Putrajaya, Malaysia: the site of the 2019 IWWF World Waterski Championships

Updated: Feb 1, 2019

Photo: Waterski School Putrajaya shot by Chris West

We have to admit, we were very curious to find out what this waterski site is like, when we heard that Putrajaya is going to host the 2019 IWWF World Waterski Championships in August 2019.

Luckily, one of our members, Mark Westenberg, just returned from Kuala Lumpur, where he skied at Putrajaya. We asked him to tell us what it was like and here is his report:

I have been coming to this site for years now. It is a waterski gem in the heart of Southeast Asia. It is an all year round venue, run by the Yoong family. Their daughter Aaliyah skis in the Worlds (junior) top.

The lake is quite big and open but the three homologated permanent slalom courses are well protected. Also there are two ramps for jumping. A fourth slalom course is set up especially for each tournament in such fashion that spectators don’t have to miss anything.

There is no other boat traffic on the lake and although it skis very well one might encounter a little roller at times. The water temperature is a constant 30 degrees celsius (86F) and over. The water is slightly murky with algae, so it’s pretty soft and slow. They run a fleet of Nautiques 200 with the latest being a Ski Nautique 200 ob 2017, 409hp.

It is likely you’ll always get your slot when you book. This is one of the nice things about Putrajaya, it never gets crowded. Just from January until March you could encounter some skiers from Asia or from the Northern Hemispheres.

The waterski site is a 35 minute drive north from Kuala Lumpur International Airport. From the waterski site it is another 30 minutes north to Kuala Lumpur city centre.

Just adjacent to the site there is a Pullman Hotel, which is actually quite affordable. All in all it’s a great facility for waterskiing.

I can advise everyone to go check it out yourself when you can! A set of 15 minutes or 6 passes will cost you 130 Malaysian Ringgit, that equals 28€ or 32U$.

PS They offer wakeboarding and wakesurfing behind Nautiques G21 and G23.

By Mark Westenberg 27 January 2019

For more info you can look at their website: http://www.waterski.com.my/school.htm

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