FEET ON FIRE

THE DETAILS: FEET ON FIRE SOUTH 2019

2019 FEET ON FIRE SOUTH takes place Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at the Waterfront Orlando, located at 4201 South Orange Ave, Orlando, Florida 32806.

The event starts at 1:30PM sharp, and is free to attend. We have a SUPER special surprise kicking off the event, so you will want to make sure that you’re there before 1:30.

OTHER THINGS TO KNOW:

  • PARKING: You’re likely going to enjoy a few drinks. Please be smart and Uber to The Waterfront -- that will score you a free drink. If you choose to drive, there is a valet and additional parking is available just South of the restaurant at Fort Gatlin Shopping Center (4761 S Orange Ave. in Orlando).


 

2018 FEET ON FIRE SOUTH RECAP

PRO WAKEBOARDER JD WEBB BECOMES FIRST THREE-TIME FEET ON FIRE CHAMPION

More than 30 pro watersports athletes ditched their wakeboards and waterskis on May 23, 2018 for a head-to-head battle to see who could endure the blazing ring of fire the longest at Feet on Fire South. The barefoot endurance contest returned for the second year at The Waterfront restaurant on Lake Jennie Jewel in Orlando. This year, more than 500 spectators came out to catch the heated battles.

 
 
JD Webb keeping his cool during the finals of Feet on Fire South against Zane Schwenk (photo courtesy ofGarrett Cortese).

JD Webb keeping his cool during the finals of Feet on Fire South against Zane Schwenk (photo courtesy ofGarrett Cortese).

JD WEBB ENDURES FOUR OF THE FIVE LONGEST RUNS TO RETAIN THE FEET ON FIRE CHAMPION TITLE

Now a three-time Feet on Fire champion, pro wakeboarder and Nautique athlete JD Webb took home first place, followed by two-time Feet on Fire champion and one of the founders of the “#PassTheHandle” initiative Zane Schwenk. The two gave spectators a thrilling final battle with more than four laps around the lake and tons of close calls as both competitors nearly caught a toe multiple times. This heated match-up also earned them the PCM Engines Longest Battle Endurance Award (average number of laps in the contest was just over two) for the most laps around Lake Jennie Jewel.

Webb worked hard for the Feet on Fire South title, with four of the five longest runs of the day – totaling nearly 13 laps around the lake. He also had the most jarring and spectacular slam of the competition, when the rope from Chip Fernandez immediately took him out by his feet, causing him to crash out the front during round two. This earned him the SeaDek Best Crash of the Day Award. 

 
Tom Weber (right) versus Joey Blakely in round two of Feet on Fire South (photo courtesy of Garrett Cortese).

Tom Weber (right) versus Joey Blakely in round two of Feet on Fire South (photo courtesy of Garrett Cortese).

WATERSPORTS INDUSTRY VETERAN MIKE ANDERSON TIED FOR THIRD PLACE WITH LEGENDARY NAUTIQUE BOATS PRO SHAUN MURRAY

Two other honorable mentions were announced at the award ceremony: 

  • The Feet on Fire Best Kick Of The Day was awarded to Footin.com and World Barefoot Center (WBC) ambassador and industry videographer Jake Snider, after completing a step off to styled out one-footer, holding solid all the way into the first turn of the circle of fire.

  • The SeaDek Most Impressive Performance of the Day Award was presented to waterski Hall of Famer Tom Weber, who in his rookie Feet on Fire performance made a total of just over four full laps and was taken out by Anderson in the quarter finals. Weber was the most mature barefooter on the water with more than five decades of barefooting and waterskiing experience.

 

 
Ron Scarpa leading off Feet on Fire South with a demo (photo courtesy of John Lipscomb).

Ron Scarpa leading off Feet on Fire South with a demo (photo courtesy of John Lipscomb).

OTHER KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Hall of Famer and barefoot legend Ron Scarpa made his first public performance in over a decade to open Feet on Fire South with an honorary lap around the lake that ended with his classic, signature dismount back to shore.

  • The biggest upset of the day was when Anderson took out pro wakeboarder Pierce Homsey, during the second round. Homsey had tied for third place at the 2017 Feet on Fire competition. During his match-up with Anderson, he missed his footing on his step off, causing him to fall straight out of the gate – giving Anderson an easy ticket to round three.

  • The two current best endurance barefooters in the world were part of the double main event that followed the Feet on Fire South final. Seventeen-time National Champion and 13-time World Champion, Keith St. Onge, and one of the all-time greatest endurance barefooters, Pete Fleck, were joined by James (JJ) Link and Logan Walter in a first-ever four-man Super Final Endurance Drag Race.

  • Feet on Fire original Krazy Kelman closed the on-water action with his signature “Fire Run.”

  • Regal & Nautique of Orlando provided a brand new Nautique 200, powered by PCM Engines, to pull the event.

  • Other athletes who competed include: Shane Bonifay, Erik Ruck, Danny (Dano the Mano) Amir, Jake Pelot, Danny Harf, Curtis Rabe, Jake Ramsdell, Brannon Meek, Cody Hesse, Jeff Teunissen, Joey Bradley, Dan Olson, Tom Oka, Scott Hussey, Joey Blakely, James Ort, Derek LeBlanc, Evan Done and Mike Dehlinger.

  • Feet on Fire has never been about winning money; it is more about bragging rights and a sick custom trophy made by Drew McGuckin. This year’s Feet on Fire South prizes also included: four half day passes to barefoot with St. Onge at the World Barefoot Center, custom Feet on Fire step off skis and disc, custom Feet on Fire South leaderboard created by Tony Fasen of Fazen Arts, custom awards crafted by SeaDek and a PTM Edge high-definition mirror, among other prizes.