Son slips into dad’s old water ski for Bridge to Bridge
SOME 20 years ago, Jason Disson decided it was time to hang up his race ski.
"I gave racing away when my wife, Tania, and I decided to have kids," he said.
"I made some brackets and mounted my ski on the wall.... It became a trophy shelf."
Disson used the Bushy race ski during his 20s, skiing on waterways and races all across the country.
He didn't know it at the time, but that trophy shelf would only last a number of years.
Ten years later, Disson's son, Brandon, took up ski racing and was soon in need of a ski.
"We didn't really expect Brandon to take up racing... I never thought my old ski would get used again," Disson said.
Disson competed in his first Bridge to Bridge in 1981.
This year he drove the family boat, Bazinga, in the race, with his son skiing behind.
Disson is the president of the Big River Ski Club, which hosts the Grafton Bridge to Bridge Ski Classic each year.
His business, Disco Marine, was the major sponsor of this years' event.
"We had a really good response from everyone, it's great to be a local business sponsoring such an iconic event."
Disson said that being a competitor, the president of the Ski Club, and the major sponsor of the event certainly took some juggling.
"Wearing so many caps made for a bit of a hectic weekend," he said.