Water ski Masters returning to Bridgewater

SOME of Australia’s most accomplished water skiers will demonstrate their skills on the Loddon River at Bridgewater next month.

The Bridgewater Water Ski Club is hosting the 2018 Easytow Malibu Australian Masters Water Ski Championships, featuring some of the country’s best exponents in trick, slalom and jumps.

The three-day event, which will run from January 26-28, traditionally lures large crowds of spectators and keen competitors from around Australia.

Their scores go on to a worldwide ranking list administered by the International Waterski and Wakeboard Federation, which is used by both national teams and the organisers of Moomba Masters and other global events to make up their fields.

The championships open on the Friday at 10am with preliminary rounds in trick skiing, slalom and jumps,

Saturday features slalom and trick, then on Sunday it’s finals in slalom and jump.

Competitions for four entrants with disabilities will run on Friday and Saturday.

The nine age groups, all split into male and female sections, begin with under-10s and extend to over-65s.

The club is expecting about 70 competitors, coming from all states, as well as one entrant from the United States.

Highlights will include the world’s top-ranked female jumper and record-holder Jacinta Carroll, from Geelong, as well as the performances of Australia’s most skilful skiers.