Moomba Masters This Weekend

6 March 2024

Reigning World Champion Freddie Winter is among four British waterskiers and one wakeboarder in Australia for the traditional competitive season opener, the Moomba Masters.


The event takes place on the notoriously difficult waters of the Yarra River in the heart of the city of Melbourne this weekend.

Freddie will be joined in the men’s slalom by the British National Champion, Arron Davies.

Jack Critchley is on the start list in the men’s jump and the Sunday Night Jump.

Sanchia Outram will compete in women’s slalom, tricks, jump and overall.

Jack Critchley at the 2023 World ChampionshipsJack Critchley at the 2023 World Championships. Photo: Johnny Hayward

Sanchia Outram in 2023Sanchia Outram at the 2023 World Championships. Photo: James Timothy

Moomba is the only one of the big waterski competitions that Freddie Winter has never won.

In 2023 he was runner up for the second consecutive year.

Freddie Winter a the 2023 World ChampionshpsFreddie Winter at the 2023 World Championships. Photo: Johnny Hayward

“It hasn’t been the easiest start to the year with my body not cooperating in the way I’d like after a needed physical and mental rest,” Freddie said.

“However, the lighter training I’ve managed has been positive and I’m in good enough shape now. We can expect probably the toughest conditions of the year down there, as usual, but I’m excited to get back on it for 2024 and, hopefully, get hold of the last big title that’s evaded me so far.”

It’s the first time at Moomba for Arron Davies.

Arron Davies at the 2023 Lake 38 ProArron Davies at the 2023 Lake 38 Pro. Photo: James Timothy

"It's gonna be one hell of an experience,” he told the TWBC Podcast. “There’s a few tournaments you grow up watching: US Masters, World Championships and the Moomba Masters. It looks like one of the most fun tournaments of the year so I’m really looking forward to it.”

He added: “I have zero expectations going in and I’m just hoping that I put on a good show.”

As well as the waterski event, there is an invitation wakeboard competition, run under the auspices of the World Wake Association (WWA).  Great Britain's Luca Kidd is on the start list for that.

Luca KiddLuca Kidd. Photo Mantis Pro Media

The Moomba Masters is one of the world’s classic annual competitions. The 63rd edition will take place Saturday 9th to Monday 11th March, with Junior Moomba held on Thursday 7th and Friday 8th.

It is part of the Moomba Festival which draws tens of thousands of people to the riverfront over 5 days.

Moomba Masters 2023Moomba Masters 2023. Photo: Will Robertson

The full schedule, more information and access to the live webcast can be found on the Moomba website 

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