Two years ago, we said that WATERSKI cover boy Nick Parsons “isn’t your typical pro water skier – or human being.” The good thing is he hasn’t changed a bit. Read his interview below, then check out a collection of our favorite Parsons pics.
What was it like growing up as a competitive water skier in Utah?
The season isn’t long – from May to September and then there’s the occasional ski set in the fall. I wasn’t super stoked about skiing in a drysuit. The summers are good!
Why haven’t you made Central Florida home like many of your competitors?
I don’t know why, but I’ve always hated Florida. I hate being down there in the summers. I just can’t stand that muggy, hot, sticky stuff. It really gets to me.
Do you have to work harder because of it?
I think I have to put that extra step in to want to train in the winter and push myself in the spring and in the fall here in Utah. I think it requires a little bit more effort.
What does your offseason workout consist of?
I just tried a speed and agility class that I thought was great. It wasn’t like lifting heavy weights or anything. It was more lifting your own body weight. I enjoyed that a lot more than just going to the gym and doing my own workout. I have a trainer too, so that always helps.
How much time do you spend snow skiing in the winter?
I think I put in about 40 days. I’ve average that many days for the past five seasons.
Your dad is a competitive skier in his own right. Tell us about your relationship with him.
My dad has been skiing for a long time. He probably skis more than I do. We ski together almost 50 percent of the time throughout the entire summer. He’s a good driver. He drives me and I drive him, so it’s great. There’s lots of bonding and stuff.
Is that where you get your wacky sense of humor?
Yeah. My dad is pretty crazy. He’s a good guy.
What is the craziest thing you’ve done in the last week?
I’ve been playing it pretty cool lately. I was pretty crazy during my last tournament, but I think I’ve been a little self-conscious about how crazy I get. I’ve been trying to be normal. Is that weird to say?
OK, to wrap up this interview, answer a few random questions. If you had to give yourself a nickname, what would it be?
The male host.
What’s the first thing that comes to mind after hearing a toilet flush?
Well, now that’s taken care of.
If you could be anyone in the world for a day, who would it be? Why?
I’d be James Bond. His lifestyle is 10 times better than anyone else’s on earth.
If you weren’t a professional skier, what would you be doing?
Modeling. I practically arrived from the womb with “blue steel” face.