Crowds can expect to see spectacular spins, twists and jumps from world-class Canadian water-skiers this weekend as the 2009 Canadian Water Ski National Championships hits Shalom Park, just south of the city limits.

In the wake of the World Water Ski Championships held in Calgary last weekend, members of the current national team are here in Edmonton this week to compete for the national title.

Nationals generally have about 200 competitors, but because of the competition in Calgary last weekend, there are only about 135 skiers competing this year.

“I think the numbers are down this year because of the worlds and a lot of people had to make a choice (about) which one to go to,” said Jo-Ann Moore, president of Water Ski and Wakeboard Alberta.

“We are hosting it here in Edmonton to try to encourage people to attend both events, but in the real world, a lot of people have to work and it is tough to do it,” said Moore.

Shalom Park was chosen to host Canada’s best in slalom, trick and jump water-skiing.

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