AUSTRALIAN skiers have dominated day one of the World Water Skiing Championships in Seattle, USA.
Echuca’s Jessica Pearse, the first woman driver to represent Australia, drove 99 Psycho Clowns and skier Karen White to second place in the Women’s F2 class, finishing just over 90 seconds behind fellow Australian team Cyclone Boats.
2017 Southern 80 winner Merc Force dominated in the men’s open category, skier Ben Gulley and his team racing to a 53-second win ahead of America’s Nordic Racing 191.
99 Psycho Clowns ran third in the class with skier Codie Rigg just one second behind, with another perennial Southern 80 contender Superman running fourth, almost a further two minutes back.
In the women’s open category, it was another brilliant start for Merc Force, skier Chelsea Blight able to hold off another Australian team Twenty Four by nearly 40 seconds for the win.
The racing continues throughout the week with three more race days completing on Saturday.