THIS WEEKEND / Waterskiing
European Barefoot Masters
The 20-acre Alexandra Lake at the Lakeside, Thurrock, is no stranger to barefoot waterskiing, a sport in which competitors have to perform without skis at high speeds in order to stay afloat, making the three disciplines of slalom, tricks and jumping all the more spectacular. The European Barefoot Masters is an invitation event and includes the Belgian Bart Silegehan, who broke the world jump record recently, though the distance of 29.3m has yet to be ratified. The Briton Richard Mainwaring will attempt to further that jump at Lakeside, known for its record-breaking feats. Another feat under threat is the women's European jump record which Britain's Kim Harding is eyeing, while Lucy Scopes, 14, from Romford, who won the European junior championship title last weekend, will be a force in the tricks and slalom events.
How to get there: Lakeside Shopping Centre, Thurrock, Essex, is signposted from junctions 30 and 31 of M25 or by direct access on A13, A1306 and West Thurrock Way. Admission: free. Spectating is free. Competition: tomorrow: 9am slalom, 10.15am tricks, 12.0 jumping; semi-finals from 2.30. Sunday: finals: 11.30am slalom, 1.0pm tricks, 2.30 jumping, 3.45 presentation.