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Things are starting to get really interesting with only one tournament weekend left in Round 2 of the GOODE Bracket Challenge.
Less than two buoys separate competitors in four of the eight head-to-head match ups, including two brackets in which the higher seed is trailing.
No. 6 seed Tim Huston (0.5 at 41 off) trails the 11th seeded Jeff Milford heading into the weekend, as does No. 7 Todd Kuykendall (0.5 at 41) in his match up against No. 10 seed Jed Blackburn (2 at 41). In another potential upset, No. 2 seed Jay Leach finds himself tied with No. 18 seed Eric Kelley with 2.5 at 39.
Here is how Round 2 (July) currently stands with nine days left in the month:
1. Jeremy Newby-Ricci (2.5@41 , updated 7/24) vs. 17. Jason Staab (2@39)
2. Jay Leach (2.5@39) vs. 18. Eric Kelley (2.5@39)
3. David Miller (2.5@41) vs. 19. Bryce Tolman (3.5@39)
4. Regina Jaquess (2@41) vs. 13. Jeff Kepchia (2@39)
5. Chad Scott (1@41) vs. 12. John Shealy (3@39)
6. Tim Huston (0.5@41) vs. 11. Jeff Milford (2@41)
7. Todd Kuykendall (0.5@41) vs. 10. Jed Blackburn (2@41)
8. Todd Johnson (0.5@41) vs. 9. Kyle Tate (5@39)
The Northern Hemisphere ski season is in full swing as evidenced by the number of big tournaments over the weekend. And where there were big tournaments, there were GOODE skiers putting up big scores.
The Aquaplex in Austin, Texas, was the site of two record-breaking performances. Disabled V1 skier Mike Royal set a pending world audio slalom record of 4.5 buoys at 38 off, topping his own current record of 4 at 38. Last summer he set pending records that topped out at 0.5 at 41, but thy were not approved by the IWWF. Bailey Austin continued to mark herself as one of the sport’s future stars by tying the current U.S. National Girls 3 record of 1 at 39-1/2 off.
Dave Miller continued his amazing season on the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour, taking third place, posting the highest score of the weekend in the process, at the Seattle stop Broho Lake ski club. Jeff Rodgers finished first with Greg Badal second. In the three Big Dawg events he’s entered this season, Dave has two wins and a third-place finish.
Paducah, Kentucky’s Average Joes Vs. Bikini Pros tournament featured two events and GOODE skiers won them both. Regina Jaquess held off a slew of top-ranked Master Men’s and Open Women’s skiers to earn the 34 mph title, while Tyler Scott won the pro 36 mph event, with his fellow GOODE skiers Dane Mechler and Sam Jackson joining him on the podium.
At the inaugural Pan American Olympic Festival in Morelos, Mexica, Erika Lang won gold medalsin tricksand overall, and a silver medal in slalom. The event was a first-year water ski and wakeboard event hosted by the Pan American Sports Organization.
And last but certainly not least, GOODE skiers took home two golds and a silver medal at the European Under 21 Championships in Recetto, Italy. Brando Caruso took home the Men’s title to add to the Jr. Masters championship he won earlier this year, while the Bonnemann sisters, Chaira and Giannina, took first and second, respectively in the Women’s event.
It’s pretty easy to see that the folks at 5 Hour Energy like Thomas Degasperi … a lot.
After featuring the two-time world champion in a nationally broadcast television commercial last winter, the international brand has now produced a series of online videos starring Thomas.
The videos focus not only on Thomas, how he got involved in skiing and his approach to competitions and training, but also on the excitement of the sport itself, including a “slalom 101″ video aimed at introducing water skiing to a broader audience.
Check out the video series here.
The first round of the GOODE Bracket Challenge is in the books and the tournament’s favorites survived nearly intact.
Only three lower seeds beat higher seeds, with the biggest upset being No. 19 seed Bryce Tolman’s (4@39) victory over No. 14 seed Lonnie Harris (2@39). Other “upsets” although fairly minor due to close seedings, were No. 17 Jason Staab’s (2@39) slim win over No. 16 April Coble (1@39) and No. 18 Eric Kelley’s (3.25@39) victory over Caroline Hensely (2@39).
The closest match up, and one that was nearly Round 1′s biggest upset, was the No. 7 Todd Kuykendall versus No. 26 Michael Arora pairing. Both tied with huge scores of 2@41, but Todd emerged in the tiebreaker (0.5@41 vs 4@39).
In the fan contest, of the 200 bracket submissions, five correctly guessed all three upsets in order to remain perfect and in the running for the $5,000 perfect bracket prize. To see the current fan bracket standings, click here.
With Round 2 underway during the month of July, expect some closer pairings, including some very intruiging match-ups between perennial Big Dawg challengers, such as the Todd Kuykendall/Jed Blackburn and Todd Johnson/Kyle Tate brackets.
The Round 2 (July) match-ups are:
1. Jeremy Newby-Ricci vs. 17. Jason Staab
2. Jay Leach vs. 18. Eric Kelley
3. David Miller vs. 19. Bryce Tolman
4. Regina Jaquess vs. 13. Jeff Kepchia
5. Chad Scott vs. 12. John Shealy
6. Tim Huston vs. 11. Jeff Milford
7. Todd Kuykendall vs. 10. Jed Blackburn
8. Todd Johnson vs. 9. Kyle Tate
Dave Miller defeated a stacked field of competitors yesterday at Cedar Ridge Lake in Canton, Mississippi, to win his second-consecutive Nautique Big Dawg World Tour event.
Dave, who won the Mexico stop in April, ran the 39-1/2 feet off pass all six times during the weekend. In the final round, he scored 4 buoys at 41-feet off, the tournament’s highest single score, to beat Harald Hintringer (0.5 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off).
Ten of the Sweet 16 skiers were on GOODE, as were four of the Elite 8 (Chet Raley, Todd Johnson and Tim Huston) and two of the Final Four. In that round, Dave (1.5 buoys at 41-feet off) edged Chet (1 buoy at 41-feet off) to advance to the finals. Click here for the Sweet 16 bracket results and here for the preliminaries.
While his skiing was exceptional, perhaps the most amazing part of Dave’s weekend was the ski he did it on. On Thursday, Dave designed his own custom graphics for a new Nano OneXT using the GOODE Online Designer Tool. The ski was built and shipped to him on Friday. He mounted it up and won with it a mere three days after ordering it.
Expect big scores as a stacked field of skiers will hit the recently-becoming-legendary waters of Cedar Ridge Lakes as the second stop of the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour takes place this weekend in Canton, Miss.
The site of two of Regina Jaquess’ world records, including the pending one she set earlier this month, Cedar Ridge is gaining a reputation for huge scores. At the 2013 Big Dawg event held there, 39-1/2 feet off was ran 15 times by 13 different skiers.
Add a field consisting of a number of past Big Dawg champs and some of the sport’s biggest 34 mph names, and you have plenty of reasons to following Saturday’s preliminary scores and Sunday’s brackets.
Team GOODE will be looking to add its second Big Dawg title of the year, as Dave Miller won the first stop in Mexico in April. More than half of this weekend’s field, including the top five seeds (Miller, Jay Leach, Chet Raley, Chad Scott and Tim Huston) are on GOODE.
The same company that revolutionized water skiing with the introduction of carbon fiber materials has once again changed the sport forever.
With its industry first, 100-percent custom designed skis, GOODE has now given you the ability to make your Nano OneXT look any way you want. Any design, any color. The only limit is your own imagination.
“It’s kinda crazy that in today’s day and age, in which nearly everyone has access to computer design programs and carries an 8-megapixel camera in our pockets, that we are still expected to have the same looking ski,” said Dave Goode, founder and president of GOODE Skis. “Not all skiers are the same, so why should we all have to ski on the same skis? We think people should be able to express themselves through their skis and we can’t wait to see all the creative designs people come up with.”
One person who has already taken advantage of the new capability is three-time world record holder Chris Parrish. He’s skiing on a custom design that honors his Native American Heritage.
“I can’t even explain how excited I am about how it turned out,” said Chris. “I grew up going to pow wows so the eagle on my ski has a lot of spiritual meaning to me. I’ve been getting a ton of compliments on it.”
There are two ways to make the world-record breaking Nano OneXT uniquely yours:
- Use GOODE’s Online Ski Designer Tool™ to choose your ski’s colors, add text and/or pick from a huge library of pre-loaded designs, patterns, images, and logos. Upload pictures of your kids, friends or pets from your computer, phone or even social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook, and bring them along for the ride too.
- Or, use templates provided by GOODE (at the bottom of this page) to create your own designs in graphic design software programs such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Once you’ve completed your design, simply purchase your ski at store.goode.com and upload your image to complete the process.
For a limited introductory time, GOODE is waiving the custom graphics charge, so get started on your personalized Nano OneXT today.
This weekend’s tournament at Cedar Ridge Lakes in Canton, Miss., was a record breaking one for Team GOODE as a world and four national records were set by GOODE skiers.
Regina Jaquess set a pending Women’s world slalom record (and U.S. national record) with 3-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off. If approved by the IWWF, the new mark would exceed the current record of 3 buoys at 41 feet off she set in June 2012.
Chet Raley scored 4 buoys at 41-feet off to set a pending Men’s 5 U.S. National record. If approved, the record would best the existing one of 3 buoys at that line length co-held by Chet (2012) and fellow GOODE skier Tim Huston (2013).
Brooke Baldwin rounded 6 buoys at 38-feet off to set a pending Girls 2 national record. Her mark tops the current record of 5 at 38 set by GOODE skier Ruth McCreary in 2012.
And Cooper Tate’s annihilation of the Boys 1 record book continued this weekend as he set a new pending mark of 1 buoy at 38-feet off. Cooper entered the 2014 season focused on beating the national record of 3 buoys at 35-feet co-held by Brian Detrick (1999), Tyler Scott (2002) and Zane Nicholson (2004). In his first tournament of the year he broke it with 4 buoys at 35-feet off, and has preceded to up it a few more times with plenty of summer left to take it even further.
The preliminary IWWF World Ranking Lists for May 1, 2013 to April 30, 2014, are out and GOODE skiers are well represented in the top 10 of nearly all Open and age bracket divisions.
In Open Women, Regina Jaquess is ranked No. 1, Karen Truelove 3, April Coble-Eller 4, Caroline Hensley 6, and Clementine Lucine 8. On the Men’s side, Chris Parrish is No. 2, Freddie Winter is 5 and Thomas Degasperi 9.
In the Junior ranks, Nick Lang is No. 3 in Junior Men, while Bailey Austin (2), Ruth McCreary (5), Abbi Grathwohl (6) and Brooke Baldwin (7) represent Team GOODE in Junior Women.
In Under 21 Men, Dane Mechler checks in at No. 5, Dorien Llewellyn 8 and 2014 Junior Masters slalom champion Brando Caruso 9. Bailey also makes the Under 21 Women’s list at No. 4, while Lauren Morgan does at No. 7.
In Women’s 35-plus, Karen holds the No. 1 spot with April right behind her at 2 and Stephanie Stange No. 10. On the Men’s side, Jeremy Newby-Ricci is ranked first, with Jay Leach 2, Todd Ristorcelli 4, and Jed Blackburn 8.
Dave Miller is tied for the top spot on the Men’s 45-plus list with Andy Mapple, while Chad Scott is No. 3, Tim Huston 5, Ben Favret 7 and Todd Kuykendall 10. Lori Krueger is No. 1 in Women’s 45-plus, Alison Poulsen is 3 and Patricia Cordeiro 5.
Chet Raley continues his dominance in 55-plus Men, with Bruce Dodd coming in at No. 4, John Shealy 5, David Bentall 6, Ted McColley 7, Lonnie Harris 8, and Jerry Jackson 10. In Women’s 55-plus, Kandise Bertelson is ranked No. 6.
Richard Lambert tops the Men’s 65-plus rankings, with Bruce Epstein No. 7.
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