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Michael Robinson turns perfect picks into $5,000 windfall

Bracket Challenge perfect bracket grand prize winner Michael Robinson after winning the Men’s 4 U.S. national championship in 2012.

Michael Robinson didn’t know it at the time, but as the first day of the GOODE Bracket Challenge Finals ended in Ogden, Utah, his odds of winning the $5,000 perfect bracket grand prize had just improved dramatically.

Jeremy Newby-Ricci had just topped Chad Scott, while Dave Miller had taken out Jay Leach to advance to a finals match up with Jeremy; just as Michael, a Men’s 5 skier from South Carolina, had predicted when he filled out his bracket in May.

As day two of the Finals began, all Michael needed to pocket five thousand large ones was his pick to win it all – Jeremy – beating Dave in the head-to-head.

“I really wanted to win the tournament because the competition was so tough and the format was a lot of fun,” said Jeremy, who’d done the math on his own and knew that the perfect bracket rested on his shoulders. “But I have to say that knowing I’d either make or break a fan’s bracket put a little bit of extra pressure on me. I didn’t want to be the reason that someone missed out on that kind of money.”

In the end, Michael’s intuition in May held true in September as Jeremy posted a huge score of 3 buoys at 41 off to edge Dave’s 1.5 buoys at the same line length (for more details on the on-the-water competition, view the video here).

“No way, are you serious?” asked a stunned Michael when GOODE Skis president and founder Dave Goode called him from the lake to tell him he’d won $5,000.

At first thinking he had no chance of scoring the perfect bracket, Michael’s interest and optimism understandably increased with each round.

“I watched kinda casually through the Sweet 16,” said Michael, whose fan contest name was Summer skiOFF, “but I really started to pay attention with the Elite Eight. Even then I thought it was a long shot so I didn’t really talk about it too much, except with my wife Terri.”

So how did he pick Jeremy to win it all, and eschew the most popular fan pick, 2013 Bracket Challenge Champion Regina Jaquess?

“I saw Jeremy ski at the 2013 Big Dawg finals and was obviously impressed,” said Michael, himself the 2012 Men’s 4 U.S. national champion. “I knew he was a very accomplished skier and when you watch him ski he just gets it done. I actually saw him at Nationals this year and told him I picked him to win it all and wished him luck.”

Asked what he was going to do with the $5,000, Michael said that since learning about his newfound largess he and his wife have been able to pull the trigger on a trip to the Bahamas this December to celebrate their 28th wedding anniversary.

On-the-water competition

While money was at stake in the online fan contest, pride was the prize in the actual, on-the-water Bracket Challenge.

In the Final Four, No. 1 seed Jeremy faced off against No. 5 Chad, while the other side of the frame featured No. 2 Jay vs. No. 3 Dave.

Both Chad and Jay, southern fellas that they are, struggled a bit early on in the cooler water temperature, something that Jeremy and Dave, who hail from England and Canada respectively, weren’t fazed by. Chad and Jay recovered though in the 3rd/4th place match-up, both running into 41 off with Jay edging Chad for third place by a buoy with 1 at 41 off.

In the final round, Jeremy stayed true to his No. 1 seed and beat Dave, 3 buoys to 1.5 at 41 off.

April Coble-Eller becomes sixth woman into 41 off

A huge congrats to April Coble-Eller for becoming the sixth Woman in history to knock down 39-1/2 off in a tournament.

April rounded 1 buoy at 41-feet off August 30th at the Dana Reed Memorial tournament at Trophy Lakes in Charleston, South Carolina, to set a new personal best at the age of 41.

In doing so she also set a new U.S. Women’s 3 nationals slalom record.

 

 

 

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Bracket Challenge Final Four field set

The field is set for next week’s GOODE Bracket Challenge Final Four in Ogden, Utah.

Jeremy Newby-Ricci, Jay Leach, Dave Miller, and Chad Scott are all that’s left of the 32 skiers who began the Bracket Challenge in June. Not making the cut in a minor upset is defending champion and fan favorite Regina Jaquess, whose score of 2 at 41 was topped by Chad’s last tournament round in August, 3 at 41.

The Final Four matchups are:

No. 1. Jeremy Newby-Ricci vs. No. 5. Chad Scott
No. 2. Jay Leach vs. No. 3. Dave Miller

The semi-final round will be held Tuesday, Sept. 9, at GOODE Ski Lake in downtown Ogden. Each skier’s top score from the day’s two rounds will be used to determine who advances to the finals. The finals will be held the next day in a single, winner-take-all round of skiing.

In the fan-submitted brackets contest, one contestant remains in the hunt for the $5,000 perfect bracket grand prize. In order to collect the $5,000, Summer skiOFF needs Jeremy and Dave to advance to the finals, with Jeremy taking the title.

While Summer skiOFF is the only contestant with a shot at a perfect bracket, six other contestants are still in contention to win the top prize, the record-breaking Nano OneXT.

GOODE skiers win 55% of U.S. national slalom titles

Skiers riding GOODEs once again dominated the action at the GOODE U.S. National Water Ski Championships, winning 16 of 29, or just over 55 percent, of the slalom titles awarded at San Marcos River Ranch in San Marcos, Texas.

A week that began with Regina Jaquess leading a 1-2-3 GOODE sweep of Open Women’s slalom on the first day of competition ended five days later with Don Aschenbrenner winning the last event of the championships, Men’s 4 slalom.

Skiers winning national slalom titles on GOODEs were:

B1 Cooper Tate
B2 Griffin Stange
M1 Dane Mechler (video)
M4 Don Aschenbrenner
M5 Tim Huston
M7 Dennis Longo
M9 Jerry Hosner
M11 Harry Price

G2 Brooke Baldwin
W1 Keri Mcclure
W3 Trish Burt
W5 Joy Kelley
W7 Ruth Johnston
W9 Maria Walsh
W10 Artis Price
OW Regina Jaquess (video)

The Team GOODE national title count was nearly 18, as two of GOODE’s top junior skiers tied for first in their respective divisions before eventually finishing second in runoffs.

In Boy’s 3, Daniel Di Pol, the 2013 champion, tied Taylor Garcia, with 2 buoys at 39-1/2 off, before getting edged in the runoff.

In Girl’s 3, Ruth McCreary tied eventual champion Samantha Dumala with a score of 2 at 38 off before finishing second, a huge accomplishment for a skier competing in only her second year in Girl’s 3.

Our congratulations go out to all skiers who participated, made the podium or won titles.

It’s difficult to track hundreds of skiers across multiple lakes over the course of six days of action, so if we failed to include you in the list above, or mistakenly did so, please accept our apologies and email us the details at team@goode.com.

Freddie wins European Championships, T-Gas second

Freddie Winter continues to serve notice to the slalom world with a big victory in Europe over the weekend.

The 2013 Worlds bronze medalist added to his growing resume by winning the 2014 European Championships in Melice, Czech Republic.

Freddie scored 1-1/4 buoys at 41 off to edge fellow GOODE Team skier and multiple time World and European champion Thomas Degasperi, who scored 1 at 41. With Thomas the top seed and still to come in the final round, Freddie made an extraordinary effort (check out the video here) to get outside two ball and secure the quarter buoy that would end up being the deciding margin.

Joining Freddie and Thomas on the leaderboard were GOODE skiers Martin Bartalsky (4th with 1 @ 41), Daniel Odvarko (5th with 4.5 at 39) and Carlo Allais (6th with 3 @ 39).

On the Women’s side GOODE skiers Chaira Bonnemann took fifth in slalom, while her sister, Giannina, finished second in overall.

For complete results, click here.

Mechler, Tate and Stange take home national titles

Dane Mechler and Tyler Scott finished first and second as Team GOODE took the top two spots in Men’s 1 slalom at the GOODE U.S. Water Ski National Championships.

Competing in his first year in Men’s 1, Dane posted a huge score of 2 buoys at 41-feet off to win his first national title. His score would have taken third in Open Men, which Dane plans to ski in next year.

GOODE skiers took home two other titles on day 2 of Nationals, as Cooper Tate finished first in Boy’s 1 slalom and Griffin Stange won the title in Boy’s 2.

For complete results, visit waterskinationals.com.

 

Regina, April and Karen sweep top three in Open Women’s slalom

Team GOODE continues to dominate Open Women’s slalom at the GOODE U.S. Water Ski National Championships as for the second-consecutive year GOODE skiers have swept the top-3 spots.

Regina Jaquess finished first by becoming the only skier to run the 39-1/2 pass.  April Coble-Eller took second with 2 buoys at 39-1/2 off and Karen Truelove third with 2.5 at 38.  Fellow GOODE skier Erika Lang finished fifth with 2 at 35.

For complete results, visit waterskinationals.com.

 

Team GOODE takes half the podiums at Mastercraft Pro Shootout

Team GOODE continues it’s hot streak as it took half of the slalom podiums at this week’s Mastercraft Pro Water Ski Shootout in Calgary, Canada.

GOODE’s Nick Parsons took third in Men’s slalom, finishing behind champion Nate Smith and Will Asher. Nick earned a spot in the final-three matchup by posting a great score of 3 buoys at 41-feet off, which was tied for that round’s highest score. The podium finish is his second in less than a year, after also finishing third at the Diablo Shores Pro Am last fall.

Fellow Team GOODE skier Freddie Winter barely missed out on a top-three finish, taking fourth with 2.5 buoys at 41-feet off, while GOODE newcomer Daniel Odvarko and Thomas Degasperi also advanced to the eight-skier finals.

On the Women’s side, April Coble-Eller and Karen Truelove took second and third, respectively, while Whitney McClintock finished first. Heading into the final-three matchup, April was tied with Whitney for top score with 2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off.

For more information, visit Mastercraftshootout.com.

The great results for Team GOODE come days after it claimed three titles and numerous podiums at the Malibu Open, and comes in a season in which Thomas claimed both the Moomba and Masters titles, and Regina Jaquess (who did not compete at the Mastercraft Shootout) won the Masters and Malibu Open titles.

Customize your skiing with the all new GOODE XT series

Fresh off offering water skiing’s first and only completely customized graphics, GOODE Skis is providing even more ways to customize your skiing with three new additions to the world-record breaking XT lineup: the Nano XTT™, Nano XTM™ and Nano XTW™.  Check out the entire XT lineup at store.goode.com.

The three new skis compliment GOODE’s flagship Nano OneXT™ by catering to skiers who prefer either narrower (traditional) or wider skis.  See which model is best for you with this ski comparison chart.

“The Nano OneXT has been one of the most well-received skis we’ve ever had,” said Dave Goode, founder and president of GOODE Skis. “But while the XT is going to be the right ski for probably 80 percent of skiers, there is still that 20 percent that likes the narrower or wider skis that we’ve been very successful with before. We are taking the best characteristics of the XT and adding them to these new widths so that no matter your preference, there is a world-class GOODE for you.”

The differences in the new skis are primarily the width, with the second “T” in XTT standing for “traditional” width (narrower than the XT), and the “M” and “W” in XTM and XTW standing for “mid” and “wide” (wider than the XT), respectively. While the new skis have a width and shape unique for each model, all feature the ground-breaking AsymRocker™, an asymmetrical rocker technology that first debuted with the Nano OneXT. AsymRocker creates a longer rocker on the offside, and a shorter rocker on the onside, completely eliminating any differences between on- and off-sides and leading to better, smoother and more consistent turns that build angle and add buoys.

The Nano XTT

The Nano XTT combines all the hard-charging, cross-course speed of the traditional-width 9900 series with the on-the-rails, no off-side-at-all turns pioneered by the Nano OneXT’s AsymRocker.

Designed with skiers who like to be more proactive in their turns in mind, many 36 mph skiers are going to find the Nano XTT more suitable to the sport’s top speed. Just ask Chris Parrish who is quickly returning to world-record form on his new Nano XTT.

The Nano XTM

The Nano XTM is the next generation of the ever popular Mid-Ride. The perfect combination of the performance-proven mid width and the XT’s rocker profile, the all-new Nano XTM is designed for skiers who like the ski to sit a little higher in the water, and the easier, more efficient ride that comes along with it.

The Nano XTM employs smaller bevels that, when combined with the asymmetrical rocker and extra width, require less skier input to create automatic, angle-building turns.

If you liked the 9900 series mid rides and the Nano Twist, you’ll love the Nano XTM.

The Nano XTW

The Nano XTW takes all of the characteristics of the Nano XTM and makes them, well, bigger.

For skiers who like the ski to ride even higher on the water, the Nano XTW is a medium speed ski that creates monster angle off the buoys with minimal skier input. And the Nano XTW’s extra width makes it the easiest ski to get up on in the entire XT lineup, sparing your back and saving energy for where it really counts: in the course.

XT, XTT, XTM and XTW: What is the right ski for you?

Take a look at this handy ski model comparison chart to figure out which XT series ski is best for you. And don’t forget, you can make each model in the XT lineup look any way you want with GOODE’s 100-percent customizable graphics. Any design, any color. The only limit is your own imagination.

Regina’s 3-peat highlights Malibu Open for Team GOODE

Led by Regina Jaquess’ Malibu Open three-peat, Team GOODE took three titles and numerous podiums this past weekend at Veterans Park in Milwaukee, Wis.

Regina defeated Whitney McClintock in the head-to-head finals to claim the Open Women’s slalom title for the third-consecutive year, while her fellow teammates April Coble-Eller (3rd) and Karen Truelove (4th) also skied well in advancing to the Final Four.

In Open Men’s slalom, Team GOODE’s Thomas Degasperi and Chris Parrish both advanced to the Final Four on the way to taking third and fourth, respectively. Nate Smith earned the title with K.C. Wilson having his best showing as a pro with a second-place finish.

Junior GOODE skiers continue to excel in 2014, as both Dane Mechler (under 21 Men’s slalom) and Bailey Austin (under 17 girls) each took home titles. The Under 21 Men’s event was a sweep for GOODE skiers as Daniel Di Pol and Sam Greenwood joined Dane on the podium, finishing second and third, respectively. Other GOODE skiers with top-3 finishes included Erika Lang (3rd, under 21 Women’s), Nick Lang (under 17 Boy’s) and Zach Montavon (under 17 Boy’s).

For final results, click here.