The Queensland Barefoot Waterski Club is a division of Barefoot Waterski Australia. Its primary aim is to provide barefoot waterskiers with the opportunity to develop their skills and participate in tournaments across the state, Australia and ultimately the world. These tournaments, which include slalom, tricks and jump, are run under the rules set out by the World Barefoot Council.

The three regions that operate throughout the state are:

All ages and levels welcome

The three regional clubs organize, develop and actively promote the sport of barefoot waterskiing across the state. The clubs comprise of a mix of juniors to veteran classes, at beginner level through to international competitor. Skiing sites are across the state and we are actively looking for new waterskiing sites and new members.


The Queensland Barefoot Waterski Club has been operating for over 30 years. It has a rich history and has seen many Australian and World Champions including Ashleigh Stebbeings, Cameron Smith, Gizella Halasz, Brendan Paige, Clifton Blackford, Laura Dickers, Jamie Payne, Samantha Payne, Chris Marrinan, Amelia Grech and Nik Bray develop their careers with the club. Further Australian barefooting history can be found here. We are extremely proud of our Queensland skier Ashleigh Stebbeings who has claimed the IWWF Female Barefoot Athlete of the Year 2017, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2009.

Our Aim

It is our aim to provide the opportunity to experience barefoot waterskiing in a family friendly environment where every-one can participate in some way, whether it be by skiing, judging, scoring or boat driving. Coaching clinics and development days with world class coaches are offered regularly throughout the state. These are advertised on our Facebook page.

We actively mentor our members in a variety of ways and not just skiing. A number of world accredited coaches, judges, scorers and drivers have been developed within the club in its history. We would like to encourage our members who are keen to further develop their skills in officiating, please register on the World Barefoot Council site and complete the online quizzes.

Tournaments and World Rankings

Along with the local events around the state, the club competes as a whole at the Queensland State Championships each year. Many of the skiers then go on to compete and officiate at the Australian National Championships conducted at various sites across Australia. Queensland has also seen many skiers represent Australia and compete or officiate at the World Championships with great success.

Participation in our local tournaments, State and Australian Championships provides a world ranking in barefoot waterskiing. These rankings can be found at the World Barefoot Council site. This is updated quarterly. Australian skiers are very highly ranked in the world and are highly respected as some of the world’s best.

Come and Try!

We welcome and encourage all levels of participation in both skiing and officiating and we welcome you to one of our come and try days which are run regularly around the state. Contact us now or one of the local clubs direct for details of an event near you. We look forward to seeing you soon!