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Team GOODE to take on Masters this weekend

Team GOODE’s Chris Parrish

A number of Team GOODE skiers will be in the running for titles as the 56th Masters kicks off tomorrow with the Junior Men’s and Women’s events. The pros hit the water on Saturday, with final rounds taking place on Sunday.

The tournament will be webcast live here, and schedule, scores and more can be found at masterswaterski.com.

Team GOODE athletes competing this weekend include defending champion Thomas Degasperi, Regina Jaquess, Chris Parrish, Karen Truelove, Daniel Odvarko, and Clementine Lucine in the pro ranks. Junior GOODE skiers include Abbi Grathwohl, Nick Lang, Brooke Baldwin, and Bailey Austin.

Chad Scott wins, Team GOODE takes top-4 spots at Big Dawg Mexico

Chad Scott topped Dave Miller in the head-to-head finals and six of the Elite 8 rode GOODEs as the first stop in the 2015 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour concluded today at Ski Paradise in Acapulco, Mexico.

Chad scored 5 at 39-1/2 off to Dave’s 3.5 at the same rope length to earn the win. Fellow GOODE skiers Bruce Dodd finished third, Marc Shaw fourth, Greg Badal sixth, and Todd Ristorcelli seventh.

For complete Sweet 16 results, click here.

Get GOODE in 2015

Are you ready for your best season ever? Then you are ready to getGOODEin2015.com, a new mini website devoted to helping you ski better this upcoming year.

Check out getGOODEin2015.com to:

  • Learn more about the latest GOODE gear
  • Find the demo location nearest you
  • Attend a clinic featuring GOODE’s team of world-renowned coaches
  • Get the latest training tips from Team GOODE skiers

Look for getGOODEin2015.com to be updated throughout the year.

Karen leads after first round at Moomba

The Moomba Masters are underway and Team GOODE’s Karen Truelove is on top after the first round of Women’s slalom.

Karen ran 5 at 38 to snag the highest score in the preliminaries.  Gene Kruger qualified second with 3 at 38 and Whitney McClintock third with 2 at 38.  Team GOODE’s Lauren Morgan qualified sixth, while Erika Lang and Clementine Lucine were in a four-skier logjam at eight place.

The Men’s slalom event hits the water Saturday, with the semi finals for both Men and Women’s slalom taking place Sunday.

For results and schedule, click here. For the live online broadcast, click here.

Moomba kicks off 2015 pro season

Team GOODE’s Thomas Degasperi will be looking to defend his title at the 2015 Moomba Masters. Photo courtesy Des Burke-Kennedy/IWWF.

While it may seem unlikely for those in the U.S. who are just coming off record-low temperatures and record-high snowfalls, the 2015 pro water ski season officially kicks off tomorrow as the Moomba Masters gets underway in Melbourne, Australia.

The Juniors will take to the water Wednesday and Thursday, while the pro Men and Women will compete for titles Friday through Monday.

Team GOODE will be well represented and looking to repeat it’s success from a year ago, when it took home two titles and earned four podium finishes.

Among the Men’s pro team members expected to compete are defending champion Thomas Degasperi, No. 1 seed Chris Parrish, Nick Parsons, Martin Bartalsky and Javier Julio. The Women’s side includes No. 2 seed Karen Truelove, Clementine Lucine, Lauren Morgan, and Erika Lang.

For the full list of competitors and event schedule, click here.  Tournament organizers plan to deliver a live webcast of the event, available here.

Trent’s Two Tips

Team GOODE’s Trent Finlayson approaches skiing from two different, yet equally important perspectives.

First, he’s a top pro contender and co-Canadian National record holder that gets into some serious shortline. And second, he’s emerging as one of the top coaches in the business, tutoring the likes of Bailey Austin and the Grathwohl girls to prominence on the national and international stages.

Whether it’s prepping for his own skiing, or working with his students, he likes to focus on two process-oriented steps:

Purposeful Skiing: Construct a game plan before leaving the dock

“While there is nothing wrong with a low-pressure spontaneous ski ride from time to time, don’t let yourself fall into the routine of hitting the water without specific intent. Before you begin your warm up decide what you are going to address, work on and accomplish during your next 45 minutes. You might be honing a specific skill or working on your timing at your most difficult pass. Either way, formulate a plan and stick to it.”

Mechanics vs. Foundation: Don’t lose the forest for the trees

“Watch the top skiers in the world and it becomes apparent that there are many different ways to succeed in the course. However, while many of the specific mechanics may differ, the big-picture fundamentals are strikingly similar. The chief mistake many skiers make in their analysis of technique is allowing themselves to get clouded by the details. Everything from handle height to hip orientation is the result of proper alignment and timing. Instead of trying to fix a multitude of smaller mechanical errors, analyze how your speed, alignment and direction may be affecting them.”

For additional coaching, contact Trent at trentfinlayson@hotmail.com or (830) 556-6666. Trent is sponsored by GOODE Skis, MasterCraft Boats, InTow Ropes and Handles, Bennetts Ski and Wake, and Str8 Training.

The 2014 season by the numbers

As Frank Sinatra once sang, it was a very good year …

How great of a year was it for Team GOODE? Take a look at our 2014 by the numbers:

75 

Percentage of 35+ World slalom titles won on GOODEs

4

MastersMalibu OpenMoomba and U.S. Open victories

3.25

at 41 off, Regina’s latest world record

55

Percentage of U.S. National slalom titles won on GOODEs

4

Buoys Cooper Tate improved the Boys 1 U.S. National Record by

3

Buoys Brooke Baldwin improved the Girls 2 U.S. National record by

#teamGOODE skiers in the top 10 of the Men’s and Women’s IWWF Elite Rankings

5,000

Dollars won by Michael Robinson for picking the perfect GOODE Bracket Challenge bracket

1

The ranking of Chris Parrish and Regina Jaquess on the Men’s and Women’s IWWF World Rankings List

2

Big Dawg Tour stop victories

18

Consecutive years a GOODE has held a world slalom record

Unlimited

Designs possible with GOODE’s new custom graphic capabilities

 

Regina named USA Water Ski Female Athlete of the Year

For the third-consecutive year, and the eighth time in her career, Regina Jaquess has been named the USA Water Ski Female Athlete of the Year.

From USA Water Ski:

Jaquess started off 2014 by winning gold medals in slalom, jumping and overall at the Pan American Water Ski Championships. In addition to setting a new world slalom record of 3-1/4 buoys at 41 feet off in June, she also won women’s slalom titles at the 2014 Malibu Open, GOODE Water Ski National Championships, California Water Ski Pro Am Water Ski Tournament, and U.S. Open, where she also won the coveted overall title.

Freddy Krueger, husband of Team GOODE member Karen Truelove, was named Male Athlete of the Year for the tenth time, while the U.S. 35+ Water Ski Team – which included GOODE skiers Marc Shaw, Jeff Surdej, Lori Krueger, Hutch Haines, and Joy Kelley – was named Team of the Year.

For more information, click here.

Chris and Regina top preliminary IWWF world rankings

The top male and female skiers in the world belong to Team GOODE as Chris Parrish and Regina Jaquess both find themselves No. 1 on the IWWF’s preliminary world rankings list.

Chris is the No. 1 ranked skier in Men’s Open with an average score of 1.5 buoys at 43 off, while Regina tops the Open Women’s list with an average of 2.75 buoys at 41 off.

Additional GOODE skiers placing in the top five of their respective divisions include: April Coble-Eller (3rd, Open Women; 1st 35+ Women); Karen Truelove (4th, Open Women; 2nd 35+ Women); Caroline Hensley (5th, Open Women); Freddie Winter (3rd, Open Men); Nick Lang (4th, Junior Men); Bailey Austin (2nd Junior Women; 3rd, U21 Women); Brooke Baldwin (5th, Junior Women); Dane Mechler (3rd, U21 Men); Brando Caruso (4th, U21 Men); Lauren Morgan (5th, U21 Women); Jeremy Newby-Ricci (2nd, 35+ Men); Jay Leach (3rd, 35+ Men); Dave Miller (3rd 45+ Men); Ben Favret (4th, 45+ Men); Lori Krueger (2nd, 45+ Women); Patrician Cordeiro (45+ Women); Shannon Strickland (45+ Women); Chet Raley (1st, 55+ Men); Bruce Dodd (4th, 55+ Men); John Shealy (5th; 55+ Men); Joy Kelley (1st, 55+ Women); Cyndi Benzel (2nd, 55+ Women); Kandise Bertelson (4th, 55+ Women); Richard Lambert (65+ Men); Jeff Wiswall (65+ Men); Bruce Epstein (4th, 65+ Men); Ruth Johnston (1st, 65+ Women); Donna Epstein (2nd, 65+ Women); and Shirley Coble (4th 65+ Women).

To view the full rankings, click here.

Freddie’s Europe and Africa record approved

The IWWF’s Europe and Africa Confederation has approved Freddie Winter’s score of 1 buoy at 43 off, officially giving him a tie for the region’s Open Men’s slalom record along with Andy Mapple.

Freddie put up the huge score at the Trilakes 2 tournament at Bennett’s Ski School in Zachary, La., on October 26th.

In addition to giving him a share of the EA record, the score boosted Freddie into the top three of the preliminary IWWF world rankings list (see article above), as he joined fellow Team GOODE member Chris Parrish and Nate Smith as the only skiers with averages into 43 off.