New Zealand’s longest river, the Waikato, is the perfect setting for two days of adrenalin-charged racing that is the “Bridge to Bridge”. High-speed boats, remarkable skill and extraordinary endurance are all on show during the country’s largest water-ski racing event from 27th – 29th November 2015.
From the banks and bridges of the mighty Waikato River, watch the action and excitement unfold as the top ski teams from New Zealand and Australia reach wild speeds of over 160kph in hot pursuit of the prestigious champion water-ski racing title.
The event kicks off on Friday night with ‘Show & Shine’ held at the Kingsgate Hotel where the public will have the opportunity to see an impressive showcase of some of the hottest ski race boats in the country from 5.00pm until 7.30pm..
Several different events will take place over the weekend, with the premier event – the Long Ski Race – held on Sunday afternoon. The gruelling race comprises of two legs over 82km, starting in Cambridge, winding through Hamilton to Taupiri and finishing at the Bridge St bridge in Hamilton’s CBD.
The powerboats will sprint their way up the river while the two skiers pulled by each boat must use all their skill and stamina to cut through the currents, stay on the single ski and avoid a watery plunge.
One of the best vantage points for watching the action is at the Grantham St boat ramp where the pits, commentators and entertainment are based. The riverside walks and bridges also make for great vantage points.
Other events throughout the weekend include novice, sub juniors, masters, family & social classes, time-trials and more. Not to mention the ski biscuit race, off-shore boat demonstrations and on and off the water entertainment.