American Barefoot Club members and members to be, we have brought back the badge system to the USA!

To officially become a barefooter in the American Barefoot Club, you need to be a member of USA Waterski and you must ski on your feet longline in front of an examiner for 15 seconds. A designated examiner will award you with your first “barefooter” patch for you to sew on your gear bag, wetsuit or jacket!  There is also a window decal version for your truck or boat!
Once you have the barefooter badge, you are eligible to try to earn any of the other patches for a $10 donation to the ABC. All tricks must be performed long line on your feet unless otherwise noted. Try to collect them all!
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 longline (must hold for 10 seconds each, 70 foot rope)

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

Examiner Name Location Contact Info
Landen Ehlers Austin, Texas

Austin Barefoot Club

Paul Adams Center City, Minnesota

Minnesota Barefooters Association

Betsy Gilman Gainesville, Georgia

Team Cumming-on-up

Ben Groen Winter Haven, Florida

So Region, So Cool Barefooters

If you wish to become an examiner, you must first become a Level 4 or higher ABC judge. Contact Landen Ehlers ( for more info on the ABC Badges.