THE second club competition of the season hosted by the Namibian Waterski Club was held at the Von Bach Dam last Saturday.
The competition proved to be very successful with a number of senior men and women taking part for the first time, encouraging the younger participants.
Great performance was shown in the Junior Boys slalom division with Luke Schmidt running first on a shortened, 14.25 m line at a speed of 58 km/hour.
Charl de Wet came second, making a clear run of 6 buoys at 55 km/h.
André Mostert provided an excep-tional achievement in the Senior Mens division, with 2 buoys on a 12 m rope at 55 km/h. This is an impressive score so early in the new summer season.
In the Trick Ski division, less participants than usual were repre-sen-ted with André Mostert obtain-ing a well deserved first place with 1570 points.
The Jumps were a highlight with Luke Schmidt improving his previous personal best from 27 to 29.1m a day before his 15th birthday! Only on his last jump of six could André outjump him with an impressive 31.4 m.
A hearty thank you goes out to all competitors for supporting these events and especially to all organisers, judges and boat drivers, as well as the patient trainers without whose persistent effort these competitions cannot be hosted.
Waterski is a popular sport in Namibia, but it is only at the Von Bach Dam that formal competitions are held.
From these achievements a national team is selected that represents the country at the South African national competitions and the All African Waterski Cham-pionships.
Regular ski schools are being held especially for the youngsters. Any waterskiers out there who have not had access to competitive skiing and may be interested are welcome to contact Bernd Kebbel at 081 124 2184.
The next competition will be hosted by the Namibian Waterski Association at the Namibia Water-ski Club at the Von Bach Dam on Saturday 4 December. The next day an open day will be held for participation in wakeboarding and to introduce the newly founded barefoot ski club.