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max 8 doug patterson  max 8 watchers  on the jetty balcony boys

Above: Doug Patterson and friend; more advice from Rob; the 'likely lads' return from competing... and are still speaking!; and viewed from afar - the balcony boys review the action!

 Max 8 in Auckland delivers another win for Anthony Hawes!

The start of the Auckland Barefoot Max Out Figure 8 started with a strenuous walk down a never ending set of stairs, wetsuits and gear  in tow, to the Orakei Basin. The morning started off with a quick briefing of rules etc, then everyone was paired up and ready to compete!                                    

All competitors had two “lives” for the competition, which ensured we would all get at least two go’s. The old boys had to suit up half an hour earlier than us young ones to make sure we were all on time!

Sitting up on the grass waiting for your turn, you could see some of the spectacular falls people were taking, including some very cringe worthy falls! It was a surprise to see some old faces of barefooting come down and have a foot. Some of the legends of the sport showing us young guys how it’s done. At one stage on the water, there was a combined age of 116 - an awesome effort by Peter Old and Arlo Guthrie.

Overall the day was a great success, with plenty of food for the tummies and refreshing drinks, a great array of awesome spot prizes, friendly but serious competition and a fun filled day.

Anthony Hawes was our winner for the day, going unbeaten. Noel Bins did an awesome job of organising the day. We all left looking forward to next year, but dreading that marathon walk up the stairs back to the car!


Mine Lake Figure 8 Endurance Competition 2010.

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A strong contingent of 21 keen footers lined up for this years figure 8 competition held at Peter & Teresa Old’s lake near Pirongia. Skiers had travelled from as far as Auckland and Wellington to attend this exciting event and were pumped for some exhilarating skiing action.

The competition was once again held in perfect conditions with the skiing getting underway at the leisurely hour of about 9.00am. Each skier had two chances to complete as many laps as possible with the longest time deciding the winner.

The early times were around the 45 second mark with several skiers going just over the one minute mark. At the end of the first round it was Warren Herbert from Auckland who had the impressive time of 1min and 34 seconds or just on two laps.

Ben Groen, fresh back from the United States and ski fit, held on to second place and cousin Ryan Groen was in third.

Round two commenced immediately after round one and Warren was hanging on to his lead. This was until Tauranga skier Anthony Hawes held on to put up a great time of 1min and 43 seconds to edge out Warren for the lead.

The remaining skiers put up some challenging times but at the end of the day it was Anthony Hawes who came out on top in the overall standings followed by Warren Herbert and Ben Groen in third position with 1min 19 sec.

Georgia Groen skied strongly again to win the woman’s title with 1min 13 sec. Sarah Linton was second with 47 sec and Kathy Duxfield third with 33 sec. Other prizes included best dismount which went to Phil Leach who went down on his back at about 80kph on the whip!

Following the Figure 8, a new event known as “Bar Wars” held centre stage as the mostly brave, young or just plain dumb skiers  competed in this “last man standing” anything goes wrestling on water competition. The laughter in the boat was uncontrollable as skiers, pushed, kicked and even climbed on top of each other in order to dislodge their opponent from the barefoot boom using any means possible.

After the lake glassed off at the end of the session it was Ryan Groen from Wellington who had literally beaten off all competition to be the new “Bar Wars” Champ for 2010.

A special thanks to Peter & Teresa Old for hosting this event also held in conjunction with the Ben Groen coaching camp. All skiers who attended had a fantastic time at the competition and benefited from lots of great coaching from Ben also. The food and hospitality was five star as well.


Piarere Ski Club on Lake Karapiro was once again the venue for the annual Waikato Region Barefoot Competition. This year saw a good contingent of 35 skiers from all over the country attending. Weather conditions were a little rough on the Saturday morning but calmed out nicely for the middle of the day and again on the Sunday.
A special mention must go to Georgia Groen who again showed her skills and consistency taking out the Women's Open Division and setting a new Open Tricks record of 1975 points (to be confirmed). Other top performances included Ben Groen's slalom score under pressure in the second round of 16.40 points. This allowed him to take out the Men's Open overall title by only 3/1000 points! Tyler Groen also landed his first inverted jump in a tournament of 20.50m - Well done Tyler and watch out for the Junior Jump record to be under pressure again this season.
It was also great to see ex NZ Team skier from the late 80's and early 90's, Warren Herbert, back on the water again. Although not reflected in his score, Warren showed he has not lost his touch in the slalom event with solid front and back one wakes... and did you see that wetsuit!!!!.
The Junior Boys and Men's One divisions were close once again with Matt Forsyth taking out the Juniors and Michael McGiven narrowly winning Men's 1. Local Senior Men's skier Anthony Hawes skied with the Open boys for a change and managed to stay in touch with the scores.
A lot of fun was had on the start dock with the Groen Boys up to their usual mischief. Eating spiders (okay that was Anthony), urinating on wetsuits, wearing sunglasses on a slalom run were just a few of the antics witnessed. Where do they get this from Fred?

Also it was great to see some of the new skiers coming through in either juniors or rookies. Jasmine Hickling, Chad & Marguerite Scott could be names to watch out for in the future. In the Senior Division, Phil Leach has taken over from Anthony Hawes as the new flying back deep muppet of the week, but unfortunately there is no video to prove it!
Regional News November 09