U.S. water ski athletes Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.), Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.) and Nate Smith (Winter Garden, Fla.) won titles in respective events at the 60th Nautique Moomba Masters International Invitational, March 6-9, on the Yarra River in Melbourne, Australia.
Krueger won the men’s jumping title for the second consecutive year and ninth time in his career, soaring 214 feet (65.1 meters) and winning by just one tenth of a meter over Russia’s Igor Morozov (213 feet/65.0 meters).
Lang won the women’s tricks title for the fourth time in her career, edging defending champion and fellow U.S. athlete Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.) for the win. Lang, the top seed for the finals, scored 9,980 points to Gay’s 9,620 points in winning the title for the first time since 2018.
Smith won the men’s slalom title for the fourth time in his career, defeating Italy’s Thomas Degasperi in a run-off. After both skiers tied with 5 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off, Smith won the subsequent runoff, scoring 3 buoys at 41 feet off to Degasperi’s 4-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off. It was Smith’s first Moomba Masters title since 2018. He finished second to Degasperi in 2019.
Other athletes winning Moomba Masters titles were: Manon Costard (France), women’s slalom (3 buoys at 38 feet off); Jacinta Carroll (Australia), women’s jumping (181 feet); Giannina Bonnemann (Germany), women’s overall (2,962.62 points); Patricio Font (Mexico), men’s tricks (11,740 points); and Joel Poland (Great Britain), men’s overall (2,899.65 points).
Other U.S. athletes who advanced to the finals in respective events were: Allie Nicholson (Gallatin, Tenn.), who finished second in women’s slalom following a run-off with Costard. After both skiers tied with 3 buoys at 38 feet off, Costard won the subsequent run-off with a score of 5 buoys at 38 feet off to Nicholson’s 4 buoys at 38 feet off. Elizabeth Montavon (Lake Worth, Fla.) placed fifth in women’s slalom (3-1/2 buoys at 35 feet off). Jon Travers (Groveland, Fla.) placed sixth in men’s slalom (1-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off). Kevin Jack (Winter Haven, Fla.) finished sixth in men’s tricks (8,460 points).
Complete results can be found at http://www.iwwfed-ea.org/classic/20AUS316/.
In the Moomba Night Jump & Slalom events, Smith won the Night Slalom event, scoring 3 buoys at 41 feet off, and Krueger won the Night Jump event, soaring 202 feet. Complete results from the night events can be found at http://www.iwwfed-ea.org/classic/20AUS315/.
U.S. water ski athletes Alyssa Drake (Oconomowoc, Wis.), Ali Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.), Blaze Grubbs (Rio Linda, Calif.) and Erick Macias-Sedano (Orlando, Fla.) competed in respective events at the 44th Nautique Junior Moomba Masters on March 4 in Melbourne, Australia. Titles were up for grabs in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall. The Junior Moomba Masters typically determines its champions by the two-round scoring total, however, the second round was cancelled due to heavy rain.
Garcia tied for first in girls’ slalom (1 buoy at 38 feet off) with Australia’s Sade Ferguson; Drake placed 10th in girls’ slalom, eighth in tricks, third in jumping and sixth overall; Grubbs won boys’ jumping (165 feet) and placed second in slalom, third in tricks and second overall; and Macias-Sedano placed eighth in boys’ tricks.
Other Junior Moomba Masters’ event winners were as follows: Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah (Malaysia), girls’ tricks (6,900 points); Sade Ferguson (Australia), girls’ jumping (132 feet) and overall (2,836.23 points); Federico Jaramillo (Colombia), boys’ slalom (3 buoys at 38 feet off); Patricio Font (Mexico), boys’ tricks (11,590 points); and Tobias Giorgis (Argentina), boys’ overall (2,944.53 points).
Complete Nautique Junior Moomba Masters results can be found at http://www.iwwfed-ea.org/classic/20AUS314/.
The Ski Nautique was the exclusive towboat of the 60th Nautique Moomba Masters International Invitational and 44th Nautique Junior Moomba Masters.