The best water skiers in the world are competing in Central Texas this week, at the 75th annual Goode Water Ski National Championships outside of San Marcos.
The competition, the world’s largest three-event water ski tournament, started this morning at San Marcos River Ranch. It wraps up Saturday.
More than 600 athletes qualified for the event through placement on the national rankings list, a top five finish at regional championships or placing at last year’s nationals. They’ll compete for national titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall in age divisions and two open divisions.
Among the contestants is Bailey Austin, who won the Junior Moomba Masters in Australia in the spring and placed second at the Junior Worlds in slalom. She is a favorite in the Open Women’s division and will attend the University of Louisiana at Lafayette on a water ski scholarship this fall.
I met Austin last month, when I attempted to ski jump at Aquaplex, another man-made ski lake outside of Austin. (I crashed and burned, but it was fun! Story coming soon.)
San Marcos River Ranch, located along the San Marcos River between Austin and San Antonio, is a a private water ski development with four man-made ski lakes. Daily score books and schedules are available here.