Bundy boys hyped for big Victorian race
IT'S not just the ferocious speed that has Adam Forgacs hooked to the sport of water skiing but the social camaraderie too.
The 23-year-old skier has been participating in the sport for about eight years and will be among 900 competitors visiting Echuca and Moama in Victoria this weekend for the 2015 Club Marine Southern 80 water ski race.
"I enjoy it because of the speed and the adrenaline," he said.
"But it's the social aspect too because you get to have a few beers with your mates after the race and chat about how the race went."
Forgacs will be part of a four-man team.
He joins fellow skier Travis Patterson, Steve Barrett in the observer's seat and Jason Loeskow driving his 690hp-small-block Chevy Quick Decision.
"We've got three races this weekend - an unlimited social today, a super social 80km race and eight-litre expert race tomorrow," he said.
"Because we haven't raced this season they have seeded us not the best so we are going to have a bit of trouble with faster boats," Forgacs said.
"Hopefully we can finish in the top five in each of those events."
Forgacs said Barrett had probably the most important role of all.
"He's watching us all the time, watching our signals," he said.
"He's relaying what we want to the driver."
This year's Southern 80 event is celebrating 50 years since a water ski race was held on the Murray River called the Echuca Cup.
The highlight of the event will be the Heritage Boat Display with a range of boats and characters from past Southern 80 events including 1989 and 1990 winner Island Cooler which has been lovingly restored by its current owner.
Forgacs said with more than 500 entries it would be an epic weekend for water ski enthusiasts.
"It's going to be a great atmosphere at the finishing line with everyone cheering along," he said.