Monthly Archives: March 2012
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GOODE Skis will be well represented when the 53rd Masters is held Memorial Day weekend at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga.
On the Men’s slalom side, three of the eight invitees are Team GOODE members, as Thomas Degasperi, Adam Sedlmajer and Nick Parsons all earned invitations.
In Women’s slalom, Karen Truelove and world record holder Regina Jaquess made the field. New Team GOODE member Makayla Haw will defend her Junior Women’s championship from a year ago.
For more event details, including ticket information, click here.
Dave Goode talks Moomba Big Dawg with inaugural champion Thierry Malhomme and runner-up Chad Scott.
Team GOODE jumped out to a great start to the 2012 season by winning podium spots in four slalom events this weekend at the Moomba Masters in Melbourne, Australia,.
In Men’s slalom, Italy’s Carlo Allais scored 4 buoys at 39-1/2 off to finish second, one of the best finishes of his professional career. Javier Julio finished 10th while Nick Parsons and Adam Sedlmajer finished 13th and 14th, respectively.
Team GOODE skiers earned two of the top-four spots in Women’s slalom as Regina Jaquess and Karen Truelove tied for third with 3 buoys at 38 feet off, with Regina being awarded the tie breaker due to a higher semi-final round score. In an encore to her third-consecutive Moomba girls slalom championship, new Team GOODE member Makayla Haw finished 11th in the Women’s event.
And in the first ever Moomba Big Dawg, Team GOODE skiers Chad Scott and Jay Leach comprised half of the final four, with Chad taking second and Jay fourth.
For final Moomba results, visit www.moombamasters.com.au.
Next up for Team GOODE, the 53rd Masters Water Ski Tournament, May 25-27, at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga.
Dave Goode caught up with new Team GOODE member Makayla Haw after she captured her third straight Moomba girls’ slalom title.
Team GOODE skiers enjoyed an outstanding day No. 2 at the Moomba Masters in Melbourne, Australia, as both rounds of slalom competition were topped by skiers riding the GOODE NANO-“twist.”
In Women’s slalom Regina Jaquess secured the top seed in Sunday’s semifinals with 1 buoy at 39-1/2 feet off, while defending champion Karen Truelove earned the No. 5 seed with 1 buoy at 38 feet off. Just one day after earning her third-consecutive Moomba girls slalom title, new Team GOODE member Makayla Haw scored 1-1/2 buoys at 35 feet off to qualify for the Women’s slalom semis with the No. 11 seed.
In the first ever Moomba Big Dawg, Team GOODE skiers finished 1-2 in the first round as Chad Scott scored 5 buoys at 38 feet off to edge Dave Miller by a half buoy. 2011 Big Dawg Championship runner-up Jay Leach earned the sixth spot in the eight-man second round with 2-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off, and Australia’s John Adams earned the eight and final spot in the second round with 5 buoys at 35 feet off. In all, four of the eight Big Dawgs that advanced to the next round were on GOODE skis. GOODE Skis founder and president Dave Goode fought off a lack of practice time to score 3 buoys at 35 feet off.
Saturday’s action features the second round of the Big Dawgs and first round of Men’s slalom. For more information, visit www.moombamasters.com.au.
Regina Jaquess had a fall 2011 season for the record books. She set a new women’s slalom world record of 2 buoys at 41 feet off, won multiple golds on her way to a Women’s overall world record at the Pan American Games and took the top spot at the Katy Ski Jam Presented by Eagle Sports.
But if her competitors were hoping that she’d cooled off over the winter, they are in for a surprise.
“We had a nice winter, so I was able to ski all through the year,” said Regina. “I never really took too much time off after the Pan Ams, I just kept on skiing and skiing.”
One of the reasons she had such a dominant fall was that because of off-season knee surgery the previous year, most of her summer she was still in a recovery phase. Fully recovered now and putting in a full off-season training regimen for the first time in a few years, Regina says that she is looking to replicate last fall’s success, but earlier in the season.
“This year I’ll hopefully be able to work on things in the early summer that I was working on in September last year,” said Regina. “I’m trying to move that peak earlier into the season and maintain it longer.”
She’ll have her first opportunity to accomplish that when she skis at the Moomba Masters later this week. She has extra motivation heading into this year’s event because it represents the one glaring hole in her slalom resume. In two previous tries she hasn’t won a slalom title on the Yarra.
“It’s really the last title I don’t have,” said Regina, who does have Moomba tricks and overall titles to her name. “The collection would be complete. That would be the best possible way to start the year.”
When the Big Dawgs take to the waters of downtown Melbourne to compete in the 2012 Moomba Masters, it’ll mark quite a milestone for the 35-years-old-and-up series. It’ll be the first time it’s touched down in Australia and tens of thousands of fans will be lining the shores of what is arguably considered the world’s biggest water ski tournament.
But the Dawgs can’t get too caught up in the moment; they’ll have to deal with the legendary and unpredictable conditions of the Yarra River.
We caught up with Dave Miller and Chad Scott, two of the four GOODE skiers slated to ski in the eight-man Moomba field, and asked them about the newest, biggest stop on the Big Dawg series.
What came across your mind when you first heard that Moomba was going to host a Big Dawg?
Dave M.: I was excited to hear that Moomba invited the Big Dawgs. It made me realize that our division is getting more popular all the time and I really wanted to try to make the trip.
Chad: My First thought was what a great opportunity to get a chance to ski at the Moomba Masters. It’s a very prestigious tournament that I have never had an opportunity to ski. I really enjoy the format of having a chance to watch and ski in the same venue as the best skiers in the world.
Now that the Big Dawg has added a fourth continent, can you believe how big it has become?
Chad: It has certainly been fun to be part of the Big Dawg series since the beginning. It’s really amazing to see how it has grown to a global event and be able meet other skiers from across the world.
Dave M.: The Big Dawg has become quite successful and it seems it is getting bigger all the time.
Since Moomba is held during North America’s winter, how have you been training for the event?
Dave M.: Training is the difficult part for me this year. I’ve been busy working seven days a week which is not normal for me, but I’ve started up some new projects in business that needed my attention. I have not skied since mid October last year and my first day back on the water was the February 18th weekend on Southern California’s Imperial Lakes along with Dave and Dawn Goode, Nick Parsons and Paul Donatt. I will only get two more weekends of skiing in before Moomba so I hope I can be ready.
Chad: I’ve been skiing in Covington, La., with Dave Dipol and Bobby Franks, who’ve been nice enough to brave the cooler temperatures and pull me during these winter months. I have also been traveling to West Palm Beach, Fla., skiing with Becky Lathrop and Shelby Coke. These individuals have been available during these colder months and have provided me an opportunity to get some quality training in preparation for Moomba. I am also looking forward to seeing this extra skiing payoff for me throughout the season.
Have you been working on anything special to prepare for the notoriously unpredictable and fickle Yarra River?
Chad: I have not really done anything special in preparation for Moomba other than continue to ski during these winter months, but I plan on trying to ski in some rough water conditions before going to Moomba.
Dave M.: While we were skiing at Imperial Lakes Dave Goode had us try some different speeds to allow for the river current. Skiing one way through the course at 32 miles per hour and then the other way at 36. Very interesting to say the least. I hope the Yarra River isn’t that extreme.
What is your frame of mind heading down to Big Dawg Moomba … win it or experience it?
Dave M.: My mind set will be enjoying the experience, it is going to be very different feeling skiing on the river from what I have heard so I am not going in with anything on my mind except be ready for the unexpected and do my best.
Chad: Well, both. I am certainly looking forward to the experience. It’s another Big Dawg event with a group of great competitors. I think everyone that has signed up is going to Australia with the mind set to try to win the first ever Moomba Big Dawg title. That would be a great way to start the year.