The 60th Moomba Masters waterski event concluded this weekend with the world’s best athletes taking home titles in front of thousands of people on the Yarra River in downtown Melbourne, Australia.
In men’s trick, current IWWF World Trick Champion Pato Font (MEX) picked up right where he left off last season by claiming another victory and standing on top the podium yet again after an incredible performance ahead of Dorien Llewellyn (CAN) and Joel Poland (GBR). In the women’s trick event, women’s world record trick record holder Erika Lang (USA) took home the top spot with current world women’s trick champion Anna Gay (USA) placing second followed by Giannina Bonnemann (GER) in third.
Current world women’s slalom champion, Manon Costard (FRA) won an exciting tie-breaker against Allie Nicholson (USA) and Luisa Jaramillo (COL) to win the women’s slalom title. Men’s slalom was just as exciting with current World Men’s Slalom Record Holder Nate Smith (USA) having to a ski a tie-breaker against defending Moomba Champion Thomas Degasperi (ITA), running 3.00 buoys on the 10.25 metre rope length to win the men’s slalom title. World champion Joel Howley rounded 4.50 buoy on the 10.75 metre rope length to place third.
Current women’s world jump champion and record holder Jacinta Carroll (AUS) jumped 20 metres further than Aliaksandra Danisheuskaya (BLR), ANOC World Beach Games Jump Champion to win the women’s jump event. Giannina Bonnemann (GER) place third.
Men’s Jump brought an exciting end to the 60th Moomba Masters with defending champion and former world record holder Freddy Krueger (USA) winning his event with a 65.1metre jump, just edging out Igor Morozov (RUS) by one metre and Felipe Miranda 3rd with a 64.3 metre jump.
Giannina Bonnemann (GER), with 3rd place finishes in women’s trick and jump, won women’s overall followed by Aliaksandra Danisheuskaya (BLR) in second place and Paige Rini (CAN) in third.
The legendary Hazelwood name has not been heard for years on the Yarra River but Robert Hazelwood made his Moomba Masters debut in spectacular fashion, surely making his uncle Mike Hazelwood proud, qualifying for the finals in all 3 events and placing second in overall behind fellow countryman Joel Poland who impressed throughout the event, also qualifying for the finals of all 3 events and placing 2nd in men’s trick. Dorien Llewellyn (CAN), 2019 Pan American Games Overall Champion, placed third.