Are You Brave?

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The New Year’s Day Barefoot Tournament on Lake Norman is one of the longest running and most unique barefoot tournaments in the world. Held annually in Mundy Cove in front of Lake Norman Marina and hosted by the Carolina Show Ski Team, it combines barefoot waterskiing starts, tricks, and endurance into one scored and competitive adventure. This will be the 41st year barefooters are making a splash on New Year’s Day.

In the past, the annual event has drawn participants from Florida, Wisconsin, Indiana, New Jersey, Tennessee, Virginia, and, of course, the Carolinas. While water and air temperatures may vary, a heated waterfront building is available for the barefooters to change before running to the dock to take their run. 

Competitors are divided among boom, male, female, and open divisions; there’s a place for you in this tournament regardless of barefooting skill level. This is a USA Water Ski sanctioned event, and there are only 40 participant slots available.

Use CODE “TUMBLETURN” before Dec 10th for a $5 discount!

USAWS Member competitors: $45
Non-USAWS member competitors: $55
All spectators: FREE! Bring your camera!

Opening Ceremonies commence at 11:45 so the first footer can start promptly at noon. Limited concessions will be available. Invite your barefooting friends to compete and see who will reign supreme! Will you be the barefooter who bests Jeff Blair’s record of 816 points?

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See photos from New Year’s Day 2016.

Barefoot for a Cause

Did you know that more than a million people die each year as a result of not having shoes to wear? Our barefoot tournament raises money and awareness for Samaritan’s Feet International as they provide shoes to the nearly 300 million people who go without shoes each day.

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Registration will open soon! Electronic registration through the link below for the event is required and will close Dec 30th. The earlier you register, the later you compete in the running order for your division. If you have any questions or issues signing up, please contact us!

Your registration fee includes your 41st-anniversary shirt! Non-competitors are still welcome to purchase a commemorative shirt!

If you are not an active USA Water Ski member, you will need to purchase a $10 one-day pass. All tournament competitors must have an active USA Water Ski membership or one-day pass.

 Click here to register. (REGISTRATION COMING SOON!)

Date & Time
January 1st, 2019
11:30 am - 4:30 pm

Lake Norman Marina
6965 NC Highway 150 East
Sherrills Ford, NC 28673