Welcome to the New Zealand Barefoot Water Ski Club!

This website is all about updating you on events, members and information we have about barefoot waterskiing around the world. Our club caters for all levels of skiers, from learners and social skiers, to those that compete in our tournaments here in New Zealand and internationally. The New Zealand Barefoot Water Ski Club is about people who enjoy skiing on their feet with heart and soul. To become a member of New Zealand Barefoot all you have to do is ski for 60 seconds on your feet. If you are not a member and wish to become one, we look forward to seeing you soon behind a boat catching a minute with us.

Introducing The NZ Footer Newsletter

The NZBWSC is introducing a regualr Newsletter to keep everyone informed about what is happening in the Barefoot Community. Stay posted for further issues!

The NZ Footer Newsletter - Isuue 01

Georgia Groen has been named as the 2016 Female IWWF Barefoot Athlete of the year!

Georgia is the first female New Zealander to be named as Barefoot athlete of the year! This is a huge achievement, coming off a fantastic run of form leading to her Overall tilte at the 2016 World Championships in USA. Below is a copy of of the letter sent by the chairman of the World Barefoot Council.

David Small (GBR) and Georgia Groen (NZL) have been named as the 2016 Male and Female IWWF Barefoot Athletes of the Year! This award was based on their performances in IWWF homologated tournaments throughout 2016.

David Small had a great year, setting a personal best of 14,050 in tricks and 20.3 in slalom, whilst also breaking the World Trick Record at 12,500. David has a set of pending trick records for 2016 of 12,850, 13,150, 13,300, 13,300 and 14,050. Coming in first place at the 2016 World Championships for tricks, slalom and overall placed David at the top of the list to achieve the 2016 IWWF Barefoot Athlete of the Year.

Georgia Groen did New Zealand proud, being the first New Zealand skier to achieve an Overall Gold Medal in a World Championships. In 2016 not only did Georgia break the New Zealand Jump Record with a score of 21.1, but also achieved a personal best in tricks (8,450), slalom (16.8), and jump (21.1). Along with her Gold medal in Overall Georgia won Gold in Tricks and Silver in both Slalom and Jump at the 2016 World Championships. Georgia has had an outstanding 2016 and is most deserving of the 2016 IWWF Barefoot Athlete of the Year award.

Many congratulations to David and Georgia. They both have not only shown great talent and athleticism, but a true dedication to the sport. They will both be honored with an awards presentation at the 2018 World Barefoot Waterski Championships at Dream Lake, Canada.

Geoff Blaauw
Chairman - World Barefoot Council


** 2017 New Zealand Team Selected **

Congratulations to all the skiers that have been selected to represent New Zealand at the 2017 Asia and Oceania Waterski and Wakeboard Championships.

Team Managers: Ross Linton & Jo Leigh

Open Team:
- Ben Groen (Captain)
- Georgia Groen
- Brooke Fitch
- Hugo Schaw
- Bevan Kelly
- Sarah Linton

Junior Team:
- William Leigh
- April Foster
- Meg Kelly
- Toby Kelly
- Chad Scott

The championship will be held at Lake Kereta in Auckland from the 30th Janurary - 5th February

AO NZ team


Auckland Regionals


This will be a 1 day competition held on Lake Kereta on the 17th of December. It will include 1 full round of slalom, tricks, and jump then another round of either tricks or slalom (Its up to you!). Lake Kereta is located about 30 minutes north of Auckland - Click here to see more information about Lake Kereta.
This site is at the same location that the AO's will be held in Jan-Feb 2017.

The competition will commence at 6.45am with skiers briefing, followed by first skier on the water at 7am.
For those that wish to stay onsite, camping is available onsite on Friday night.
For registration forms click here, look forward to seeing everyone there!

*Please remember you need to be a financial member of the club to enter the competition, if you have not done so already, please click here to renew your membership.*


Every month we will have new updates about the extreme sport of barefoot water skiing from New Zealand and around the world. Have a good look around this website. Go to Gallery and click on the gallery link for new photographs of our events and our competitors. Read our news, and our events reports. .. We hope you enjoy your time with us, and you will come back again for more news, and details of our events... and you will come and join us on the water too! We look forward to seeing you out there competing and taking part. Come and join the New Zealand barefooters "family". We would be delighted to welcome you.


Just a quick reminder that NZBWSC memberships are due for the 2017 season. Please follow click here to renew your membership.

William Leigh sets new Junior Boys trick record of 5900!

A huge congratulations to New Zealand's very own William Leigh! In the 2016 World Championships William skied out a very impressive 5900 point trick run smashing the previous record held by Tyler Groen.

Georgia Groen, Beven Kelly, Toby Kelly & Meg Kelly have all featured in newspapers for their achivements at the recent World Championships

Ex Whitby girl tricks her way to the top of the world

Georgia Groen is the top woman athlete in the world in the sport of barefoot waterskiing.

Competing in only her second Open World Championships at the Blue Moo Lake in Wisconsin USA, Georgia maintained her composure throughout the three rounds of competition.  In the slalom event she was second, but it was in tricks that Georgia really shone, out-tricking the previous world champion and current world record holder, Ashleigh Stebbings from Australia three times to put herself in the lead.

The last event for women was the jump. To beat Georgia, the Australian had to jump a world record and add 0.4 m to her current world record.  The tension in the crowd was electric as these two battled it out, turn about, and the Australian did jump a world record… but it was not long enough to take the world title away from golden girl Georgia Groen.

Georgia was humble in victory paying tribute to her fellow competitors, her parents, her New Zealand team and her skiing buddies.  She has worked hard since she began barefooting at the age 9.  She is now at the pinnacle of her sport and is already looking ahead to the next world championships in two years’ time in Canada.

Georgia was not the only local connection. The Kelly family from Pauatahanui had father Bevan and twins Meg and Toby on the water, with twins both contributing points to the New Zealand Junior Team bringing home the Bronze medal, while Bevan again won the world senior title in the jump event.

Another ex Whitby competitor in the event, Ben Groen, cousin of Georgia , now resident coach at the World Barefoot Centre in Florida, USA, gained a silver medal in the men's open jump.  Under the pressure of not having landed a jump, Ben was able to jump New Zealand record with his last attempt. This helped the New Zealand Open Team, of which Bevan Kelly was also a member to take bronze overall in the event.

Georgia Groen World Champion

Georgia Groen who won the open women’s title at the world barefoot waterskiing champions.



When it comes to success, the Kelly family of Pauatahanui like to keep it in the family.

Twins Meg and Toby Kelly, aged 12, were young winners at the New Zealand Barefoot Water Skiing championships at Lake Okaro, Rotorua earlier this year. Meg was first in tricks and slalom, and first overall in sub junior girls, while Toby was first in tricks, second in slalom and second overall in sub junior boys. Meg has been named in the New Zealand team for the World Championships in Wisconsin next month, along with her father Bevan Kelly who will represent New Zealand in senior and open mens events, while Toby will ski as an independent.

The Kellys will leave on July 22 for the world championships in Wisconsin, USA.  They will have a training camp en route in San Francisco for two weeks, and then join the rest of the New Zealand team at the championship venue, Blue Moo Lake in Alma Centre, Wisconsin, before the week long championships from August 13-20.

Bevan has been barefooting for more than 33 years, and is a former world champion in his category for both 2014, and 2015. He capped off a great year by winning the Don Tricker Trophy for the top individual sportsman award at the Porirua Sports Awards.

Kelly Family

Toby, Meg and Bevan Kelly who will be competing internationally at the World Series Barefoot Waterski Championships in Wisconsin.


The New Zealand Team selection for the Barefoot World Championships 2016 was announced at the conclusion of the Barefoot National Championships held at Lake Okaro earlier in 2016. Since that team announcement It is with great pleasure that the NZ Barefoot Team Selectors announce that a further 2 members have been added to the NZ Team.

The National Selectors have been monitoring the training and progress of both Toby Kelly and Marguerite Scott and believe the efforts these two have put into training, the progress they have made and the potential points they could contribute to the Team, warrants their inclusion now as full Team members. We wish all our New Zealand Representative the very best at the World Championships.

New Zealand Team representatives of 2016


Bevan Kelly, Robbie Groen


Bevan Kelly, Ben Groen, Georgia Groen, Sarah Linton, Hugo Schaw, Brooke Fitch

Junior Team

William Leigh, Meg Kelly, Marguerite Scott, Toby Kelly


April Foster, Jnr Girls (Slalom)

Meghan Appelman, Jnr Girls (Slalom)

Team Manager Ross Linton, Asst Team Manager Robbie Groen




AGM 2016

AGM is set down for  September 17th at Taupo, start time is 9.15am Venue is Twin Peaks Hotel.


NZ National Barefoot Champs March 25-27

Nationals this year are at Lake Okaro, Bay of Plenty located 5 minutes from the Rainbow mountain turnoff to Rerewhakaaitu on Highway 5 between Rotorua and Taupo.


Entry form for the 2016 NZ Barefoot Nationials Champs can be found by clicking on the ENTER HERE Button below

Waikato Regional Barefoot Champs March 5,6

Being held once again at Horahora domain you can get the entry form by clicking on the promo image below.


.. We hope you enjoy your time with us, and you will come back again for more news, and details of our events... and you will come and join us on the water too! We look forward to seeing you out there competing and taking part. Come and join the New Zealand barefooters "family". We would be delighted to welcome you.