wake boarding

Our boats

We use a range of small speedboats, which can pull skiers at up to 46 mph. For beginners getting used to the sport we like to use the boom which is more stable for the learner skiers.

When in competitions the speedboats use tow rope to allow the skier to ski behind the boat, allowing them to maneuver more freely to salom, trick and jump.

Barefoot skiing history

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 !

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Trips

This trip runs through out the year and takes place in Florida, Learn from Swampy & world champions David Small & Keith St.Onge

For barefoot skiers that excel and show commitment during the course of the year within our training program, will be offered the chance to visit the world barefoot training center courtesy of David Baber & Nigel Jowett.

Team GB Barefoot Skiers

Dave Small - World Champion

D.O.B: 27/10/1983
British

2012 world ranking
Open - 2nd overall
2002, 2004, 2010 - World overall Champion
Adam Chalk

D.O.B: 30/03/1995
British

2012 world ranking
Open worlds team bronze medalist
2010 - Junior European champion
2010 - Junior & open champion

Ted Baber

D.O.B: 30/03/1995
British

2012 world ranking
Open worlds team bronze medalist
UK National tricks champion
UK National sallom champion

Dave Field

D.O.B: 24

Paul Tuner
Ric Moyes
Hannah bullard
Amber Court