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Barefoot figure 8 hits the water for state of origin

WATER ACTION: Plenty of action on the Richmond River this weekend.
WATER ACTION: Plenty of action on the Richmond River this weekend. Contributed

THERE will be plenty happening on the water when the Elevated Clothing, Barefoot Figure Eight and State Of Origin water-skiing event comes to Woodburn this weekend.

With over $2500 in cash and prizes and some of the best barefoot skiers in NSW and Queensland competing, there will be an epic battle to try and be the last one standing.

It will be run by the Northern Rivers Water-ski Club who are expecting between 80 -100 entries to hit the water.

The competition is run over a kilometre long figure eight shaped course.

There are two barefoot water-skiers towed by one boat around the course at a set speed.

Obviously the longer they ski the rougher the water becomes.

The first skier to fall off is eliminated.

The current record that stands on the course is three and a half laps.

All the action takes place on the Richmond River, right in front of Woodburn's Riverside Park.

"Woodburn is one of the best spectator venues in Australia,” Club president Marc Barlow said.

"We ran it for the first time in 2014 and it has grown into one of Australia's premier barefoot water-ski events.

"Some of the best barefoot skiers in Australia will be here; a couple have won world championships and a handful with top five world rankings.

"We also have a class for the weekend

barefooters.

"We encourage them to take on the competitive skiers in their respective classes also.

"In previous years the weekend skiers have given them a real shake up.

Mr Barlow said the age range for the competition will be wide - frrom 10-year-olds all the way to a 67-year-old from Rockhampton,

competing.

Entries have come in from all over NSW and Queensland, from as far north as Cairns, west to Forbes and south to

Sydney.

Divisions include 13 and under, 14-17, over-45s, women, weekend warriors and open.

Sunday will be when the battle between the states, NSW and Queensland, takes place.

"Queensland has won on overall points every year so the NSW crew will be out for a bit of revenge.” Mr Barlow said.

Competition starts at 8am on both Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday night will see live music at the Rod n Reel Hotel at Woodburn with Dirty Channel Duo kicking off at 7pm.

Make sure you're there to see the best barefoot water-ski action in Northern NSW.

For more information or for interested barefooters check out www.barefoot figure8.com.

Topics:  elevated clothing northern rivers water-ski club state of origin woodburn