PREPARING for the 10th annual Nev Wilson memorial Ski Classic on the Tweed River this weekend is owner-driver of The Phantom 21, Warren Barber and boat sponsors Mary Vecanski and Asha Barber.
PREPARING for the 10th annual Nev Wilson memorial Ski Classic on the Tweed River this weekend is owner-driver of The Phantom 21, Warren Barber and boat sponsors Mary Vecanski and Asha Barber. Crystal Spencer/Tweed Daily News

Making waves

THERE will be more than just a ripple on the Tweed River when the 10th Nev Wilson Memorial Ski Classic kicks off tomorrow.

The Memorial Ski Classic is the third round in the six-round East Coast Ski Race Series and has attracted more than 70 entries - making it the most popular event in the series.

The two-day event, held in memory of Nev Wilson, a prominent member of the Tweed River Water Ski Club and a campaigner for leukaemia research, was known for his long distance ski efforts including conquering the Murray River.

Wilson eventually succumbed to cancer and the race's main focus continues to raise money to support cancer charities.

The event is split over two days with four races on tomorrow and two more on Sunday.

Tomorrow's races will commence from Tumbulgum about 2pm and will cover the Next Generation, Novice Race, Drivers Race and the Sub Juniors classes.

Children as young as four and five will compete in the Next Generation race and entry is free with all of the participants receiving a trophy for their efforts.

On Sunday the action steps up several notches as the Juniors (under 17), Women, Social and Masters hit the water for race one, starting from Fingal Head Boat Harbour at 9am and racing to Murwillumbah and back.

The second race starts at 10.30am, presenting the Unlimited Outboard and Unlimited Inboard participants, with teams reaching startling speeds in excess of 160kph.

One skier to watch on Sunday will be previous Nev Wilson Ski Memorial participant Susan Cartwright, a member of the Tweed River Water Ski Club, who has just returned from Belgium after competing with the Australian Water Ski Team.

Cartwright is currently ranked number two in Australia.

Footage from Cartwright's helmet camera from last year can also be viewed on youtube.

Tweed River Water Ski Club President Peter Monger maintains that expert skills are not a necessity, as the Nev Wilson Memorial Ski Classic is about having fun to support a worthy cause.

“Water skiing is one of the best family sports there is. The whole family can join in, with mum and dad on the boat and two kids skiing off the back.”

Age is no barrier either ,with one over 40s Masters participant getting his father to drive the boat while he skis.

Good views • There will be plenty of good viewing points to watch the races which start from the Fingal Head Boat Harbour, Tumbulgum and the half-way point at Murwillumbah. • The money raised by the event will go towards supporting cancer charities. • More information can be found on the Tweed River Water Ski Club website atwww.tweedriverwaterskiclub.com.au .


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