Water-skiers battle high winds

SKIERS battled atrocious conditions in what at times became a war of attrition in the NSW titles at the weekend.

The Border’s David Finnemore was one of the casualties and winners at the Albury-Wodonga water-ski park — a ski hitting him on the forehead in a nasty spill in the slalom.

Spokesman Brendan McLou-ghlan said Finnemore had still done enough to tie for first in the event.

“It doesn’t get any worse and as the skiers whip across the wake at speeds of up to 70km/h the rain was like pellets hitting them in the face,” he said.

“It was such a huge change from the first day of competition on Saturday.

“Local young gun Brodie Godde was in a very good position on Saturday to take out all three events (trick, slalom and jump) only to have a bad crash in the slalom on Sunday and was forced to withdraw.

“Finnemore still claimed equal first for the men’s open slalom despite the fall and had the added thrill of seeing his seven-year-old son Daniel compete in his first tournament.

“Lachie Moloney claimed silver in the under-17 boys slalom.”

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