IWWF BAREFOOT ATHLETES OF THE YEAR 2015

Ben Groen (NZL) & Ashleigh Stebbeings (AUS) have been named as the 2015 Male and Female IWWF Barefoot Athletes of the Year! This award is based solely on performances in IWWF homologated tournaments during the 2015 year.

Ben Groen had a personal best year in 2015 with multiple trick scores over 10,000 points and a PB of 10,850 pts. Number one ranked in the AO Confederation for 2015 and pending AO records set in 2015 put Ben Groen at the top of the list for the 2015 IWWF Barefoot Athlete of the Year.

Ashleigh Stebbeings continued her dominance of the world of “Anything Barefoot”.  Number 1 ranked for 2015 in all events and the overall and pending women’s slalom record of 18.2 once again leaves no doubt as to who is the IWWF Female Barefoot Athlete of the Year.  2015 marks the 10th time Ashleigh has received the IWWF Athlete of the Year award.

Many congratulations to both Ben and Ashleigh for their dedication to true athleticism in such a demanding  and spectacular sport.  They will both be honored by an awards presentation at the 2016 World Barefoot Waterski Championships in Alma Center, Wisconsin USA – August 14 to 20.

To see the nomination forms of Ben & Ashleigh please go to [link] and click on the Awards link on the left.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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UPCOMING EVENTS 2015/16

Our EVENTS page has been updated for the coming season. Note there is an AUCKLAND Regionals one day event back on the calendar.

 
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WAKE SLALOM SHOOTOUT

Held once again at Lake Inspiration, Otaki on Jan 31 - Feb 1 the tournament will eature as well as the standard 3 events of Wake Slalom, Tricks and Jump the all new WAKE SLALOM SHOOTOUT. This is a two boats running side by side with skiers looking to out slalom each other head to head.

 
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Asia Oceania - Male & Female and Boys & Girls - 2014 Barefoot Athlete's of the Year

 

To All,

It gives me great pleasure to announce the recipients of the 2014 Asia Oceania Barefoot Athletes of the Year:

·         Female          -           Ashleigh Stebbeings

·         Male               -           Ben Groen

·         Girls                -           Brooke Fitch

·         Boys               -           Keenan Derry

 

May I extend my congratulations to the worthy winners.

 

Kind Regards,

 

Brian Price

Chair – Asia Oceania Barefoot Council

 

 
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Success for Kathy Duxfield

NZ Senior Womens Barefoot Champion continues the line of Barefoot Waterskiers being recognised in Regional Sports Awards around the country. Sport Waikato and Waipa Networks awarded Kathy the 40 Plus Sportsperson of the Year award for 2014. Congratulations Kathy from all of your New Zealand Barefoot Family and Friends!

 
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Success for Bevan Kelly

Senior Mens Barefoot World Champion continued a successful year by winning the Don Tricker Trophy for the top individual sportsman award at the Porirua Sports Awards for 2014. Bevan has had another great season, competing successfully at the recent World Barefoot Championships at Mulwala Australia in March taking out the Overall Senior Mens title for the second time, and setting a new personal best in tricks in the process. Clearly the judges recognised this and commended his efforts with this award. Bevan was presented with the Don Tricker trophy by Don's daughter Bronte seen below on stage with Bevan.

Again Bevan, from all of your New Zealand Barefoot Family and Friends - WELL DONE CHAMP!

 
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NZ skier and World Championship Silver medalist Ben Groen

 

Ben Groen formerly of Otaki NZ features in a profile video from World Barefoot Center.

To View click the image below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Worlds 2014 Results

Barefoot World Championships 2014 - Results

The New Zealand Team returned home last week from the 2014 World Championships in Mulwala, NSW, Australia with a bag full of medals.

A fantastic tournament with so many highlights for both Competitors and Spectators alike.

The NZ skiers results are as follows.

Bevan Kelly – Senior Men’s Overall World Champion Gold jump / Silver tricks / Bronze slalom

Brooke Fitch – Junior Girls Overall World Champion Gold tricks/ Gold slalom/ Gold jump

Georgia Groen – Open Women’s Overall Silver Champion – Gold tricks / Silver jump/ Silver slalom

Ben Groen – Open Men’s Overall Silver Champion – Bronze jump

The Teams results were:

Open Team – Sarah Linton, Georgia Groen, Brooke Fitch, Ben Groen, Ryan Groen, Bevan Kelly – SILVER OVERALL

Senior Team – Kathy Duxfield, Bevan Kelly, Rob Groen – SILVER OVERALL

Junior Team – Brooke Fitch, William Leigh, Hugo Schaw, James Leen – BRONZE OVERALL

 

Congratualations to all who competed and supported Team NZ.


 
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Ben Groen joins "All Can Ski Adaptive Waterski Clinic"

 


Team WBC is growing and getting involved in new events. This past month the whole crew joined in to help out the All Can Ski, Adaptive Waterski Clinic held in Winter Haven by the Cypress Gardens Ski Team. It was an amazing experience. Helping and teaching a person who is solely putting ALL their trust in you to keep them safe while enjoying the sport you love is simply amazing. The excitement and smiles on the children to wounded warriors was priceless. I can’t encourage you enough to jump at the opportunity to get involved in a disabled event. Do not worry if you don’t know how to ski, so many more people are involved during the process. Boat drivers, ski fitters, pin pullers, swimmers, and people setting up skis and rolling ropes.

This whole idea might seem intimidating but let me let you I promise it will be one of the best experiences of your life. My personal experience of serving others in this way is that no matter what you do to help you are appreciated. Due to a cut on my leg I was not able to ski this year, but I hopped into a boat and pulled the pin for the skiers. Wow, looking at the facial expressions from the boat was a whole other perspective. A full view of the side skiers (helpers) and the disabled skiers faces and gestures, everyone loved it, I even heard a few cheers of glee! There is just something about watching the top barefoot water skiers in the world taking the time out of their day to help those who are not able. Even just typing those words reliving it again give me chills of happiness.

Team WBC jumped right into the event helping in all areas. Some grabbed tools to adjust the sit skis to fit different sized skiers, others organized ropes, and everyone listened intently to Gordy who was teaching step by step what to do as a side skier. The whole day was filled with hearts overflowing with love and appreciation.

Article courtesy of WBC - author - Lauren St. Onge

 
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Waikato Regionals 2014 - Results

 

Waikato Regionals Results are now available on the Results page.

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