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GOODE skiers dominate 35+ World Championships

From left to right, Dave Miller (3rd), Jeremy Newby-Ricci (1st), Dave Goode, Jeff Milford (4th), and Greg Badal (2nd). Click image to view video.

GOODE skiers once again dominated slalom at the 35+ World Water Ski Championships, claiming four of eight slalom gold medals (50%) and 14 of 24 total slalom medals (58%) awarded during the 2016 version of the biennial event, held last weekend at the Sesena Waterski & Wakeboard Complex in Sesena, Spain.

Carol Brooks (l), Joy Kelley (c) and Janie Fausold

The weekend was punctuated by GOODE medal sweeps in two divisions: Women’s 55+ and Men’s 45+.

Joy Kelley successfully defended her 2014 title by taking the 55+ crown, with fellow GOODE skiers Carol Brooks and Janie Fausold earning silver and bronze medals.

And in perhaps the most competitive event of the championships, Jeremy Newby-Ricci edged fellow GOODE skiers Greg Badal (2nd) and Dave Miller (3rd) to take the Men’s 45+ slalom title. GOODE skier Jeff Milford was close behind in fourth.

Two more medal sweeps nearly took place in Women’s 35+ and 45+.

In Women’s 35+ GOODE skiers Valerie Jaquier and Mariana Ramirez Abelson finished second and third, respectively, behind gold-medal winner April Coble-Eller. Marie-Helene Lanthier and Kristy Kraus took fourth and fifth to give Team GOODE four of the top-five spots in the division.

And in Women’s 45+, Lori Krueger won her second-consecutive gold medal in the event and GOODE skiers Stephanie Stange and Shannon Strickland finished third and fourth, respectively.

GOODE skiers Lori Krueger (1st) and Stephanie Stange (3rd)

Closing out the Team GOODE gold medals was Steve Raphael, who dominated the Men’s 65+ field with a 3-1/2 buoy-winning margin. GOODE skier Bob Hardeman earned the bronze.

Additional Team GOODE skiers earning top-five placements were: Marie-Helen Lanthier (4th, Women’s 35+), Kristy Kraus (5th, Women’s 35+), Janet Piercy (5th, Women’s 65+), Frederic Halt (2nd, Men’s 35+), Bruce Dodd (3rd, Men’s 55+), Dave Phillips (4th, Men’s 55+), David Bentall (5th, Men’s 55+), and, Dennis Longo (5th, Men’s 65+).

In the team competition, the United States earned the gold with 12,239.46 points.  France finished second (10,228.02) and Canada finished third (9,721.30).

Slalom results (GOODE skiers in bold): 

Women’s 35+ slalom
1 April Coble Eller
2 Valerie Jaquier
3 Mariana Ramirez Abelson
4 Marie-Helene Lanthier
5 Kristy Kraus

Women’s 45+ slalom
1 Lori Krueger
2 Olga Gubarenko
3 Stephanie Stange
4 Shannon Strickland
5 Jennifer Lapoint

Women’s 55+ slalom
1 Joy Kelley
2 Carol Brooks
3 Janie Fausold
4 Jan Johnson
5 Cristina Medem Segners

Women’s 65+ slalom
1 Gabriele Hueller
2 Janice Prociw
3 Donna Switzer
4 Shirley Coble
5 Janet Piercy

Men’s 35+ slalom
1 Ivan Morros Peyri
2 Frederic Halt
3 Geoffroy Lavoue
4 Doug Ross
5 Genadi Guralia

Men’s 45+ slalom
1 Jeremy Newby-Ricci
2 Greg Badal
3 Dave Miller
4 Jeff Milford
5 David Smart

Men’s 55+ slalom
1 Kris Lapoint
2 Greg Tate
3 Bruce Dodd
4 Dave Phillips
5 David Bentall

Men’s 65+ slalom
1 Steve Raphael
2 Philippe Leprince
3 Bob Hardeman
4 Pierre Plouffe
5 Dennis Longo

Click here for full results.

It’s difficult to track nearly two hundred skiers over the course of five days of action, so if we failed to include you as a GOODE skier in the list above, or mistakenly did so, please accept our apologies and email us the details at team@goode.com.

35+ Worlds underway in Sesena, Spain

The 35+ Worlds are currently underway at the Sesena Waterski & Wakeboard Complex in Sesena, Spain.

Follow the results live here (Spain is six hours ahead of the United States’ east coast).

Regina claims 5th-straight California Pro-Am title

Photo courtesy of WaterSki magazine

The name and even the location of the tournament may have changed, but one thing has remained the same over the last five years at the California Pro-Am: Regina Jaquess taking the Women’s slalom crown.

Regina (took her fifth-straight California Pro-Am (previously known as the Diablo Shores Pro-Am) title Saturday, beating second-place finisher Whitney McClintock by a quarter buoy (4-1/4@39 to 4@39) to secure the win. The win adds to Regina’s professional winning streak of 28 months, as her last loss came at the 2014 Masters. Five has been a big number for Regina this year; she also won her fifth-straight Malibu Open title earlier this summer.

Regina was joined in the finals by her fellow GOODE teammates Karen Truelove (4th), Breanne Dodd (5th), and Kate Adriaensen (6th).

In Men’s slalom, Team GOODE’s Daniel Odvarko landed on the podium with a third-place finish, while Brian Detrick (6th), Thomas Degasperi (7th) and Carlo Allais (8th) also advanced to the finals.

Click here for full results.

Franc and Mechler claim University Worlds slalom titles

Congratulations to Team GOODE’s Ambre Franc and Dane Mechler, who took home the Women’s and Men’s slalom titles, respectively, at last weekend’s World University Water Ski Championships in Akita, Japan.

As the only Women’s competitor to get into 38-feet off both rounds, Ambre led the competition from start to finish, clinching the title with a score of 1 at 38 off in the finals. Her fellow GOODE skiers Anna Cespivova, Jenna Morgan and Giannina Bonnemann finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively. Giannina claimed the Women’s overall and tricks titles.

Dane, competing for the eventual gold-medal winning U.S. team, tied with Dominica Republic’s Robert Pigozzi in the final round of Men’s slalom with a score of 2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off. In the runoff Dane put up a huge score of 2 buoys at 41 off – the tournament’s top score – to earn the win. Team GOODE skier and European Championships Open Men’s runner-up Benjamin Stadlbaur took fourth.

The victory gives Dane his second world title, as he is also currently the reigning Under 21 world champion.

Click here for full results.

GOODE skiers take 13 of California Big Dawg Sweet 16 spots

From left to right: Jay Leach, Greg Badal, Greg Sund, Jeff Rodgers, Dave Miller, Harald Hintringer, Kyle Tate, and Marc Shaw.

GOODE skiers occupied an unprecedented 13 spots in the Sweet 16 of the California Big Dawg held this weekend at Bell Aqua in Rio Linda, Calif.

Greg Sund, Greg Badal and Dave Miller all advanced to the Final Four, where Jeff Rodgers emerged as the winner by beating Dave in the finals, 4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off to Dave’s 2-1/2 at the same rope length. Greg Sund put up the tournament’s top score, 4 at 41 off, to top Greg Badal in the third/fourth-place bracket.

GOODE skiers also advancing to the Sweet 16 were: Kevin Bishop, Kyle Tate, Jay Leach, Chad Scott, Todd Ristorcelli, Bruce Dodd, Steve Ware, Chad Baker, Darin Montgomery, and Marc Shaw.

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World University Championships underway in Japan

The 2016 FISU World University Water Ski Championships are underway in Ogato Village in Akita, Japan, with two Team GOODE skiers already advancing to the finals of the Men’s slalom event.

Dane Mechler and Benjamin Stadlbaur each scored 3.5 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off in the preliminary round to tie for second heading into Saturday’s finals, just a half-buoy shy of top-seed Robert Pigozzi.

Women’s slalom begins tomorrow, with GOODE skiers Ambre Franc, Chiara and Giannina Bonnemann, Jenna Morgan and more hitting the water.

Live scoring, running orders and schedule available here.

T-gas and Stadlbaur go 1-2 at European Championships

For the second-straight major tournament, Thomas Degasperi and Benjamin Stadlbaur have finished atop the podium.

The Team GOODE skiers repeated their Malibu Open finishing order by placing first and second, respectively, in Men’s slalom at the 2016 European Championships. Both skiers scored 2 buoys at 41 off in the finals, with Thomas edging Benjamin (6 at 39 to 5 at 39) in the tiebreak to win his sixth career European championship.

Team GOODE skiers took home seven of the top-10 spots in Men’s slalom as Martin Bartlasky finished fifth, Adam Sedlmajer seventh, Daniel Odvarko eighth, Carlo Allais ninth, and Brando Caruso tenth.

In Women’s slalom, Clementine Lucine added to Team GOODE’s medal haul by finishing second, one buoy behind champion Manon Costard’s winning score of 2 at 39. Recent Team GOODE addition Ambre Franc finished fourth, while Alice Bagnoli joined her in the top-10 with a sixth-place finish.

For full results, click here.

Introducing the new-for 2017 Nano 1 and Nano 1XT

Introducing the 2017 editions of the Nano 1™ and Nano 1 XT™, newly enhanced versions of one of the most popular and award-winning GOODE shapes of all time.

Available with either the traditional rocker (Nano 1), or asymmetrical rocker (Nano 1 XT), the skis feature the world-record breaking performance the Nano 1 series is known for, along with new graphics and an enhanced sidewall design that enlarges the sweet spot under the skier’s feet and improves tip-to-tail balance.

“This is a tested and tried shape that has helped countless skiers across the world break records, win tournaments and set PBs,” says Dave Goode, president and founder of GOODE Skis. “So the idea was to create updated versions that while performing at an even higher level would be immediately comfortable to skiers who loved the previous versions.”

“We’ve accomplished that with the 2017 Nano 1 and Nano 1 XTs.”

Both skis employ the same shape, construction material, exacting manufacturing process, and new sidewall design, but there is one key difference between them: the rocker profile.

The Nano 1 has a traditional rocker, meaning the ski’s rise from flat part of the ski to the tip begins at the same spot on both the on- and off-sides of the ski. The Nano 1 has a higher rocker quotient than the Nano 1XT, which many skiers find turns slightly better.

The Nano 1XT features the groundbreaking AsymRocker™, an asymmetrical rocker that begins at different points of the ski; earlier on the off-side, later on the on-side. Many skiers like the earlier rocker rise on their off-side because it allows the ski to finish the turn a bit better before engaging the fore body of the ski. The AsymRocker also allows the Nano 1XT to be slightly flatter than the Nano 1, which increases side-to-side speed, without sacrificing turning capabilities.

For more information, click here.

GOODE skiers podium at SportsInsurance.com Queens Cup

Three of the top-five finishers, including champion Josefin Hirst and runner-up Joy Kelley, rode GOODE skis at the inaugural SportsInsurance.com Queens Cup, a $12,000 cash-prize tournament for women 30 and over held Sunday at Little Mountain Farms in Maiden, N.C.

Jennifer LaPoint and Chelsea Mills placed third and fourth, respectively, while GOODE skier Lori Krueger finished fifth.

According to USA Water Ski, the event drew 24 competitors and saw three national records go down. For more information, click here.

Q&A with Malibu Open runner-up Benjamin Stadlbaur

While many ski fans could be forgiven for wondering “who is that guy?” after Benjamin Stadlbaur finished second at this year’s Malibu Open, taking out Will Asher and giving Thomas Degasperi all he could handle in the process, here at GOODE we’ve seen the 24-year old as a future star for a long time.

Recently, we had the chance to chat with the Swiss native (he now spends most of his time in the U.S.) who for the first time in his career now finds himself perched in the top-10 of the IWWF’s Elite Rankings list:

Will Asher is obviously one of the sport’s all-time greats. What were you thinking about going into your head-to-head match up against him in the Malibu Open semis?

Benjamin: Will is a major contender for the title at any event he enters and he has been for many years. Going into the head-to-head match up against him in a tournament of this caliber was a new experience for me. I tried to focus on my own skiing and not worry about the rest. During the heat I managed to stay focused on what I needed to do, which was ski as hard as I could. I managed to stay in the moment and not let anything get in the way of my focus, like the speaker mentioning Will’s accomplishments, which are far greater than mine.

That tail wind 39 you ran was a thing of beauty. How’d you make it looks so easy?

Benjamin: Six hard pulls. There’s no secret to it!

You faced your fellow GOODE teammate T-Gas in the finals, someone who has been in these situations many times. Were you thinking about applying pressure to him, or just focused on your own game?

Benjamin: Again, Thomas is a far more experienced skier than I am and he has been winning events on the tour for many years. T-Gas having the higher seed decided to let me go first, so there was only one thing to do, go as hard as I could and let him chase me.

Your second-place finish is your best pro finish to date, how does this set you up for future pro events?

Benjamin: Yes this is my best pro placement, as well as my first podium finish at a pro event. It is a great confidence booster for the rest of the year. I feel that I have learned a lot at this event and hopefully I can take this experience to future tournaments.

This year has been big for you, with top-7 finishes in three different pro events and a top-10 IWWF ranking. What’s been the difference?

Benjamin: Over the last two years I’ve opened myself up to change. Change in my equipment, change in my practice routine as well as off-the-water training. This experience hasn’t been easy but it has made me a better skier and a better competitor. I know it might sound paradoxical, but I think that trying different things has helped my consistency because it has allowed me to figure out what works really well for me. Hopefully this is a work in progress that will keep going.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Benjamin: I would like to thank my family for their great support as well as the Swiss Waterski Resort for the ultimate practice conditions. Last but not least, you all at GOODE for making great skis.