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Barefoot water skiing; takes mostly courage

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I headed up to the Northwoods to the Manitowish chain of lakes to meet up with Dan LaHam and Ray Kline. The two joined Manitowish skiing skeeters at a young age, and that same day learned a different style of water skiing where you don't need the ski's. LaHam says, "its like walking on water." They do it barefoot. 

 LaHam and Kline tell me that the first step to barefoot water skiing is making the commitment. Kline says, "I would say its more courage than strength to be honest with you because, once you get past the fear of going 40mph and falling and stuff then it's pretty straight forward." 

Once you swallow the fact that you will be crashing, the next step is to learn how to do it safely.  

Once you have the gliding down on a boom, you can progress to a 5 foot extension and excel to behind the boat learning all different kinds of tricks. Our experts say that's what it's all about. "It's a great place to learn how to ski and more than skiing its a good place to make friends." 

The Figure 8 barefoot water skiing championships in Crandon Wisconsin, August 18-19. http://www.barefootcentral.info/figure_8's_explained.htm

 

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