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BallofSpray’s John Horton reviews the GOODE PowerVest

To help him get back on the water after his recovery from a torn bicep tendon, BallOfSpray’s John Horton turned to the GOODE PowerVest. Luckily for anyone who has ever wondered if the vest could help them get back – or stay – on the water, he put together a video review.

The full video above is worth watching, but here are a few of John’s comments about the PowerVest:

“The more time I spend in the vest the more secure I feel, the more I feel like I’m protecting my body.”

“When I’ve gone from not wearing the vest for a couple rides to wearing the vest, to not wearing the vest, what I notice is when I put the vest on the effort to ski drops radically, and I’m rounding the same number of buoys at the moment.”

“Darn, I’m glad I have one and I’m an advocate and if you’ve got any worries about the health of your arms and elbows and shoulders or back you should definitely consider this.”

To see a second video of John skiing with the PowerVest, click here, while more information about it is available here.

The all-new RéV 6 starts shipping today!

RéV 6 production lead Casey Weidmer and Dave Goode with the first order to be shipped.

RéV 6s will begin showing up on starting docks around the world any day now as the first orders of the new ski begin shipping today.  The production team at HQ in Ogden is busy working their way through the pre-order list, while regular online orders are now being accepted at the GOODE Skis store at http://store.goode.com/rev-6/.

The RéV 6 is one of the most talked-about ski debuts in GOODE history, with multiple Team GOODE skiers raving about it.  Here is a sampling:

“I’ve ridden some ski that i can rank in the category of my favorite ski in history, this is my no. favorite ski, and that’s quote a commentary for the ski.” – Chet Raley

“The Rev 6 is 25 percent better than any other ski I’ve ever been on.” – Dave Miller

“I’ve got a three-letter word for you: ‘wow.’ What a ski, this ski is unbelievable. This is the best thing since sliced bread.” – Jay Leach

“The FlexTail was a great ski, but now we have this 12 months of data from everyone skiing on it at different lengths and different conditions. The biggest thing is I feel it’s lighter in the course, and of course we want to be light, we want to have that feeling of being light.” – Regina Jaquess

 

1 of 21: Men’s 7 slalom champion Bill Mahan

Photo By: Glossy Finish by Lifetouch

At the 73rd GOODE Water Ski National Championships held last August in West Palm Beach, Fla., an astonishing 68 percent – or 21 out of 31 – of slalom titles were won on GOODEs. As we endure the off season here in North America, we are going to attempt to interview each of those 21 National champions, because even though they may have all been using the same brand of ski, they all have their own story.

In this installment we profile Men’s 7 National Slalom Champion Bill Mahan of Woodbridge, Virginia, who notched his third national title last year at Okeeheelee.

How long have you been skiing and how did you get into the sport?
I started skiing one summer at the age of 14 in Saranac Lake, New York. My grandmother bought my brother and I a combo set of Northland water skis. What was crazy was we didn’t even have a boat to ski behind, but we were able to get a ski set with friends most every day. Twelve years later, I entered my first tournament and took first in the novice division.

How many Nationals have you previously attended?
I ran my first EP at a record tournament at Lake Holly where I was a member and qualified for my first Nationals in 1982. Hard to say, I have never really kept track on how many nationals I have attended.

Why do you ski?
I love the great competition, which dates back to my days running track. When skiing the course you always have a benchmark for improvement. Also all the great friends and memories I have made over the years skiing. Getting with your skiing friends for a set and feeling the acceleration accompanied by the rhythm of a great run!

What’s the most important thing skiing has taught you and/or given you over the years?
Working as a team on and off the water brings great rewards. Don’t make excuses when you have a bad tournament or practice run. Be patient, work hard and good things will happen.

Do you have a pre-set ritual?
No, but the night before I skied at the Nationals we ate at Red Lobster and when the hostess seated us at table 38, we all gave each other a high five.

Who are some people that have been important to your skiing success?
My No. 1 fan is my wife, Julie. She has been very supportive not only in my skiing but staging everything it takes to run a club and tournaments. Lindsay and Kyle, our children, skied in tournaments with me as they were growing up. They were fun to coach and became my driver when I needed one. We have a lot of wonderful memories from being on the water and at tournaments.

My big break came in 1978 when Rick and Jerry Stansberry gave Julie and I the opportunity to develop a record-capability site known as Lake Holly. I also have had some great coaches and drivers over the years at Lake Holly, including Ken Mead, Bud Raley, Ron Ricketts, Lee Gotschalk, Ralph Hall, Wick Merchant, Jon Thacher, Marie Fields and my Florida connection, Jimmy Mandolis.

Anything else you would like to add?
I would like to thank Dave Goode for pushing the technological envelope with the development of the carbon fiber water ski. After switching to a 9100 Goode I won my first Nationals in Bakersfield, California, and two more titles since then on my Goode Nano One. I attribute a lot of my tournament success to my Goode ski.

And a special thanks to all the individuals who volunteer putting on all the great tournaments over the years.

T-Gas takes third, Clementine wins overall at Moomba

Photo courtesy Des Burke-Kennedy/IWWF

Team GOODE skiers Thomas Degasperi and Clementine Lucine kicked off the 2016 professional season with impressive showings at this weekend’s Moomba Masters in Melbourne, Australia, with T-Gas landing on the Men’s slalom podium with a third-place finish, and Clementine advancing to the Women’s slalom finals on her way to the overall title.

T-Gas, who won Moomba in 2014, finished in a tie for third place with Freddie Winter with an impressive score of 5 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off on the rocking and rolling Yarra River. T-Gas earned the bronze over Freddie on the strength of his tie-breaking semi finals score. Will Asher edged Nate Smith (Nate’s gates were cut while Will got 4 at 39 off) in a runoff for the title after both tied in the final round with a score of 1 buoy at 41 off.

Clementine went down early (0.5 at 35 off), in the Women’s slalom finals, but it was enough to snag a 5th-place finish. Clementine, who had stood in 3rd after both the slalom prelims and semis, topped Whitney McClintock (2nd) and Abbi Grathwohl (3rd) for the overall title.

Two-time defending world champion and Team GOODE skier Regina Jaquess missed the event to tend to her pharmacy business in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.

For full results, click here.

Moomba to kick off 2016 pro season

2014 Men’s slalom champion Thomas Degasperi

The offseason is over as the pros will hit the water tomorrow at the Moomba Masters in Melbourne, Australia.

2014 champion Thomas Degasperi and perennial podium threat Clementine Lucine will be among the Team GOODE skiers looking to start their season off with a win on the Yarre River.

For the full list of competitors and event schedule, click here, or here for the live webcast.

Friday’s action begins with Women’s slalom at 10:30 a.m. local time, 6:30 p.m. (Thursday) Eastern time.

Introducing the all new RéV 6

Entering it’s 20th uninterrupted year with a world record to its name, GOODE Skis is once again transforming ski design and performance with the RéV 6, a giant leap forward for the FlexTail, a ski that powered Chris Parrish to the No. 1 spot on the IWWF world rankings list, won multiple Big Dawg titles and pushed skiers across the globe to countless new line lengths.

The magic in the all-new RéV 6 lies in it’s highly refined length-to-width ratios. A rigorous R&D process discovered a longer length that works in perfect harmony with the lateral flex induced by the FlexTail – creating the speed and stability of a longer ski and the turning characteristics of a shorter one. The result is a ski universally loved by GOODE’s testing and design teams.

“It’s the best ski I’ve ever ridden,” says Chet Raley, a world-renown coach, Men’s senior world slalom champion and a key member of the R&D team. “The FlexTail to me was mind blowing, but there was more work to be done, as is always the case with all things, like cars, boats and skis. The work over the winter was relentless, but we took the FlexTail and made it a way better ski. This ski accentuates the FlexTail technology better than the original ski did. It’s more stable, more balanced tip-to-tail and side-to-side. It maintains a really tight turning radius without destabilizing the ski.”

The higher length-to-width ratio is manifest by additional length between the boots and the fin, in essence elongating the tail of the ski.

“You have more ski behind you so you can ride a bigger ski, utilize the advantages that that offers, but still be able to turn it because the FlexTail technology is giving you a huge assist,” said Dave GOODE, founder and president of GOODE Skis. “That extra length in the tail generates more speed from the buoy line to the first wake, leaving you up-course and ahead of the boat, all with more line control and less physical exertion and fatigue.”

The RéV 6 is the result of an R&D process that began as soon as the FlexTail hit the market last year, with the testing and design team focused on taking full advantage of the industry-first lateral flex found in the FlexTail technology.

“Whenever there is a huge leap forward in technology in any industry or sport, it takes a bit of time – and a lot of hard work – to fully maximize the potential,” says Goode. “The extra year of R&D has allowed us to do that with the RéV 6 and it’s paying off for the test team in extra buoys.”

For World No. 1 Regina Jaquess, the extra R&D led to a ski that is markedly better than the FlexTail, and has her skiing a preferred style of skiing.

“The FlexTail was a great ski, but now we have this 12 months of data from everyone skiing on it at different lengths and different conditions,” said Regina Jaquess, the Women’s slalom world record holder and two-time defending world champion. “The biggest thing is I feel it’s lighter in the course, and of course we want to be light, we want to have that feeling of being light.”

The RéV 6 will come with GOODE’s standard five-year warranty and 30-day money back guarantee, and will be available in six sizes: 64”, 65”, 66”, 66.5”, 67”, and 68”.

Skiers wanting to order the RéV 6 can add their names to a waiting list beginning on March 3rd. Orders are expected to begin shipping in mid-March.

CP, Regina finish year ranked No. 1; GOODE skiers dominate top-10 in IWSF World Rankings

The final October 2015 IWSF World Rankings are out and GOODE skiers appear throughout the top-10 spots on multiple slalom lists, including the top of both Open Men and Women.Chris Parrish and Regina Jaquess lead the way as they are IWSF’s No. 1 ranked male and female skiers in the world, respectively.
Here’s the full list of GOODE skiers in the top 10:

Open Women
Regina Jaquess 1st
Karen Truelove 4th
Brooke Baldwin 7th (tie)
Clementine Lucine 10th
Open Men
Chris Parrish 1st
Thomas Degasperi 9th
Daniel Odvarko 10th
Junior Women Slalom
Brooke Baldwin 1st
Ruth McCreary 6th
Junior Men Slalom
Zach Montavon 6th
Quinn Haines 10th
Under 21 Women
Brooke Baldwin 2nd
Chiara Bonnemann 7th
Alice Bagnoli 10th
Under 21 Men
Dane Mechler 2nd
Brando Caruso 5th
35+ Women
Karen Truelove 1st
Kristy Kraus 7th
Brandy Nagle 8th
35+ Men
Jay Leach 2nd
Jeremy Newby-Ricci 3rd
Todd Ristorcelli 6th
Jed Blackburn 7th
Marc Shaw 8th
45+ Women
Lori Krueger-Covington 2nd
Stephanie Stange 4th
Patricia Cordeiro 6th
Alison Poulsen 8th
Ellen Begley 10th
45+ Men
Greg Badal 3rd
Dave Miller 4th
Ben Favret 5th
Chad Scott 6th
Tim Huston 7th
Tim Henderson 8th
Kyle Tate 9th
Todd Johnson 10th
55+ Women
Joy Kelley 1st
Carol Brooks 2nd
Cyndi Benzel 3rd
Kandise Bertelson 8th
55+ men
Chet Raley 1st
Bruce Dodd 4th
Greg Sund 6th
Steve Ware 7th
Greg Tate 8th
John Shealy 9th
Ted McColley 10th
65+ Women
Margaret Carlisle 2nd
65+ Men
Steve Raphael 1st
Bill Mahan 2nd

Bob Hardeman 3rd
Gordon Rathbun 4th

Bruce Epstein 9th (tie)
Dennis Longo 9th (tie)

View the complete world rankings here.

Our apologies if we missed anyone. If we did, please alert us at team@goode.com. 

Regina named USA Water Ski Female Athlete of the Year

When you go undefeated in pro tournaments and take home two gold medals at the World Championships , you’ve got a pretty strong case for end-of-the year accolades. Just ask Regina Jaquess, who achieved both on her way to being named USA Water Ski’s Female Athlete of the year for the fourth-consecutive year.

From USA Water Ski:

This marks the fourth consecutive and ninth time in her career that Jaquess has been selected USA Water Ski’s Female Athlete of the Year. She won slalom titles at the Masters, Swiss Pro Slalom, Malibu Cup, GOODE Water Ski National Championships, Malibu Open, California Pro Am, U.S. Open and Water Ski World Championships. Jaquess won jumping titles at the Pan American Games and Nationals, and she won overall titles at the Pan American Games, Nationals, U.S. Open and Water Ski World Championships, becoming the only female to win four career world overall titles.

Friend of GOODE Skis Freddy Krueger was named Male Athlete of the Year, while GOODE skier Lori Krueger-Covington was named USA Water Ski Coach of the Year for her work with the 2015 U.S. Pan American Water Ski Team.

For more information, visit usawaterski.org.