Ski Racing Australia has launched a new championship that aims to further broaden the appeal of one of Australia's most exhilarating sports.
The Australian Water Ski Racing Championship will feature three action-packed rounds designed to create tight racing on a spectator and broadcast-friendly circuit.
Similar in concept to the circuit racing inherent in World Championship events, the AWSRC promises shorter courses to ensure visibility of the entire course for spectators.
The length of the races has also been reduced to just under 20 minutes, ensuring that the action remains close and hard-fought throughout the races as boats and skiers fight side by side.
The three rounds will be held at Redcliffe, QLD (15-16 Sep), Corio Bay, VIC (24-25 Nov), and Newcastle Harbour, NSW (26-27 Jan) – venues that have all been selected to provide the best short circuit courses and spectator vantage points.
All events will be held as part of larger festival-type events at the venues, and will feature exciting entertainment offerings such as jet-ski, wakeboard and motor cross shows in addition to the world class ski racing.
Australia is a powerhouse in world water ski racing, with 12 out of 16 world champions – ensuring that the AWSRC will present the highest quality and most intense racing the sport has ever seen.
Noel Griffin, Chairman, Ski Racing Australia says the exciting new championship has been created to further promote the sport of water ski racing.
"While our big river races have been, and always will be, the heart of our sport, the very nature of this new championship is based around appealing to newcomers to the sport," said Mr Griffin.
"The Australian Water Ski Racing Championship is all about promoting and growing the sport to a broader, new audience – both in terms of the spectator experience at the event, and the television package that we can develop on races in a small space."
"It will revolutionise the way the sport is seen in this country, and will help protect the future of our sport. I liken it to being like Twenty 20 cricket in comparison to test cricket – our classics will always be the centrepiece of our sport, the truest test of man and machine. We hope that this series will attract more people to the sport, and as a result, to the river classics. Certainly, the research and investigation that we have done in formulating this series has indicated a strong level of interest both within and outside the sport – which is extremely encouraging."