Local jetski racer among winners at Texas Championship

Gary Holbein, Jr, of Fairhope, Alabama, dominated the Junior 4-stroke class for first-place

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Posted 8/10/21

Sulphur Springs, Texas -  The red carpet was rolled out for a number of Gulf Coast racers at the Jettribe Texas Championship on July 25-26. Fans were thrilled with two days of amateur and …

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Local jetski racer among winners at Texas Championship

Gary Holbein, Jr, of Fairhope, Alabama, dominated the Junior 4-stroke class for first-place

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Sulphur Springs, Texas -  The red carpet was rolled out for a number of Gulf Coast racers at the Jettribe Texas Championship on July 25-26. Fans were thrilled with two days of amateur and professional racing.  Over 100 athletes came from as far as California, New Mexico and Florida to compete for the fastest watercraft pilot’s title in the Lone Star State. Two Gulf Coast racers were among those who came home with top honors in their classes.

Junior Phenom Gary Holbein, Jr, of Fairhope, Alabama, dominated the Junior 4-stroke ski class with a first-place victory.  Piloting the newest watercraft in the industry, the 2021 Yamaha Superjet, Holbein's execution was flawless, pulling multiple hole shots and wire-to-wire finishes.  Holbein, who is sponsored by JetPilot and Jet Blast, is a 12 year old 7th grader who has only been racing two years, but is already a regular on  winner's podiums across the country.

Gary practices and trains with Junior Stars of Florida, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching children to be safe PWC users and dedicated stewards of our waterways. Junior Stars of Florida is available for more information by contacting the Director, Bret Underhill, 850-776-3774 or 417@bretunderhill.com.

Pro SKi GP, the most competitive class on the national and international level, was a one man show with Biloxi's Jules Hopkins dispatching all challengers in the class with ease.  Hopkins, piloting the No. 85 Kommander GP1, is sponsored by Performance Jetski & Cycle of D'Iberville, Miss.  After two years of innovation and preparation, Hopkins has been untouchable since his dramatic wire-to-wire win at Lake Hartwell, Ga. in June. Clinching the Texas Championship makes Hopkins a front runner for the Prowatercross National Championship in Lake Charles, Louisiana on Aug. 28.