My brother and I , too! We used to have a blast. But when I turned 40 it seemed that the pain just wasn't worth it anymore.
When I was young, Mike Seipel learned to barefoot with a very good freind of mine on Little Muskeog Lake, where I lived, in Wisconsin. My freind, Mike, and one other guy from the lake made the US Barefoot Team in the late 70's to early 80's. As you probably know Seipel went much further than that and is still one of the greats!!
I was too busy with my soon-to-be-wife to learn with them. But when I moved to Tennessee and got divorced, I decided it was time to learn to barefoot.
Did we need a boom... Nahhhhh!
Did we need a wetsuit... Nahhhhh!
One deepwater attempt and many gallons of water up my a$$ and the barefoot suit was on order. The boom would have to wait.
We learned on the long-line behind my Century Riviera I/O. My butt, legs, and back were solid black & blue from bouncing on the water - but eventually we learned!
We ingested a lot of liquid courage to get the nerve up to keep trying!
I've still got the boom, ropes, handles, shorts, suits, gloves and my neighbor has the ski boat. I've been thinking about giving it another try this year... at least on a short-line off the boom.