By Geena Krueger
What an incredible start for world-record holder Freddy Krueger. He’s won every major pro tournament there is to win this year. Krueger won Moomba Masters with a jump of 67.6 m (222 feet), Moomba Night Jump with 64.6 m (212 feet), the Water Ski World Cup in Mandurah with 62.2 m (204 feet) and Eyres Perth Night Jump with 63.7 m (209 feet). Here’s what the Nightmare had to say about his success, the tournaments, and his year ahead:
How’s it feel to have won every 2013 pro tournament so far?
Great [laughs]. You sit down and you kinda put goals down on paper before the season starts, and obviously going over there and winning was goal number one. But beyond that, I wasn’t only pleased with winning but how I skied mentally and physically on the water. I really felt like I kept that up at both Mandurah and Perth as well. I guess I’d go so far as to say, had I not won, I still would’ve been very pleased with how I skied.
So you feel like you were able to take that good feeling from Moomba into the Perth and Mandurah tournaments?
Honestly, I was a little less consistent, because conditions at both Mandurah and Perth were a bit more challenging. In Perth, for instance, I didn’t even hardly jump all week, and was having to cut and pass because of the wind. In Mandurah, the conditions were very challenging. In the finals, I kicked that first jump, which was my goal. I knew the conditions would be best on the first jump, so from that standpoint, yes, I continued right on from Moomba.
Of the four victories (including Moomba Night Jump), is there one that’s really special to you?
You know, anytime you can win Moomba, that’s a big deal. So if I had to choose one, winning that Moomba Day Jump for me was a pretty big deal, because I just haven’t won that tournament very often. I’ve been there 15 times. I think I’ve won three. So to win it in the fashion that I did, where I was jumping well, that was the most exciting thing for me.
How was your overall perspective on these three tournaments? Organizationally, crowd-, and condition-wise?
These three tournaments, although they’re all in Australia and happen back to back, they all have a very different feel and flavor. They all set the bar very high for the rest of the world right now. Moomba is one of the longest-standing events in our history, and it still brings the largest crowds to the shorelines. That’s obviously very exciting for us skiers. The Mandurah site has a very different feel to it. It’s a new event, and water skiing isn’t as well known there. There’s still maybe over 100,000 people, though, that pass through the festival while we’re there skiing, and they’re all getting introduced to the sport. So it’s still a very big audience, but a very uneducated audience compared to Moomba and Perth. And from an organizational standpoint, they’ve all done exceptionally well!
What are your main goals for the rest of the season?
I want to keep the momentum going. The only way for me to keep momentum going is for me to keep working to improve. The key for me to continue to win this season is to not take my foot off the gas pedal, basically. Just keep trying to improve. Staying comfortable but getting to where I can be even more aggressive.
Last question, Freddy. How does it feel to be home?
Ah … feels good. I actually got in a little earlier yesterday than I was supposed to, so I got home in time to see [my son] Dash last night before he went to bed. We’ve had a big day today playing football and taking motorcycle rides and stuff like that. So yeah, it feels really, really good. There’s definitely no place like home.