Southern Region honors Barefooters Ed Finley and Mike Salber with tournaments

The Southern Region is honoring Ed Finley who passed away last summer by hosting the 2019 Southern Regional Championships at Mills Pond, Fort Lauderdale, Florida July 20-21.  Mills Pond is home of the Gold Coast Ski Club and Ed was a long-time member.

Tournament Director and Southern Regional Director Mike Caruso has wanted to have a barefoot tournament in South Florida for several years and was excited Mills Pond was open to having barefooters back in the hood. SIGN UP HERE

“It’s a great way  to honor Ed and bring barefoot competitions back to Fort Lauderdale,” says Caruso. “Plus, the site is long, calm and you definitely won’t have to wear a heater shirt!”


The fun begins Saturday with Tricks and Slalom and a possible bonus round.  Sunday Morning, two rounds of jump!  Lunch will be available on site Saturday and Caruso is planning a Barefooter’s Dinner Saturday night. T-shirts will be sold!

The host hotel: Fort Lauderdale Marriott North for $109/night! BOOK BY JUNE 28

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Then on December 7, the Southern Region will honor perennial world championship competitor Mike Salber who also passed away last summer in a boating accident. They will be hosting the Mike Salber Worlds Qualifier at Lake Grew in Polk City, Florida. SIGN UP HERE

More details on this tournament to come.



  1. Awesome! These are going to be a blast! Thank you for everything Betsy and everyone for making this possible! Keep Your Toes Up!


    1. Count me in! I will be there in Honor of my life-long friend and barefoot mentor!
      Edward taught me how to foot circa 1972 on the bayous of Louisiana.We joined the USA Water Ski Assoc. and read articles on “how to barefoot…” We basically skied for years just lifting a foot on the whip because we had enough speed! We eventually progressed to toe-holds once we acquired a Ski Tique/Nautique 17′ w/ 302 Ford which went 40mph. Many miles of water passed under our feet just Footin’ . In Edwards company, I learned lots more about life,mechanical and electrical engineering, flying and good clean recreational Fun! I will Cherish time spent w/ Ed and want to Celebrate his Life and Legacy through our favorite pastime,barefoot skiing!
      Am lookin’ forward to sharing memories w/the Southern Regional footers.


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