Water Ski & Wakeboard
The three events of water-ski are slalom, tricks and jumping.
In slalom, the contestant negotiates a zigzag course of six buoys. The boat speed is increased three kph until a maximum speed for the division (58kph for men and 55kph for women) of competition is reached. Thereafter the rope is shortened in pre-measured lengths. The winner is the one who rounds the most buoys without a miss or fall.
In tricks, the contestant performs two, 20-second routines of tricks that each trick has an assigned point value. Some of the most difficult tricks include wake flips, and multiple turns performed with the towrope attached to the contestant’s foot.
In jumping, the object is distance. Although there is a maximum boat speed for women & men, the skier can increase his or her speed for each of the 3 jumps allowed by starting at lower speed; men jumpers approach speeds of more than 80 kph at the base of the jump ramp.
In individual overall, all the above 3 events of slalom, tricks and jump are performed by the athletes and their better score of either the preliminary or finals of each event are given points in relation to the best score performed by an athlete for each event. The scores of the 3 events are added together with the highest points being the winner.
In wakeboard riders perform a subjectively judged freeriding routine. Athletes may perform any manoeuvres they choose in any order they wish. The boat will travel in a straight path on the lake in each direction. There are no predetermined points for any tricks and no attack sheets. Riders are judged on the difficulty and proficiency of the moves executed, how big they are going, variety of moves performed, and on the creativity and fluidity of the routine.