Attention Span Theatre – #2 -Lane Bowers, Winter Haven Florida October 30, 2004 “Every year, I go back to the basics about throwing the ball and work on the whole throwing motion up from the bottom. I practiced at the way to be done.” –Joe Namath, NFL Quarterback, and Sports Broadcaster Question 1.) “Lane, I am 6′0 255lbs, learning to barefoot. I am trying to perfect the 3-point position on the 5′ rope on the boom. Buttgliding is easy (lots of padding), but when I put my feet on the water I bounce terribly. Please help. I have your video & e-book.” -Wes Wes, I can definitely help you out with that problem! The reason your feet bounce is that only the heels are going into the water. This position causes resistance instead of glide. This problem can definitely be solved by reading and practicing my article here: https://thefootersedge.com/great-3-point-and-six-pack/ In addition to this article, I highly recommend reading my article on teaching big dudes. I have taught more people over 200 and 300 pounds than any other instructor in the world, and I pride myself and making my techniques easier for everyone. This article is at https://thefootersedge.com/teaching-big-dudes-to-ski/ To help you get your feet in the correct position on the water, I recommend the following for anyone over 200 pounds. Make sure to extend your hands and the handle out in front of your knees as you flex your ankles back wide by your butt (knees together). Make sure that you can see above your knees as your performing this procedure. If your eyes are closed or your head is tilted back, your feet will not go on the water properly even if they are flexed correctly. Question 2.) “Please explain how to move back and forth over the wake.” -Jim Haggart I would love to go into a long explanation of how important body position is before crossing the wake, but I will answer the question that you asked me. In order to edge across the wake, you will need to learn to ski on the inside edge in of your cutting foot. This is the foot that is furthest away from the wake. Going back and forth across the wake is most easily accomplished by practicing your edging skills outside the wake and on both sides of the wake before ever attempting to cross the wake. You will also make this easier on yourself if you practice it on Puppy Paws first (not currently available). The key to crossing the wake is learning to put as much weight as possible on your right instep as you are going to the left or in your left instep as you are going to the right. The edging foot should be directly under the rope in order to get an efficient cut towards or away from the wake. Learning to ride your one foots and on each foot and on each side of the wake will make this process much easier. Make sure to read my article on front slalom at https://thefootersedge.com/crossing-the-wake-forwards/ which is also explained in detail on my two-hour instructional video, found at https://thefootersedge.com/product/2-hour-barefoot-instructional-dvd/ Question 3.) “My question is how do I learn backward deepwater from a boom bar. Regards, Marc.” I love teaching backwards barefooting to people like you Marc and I can definitely help you become a great back-barefooter! The quickest way to becoming a great backwards-barefooter, is to come to the table prepared. I highly recommend that you read my articles at https://thefootersedge.com/tips-tricks/ and that you visualize it by reviewing my two-hour instructional video at https://thefootersedge.com/product/2-hour-barefoot-instructional-dvd/. The safest way to learn backwards is by learning the backwards deepwater start. There are three different stages which each require time to master. I would have you start by learning the point and flex method, which I described in my No Fall Backwards Barefooting Method Question 4.) “What boat and motor do you feel are the best for barefooting?” -Joe I am very partial to Vortec engines. The more horsepower the better! I still enjoy skiing behind my Malibu Flight Craft with the Mercury 200 engine! Although it is not made anymore, many barefooter’s regard this both as the best barefoot boat that was ever been built. Question 5.) “I have been on the boom for 6 years. Every time I try to stand behind the boat, I do not make it. I’m tired of riding 100 yards on my butt. I’m 6′0 235Lbs and in my 40’s. Thanks, Dave” The quickest solution to getting you all behind the boat is by the use of my wakeboard start method. Check out this article here: https://thefootersedge.com/wakeboard-start/. I would also read my article about teaching big dudes at Teaching Big Dudes to Barefoot Ski But before doing this practice the exercise outlined in my articles #61 and #68 by clicking those links! Most people who read my newsletters find it hard to believe that the average age of students I teach is between the ages of 35 and 65! Do not let age become an issue because I have taught thousands of people your age and your size. I can almost guarantee that the very first thing you would need to work on it is tweaking your butt glide, the proper three-point position, and your standing position! Great basics lead to great barefooting. Follow my written articles, video tutorials, and study my two-hour instructional video at 2 Hour Barefoot Instructional DVD (including shipping $44.90 ) for great personal success in your barefooting. 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