The starting list of the 58th Moomba Masters Waterski Championships includes five World Waterski Champions and athletes from 19 countries affiliated to the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF). These include Australia, Argentina, Austria, Belarus, Canada, Chile, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Russia, Switzerland and USA. With so many current IWWF World Waterski Champions scheduled to compete, all eyes will now focus on who are the most inform athletes for this new season of 2018.
Recently crowned IWWF World Slalom Champion, Freddy Winter (GBR), took fifth place here a year ago, losing out to two-time World Slalom Champion Thomas Degasperi (ITA) for the title. He will now have a point to prove here on the Yarra River.
Canada’s Ryan Dodd, crowned IWWF World Jump Champion last September in Paris, must now take on the reigning Moomba Jump Champion, superstar Freddy Krueger (USA). That duel promises to be a spectacular one as Krueger has accumulated a staggering eight World Jump Records to date.
To ensure that the home crowd has an Australian World Champion to support, their own Jacinta Carroll is not only the current World Jump Champion and Moomba Masters Champion but she also set a Course Record here last year with a massive distance of 56.7m.
The new IWWF World Tricks Champion Neilly Ross (CAN) is also the defending Moomba Champion and may well take that gold medal home again. Finally, Whitney McClintock Rini (CAN), Moomba Masters Overall Champion, is rarely off the podium and is more than likely to hit the Melbourne headlines.
Once again, the Nautique 200 will provide the excellent consistency and support services for all competitors during this unique festival on the water.