In this water ski how to, Paul Macdonald details the six keys to perfect barefoot position.
The goal here is to not leave grip marks on the handle for the next skier to enjoy. Always use an overhand grip, with your thumbs wrapped around the handle. Also, make sure you are ready to let go at the first sign of a fall.
Relax those pythons! Pulling your arms in while on your feet will make your feet push out in front of you and cause an uncontrollable plow. Remember that “straight arms” does not mean hunching your back like a turtle; keep your back straight also.
Look where you want to go! Keeping your head up and your eyes open will allow you to constantly see the horizon and, as a result, allow you to remain on axis regardless of the maneuver you are performing.
Many skiers make the mistake of leaning forward from the waist rather than bending their knees. This causes body fatigue and falls. Work hard to keep your hips either directly below, or slightly in front of, your shoulders.
It is important to not only have your knees bent, but flexed forward in front of, or directly above, your ankles. This will allow you to maintain a safe glide on the water, while staying on axis during maneuvers.
Forget toes up! Instead, focus on flexing your shin muscles in the front of your leg to adjust your foot angle on the water. Too much foot angle and you will plow down the lake like a John Deere tractor, too little and you are swimming.