Melbourne’s Nautique Moomba Masters to feature five World Record Holders and 5 World Champions at March 8/13 Showdown
Staged over six days and nights on the Yarra River in Downtown Melbourne, this year’s first major international Waterski and Wakeboard Championships will once again set the pace for the rest of the 2017 season. Dating back to 1955, this 57th Moomba Masters will host over 200,000 fans on site at the spectacular river-bank arena in the shadow of the City’s skyscrapers. As part of the city-wide Moomba Festival, over one million visitors will enjoy this long weekend Labour Day holiday.
Few major international sports events attract such a high caliber of athlete every year. Eighteen countries will be represented. Included are World Slalom Champion Nate Smith USA, World Jump Champions Ryan Dodd CAN and Jacinta Carroll AUS, World Tricks Champion Anna Gay USA and World Overall Champion Adam Sedlmajer CZE. In addition to this, there will be five Word Record Holders involved including Freddy Krueger USA and Whitney McClintock CAN.
The weather forecast is for partly cloudy skies, 27C / 80Fh, with possible showers.
For most Skiers, this will be their first major test following winter training. On the unpredictable Yarra River, anything can happen! With 15 species of native fish, it is surprisingly clean for a city site. Great credit is due to the City of Melbourne for their efforts.
Last year, the Nautique Moomba Masters produced no less than six Course Records. Whitney McClintock CAN and Will Asher GBR took the Slalom titles. McClintock set a new Course Record and Asher was forced in to a dramatic run-off with Nate Smith USA. In Tricks, the Women’s Course Record was exceeded four times. Anna Gay USA took that title and Aliaksei Zharnasek BLR the Men’s title. Finally in Jump, the hometown favorite World Champion Jacinta Carroll dominated once again, having set a Course Record in the Prelims. She has now captured 30 consecutive wins! In taking the Men’s Jump title, Bojan Schipner GER caused a sensation with the biggest title of his career. Apart from Zharnasek in Tricks, all these defending champions will return once again on March 8/13.
The Ski Nautique 200 boat, with it’s legendary pull and world-record setting flat wakes, will be used for all three Waterski events – Slalom, Tricks and Jump. Wakeboard Riders will use the Nautique G23. Nautique sponsors many of the top Waterski athletes at this event, including Nate Smith, Jason McClintock, Jonathan Travers, Ryan Dodd, Whitney McClintock, Clementine Lucine, Breanne Dodd, Anna Gay, Neilly Ross, Erika Lang, and Jacinta Carroll.
Organised by the Victorian Water Ski Association and sanctioned by the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF), live scores will be available throughout the week at :