Water Skiers in Monroe County Continue Annual New Year's Tradition

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By WGXA Staff

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Updated: Thu, 02 Jan 2014 11:34:54 EST

Out on the water, braving the rain and cold.

These water skiiers are not only showing off their tricks including a pyramid but participating in a yearly New Year's tradition.

"That's why we're out, we want to start the new year right." -- Robert Blair, Water Skier

"Really it just brings all of us water skiers together." -- Nicholas Kerr, Water Skier

Adults and children of all ages visited Southern Waters in Monroe County to ski on the first day of the year. But this years event is more sentimental for some.

One of the tradition's founders, National Water Ski Champion Quinton Cotton died last summer. Although he's gone, skier Robert Blair says the tradition he took part in is here to stay.

"We want to continue the legacy and kind of celebrate his spirit as well." -- Robert Blair, Water Skier

Part of that is passing the tradition down to the children, who led the way onto the water.

"What makes it special, being brave enough to get out in the water." -- Nicholas Kerr, Water Skier

"Today it made summer waters feel like awesome." -- Nathan Dummitt, Wakeboarder

The water is pretty cold, about 50 degrees, but that's what the skiers tell me is the fun part about skiing on New Years, braving the winter weather.

"It's a little bit crazy being out here but at the same time water skiing is what most of us have a passion for." -- Robert Blair, Water Skier

It's what motivates these skiiers to brave the chilly wet weather and show off their passion on New Year's Day, passion for tradition, and the man who was so much a part of it.

Cristen Drummond, WGXA

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