Skiers carve up dam

UP AND RUNNING: Grafton's Mick Schache sends up the spray during waterskiing competition at Storm King Dam. Photo Daniel Elliott / Stanthorpe Border Post
UP AND RUNNING: Grafton's Mick Schache sends up the spray during waterskiing competition at Storm King Dam. Photo Daniel Elliott / Stanthorpe Border Post Daniel Elliott

THEY have been treated unkindly by Granite Belt weather in the past, but conditions this time were postcard-perfect.

Water skiers hit the water at Storm King Dam on the weekend for Water Ski Queensland's fifth round of competition, and Water Ski Queensland president Brad Williams said it was a terrific event.

"This was our third time at Storm King Dam, and we've had pretty ordinary weather in the past," he said.

"It was 35 degrees and no wind ... this time was perfect and made for a cracking event.

"As soon as the water chops up, it makes it hard to ski at an elite level, and it can become dangerous, but everything went really well.

"We always knew Storm King was a great location. We just had to strike the right weekend."

Williams said during the perfect weekend of skiing, it had been the junior skiers who had provided a lot of the highlights.

"A couple of our juniors really stood out and beat their personal bests," he said.

"It is good timing for them to be skiing well, too, with juniors competing at national level competitions between now and Easter."

Williams said he wanted to thank the Granite Belt community and the Southern Downs Regional Council for its hospitality.

"When we approached the council to hold the event, they were very receptive and had no problems giving us the run of the dam," he said.

"It is all maintained really well, so it's great to turn up and be able to ski such a great facility."

Williams said the skiers were very keen to return next year, and were hoping for another run of ideal conditions.

"Next time we'd love to get some locals involved in the competition, so anyone who wants to learn more about skiing and Water Ski Queensland is welcome to call me on 0429345499," he said.

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