Apparently there are two determined Australian’s that want sole position of the men’s national slalom record. Joel Howley (Brisbane) vs. Nick Adams (Melbourne). Adams took possession of the record last fall when he broke Simon Hill’s eleven-year slalom record of 1 1/2 at 41 off by running 2 at 41. Fast forward to the 2012 season and twenty-year-old Howley arrives in the U.S. with a few thousand dollars and the goal of pursuing his skiing full-time. Shortly after his arrival, he’s running 39 in practice at Coble’s Ski School in Lillington, North Carolina, and his focus turns to breaking the record. After a few events with scores in the mid-39 range, he enters the Labor Day Slalom event at Trophy Lakes in Charleston, South Carolina, and ties Adams’ record of 2 at 41 off. One month later Howley’s back at Trophy Lakes to compete in the Gary Pressley Memorial Slalom event, and posts a 2 1/2 at 41 off to set a new (pending) Australian national slalom record. Then, as the 2012 tournament season is coming to a close, Adams competes at the Okeeheelee Fall Tourney in West Palm Beach, Florida, and in the first round scores 4 at 41 off for another (pending) Australian record. As both athlete’s return home in November, they’ll be right back into the competitive mix as their summer begins in Australia.