Local water skier prepares for 'Footstock'

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WAUNAKEE, Wis. (AP) -- During the summer months, Madison area lakes are filled with thrill seekers. However, one man from Waunakee is putting his best foot forward to become a champion.

NBC15's Tim Elliott took out the boat for some barefoot water skiing.

Duct tape has plenty of uses. For Paul Stokes, this tape is for protection.

Stokes and his buddies are ditching the skis and getting their feet wet in Lake Waubesa. No skis, no problem.

Stokes started going toe-to-toe in barefoot water skiing events when he was 15-years-old.

"It's a total rush. I called it getting stoked," Stokes said.

Today, the 47-year-old is a professional who has competed in 15 national championships and six world championships. On August 17 and 18, he's hoping to bring home the title at the prestigious "Footstock" competition in Crandon, Wisconsin.

Stokes is getting some final practice runs with a clear mind and plently of duct tape.

"You're kind of walking on the water, you're kind of gliding," Stokes said.

Stokes hopes his fancy foot work will bring him one step closer to being the best on two feet.

More than 100 athletes from all over the world will compete in "Footstock." The event kicks off tomorrow.