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Q&A with Womens 1 National Champ Kelley Breeden

Ten GOODE skiers won slalom titles at the 2020 GOODE Water Ski National Championships held at Tri-Lakes in Zachary, La.

One of those 10 skiers was Florida Southern College’s Kelley Breeden, who earned her third career National title and second Women’s 1 title in the last three years.

GOODE recently chatted with Kelley about what if feels like to be a national champion, how this year was different and what skiing has taught her over the years.

GOODE: How long have you been skiing and how did you get into the sport?
Kelley: I have been skiing since I was seven. I got into it through my dad who was just a river rat back in the day. I was first introduced to competitive waterskiing through Cory Pickos and his ski school.

GOODE: How did you prepare for Nationals? Anything different than in the past?
Kelley: This is the second summer I’ve trained at Lucky Lowe, and this year because of COVID I lived at his ski school. I was able to ski multiple times every day and even on off days I was on the water coaching or trick skiing. It was super helpful just by having a huge amount of time on the water. Lucky is also extremely knowledgeable and has a ton of experience. He is always very positive and looks for the good in every practice.

GOODE: What does it feel like to be “NATIONAL CHAMPION!”?
Kelley: To be a national champion is a pretty cool thing. I definitely think each time you win nationals it’s a little different and means something different. This time I was happy to be able to win it for Lucky and do it with a bigger support system as I trained with some younger kids this summer.

GOODE: Besides winning the National title, what are some other highlights in your skiing career?
Kelley: Obviously, the other national titles [editor's note: Kelley previously won titles in Girls 2 and Women's 1] were a highlight. I’ve also started competing in more pro events the past two years which has been really exciting. Also just being able to compete with the Florida Southern ski team has been really great.

GOODE: Why do you ski?
Kelley: I ski because its fun and it provides a space where I don’t have to think about anything else but skiing. Its like an escape. I don’t have to think about school or grades or any of life’s other problems, just time to focus on skiing and myself. Its very freeing.

GOODE: What’s the most important thing skiing has taught you and/or given you over the years?
Kelley: Skiing has taught me many life lessons, but I think patience is a big one. Lucky talks a lot about trusting the process, and that’s pretty hard when you don’t see improvement sometimes. But that’s kind of how life is. You just have to trust that the process is going to take you in the right direction and that it will lead to improvement even when you can’t see it, so be patient and things will come with time.

GOODE: Who are some people that have been important to your skiing success?
Kelley: Some people that have been important to me in skiing are obviously my mom and dad, Betsy and Wes. They brought me into the sport and dedicated my childhood to it. My first coach, Cory Pickos, was also very pivotal and taught me a lot of basics. Keith Albritton and crew at Lake 38 and the crew at Lake Bradford were also very important in my career as that’s kind of where I grew up skiing in Tallahassee. Nowadays, Lucky Lowe and his family are very important to me and help tremendously. Also, the Florida Southern ski team which have helped me the past four years and become my closest friends.

Regina caps undefeated year with MasterCraft Pro title

Regina Jaquess capped a dominate 2020 season Saturday with a win at the MasterCraft Pro held at Action Water Sports in Polk City, Fla.

The victory secured an undefeated season that saw her win her 8th consecutive Malibu Open title and 6th consecutive Swiss Pro Slalom in addition to victories at the GOODE Nationals and the Stillwaters Team Challenge, among others.

Saturday’s final round also served as a season capstone for Team GOODE’s Elizabeth Montavon who set a personal best of 2.5 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off in the Women’s slalom finals to finish second, her highest ever professional finish. Elizabeth’s 2020 season saw her emerge as a pro podium threat on the strength of top-three finishes at the Hilltop Pro Am and Travers Grand Prix and a spot in the finals at Moomba.

The Men’s side saw one of the toughest final rounds in the history of the sport as three skiers – Team GOODE’s Thomas Degasperi, Nate Smith and Freddie Winter – tied with a huge score of 5 buoys at 41 off. In the ensuing run off, Nate emerged with the win (1 at 43), while Freddie (4 at 41) and Thomas (3 at 41) finished second and third, respectively. For Thomas it was the second-straight professional podium following his third-place place finish at the Swiss Pro Slalom.

Click here for final results.

Regina claims 6-peat at Swiss Pro Slalom

Make it six for six.

Regina Jaquess topped the Women’s slalom field at Sunday’s Swiss Pro Slalom to win her sixth-consecutive title at the event and remain the only female winner in the event’s history.

Regina put up scores of 2 at 41, 2 at 41 and 3 at 41 to earn the win, topping second-place finisher Manon Costard and Jaime Bull in third place. Team GOODE’s Chelsea Mills and Alice Bagnoli finished fifth and eight, respectively.

On the Men’s side, Thomas Degasperi took third in his first-ever Swiss pro, finishing behind champion Freddie Winter and Nate Smith. Team GOODE’s Adam Sedlmajer finished fifth.

Click here for full results.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dorien sets pending Mens Overall world record

Team GOODE’s Dorien Llewellyn set a pending Mens World Overall record Oct. 8th, at the JT Fall Classic at Sunset Lakes.

He slalomed 1 buoy at 41 off, tricked 11,010 points and jumped 223 feet (2,851.29 overall points) to top the previous record of 2,819.76 points set by fellow GOODE skier Adam Sedlmajer in 2018.

If approved by the IWWF, the mark will return the World Overall record to the Llewellyn family. Dorien’s dad, Jaret, held the record on two different occasions, including an uninterrupted stretch of nearly 15 years between 2002 and 2017.

Dorien is the second GOODE skier to set a pending overall world record this year as Regina Jaquess accomplished the feat at the Stillwaters Pro Team Challenge last August.

Q&A with Womens 5 National Champion Ann Hamilton

Ten GOODE skiers won slalom titles at the 2020 GOODE Water Ski National Championships held at Tri-Lakes in Zachary, La.

One of those 10 skiers was Women’s 5 champ Ann Hamilton, who after skiing in numerous Nationals since 1992, claimed her first ever national title in a run off.

GOODE recently chatted with Ann about her big win, how she got involved in the sport and why she does it.

GOODE: How long have you been skiing and how did you get into the sport?
Ann: I began free skiing when I was eight with my family on public lakes. When I was in college at Baylor I had an O’Brien t-shirt and a guy approached me and asked if I wanted to join the Baylor Water Ski Team. I went to Ken White’s ski school the very next week for Spring Break 1983 and I was hooked!

GOODE: Where, and with whom, do you do most of your training?
Ann: At Austin Aquaplex with my husband, Mike Hamilton.

GOODE: Is this your first National title?
Ann: YES! Finally!

GOODE: How many Nationals have you previously attended?
Ann: Since my first nationals in 1992. George Lindy was my driver that day and we are still friends. At another Nationals in the 90s at West Palm Beach, Chuck Forrest sat beside me in a diner and noticed me slamming down my breakfast. He took note and helped me calm down. And then he came to see me ski. The LEGEND came to see Miss Nobody ski because he knew that I was so nervous. How cool is that!?

GOODE: How did you prepare for Nationals this year? Anything different than in the past?
Ann: This year, I knew I had a chance to medal. I had mentally blown it in years past. For the two weeks prior to Nationals I skied only one set per day and ran only three total passes: 28 off, 32 off and the mid loop 33.5 off. I’d just go pass one, pass two, pass three and get in the boat. I knew mid 35 off would either win or place, but I was ready to run the pass.

GOODE: Besides winning the National title, what are some other highlights in your skiing career?
Ann: Regional champion and medals many times. But the best highlights are being with the water ski community! I love our waterski family and love our Regionals and Nationals family reunions.

GOODE: What’s the most important thing skiing has taught you and/or given you over the years?
Ann: It’s the physical exercise, fun, friends and mental toughness, but being a good sport is most important. I am happy to see others ski well.

GOODE: Who are some people that have been important to your skiing success?
Ann: No. 1 of course is my husband Mike, my dad, Ken White and too many water ski friends to name them all!

Regina going for Swiss Pro six-peat this weekend

The Swiss Pro Slalom will be held for the sixth time this coming Sunday, and Team GOODE’s Regina Jaquess will be looking to win it for the sixth-straight time.

Of her five Swiss Pro titles, last year’s may have been the toughest for her to come by as it took two tiebreaks to edge Whitney McClintock in the final round. She had an easier time winning her 9th straight Malibu Open last month, running 39-1/2 off all four rounds, the only female competitor to run it even once over the weekend.

Additional Team GOODE skiers expected to be in the field Sunday are Adam Sedlmajer, fresh off his second-place finish two weeks ago at the Travers Grand Prix, Chelsea Mills, Thomas Degasperi, Alice Bagnoli, Dane Mechler and Ali Garcia.

The event will be webcast live beginning Sunday at 9 a.m. eastern time. More details at swissproslalom.com.

Regina wins 9th straight Malibu Open title

Regina Jaquess’ dominance over the Malibu Open, and really Women’s slalom in general, continued as she won her unprecedented 9th consecutive Malibu Open title Saturday at Trophy Lakes in Charleston, S.C.

The only female competitor to run 39-1/2 off the entire weekend, she did it all four rounds. To earn the win she defeated Manon Costard in the super finals with a score of 2 at 41 to Manon’s 3.5 at 38.

Four of the top-8 finishers in Women’s slalom rode GOODE skis as Karen Truelove (5th), Kassidy Hawkins (6th) and Ali Garcia (7th) put in strong showings. Karen’s first-round score of a half buoy at 39 set a pending U.S. Nationals Women’s 4 slalom record.

On the Men’s side, Thomas Degasperi advanced to the finals but unfortunately missed his gates at 39-1/2 to end up with a 4th-place finish. He put up very solid scores of 3 buoys at 41 off in each of the first two rounds, and did so again on his “provisional” pass in the finals, until his 39 gates were pulled.

Dane Mechler and Adam Sedlmajer each just missed out on the finals, finishing 6th and 7th, respectively.

For full results, click here.

The tournament was dedicated to the memory of Dave Goode, with Dawn Goode accepting a special award on behalf of the company for GOODE Skis’ long-time support of the Malibu Open.

 

Goode Ski Lake hosts first tournament of 2020

Laughs. Tears. Good stories. Great skiing. We had it all last week at Goode Ski Lake’s first tournament since Dave’s passing.

Click through the images above to see a few of the touching scenes.