Crandon, Wisconsin – It’s been almost two years since Peter Fleck held the National Figure Eight Open Championship Trophy. August 20, he hopes to do it for a record tenth time, a mark that may never be eclipsed.
According to Tournament Director, Gary Mueller, the “Iron Man” of endurance barefooting, Fleck, is in the “best shape of his life,” and will instantly be one of the favorites along with last year’s champ, Jon DeBelak, World Overall Champion, David Small and 2016 runner-up Chad Mietz. Michigan’s Brad Pylman is also expected to make a strong push for his first Open title.
“Until someone beats Pete twice in the Open Division, then he has to be the favorite,” explains Mueller. I think the dark horse in this year’s championship is Brad Pylman. He has been tearing it up in the regional figure eight tournament schedule. He could give the field some trouble.”
The event which starts August 19 on Peshtigo Lake in Crandon, Wisconsin, boasts the biggest purse in barefooting-over $6,000 in prize money. An estimated 140 skiers from 10 states and 4 countries are expected to compete in the two day championships, that pit barefooters head to head to see who can go the farthest while battling wind and waves over the punishing mile and a half figure eight course. The last person standing on Sunday is crowned the Open National Champ. National titles will also be decided in Juniors, Womens, Seniors and Masters divisions.
Open practice for competitors begins on Friday from 2:30-5. Final seeds and championship brackets are released Friday night.
Competition starts on Saturday at 9:25 and goes til 5:00.
Sunday skiing begins at 8:30 and runs until about 3:00.
Registration forms are available online at Footstock2017.com.
On-site registration closes Saturday, August 22th, at 8:30 am.
Admission to the event is $2 a day or $3 for the whole weekend.
2017 WBC National Figure Eight Championship Schedule of Events at Peshtigo Lake, Crandon, WI
Friday, August 18
2:30-5:00 p.m. Open Practice
3:00-6:00 p.m. Registration and Bib Pick-up Opens on site
9:00 Seedings and first brackets released.
Saturday, August 19
7:00 a.m. Late Registration/Packet Pick-up Opens
8:30 a.m. Registration Closes (All skiers must check-in at registration whether they are pre-registered or not by 8:30)
9:00 a.m. Skier’s Meeting
9:10 First Pairings Announced/First Coin Flip
9:18 a.m. National Anthem
9:25 Senior, Junior, Women, Masters and Open Division Competition Begins
2:00 p.m. Costume Division Preliminary Judging
5:00 p.m. Senior Division Championship Rounds
Sunday, August 20
7:45 a.m. Skiers due on site
8:00 a.m. Skier’s Update Meeting
8:30 a.m. Junior, Women and Open Rounds continue
2:30 p.m. Junior and Women, Masters Championship Rounds
3:00 p.m. Open Semi-Final Rounds/Championship
4:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony