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Footstock World Championship kicks offSubmitted: 08/02/2014
Story By Dan Marz

CRANDON - People from all over the world came to the Northwoods Saturday.

That's because Crandon played host to the National Championship of Figure Eight Endurance Barefooting.

It's called Footstock. 140 competitors from Wisconsin, Florida, and even England came to compete in the two-day event. Two skiers race at a time in a battle of endurance over a mile and a half long course on Peshtigo Lake.

The last man standing takes home the biggest payout in competitive barefooting, but those behind the scenes say that's not what the event is about.

"We just have a lot of fun," says tournament organizer Gary Mueller. "And the competition is really intense. It's a little bit like Nascar, only there's a crash on every single lap."

Anyone and everyone who wanted to compete could participate.

But Footstock also draws bigger names, including the sport's reigning world champion.

"It's different from what I've experienced in the past," says reigning world champ David Small. "It's fun, everyone's happy, and anybody can win. That's a good thing about it. You can go out and hit a random wave that you don't see, and a world champion or ex-world champion can get beat by a 12-year-old girl."

Footstock runs through the weekend on Peshtigo Lake in Crandon.

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