KYLEE JONES takes off yesterday in the open women?s class in the Grafton Bridge to Bridge Ski Classic on the Clarence River.
KYLEE JONES takes off yesterday in the open women?s class in the Grafton Bridge to Bridge Ski Classic on the Clarence River.

Lori loves crazy Aussies

By SUSAN BOURCHIER

newsroom@dailyexaminer.com.au

"THESE Aussies are crazy," laughed winning women's skier Lori Dunsmore yesterday after she completed the Grafton Bridge to Bridge Ski Classic.

She and her skiing partner, ex-Grafton woman Kylee Jones, had just won the open women's class.

United States competitor Dunsmore was referring to Australia's gung-ho racing style, as well as the way the race is run. In the United States competitors leave in a pack, in comparison to Australia where the start is staggered.

"Here you don't know where you are until it's over. But it's beautiful racing here," Dunsmore said.

"It's easy, compared to our races at home, as we usually race in rough water. And Kylee is awesome to ski with," she said, high-fiving her team-mate.

Kylee Jones, 20, is part of Grafton's family of boating legends. Her father Lex is the president of zone three, which runs the Grafton Bridge to Bridge Classic, and he was the boat observer for her 15-year-old brother Bryce, who finished second in the Under-16s division yesterday.

With the exception of last year, Ms Jones had won the race in her class every year since she was 13.

"It was fun racing with Lori. She's pretty funny and has this habit of slapping her bum when she gets excited during the race," Jones said.

"We'd caught up with the boat that started 20 minutes before us by the time we got to Lawrence," Jones said.

Dunsmore is an experienced competitor and has won nearly every big race in the world. This was the first time she had raced in Australia.



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