Foot'n Foundations apparel is in.
We have hats, sweatshirts and T's.
Ken is named coach of the year!!
Ken, along with two others, has been named coach
of the year by USAwaterski. This is an extremely high
honor that Ken is both honored by and quite proud of.
New!! Foot'n foundations has their own line of wetsuits!!
The Amber Open
On June 27-28, at the Blue Moo, the formerly titled " Wisconsin open" will now be the "Amber open". Amber Rangel is a skier very near and dear to my heart. Amber, while training for the 2014 U.S. Nationals had a tragic accident while jumping that has left her disabled from the waist down. Amber has some notable accomplishments and was well on her way to smashing all the womens 1 records in slalom, trick and jump. Amber is one of the most talented and dedicated skiers I have had the pleasure of coaching. It is our mission to raise funds to assist Amber in her struggle to full recovery. As anyone can imagine her medical and rehab bills are immense. Any way we can help, would be our pleasure.
The Amber open will be a typical 3-event tournament with all the proceeds going to Amber. We will also have a 50/50 raffle and silent auction. Anyone with fundraising ideas or items for the silent auction, please contact me at 920-674-4904 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please come out and enjoy the weekend. We will have a cookout Saturday evening free to all. This will be a blast, as usual. Come and cheer on the skiers and Amber in her journey to recovery.
2015 clinic date is TBA:
We will, again, be hosting a clinic but this year it will be on our home site on the Rock River prior to the Wisconsin open. This clinic is open to anyone, but we like to focus on the beginner to intermediate skiers, to both, promote 3-event and enhance current skills. We have had awesome attendance the past two seasons, and look to fill up again. We will limit the clinic to 8 skiers, so reserve your spot now.
The clinic cost is 20.00. This includes skiing and free entry into the WI. open for any first time 3 - eventers. The date is TBA. The clinic will begin at 8:00 am and run in two sessions- 8-12 and 1-5. I will be taking 4 skiers per session. The Wisconsin open will be the following day, June 28th at Frame Park, in Waukesha. The tournament will begin promptly at 8am, with a 7:30 skiers meeting. All levels of skiers are encouraged to attend. This is a fun event and a great starter for the first timer. Come on out and meet the awesome 3-event family .
To book a spot contact me at email@example.com
Teri Larson/Jones wins Female athelete of the year!
Teri Larson/Jones, or "LJ", as I like to call her, and I go back a few years. We can almost say we began our 3-event years together.
Dan, Brian Hetherington and I had made the move to 3-event around the 97-98 seasons, from show skiing. A few years went by and Brian decided he could'nt handle the cold anymore and moved to Florida. This left an opening in our boat for another skier. One night when Dan and I were out skiing, we received a call from Ron Scarpa. Ron asked us if we'd be interested in letting Teri join us. The school had not been open yet and Ron assured us we would like Teri and believed we could help her skiing. With Teri being so close and an opening in the boat, it was a no-brainer- she was in!
A couple weeks later Teri showed up at our site , and the relationship began. I remember the day vividly. Teri is a very kind and friendly person, so getting along was no issue-we hit it off immediately. One moment from that day stands out, and that was when Teri got in the boat after completing her first set. She commented, straight away on the quality of boat driving. She shared stories with us about some of her recent experiences with inexperienced drivers. It reminded me of what we seem to take for granted. I left that day glad that we decided to let Teri on board and over the years, as our friendship has grown, I have never hoped otherwise.
I have had the pleasure over the past few years of watching Teri evolve into the skiing stud-ess that she has become- many times thru harsh adversity. Just recently (last season) I spoke with Teri in spring and she shared with me the shoulder problems she was having and the likely surgery she was going to have to endure. Being no stranger to injury myself, I have a special soft spot for her..
After Teri broke down the surgery and offered her hopes and dreams for the coming season, I thought she was reaching a bit(no pun intended) and thought that getting back on the water, period, so soon after a shoulder surgery was hope, at best. But she was not only speaking of water time, but competing, as well!
Well, as we all know now, she proved herself right. The admiration I have for her and her accomplishments is nothing short of HUGE! Teri not only got back on the water, she set records while going open at nationals, skied her way onto the senior world team and medaled a few times over in that competition. She personifies what it is to be a barefoot warrior and is much deserving of the awards she has received.
Teri, I am proud of you and happy to call you FRIEND!
US team member Laura Szwed and her brother, open skier, Kyle.
We have exciting/sad news about Laura!!!
At the conclusion of the 2011 season, Laura and I had made plans for her to spend her entire 2012 ski season here at FF's. People in the know know that Laura just received her degree from Castleton college , in Vermont, at the end of the 2011 school year. Her plan was to take a year off from school, train hard for 2012 worlds, then go back to grad school in the fall before her "life" journey began. Well, "life" came early for Laura. She moved back home to Michigan at the end of the 2011 ski season for a few months, then went to live in New Jersey with some friends from college until the 2012 ski season arrived. While in jersey she happened across her dream job in the field of her study and things just took off. She agonized over the decision to stay and persue the career of her dreams or work until spring and begin the training season for her hard push, for what very well could be her best, and last barefoot worlds performance. I'm both glad, and sad to announce that she has chosen to take some time off and persue her career. I personally could'nt be more proud of, and impressed by what had to be a most difficult decision. In alot of peoples minds it would be a no-brainer. But knowing how competitive Laura is and how much she loves the sport of barefoot waterskiing, I know it was extremely difficult for her. We will miss her here, for she is an awesome person, skier and training partner. We do wish her the best of luck and hope to have her back once she carves her path in life.
Last season, Laura spent the entire month of july with us and accomplished great hings on the water. She now has all 4 surface turns and is moving on to multiples. She was steadily tricking 3500 in practice and I personally saw her make her first front to front 360. Her slalom score went from 12.2 to 13.8, so she was well on her way. Our hope is that she can maintain some of that skiing while away. She has informed me that she intends to make as many trips as possible to Ct. and ski with the Piskuras' on weekends. Anyone who has her number or encounters her on facebook, please wish her well. I know she'll appreciate it, because she already misses everyone.
The BLUE MOO