Barefoot skiing— It’s a sport unlike any other. There’s nothing like the rush of gliding on the water and noticing you’re getting more comfortable and confident. However, if it’s taking longer than you expected to feel at home on the water, here are a few insider tips to help you. Contoured vs. Straight boom. What should I go with? You may be wondering what the difference is between contoured and straight booms. Which will help you barefoot best? Straight booms are most likely the best choice for you and your boat. Unless you have a boat where you need a contoured boom to accommodate for windshields that go behind your seats, straight booms are the most flexible and useful. If you want a boom going out the passenger side of the boat, the straight boom is your best bet! It’s super easy to adjust the height to fit your needs. You can move it more easily compared to a contoured boom. If you want more control over speed, the straight boom is also the way to go. A super high boom will allow you to go at slower speeds and avoid falling! The stability and slow speeds allow beginners, in particular, to feel more confident and comfortable. For any boat between (that’s not aluminum) that’s between 17-24 feet, we have a boom for you! Technique changes everything This is a huge reason your barefoot skiing skills may not be improving. Like any other area of life, your foundation sets the stage for your success. Posture is something basic that we can forget to check on. For normal barefooting, keep a soft bend on your knees. Don’t apply too much pressure on your knees or hands. You’ll want to have a soft grip— don’t clench the handle too hard. Don’t slouch; your chest should be out and shoulders should be up. Have confidence and you’ll see a difference in your performance! It’s easier said than done to improve on foundations for barefooting like posture, breathing and glide. For extra assistance and specific tips tailored to you, check out Lane’s virtual ski school. Using the right suit is a complete game-changer Like many sports, your outfit makes a world of difference when you’re barefoot skiing. Wearing the proper suit will help you feel more comfortable and do better on the water. For starters— if you’re not wearing padded shorts, you are doing yourself a disservice. There is a rumor going around that as your barefoot skills get more advanced, your shorts should get thinner. This is FALSE. The truth is, protecting yourself and using the correct suit will only help you. This is one of the easiest ways to get an instant advantage over other barefooters! You will not only avoid water damage, but you will also see a big improvement in your abilities on the water. Our Barefoot International Iron Man shorts are the best barefooting shorts available. They’re the only shorts we sell! We guarantee that you’ll barefoot better immediately. If not, we will guarantee your money back.