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2019 Barefoot Nationals’ Schedule Posted

The schedule of events for the 42nd Barefoot Water Ski National Championships, presented by Bank First, is now available to view and download. The 2019 Barefoot Nationals will be held Aug. 22-25 at the Blue Moo in Alma Center, Wis. For the first time in more than a decade, the U.S. Barefoot Water Ski Team Trials will be held on the final day of the Nationals. All proceeds from the tournament will be used to support the U.S. Barefoot Teams at the 2020 world championships in Australia. The American Barefoot Club’s board of directors’ meeting, site familiarization and the officials’ meeting/clinic will all take place on Wednesday, Aug. 21, with the tournament running Aug. 22-25.

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U.S. Barefoot Team Trials To Return In 2019

The 42nd Barefoot Water Ski National Championships are set for Aug. 22-24 at the Blue Moo in Alma Center, Wis., but the water will really heat up on Aug. 25! For the first time in more than a decade, the American Barefoot Club's Team Select Committee will hold a team trials for the 2020 U.S. Elite, Senior and Junior Barefoot Teams. Those three teams will head to Australia in April 2020 to compete in the 22nd Barefoot Water Ski World Championships.

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St. Onge Prevails At New Year’s Day Event

Keith St. OngeWarm weather and world class competitors brought a large crowd of spectators to the Lake Norman Marina shoreline to watch the 41st Annual New Year’s Day Barefoot Tournament. In addition to contestants from the Lake Norman region, contestants also came from New Jersey, Indiana and Florida to compete in this unique and challenging event in Denver, N.C. Most notable contestants were Keith St. Onge, 19-time national champion and 11-time world gold medalist, and Rachel Normand, former women’s world champion and the 2018 Senior Women’s world champion. St. Onge was also selected by USA Water Ski & Wake Sports as its Male Athlete of the year for 2018.

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U.S. 'Footers Earn Medals At 2018 Worlds

U.S. athlete Lexi McCauley won gold medals in girls’ slalom (14.20 points), tricks (6,800 points) and overall (2,950.0 points) at the 2018 Junior Barefoot Water Ski World Championships, and earned bronze medals in women’s tricks and overall in the 2018 Elite Barefoot Water Ski World Championships.The U.S. Junior Barefoot Water Ski Team and U.S. Senior Barefoot Water Ski Team each won respective overall team gold medals and the U.S. Elite Barefoot Water Ski Team earned the overall team silver medal at the 2018 Barefoot Water Ski World Championships, Aug. 12-18, at Dream Lake in Napanee, Ontario, Canada. For the seventh consecutive time, the biennial Elite (Open) Barefoot Water Ski World Championships was held simultaneously with the biennial Junior Barefoot Water Ski World Championships and Senior Barefoot Water Ski World Championships. The seven-day event featured more than 100 athletes from 12 countries. The Elite Barefoot Worlds took place for the 21st time, while the Junior Barefoot Worlds was held for the 13th time and the Senior Barefoot Worlds commenced for the 11th time.

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27 Athletes Win National Barefoot Titles

Keith St. Onge won his 13th consecutive national overall title. Photography by Scott N. AtkinsonTwenty-seven athletes won titles at the 41st annual Footin.com Barefoot Water Ski National Championships, presented by Visit Central Florida, July 26-29, at Action Water Sports’ Lake Grew in Polk City, Fla. More than 60 barefooters competed in respective divisions for titles in wake slalom, tricks, jumping and overall during the four-day event. The wake slalom event consisted 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 performed as many tricks as possible in two 15-second passes. Jumpers, who were each allowed three attempts, went for distance while leaping off an 18-inch ramp.

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