Ex­cite­ment as Aqua Games splash down

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Sport -

THE Swan River in Burswood was the lo­ca­tion for the in­au­gu­ral Aqua X Games, a show­case of some of the world’s best women’s and men’s wa­ter­skiers and wake­board­ers.

The women’s jump events showed off Aus­tralian tal­ent, with lo­cal Jac­inta Car­roll out­dis­tanc­ing the rest of the field.

The men’s jump proved very in­ter­est­ing, with home­town com­peti­tor Ryan Green se­cur­ing his place in the fi­nal with a solid dis­play.

The last jumper was Freddy Krueger, who af­ter two jumps ap­peared as though he may not qual­ify for the fi­nal. But on the last jump of the day, he man­aged to pull out all stops and post the best jump of the day to take top seed po­si­tion for the fi­nal.

The men’s wake­board fi­nals also showed the qual­ity of Aus­tralian wa­ter sports ath­letes, with Tony Iac­coni scor­ing an ex­cep­tional 74.44.

Weather con­di­tions re­stricted the ath­letes on the day of the fi­nals but large crowds gath­ered to watch the evening of show ski per­for­mances, bare­foot skiers, wake­board demon­stra­tions and the wa­ter­ski big jumpers.

Pic­tures: Grant Lauterbach

Above: Syn­chro­nised for­ma­tion ski­ing was a high­light of the Aqua X Games. Be­low: Bo­jan Schip­ner, of Ger­many, in ac­tion.

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