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High hopes for US water ski event

22 May 2012 08:36

A water ski event in the US is expected to attract thousands of spectators

A water ski event in the US is expected to attract thousands of spectators

Daredevil water-skiers are to battle it out for the spoils in a new competition at Orlando's Lake Eola.

Organisers of the Soaked event offered a preview of what can be expected this September when the show gets under way.

More than half of the park will be shut for the competition, which aims to identify some of the world's fastest water-skiers as well as those who are capable of clearing the highest and farthest jumps.

There is a 100,000-dollar prize for the competitor with the strongest skills on skis.

However, competitors will likely be looking into arranging some sports travel insurance ahead of pushing themselves to the limits on the lake's shimmering surface.

Event organiser Paul Lovett said: "Orlando is the water-ski capital of the world."

A similar event was last held at the lake in the 1980s, but this time it is thought millions of dollars will be pumped into Orlando's economy.

About 15,000 people are expected to attend the event each day, which will take place from September 7-8.

"We're talking about 5 to 6 million dollars just in that weekend, for our down-town people," said Lovett.