Melbourne, Australia, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moomba Masters Waterski and Wakeboard Championships on March 3-8. The spectacular downtown Yarra River setting, located beside the Rod Laver Australian Open Tennis Arena on the Southbank, is expected to attract record numbers of spectators, which at times in past years have exceeded 200,000.
In its the 50 years of entertaining the fans, Moomba Masters has attracted an estimated 750 million international viewers. More than 50 million Australians have tuned in to this unique event.
The golden anniversary championships this year will feature the best male and female tournament water skiers from 18 countries around the world plus the latest Nautiques boats by Correct Craft. All the current defending Moomba Masters champions, five current World Cup season champions and four World Record holders will compete. The event will also include international wakeboard stars competing against Australia’s best riders as well as some of the world’s top barefoot water skiers, both male and female.
The 50th Moomba Masters will be a non-stop action event and during the Yarra River course change breaks, Australia’s best and fastest boats will entertain with high-speed racing on site.
As ever, the spectacular flood-lit night water ski jump competition and the star-studded Moomba water ski show each evening will be followed by the Moomba fireworks display to illuminate the entire downtown Melbourne skyline.
To ensure that the 50th Moomba Masters is truly one to remember, this will be the largest presentation of the sport to date with tournament water skiing, wakeboarding, barefooting, junior Moomba, night jump, plus a special attempt to set a new disabled waterski world jump record on the 6-foot jump ramp.
The Royal Australian Navy ia scheduled to carry out helicopter sea rescue operations during the Masters. All this will take place on Melbourne’s Yarra River in the shadow of the Australian Open Tennis Arena and surrounded by beautiful gardens, fun rides, Ferris wheel, and other entertainment — all within easy walking distance of the City Centre.
For more info, go to moombamasters.com.au.