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GOODE Bracket Challenge favorites survive Round 1 nearly intact

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 wins second consecutive Big Dawg tour stop

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.

Big Dawgs looking to post big scores this weekend in Mississippi

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.

Customize your skiing with GOODE’s industry first, 100-percent custom ski designs

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.

Regina sets pending world record; GOODE skiers set four national records

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.

GOODE skiers top preliminary IWWF world rankings list

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.

For the complete listings, click here.

If you are in the top 10 and on a GOODE ski and we missed you, please notify us by emailing team@goode.com.

Enter the GOODE Bracket challenge and win $5,000

Are you a fan of water skiing? Could you use $5,000? Then the GOODE Virtual Water Ski Bracket ChallengeTM is for you!

The Bracket Challenge is back and bigger than ever in 2014, with an expanded field and a greatly enhanced, March Madness-style online bracket that fans can use to make their picks, follow the action, track their competition and win prizes, including $5,000 in cash for a perfect bracket. Fill out and submit your bracket here.

After debuting last year with eight skiers, the 2014 Bracket Challenge field features 32 of many of the world’s top Men’s and Women’s 34 mph skiers, including defending champion and Women’s world record holder Regina Jaquess, veteran pro April Coble-Eller, and Big Dawg champions Jeremy Newby-Ricci, Dave Miller, Chad Scott, Kyle Tate, and Jay Leach. For the complete competitors list and Round 1 match ups, see below.

Don’t miss out on your chance to win great prizes like $5,000, a new Nano OneXT and other GOODE gear. Fill out your bracket today at goode.com/bracket.

The deadline to enter the bracket contest is June 17th.

How It Works

The GOODE Bracket Challenge has five rounds: 32, 16, 8, 4 and 2 competitors. In each round higher seeds will face off against lower seeds in head-to-head bracketed match ups. For example, in the first round match ups will include seed No. 1 vs. No. 32, No. 2 vs. No. 31 and so on.

It’s “virtual” because the first three rounds will use scores from any nationally (any country) sanctioned tournaments competitors ski in during the months of June (round 1), July (round 2) and August (round 3). At the end of each month, the skier that has the single highest score will win that bracket and advance. In other words, during the first three rounds skiers won’t ski head-to-head at the same tournament, we’ll just use their top single score from that month – any location, any sanctioning classification – to determine the winner. If there is a tie we go to each skier’s second-highest score.

While the first three rounds will each take place virtually over three months, the final two rounds, the Final Four, will be a live head-to-head face off at a record-capability tournament we are hosting on Sept. 9 and 10, at GOODE Ski Lake in Ogden, Utah.

Last year’s Bracket Challenge started with a field of eight and was won by Regina Jaquess, who edged top seeded Todd Ristorcelli in the championship round.

WaterSki coverboy: Dorien Llewellyn

By anyone’s standards, skiing into 39-1/2 feet off on Robin Lake, defending your Junior Masters overall title and getting a twitter shout out from Olympic and World Cup star Lindsey Vonn would be a pretty good week.

But for Team GOODE Junior skier Dorien Llewellyn, that was just a start.

Home from his huge weekend in Georgia, Dorien got news that he’d be gracing the cover of the next issue of WaterSki magazine.

Not too bad Dorien, not too bad.

Parrish leads GOODE trifecta at Malibu Pro-Am Atlanta

“Athletes have their peaks and valleys and I just feel like I’m at that peak level right now.” – Chris Parrish after winning the Malibu Pro-Am Atlanta

Photo by WaterSki Atlanta

Chris Parrish earned his first victory of the 2014 season as he led the way for a Team GOODE trifecta at the Malibu Pro-Am Atlanta Memorial Day at Whitestone Lakes.

Chris scored 3.5 buoys at 41 to take the title by a half-buoy edge over top seed Will Asher. Team GOODE’s Freddie Winter took fourth with 1.5 buoys at 41.

“I had Asher behind me and that is one guy you can’t count out,” said Chris. “He’s a truly great athlete and a real competitor. Getting a piece of four ball (at 41 off) at a pro tournament is huge and to know I won with that score is very gratifying.”

Regina Jaquess skied to within reach of her own world record to take the Women’s slalom title with 1.5 buoys at 41 off. The win possibly marks the beginning of a new winning streak for Regina, coming just a day after her more than two-plus year winning streak ended at the Masters.

In Master Men’s, Team GOODE’s Jeremy Newby-Ricci took first with 2 buoys at 41, while his fellow Team GOODE skier Dave Miller snagged second with 1.5 buoys at the same line length.

For complete results, visit waterskiatlanta.com.

T-Gas takes Masters title; Team GOODE earns 9 of 15 slalom podiums

Team GOODE’s Thomas Degasperi continued his amazing 2014 by winning his second consecutive major tournament after claiming the Men’s slalom title today at the 55th Masters.

Thomas’ victory put the capstone on a great weekend for Team GOODE, as its athletes landed nine of the 15 slalom podium slots available throughout the weekend.

Thomas scored 3 buoys at 41 feet off to easily outdistance the field and add to the Moomba Masters title he won in March. Jon Travers took second with 0.5 buoys at 41, and Aaron Larkin third with 3.5 buoys at 39.

In Women’s slalom Regina Jaquess’ two-plus-year undefeated streak came to an end as Whitney McClintock earned the title with 3.5 buoys at 39. Still, Regina managed to take second with 2.5 buoys at 39 off while her fellow Team GOODE skier April Coble-Eller continued her amazing run of late by taking third with 1 buoy at 39 off

In a special Master Men’s event featuring the top-four finishers from last years Nautique Big Dawg World Tour Championships, Team GOODE swept the top three podium spots as Jay Leach edged Jeremy Newby-Ricci in the final-round match up to earn the title and Dave Miller finishing third.

And in an historic round of slalom earlier in the weekend, Team GOODE skiers finished 1-2-3 in Junior Masters Men’s slalom as the course record was equaled five times before being ultimately exceeded.

Italy’s Brando Caruso earned the victory in a second runoff with fellow GOODE skier Eamon Van Der Merwe of South Africa. Both skiers scored 2 buoys at 39-1/2 off, which equaled a course record first set in 2003, in the final round and the first runoff, while Brando scored 2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 off in the second runoff round to edge Eamon by a half buoy and set a new course record in the process.

This is the second Junior Masters slalom title for Brando, while Eamon merely equaled his South African Open Men’s national record, and PB, three straight rounds on Robin Lake.

Completing the Junior Men’s podium sweep for Team GOODE and the Nano OneXT was Dorien Llewellyn, who finished third with 0.5 buoys at 39-1/2 off. The impressive score helped Dorien defend his Junior Masters overall title for a year ago.

Of the six podium spots for 36 mph skiers at the Masters, Team GOODE earned four.

In the Junior Masters Women’s events, Team GOODE Brooke Baldwin, who is only 13, became the youngest ever Junior Women’s overall champion.  Brooke recorded scores of 2 buoys at 35 feet off in slalom, 6,670 points in tricks and a personal-best 111 feet in jumping to clinch the overall title with 2,845.5 points.