Published: October 31, 2010
In photos: Competitive water skiing returns to Burnham-On-Sea

Some of the UK's top water skiers headed to Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (October 31st) to take part in a successful competition, which has opened the door to the national championships returning to the town in 2011.

The weather stayed calm and dry for two races, which attracted a number of spectators along the town's Esplanade. Over a dozen skiers took part in Sunday's event, which was Burnham's first competitive water skiing race since 2007.

Tony Williamson, former Chairman of the British Water Skiing Federation, told after Sunday's event: "Burnham has shown itself to be an ideal venue for racing. I am sure that a round of the national championships will return here in the near future."

British Junior Champion Jake Frame (pictured right) came first overall, while second spot was won by Steve Moore. Burnham water skier Toby Duggan did well to bounce back from a serious injury earlier in the year to come third overall.

The support race was won by Jamie Cramphorn, followed by Dan Ellis while third was Will Newland. The juniors event was won by Dan Ellis and Ben Machet. The kids race trophy was won by Robyn Veater.

Organiser Steve Bird told "We're delighted with how the event went and have high hopes that we can bring back the National Championships to Burnham-On-Sea."

The event was supported by BARB and the RNLI, who provided safety boat cover and facilities for the racers.

The speedboats lined up for the first race watched by the lifeboat crew

Organisers Steve Bird and Steve Cox with local skier Toby Duggan

BARB and the RNLI came to the rescue of this power boat after it lost power

One skier skimmed across the water during Sunday's second race

Bridgwater Bay was hailed "an ideal venue" for the water skiing competition

The water skiing action took place in the middle of Bridgwater Bay

Spectators watched the action from The Esplanade

Some of the winners with their trophies after the prize ceremony

Photos by and Ian Jefferies


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