Get up and hook that handle on the door! I am going to show you how to become powerful on the water using my PowerBand technique of skiing! This simple position will transform your skiing even if you can't get on the water for months!
Welcome to sunny Winter Haven, Florida. I’m Lane “Dawg” Bowers, and this is your Barefooting Minute. What I want to talk to you today is something that’s near and dear to my heart; it is called the Power Band.
And after posture and glide, which I came up with over a decade ago, it revolutionized and will continue to revolutionize barefooting.
The next most important principle that applies as much to a front to back, back to front, back one foots, front one foots, slalom, and all the basics is this Power Band. And this Power Band is so powerful. The reason I call it Power Band is because this position harnesses the power of your hips by getting the maximum leverage of your power for the least amount of effort.
And although it might seem like a little bit of effort to get into this and practice this, the dividends are incredible. It can make someone who’s not a strong person and not a strong barefooter look powerful and feel powerful on the water.
So I’m real excited about this, and you can practice this even if it’s the middle of winter where you’re at, here in most of the United States, practice this on dry land. If you’re in Australia or New Zealand, well, have fun Down Under with this incredibly easy technology.
All right, so here we go. I want to talk to you about the Power Band. After you’ve learned that shoulder roll and meathook and you’ve got the glide where you’ve got your feet underneath you, this is the next most important thing you can learn that’s a little different discovery since my first video tape. Since my two hour instructional video tape, is where before I would have shoulder roll, meathook, and a glide in this kind of position.
The Power Band or harnessing the power of your hips is driving your hips up and forward. Imagine if you were a slalom skier, you would not have any power if you cut on your slalom ski through the course with your hips away.
You would know to drive your hips up and into the handle. Why? Because, not only barefooting, but all water sports and every sport including golf is all about harnessing the power in your hips. So how do we do that? On dry land, I want you to go top to bottom, shoulder roll, meathook, hips forward.
The next thing is…notice I’m straight legged here, because I’m just concentrating on the shoulder roll and the meathook, is don’t use your arms to do it.
Use your hip location forward and back. You can even practice, forward and back. And I want you to drive your hips all the way into the handle like this.
Notice there’s no more tension in my arms. My hands are still relaxed and with a good Power Band, your hips are about that far away from the handle.
Notice, a lot of people will go like this and they’ll try and get their handle close by pushing it down, which is a huge waste of energy and moves your upper body incorrectly, or they may try to pull it in. Again, a huge waste of energy, because we need to save that energy for the tricks.
So shoulder roll, meathook, drive those hips forward, and then you can get into your glide on dry land. So now, you’ve got a great glide, shoulder roll and meathook and your hips are up in the handle.
Now, how do you want to practice that in the off season, because this will help…this would be like getting $500 or $700 worth of free lessons if you practice this before coming down to see me or before skiing, whatever you’re footing… even if you don’t come and ski with me.
Shoulder roll, meathook, get your hips forward, then get into your glide. Then once you’re into this position, try and get comfortable in it even though it seems like a lot of effort at first.
If you’ve got a bad back, it might feel a little sore at first, but believe it or not it’s better for your back, because here the strain of your upper body coming forward and fighting that is a lot harder on your back then when you get your hips up and forward like this. So it is a great thing to practice. It’s great posture. And it’s really great for your position. You’ll revolutionize your skiing by practicing this.
Here’s some other things we can practice: shoulder roll and meathook; get your hips forward. And even if you can’t do one foots right now or if you can, instead of going and doing your one foots like this, you know when you start off the season, I want you to be mentally ready to top-to-bottom your form when you get out there… nice and soft in your knees and grip.
And while keeping your hips forward, practice shifting your weight. Turn the handle and do your one foot while keeping your hips right in there. Notice I’m also being soft in my knee, which is another topic, but practice doing your one foots with your hips forward.
Now, notice I’m not just laying back like this and losing my shoulder roll and meathook. I’m shoulder roll, meathook, hips forward, and practice transferring your weight. And practice doing it while breathing and keeping your hands relaxed all while keeping your hips forward, and that’s going to make you a powerful skier, a light skier, and an efficient skier.
So I’m real excited about how that’s going to help your skiing. This has been your Barefoot Minute.
I’m expecting a miracle for you.
Welcome from sunny Winter Haven, Florida. I’m Lane “Dawg” Bowers, and this is your Barefoot Minute. Today we’re going a little more advanced. I’m going to be talking about helping you on an easy tip that can help your back slalom improve 20, 30, 40 maybe even 50 % in this one teeny little tip. It’s easy to say; it’s easy to implement. It’s hard to keep. And that tip is vision.
When most people back slalom what I see them doing is this (see video…looking down). I’m not going to talk about anything except vision, but most back slalom I see someone, (to cameraman, “and Dave you can go down low on this like you’re looking through the mirror”), I see a head that looks like it’s either down here and the eyes may be open, but you can guarantee that person’s looking at water. I even see people slalom up here like this, and they’re looking down like this.
The tip I want to give you today is vision. If you have good vision and what do I mean by that specifically? I mean that you can see both sides of the wake when you slalom. I want you to practice on two feet, and then practice on one feet. So if you’re backwards slaloming you should be as…I’m standing in a curl getting ready to do whether two foot or back one foot slalom, I should be able to see this side of the wake. And as I’m crossing over here going to this side of the wake, I don’t wanna be looking over here. I wanna just…I don’t wanna turn my head this way either. I just want to make sure that I can see both sides of the wake. My head never lose track.
And then when I cross this way, I’m not looking this way and I’m not looking that way. I’m just keeping track with my peripheral vision of where both sides of the wake are. So that’s your big tip for the day in back slalom; keep your head up. You should try and keep your jaw as level with the water as you can, so that when you cross it looks like this. Here we go, and we cross. We’re doing a one full cross turn whether two foot or one foot. But I can see the right side of the wake, and I can see the left side of the wake.
And the way to test yourself is number one video and number two, you just gotta be honest. Can you see at all times both sides of the wake? And if you can see both sides of the wakes at all times you’re gonna feel like you’re hunting in the zoo, back one foot, back two foot. You got it. And this is your Barefoot minute.
5, 4, 3, 2, 1 we’re talking about keeping your head up today. Can I get an “amen” behind the camera? AMEN BROTHA!
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Welcome to sunny Winter Haven, Florida. I'm Lane “Dawg” Bowers, and this is your Barefoot Minute. Today I want to talk to you guys about slalom, and this is about a little different change in foot position that I've told you before.
Before we've talked about gliding and that the key to great barefooting is having a nice ankle flex, keeping your feet underneath your knees and that helps you when you ski to be very light on the water, because you've got so much water on your foot. The water line literally comes up to but not on the ball of your foot.
But now let’s talk about crossing the wake. And if you want to learn to cross the wake, the best thing I can tell you to do is to play with it first. Once you have mastered your front barefooting position on the long line, you are ready to start thinking about crossing the wake.
But if you want to make this process easier, don’t try to cross the wake first.
What would be better is to practice what I call the Lane “Dawg” Bowers “Cut-Away Technique.” I call them cut-aways on my two hour instructional DVD, and I'm going to talk about the foot position that it takes to do a really good cut away, i.e. to get a really good edge.
And this might blow some of your minds, but I'm giving you a little taste of a DVD I'm about to introduce later called, Barefoot Slalom Magic. And it's fun, and it's actually an easy technique. But it might blow your mind after you have understood and practiced my gliding technique.
Gliding, as we know, is keeping the feet back behind the knees, getting the water line up to the ball of your foot, and flexing your ankle as you do your foot position. Now I'm going to talk about slalom. When you do slalom what I want you to do, is learn how to edge. The better the edge you get, the harder you push your edging foot towards the boat.
See if I keep my feet underneath me like this, and I try and turn for either one-foot or two-foot slalom I can only get so much edge on my foot. But if I take my feet and I push them out in front of me, if I keep that same ankle flex – can you see my feet there?
If you notice I'd be skiing on the balls of my feet, so what I got to do is lower the front position of my foot. So I don't know if you can see this, I'll go over here. So I'm going from ankle flex and back and push my feet out and the farther I put them out, my foot would be all the way out of the water. So I'm going to lower the ball of my foot…kind of like I am “gas pedaling.”
Now when you do this and you get your feet out in front and the foot down low, when you edge, you can get so much foot in the water. You can get so much more angle and edge in the water than you can cut way more powerfully with much less effort.
Because -- and this might make some of you think, “Well, Lane, isn't that plowing?” “Aren't you talking about something that flies in the face of gliding?” I'm not, because this is actually also about getting the most water on your foot. If you were to cut like this and try and cut sideways, you can't really get enough water on your foot because of the ankle flex. You can't get enough power, enough edge against the boat. So, this is for slalom only… and the only other thing this technique's good for is getting your feet out in front in really rough water.
This is a great technique if you're doing endurance or really rough water rollers; you put your feet out of front and adjust the front edge based on how much rough water you get.
So now, here we go. We're talking about slalom, so what I want you to work on is… don't worry about the upper body as much when you're first working this…. but get your feet out in front, lower the front edge and as you turn you can get so much more foot in the water if you apply two things.
You actually accelerate. I call it “gas pedal” the front edge of your foot down and then rotate your foot.
So your foot becomes an accelerator. If you want to go faster, you push down more, which sounds like the opposite. You're going to catch your foot if you try gas pedaling without turning your foot on edge… and turn your foot at the same time like a steering wheel. Again, this doesn't work when you go forward. You can't push the ball of your foot underwater and expect to ski going forwards.
This only works when you bring your foot out in front of you, push down as you're turning. And the more of that you apply, the better edge you get. And eventually you'll be able to edge so much that you can literally force your other foot to come off the water.
So practice this technique of bringing the ankle-flexed feet from underneath you to out in front of your knees as you bring the edge down while you're turning.
Practice that technique outside of the wake, and you're going to be an awesome barefoot slalomer.
Have a great a day and expect a miracle.
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Aloha from Sunny Winter Haven Florida...and welcome to the first barefoot water skiing PODCAST.
This show teaches you how to the "Be the Best Barefoot Water Skier On Your Lake"
I am your host, Lane "Dawg" Bowers, and I am going to walk you through all the footin' lingo, gear, and techniques to get you blending in with the locals and then on to becoming the Best Barefoot Water Skier on Your Lake!
Today's episode is going to have 3 segments;
1. Choosing the right gear
2. Understanding safe Barefoot Positiions
3. The Easiest Way to Learn to Barefoot Water Ski
The single biggest mistake that people make when they decide to learn to barefoot, is that they do not have a plan before getting on the water.
I am going to give you a totally unfair advantage over everyone else on your lake by sharing my many years of experience with you...and the best part is...I am going to give this info away to you totally free.
Why would I do this? I have built my entire business around giving away high quality info to people just like you, with the goal of helping you to learn to barefoot water ski...without ever taking a fall.
If you missed that, please allow me to repeat myself.
I am going to help you learn to barefoot water ski...
WITHOUT EVER TAKING A FALL.
I can already hear the doubts clanging around in your head.
I don't blame you for thinking that you have seen your friends barefoot. Not only did they practically kill themselves learning, but even after they learned...
they fall hard...
they fall frequently...
they make it look like it is tremendously difficult...and they have been barefooting for years.
There is no way you are going to be able to teach me to barefoot without falling when I have never even done it before."
Well, if I hadn't seen 1000s of men, women, and children learn without falling, then, I would be right there doubting with you.
I actually learned the way your buddies learned....
and I used to foot... just like your buddies.
But there was one driving factor, that helped me to not only change the way that I approach barefooting, but more importantly, how I will help you learn to barefoot without falling.
This is the key...
I hate falling...
I do not like to fall...
I do not like seeing others fall...
I want to avoid falling...end of story.
This intense motivation has led me to the most amazing discovery ...
The No Fall Method of Learning to Barefoot Water Ski.
let's do a Lingo lesson. A barefoot water skiing fall can...and may be referred to by me by any of the following;
• yard sale
One method of dealing with FALLING that I do not endorse is to;
1. accept that you are going to fall...
2. and then learn to fall
3. practice falling
The way you are going to learn is completely different because it is safe, revolutionary, and alot of fun.
Let's think about it....
If I was going to a Karate school, and they told me that the first lesson was going to involve having me line up, put my hands behind my back, and then bracing myself for a kick to the groin...
I would run away from that school.
That is not how I want to be treated, and it is not how I am going to treat you.
So let's get right into segment #1
I. Choosing the Right Gear
One of the classic "wally" mistakes that I see beginners make is not having on the right gear. Although it is tempting to just put on any old water ski wet suit, I want to educate you since it is YOUR butt we are talking about saving here.
If you have ever sat down on the water while water skiing, then you know that is that last time you ever want to experience that feeling again. If you have not had this experience, then let me just tell you save you from a lot of pain or even an embarrassing trip to the ER.
The first major realization you are about to find out is that before you ever get up on your feet, there is alot of work that needs to be done while you are riding on your butt. I will get into the technique later, but you need to be at ease while sitting on the water with no sensation of pain and a great confidence that comes from being safe and comfortable.
The vast majority of barefooters who like to "wing-it" on the first attempts have horror stories that keep others from attempting to learn to barefoot. Here is how you can learn like the "varsity squad."
The first piece of barefooting gear you want is "barefoot shorts."
Barefoot shorts come in alot of brands and designs. While it is tempting to just order out of a catalogue, let me encourage you to buy from people who specialize in barefoot water skiing and who are barefoot water skiers.
Here is a motivation for why I give all this information away. I have found that if I help you learn to barefoot water ski WITHOUT FALLING, then you are more likely they are to buy the equipment that I endorse.
That is why my business, The Footer's Edge Training Center in Winter Haven, Florida is the number one training center for barefoot water skiing in the world . If you want to talk to people who live and breathe barefoot water skiing, simply call our toll free number...
877 685-6270 and press 8
and you will instantly get someone who is an expert. It is very likely you will even get to speak with my mom, Aleda Bowers, who will make you feel like a pro.
The bottom line is, we take the worry out of learning by guaranteeing the following;
1. best barefoot equipment in the world with the only money back guarantee...
2. the best price in the world so you do not have to worry if there is a better deal
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4. 10% of any equipment order off your next visit to The Footer's Edge Training Center in Winter Haven, FL
Enough of the plug. The facts are, you want maximum protection with a full wrap padding that covers your butt and hips. Here is what you want in any barefoot shorts or barefoot wet suit;
1. 19 mm padding...the most protection in the industry
2. double glued neoprene...makes for the most protection and best glide on the water
3. a guarantee that assures you that you get to see the results for yourself and that if it does not match up to the hype, then you can get your money back!
Why do you need this much padding and gluing?
After being involved with the testing of barefoot wet suits for over two decades, I have learned alot about what suits perform well and what keeps a wet suit from falling apart quickly.
Do you remember that old Samsonite luggage commercial with the big Silver Back gorillas?
Samsonite let these ridiculously strong gorillas beat the living tar out of their luggage to prove how well constructed they are. Well in barefooting, that is similar to how we test equipment.
We will sit on the water and ride at crazy fast speeds to see if the suit will fall apart. Then we let everyone that we can find get in and out of the suit to see if the zipper will break or the seems will tear. We take the suit out and practice barefoot jumping which involves landing on the water (and crashing sometimes) at high speeds and from heights of 15 feet in the air. To really check it out, we have people use it every day for months on end to find out if there are any weak points that could be a safety or comfort issue.
And the greatest test of all is when we allow a beginner or someone who has worn a different suit to try it out. Without exception, there is always a look of surprise followed by a huge grin when they first ride on their butt.
This is usually followed by trying out that tumble-turn they were having difficulty with or even barefoot backwards. It is great to see how surprised they are because they never expected the difference to be so noticeable.
If you want to feel safe and effortless on the water, then this is the only suit you will ever own.
Since you will be sitting on the water quite a bit until you learn the correct "butt glide" and "three point position" that every barefooter must learn in order to barefoot without falling, then having the best protection available becomes a major part of learning without falling.
Now I totally understand that you may not want to invest any money until you are sure that you can barefoot or even like barefooting.
If this is the case, you need to borrow the best gear.
If you think this is just a ploy to sell, I can supply hundreds of names of customers who have taken my advice and were so happy they did. Call my mom! She will give as much information as you could ever want!
The next piece of gear for learning safely is a barefoot boom. It is by far the easiest way to learn. Can you learn behind the boat? Yes, but it is much more dangerous until you have developed the right skills.
To save some time here, I want you to take a look at three different ways of learning to barefoot water ski. I have made these videos free for you to see at
www.beabarefooter.com again... that is...
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Simply enter you name and email address on the front page and you will get access to view these different methods that involves different ways to learn.
That is all for this segment. Join me next time when I go over the Easiest Way to Learn to Barefoot Water Ski.
In the next segment, we are going to discuss the three critical positions for learning to barefoot water ski WITHOUT FALLING;
1. The butt glide position
2. the three point position
3. the standing position