Jennifer Renee Odom Spirit Award (Awarded at Nationals)
Candidates, either male or female, must be junior barefoot Skiers (16 years and under) who display a spirit of helpfulness, a positive attitude, enthusiasm, the ability to get along well with other skiers and officials, good sportsmanship, and a willingness to share positive experiences with peers. Candidates do not necessarily have to be champion skiers.
Jennifer Odom Spirit Award candidates will be nominated by the appointed officials at each of the five Regional Championships and submitted in writing with a skier’s biography to the ABC Awards Chairman. The recipient of the award will be announced and honored at the ABC Awards banquet on Saturday evening.
This memorial award is in honor of Jennifer Odom, a former junior girls National Barefoot Competitor, who was abducted in Pasco Country Florida in February of 1993 and later found murdered.
|2018||Megan Adams & Lexi McCauley|
Banana George Blair Barefooter of the Year (Awarded at Nationals)
This award is given annually to a person or organization in recognition of accomplishments, contributions, and service to the sport of barefoot-waterskiing both on and or off the water over the past year. The award recipient represents a true ambassador to our sport – someone who has distinguished himself/herself above and beyond all others in serving the sport. The nominee must be a current ABC member, with preference given to US citizenship. Nominations should convey specific examples of how the nominee personifies the criteria and spirit of the award such as: How has the nominee contributed time, resources, and abilities to the sport of barefooting consistent with the title “Barefooter of the Year.” (Inception 1992)
|1994||Oscar Foot Mann|
|1996||Keith St. Onge|
|2015||World Barefoot Center|
Stew McDonald Long Time Service Award (Awarded at Nationals)
This award is given annually to recognize the person(s) who has contributed to the sport of barefooting for at least ten years. The award recipient is someone who has distinguished himself/herself above and beyond all other individuals in serving the sport. The nominee should be a current ABC member, with preference given to US citizenship.
Nominations should convey specific examples of how the nominee personifies the criteria and spirit of the award such as: How has the nominee contributed time, resources, and abilities to the sport of barefooting consistent with the title “Long Time Service Award.” How has the nominee avidly supported ABC tournaments and other programs as a participant, administrator, official, or fund-raiser? (Inception 1994)
|1998||Don Mixon Sr.|
|2002||Oscar ‘Foot’ Mann|
|2003||Doug and Pat Koch|
|2005||Banana George Blair|
|2013||Gary “Swampy” Bouchard|
|2016||Mike Molepske & Betsy Gilman|
Award of Distinction (Awarded at Nationals)
This award recognizing outstanding achievement in the sport. On the water or off, these people have given all to barefoot water skiing and are deserving of special recognition.
|2013||Keith St. Onge|
|2017||The Heller Family|
Barefoot Community Champion Award (Awarded at Nationals)
Not every barefoot champion is a household name like Scarpa or St.Onge. This award recognizes the people who are building the sport at the grassroots… one barefooter at a time.
ABC Barb Knight Junior Girls Athletic Grant (Awarded at Nationals)
This grant is intended to assist junior girls with costs associated with the sport of barefoot water skiing, such as lessons, equipment, travel costs, tournament registration, etc.
ABC Jim Boyette Award (Awarded at Nationals)
Jim Boyette made it a priority to attend the U.S. Barefoot Nationals. He competed in 41 of the 42 nationals held during his lifetime, an ever-present force of the Greatest Generation. This award honors Jim’s legacy by recognizing the oldest competitor at the Barefoot Nationals each year.
ABC Athlete of the Year (Awarded in January)
Consider this barefooting’s MVP award. The ABC Athlete of the Year Award is given in recognition of outstanding athletic accomplishments and sportsmanship on the water. While participation in all parts of barefooting is recognized, the criteria of this award is based upon athletic performance— Barefooters who have distinguished themselves on a national and/or international stage. The recipients can be nominated by anyone and are voted on by the ABC Board of Directors. The award is given out at the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Annual Awards Banquet in January.
|Year||ABC Female Athlete of the Year||Year||Male Athlete of the Year|
|1999||Lorraine Piskura||1999||Keith St. Onge|
|2000||Rachel George||2000||Ron Scarpa|
|2001||Rachel George||2001||Keith St. Onge|
|2002||Andrea Eggert||2002||William Farrell|
|2003||Dawn Farrell||2003||Al Morrison|
|2004||Theresa Hoffman||2004||Keith St. Onge|
|2005||Rachel George-Normand||2005||Ron Scarpa|
|2006||Jody Sherwood||2006||Keith St. Onge|
|2007||Elaine Heller||2007||Kevin Towers|
|2009||Elaine Heller||2009||Keith St. Onge|
|2010||Elaine Heller||2010||Adin Daneker|
|2011||Elaine Heller||2011||Broderick Meskers|
|2012||Teri Larson-Jones||2012||Johnathan Martines|
|2013||Lauren St.Onge||2013||Keith St. Onge|
|2014||Kailey Koehler||2014||Cody Heller|
|2015||Shannon Heller||2015||Landen Ehlers|
|2016||Lexi McCauley||2016||Jackson Gerard|
|2017||Lexi McCauley||2017||Jackson Gerard|
|2018||Rachel Normand||2018||Keith St. Onge|
|2019||Lexi McCauley||2019||Jackson Gerard|
|2020||Megan Adams||2020||Jerry Kanawyer|
|2021||Lauren Ehlers||2021||Brody Meskers|
ABC Volunteer of the Year (Awarded in January)
|2017||Lauren St. Onge|
ABC Coach of the Year / Team of the Year (Awarded in January)
|2016 (Team)||USA Junior Barefoot Team|
|2018||Jason Lee / USA Junior Barefoot Team|
ABC Rising Super Star (Awarded in January)
Last Updated ( August 2021 ) – Not all honors are awarded every year!