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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.

Want to become a member? Click here!

Have you checked out the latest newsletter??


It is with great regret that the NZBWSC National Executive have made the call to postpone the 2020 New Zealand Nationals scheduled to be held the first week of April.
It is important that the club supports our country in its goal to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

If you have already entered the event, please contact Eileen Linton for reimbursement. We look forward to a healthy summer of barefooting ahead!

NZBWSC National Executive


** Competition Dates **
Lock them in! It’s going to be a big year.
Our first event kicks off at the end of this month! More information to come.


The 2019 AGM is being held in Otaki this year at Lake inspiration, 335 Taylors Road Otaki. The conference will start at 1pm on Saturday the 21st of September. Attendees are invited to stay for dinner which will be either held onsite or at a local establishment.


Have you seen the NZBWSC Facebook page? We post regular content, with one of the years highlights being the 2019 Nationals Crash Video! Check it out and make sure to follow the page.


With the 2019 season now complete, we have had some great skiing and great results. Click here for a list of results for the 2019 season


It's that time of year again, NZBWSC memberships are due for the 2019 season. Please click here to renew your membership.


Come along to the New Zealand Barefoot Waterski Club’s AGM to have your say and find out about the upcoming 2018/2019 season.  It is to be held at Tongariro Lodge in Turangi on Saturday 6th October at 9.30am.


It's that time of year again!!!!! Please fill in your entry form asap - click here for entry form

Easter Weekend 30 March - 1 April 

- Get your completed Entry Form in by 16th March
- Make sure to mark what size T-Shirt you want
- Book Dinner Tickets
- Send entry forms to Jo Leigh (jleigh@xtra.co.nz)

Thursday 29th March - Familiarisation. Book your Time with Teresa (admin@peterold.co.nz)
Friday 30th - Competition Begins
Saturday 31st - Competition & “NIGHT JUMP”
Sunday 1st April - End of Competition & PRIZEGIVING DINNER

See you all there!

Tee Jay Russo breaks Oceanic Junior Boys Jump record!

Australia’s Tee Jay Russo breaks the Oceanic Junior Boys Jump record with a massive 24.9m jump.
The record was previously set by Darcy Arnel back in 2010. Click here to see the jump on the Barefoot NSW Facebook page.


Just a quick reminder that NZBWSC memberships are due for the 2018 season. Please click here to renew your membership.

2017 IWWF Barefoot Athletes of the year!

Congradulations Ashleigh Stebbeings and Keenan Derry from Australia on becoming the 2017 IWWF Barefoot Athletes of the year! You are awesome representatives of the Asian Oceanic Region. We look forward to what is in store for the upcoming season. Follow these links to check them out on Facebook - Keenan - Ash


Mark your calendars, we have an exciting summer of footing ahead!


The 2017 AGM will be held in Turangi this year at the Turangi Bridge Motel on the 2nd of September at 9.15am.

Everybody is encouraged to attend!


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 - Issue 01

The NZ Footer Newsletter - Issue 02

The NZ Footer Newsletter - Issue 03

The NZ Footer Newsletter - Issue 04


The latest world standings have been released, congratulations to all the New Zealand skiers; click here for the complete list.

2017 July World Barefoot Standings


The New Zealand water ski championship once again was held at Lake Inspiration in Otaki. Winning the Open Men’s division for the first time was 19 year old Hugo Schaw from Hastings. His win came after his hard training last year in Florida were he trained for 2 months before competing at the worlds in Wisconsin. Hugo skied a new personal best in Tricks of 6200 which then placed him in top positon in the overall battle with Ryan Groen who came second. In the Open Women’s division Georgia Groen once again took out the overall title for a 6th time, after recently winning the world overall title last year in Wisconsin.

The wet weather was a challenge for all, with day 1 being a complete wash out with heavy wind and rain curtesy of Cyclone Debbie. This did not stop the strong group of skiers from competing over the 2 remaining days.

Go to our results link to see full list of results

Other special awards went to the following;

  • Spirit award went to Georgia Groen
  • Most promising newcomer went to April Foster
  • Most photogenic Jump was shared by James Leen & Grayson Cooper
  • Most Proficiencies to April Foster
  • Wooden Foot to Claire Mowday for walking into the class door but still able to Judge
  • Regional Trophy went to the Wellington Region
  • Wooden spoon went to Mitch Groen for his signature antics



The qualifying scores to be an independent at the 2018 World Championships have been released! Check out the scores below and get training!


The 2017 NZ Nationals will be held at Lake Inspriation from the 6th to the 8th of April. We are expecting a big turn out, so please make sure those entry forms are returned as soon as posible.

Please click here for entry form


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, Bevan Kelly, Toby Kelly & Meg Kelly have all featured in newspapers for their achievements 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


.. 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.