aswar broth­ers Pas­sion and com­mit­ment

Most mil­len­ni­als may still be strug­gling to find their paths, but it’s not the case with the AswAr broth­ers. These young cham­pi­ons’ child­hood was all about train­ing and learn­ing ‘com­mit­ment’

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The clock has hit 4pm but the sun still feels like it hasn’t passed 12 twelve this brightly af­ter­noon. The smell of salt fills the at­mos­phere where the in­ter­view is be­ing held. Aqsa, the younger of two Aswar broth­ers ar­rives at the venue first, beat­ing his brother Aero by half an hour. When both broth­ers are ready and set­tled, you can tell they’re raised well. Both pos­sess a down-toearth at­ti­tude and a sharp sense of hu­mour. Aqsa comes off as lively, en­er­getic and rather spon­ta­neous com­pared with his older brother Aero whose de­meanour seems calmer and sen­si­ble.

“Jet Ski started just as a hobby,” Aqsa says dur­ing our in­ter­view at the Jet Ski Indonesia Academy in Ma­rina Beach, An­col. They con­fess they were ini­tially into race cars.

Their fa­ther Sai­ful Su­tan Aswar, a Jet Ski mas­ter him­self, ex­posed them to do all kinds of sports, giv­ing them time and the ul­ti­mate per­sonal de­ci­sion which to fo­cus on. “Af­ter join­ing race car com­pe­ti­tions, we felt Jet Ski be­came more in­ter­est­ing,” ex­plains Aero.

Who would have thought some­thing that started as a leisure ac­tiv­ity can change their lives? At the 2014 IJSBA World Fi­nals in Lake Havasu, Ari­zona, the Aswar broth­ers swept clean the Pro Stock, Pro Open, and Pro Lim­ited Na­tion­als Ti­tle cat­e­gories. The com­pe­ti­tion fin­ished with Aero proudly tak­ing home the World Cham­pi­onship ti­tle in Pro Run­about class.

But this was only the begin­ning of the broth­ers’ com­pet­i­tive ca­reers. This sum­mer at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Aero bagged the sil­ver medal in Lim­ited Run­about class while Aqsa suc­cess­fully earned the gold medal in the En­durance Run­about Open class. Ma­jor achieve­ments for the sib­lings and the host coun­try!

Start­ing Jet Ski at an age of 4, child­hood was tough for the young champs. Both Aero and Aqsa had to en­dure long, gru­elling hours of daily train­ing. “We prac­ticed ev­ery­day, af­ter school. Ev­ery­day we would go here (An­col),” ex­plains Aero. Sure, it wasn’t a typ­i­cal thing to do for a child, but the broth­ers never felt like their youth was stolen. “We very much en­joyed it, it was a prac­tice but even then we would say play­ing Jet Ski in­stead of prac­tic­ing,” Aqsa laughs along with his brother.

Hav­ing born to a for­mer Jet Ski player has its own perks. “Papa is a dis­ci­plinar­ian—in a good way,” said Aqsa with­out a doubt. Their fa­ther didn’t just in­tro­duce Jet Ski to them, he also en­sured both Aero and Aqsa were re­li­giously prac­tic­ing, and more im­por­tantly, pro­gress­ing in their train­ing. And when asked about who’s their biggest sup­port, both Aero and Aqsa point their fin­gers to the same man sit­ting across from them, their fa­ther.

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