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Water ski enthusiasts have been skimming the surface of Lake Karapiro since the 1950s when locals formed two ski clubs.

In 1957, the Karapiro Water Ski Club formed to buy a boat which members could share. Two years later, the Piarere Water Ski Club formed, basing itself at the Horahora Domain at the southern end of the lake.

water-ski-lake-karapiro cambridge-isiteSince then, many hundreds of youngsters have learned to ski on the lake and then progress to meet the challenges of a slalom course or go barefoot.

Members of the Piarere club have become members of national and international teams - Lance Green has been New Zealand champion in combined three tournament events (slalom, tricks and jumps) while Kyle Eade, a record holder for the open men's jump in New Zealand, competes on the United States professional circuit. The club has also produced New Zealand age group champions.

The lake hosts a number of national and regional ski tournaments.

In October, some of the best skiers in New Zealand and Australia come to Cambridge for the annual Bridge To Bridge Classic which began in 1984. The two-day competition is the country's largest water ski event and has seven components, the highlight being the Long Race which is an 82km sprint against the clock as skiers head from Cambridge to Taupiri and back to Hamilton.


Mighty River Domain, Lake Karapiro

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