Welcome to the Gold Coast Ski Club BAREFOOT division

TRICKS EVENT

The tricks event (called figures outside the United States) has been described as the most technical of the three events. Beginners perform this event on two short trick skis, and intermediate to elite athletes to perform on one trick ski.

A skier attempts to perform as many tricks as he/she can during two 15-second passes. Each trick has a pre-assigned point value and an athlete may perform a forward run and a backward run to receive more points. each trick must be performed correctly, in order to receive credit by the event judges. The skier who earns the most total points for the two passes wins the event. The footers do not use any kind of board. They ski on their bare feet. To do so they need speed, between 40-60 miles per hour depending on the skier and what he/she is doing. On regular turnaments, like waterskiing, there are 3 events. Lately there are two other types of compepetition: the figure 8 and the endurance race. Both are getting more and more popular.

Tricks are performed either with the skier's foot slipped into a strap attached to the handle, called toe hold tricks, or with the handle held in the athlete's hands.

FOOTERS

The footers do not use any kind of board. They ski on their bare feet. To do so they need speed, between 40-60 miles per hour depending on the skier and what he/she is doing. On regular turnaments, like waterskiing, there are 3 events. Lately there are two other types of compepetition: the figure 8 and the endurance race. Both are getting more and more popular.

WAKE CROSSING EVENT

The footer must perform, to get the most possible points, two 15 second passes , one forward and one backward. During theses runs the skier will cross the wake made by the boat as often as he/she can.. To have a chance to win, he/she must perform these 2 wake crossings on one foot. The more wake crossing the skier will make the more points he/she will get. The skier who earns the most points wins the event.

JUMPING

The object of the jumping event is for a skier to jump as far as he can. There are no style points, just pop off of the ramp and fly! Each skier has three attempts to jump as far as he can. Of course the skiers who jumps the further wins.

In each age/gender division, there is a set boat speed and the ramp height is set at five feet (1.5 meters) in most divisions. However, elite women jump at a ramp height of 5-1/2 feet (1.6 meters) and elite men jump at six feet (1.7 meters). Although most jump distances for the average male and female range between 80 and 170 feet (24 and 52 meters), the Men's world record is 233 feet (70.9 meters), which is equivalent to jumping as far as someone kicking a 77-yard field goal in football! JUMPING IS NO LONGER OFFERED BY THE GOLD COAST SKI CLUB.

Brian Oppeneer