In 1971, the British Barefoot Club was officially formed by the British Water Ski Federation. Before that, barefooting in the UK was a rare and elitist art, mostly seen as demonstrations during classic water ski tournaments.
Prominent amongst the pioneers was Charles Ramsey, a KLM airline pilot. Then John Doherty of the 3T's club at Standlake encouraged a whole group of likely lads and lasses to take up the call.
An early and able administrator was Graham Stevens of Gloucestershire, who was largely responsible for corralling the wild elements of pre 1971 into the structured British barefoot scene of 1974, with the first major step forward. That year saw the first nationals championships at Bomere Pool near Shrewsbury, with Denis Atkins winning tricks with a breathtaking 100 points and also taking the overall !