Water Ski Racing
World Water Ski Racing
Ski Racing combines the excitement of speed and water along
with human and machine. With the world’s best water
ski racers hurtling across lakes, oceans, rivers and dams
at speeds in excess of 120mph, water ski racing is a ‘must-see’
for extreme sport enthusiasts.
Teams race around a set course in the same fashion as Formula
1 Grand Prix car racing with the fastest team winning the
race. If you take a fall, then you get yourself back onto
the ski as quickly as possible to continue the race. Races
can be anything from 10 to 60+ minutes in length, depending
on the category and level of competition.
uninitiated people often assume that the skier with the fastest
boat will win. Well it’s not usually about the speed
of the boat because the boat will normally exceed the skier’s
ability in terms of speed on varying water conditions. And
there are so many other factors which help create a winning
team. Water ski racing is a real team effort.
The next step is trying it yourself and no you’re not
going to do the 120mph thing on day one – that’s
for sure. It takes years of dedication to clock speeds of
120mph but your earliest experiences in this amazing sport
will be both exhilarating and unforgettable. Then you'll be
A driver, observer and skier makes up the team needed to
go water ski racing and of course you need a speedboat and
other basic gear such as ski line, ski, wetsuit and helmet,
The best way forward is to contact someone at your local
water ski club that gets involved in water ski racing. They
will be able to fill you in on so much more.
great starting place for information and a taste of this superb
sport is www.skirace.net. It’s the official International
Water Ski Federation portal for the sport and it links to
all the major water ski racing sites throughout the world.
It offers a free mailing list, discussion forum and so much
Water ski racing – “The Ultimate Family Sport”
For more information contact:
Robbie Llewellyn Robbie@skirace.net
IWSF Racing Communication Director
Please visit the Water
Ski Racing website.
Photos courtesy of Memories