Water ski racers power to world title

A CREW of Bendigo water ski racers have conquered the world's best in Spain.

Driver and team owner Daniel McMahon, observer Ian Baker and crewman Mick Pay teamed with Cairns waterskier Wayne Mawer to bring home the world championships' open men's trophy from Tenerife.

The 99 Psycho Clowns powered to victory by winning three of the four hour-long races on the rough open water.

99 Pyscho Clowns also took out the F2 outboard motor series, while McMahon piloted the boat for the junior girls' winner.

"There was only six world championships on offer and Australia won all of them and our team, 99 Pyscho Clowns, won three of them - so we're pretty happy," Baker said.  

The open men's victory was the fruition of many testing sessions.

The Bendigo team prepared for the world titles by travelling across Australia and hit top form on the way to winning the Australian Water Ski Racing Championship series.

"We've been building for this world title probably over the last two-and-a-half years," Baker said.

"We put a lot of research into the boat, a lot of testing.

"Through all that we've done a lot of racing and a lot of travelling over Australia to get everything right."

Eight countries competed at the world titles, including the hosts, the USA, Great Britain, Austria and New Zealand.

"Our main competition was the Americans, they were on our heels every race," Baker said.

It was the Bendigo crew's first word title and Mawer's third.

The team is now looking ahead to February's Southern 80 in Echuca and they're keen to improve on last year's runner-up finish.

"We spent a lot of time racing to get ourselves right for the world title, that's done, now we're focusing on the river classics - which is the Southern 80, up Robinvale and Mildura," Baker said.

"Everyone in Bendigo knows about the Southern 80, we got second there last year and the aim is to go one better this year."

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