Going for Gold at the Masters

21 May 2024

The Masters Waterski & Wakeboard Tournament takes place in Georgia, USA, this coming weekend and there are three British skiers on the start list.


The three have an impressive tally of major titles between them and all have previously won at the Masters.

They are:

  • two-time World Champion and two-time winner at the Masters in men’s slalom, Freddie Winter
  • two-time World Champion and five-time Masters winner in men’s slalom, Will Asher
  • current Overall World Record Holder and 2022 Masters Jump Champion, Joel Poland
Freddie Winter wins 2023 Botaski Pro AmFreddie Winter winning the 2023 Botaski Pro Am. Photo: Johnny Hayward

Freddie, Will and Joel will all compete in slalom while Joel also competes in tricks and jump.

Invitations to compete at the Masters are highly sought after. To earn a place, skiers must either have won a major qualifying competition in the past 12 months or come through a tough process of ‘last-chance-qualification’ competitions in the build-up to the event.

Freddie qualified automatically as the 2023 men's slalom World Champion. He also won two other qualifying events - the Botaski Pro Am in Spain in July 2023 and the Moomba Masters in Australia in March 2024.

Both Will and Joel came through last-chance qualifiers. Joel is the first man in 24 years to qualify in all three events.

Will Asher at the 2022 MastersWill Asher at the 2022 Masters. Photo: James Timothy

The Masters Waterski & Wakeboard Tournament will take place at Robin Lake, Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, Georgia, USA. The competition begins with the Junior Masters on Friday 24th May. The preliminary rounds of the Masters take place on Saturday 25th with the finals on Sunday 26th.

The competition will be livestreamed on the Masters website where you can also find the full schedule and follow the results.

Joel Poland wins jump at Masters 2022Joel Poland on his way to winning the Masters Jump in 2022. Photo: Johnny Hayward