For local 10-year-old Gary Holbein Jr., the need for speed is in the family.

"My dad was a professional jet ski racer and he raced a lot,” said Gary, Jr. 

"When he got close to being the age of it I asked him if he wanted to start training and possibly compete in the junior ski class,” said Gary Holbein, Gary Jr.'s dad.

At first it wasn't easy for Gary Jr.

"Trying to do this the first time it's scary because you're going fast but then once you get started with all of the turns and the speed then you start to get brave and not scared then it gets fun,” said Gary Jr.

Ever since then it's been full throttle.

"It's everyone lines up and when that band snaps it's just one man for themselves,” said Gary Jr.

With only a few races under his belt he has quickly learned that there's more to it than winning.

"It's just to have fun and meet new friends sometimes. You never know, I already have a friend,” said Gary Jr.

At the end of the day it's about the bond he will forever share with his dad.

"Mostly the spirit with me and my dad and us coming out here and training,” said Gary Jr.

"He told me said, well I’m jet ski racing daddy how much better could it get,” said Gary.

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