To officially become a barefooter in the American Barefoot Club, you need to be a member of USA Water Ski & Wake Sports and you must ski on your feet long line in front of an examiner for 15 seconds or email an unedited video of you barefooting long line for 15 seconds to an examiner.
A designated examiner will award you with your first “barefooter” badge for you to sew on your gear bag, wetsuit or jacket!  There is also a window decal version for your truck or boat!

Any of these badges can now be earned for free at ABC events to anyone participating (grassroots events through world record capable events)

If anyone would like to earn these outside a sanctioned event they can still be earned and awarded after a $10 donation to the ABC.

Patch Name Patch Picture Patch Description
ABC Barefooter Patch Barefooter Patch Awarded for 15 seconds of barefoot waterskiing longline (70 foot rope)
ABC Master Barefooter Patch Master Barefooter Awarded for performing both front toe holds and both back toe holds long line $10 Donation

ABC Master Member Patch BARS 2018

 Earn a Tricks, Slalom or Jump Badge

TricksBadge + one star per 1000 points up to 10,000 points (10 star Max)

Slalom – Badge + one star per 2 points up to 20 points (10 star Max) 

Jump – Badge + one star per every two meters starting at 8 meters (10 star Max)


Badge Name Badge Picture Badge Description
Front Toe Hold Front toe badge Awarded for performing a front toe hold long line behind the boat on feet. Hold for recognition.
Back Barefooter ABC Back Barefoot Awarded for barefoot water skiing backwards long line behind the boat on feet.


Check out the table below to find an examiner near you and good luck!

Examiner Location Contact info
Landen Ehlers Austin, Texas

Austin Barefoot Club

(512) 733-3501

Paul Adams Center City, Minnesota

Minnesota Barefooters Assn.

(612) 710-3921

Betsy Gilman Gainesville, Georgia

Team Cumming-on-up

(770) 653-7859

Ben Groen Winter Haven, Florida

So Region, So Cool B’footers

(863) 585-5804

Mark Shank Dallas, Texas

Austin Barefoot Club

(214) 641-9916

Rich Kaufman Norristown, Pennsylvania

Port Indian Ski Club

(267) 258-6962

Jerry Kanawyer Byron, California

Hardcore Footers

(925) 634-7047

Rachel George Normand Tega Cay, South Carolina

Freedom Footers

(704) 280-7211

 Keith St. Onge Winter Haven, Florida

(863) 651-1397

John Cornish South Carolina & Pennsylvania

Barefoot Legend


Sean Qualey

Madison, Wisconsin

608 Footers

(608) 347-9592

Ali Gates Golden, Colorado

Colorado Barefoot Water Ski Club
If you wish to become an examiner, you must first become a Level 4 or higher ABC judge.   Contact Sean Qualey or Ali Gates for more info on the ABC Badges.