Rough conditions fail to shake up driver or waterskiers
The Matamata man who was behind the wheel of two waterskiers’ efforts at the World Waterski Racing Championships in Wellington recently said the 10-day event was both ‘‘ awesome’’ and ‘‘tiring’’.
Paul Hammond said all the skiers, including Perry Jamieson and Natalia Flexman who he drove for, experienced very tough weather and water conditions.
The conditions didn’t stop the skiers from having some success. His junior girl skier, Flexman, finished fourth overall in the world.
‘‘ Out of the four races we managed to get on the podium in race two and pick up a third,’’ Hammond said.
‘‘My F2 men’s skier, Jamieson, finished fifth overall, our best race was a fourth and we missed out on getting third by .8 of a second, but otherwise a great experience.’’
The New Zealand team finished second overall out of seven countries in the event.
skier Perry Jamieson battles the elements with
another boat coming up behind him.