World’s Strongest Man…Barefoot Skis

At 6' 5" and 385 pounds, 2006 World's Strongest Man Phil Pfister is one big dude. But too big to barefoot? Evidently not when legendary 'footer Lane Bowers is your instructor. Already an avid PWC enthusiast, Pfister originally contacted Bowers to get a beefed-up wakeboard tower for his boat so he could learn to wakeboard. Instead, Bowers convinced him to come down to Florida and learn to ski on his own two feet.

7th April 2010.
By Jeff Hemmel

At 6′ 5″ and 385 pounds, 2006 World’s Strongest Man Phil Pfister is one big dude. But too big to barefoot? Evidently not when legendary ‘footer Lane Bowers is your instructor. Already an avid PWC enthusiast, Pfister originally contacted Bowers to get a beefed-up wakeboard tower for his boat so he could learn to wakeboard. Instead, Bowers convinced him to come down to Florida and learn to ski on his own two feet.

Bowers stuffed a XXXL barefoot suit with 500 pounds of Fat Sacs for over two days to get it to fit the massive Pfister. Then he took him out on the water, and with Pfister having absolutely no previous water ski experience, got him up and barefooting.

Big dudes sure put up a lot of spray…


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Jeff Hemmel writes for boats.com, Boating, PersonalWatercraft.com, and Powersports Business. The former Senior Editor at Watercraft World, Jeff is a multi-time award winner as well as a 2008 inductee into the IJSBA Hall of Fame. His first book, "The Anti-Pirate Potato Cannon...and 101 Other Things For Young Mariners To Try, Do, & Build On the Water," received a bronze medal in the 2010 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards. For more info, visit Jeff Hemmel's website.

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