Pine Mountain, GA (May 24, 2019) – The 60th Nautique Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament® presented by GM Marine Engine Technology officially started today at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia. The Ski Nautique and Super Air Nautique G23 made their weekend debut on Robin Lake as the best junior waterski and wakeboard athletes claimed titles during the 27th Junior Masters.
For the first time in Masters history, three adaptive athletes put on an inspirational exhibition in each discipline: trick, slalom, jump and wakeboard. Daniele Cassioli (ITL) put on an exhibition in the Trick and Jump categories, while Craig Timm (USA) showcased his Slalom skills and Connor Poggetto (USA) put on an incredible performance on his wakeboard. These athletes with disabilities were an incredible addition to the action today and three more will join them this weekend for more inspiring action.
The GM Marine Engine Technology powered Ski Nautique started the day pulling Felipe Franco Belmont (PER) and Kennedy Hansen (USA) to Junior Masters titles in the Junior Men’s and Junior Women’s trick ski disciplines. Felipe Franco Belmont scored a 10,210 behind the Ski Nautique while Kennedy Hansen won the women’s division with 6,570 points.
Athletes from Columbia dominated the Junior Slalom finals, with Federico Jaramillo (COL) highlighting his talents and receiving a Junior Masters title after he ran 5@38-off. Luisa Jaramillo (COL) then took home the Masters Junior Women’s Slalom title after she ran 2.5@38-off.
Conditions were perfect for the Junior Women’s Jump division, where Sade Ferguson (AUS) jumped an incredible distance of 147 feet (44.8m) to win the 27th Junior Masters title for her division. The Ski Nautique then pulled Pol Duplan-Fribourg (FRA) during the Junior Men’s Jump to a distance of 180 feet (54.8m) to win the Junior Men’s Jump discipline.
After the smoke cleared, it was Kennedy Hansen taking the Overall Junior Women Masters title. A couple podium finishes in the Trick and Jump disciplines, Kennedy had an incredible day of skiing to earn the victory. On the Junior Men’s front, Tobias Giorgis (ARG) took the overall win to stake his claim as the 27th overall Junior Masters champion.
An invitation to compete in the Masters is universally considered an acknowledgement of achievement for reaching the pinnacle in a given watersports discipline – only the world’s most elite athletes compete at the Masters. To view the 2019 criteria please visit the Masters website. This tournament is sanctioned by IWWF/USA Water Ski and WWA.#masterswaterski2019