Freddie Winter Wins Moomba Masters

12 March 2024

The GB slalom specialist has won the Men’s Slalom title at Moomba for the first time.  He topped the podium at the prestigious competition held on the Yarra River in Melbourne, Australia. Jack Critchley was second in Men’s Jump.


It’s the best possible start to the new season for Freddie, for whom this was the first competition since he became Men’s Slalom World Champion for the second time in Florida, USA, in October 2023.

It marks the start of a busy year on the water in which he’s hoping to build on the form that took him to his most successful ever season last year.

“I’m so very happy to have managed to take a very tough win here at one of the few events where the water is as difficult to beat as your opponents,” Freddie said.

“It feels wonderful to start a long season on the Waterski Pro Tour this way.”

Freddie Winter wins 2024 Moomba Masters - credit Sporting Moments by ShaunMen's slalom podium with Freddie 1st, Joel Howley (r) 2nd & Lucas Cornale 3rd. Photo: Sporting Moments by Shaun

Freddie has now won all the big waterski competitions which include Moomba, the US Masters - which he has won twice - and the World Championships (2017, 2023).

GB’s other competitor in the Men’s Slalom at Moomba, Arron Davies made it through to the final alongside Freddie. The reigning British National Men’s Slalom Champion finished 10th.

Arron Davies at 2024 Moomba Masters. Photo credit: Sporting Moments by ShaunArron Davies at the 2024 Moomba Masters. Photo: Sporting Moments by Shaun

Arron was competing at Moomba for the first time and went into the event with no expectations.

Jack Critchley leapt 63.1 metres to take second place in Men’s Jump, finishing behind the World Champion and world record holder from Canada, Ryan Dodd.

Men's jump podium at 2024 Moomba Masters. Photo credit: Sporting Moments by ShaunMen's jump podium L-R Jack Critchley (2nd), Ryan Dodd (1st), Pol Duplan-Fribourg (3rd). Photo: Sporting Moments by Shaun

Jack went on to finish third in the Monday Night Jump Final, a separate competition held in the dark.

The only woman among the British competitors, Sanchia Outram competed in all three events. She finished 11th in Slalom, 13th in Tricks, 7th in Jump and 6th Overall.

Sanchia Outram in 2023Sanchia Outram. Photo: James Timothy

The Moomba Masters also included a Wakeboard invitational competition.

Luca Kidd made the final and finished 6th.

Luca Kidd at the 2024 Moomba Masters. Photo credit: Sporting Moments by ShaunLuca Kidd at Moomba. Photo: Sporting Moments by Shaun

“Had a couple unfortunate falls, only landed 5 tricks,” Kidd said. “Was stoked to just be riding today!”

The Moomba Masters is one of the world’s classic annual water ski and wakeboard competitions. The 63rd edition took place from Saturday 9th to Monday 11th March.

Full results for the Moomba Masters can be found here.

The Night Jump results are here.

The wakeboard results can be found on the WWA Rideline App.