2013 Moomba Masters Day 1

Two past champions of Moomba take the lead after the first round

It was Emma Sheers and Andy Mapple, after a few years break from this infamous tournament, taking the lead in womens and big dawg slalom. In the jump event it was the number one ranked woman and man, Marion Mathieu and Freddy Krueger, taking the number one seed going into the semi finals.

Local girl and a favourite here on the banks of the Yarra, Emma Sheers, went out early off the dock and put out the unbeatable score of 3.5@11.25m. It was the Canadian Whitney Mcclintock who almost chased down the Aussie with a score of 2.5@11.25m while Anais Amade took the 3rd seed going into the semi finals, 2@11.25m.

In this the second year the Big Dawg slalom competition it was a man who is very familiar with the Yarra river after winning several slalom titles, Andy Mapple, running the 10.75m line to take top honours after the first round.

Freddy 'The Nightmare' Krueger getting hold of a 66.1m jump

Freddy ‘The Nightmare’ Krueger getting hold of a 66.1m jump

Jump distances were a little lower than usual in the first round due to a challenging head current. Number one ranked skier on the elite rankings, Marion Mathieu, popped out a 50.1m leap to take 1st going into todays semi final. The United States Alex Lauretano was a metre behind here, 49.1m and 2011’s champion Jacinta ‘Rabbit’ Carroll was a bit further behind the lead with a 48.0m jump.

One of the biggest fields for mens jump took the water yesterday afternoon with 24 skiers. Last year’s overall champion Joel Wing was leading for most of the time with a 61.2m jump until the 2010 Champ Damian Sharman took the lead off him with a 62.0m. Fresh off his Australian Open win, Ryan Dodd took top spot with one skier left on the dock with a jump of 63.4m. It was world record holder Freddy Krueger who was head and shoulders above the competition with a 66.1m leap which gave him number one seed easily going into Sunday’s semi final.

Last night’s Night Jump event saw the Slovakian Martin Bartalsky take the cash with a 55.1m leap in the final. It was the Australian Joshua Louder who pushed him all the way with a 52.1m jump in the final. ‘Rabbit’ Carroll did extremely well being the only woman jumping in the night jump event and making the semi final last night with a 50+ metre jump, bigger than what she went in the day!

The Smiling Assassin, Steven Moss

The Smiling Assassin, Steven Moss

Today on the Yarra will be womens tricks, mens tricks, men slalom, womens jump semi final and big dawg slalom semi final.

Live results can be found on:  http://www.iwwfed-ea.org/competition.php?cc=T-13AUS318&page=live

Live webcast can be found on: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/moomba-masters-2013—melbourne

Joshua Louder

2013 Junior Moomba Masters Day 2

Joshua Briant and Erika Lang are Junior Moomba Champions

It was the two reining junior world overall champions who dominated Junior Moomba from start to finish. The American Erika Lang took out every event she skied in today winning girls trick and jump quite comfortably. The local hero Joshua Briant took out boys tricks easily and won the gold in boys jump after some tough competition from Taylor Garcia.

Joshua Briant getting hold of a 55.3m jump unfortunately for him it was a fast time but nevertheless still took out boys jump

Joshua Briant getting hold of a 55.3m jump unfortunately for him it was a fast time but nevertheless still took out boys jump

Lang tricked 8990 again in the 2nd round to take out the event by more than 7000 points combined. While the battle for the next two places were a lot closer with Kara Macintyre tricking 5050 which put her in 3rd place and Bianca Mulach scoring 5240 which gave her the silver medal.

It was much the same in the boys tricks with junior trick world champion Briant winning by over 6000 points combined tricking 9950 in the 2nd round. Aussie Tyce Zendler stood up his hand run to grab 2nd place (5230) while Taylor Garcia couldn’t match his first round score tricking 4380 giving him the bronze medal.

The favourite from the United States, Dane Mechler, lead from start to finish needing 1@11.25m in the 2nd round to take the win from South African Eamon Van Der Merwe who scored 2@11.25m again. Winning his first medal at a Junior Moomba was Craig Jeude who got the equal highest score in the 2nd round (2@11.25m) to get on the podium.

South African Eamon Van Der Merwe consistent skiing running 2@11.25m both rounds

South African Eamon Van Der Merwe consistent skiing running 2@11.25m both rounds

With 4 rounds of jump being run today it was always going to be tough to get through everyone in the time allocated. Congratuations to the rowers who didn’t damage the jump ramp overnight (obviously went to Specsavers). Due to the time restraints for the 2nd round of jump instead of dropping down the city end in between jumps they were spinning. This made conditions a little bit rollie but luckily it was low tide so it could have been much worse.

Erika Lang took the girl jump crown with a 36.5m in the 1st round and a 35.1m in the 2nd round. Aussie girl Teagan Burns took home silver with a best jump of 34.1m and American Kara Macintyre snatched 3rd place from Anthea Collicoat with a best jump of 30.1m.

Erika Lang with a leap of 36.5m takes out the girls jump event

Erika Lang with a leap of 36.5m takes out the girls jump event

There was just over one metre separating 1st from 3rd in the boys jump event. Briant was leading after the 1st round with a 50.6m leap but in the 2nd round Taylor Garcia got hold of a 52.9m jump which put the pressure on Kiwi Alex King and Briant. King fell short by 10cm jumping 51.2m to take 3rd while Briant took the win with a 52.0m pearler.

Lang almost scored the perfect overall score (2975) but this was more than enough to make her the Queen of the Junior Moomba Masters ahead of Kara Macintyre and Teagan Burns. Briant wasn’t too far off the perfect overall score either (2972.64) and he will be crowned King of Junior Moomba during the junior presentation on Saturday. He took the win ahead of his closest rival Taylor Garcia and fellow countryman Tyce Zendler.

Teagan Burns jumping her way into second place

Teagan Burns jumping her way into second place

That’s it for Junior Moomba for another year, another great tournament put on by the Victorian Water Ski Association. The main event starts tomorrow, The Moomba Masters International Invitational. Womens slalom will be the first cab off the rank at 8am tomorrow morning.

Joshua Louder

2013 Junior Moomba Masters Day 1

We started today behind the eight ball straight away after not one but two octuple sculls rowed into the front of the jump puncturing the ramp floats on both occasions. Full credit must go to the Junior Moomba organisers still starting on time with boys tricks. Although tricks ran up river from the Swan Street Bridge so the ramp could have some maintenance done to it.

No surprises in boys tricks even though Joshua Briant fell very early on his toe run it was still enough to take top seed into round 2 with 6430 ahead of Taylor Garcia (5500) and Tyce Zendler (4830). The standard of tricking in the junior girls was a little higher than the boys with favourite Erika Lang leading with 8990 ahead of Canadian Chantal Singer (5520) and Aussie Bianca Mulach (5340).

The junior girls did both their rounds of slalom today due to the ramp still being worked on. The scores were lower than usual for all 13 girls after the first round but for the second round the wind died down and the current settled, this showed in the scores. Every girl skied better in the second round some even more than two passes better! After a mediocre first round Kara Macintyre put a score out to beat with 4@12m and it wasn’t until Erika Lang that the 13m line was run again. Lang scored 3@12m which gave her an equal combined score with Macintyre. After a count back to the 2nd round score Macintyre was given the lead. Last off the dock, Chantal Singer couldn’t chase down the two Americans but took the last spot on the podium with 4@13m.

In junior boys slalom the 12m line was run 4 times in the first round which goes to show the high standard of skiing, especially on The Yarra. The South African Eamon Van Der Merwe was the first person to run it scoring 2@11.25m, Aussie Joshua Briant equalled this score while next off the dock Jonah Shaffer was half a buoy below the leaders with 1.5@11.25m. After narrowly missing out on the finals for last weekend’s Australian Open Dane Mechler surely made up for it taking top seed into the second round with 3.5@11.25m.

After some more maintenance on the jump ramp it was still slightly out after homologation so the junior jump event was postponed until tomorrow. If all goes to plan the rowers will see the big red thing in the water that is about 4 metres wide and 7 metres long and we will be ready to jump tomorrow.

It all starts tomorrow with junior boys trick at 8am


The Yarra River at 7pm with the jump ramp that is ever so slightly out

Joshua Louder