Full throttle, family skis to win
FATHER-SON trio Mark, Jacob and Mason Ross were first past the post with a time of 45 minutes 30 seconds in the Woodburn Bridge to Bridge 80km double skier race yesterday.
It was a morning of thrills and spills as two skiers came off and were injured.
Steve Young was left nursing a shoulder injury and a sore head from the impact of his fall, while Greg Reason also failed to finish when he was thrown from the back of his boat south of Broadwater.
Both were cleared of any serious damage by the on-site ambulance crew.
"It's the nature of the beast, unfortunately," Tweed River Water Ski Club vice-president Nathan Walker said.
"Fatigue kicks in and you have to be careful when you are hitting speeds of 145 km/h."
Jacob, 21, and Mason Ross, 19, were happy to escape with the win.
"Our dad's been pushing us for about 10 years now, but it's all good fun," Jacob said.
"He doesn't hold back and really goes full throttle behind the wheel.
"We're pretty happy to get the win and avoid some of the logs that were floating in the river.
"It gets pretty rough here, but this is one of our favourite races because you get to do two laps."
Other winners were Brian Shepherd (social 100 km/h), Logan Dewar (sub-junior), Erin Davis (junior novice), Clint Fay (senior novice).