Paul A Lower 
About this Skier
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  Name: Paul A Lower Nickname: [NA]  
  Hails From: Sorrento, FL USA    
Interview
  What got you into barefooting?
I have enjoyed all types of skiing since I was a kid. For two summers I worked on the waterski staff at a summer camp and we would barefoot off the boom for fun and to impress the kids.
  How did you learn to barefoot?
Stepping off of a slalom ski while hanging onto the boom.
  Who was your first barefoot instructor?
My first Pro Instuctor would have been Andy Sable while he was working at Ron Scarpa's.
  Tell us about your first tournament
It was the 2007 Southern Regionals and I was very nervous. I was the first skier out that morning as I did not have a posted score for seeding. I could only get up forwards so I was planning on doing two front slalom passes. I ran my first pass and everything was fine nice clean two foot crossing like I knew I could do. The second pass I fell on the start because I did not wait for the boat to speed up.
  How did you feel the first time you barefooted?
It was the most amazing feeling to be riding on the water on just your feet. I still think that it is the coolest feeling in the world and I never seem to get tired of that feeling.
  Why do you continue to barefoot?
I really enjoy spending the time that it takes to improve in barefooting. It is a very technical sport where things sometimes progress very slowly but I love to set a goal and then spend the time working towards that goal.
  Who has inspired you in this sport?
There have been a lot of people but I would have to say that Mike Holt has inspired me the most. I train with him weekly and his drive to continue to improve is amazing. He is almost 20 years older then I am and he has continued to get better so if he can do it then I know I can as well.
  Have you held any World Records?
Nope
  Have you won any medals at a world championship?
Nope
  What skiers have you enjoyed watching and why?
KSO-smoothest wake slalom skier I have ever seen; Smallz-the most amazing jumper the sport has ever seen; Scarpa-awesome skier that always seemed to find a way to pull out the win; Fleck-all around great skier that is always smiling; Ben Groen-awesome tricker with very smooth multiple turns.
  How often do you train ski?
Twice a week almost all year. Getting ready for the 2012 Worlds I went for over a year of skiing twice a week every week.
  Do you have a nickname and how did you get it?
No nickname, I guess I am just not the nickname type.
  What other activities do you participate in?
I do a lot of camping and boating with my family.
  What do you do for a living?
I have a Real Estate Brokers License and I work for a company that manages investment rental properties in Orlando. I am also an Adjunct Professor at a small University in Orlando. I teach Marketing and Business classes online.
  What is your motto?
When one door closes God always opens another.
  When did you first start barefooting? 1989
  What is your Personal Best Score in Wakes? 14
  and what year 2012
  What is your Personal Best Score in Tricks? 1150
  and what year 2010
 


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