James B Boyette 
About this Skier
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  Name: James B Boyette Nickname: Jim  
  Hails From: Orlando,Fl 32805, USA    
Interview
  What got you into barefooting?
I was inspired by my nephew Eddie Boyette's ability to barefoot in the early 1970's when it was still relatively rare.
  How did you learn to barefoot?
After "crashing and burning" many times trying to step off a ski, I finally learned by sitting on a rubberized surf mat
  Who was your first barefoot instructor?
Trial and error
  Tell us about your first tournament
It was during a trip to Australia in early 1978 where my wife Marie and I were guests of the gracious Wing family. They were amazed that my skiing wetsuit was just a scuba diving suit. After obtaining a Dolphin wetsuit and some much needed inistruction, the Aussies let me enter their Master's Tournament although I certainly was not qualified. I was really proud to complete my first tumbleturn in a tournament
  How did you feel the first time you barefooted?
I had participated in various sports all my life (I was 45 years old) and enjoyed many moments, but the first time I barefooted for any distance it was about the best feeling ever. Felt like I was "King of the Mountain."
  Why do you continue to barefoot?
Why not? The Barefoot community is a great bunch of people-an extended family
  Who has inspired you in this sport?
Banana George, William Farrell and Ron Scarpa
  What were your barefooting goals and results last year?
Stay healthy enough and win another Nationals. Made it.
  What are your barefooting goals for this year?
Stay healthy enough and win another Nationals i- in the Men's 10 division
  Have you held any National Records?
Yes. At least 25
  Have you won any events or tournaments?
Winner of 45 National Championship titles(including 14 Overall titles)
First National Overall Champion in Men's 3,4,5,6,and 9
Current (2007) Men's 9 Tricks, Slalom and Overall Champion
One of only 2 people that have competed in every National Barefoot tournament for 30 consecutive years (1978-2007) Medaled in all of them except one-2001.
  What skiers have you enjoyed watching and why?
Ron Scarpa for years for his amazing ability and consistency
Rick Powell and William Farrell for their turns
Don Mixon Jr
Keith St. Onge and many of the other relatively new skiers with their incredible ability
  How often do you train ski?
Now only about two short sessions a week
  Do you have a nickname and how did you get it?
Jim - if you can call that a nickname
  Tell us about your family
Wife Marie passed away in Octobr 2005
Son Billie Boyette in Jacksonville, Fl
Step-son Larry Duke in Jamestown, N.Y.
Step-son Rickey Duke in Conyers, Ga.
Step-son Darrel Duke in San Mateo, Calif.
  What other activities do you participate in?
Work out and various activities at the YMCA
  What do you do for a living?
Retired
  How did the last barefoot season go for you?
I survived
  What can we expect from you in the coming season?
Hope to be able to compete in the Nationals again.
  What is your motto?
Keep trying.
  When did you first start barefooting? 1973
  What is your Personal Best Score in Wakes? 6
  and what year 1991
  What is your Personal Best Score in Tricks? 1030
  and what year 1986
  What is your Personal Best Score in Jumping? 20Ft
  and what year 1988
  What is one thing that people don't know about you?
Retired from U.S. Navy in 1980 after 34 1/2 years service
 


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