Brunswick Heads? Phil Jeffree pilots Buzz Attack as it tows fellow Brunswick skiers Ben Jeffree and Richard Souwer.
Brunswick Heads? Phil Jeffree pilots Buzz Attack as it tows fellow Brunswick skiers Ben Jeffree and Richard Souwer.

Wobbles affect plenty after high-speed ski series

By Steve Spinks

If you see a few people limping around the Northern Rivers today ask them how the NSW Water Ski Race series final went at Woodburn yesterday.

After all, spending close to an hour being towed behind a speed boat doing speeds in excess of 150km/h would not be that great on your legs.

"It's very hard on your legs," president of the Tweed River Water Ski Club, Peter Monger, said.

"You don't walk well for two or three days after an event."

According to Monger, who organised the event, the fastest of the 46 entries reached speeds of up to 170km/h on the Richmond River despite conditions not being perfect.

"It was very rough at the top end of the course where there were a lot of white caps (broken waves)," Monger said.

Brisbane's Special Edition won the open unlimited inboard section, while another Brisbane entry, Careless Whispers, won the open unlimited outboard category.

Gemini, from Grafton, won the sub-juniors, while Careless Whisper backed up to win the junior section.

Slingshot, from Ballina, won the women's division, while another Brisbane boat, Number Four, won the masters.

R-Sup, from Mudgeeraba, won the social category.

Competitive water skiing involves a crew of four, including a driver, observer and two skiers.

The Woodburn event was the final of the series, with the new season starting on Anzac Day at Grafton.



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