Barefooter almost gets hung by handle

skisprayskispray Posts: 239 Crazy Baller
edited December 2017 in Videos, Photos & Media
Check out the video below of a barefooter having a close call with a handle injury.

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This videos scares the bejesus out of me! I have handle guards on my handle, so my fear is less about my personal situation and more about others. Can you imagine an incident like this getting caught on video? I'm a little surprised that handle manufacturers don't put handle guards on their handles straight from the factory, or at least have it as an option. It seems like a lot of liability on their part to not do something to minimize the risks. I'm not trying to impose any of my own judgment on other people's products, and like I said I use handle guards because that's a personal preference, just wondering aloud about why handle guards aren't an option straight from a handle manufacturer. Also, is this something that tournament hosts/governing bodies need to worry about? Or does the risk fall to the individual? It just seems like such an easy safety device to use and if you put one on right it has no effect at all on your skiing (well, that's my personal experience anyway, even for trick ski spins).


  • ToddFToddF Posts: 604 Solid Baller
    That makes me cringe
  • WishWish Posts: 8,480 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    To me it's always made more sense to have a handle guard on a barefoot handle. Then you see old school guys do this....wait for it.

    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • ozskiozski Posts: 1,721
    Years ago a mate of mine put his head through trying to setup a toe hold off the boom. 3 days in intensive care and his nose has never been the same and they had to stitch his ear back on... I won't let my son ski without some sort of handle guard, cheap insurance and no downside. I do the same and have been using one for a couple of seasons now.
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  • Orlando76Orlando76 Posts: 1,292 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    There’s soo many things about barefooting and trick skiing that scare the heck out of me. I’m not knocking those that do but I’ll just stick with swerving.
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 5,947 Mega Baller
    I've done the neck hold, and the teeth hold...I've spent a lot of time on a boom and on a short line from a boom and long-line, too. Could almost see the problem coming before it did. Can't be out there with a rope dangling and hitting the water.

    That was a close one for that guy in the video.

    Dave Ross--die cancer die
  • ski6jonesski6jones Posts: 1,274 Mega Baller
    I had a close encounter with a handle and the thought never entered my mind that the handle manufacturer was in any way responsible. These can be dangerous sports. Take the precautions you feel are necessary, and responsibility for your decisions. I use a handle guard now which only reduces the risk.
    Carl Addington, Cedar Ridge, MS
  • hemlockhemlock Posts: 192 Baller
    edited December 2017
    It all started when the guy went on the boom with a dangling handle.
    Get up on the handle, or take it off.
    And it's not even a real barefoot handle. :)
  • EdbrazilEdbrazil Posts: 1,396 Historical Baller
    I remember when the ABC rules were being set up. One of the AWSA directors put up a
    big stink about handle in teeth and around the neck. I wonder if those tricks are in their
    Rules today?
  • skiinxsskiinxs Posts: 694 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    A friend of mine died doing the head-hold trick in an ABC tournament in Colorado several years ago. I can't imagine that it wasn't immediately removed from the approved trick list.
  • bananaronbananaron Posts: 535 Crazy Baller
    I have done a lot of footin on the boom with the 5ft rope and also longline behind the boat.Its always dangerous and things can happen really quick at 36mph.I am not a fan of the handle around the neck trick due to what can happen so quick.Great sport however I error on the side of caution.............
    Ron Engblom Brainerd lakes,minnesota
  • DWDW Posts: 2,453 Mega Baller
    Pretty much due to the discussion on this forum on handle concerns which makes the cranium wheels spin when doing any water sports, I have gotten in to the habit of tossing the handle away from me on the dismount to avoid the handle bounce risk. Pretty big opening on the barefoot handle with the toe hold or for backwards footing.
  • epnaultepnault Posts: 365 Crazy Baller
    This scares me. I need to figure out a safety mechanism.
  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 5,032 Mega Baller
    Head hold less dangerous by far since the slack is out. At least you wouldn't have the stored energy that this would release.

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