Over the next few months, I will be checking in with the current NCWSA record holders. Previously, I caught up with the NCWSA’s high flying jump record holders Lauren Morgan and Zack Worden. Now, on to our next event, slalom! First up of the slalom record holders is the NCWSA’s longest tenured current record holder Will Asher!
Will Asher (Instagram) is the current NCWSA Men’s Slalom Record Holder. He attended University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL) (Instagram | Facebook) and graduated in 2007. Will broke the slalom record during the 2003 NCWSA Nationals at the Aquaplex in Austin, Texas with a score 117.5 buoys (3.5 @ 41’ off).
Although he holds the slalom record, his favorite event is jump. Jump has always been a passion of Will’s, and he grew up in a jump-dominant family. His uncle, Mike Hazlewood, won world titles and broke records jumping in the 1970s and 1980s. Will and his brother Tom carried on the tradition of jumping in their family. In fact, at the 2003 NCWSA Nationals, Tom won the jump event, and Will came in second!
Will reflects on his time with the NCWSA: “Getting the college record was a pretty neat experience, and it is an honor to hold it. The bigger picture was winning Nationals as a team: collegiate skiing is all about the team, working together to achieve a common goal. College taught me a lot about myself, and I had a lot of fun in the process. I would do it all again exactly the same way.” While it is special to Will to have held the slalom record for 14 years, he was always more focused team points and team momentum. In 2003, ULL was “bullet proof” and won the National Title.
Will is currently still very involved in water skiing. He competes at the professional level, and is part of the water ski design team at HO Skis.