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Bienvenue. Welkom. Bienvenidos. Herzlich willkommen. Bem-vinda

No matter how you say it, we welcome the world to our waters.

Welcome to the Water Ski Capital of the World!


Visit Central Florida is proud that the iconic waters of Central Florida – where Dick Pope Jr. elevated barefoot water skiing into a worldwide phenomenon – will host the 2024 IWWF Open, U23 and Junior Barefoot Water Skiing Championships, featuring the best athletes our sport can gather.  We hope each and every one of you enjoys your time in our community, your time on the water and your days in the sun.


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Neal Duncan
Visit Central Florida Sports


2024 IWWF Open, U23 and Junior

World Barefoot Water Ski Championships

Auburndale – Florida – USA

October 5th – 12th

Hosted by The Southern Region “Where Barefoot Water Skiing Began


The American Barefoot Club’s Southern Region is the home of World Champions. Making up the U.S. States of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Kentucky, the Southern Region has long been the home to some of the biggest names in the sport.


In 1947, A.G. Hancock became the first person ever to barefoot water ski on Lake Howard in Winter Haven, Florida.  One of the country’s very first barefoot tournaments was held at Cypress Gardens, and this region is where Ron Scarpa and Mike Seipel trained and ran schools.  To this day, the Southern Region is home to the best and most dominant barefoot water skiers in history, including David Small, Keith St. Onge, Ben Groen, and Ashleigh Stebbeings.


The Southern Region hosts as many as ten annual events, including traditional three-event barefoot tournaments and the famous Banana George Blairfoot Bananza Figure 8 & Endurance Tournament.  The Region has also hosted several national and world championships since the late 1970s.


Our Mission

To put on the best World Barefoot Championships and introduce new and returning visitors to Central Florida’s Polk County “Water Ski Capital of the World”.  Additionally, highlighting the importance of this sport/industry to our community.


Waterski & Wakeboard
Federation (IWWF)

Event Managers

Barefoot Club
Southern Region

Host Federation

Water Ski &
Wake Sports