Saskatchewan

'It's exhilarating': Adam Morris competes in water-skiing event

Saskatoon water-skier Adam Morris is among the 65 athletes competing at a major tournament this weekend.

65 water-skiers competing in Saskatoon through the weekend

Adam Morris, 17, is one of the competitors at a weekend-long championship event in Saskatoon featuring water-skiers from across Western Canada. (Adam Morris/Submitted to CBC)

Saskatoon water-skier Adam Morris is among the 65 athletes competing at a major tournament this weekend.

His specialty is the jump event, where he has soared for over 40 metres on some notable runs.

Prior to competing Saturday, Morris said he was looking forward to the event after training for about two months.

"When we start up in June ... it's a little chilly," he said about the early days of training.

Morris was six years old when he first started in the sport.

There's no other feeling like it in the world.- Adam Morris

"The jump event really interested me," he said, adding that he remembers being nervous during his first encounters with a ramp.

"I was really scared to go over the five-foot ramp to start with. And it was kind of terrifying," he said. "But it really was fun. It's exhilarating the first time you go over."

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One of the keys to landing a good jump, Morris said, is timing.

"The boat is going 51 kilometres per hour," he explained. "It's very precise timing, so when I see that I'm at the right time I start to turn toward the ramp."

 Timed well, a strong cut across the water will add more speed for when he hits the ramp.

"It's awesome," he said about being airborne off the ramp, for barely three seconds. "You're completely free of the boat ... There's no other feeling like it in the world. It's just awesome. Every time I go out I just love it."

Adam Morris competes in all categories of water-skiing and is hoping to win an overall gold at the weekend championship event underway in Saskatoon. (Adam Morris/Submitted to CBC)

Morris also competes in other water-ski categories including slalom, trick skiing and an over-all score.

"I love competing in over-all and just trying being consistent in each event," he said, adding he is aiming to win gold.

He hopes that, with a good performance, he will be be selected to compete in some upcoming events. He may even earn a spot to compete at a junior world competition in the fall.

With files from CBC Radio's Saskatchewan Weekend