Worldwide competitors arrive for Masters Water Ski tournament

Published: May. 25, 2018 at 9:31 PM EDT|Updated: May. 25, 2018 at 10:37 PM EDT
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(WTVM) - Memorial Day weekend has arrived and with it comes the Masters Water Ski and Wakeboard tournament.

A tournament with WORLDWIDE prestige returns to Robin Lake at Callaway Gardens.

 Cloudy weather and a rainy forecast weren't enough to stop day one of Master's Water Ski weekend. Jack Christie came a long way to compete in today's Junior Masters,  so a little rain didn't stop him. He flew to the U.S. from Australia.

"I think it's about 20 hours from here," Christie said. Weather's pretty good right now. Fingers crossed it stays like this."

Australia, Italy, and Argentina are just a few of the countries you'll see at this worldwide event. Everyone represents their home, but for some, it goes deeper. The Jaramillo family from Colombia is one example.

Sisters Paula and Luisa competed against each other in women's slalom on Friday.

"It's actually a great support having her beside me because we also train together," Paula said. "I like her to do her best and of course me to do my best."

Perhaps the competition lies with their brother Federico. He won the junior men's slalom event by tying the course record on Friday.

It could be called sibling rivalry, but better to call it "sibling support."

"When it comes to competing, we're not rivals," Luisa said. "We're just very good friends who are there for each other."

So whether it's for family or country, the competition at the Masters is tough.

"You're among the best skiers so it's an incredible feeling," Paula said.

"This is definitely known as the most prestigious tournament in water skiing," Christie said."

And no amount of clouds or rain will change that.

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