Local Hero: Joel Howley | Bridgeman Downs

Dreams and local heroes come in all sizes and through sheer determination, Bridgeman Downs' own Joel Howley is well on his way to accomplishing all of his dreams.

At only 25 years of age, Joel has been water skiing socially since 8 years old and began competing at 18.

Joel is a professional slalom water skier and in his spare time is studying architecture at QUT.

A true Northsider Joel went to St Dympnas primary school at Aspley and then completed his secondary years at Padua.

During these years he spent many weekends with his parents and brothers at Lake Somerset. Living on the Northside allows him to be close to his training and our beautiful Brisbane weather makes pulling on the wetsuit easy for most of the year.

Recently Joel travelled from Brisbane to Bonneys Waterski Park in Western Australia to compete in the Nationals and of course, he has come home with a win for the 6th consecutive year.

Joel spends summer here in Brisbane studying and training. As soon as the weather turns cool he departs for America to compete on the Pro circuit in USA during our winter.

Joel has also been selected to compete for Australia in September at the 35th Waterski World Championship which will be held in Paris, France.

Joel's schedule throughout August and September has been busy, to say the least. Starting in Austin Texas where the American Nationals are being held. Unable to compete in these Joel will support and promote his sponsors Connelly Water ski there. He is very proud of his sponsors who allow him to do what he loves which is slalom waterskiing.

He will then head to Milwaukee in Wisconsin where he will compete in the Malibu Open tournament.

Then it's on to Sacramento in California to compete in the California ProAm.

Joel's last tournament for 2017 is in Paris and he is thrilled to have been chosen to compete for Australia at the Waterski World Championships.

After Paris he will then fly home to Brisbane on 13 September.

Joel would appreciate any support and would love follows/likes on face book and Instagram pages. Joel is also on twitter and has his own webpage. 


Photo by @joelhowley and the 2018 GT are a buoy-sitting, on-site ripping, big-spray-making force to be reckoned with.

Written by: Robyn Baker

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