GALLERY: Forbes cuts footloose

Organisers of the Forbes Barefoot Waterski tournament are promising to come back with an even bigger and better event next year after a successful weekend on the water.

NSW Barefoot Water Ski Club vice president Brendon Chattaway described the weekend as “absolutely sensational”.

“It all went off without a hitch,” he said.

“The weather was really kind to us and we got a really good crowd.

“A lot of local fellas skiied really well and made personal best scores - a lot of our Sydney club members also got personal bests.”

The local tournament was the second that Forbes has hosted. 

The first was held this time last year and also attracted a good crowd.

The local support drew the NSW club back to Forbes for a second event. 

“This year we had a PA (public address) system and that made it a lot better for spectators,” Mr Chattaway said. “That was one of the big improvements we made. 

Mr Chattaway said that a coaching clinic for locals had been very well received.

“We had a lot of success with the local kids,” he said.

“Jenna Redfern did really well, we had young Tom Morrison skiing backwards behind the boat - he had been trying to do that  - Lily and Matilda Cronin, Toby and Lochie Miller also did really well.”

The tournament triggered significant interest amongst locals and the NSW club took numerous inquiries, registering interest in future events.

“We even have a few locals who are going to come down to Liverpool and further their training,” Mr Chattaway said. 

Local barefoot skiier and organiser of the weekend, Jim Cronin, has thanked Forbes and central west locals for their support of the event. 

“I have been blown away by the interest locally and from other clubs who are definitely coming next year,” he said.

Mr Cronin thanked Northparkes Mine for their sponsorship, Forbes Shire Council for their assistance and Anita Redfern Photography for being there all weekend to capture great images. 

He also thanked the NSW Barefoot Waterski Club for bringing the boat and personnel to Forbes.