Joe Malenfant

Chosen Chief/Co-Chief Judge of an International Competitive Waterski Competition

Joe Malenfant of Colchester Vermont was chosen to be the Chief/Co-Chief Judge of the World Barefoot Water-ski Competition – Otaki, NEW ZEALAND January 09

The countries of USA, Ireland, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, Netherlands, Canada, Japan, South Africa, Finland, Taiwan, Austria, Korea will be competing January 25th thru February 1st, 2009.

Each Country listed will send their 3 teams “Elite Team 1-8 skiers (Best of the Best), Junior Team 1-5 skiers (16 and under), Senior Team 1-5 skiers (35 and older)”.


The region is a non profit organization and is short on funding the trip. There will be a Calcutta For the Eastern Regional Barefoot Water-ski group to send Joe to New Zealand! This Calcutta is expected to cover roughly half the expense of getting Joe to New Zealand. We are also seeking corporate sponsorship.

The Calcutta will be held on Sunday, January 18th at The Clover House in Colchester Vermont at 5pm. The tickets must all be sold with-in 1 week. Please act now. If you would like to support Joe and this exciting opportunity please buy tickets (Calcutta Ball) for $50.00 each ball.

Additionally, each calcutta ball purchaser may buy raffle tickets for $5.00 each or 5 for $20.00 to win a 1/2 day Barefoot Waterski Lesson with Joe during the summer of 2009. There will be other prizes in the raffle. WINNER-Use for yourself or give as a gift!

1/2 day lesson certificates will be sold until the end of the calcutta at a discounted rate of $200.00 per lesson (this is a $100.00 discount off the usual charge of 75.00 per hour). This lesson can be used for Barefooting, Wake Board or Slalom Skiing.

Joe has been teaching waterskiing for over 20 years. He was honored to teach the UVM Summer Discovery Students from around the world 1986 until 2006. (He only ever had one person he couldn’t teach by himself..guess who she is?!)

The way the calcutta works is this. There will be an Italian dinner served… the 100 “calcutta balls” are each drawn removing them from play until the final balls are in place and the winner or (sometimes multiple winners split the final pot of cash). In the case of this Calcutta the winner could win up to $2,000.00 depending on the number of balls sold in time for the event. You do not need to be present to win. Make sure you include contact phone numbers and we will call you from the Calcutta to update you on your ball status!

But I wouldn’t want to miss this party…. The Clover House will be a lot of fun! Please join us and help me out by passing this information on to everyone you know…in order to help Joe!!!

The name of the club is:

The Wet Wild and Wonderful Ski Club
217 McCombs Rd
Venetia, PA 15367

501C (3) Non-Profit ID # = 25-1587764 (feel free to note on checks and keep this information for tax purposes)

Kevin Towers is Pres
Heather Towers is Vice Pres
Pat Dean is Treasurer

The club is a sanctioned club in the Eastern region of the ABC (American Barefoot Club) which is a sport division of the USAWS (USA-Waterski) non-profit (501C(3) organization.

Please contact Laurie Malenfant at 802 233 7675 cell phone to arrange corporate sponsorship, ticket (calcutta ball), raffle or lesson certificate purchase or make checks payable to:

Joe Malenfant (NOT LAURIE) as Joe is club officer.
86 Casey Lane
Colchester, VT 05446
802 862 5439

Please include your mailing address so that you may receive a receipt in the mail.

About Joe Malenfant

ABOUT Joseph Malenfant-see attached picture summer 2009 “another day at the beach”

Husband of Laurie Workman Malenfant, Father of Ashley Elisabeth, age 21 University of North Carolina Architecture major, Father and best friend of Jordan Lance Malenfant, age 18 Senior at Center for Technology Essex Junction Vermont. Joe is a dedicated 30+year employee of IBM Burlington Vermont. In his spare time he likes to enjoy outdoor activities with his friends and family. He is known for promoting, coaching and teaching basketball, water skiing, soccer, hunting/fishing and Moto cross racing. This year he won first place in his moto cross(dirt bike) division for the year at Rider Hill in Derby Vermont. He rides around with “FOOTN” vanity plates on his truck, boat and camper..but we all like to call him “Chief No-Fear”!!!


Member American Waterski Association, Green Mountain Waterskiers Association, Eastern Regional Barefoot Club, American Barefoot Club (ABC), The Wet Wild and Wonderful Ski Club

Joe Malenfant-Dedicated to the sport of Barefoot Waterskiing and its promotion throughout the world.

He was appointed judge in every USA Barefoot Nationals since 1990.
He was named chief judge for the 2007 and 2008 USA Nationals
He was appointed to the 2003, 2004,2005,2006 Worlds and attended all but the 2005 worlds.
He was named the co-chief judge for the 2008 worlds in NZ. (and my name is in line for chief judge at the 2010 worlds in Germany)
He has been on the ABC board of directors as a regional director since 1990 and was voted in as ABC vice president in 2007. Joe will become the ABC president in August of 2009.

Joe is a Member of ABC Team Selection Committee from 2003 to date.

Current ABC Records Committed Chair Person

Joe competed in his first Barefoot National tournament in Piqua Ohio in 1987. His Mom and Dad drove us there in their new motorhome. “Joey” made them proud. He began competing in the Eastern Barefoot Regionals in 1986 and quickly received his masters rating qualifying him to Compete at the National Level in 1987. Additionally, he competed in the open class early on in his barefooting career. He has won many, many medals in barefoot jump, slalom and tricks over the years. He taught himself to barefoot one summer by accident. His Mom was pulling him in the family boat on a little lake in Maine where he grew up…he was sitting on a surf board and she gunned the gas to get away from another boat..Joe had sneakers on…and he stood up.the board flailed off behind him…MOM was horrified when she looked in the rearview…when she got back to get him…it went kinda like this..”Joey get in the boat NOW..but Mom..that was so cool…In the BOAT JOEY…NOW” and so it was…he still uses that trauma of having his mom yell as an excuse for always…getting in the boat!!!

He would tell you that the best part for him is not the medals and awards but practicing with his friends and family…all the dedicated cohorts..Jeff Whitehead and family, Duane Gibson, Dave Newlon, Bruce Uvanni, Roger LeDuc….and then the guys he taught to do it…Mike LeBlanc, JJ Cioffi (sportscaster), and all of the little kids that are now adults..that stop him and say…”Hey..Joe…you taught me to water-ski when I was 6 or 8……” This summer he just beamed when his little great niece Madison age 3 waterskied with Uncle Joey!! He’ll make a barefooter out of her yet! That said…buy a lesson…you won’t be disappointed! Buy a Ball and you may win some cash…you will definitely be helping Joe.

Thank you for supporting Joe in achieving a life long dream! Dreams do come true! He has shown us all that.

Laurie Malenfant