DateEvent TitleLocationContact
30 Jan-4 Feb 2017Asia Oceania ChampsLake Kereta
11,12 Feb 2017Wellington RegionalsLake Inspiration
Rob Groen
4,5 Mar 2017Waikato RegionalsLake KarapiroJo Leigh
18,19 Mar 2017BoP RegionalsRotorua
Kathy ODonnell
6,7,8 Apr 2017NZ National ChampsLake Inspiration
Rob Groen


















NZ Barefoot Nationals 2013 (Completed)

Below is the schedule for Day 1 Thursday 11th of April.

Lake Inspiration, Otaki.


Order of Events Nationals 2013 Day 1
Round 1 Slalom:
8.00am Group 2
8.50am Group 1
Round 1 Tricks:
9.45am Group 2 Tricks
10.45am Group 1 Tricks
11.45am Rookies: Round 1 Slalom and Tricks
1.00pm Round 1 Jump (all Divisions)
Junior Boys
Sub Junior Boys
Junior Girls
Open Women
Mens 1
Programme will be continued with Round 2 Jump if time
allows followed by other events to be notified.

Order of Events Nationals 2013 Day 1
Round 1 Slalom:
8.00am Group 2
8.50am Group 1
Round 1 Tricks:
9.45am Group 2 Tricks
10.45am Group 1 Tricks
11.45am Rookies: Round 1 Slalom and Tricks
1.00pm Round 1 Jump (all Divisions)
Junior Boys
Sub Junior Boys
Junior Girls
Open Women
Mens 1
Programme will be continued with Round 2 Jump if time
allows followed by other events to be notified.

Groups for Slalom and Tricks are divided in the following manner.

Group one:

Junior Boys
Junior Girls
Sub Junior Boys
Senior Women
Senior Men

Group two:

Open Men
Open Women
Mens 1
Mens 2




World Barefoot Championships 2012 (Completed)

Waco,TX, USA

NZBWSC 2012 Conference and AGM

Details are

·        Venue is at Twin Peak Motel, Taupo

·        7th of July, Saturday

·        Starting for Conference is  at 9.30 am

·        Lunch will be at 12.30 at Jolly Good Fellows - 80 Lake Terrace, Taupo

·        AGM 3.00pm

Enquiries contact Rob Groen


Polar Bear 2012 - Mine Lake, May 27, 2012 (Completed)

May Camp - Finlay Park 2012 (Completed)

Article by J-Z aka "Womens 1"

J-Z here, your one and only source into the scandalous lives of barefootings elite.

We bring you the exclusive highlights from our weekend at may camp 2012, where bare footers wrap up warm and come out to learn new and exciting skills. There’s plenty of learning to be had, and with world-class skiers attending there’s no lack of instruction.  With a dress code of thermals and dry suits, and bunking in with friends, what’s a better way to spend your weekend than at Finlay Park.

For the Full article click on this LINK



Waikato Regionals, Feb 18, 19, 2012

lewis where did he go?

"Hey Lewis, which way did he go?"

Snatched from the mish-mash of unpredictable weather that this summer has thrown at us, was a weekend of perfect weather for the Waikato Regional Barefooting Championships (skilfully arranged, of course!)

A total of 29 skiers from far and wide, plus 8 rookies took to the water over the weekend.  But unfortunately due to a generator breakdown on Lake Arapuni, Mighty River Power kept Karapiro lake levels exceptionally high resulting in very challenging skiing conditions on Saturday.  The severe backwash even tipped over competitors ranked within the top few of the world!

Skiing conditions on Sunday, however, were superb.  Pending records were set by Ben Groen and young cousin, Georgia Groen.  Competitors and spectators alike enjoyed the best the Waikato can provide…sun, flat water, happy judges, welcoming faces, and the smell of great coffee wafting over the beautiful scene.  It was even enough to lure passing kayakers to chill out on the shore and enjoy the spectacle of barefooting whilst enjoying high quality food and barista created coffee.  A big thanks to the Leigh and Mathis families for their superb catering over the weekend!  This was obviously a major contributing factor to the high number of skiers who posted PB scores during the competition.

As the second of three selection tournaments for the New Zealand team for the World Barefooting Championships in Texas in August, 2012, it was important for squad skiers to perform well.  So we were devastated to see BOP skier, Kelly O’Donnell, sustain a major knee injury that will prevent her from skiing in Texas.  Piarere skiers included in the NZ squad are Anthony Hawes (Senior), Tom Mathis (Junior), William Leigh (Sub Junior), and Kathy Duxfield (yes, also a “Senior” – but staving off the Zimmer frame!)

It is great to see all these skiers are pushing themselves and achieving PB’s, or close to them, in each competition to date this season. Tom’s slalom score of 10.4 was a PB, which along with a healthy lead in both tricks and jump ensured he took out the Junior Boys’ division.  Although Tom’s cousin, William, has only been skiing for a couple of seasons this gutsy young man is progressing rapidly, and outclassed his competition in the Sub Junior Boys’ division.

barefooters on the towerAnthony’s been skiing very consistently again this season.  He’s enjoying pushing up his slalom and tricks scores, and is working to regain the impressive jump results he’s capable of.  His brother, Philip Hawes, had an awesome weekend posting PB’s with both slalom (6.9), and his winning jump (11.8) in the Men’s 1 division.  Jarna Old continues to impress in the Women’s 1 event, which she won with a PB in slalom (4), and her renewed confidence in tricks.  Great to see newcomers Jonathon Leigh (William’s Dad) and Shaun Blyde fronting up for their first long-line competition!  Hope to see them on the water a lot more in the future.

Of the eight rookies skiing, half of them were from the Waikato – awesome skiing by Annabelle McGuire, Holly & Jack Mathis, and Chris Lawson!  They are so neat to watch!  We are also thrilled to welcome Eddie Wilson (Level 1 judge), who now resides in Hamilton, to our region.  As usual, Lewis McNabb (Chief Driver for 2012 Worlds!) did an awesome job. Big thanks to our fantastic committee, and all other helpers.  A most enjoyable weekend! - supplied by Kathy Duxfield.


After a night of torrential rain, Sunday dawned a perfect day for the Waikato Region’s Annual Polar Bear at Mine Lake.Only a handful of keen skiers were prepared to bear the cold, but there were plenty more prepared to support from the deck, so the day was a great mix of footing, eating and socialising in the warm winter sun .

Although it was winter the water couldn’t have been too cold as the Leigh and Herbert kids were still out swimming and a few even having ago on the “Mighty Slide”

Skiing began behind the Sanger on glass water. Here is now everyone fared:

Shaun Blythe from Auckland, who is a familiar face at Mine Lake, skiied his first tournament in Men’s II and slalomed up a storm scoring 3.1 and running out of tricks scoring 150

Bruce Clark took the opportunity to ski Men’s Open with the absence of Anthony Hawes. After battling the reeds, he pulled off a perfect tower tumble to one start and went on to score 495 in tricks, thinking the water a “bit chilly” for him to be pulling out the big tricks and a score of 4.43 in slalom.

Kathy Duxfield by her own account “was not skiing her best” and after a re-ride (definitely driver error although he still disagrees!!) scored a respectable 650 tricks and 4.3 slalom and was looking forward to the social part of the day

With dad Jon on the tower encouraging William Leigh, this young chap's enthusiasm saw him ski his normal consistent self to score 2 in slalom and 220 in tricks. Great to see the whole Leigh family made the day out.

President division skier Warren Herbert modelled his winter range of footing wear and it seems he has as many old style drysuits as his summer range of wetsuits. Fashion aside  Warren put on a great show of skiing even throwing in some perfect turns for the crowd – scoring 1420 tricks and 11.5 slalom

There was a much better turn out for lunch – with long servicing ex Waikato footer/Official Alan Harrop and his wife Bronwyn out for the day. Ex NZBWSC President Peter Tait gracing us with his & Jain’s presence just back from a golf trip in Aussie and it is not often we see the whole Herbert family at skiing and it was lovely to have Lisa spend the day with us all. Just passing on their way to Auckland Dave & Nickkie Findlay called in – their first visit to Mine Lake.

With Peter driving his beloved Sanger, Bach and Lake Tours, he forgot to ski but that could have been because the Judge of the day Teresa was in socialising mode after spending the morning in the boat with him.

Great weather, great footers, great day.


243 Ngamotu Rd, R.D.3 Rotorua

PH 07 3666 827. Email


Hello Everyone

You are invited to attend this years May barefoot coaching camp. This camp is open to those keen to learn to barefoot, & barefooters wanting to improve their skiing.

Accommodation is at Finlay Park – Lake Karapiro. Arrive any time after 5pm Friday evening 13th May. Have dinner before arriving.

Ski Saturday 14th May morning and afternoon.

Ski Sunday 15th May morning, clean up & leave after lunch.

The cost is $180.00 for financial members of the NZBWSC, & $220.00 for non members, which covers all food, accommodation, petrol, boats & coaching.

What to bring –

  • Your own personal ski gear – a drysuit is advisable
  • Your own bedding & warm clothing
  • 1 packet of biscuits per skier for boat snacks

The camp will be limited to 25 skiers, so will be on a first in basis! Please forward a $50.00 (non refundable) deposit to me by 6th May. Parents / partners are welcome to stay at Finlay Park. The cost is $60.00 per head for the weekend.

NO ALCOHOL IS ALLOWED, as this is a Christian camp.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Kathy O'Donnell

NB – Please pass this information on to any skier who may be interested in attending this weekend.



14th/15th MAY – FINLAY PARK

243 Ngamotu RD, R.D.3, ROTORUA     PH 07 3666 827      Email


Return this form, or contact me as soon as possible.

I ....................................................................................................... will be attending the May camp at Finlay Park.

Please indicate areas you would like coaching in –

….. I am just learning to barefoot

….. I want to do my 30/60 seconds

..... Front deepwater starts

…..Tumble turns

…..One foots

…..Rope on toe

….. Backwards

….. Forwards slalom

….. Backwards slalom

….. Surface turns

….. Other ….




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New Zealand Nationals 14-17 April 2010 (Completed)
Lake Inspiration, Otaki
SPECIAL REPORT:"NATIONALS" UPDATE FROM LAKE INSPIRATION, OTAKI. Despite an unfavourable weather forecast, Lake Inspiration lived up to its reputation for good water, and delivered good conditions for skiing. Only day two gave the organisers some headaches with a transfer to Forest Lakes after just two jumps at 7.30am.

  • A total of 47 skiers took to the water including 9 rookies, the youngest of which was 4 years old!
  • Highlights of the tournament:
    • Ben Groen winning the mens open title, taking out all three events.
    • Georgia Groen is the new open womens champion.
    • Kelly O'Donnell won the womens open jumps with a new record of 12.8 metres.
    • Jarna Old set a tricks record for womens one of 810 points.
    • The return to skiing of Warren Herbert after 20 years "resting up"..... and he won the president's division.
    • Lauren Oakes and Ally Findlay received their bronze judging awards.
    • Ross Linton was awarded the Vaughan Wilson Memorial Trophy for the spirit of barefooting.
    • Rob and Robyn Gardner received the Patron's Plate for services to barefooting.
    • The new junior academy was launched under the guidance of Ben Groen.
    • The announcement of the New Zealand team for the World Championships in Germany, August 2010.
    • The launch of S.O.P.E. ( Society For President's Elite) - a new self styled society demanding extra priviledges for skiers over 45.
    • A great prize giving and social night at the Sanger Bar. Good food, good music and cammaraderie and good fun!

The 2010 Nationals will be remembered by all competitors and officials as one of our best ever tournaments, not only for some excellent skiing with many competitors setting new personal bests, but for the fun and good friendship of everyone there. Who will ever forget that syncronised performance in the final of the president's tricks, or young Brandon Carr skiing alongside his grandad "Poppie" aka Dean McGregor in the Rookies! The hard luck stories of the tournament must be Anthony Hawes, who returned home early after damaging ribs and more following an awkward landing in senior mens jump, and Bevan Kelly who aggravated an injury in open mens tricks. Shannon O'Donnell shared the hard luck podium with an injury during a netball game in the week before the tournament which left her with a cracked elbow and unable to ski. This tournament would normally wrap up the skiing season for barefooters, apart from the May Camp, but with the "world's" in Germany in August, training for those selected is going to continue throughout the winter. Let's hope temperatures don't get close to zero! Junior Academy academyA new junior academy has been named as an investment for the future of our sport. At the Nationals Prize Giving, Club President Rob Groen announced members of the academy were:- From the left, Sam Binns, Tom Mathis, Georgia Groen, Jaz Hickling, and Marguerite Scott. Congratulations to all these juniors. National Champion Ben Groen will be the head coach for this academy. New Zealand Team for World Championships, Germany 2010 SO TeamJ Team Senior: Bevan Kelly, Kathy Duxfield Open: Ben Groen, Ryan Groen, Mitchell Groen, Tyler Groen, Georgia Groen, Sarah Linton, Kelly O'Donnell. Junior: Tyler Groen, Georgia Groen, Shannon O'Donnell, Matt Forsyth, Connor Findlay (Travelling Reserve). Special Awards

  • Endurance Award: Dan McGregor (11 plus minutes)
  • Most Proficiencies in a season: Michael McGiven and Tom Mathis.
  • Youngest Backwards Barefooter 2010: Tom Mathis.
  • Wooden Spoon (stirrers' award): Warren Herbert and Noel Binns.
  • Wooden Foot (hard luck award): Anthony Hawes, Bevan Kelly, Shannon O'Donnell.
  • Most Photogenic Jump: Nick Hamblyn
  • Regional Trophy: Wellington.
  • Most Promising Newcomers: Sam Binns and Tom Mathis.
  • Vaughan Wilson Memorial Trophy: Ross Linton.
  • Patron's Plate: Rob and Robyn Gardner.

Wellington Regionals 5-7 Feb 2010 (Completed)
Lake Inspiration, Otaki.

Waikato Regionals 27-28 Feb 2010 (Completed)
Piarere Waterski Club, Horahora Lake Karapiro.
Bay of Plenty Regionals 20 & 21 March 2010 (Completed)
Ngakuru (arm of lake Ohakuri) near Rotorua.
Full details

NB: You need to be a financial member of the New Zealand Barefoot Water Ski Club to compete in these events.