The time has come again — summer has arrived in the Southern Hemisphere, and Chilean water skiers are celebrating a new ski season. Five different man-made-lake ski clubs located near Santiago keep hundreds of passionate South American skiers entertained. The new season also welcomes one of the most prestigious and competitive tournaments in the world — the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour presented by O’Brien — to the area.
The first 2013 Big Dawg qualifier will be held Feb. 1–2 at Los Morros, located just 30 minutes south of Santiago. The beautiful single-lake oasis is one of the top South American tournament sites, and owner Waldo Miranda and the Chilean Water Ski Federation welcome skiers from around the world to be part of this great event.
The tournament will start on Friday, Feb. 1, with a two-round record-capability qualifier, and then the field will be pared down to 16 men, who will compete in a head-to-head format on Saturday morning. The final eight skiers will be competing under the lights on Saturday evening. Local competitor Ruben Rosenberg says, “To share the starting dock with these elite skiers on my home lake is something that I’ve waited for for a while.”
Besides world-class skiing, the area offers a variety of great vacation activities for skiers visiting from other countries. Wine tasting is a must! Chilean vineyards grow more than 20 grape varieties and produce some of the world’s best wines. Another top choice is the picturesque beaches of Vina del Mar, about a 90-minute drive from Los Morros. While you’re there, you can choose from among scuba diving, surfing or simple relaxation. And of course the city of Santiago is a must-visit for its many stunning monuments and art museums, landscaped parks and scrumptious dining options.–By Gonzalo Peschiera
For more information on the Chile Big Dawg World Tour, click HERE.