Water-skiers dare to go bare

THE water in the Tamar River was 6 degrees at the weekend and the outside temperature was 9 degrees, but that did not stop 59-year-old Terry Hurley from zipping up his wetsuit and enjoying his monthly barefoot water-ski.

Terry Hurley in action.

Terry Hurley in action.

The Launceston resident has been honing his unique craft since the age of 16 in central Queensland and took advantage of the weekend's calm conditions on the water.

Mr Hurley admitted summer was his preferred season to get behind the boat, but said nothing compared with being on the water.

``It's a buzz,'' he said.

``There's no other feeling like skidding along on your feet on the water.''

The frigid temperatures forced Mr Hurley and his mates to pack an Esky filled with hot water on the boat, which was used to stand in upon exiting the water.

But the numb digits were worth it, according to the veteran skier, who shows no sign of giving up the sport anytime soon.

``For about the last four or five years, we've been trying to ski once a month - it's a thing we do,'' Mr Hurley said.

``I enjoy it and have done for a long time.''

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