10 Barefoot Water Skiing Tips

So you need 10 barefoot water skiing tips, do you? Barefoot water skiing is one of those newer fad-like sports that has seemed to catch on and spread like a fire. Who ever would have thought that skiing barefoot would ever be taken seriously. Barefoot water skiing sounds like some gag in a comedic theatrical release. However, barefoot waters skiing is a legitimate water sport now. Because of this, people need tips on just how to get the most out of their barefoot water skiing experience. So, check these out.

  1. Life vest. These are a must. Barefoot water skiing, like any other water sport is dangerous. So make sure you have a good vest to keep you from drowning.
  2. A spotter. There needs to be at least three people involved when you barefoot water ski. The guy driving the boat, the daredevil that's actually doing the barefoot water skiing, and a guy on the boat just to look out for the barefoot water skier. You know, just in case the skier falls into the water, or gets dragged.
  3. Goggles. Don't get in the water without them. You're guaranteed to be splashed in the face if you don't own a pair. The only thing harder than skiing barefoot id doing it without the use of your eyes.
  4. Getting up. You can't stand up right away. When the boat starts pulling you, you have to wait until you're going fast enough to use the friction against the water to attempt to lift up. When you're skimming over the water, you know it's time to attempt a stand up.
  5. Lift off. Once you get to a speed that will sustain you standing, you have to quickly change positions from being dragged to standing. The way you do this is to push your legs out in front of you while still holding on to the cable. It's important to be fluid when attempting this. You can't be slow. In one smooth motion you need to push your legs out and pull up on the cable.
  6. Your feet. These are your skis. So you have to angle them the way your skis would be angled in the water. Your heels should be slightly submerged, but your toes and the front of your feet need to be angled upward. This is so the water can push off the bottom of your feet giving you the friction needed to lift up out of the water.
  7. Your legs. Because you don't have the advantage of skis for dragging you across the water, you need to pay more attention to your leg positioning. Make sure they're shoulder length apart and slightly bent. Don't be to rigid. You're going to have to react to every bump in the water if you want to stay up. In order to do this, you have to keep your legs loose.
  8. Your arms. The same thing goes for your arms. They can't be too loose, but if you're gripping the cable with stiff, totally extended arms, you wont be able to react to changes in the water correctly and you'll end up in the water. Keep your arms firm but loose enough to react.
  9. Your core. You're going to have to use all the ab and back muscles you have in order to barefoot water ski correctly. Once again, it's important to be strong, but don't be so tight that you can't adjust to the waves in the water. You're going to have to shift your weight back and forth to help you balance.
  10. You will fall. It's inevitable. No one can barefoot water ski for an hour without falling in. Just try your best and have fun.
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