If you’re looking for a distraction on a cold day…………
We had a Sanger barefoot boat with a tower to pull the tournament but it broke after the 4th skier. So we did most of the tournament with my 17-6 which I brought to pull the boomers and use as a safety boat.
BAREFOOT SKIING TOURNAMENT OUTCOME
Fleck narrowly wins, Blair retains course record
This was Fleck’s first time entering the unique Lake Norman Barefoot Challenge, which combines endurance and tricks in one single run. Competitors in the tournament earn one point for every second they stay on their bare feet, and points for their starting method and any tricks performed. The towboat pulls them in a tight circle pattern increasing the challenge and enabling spectators to
keep a close eye on the action. Fleck, 50, competed on the US World Barefoot Team in five world championships from 1988 to 1998, and has won the national figure 8 endurance tournament seven times, including the 2013 title. After a 13 year hiatus from world competition, Fleck was recently again selected to be on the US Barefootteam traveling to Australia in March for his sixth world championship.
From Florida, Fleck’s goal was to set a new course record, breaking Jeff Blair’s record of 816 points set in 2011. “I’ve considered making the trip up to enter the Lake Norman New Year’s Day tournament a number of times in the past, but this year combining it with a snow ski trip to Beech Mountain with my daughter’s church youth group made the trip work. “The event was a lot of fun, and it was great to connect with many old friends in the sport,” said Fleck.
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