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41st Annual Lake Norman New Year's Day Barefoot Tournament
A barefoot skiing tournament like no other!
Women’s World Barefoot Champion Rachel Normand(Photo Courtesy Lake Norman Marina)

Women’s World Barefoot
Champion Rachel Normand

(Photo Courtesy Lake Norman Marina)

Lake Norman Marina
Press Release

SHERRILL’S FORD, N.C. – The 41st Annual Lake Norman New Year’s Day Barefoot Tournament will be held Tuesday, January 1, starting at noon. Held annually at Lake Norman Marina and hosted by the Carolina Show Ski Team, It is one of the longest running and unique barefoot skiing tournaments in the world.

What makes the tournament unique is that it combines barefoot starts, tricks, and endurance skills in one single ride. Contestants receive points for the degree of difficulty of their starting method (flying dock start, backward dock start, etc.), degree of difficulty of any tricks they perform (one foot, tumble-turns, 180 degree turns) and one point for every second they remain on their bare feet.

Past contestants include world class competitors and barefooting legends Ron Scarpa and Peter Fleck. Last year former Women’s World Barefoot Champion Rachel Normand stepped out of retirement to compete in the New Year’s Day tournament, placing a close second to course record holder and Mooresville resident, Jeff Blair. Normand, 39, continued her return to the sport sweeping four gold medals in the Senior World Barefoot Championships held August 12-18, in Ontario, Canada.

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“Although I love to compete and win, the New Year’s Day tournament is a really fun event and a wonderful experience to just participate in,” said Normand. “At this year’s tournament my highlight will be having some young students I taught to barefoot this past summer also compete in the event.“

Normand, who was inducted into the Water Ski Hall of Fame in 2017, also stands a good chance to be the first female to win the top honors in the 41 year history of the New Year’s Day tournament.

Admission to the event is free, and concessions are available on site.

Lake Norman Marina is located at 6965 North Carolina 150 East, Sherrill’s Ford, NC 28673. 

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