William a winner on water
ily. Apart from winning the national championships he has also competed in the Wellington regionals, the Waikato regionals and the Bay of Plenty regionals, in which he won first place in the tricks and slalom divisions, and also first place overall in all three events.
The tricks section involves skiing on one foot, then one hand, then proceeds to sit down, stand up, tumble over, go on his back, spin around and finally to stand back up.
His favourite event is the slalom division, which consists of 15-second bursts from one side of the boat to the other.
William has only been barefoot skiing for a year and said he already loved it, and had taken to it like a duck to water.
He was introduced to the sport through his cousin Tom who went to a barefoot skiing camp in Atiamuri.
When William heard about it he decided to give it a go as well.
William said he also liked to water-ski but now enjoyed barefoot skiing much more.
Although he wishes to be an architect when he gets older because of design classes he enjoys at school, he said he wanted to continue with barefoot skiing for as long as he could.
‘‘I enjoy the adrenalin rush the most,’’ he said.
Barefooted brilliance: Kuranui School student William Leigh received the most promising newcomer award at the Barefoot Skiing National Championships.