Dick ready for another title

Travis Patterson and Kody Barrett.
Travis Patterson and Kody Barrett. Submitted

BUNDABERG-BASED water skier Russell Dick will have a rare chance to put his skills to the test in a hometown competition when Burn Up The Burnett starts this weekend.

Dick will compete in the second leg of the Elgas East Coast Series on Sandy Hook as part of the inaugural Burn Up The Burnett event.

“There'll be a few familiar faces in the crowds so we'll be looking to put on a bit of a show,” he said.

Dick will team with renowned driver Neil Lomas to contest the unlimited inboard category.

He will hit the water after claiming the first leg of the series in Grafton last month.

“We've got a new boat Rebel Yell and everything has been going pretty well for us so, hopefully, that will continue this weekend,” he said.

Dick claimed the series in 2008 and finished second overall last year and hopes to add a successful 2010 campaign to his resume.

“It's something we want to achieve and it's something we've been working hard towards,” he said.

He will face stiff competition in fellow Bundaberg skier Cody Patterson and Toowoomba hotshot Travis Patterson.

“There are some quick boats on the list and some pretty classy skiers so it's not going to be easy,” he said.

“We're really going to have to bring our A-game if we're going to back up the first round.”

Racing will starts on Saturday at noon with competition continuing on Sunday at 8am.

Classes will include Unlimited Inboard, Unlimited Outboard 2 Up, Next Generation, Novice, Masters, Juniors' and Women's.