Nick Crisp, Australian junior water-ski champ flips over Georgia Sellings on the Richmond River. Photo Samantha Elley / Northern Star
Nick Crisp, Australian junior water-ski champ flips over Georgia Sellings on the Richmond River. Photo Samantha Elley / Northern Star Samantha Elley

Northern Rivers ski club considering hosting new event

AFTER a successful day at the Woodburn Riverside Festival, Northern Rivers Water Ski Club may host its own event next year.

The club brought along a bevy of talented skiers to the festival on Saturday, including world champion water-skier Mackenzie McCarthy.

Other renowned water-skiers showing off their skills included Australian junior water-ski champion Nick Crisp and Australian number two Georgia Sellings.

Club member Marc Barlow said the day acted as a strong promotional tool for the club and for water sports in general on the Northern Rivers.

"It was an excellent day. All the guys and girls that turned up had a good run out on the water," he said.

"Nick Crisp and Georgia Sellings were back-flipping over each other at the same time and that was definitely a bit of a crowd pleaser.

"We got a fair bit of attention from everybody at Riverside. We got some new members and were asked a lot of questions.

"Even the people in the houses by the river had to come out and have a look."

Barlow said club members were now talking about starting an offshoot event which would allow more time on the water.

"It'd be excellent to have the river to ourselves," he said.

Disciplines demonstrated by the club on the day included barefoot water-skiing, airchair, wakeboard, swivel ski and traditional water-skiing.

Barlow said the club's ski race demonstrations were popular with festival attendees.

"The whole idea of this was to promote water sports in the area and I think we did well," he said.

The club will host a family fun day, with a chance to try water skiing on November 2.

Call Marc Barlow on 0401 565 740 for more information.



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