SOME of the best water-skiers in the country will take to the Albury-Wodonga Water Ski Park this weekend for the NSW titles.
Skiers will compete in trick, slalom and jump sections on Saturday and Sunday.
The Border will have its fair share of talent in the mix, with no less than 14 skiers from the Albury-Wodonga Waterski Club in action.
Brendan McLoughlan said the Border club was one of the strongest in Australia.
“We continue to produce outstanding water-skiers and that in part is a function of history — where champions of the past can pass on their knowledge to the next generation,” he said.
“What many people don’t fully appreciate is the sport demands great technique.
“This year newcomers Lara, Lochie and Grace Butlin, Harrison Lawes and Sam McLoughlan will be competing in their first state titles while Brodie Godde, Mason Crocker and Lachlan and Tom Moloney will be fiercely competitive in the under-17 boys.
“The Bennie sisters, Tegan and Stephanie, will put their sisterly love aside for a day to beat one another and the evergreen Cathryn Humphrey, Jarrod Faora and David Finnemore will be hot favourites to take out their events.”
Godde, Humphrey and Faora were all part of the Moomba Masters on the Yarra River on the long weekend.
McLoughlan said it would be action packed.
“We’ll start at 7am with the tricks for four hours, then the slalom and end with the jump from 3pm,” he said.
“What spectators can expect is huge walls of water as skiers muscle their way through the course in the slalom event, countless flips and spins in the trick event and skiers launching themselves at the ramp with some landing well over 50 metres in the jump event.”
McLoughlan said most of the state skiers would go on to the national titles in Darwin.
“Everyone here this weekend has had to meet the qualifying standards at other events,” he said.
“Those same skiers will go to the nationals, but it is the prestige of winning the state title that really matters.”