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tideengineer
06-20-2011, 04:28 PM
I started skiing when I was 7-8 years old...slalom the same year I got up on two...never did any competition. I did alot of kneeboading then wakeboards came out when I was in college. I learned to barefoot behind a '79 Ski Nautique when I was 15....put 600 hours on that boat. I did A LOT of barefooting until I was about 22 then got married blah blah blah and was out of things for a while. Skiied a minimum of 2-3 times a year but nothing serious. I'm 36 and now with 96 Prostar 190 LT and pretty darn serious cause my kids are. Last year I got pretty heavy on the slalom again. I ski/wakeboard with them multiple times (2-3 times a week) and am getting back in prestine shape. They are hounding me pretty bad about seeing me barefoot (family tellin them stories)....it's been at least 14 years.....what say you guys/gals? Is it worth it? Last time I did it I was 22 and weighed 165 and wasn't scared of 50 mph....I float between 172-180 depending on how many miles a week I run!

Kyle
06-20-2011, 05:07 PM
Absolutely heck yes take a footing run and booyah them all.

42mph will be fine.

Ski-me
06-20-2011, 05:08 PM
Heck yea! I'm 41 and did it last year too. It had been awhile but with a boom....a no brainer! Give it a shot, it's a lot of fun.

TxsRiverRat
06-20-2011, 05:13 PM
I had a barefoot career that lasted about .50 seconds... Out on a boom, 40+ MPH, I said “STOPPPPP THHHEEEE BOOOOOAAAAAATTTTT!” I hadn’t even put my feet down...

Kyle was there, said “Get back in the boat...” I said “Nooo, can’t move....!”

Barefooting – not for me! LOL!!

Iskidaily
06-20-2011, 05:15 PM
+1 for this
Absolutely heck yes take a footing run and booyah them all.

42mph will be fine.

tideengineer
06-20-2011, 05:21 PM
the speed was my next question....42-45 sounds good. I've never used a boom, don't have one....started off doing it from kneeboard, did deep water starts when i was yound and stupid....think I will do it off a kneeboard soon....maybe I will have some pics to post.

barefoot
06-20-2011, 05:27 PM
It's like riding a bike...My guess is that you'll do it the first time you try. Then you'll be asking yourself why you didn't do it soon.

Do it, man...you got it!

duckguy
06-20-2011, 05:36 PM
1. Buy a boom
2. Don't even think of using a kneeboard
3. 42 mph will be fine.

tideengineer
06-20-2011, 05:37 PM
1. Buy a boom
2. Don't even think of using a kneeboard
3. 42 mph will be fine.

dang....scared me a little....

03 35th Anniversary
06-20-2011, 05:49 PM
Just remember................the faster you go the harder you need to jam your feet in the water to make sure that all your body weight gets transfered from your @$$ to your feet!

duckguy
06-20-2011, 05:52 PM
Yeah, do what 03 says, The family will love it

LakeWorth
06-20-2011, 05:54 PM
I am a little older than you, a little smaller, and probably not as good of a slalom skier as you. I use the methods of Lane Bowers at The Footers Edge. Here is what he says, it works for me:

your weight divided by 10 and then add 15mph.
For a 180lb person you would calculate a good starting speed by dividing 180 by 10 which equals 18. Then add 15 to get 33mph.
135 lbs = 28.5 mph If this speed feels too slow, then your form is incorrect.

JLeuck64
06-20-2011, 05:59 PM
Got back into footin myself a few years ago after a long lay off. Turning 47 this year and feel like I am a better skier now then I was back in the day...

Be careful it's addictive (but you already knew that didn't ya?)

Kyle
06-20-2011, 05:59 PM
Just remember................the faster you go the harder you need to jam your feet in the water to make sure that all your body weight gets transfered from your @$$ to your feet!

Yeah, do what 03 says, The family will love it

Do this and video tape it. Post it up on TT so we can all have a good ole laugh.

tideengineer
06-20-2011, 06:00 PM
I'm pretty stoked....I'm ready to go...

Kyle
06-20-2011, 06:05 PM
We want video footage. We pumped you up and you now have the confidence to grip n rip so post up some video so others can learn what to do and not to do. :D

Boom????who needs a stinking boom???

Good luck.

Just remember when your heals or let's say ars cheeks hit the back of your head, it will always feel better when it quits hurting.

onejdgreen
06-20-2011, 06:09 PM
I'm 32, 6'4" 255 lbs on a good day... Still get out and foot a couple times a year, trust me, it hurts me a lot more than it will you. I have never been that good at physics, but that whole mass x speed X acceleration = something still proves to be true, but it is still addicting!!!

Kyle
06-20-2011, 06:21 PM
I'm pretty stoked....I'm ready to go...

So are you posting video or not????

03 35th Anniversary
06-20-2011, 06:24 PM
Who needs a stinkin calculator on the water?!?!?!

Full Throttle is the only speed you need when footing!!!

onejdgreen
06-20-2011, 06:25 PM
Just remember to let go at the proper time....

Kyle
06-20-2011, 06:26 PM
Who needs a stinkin calculator on the water?!?!?!

Full Throttle is the only speed you need when footing!!!

Ugh thank you!!!!

WFO all the way!!!

03 35th Anniversary
06-20-2011, 06:28 PM
Don't ever let go!!!

That's the first step towards being a quitter!!!!!!

The longer you can hang on the more impressive you will be in front of your family!!!

Kyle
06-20-2011, 06:40 PM
Don't ever let go!!!

That's the first step towards being a quitter!!!!!!




That needs to be your signature 03

Jim@BAWS
06-20-2011, 06:55 PM
Divide weight by 10 and add 20 MPH 38 MPH with correct position you should be just fine

You only live once...a step off or a deep up won't kill ya. Get a GOOD drive not some WALLY who thinks they know what they are doing

Jim@BAWS

ahhudgins
06-20-2011, 07:30 PM
^^^^I agree with Jim. I'm 49 yrs. old and weigh 185-190 and I barefoot at 38 just fine. May bump it up a little to 40 for one foots and faster wake crossings. I have a boom for teaching but I think teaching with a kneeboard and a handle developes better body position. My son will barefoot directly on the boom and likes to hang on when he catches a toe. I told him "Try doing that behind the boat and see what happens". Get behind the boat!

tideengineer
06-20-2011, 08:00 PM
I will probably try it this weekend...if the wife videos I will post....thats a promise.

powerhouse
06-20-2011, 08:01 PM
Tide I wa the same way. I am now at 40 and was 283. Droped to 245 and was going to show the kids daddy still had what it takes. Whent and bought the big daddy from connley. The second time I tried to get up told the son don't drag me...give it the gas and lets go. Pulled the ham string and crashed the weekend. Well it's been 5 weeks now and thinking about trying again this weekend. Will let yiu know how it turns out.

dihrdskir
06-20-2011, 08:08 PM
Breathe easy and and take it slow, deep water start is the way to go. I'm 43 yo and 215 lbs and 36 mph is fine. Agreed, bump it up to 38 for one foot or tricks, quick crosses but the slower the boat speed the less daunting it will be. It's all about the physics, body position and contact area with the water but most importantly of all: keep those toes up.

silverblueBP
06-20-2011, 08:35 PM
Don't hesitate even for a minute. We used to foot years ago all the time. Quit skiing for years and bought the 96 a few years ago. We had a windless day last year so I put on the suit and went long line. After a couple spills it all came back to me and had a blast!

I just turned 50...never to old to foot!

tideengineer
06-23-2011, 09:56 PM
I did it today!!!! 40 mph and no troubles on the first try! Did it off the kneeboard. Wife videoed it from blackberry so it stinks...I wasn't planning on doing but kids wanted me to try since the water was like glass....awesome feeling....will do it this weekend and hopefull get a better video.

barefoot
06-24-2011, 08:59 AM
How do your feet feel?

Way to go...I knew you wouldn't hav e a problem!

norris_ps205
06-24-2011, 09:29 AM
Way to go! I'll be 46 in August and decided last year I wanted to learn to barefoot (with the expert instruction of 2RLake)...been a bumpy ride so far, but I'm hanging in there. I love the challenge.

tideengineer
06-24-2011, 09:43 AM
A little sore all over today even though I didn't take a spill. Feet are ok...high arches tend to make water push the skin.