11th August 2018

Geoff Blaauw – Chairman IWWF World Barefoot Council

The 2018 IWWF World Barefoot Water Ski Championships are officially underway in Napanee, Ontario, Canada as barefoot water skiers from 12 countries have gathered at Dream Lake to make their own barefoot dreams come true.

Lake hosts Dwight and Michelle Williams have spent years creating a barefoot paradise in the lush farmland of Ontario— and on Saturday night, they were in the front row to watch the Opening Ceremonies of the IWWF Barefoot Worlds.

Each team was introduced individually… from the Belgium Team of just Celine Vrancx to newcomers of China and the large American Contingent. Then the New Zealand Team laid down a challenge with a strong performance of the Traditional Haka.

The Games were officially opened by IWWF World Barefoot Council President Geoff Blaauw who asked for a moment of the silence for three incredible barefooters who lost their lives since the 2016 IWWF World Championships: Pete Taylor (Australia) Mike Salber (USA) and Ed Finley (USA).

For the next week, Barefooters will hit the water to compete in slalom, tricks and jump all without the benefit of a ski.  Livestream of the IWWF World Barefoot Water Ski Championships 2018 can be seen here: https://goo.gl/fbgqVJ

Canadian Barefoot Team

About the IWWF:  The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) is the world governing body for towed watersports and has 91 affiliated Federations worldwide. It was founded in 1946 in Geneva, Switzerland. It is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the sole authority for towed watersports. The IWWF is an affiliate member of the Association of IOC Recognized International Sports Federation (ARISF) and the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF). The IWWF’s sports disciplines include, amongst others, Tournament Waterskiing (slalom, tricks & jump), Wakeboard, Cable Wakeboard, Cable Waterskiing, Disabled Waterskiing, Show Skiing, Ski Racing and Barefoot Waterskiing