Competitors in the Peter Taylor Memorial Barefoot will take to the Wimmera River at Dimboola later this week in Australia’s biggest barefoot night jump event.

The Dimboola Boat and Water Ski Club and its joint partners Barefoot South Australia and the Victorian Barefoot Club have had to stretch the tournament over two days as the competitor entry numbers have reached their maximum limits.

The tournament begins on Friday morning with skiing all day in slalom, tricks, and Jump disciplines for all the age groups competing, with the action taking place on the river adjacent to the recreation reserve.

The action will continue into the evening, with the lights coming on around 7.00 pm when all eight of the Open Men’s skiers invert Jumping in a qualifying event for the six remaining places to compete for the Peter Taylor Memorial on Saturday evening.

The event has attracted eight of Australia’s best open level Men’s skiers, including reigning two-times winner of the Peter Taylor Memorial Night Jump, Ben Franks from Adelaide, who will be back to defend his title, Tee Jay Russo from Wyee on the Central Coast of New South Wales who is the current World Junior Jump Record Holder, and Keenan Derry who is a multiple-times Open Men’s Australian Barefoot Champion who is returning to Dimboola for a second time.

Peter Taylor’s son Michael will be dusting off his wetsuit once again to have a go at winning the event named in his father’s name.

Open Women’s Australian World Team representative Elaina McClung, a very competent Trick and Slalom competitor who can jump very competitively in the traditional way, will also compete for the first time at Dimboola.

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Saturday is the main day of the event, with skiing throughout the day and the finale in the evening.

The culmination of two days of action will take place after sunset on Saturday, starting with Dimboola Boat and Water Ski Club will conducting a Charity Auction on behalf of WACK (Wimmera Against Cancer in Kids) from around 6.30 pm, and the Barengi Gadjin Land Council will host an official Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony.

As the lights are turned on and begin to take effect, the top six competitors will be presented to the crowd in preparation for the spectacle of the Peter Tylor Memorial Night Jump, which will take place on around 600 metres of the river illuminated by floodlights for this event.

Skiers will be hitting speeds over 70 kilometres per hour and, after hitting the ramp, will launch up to three metres into the air and travel airborne for distances of up to 28 metres.

The event will conclude with the tournament presentations and a giant fireworks display.

On Friday, spectators taking in the action will be well catered for a barbeque provided by the Dimboola Water Ski Club during the day and the Dimboola Netball Club in the evening. A bar will be open from 5 pm on Friday and 2 pm on Saturday until 1 am. There is strictly no BYO.

Offerings on Saturday will include a barbeque, food van, ‘Mr Whippy’ ice cream, and two coffee vans.