Getting up for barefoot water skiing with the handle is a great start for beginning water skiers. Learn how to get up on the handle for barefoot water skiing in this water sports video tutorial. Take action: keep feet crossed and take your time waiting until comfortable to pull up. Paul, the instructor in this how-to video from Live Strong, is a current member of the Canadian National Barefoot Water Skiing Team. He also teaches bare footing in Florida. He lives, eats, and breathes the sport. A native of Toronto, Canada, he is the captain of the national team and is very dedicated to representing his nation. He holds the tricks record for the open men and a bronze medalist at the World Barefoot Water Ski Championships. He dedicated his life at about twenty years old to the sport and hasn't looked back since.