Barefoot Water Skiing
Is water skiing getting a little hum drum to you? Perhaps you need to kick it up a notch? Why not try barefoot skiing? Barefoot skiing has been around for a while but there are new adherents who join ranks seemingly every year. Barefoot skiing is different from the usual in that there are no skis used (Duh), but what makes it truly unique is the fact that in order to maintain the skier’s weight in the water, the boat providing the speed needs to be run at a faster rate. Otherwise, the skier couldn't maintain his footing.
Barefoot skiing is fun, but it does take some getting used to in order to get the hang of it. Barefoot skiing is usually done with handles and ropes, just like regular skiing, and either a personal floatation device or a padded wetsuit. Some fans of barefoot skiing use a standard Coast Guard floatation vest, but this isn't as good as a padded wetsuit. Many barefoot skiers also wear padded shorts in order to better handle the seated starts as well as the tumbling turns.
When you are getting started, you can also opt for a boom, which hangs off the side of the boat to hold onto. This serves kind of like training wheels for barefoot skiers since it gives him or her something to lean into while getting their feet wet, literally. Beginning barefoot skiers also use ski shoes for an extra "boost" while training. Ski shoes are only a few inches longer than the skiers feet, but gives them the additional plane to surf. Some beginner skiers opt for regular flat soled shoes, but the experience is closer to skiing with ski shoes.
Once you're "on your feet"--literally and figuratively--there's a whole new world to explore with a wide variety of tricks, slalom, and jumps you can take part in while barefoot skiing. And once you have really mastered things, why not try your hand--or more properly, your feet--at competitions that are held at marinas and other water sport centers across the country. Once you break into the competitive arena, however, it becomes an even wilder world to explore. For example, there are Figure 8 and even team endurance events to enjoy.
Barefoot skiing is a sport that has to be tried to believe how much fun it actually is. Once you get started, however, you're on your way since it is addicting as anything else you will ever try.