THOUSANDS of people are expected to pack Echuca this weekend for the annual Southern 80 Race.
Dubbed the biggest water ski race in the world, the event attracts more than 500 competitors from across Australia.
This year’s competition has also has a strong international flavour with representatives from New Zealand, Great Britain and the United States taking to the water.
A number of current world champions are also expected to take part in the Southern 80 including Jack Harrison, Ben Gulley and Rachel Stapleton.
Several skiers from last Septembers World Championship's in Spain will also compete.
As part of the competition skiers will wind their way through 120 bends on the Murray River, racing between Torrumbarry and Echuca.
The event has been running for more than 45 years.
Organisers are encouraging visitors to watch all the action from the finish line near the Victoria Park Boat Ramp, Echuca.
Events begin on Saturday and Sunday at 6am and will run to 7pm.
Entry is $20 for a day pass or $30 for a weekend pass, children under 13 are free.
Organisers say trade sites, merchandise tents, food and drink stores will be available on site to keep spectators busy.
For more information about the event visit www.southern80.com.au