World number 2 barefoot skiier Brendan Paige is expected to be among the drawcards to the Woodburn Riverside Festival.
World number 2 barefoot skiier Brendan Paige is expected to be among the drawcards to the Woodburn Riverside Festival. Brendan Ray

Woodburn Riverside Festival tipped to attract top skiers

WATER-skiing displays will be a major drawcard at this year's Woodburn Riverside Festival on October 12.

Thanks to the efforts of the fledgling Northern Rivers Waterski Inc, which is based at Woodburn, a number of junior champions and water-ski experts will be showing their stuff on the Richmond River.

"Brendan Paige, world No.2 junior freestyle barefoot skier, and Nick Crisp, world's best junior air chair rider and wake boarder, will be here," water-ski club member Marc Barlow said.

"There will be ski races, with teams Wild Thing and Top Shot, the best of the best in water-ski racing."

Former Seaworld Swivel Show skiers Danielle Greenland and local Tina Greenwood, former Seaworld skier Mark Robertson, and the boys from Pro Wake, Daniel and Mick Watkins, will also be there.

Mr Barlow likened their ski boats to the V8 supercars of water-ski racing.

Not to be outdone, some of the club's own members including Al Barrett, who will be barefooting, Paul Lynch and Susan Cartwright, will also be getting out on the water.

There will be plenty of vantage points in the park for people to watch the amazing feats of these experts as they perform throughout the day.

The club will also be running the barbecue for the day and people are invited to find out more about the group by visiting www.northern riverswaterski.com.

Since its inception three months ago, the water-ski club has cleaned out the yard at the back of the CWA building.

"We've made it look more presentable and any group using the CWA facilities can now let their kids play out here," Ms Cartwright said.

"We had Shane Helson of Reviro in Brisbane come down and put in a soft-fall ground in the play area."

The club will meeet on the third Sunday of the month starting in October and anyone with an interest in water-skiing can visit the website or come along.



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