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.
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 email@example.com or (830) 556-6666. Trent is sponsored by GOODE Skis, MasterCraft Boats, InTow Ropes and Handles, Bennetts Ski and Wake, and Str8 Training.
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.
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.
Team GOODE’s Freddie Winter saved his best of 2014 for last, running 1 buoy at 43 off at his last tournament of the year to join the select 43-off club and in the process tie the European and Great Britain Open Men’s slalom records.
Freddie actually got 6 at 41 off twice at this weekend’s TriLakes tournament at Bennett’s Ski School, but only one resulted in getting a crack at 43 off. He first scored a full 6 at 41 off on Saturday, but lost the handle before exiting the gates. The next day he again got around six ball and back to the wakes, but this time held on through the gates, ultimately ending up with 1 at 43.
Currently ranked No. 5 on the IWWF world rankings list with an average of 70.75 buoys (4.75 at 41 off), Freddie should make quite the leap in the next rankings when his score of 1 at 43 is paired with a 5.25 at 41 he got earlier this season.
The U.S. Open water ski championships haven’t been held since 2007, but Regina Jaquess made sure that the end result in Women’s slalom was the same as most other tournaments held since: with her standing on top of the podium.
Regina topped fellow Team GOODE skier April Coble-Eller in the Women’s slalom head-to-head finals to earn her fifth major title of 2014 and assure that she’ll finish the year atop the IWWF Elite Rankings List. And as if to put a cherry on top of her year, Regina also took home the U.S. Open Women’s overall title.
April’s second-place finish caps a remarkably great and consistent year for her, as she earned top-three finishes at the GOODE U.S. Water Ski National Championships, MasterCraft Pro Shootout, Masters, Malibu Open, and Moomba Masters. In the past two months she’s also become the sixth Woman into 41 off and won the 35+ Women’s World Slalom title.
On the Men’s side, Team GOODE’s Chris Parrish advanced to the finals, finishing in a tie for fourth place with Joel Howley. Nate Smith, Will Asher and Brian Detrick finished first through third, respectively. Team GOODE’s Thomas Degasperi, ranked No. 2 on the IWWF Elite Rankings List, missed the tournament with injury.