Broderick Meskers barefoot water skiing
Photography: Brian Heeney

Broderick Meskers of Chetek, Wis., swept titles in Open Pro Men at the 2023 Barefoot Water Ski National Championships.


2024 Barefoot Nationals To Be Held In Helena, Mont.

by USA Water Ski & Wake Sports

The American Barefoot Club has announced the 46th Barefoot Water Ski National Championships will be held Aug. 22-25, 2024, at Water Ski Mania in Helena, Mont. It will mark the second consecutive year that the Nationals will be held at Water Ski Mania.

More than 50 barefoot water ski athletes are expected to compete in respective divisions for titles in wake slalom, tricks, jump and overall during the four-day event.

The wake slalom event consists of athletes crossing the boat wake as many times as possible in two 15-second passes (one pass in the forward position and one pass in the backward position). Tricks competitors perform as many tricks as possible in two 15-second passes. Jumpers, who are each allowed three attempts, go for distance while leaping off an 18-inch ramp.

Site familiarization will take place on Aug. 21. For registration and additional information, visit