Now the season has started, we asked some skiers what they did in winter to stay in shape and how their season started.

We start with Frank Schulze from Fischlham, Austria. He shares his plan and tips for this year’s season.

I started slalom skiing in 2001 with 1@52 18,25m. I worked for 7 years to ski 12m in a tournament in 2007. After another 7 years I was able to to run 11,25m in a tournament in 2014. My tournament PB is 5@10,75 55km/h in 2017. Bronze Medal EM 2013 Silver Medal EM 2014

My start in a new season

The water is 4 degrees, the air is 8 degrees. All my stuff must be warm. My ski, binding, gloves, suits and handle all are warmed up until 28 degrees. I dress up in a warm container of 28 degrees. I jump start from the dock and ski a set with 6 passes without the course and I don’t stop between passes. Then it’s back to the dock. I don’t touch the water because it´s 4 degrees cold. I do this 5 times in 10 days. The next 10 days I ski on the 14m rope, 4 or 6 times in a row if it´s possible. I don’t stop between the passes.

Now my body is shaped for the real training.

Yes, I train hard. But it is not enough. I must train harder, because most of the skiers around the world have a better technique than I and they train with coaches in Florida. My goal is running the 11,25m rope on every lake and in every tournament. And my secret goal is running 10,75m in training on my home lake.

My skiing season

1. you need time 2. have a training plan and a buddy to train with 3. have a big and a rewarding goal 4. never stop training for the entire year 5. ski on the water from February to December 6. ski 2 or 3 sets in slalom 5 days a week from May to October 7. ski always in tournament mode, don’t go with the speed down or ski with a driver that doesn’t drive straight 8. ski 6 times in a row with the start line in the beginning of the season 9. ski killer sets, start cold from the dock with 13, 12 and 11m 10. ski a lot of 13m and a lot of 12m passes 11. think before you ski about what you want to do, find your focus 12. let someone video your skiing and then analyze the mistakes and find the solutions 13. do mountain biking 2-3 times a week to relax 14. take a 45 min. body massage weekly to relax 15. you must be a little crazy 16. work on the solutions and not on the mistakes 17. the most of the people helping you, tell you your mistakes, just a handful have positive words and give you a solution 18. never give up 19. ski always with a smile on your face 20. carpe diem

Off Season

I keep in shape by doing snow skiing, crossfit, biking and hill climbing.

Last winter I did:

30 days of snow skiing, not like a tourist, but like a GS or SG skier with real carving turns 10 Races in a GS or SG Tournament 25 times ski touring 20 times workout in a gym or a crossfit training 10 times indoor biking on a home trainer 10 times hill climbing/walking

After 18 years of being a little crazy and hard work, I am ranked in slalom in the Top 10 in Europe and number 28 in the World.

I never went in Florida for winter training, I did it all in Fischlham, Austria.

This is my plan.

Text and photos by Frank Schulze

In the aftermath of Moomba Masters 2019, waterski fans worldwide are Googling like crazy…trying to figure out how they can get themselves to Melbourne for next year’s event.

As a first-timer to Moomba this year, I have to say, it was everything I dreamed of as a kid. The sun was shining (mostly!), the skiing was incredible, and the atmosphere was electric. If you have been to a ski site anywhere in the world — you are bound to run into someone you know at Moomba — it is a massive waterski-nerd fest!

Watching Moomba Masters 2019 Jump Semi-finals from the banks of the Yarra

For those of you new to the sport — the first pro waterski event of the year is possibly the most challenging for the men, women and juniors that take to the water. Set in the centre of Melbourne on the Yarra River, there is often a strong current to contend with. This doesn’t hold them back though, and amazing jump, trick and slalom scores are put on the board each year.

Mens Slalom, first round, Moomba Saturday 2019

Although challenging, skiers report that it is also the most rewarding tournament, with thousands of spectators filling the banks of the river. The Moomba Masters waterskiing and wakeboarding is part of the Moomba Festival, which also includes show skiing and disabled ski demonstrations, skateboarding, basketball, the Birdman Rally, a parade, live music, fireworks, and a huge funfair — the Moomba Carnival — with rides and street food stalls.

Show skiers at Moomba Masters 2019. Photo credit:

Held over the long weekend in March, the Moomba festival is said to attract 1.3 million people each year and has been running for 65 years. No stranger to the Moomba Masters, and a Victorian local, World Jump Champion Jacinta Carroll gives us the low down on visiting the Moomba Masters 2020.

Q: What advice would you give ski fans visiting Moomba for the first time?

A: My number one tip, although my mother would despise me giving it away: bring a chair and get in early. Each year, while I happily sleep away, my mum wakes up bright and early to head down to the river with her camp chairs. She lines them up in the best vantage point, under the shadiest tree she can find. As a result, no matter the weather, size of the crowd, or length of the day — we know we have a great vantage spot to watch the best skiers in the world from. Trust me, if you attend Moomba without a picnic rug or camp chair, you will be wishing you were best friends with my mum!

Second best tip: watch the night jump during the fireworks! This is seriously a once in a lifetime opportunity for both the athletes and the crowd — but get in early, as literally hundreds of thousands of Melbournians flock to the water's edge right on 9:30pm.

Q: As a Victorian, do you have any top tips for visiting local places nearby before or after the event (wineries, tourist attractions, etc)?

A: While in Melbourne itself I love to try and check out some local coffee shops and eateries. Following the event, I would HIGHLY recommend a trip down the Great Ocean Road to see the 12 Apostles. There is plenty of little beachside communities to stop at on the drive and the drive itself is just as rewarding as you circle down the cliff edges against the Pacific Ocean with blue waves crashing against the foreshore. And if you love an adventure — the Adventure Company offers a scenic flight in an old-school biplane across the 12 Apostles. I recently purchased this for my partner's Christmas present and believe it is one of the best experiences I have ever had.

Jacinta Carroll jumping at Moomba Masters 2018

Q: Where is your favourite place to grab a quick bite in the city (Melbourne)?

A: Oh, this is a tough one – I absolutely love food. However, am always worried about time and not wanting to venture too far from the site when I am competing. Close by to the site, Dad and I experienced some great food, and beer (Dad of course), at the Hophaus in Southbank. This German pub is tucked away upstairs on the Southbank Promenade, so when it comes to Moomba Monday and there are thousands of people around, it's nice to escape upstairs and be rewarded with great food.

Q: Where is the best place in the city to stay during Moomba?

A: Personally I stay at an Airbnb in Southbank. My hosts have been lovely and always very accommodating. Anything within walking distance to Southbank and Flinders Street Station will generally allow you to be in the heart of things for the weekend.

Q: What is your favourite part of the event, as a skier, and as a spectator?

Moomba Monday Jump Finals — hearing the crowd raw. As a Victorian and growing up only one hour away from the site — I absolutely love knowing that there are so many people on the banks cheering me on. The crowd’s influence on the adrenaline and excitement you feel on the water is no other. The feeling of jumping in front of so many eager spectators would nearly have to be the best experiences I get while competing, both in Australia and overseas.

I grew up in Longyearabyen, Spitzbergen, the world’s northmost society, where the water temperature during the summer tends to be around 4 deg C / 39 deg F. I will not go into details about crazy youth weekend baths under the midnight sun, apart from revealing that their duration was always short. Very short. Like in and then out again, as fast as you didn’t even think you could move. Some would even scream hysterically while running for warmth and safety. I must admit one of them was me. So I thought i knew about human limits when it comes to cold water. How wrong we can be!

The water temperature at Sylvia Lake this weekend was 3 deg C / 39 deg F. Air temperature was luckily up to 6 deg C / 43 deg F - the days before the weekend it had been lower, and the forecast for the weekend had looked threatening. I arrived at the Lake late on Friday night. So nice to be back, always the same friendly atmosphere here, be it summer and 30 deg C / 86 deg F or winter and about 25 deg C less. A nice surprise: Duska and Bruno had driven up from Belgrade for the weekend, so in one way it almost felt like a summer weekend, apart from the fact that now they were not busy the whole day running a competition.

Saturday was overcast, but with zero wind, so very skiable. Only Gabor and I skied this day, Bruno had left his ski in Belgrade. After skiing and one of Sylvia´s wonderful breakfasts, Sylvia, Duska and I went shopping. And Bruno too, he was our driver. I think he spent a lot of time waiting, but well, both men and water skiers need to do lot of waiting, so if you see it from the bright (female) side it was a great 2-in-one-opportunity to practice. After shopping and coffee we headed for the Christmas market in Budapest, where Gabor joined us. This market is one of the nicest there is, and highly recommended, but remember to dress warm, and that means REALLY warm, preferably so warm that you look fat!

Sunday morning the sun was back in its place, and Bettina, Sandor and Zoltan came to ski as well, so the number of skiers was back to about the same as on a «normal» summer-training-weekend. You may wonder what to wear for waterskiing when the water temperature is around 3 deg C. The answer is that it varies from skier to skier - and a lot more than you might think. Let me begin with Andy, the biggest chicken around here when it comes to protection against the cold, she is just warming up all day long, and never goes into the water.

Then myself, the second biggest chicken: I was quite comfortable in my 5/4mm winter steamer, and with my hood, wool socks inside my liners and my cold-water-mittens (you wear them on top of the ordinary gloves, to keep your fingers warm(er) and to protect your hands from the wind). And as always before skiing in cold conditions, I used this magic cold-water-warm-hands-trick!

Bettina, Sandor and Zoltan wore long suits too, although some only 2 mm! Apart from Sandor - who wore a very thin swimming hood - nothing on their heads. And it didn’t seem to be the slightest problem for any of them. Hmm, I would die with pain, is it the age or am I damaged rather than hardened by my rough childhood and youth baths..

Photo: Bettina

And as for Gabor: well, he just skied in his shortie - I swear by my ski that it is true. In water holding 3 deg C / 37 deg F. And he too, nothing on his head! See the video below for proof. And by the way, as you will see: there is a hole in that shortie..

After the last ski set, Gabor put away the boat - still in his shortie..

And then it was sauna time! After the sauna, Sandor took a quick bath - but of course without the screaming! Then Sylvia took a crazy-cold-water-skiers-group-photo...

..and then - mmm - Sylvia-Lake-delicious-hamburger-time, like we got at the Canal Cup in September, and will maybe get again next year if we are lucky - made by Sylvia herself of course. I don’t eat much red meat, but his one is worth an exception!

Thank you dear Sylvia and Gabor, for another wonderful weekend in your (summer and winter) paradise!

And with this inside-and-ourside-sauna-happy-Christmas-music-dancing-waterski-video, Sylvia Lake and wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year!

PS: For copyright reasons, we can only show the sauna video to members, but if you are not a member and don´t want to become one, we wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year anyway!

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