Dickin Around Ski Team member Jason Loeskow (front), Russell Dick, Neil Lomas and Travis Patterson (back) ready to head to Echuca to compete in the world-renowned Southern 80 Ski Race.
Dickin Around Ski Team member Jason Loeskow (front), Russell Dick, Neil Lomas and Travis Patterson (back) ready to head to Echuca to compete in the world-renowned Southern 80 Ski Race. DARRYN SMITH Skia

Locals off to water skiing Mecca

THE Echuca Southern 80 is the Mecca of ski events, forging a reputation in recent years as one of, if not the, biggest of its kind in the world.

It has grabbed the attention of local enthusiasts Col Patterson and Russell Dick, who will both take their speed machines to the Victorian water this weekend.

Col Patterson’s Slab will compete in the short course on Saturday — Col and Steve Barrett will ski, with Russell Dick observing and Travis Patterson driving.

The next day they race in the 60mph class with Hayley Barrett and Anita Patterson skiing, Steve Barrett observing and Col Patterson driving.

“Everyone aspires to compete in this event and finish it,” Col Patterson said from Victoria this week.

“We’ve been here four times now for some mixed results you could say. We are aiming for a podium this year if all goes to plan.”

Dickin Around will compete in the unlimited social class on the back of success in Bundaberg recently.

Travis Patterson annihilated the competition during the Elgas Ski Classic Series leg at Sandy Hook three weeks ago, and the team see no reason for that to change.

Boat troubles have hampered their previous campaigns at Echuca, but the Dickin Around team is confident that will not be a concern this year.

“The boat is running well lately, so fingers crossed it doesn’t play up,” Russell Dick said.

“We’d like a place, maybe a win might be out of the question, but a place isn’t unrealistic.”



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