Mike J Salber 
About this Skier
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  Name: Mike J Salber Nickname: [NA]  
  Hails From: Clermont, Florida United States    
Interview
  What got you into barefooting?
I wanted the maximum challenge in Water-skiing
  How did you learn to barefoot?
Taught myself with 16 Foot Aluminum Boat. Had a 65 hp motor that would go about 34 mgh. I only weighted 100lbs so that was fast enough.
  Who was your first barefoot instructor?
I'll let you know when I find one.
  Tell us about your first tournament
It was the Wichita River Festival. about 1985. I got second in Mens II. I think I got first in jumping. I was so excited to show all my buddies my trophy I spead out to the lake where all my friends were camping out. While en route I got a speeding ticket.
  How did you feel the first time you barefooted?
It was as if I sprouted wings and had my first flight.
  Why do you continue to barefoot?
Thats a good question?
  Who has inspired you in this sport?
Lots of people. But Mike Holt has been the best training partner anyone could ever have.
  Have you held any World Records?
Just National
  Have you won any medals at a world championship?
Several silvers. 3 or 4 Team Gold. This last year I won the SR. Mens World Tricks Gold. and finally after many years of trying the Overall Sr. Mens World Championship Gold Medal.
  What skiers have you enjoyed watching and why?
The list is too many. But I can tell you I enjoy watching the kids PB's and all the advancements that skiers make.
  How often do you train ski?
Well for the last Worlds about 5 Times a week for 4 months prior to the comp. Right now I am recovering from shoulder surgery and don't know if I'll be skiing much anymore. The Dr. told my wife when I was in recovery that it looked like a grenade went off in my shoulder and he didn't know if I should ever ski again.
  What do you do for a living?
Firefighter/Paramedic
  When did you first start barefooting? 1984
  What is your Personal Best Score in Wakes? 17
  and what year 2008
  What is your Personal Best Score in Tricks? 6050
  and what year 2008
  What is your Personal Best Score in Jumping? 72?
 


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