Photo taken by Kyle Fahrenthold
Chuck Gleason - Founder of
The name Barefoot Central came to be back in 1993
when a group of friends including Stuart Singer, Mark Puchio, Mark Hughs, Charley Simpson,
Michele and I began spending ourr weekends
together barefooting in the mornings,
and hanging out in the afternoons. We'd ski all day,
party to the wee
hours then waking up at 6:00am to foot again.
name Barefoot Central came to be by happenstance. Stuart Singer and
Charlie were driving to the river one weekend and Charlie's phone kept ringing
with people asking him when they would be at the river, what was the plan,
etc... Then on about the 6th call, Charlie just answered the phone "Hello,
Barefoot Central!" And the name stuck.
We all skied together from
1993 to around 1998. As the guys started getting married, promoted, having
kids, getting divorced, etc... the gang started to slowly separate. The
only three to keep skiing through it all was Stuart Singer, Michele, and myself.
As some of the guys would move on to other things, we would also pick up a few
new footers to the gang. We met Kyle & Debbie Fahrenthold, and they became
regulars on the river. Kyle & Debbie even got involved with 3-event
competition and have helped us many times at National events.
Through the years we've met
the likes of Britt Hartline, Gary & Rhonda Stewart, Mike Bateman, Dwayne & Susan
Mahan, and many others on the river. Some people fell out of the sport for
a while, then came back, and some others disappeared for good. The common
bond between all of us has been the Brazos River at Tin Top, Texas, where
Barefoot Central was conceived. We've hosted many fun events at the river
through the years and have too many memories to count. We started a wall
of fame (below) as a way of remembering all the footers that visited us.
If you came to the river to ski with us, you got a chance to put your foot on
the wall and experience the traditional ceremony of the founding members lifting
you in the air to place your foot on the wall.
I officially founded BarefootCentral.com in 1998 as a way to
keep busy as I recovered from my neck surgery. I developed the website as
a way to promote the sport of barefoot waterskiing and allow me to communicate
with footers that share the same passion we had developed for
the sport there on the river. As time
went by, the site grew bigger and ideas on how to improve the site came flowing
in from footers around the world. We continue to refine the site every day
in hopes that we can lay claim to having the best barefoot waterskiing website
in the world. We want to provide informative information about upcoming
events, insightful and interesting articles, a one-stop shop for all barefoot
equipment needs, and a place for footers to meet other footers.