ABC Barefooter Badge System

Badge NameBadge PictureBadge Description
ABC BarefooterBarefooter PatchAwarded for 15 seconds of barefoot waterskiing longline (70 foot rope)
Front Toe HoldFront toe badgeAwarded for performing a front toe hold long line behind the boat on feet. Hold for recognition.
Back BarefooterABC Back BarefootAwarded for barefoot water skiing backwards long line behind the boat on feet.
ABC Master BarefooterMaster BarefooterAwarded for performing both front toe holds and both back toe holds long line on feet.
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.


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) 

Trick – Badge + one star per 1,000 points up to 10,000 points (10 star Max)

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

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

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.
ExaminerLocationContact Info
Landen EhlersAustin, Texas  
Austin Barefoot Club
(512) 733-3501
Paul AdamsCenter City, Minnesota  
Minnesota Barefooters Assn.
(612) 710-3921
Betsy GilmanGainesville, Georgia  
Team Cumming-on-up
(770) 653-7859  
Ben GroenWinter Haven, Florida  
So Region, So Cool B’footers
(863) 585-5804  
Mark ShankDallas, Texas  
Austin Barefoot Club
(214) 641-9916
Rich KaufmanNorristown, Pennsylvania  
Port Indian Ski Club
(267) 258-6962  
Jerry KanawyerByron, California  
Hardcore Footers
(925) 634-7047  
Rachel George NormandTega Cay, South Carolina  
Freedom Footers
(704) 280-7211  
Keith St. Onge Winter Haven, Florida  
(863) 651-1397
John CornishSouth Carolina & Pennsylvania  
Barefoot Legend  
Sean Qualey Madison, Wisconsin
608 Footers
(608) 347-9592
Ali GatesGolden, Colorado  
Colorado Barefoot Water Ski Club