The big beasts are coming to Costa Adeje. Powerboats with 1,300 horse power will be revving up to 180 km per hour as the world’s best water skiers ride the waves behind them just outside Puerto Colon marina.
The World Waterski Racing Championships are setting up home in Tenerife from 5th to 15th September with 180 competitors and 45 boats adding their fierce competitive edge alongside the marina’s more leisurely pleasure boats and holiday fishing craft. It’s a party that has attracted the top speed nations. Australia have dominated in most of the categories, at the last championships in Queensland two years ago they scooped the prizes in five of the six disciplines. American Katelin Wendt took the Women’s Senior crown but the home posse cleaned up in the Women’s F2, Men’s senior and F2, plus the junior Boys and Girls.
There’s a strong home challenge this time, the entire Spanish team of 31 entrants are from Tenerife and will hope to benefit from their home advantage. Jose Miguel Gonzalez is one of the best hopes skiing behind Forever Novelero and also starring on the event poster. All the boats have a three person crew, a skier, driver and observer. Great Britain are sending a 15 strong crew and there are also teams from America, Australia, France, Germany, Belgium and Austria.
The boats and competitors will be vying with each other to catch the eye; men, women and machines will cut a dash with their loud and vibrant paintwork and wetsuits. It should make for a colourful parade on Friday 6th September when they set off from Puerto Colon at around 6pm before heading up to Adeje for a pre race launch party.
Practice and fine tuning will take place throughout the competition but the big race dates are 7th, 9th, 11th and the grand finals on 14th September, the action runs from 9am to 2pm. Two circuits are marked out by buoys and it’s not just a test of power as negotiating the turns calls for a daring trade off between speed and control. The long harbor wall that embraces the marina will make a wonderful free viewing point for spectators.
Costa Adeje is gearing up to welcome visitors. There is an abundance of bars and restaurants not only around the marina but also close to Playa La Pinta the gently shelving family beach just a short splash from the hub of the action. A short walk up the hill nightlife offers plenty of choices in San Eugenio and in the wilder and later attractions of Playa de Las Americas.
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