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Upper Michigan Prostar190
06-22-2007, 10:02 AM
OK here it is, a long time in the making, photo proof that UMP can actually barefoot. This is as an elusive of a photo as a picutre of Bigfoot, The Lochness Monster and Henry Kissinger together at a strip club stuffing dollar bills into a hotties G string. I actually learned to barefoot last summer with the Bad-Water Skiters ski show people. (Thanks Jim!!!!) and I got my boom and suit this winter eager to get out there and try again. Well, the first two attemps this summer were unsuccessful, but after I had a little verbal guidance (Thanks again Jim!!!) we were able to shake the skunk out of the boat and get on our barefeet on the water. It was a beautiful day on the water yesterday. nice conditions. BTW, big thanks to Momma UMP for shooting some great pics! Anyway, I wanted to get pics to prove we actually did it. I know we arent great barefooters, and we need alot of improvement, so dont be expecting world class pros here. But its all about learning. We are forging ground in a whole new area of waterskiing for us. its as exciting as the first time I skied. what a feeling!!!!! Hope you enjoy the pics!

Here is the UMP on my tumble up start.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v457/guitarzan1972/UMPfootin4.jpg

Here is me getting around and ready to plant my earth pads

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v457/guitarzan1972/UMPfootin1.jpg

Here is my starting to plant my feet

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v457/guitarzan1972/UMPfootin2.jpg

Upper Michigan Prostar190
06-22-2007, 10:05 AM
Here is me on my FEET!!!!! YES!!!! on my FEET!!!!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v457/guitarzan1972/UMPfootin5.jpg

Here is me on my feet hollaring FEAR THE SPEEDO!!!!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v457/guitarzan1972/UMPfootin3.jpg

Upper Michigan Prostar190
06-22-2007, 10:09 AM
Here is the Mayor "warming up" the water right before he goes. Notice the "Ruprecht" look in his eye from dirty rotten scoundrels.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v457/guitarzan1972/mayor1.jpg

Here is The Mayor getting ready to plant a foot

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v457/guitarzan1972/mayor4.jpg

and on his feet!!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v457/guitarzan1972/mayor3.jpg

Maristar210
06-22-2007, 10:09 AM
LOOKING GOOD UMP - GREAT JOB !!!!

....and yes FEAR THE SPEEDO

Jkelly
06-22-2007, 10:11 AM
Cool I always wanted to try barefootin on a boom. When I was in College we use to barefoot on a long rope. We used a knee board to get going on and then plant our feet.

Upper Michigan Prostar190
06-22-2007, 10:12 AM
Here is me ripping it up on teh Monza

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v457/guitarzan1972/UMPski2.jpg

Upper Michigan Prostar190
06-22-2007, 10:13 AM
A nice Turn

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v457/guitarzan1972/UMPski1.jpg

Upper Michigan Prostar190
06-22-2007, 10:14 AM
I LOVE THIS PICTURE!! THE AGONY OF DEFEAT!!! :D

Nice photo work MOM!!!! Nice ad for HO!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v457/guitarzan1972/UMPwipeout.jpg

TMCNo1
06-22-2007, 10:16 AM
Great job, next step is starring in the Ski Show @ Uppa US World!:rolleyes: :cool: :D

TX.X-30 fan
06-22-2007, 10:19 AM
Great shots UMP. I see a new ski show career in the offing. :D

:worthy: :worthy:

Monte
06-22-2007, 10:26 AM
Lookin good UMP!!!!!

TMCNo1
06-22-2007, 10:40 AM
This winter, UMP and the Mayor will be building a jump ramp from 55 gallon drums and old rusty Coke and Quaker State Motor Oil signs, that will also work as a Ice Fishing Hut during the frozen times!:eek: :eek: :eek:

Upper Michigan Prostar190
06-22-2007, 10:45 AM
This winter, UMP and the Mayor will be building a jump ramp from 55 gallon drums and old rusty Coke and Quaker State Motor Oil signs, that will also work as a Ice Fishing Hut during the frozen times!:eek: :eek: :eek:
OOO!! I like it! Just leave it out in the water all year then!

chudson
06-22-2007, 10:51 AM
I LOVE THIS PICTURE!! THE AGONY OF DEFEAT!!! :D

Nice photo work MOM!!!! Nice ad for HO!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v457/guitarzan1972/UMPwipeout.jpg

No UMP "Monza" is upside down, now you gotta go back and fall on your right side!!!:D

Nice footin by the way!!!

Maristar210
06-22-2007, 11:17 AM
UMP- Water Temp?

fintek9
06-22-2007, 11:26 AM
nice, real nice...good job UMP, bet that got the blood pumpin!

tex
06-22-2007, 11:31 AM
Now if we can just get you to foot long line and then you tell people that you can barefoot! Great pics!

Upper Michigan Prostar190
06-22-2007, 11:35 AM
Now if we can just get you to foot long line and then you tell people that you can barefoot! Great pics!
All in good time my friend! all in good time. My eye is on the prize.:)

Upper Michigan Prostar190
06-22-2007, 11:37 AM
UMP- Water Temp?
Ummm.... Ever see a turtle hide in his shell???

tex
06-22-2007, 11:37 AM
All in good time my friend! all in good time. My eye is on the prize.:)
Boom, pig tail, long line! Easy as 123! Good luck!

Upper Michigan Prostar190
06-22-2007, 11:37 AM
thanks to all for the compliments! THANKS!:) :D

LakePirate
06-22-2007, 07:09 PM
Dammit UMP you are going to make me learn how to barefoot.


Good job.

M-Funf
06-22-2007, 08:30 PM
Great work UMP! Form on Slalom looks great too :banana:

peason
06-22-2007, 08:51 PM
Great job UMP! I may be in Calumet next week, but only up for a night or two.

Willski
06-22-2007, 09:10 PM
Cool. Always nice to add another barefooter to the club. You've inspired me. I don't do it as much as i used to and haven't learned anything new recently. Gotta get back on the horse!

shepherd
06-22-2007, 09:51 PM
Wow UMP, awesome! :headbang:
I love that glass you guys had up there too. That water is just begging for a ski course! :smile:

Upper Michigan Prostar190
06-22-2007, 10:51 PM
Dammit UMP you are going to make me learn how to barefoot.


Good job.
Lakey, you NEED to barefoot! its so cool! I mean, there is nothing like it. its so weird! you just glide man, glide!!!! I am sure Rock can get you on your feet at MM3!! If your afraid, we will figure out a way to hang the hammock out on the boom, maybe that will comfort you if Hoosier Bob is swingin in the hammock coaching you;)

Upper Michigan Prostar190
06-22-2007, 10:52 PM
Thanks everyone!

Shep, yes we do get some glass here. not all the time, but usually around dark and in the mornings. Nice water!!!:)

Hoosier Bob
06-22-2007, 11:11 PM
Baby BOOMER! Next drop some line. I admit it has been awhile but kind of like the difference between universal and free weights!:D

Feels good no less! Great pics and nice position UMP!

Rockman
06-25-2007, 01:45 AM
Looking good Ump!

No excuses to not being able to hop of the boat with us clowns at MM3 at 40mph.:D

Keep up the good work and work on your stance and watch out for bad habits that may be starting.

U Da Man!:worthy:

suedv
06-25-2007, 03:04 AM
Really nice job UMP. I like the photos too.

Ric
06-25-2007, 09:49 AM
very cool ump, what is on the mayors feet in those pics?

Upper Michigan Prostar190
06-25-2007, 09:52 AM
very cool ump, what is on the mayors feet in those pics?
wicked toe fungus.


Actually the orange thing is a bouy for a drop ski. its just a big orange foam thing that attaches to the binding. We used to drop a ski all the time back in the day while slalom skiing and we lost a drop ski once because it flipped over and we couldnt see it at dusk, so we got the "drop ski bouy" to keep the ski upright and visible for us and other boaters.

Upper Michigan Prostar190
06-25-2007, 09:55 AM
Here are a few more from this weekend.

rolling up...
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http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v457/guitarzan1972/UMPfoot1.jpg

HOws my form?? bad or good???

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v457/guitarzan1972/UMPfoot2.jpg

and a cool photo of letting go when I was done. Imagine that! I can actually finish a footin rune without falling!!!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v457/guitarzan1972/UMPdismount1.jpg

Mikey
06-25-2007, 10:57 AM
Cool pics! I am looking forward to trying out that boom next week.

TMCNo1
06-25-2007, 11:06 AM
Next thing we know, UMP will be buying a house next to Atlfootr in Winter Haven!:rolleyes: :D

Monte
06-25-2007, 11:08 AM
Next thing we know, UMP will be buying a house next to Atlfootr in Winter Haven!:rolleyes:

Harold, that could NEVER happen, What would we call UMP then?? SUMP:confused: :eek3: :uglyhamme

TMCNo1
06-25-2007, 11:19 AM
Harold, that could NEVER happen, What would we call UMP then?? SUMP:confused: :eek3: :uglyhamme

:uglyhamme That's funny!

Upper Michigan Prostar190
06-25-2007, 11:50 AM
Harold, that could NEVER happen, What would we call UMP then?? SUMP:confused: :eek3: :uglyhamme
Hey! thats a good name! SUMP!:D

Upper Michigan Prostar190
06-25-2007, 11:51 AM
Cool pics! I am looking forward to trying out that boom next week.
No problem Mikey! We can get you out footin and sking! :D See you here next weekend!

jbfootin
06-25-2007, 03:00 PM
Now we need you to take off the training wheels (the boom) and go long line. If you ever come as far south as WI you can look us up!

Upper Michigan Prostar190
06-25-2007, 04:46 PM
Now we need you to take off the training wheels (the boom) and go long line. If you ever come as far south as WI you can look us up!
SO when is the young grasshoppa footer ready to try shortline? When does one know??:confused:

tex
06-25-2007, 04:47 PM
SO when is the young grasshoppa footer ready to try shortline? When does one know??:confused:
You are ready!

jbfootin
06-25-2007, 05:02 PM
You look ready.

The big change will be to start feet first instead of tumbling up. You can tumble up, but it is good to learn feet first so you are ready for long line. Start with your feet on the rope, but take them off as soon as you are comming out of the water. If you keep them on as you plane out, you can be riding on too high on your back or by your shoulders and start to bounce...not fun. The other trick other than tacking your feet off the rope early is to puch the back of your head back into the water as you start.

Once you have that down you are ready to go long line!:) long line you can keep your feet on the rope, but pushing your head back and your hips up are more important when you do not have the boom pulling the rope up.

Each of these is a good victory: the boom, the 5 foot and then long line. Have fun with it!:D

Upper Michigan Prostar190
06-25-2007, 05:09 PM
Sounds good fellas! now, a few more questions. When starting shortline on the back & butt, your obviously in the water or under the water for a while when you first start, how do you keep 8 gallons of water from going up your nose? or is this not a problem??? so you hang on, the boat pulls you out and up on the water, your riding on your butt slightly reclined, then what? you just bend your knees and slowly plant your feet and stand up???:confused:

jbfootin
06-25-2007, 06:28 PM
you will get a little up the nose as you go from 0 to 5 mph, but after that the water is not going in your face too bad. You can use a nose plug like swimmers wear, but it is not that bad.

As you plane out, you roll to your lower back/ butt. BE PATIENT! Do not try to stand up too soon. Once you are up to speed GENTLY put your feet on the water and the friction of the water and the pull of the boat will pull you off your butt and onto your feet. If you stick your feet in too early or too hard you will catapult your self out the front and it will be funny to everyone but you...:D Once you are on your back it is similar to what you are doing on the boom, but you do not have the added stability of the boom. You do not have your arms pulled in, using the boom to hold yourself up, so you should be fine.

tex
06-25-2007, 06:35 PM
2 pieces of advice that you need.

1.Wait for Speed
2.Soft on the feet

Upper Michigan Prostar190
06-25-2007, 06:42 PM
Thanks guys!!! :toast: I will give it a try!!!:) any tips on not getting your feet whacked by the handle?? I have one of those BFI starter lines with the little toe tabs to put your toes on. how about when your ready to stop? just bring your knees into your chest, leg go and rideon your back/butt ??

tex
06-25-2007, 07:03 PM
How to stop? Push your toes down

03 35th Anniversary
06-25-2007, 07:11 PM
How to stop? Push your toes down

That is the fastest way stop!!!!!!!!!!:uglyhamme
I have tryed it.........

tex
06-25-2007, 07:12 PM
Ways to stop-Wave or flex to the ladies. That usually helps me!

Upper Michigan Prostar190
06-25-2007, 07:15 PM
How to stop? Push your toes down
Cool!:cool:

vogelm1
06-25-2007, 08:59 PM
Sounds good fellas! now, a few more questions. When starting shortline on the back & butt, your obviously in the water or under the water for a while when you first start, how do you keep 8 gallons of water from going up your nose? or is this not a problem??? so you hang on, the boat pulls you out and up on the water, your riding on your butt slightly reclined, then what? you just bend your knees and slowly plant your feet and stand up???:confused:

Another offering for you...with your barefoot suit on you'll be pretty buoyant, so when you do say 'hit it' you'll only be going thru the water for a very short time. Start with your toes criss-crossed over the rope and handle tight to your gut - and keep it there until you take your feet off the rope. Tell the driver to give you a nice even pull up to your barefooting speed. Once you feel your body begin to plane off, sit up and SLOWLY take your feet off the rope and gently bring your heels back to your rear end. Your instinct will be to keep your legs straight and jam them into the water to stand up, but as mentioned above it'll be fun for the spotters to watch what happens next, but not you. Once you are riding around with your heels in near your butt and your butt still on the water, practice riding and getting your feet adjusted so no spray is getting in your face. You should be able to ride around like this all day. Once comfortable with this stance all that is left is slowly standing up. Keep a nice chair position with your knees directly above or slightly in front of your ankles. Chest out and straight arms. I'm no pro, but this should get you going. Have fun!:D

Slinkyredfoot
06-25-2007, 10:43 PM
Great style and grace Ump, you da man, now how about some long rope run pics for our veiwing laughter....:D

Hoosier Bob
06-25-2007, 10:50 PM
What happened to the "I have photo proof UMP is a pagina" thread?

HA HA HA !!!!:D

tex
06-25-2007, 11:39 PM
Just hung up with my first phone call with Ump-Funny cat! He can ski/foot in my boat any day!

Hoosier Bob
06-25-2007, 11:46 PM
I agree Tex but wait until you "really" know him!

Upper Michigan Prostar190
06-25-2007, 11:46 PM
Just hung up with my first phone call with Ump-Funny cat! He can ski/foot in my boat any day!
Rock on Tex! :toast: Your welcome to foot and drink bombay martinis in my prostar any day!!! Good chat my friend! :wavey: If your wife is still worried about me being some weirdo calling you, just dont tell her that I offered to perform your last knee surgery for alot cheaper than your doctor charged you:D

Upper Michigan Prostar190
06-25-2007, 11:47 PM
I agree Tex but wait until you "really" know him!
Dont be making up lies about me Hoosier, I had NO idea those farmers were not sleeping!!! thats the last time I hang out with you! 8p

Hoosier Bob
06-25-2007, 11:52 PM
Farmers? Were they not a little furry to be Farmers?:o

tex
06-26-2007, 12:08 AM
The wife is worried!!

tex
06-26-2007, 12:19 AM
Ump called the house earlier. I went outside to speak with him and my wife brought my half full martini out to the patio. I thought she had not closed the door and I crutched back towards the door. She met me with a very large glass of red wine. Good woman! I guess she knew that there were 2 story tellers on the phone. I highly recomend talking skiing with the superhero!

bcampbe7
06-26-2007, 12:20 AM
Ump called the house earlier. I went outside to speak with him and my wife brought my half full martini out to the patio. I thought she had not closed the door and I crutched back towards the door. She met me with a very large glass of red wine. Good woman! I guess she knew that there were 2 story tellers on the phone. I highly recomend talking skiing with the superhero!


UMP is a riot, dontchaknow...:D

Upper Michigan Prostar190
06-26-2007, 12:21 AM
Farmers? Were they not a little furry to be Farmers?:o
I thought they just hadnt had a haircut in a long time or something....:confused: I dont know, your the one that got the address to the place out of that magazine.

Hoosier Bob
06-26-2007, 12:23 AM
UMP is our beloved! Sure he is a freak, super hero and borderline psychotic but what else comes from the UMP? Ever seen the Shining? UMP has the Shine!

Upper Michigan Prostar190
06-26-2007, 12:24 AM
The wife is worried!!
Tell her to relax. after a while, she will think I am dandy. Just explain the economics of saving thousands of dollars on that surgery buy having me do it. Hey, there is nothing wrong with having a guy nick named slick driving a red muscle car convertable with bleached blond hair wearing a 50's bowling shirt cut your knee open. :D

Upper Michigan Prostar190
06-26-2007, 12:26 AM
UMP is our beloved! Sure he is a freak, super hero and borderline psychotic but what else comes from the UMP? Ever seen the Shining? UMP has the Shine!
No you retard, thats not the shine! you think I communicate with Lisa by mental telepathy dont you? :rolleyes: I call her whevener your gone! (boump chicka boump bowwwwww)

tex
06-26-2007, 12:27 AM
We discussed simularities on the phone...My fraternity nickname was Tom Slick!

Hoosier Bob
06-26-2007, 12:30 AM
That is uncanny! I thought UMP was "Short Stick?"8p

Upper Michigan Prostar190
06-26-2007, 12:31 AM
We discussed simularities on the phone...My fraternity nickname was Tom Slick!
Yea but I look sexy in leather pants! ;)

tex
06-26-2007, 12:37 AM
You haven't seen me in my pic from high school. I did a little modeling on the side!

Upper Michigan Prostar190
06-26-2007, 12:44 AM
You haven't seen me in my pic from high school. I did a little modeling on the side!
Uh-oh! I have that CD. :o Now I guess maybe your wife should be worried that I have a picture of your arse in red leather pants! :uglyhamme: Hey that dont make us ghey does it? :o Just to be on the safe side, lets talk about football, deer huntin' and monster trucks next time we talk! :D

Hoosier Bob
06-26-2007, 12:46 AM
I did not know it made it to CD but yes I have the Album! Not bad as I remember, here's looking at you!

tex
06-26-2007, 12:53 AM
You guys know that I kidding. My ars is a lot better!

Hoosier Bob
06-26-2007, 12:54 AM
Sure, but with a lot more leather!8p You guys know that I kidding. My ars is a lot better!

tex
06-26-2007, 12:56 AM
Sometimes more is better!

Hoosier Bob
06-26-2007, 12:58 AM
I think this is one of those times when it ain't?

Upper Michigan Prostar190
06-26-2007, 12:58 AM
Sometimes less is more, right Hoosier?? thats what Lisa tells me anyway.....:confused:

Hoosier Bob
06-26-2007, 01:03 AM
See Below!

Hoosier Bob
06-26-2007, 01:03 AM
Not when she is with me "Little Man!";) Sometimes less is more, right Hoosier?? thats what Lisa tells me anyway.....:confused:

tex
11-05-2008, 07:41 PM
Can you foot wearing crocs?