Sunday's Gumi race to be paired with Cork & Fork event

They are the team to beat, and they’ll back for the 2018 World Championship Gumi Race.

Since the relaunch of the event in 2011, Dave Smit and his teammates – usually John Smit, Chris Bartlett and Scott Hooper – have claimed line honours every year except one.

With hot, sunny weather and a Murrumbidgee River level hovering around the two-metre mark, Sunday is offering perfect conditions for the 2018 Wagga Championship Gumi Race.

As entrants are gathering enough inner tubes and putting the finishing touches on their craft, Josh Paul from South Wagga Apex Club, which is organising the race, said enthusiasts had also backed a plan to have a Cork & Fork event at Wagga Beach, the official finishing point of the seven-kilometre race.

“It’s going to be a great day,” Mr Paul said.

“I remember watching it when I was a kid. It’s just part of Wagga.

The first Gumi race is due to begin from the Eunony Bridge reserve at 10am, the same time as Cork & Fork vendors are going to begin serving food. 

The bar will be open from 2pm.