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Waterski tournament soars

BY BREEANA HUMPHREYS

The night showcased a range of waterskiing forms with wakeboarding, show skiing, slalom and barefoot events before the jumping in March.

The night showcased a range of waterskiing forms with wakeboarding, show skiing, slalom and barefoot events before the jumping in March.

Night Jump co-ordinator and competitor Nicholas Wrenn says this is the first tournament of its kind in the southern hemisphere.

“We have a couple of world cup champions including Ryan Dodd from Canada. We’ve got a huge international field with competitors from Spain and Russia and Canada as well as the United States.

“We have got Australian Champion Ryan Green out there tonight and we’ve also got a couple of homegrown West Australians: Steven Moss, me and Mitch Cavanaugh.”

Mr Wrenn said the world record holder Freddy Krueger, who has a record jump of 75.2m, was also competing.

WA jumping competitor Steven Moss said he was looking forward to getting out there just jumping with the best in the world.

“There are not as many competitors but the best in the world are here.

“I’m a bit nervous seeing my idols on the dock out next to me; but at the same time it’s a great learning experience and they’re all friendly to help out and give you a few tips.”

Mr Moss, who spends six months here in WA and six months training in Florida, says jumping at night is a lot different.

“Everything goes a lot faster. You feel late and the ramp looks huge because it’s so lit up and nothing else is, but it is insanely fun.”

The danger aspect of the extreme sport became evident when Russian skier Igor Morozoy crashed after soaring over the ramp.

Fellow skiers came to Morozoy’s aid and he appeared to be in some pain.

International skiing superstar Freddy Krueger took out first place with Ryan Dodd and Scott Ellis tying for second.

WA skier Vennesa Leopold gave a spectacular performance that secured her first place in the slalom competition.

Mr Wrenn says they hope to make the tournament an annual event.

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