Anthony J Porreca 
About this Skier
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  Name: Anthony J Porreca Nickname: A.J.  
  Hails From: Lakeland, FL 1    
Interview
  What got you into barefooting?
I started at a Show Ski team in Wisconsin. After attending a few clinics I began to compete.
  How did you learn to barefoot?
Learned on the boom with a skier on my home lake.
  Who was your first barefoot instructor?
Beginning stages were mixed with clinics, later Swampy Bouchard became my coach.
  Tell us about your first tournament
It was Midwest Regionals in 2005 at Frame Park in Wisconsin. I was in Boys 2 and I was about 13 years old and I took 3rd in tricks.
  How did you feel the first time you barefooted?
I was overcome with euphoria and adrenaline. I was about 9 or 10 and had only seen older guys on my show team barefoot. I could not believe that it was happening.
  Why do you continue to barefoot?
I love the feeling and the sport along with the people involved. I feel that striving to be the best you can in something makes you better in all aspects of your life. Barefooting does that for me.
  Who has inspired you in this sport?
Keith St. Onge
David Small
Ben Groen
Ashleigh Stebbeings
Swampy Bouchard
Patrick Wehner
All of Team WBC
  Have you held any World Records?
No
  Have you won any medals at a world championship?
Yes, Jr. Boys jump 3rd place in 2009, Jr. Team 3rd in 2009, Open Team Gold in 2010, Open Team 2nd in 2012.
  What skiers have you enjoyed watching and why?
All of the skiers that I have either skied with, trained, or that have trained me, along with any that have skied at an elite level at any time. I enjoy watching the skiers who's skiing I am familiar with or invested in and I have tons of respect for those who ski at a high level.
  How often do you train ski?
Currently a few times a week year-round.
  Do you have a nickname and how did you get it?
No. I go by my initials.
  What other activities do you participate in?
Used to do gymnastics, Tea Kwon Do and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
  What is your Personal Best Score in Wakes? 17
  and what year 2012
  What is your Personal Best Score in Tricks? 12000
  and what year 2012
  What is your Personal Best Score in Jumping? 24.9m
  and what year 2012
 


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