With Team GOODE’s Nick Parsons ripping it up on this month’s cover of WaterSki Magazine — see a sneak peak of the issue here — and the season-starting Moomba Masters a little over a month away, we thought it would be a good time to check in on the world’s No. 5 ranked skier.
First, congrats on being on the cover of WATERSKI for the second time in your career. How does it feel?
Nick Parsons: It feels pretty good. You don’t get too many covers in your life.
What have you been up to this off season?
NP: I’ve been busy with a couple of my hobbies here in Utah. I’ve been doing a lot of skate skiing and I ski in an amateur alpine racing league a couple nights a week in Park City. My father owns a small retail bakery so I’ve been helping him with that too.
When was last time you were on the water?
NP: I went down to Florida for Thanksgiving and stayed and skied couple weeks after that, so it’s been more than a month.
How will you get ready for the upcoming season?
NP: I’ve got Moomba coming up so I’ll be going down to Phoenix and maybe Southern California. Then I’ll head up to Sacramento for some training with Marcus Brown. It’s good to ski against someone. Then we’ll be off to Australia.
With three straight years in the top 5 on the IWWF elite rankings list you’ve established yourself as among the very best skiers in the world. What are you working on that will hopefully help you nail that top spot?
NP: Staying in the top five is tough but getting that extra one or two percent to get into the No. 1 or 2 spots is really tough. To me the difference is the mental aspect of having confidence in your equipment. When you have the right equipment that works for your style, you get confidence from that. I look to the snow skiing world cup too. The top guys aren’t 20 to 25, they’re 30 to 35. They’ve got that experience to know what works best for them.
Is there any one tournament that you’re really focused on this year?
NP: I took second at the Masters in 2010, but other than that I’ve struggled at that tournament and I’ve never gone into it with a lot of confidence. I think I’m learning how to do that now and I really want to do well there. It’s a really cool experience to ski there and it would be an even cooler experience to win it.
Any goals for 2012?
NP: My personal best has been 3 buoys at 41-feet off for at least five years, so this year I’d like to make it over to that four ball.
NP: Sure thing.