips

What Mike Hartman and every other slalom aficionado needs are to increase the pull (resistance) without deteriorating the position. In other words, ski like the position illustrated in the second picture.

This means you will have to load up against the pull of the boat (Resistance Theory of Barefooting)

If I illustrated my point correctly, it should have been difficult to tell the difference between the first two pictures because it doesn’t take straight legs, arms pulling, bending over more, or looking down into the water to increase resistance.

This is a very difficult concept to grasp. It is common for students to try all of the incorrect attempts above to increase resistance. In addition, you need to maintain the maximum foot area on the water by keeping a relaxed ankle. If you push on your toes (I call this ‘gas pedaling’) you not only lose surface area on the water, but you will tend to “skip” your foot as you cross the wake.

Here is what I recommend:

  1. First learn to compress in your longline back one foots on both sides of the wake using my  Tigger the Tiger bouncy trouncy exercises which are listed in my Trauma Center,
  2. learn to load before you start your slalom pass. The key here is to change your resistance from a normal resistance to one that is ready to hold a much heavier weight, like in my example in photo number two.
  3. Make sure once you load up with resistance, that you MAINTAIN your resistance.

If you set-u a rig like the one I did, use a bucket full of cement or something similar. If you do this correctly, your weight should remain very constant in its height as you dry land your slalom.

If your resistance gets less after you start your cross, you could catch, become unstable, or even hop off the second crest of the wake. It is also critical that you not lose your position or resistance as you change direction in your transition.


I sure hope this helps you achieve your goals. PLEASE leave me a comment below!
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