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GOODE skiers top world rankings lists

The preliminary October 2013 IWWF World Rankings are out and the top spots are filled with GOODE skiers.

In Open Women, Team GOODE took five of the top 10 spots with Regina Jaquess (1), Karen Trulove (3), April Coble-Eller (5), Caroline Hensley (6) and Clementine Lucine (10). In Open Men, Freddie Winter jumped from No. 13 on the May 2013 list to No. 5. Thomas Degasperi (9), Nick Parsons (11) and Carlo Allais (14) placed high as well.

In the junior ranks, Bailey Austin grabbed the No. 2 spot in Junior Women, with Ruth McCreary (5) and Kelley Breeden (13) not too far behind. GOODE skiers took three of the top-five spots in Junior Men with Dorien Llewellyn (3), Brando Caruso (4) and Daniel Di Pol (5).

Karen and April went 1-2, respectively, in Women’s 35+, while on the Men’s side of the age bracket GOODE skiers secured half of the top 10 spots with No. 1 Jeremy Newby-Ricci followed by Jay Leach (2), Chad Scott (4), Todd Ristorcelli (5) and Jed Blackburn (10).

Alison Poulsen landed at No. 3 on the Women’s 45+ list, while GOODE took 60 percent of the top 10 on the guys’ side: Dave Miller (2), Tim Huston (4), Ben Favret (6), Todd Kuykendall (8), Fabrizio Merlo (9), and Todd Johnson (10).

The GOODE domination is even greater in Men’s 55+ as seven of the top-10 spots are held by GOODE skiers: Chet Raley (1), Thierry Malhomme (2), Bruce Dodd (4), Ted McColley (6), Lonnie Harris (7), Dave Goode (9), and Ed Hickey (10).

Richard Lambert topped the inaugural 65+ rankings, with Dennis Longo at No. 4.

Click here to view the full rankings.

A very GOODE year: 2013 in review

With a season full of big wins, record-breaking performances and exciting new products, the 2013 season was one of the best ever for GOODE Skis.

Here’s just a few of the highlights from 2013:

Regina’s continued domination – No recap of 2013 could begin any other way than by celebrating the year Regina Jaquess had. Highlights include World championships in both Women’s slalom and overall, slalom titles at the Masters, Malibu Open, World Games, Diablo Shores, and Atlanta Pro Am, a pending world record, a No. 1 ranking on the IWWF world rankings list (by a margin of 2.25 buoys over her closest rival), and an undefeated streak that dates back to March 2012. She even beat some of the top male 34 and 36 mph skiers in the world in two special exhibition tournaments, the GOODE Bracket Challenge and Eagle Sports Challenge.

Team GOODE takes half of slalom medals at 2013 Worlds – Regina wasn’t the only Team GOODE skier standing on the podium at the Worlds, as Freddie Winter and Clementine Lucine each earned bronze medals in Men’s and Women’s slalom, respectively. Additional Team GOODE skiers with top-5 performances included April Coble-Eller and Thomas Degasperi.

Entire Big Dawg Final Four rides GOODEs – GOODEs have dominated the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour – taking eight season titles in the series’ 10-year history – but the 2013 Big Dawg Championships took that dominance to a whole new level. The entire Final Four, six of the Elite Eight, and 10 of the Sweet 16 rode GOODEs. In the end, Great Britain’s Jeremy Newby-Ricci would signal his arrival on the Big Dawg scene by edging defending champion Todd Ristorcelli in the finals. Team GOODE’s Ben Favret, Dave Miller, Jay Leach and Fabrizio Merlo (who scored the upset of the summer by taking out Andy Mapple in the Sweet 16) all joined Jeremy and Todd in the Elite Eight.

GOODEs win majority of titles at U.S. Nationals – As if Nationals week didn’t already go well enough after Team GOODE’s showing at the simultaneously held Big Dawg Finals, an astounding 53 percent of all U.S. national slalom titles were won on GOODEs. Highlights included Regina, Karen Truelove and April going 1-2-3 in Open Women’s slalom and Chad Scott winning his first national title (Mens 3) after finishing second in the division four times.

GOODE Juniors haul in the medals – The future of Team GOODE is bright as junior team skiers performed exceptionally well in four big junior events in 2013. The girls swept slalom at the Junior World Championships as Samantha Dumala, Erika Lang and Kara MacIntyre went 1-2-3. In the boys division, Brando Caruso took the world title while Santiago Robledo finished second. Dane Mecheler and Kara swept Junior Moomba and repeated at the Junior Malibu Open, where Daniel Di Pol won the under 17 event.  And the success continued at the Junior U.S. Open where Dane, Bailey Austin and Lauren Morgan took home titles.

What’s Your Next? –The Nano OneXT took the performance-proven Nano One and did the seemingly impossible – made it even better. A hallmark of the new ski is the groundbreaking AsymRocker, an asymmetrical rocker technology that features different rockers for your on-side and off-side turns, completely eliminating any differences between the two turns. And it seems to be working too as the ski went on to set countless PBs, earned gold and bronze medals at the 2013 Worlds and bagged Big Dawg tour stop championship for Dave Miller.

Mike Royal’s assault on the world record books – GOODE skiers continued to reshape the record books as new marks were reported on a near-weekly basis during the summer. But one skier really stood out. Men’s disabled V1 skier Mike Royal set so many world records this summer it was hard to keep track. He started the season as the world record holder with a score of 2 buoys at 38-feet off and ended it with an amazing new record of 1-/2 buoy at 41 feet off, a mark he set his VERY FIRST TIME on a Nano OneXT!

The GOODE Bracket Challenge debuts – Eight of the World’s best 34 mph squared off virtually in a head-to-head bracket to determine a champion.  Think March Madness on the water. And the best part? Fans could make their own picks and win prizes … with one lucky contestant taking home a new Nano OneXT. In the end, Todd Ristorcelli couldn’t overcome the “Year of Regina,” falling to her in the finals. Be on the lookout for a bigger, better version of the Bracket Challenge in 2014.

T-Gas goes national with TV commercial for 5-Hour Energy – How often have you watched an NFL game and seen a water skier during commercials? Thomas Degasperi helped a worthy cause and scored some great national exposure for water skiing through his Living Beyond Breast Cancer campaign on behalf of 5 Hour Energy. On the water, T-Gas battled injuries throughout the season, but was still able to notch a gold at the World Games and top-five finishes at the Worlds, Moomba, the Euros, Diablo Shores, and the Atlanta Pro-Am.

Ski Paradise Announces GOODE Week

Gordon Rathbun’s world famous Ski Paradise has announced a special GOODE Week for January 4-11, 2014.

In addition to the usual Ski Paradise amenities, which include luxury accommodations, imaginative cuisine, numerous sporting activities, and wonderful Acapulco beaches and weather, GOODE Week includes:

  • Instruction from two-time world champion Thomas Degasperi
  • Ski set up and tuning with Dave Goode
  • A fleet of GOODEs on hand to demo
  • A $250 rebate on any GOODE skis purchased or ordered during the week, and
  • A special $250 discount from Ski Paradise for GOODE skiers.

Spots are limited and going fast. To register or learn more about GOODE Week at Ski Paradise, visit http://www.skiparadise.com/reservations.html.

Dave Goode to receive AWSEF Award of Distinction

GOODE Skis founder and president Dave Goode has been announced as a 2014 recipient of the American Water Ski Educational Foundation’s Award of Distinction.

In announcing the award, the AWSEF had this to say about Dave:

“Goode, the founder and president of Goode Ski Technologies, has shown broad support of three-event water skiing as a competitor, official, tournament host and organizer, sponsor, and industry innovator. He is recognized throughout the world as a leader in carbon fiber technology and as a pioneer in ski building. He also is a highly respected ski set-up technician and shares his knowledge and experience with many of the world’s top athletes and coaches.”

The Award of Distinction was created to recognize many individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to our sport. They may include tournament skiers, innovators, industry leaders, officials and others responsible for landmark achievements in the development of water skiing as well as those whose long periods of dedicated and generous service deserve special recognition.

Dave and his fellow Award of Distinction honorees – Mike Botti, Danny Churchill, Charlotte Melchers, and Sherm Schraft – along with 2014 Hall of Fame inductee Cheryl Orloff, will be honored during the AWSEF’s 32nd annual induction ceremony April 12, in Polk City, Fla.

For more information, visit waterskihalloffame.com.

Team GOODE takes half of all slalom medals at 2013 Worlds

Clementine Lucine (left), Regina Jaquess (middle) and Freddie Winter combined to win half of all slalom medals handed out at the 2013 Worlds.

Team GOODE won half of all slalom medals awarded at the 2013 Water Ski World Championships as the tournament concluded today in San Bernardo, Chile.

Leading the way for Team GOODE was Regina Jaquess, who took the gold in Women’s slalom to cap one of the greatest two-year runs the sport has ever seen. She has not lost a slalom tournament since March of 2012, a streak that includes victories at the Masters, Malibu Open, World Games, a slew of professional tournaments, and now the Worlds.

She scored 1 buoy at 41-feet off in the final round to earn the title over second-place finisher Whitney McClintock, who scored 4 at 39-1/2 off. Clementine Lucine (2 at 39) earned the bronze and April Coble-Eller (0.5 at 39) finished fourth, giving Team GOODE three of the top-four spots in Women’s slalom. (Post-competition interview with Regina here.)

In Men’s slalom rising-star Freddie Winter gave Team GOODE its third slalom medal of the championships by taking bronze. Freddie tied Will Asher and Stephen Neveu for second place with 3 at 41 off, but Will was awarded second based on preliminary round scores and Freddie topped Stephen in a run off for the final podium spot. Nate Smith (3-1/2 at 41) took home the gold to win his first career world title. (Post-competition interview with Freddie Winter here.)

The bronze medal completed a big year for Freddie, who has emerged as a top-level threat within the pro ranks. He fished second at the European Championships (after a run off for first), sixth at the Diablo Shores Pro-Am and scored a new PB of 5 buoys at 41-feet off at the GOODE Bracket Challenge Finals in September. It was Freddie’s first time competing in the World Championships.

Defending and two-time World Champion Thomas Degasperi finished fifth, a remarkable fourth-straight Worlds he’s had a top-five finish.

Team GOODE continued to rack up the medals in overall as Regina edged Whitney McClintock for her third career (2003 and 2005) World overall gold and Clementine taking the bronze. GOODE skier Javier Julio earned the silver in Men’s overall.

In the team competition, the United States took the gold, with Canada and France finishing second and third, respectively.

For full results, click here.

Team GOODE skiers among favorites at World Championships

Several Team GOODE skiers are expected to be in the running for medals when the Water Ski World Championships kick off next week in San Bernardo, Chile. The championships begin Tuesday, Nov. 26, and conclude Sunday, Dec. 1.

In Men’s slalom, Thomas Degasperi will be looking to defend his world title while adding a third Worlds gold medal to his career haul. The champion from 2007 and 2011 will face still competition from among his own GOODE teammates as Carlo Allais, Adam Sedlmajer and Nick Parsons all enter the Worlds in the top-10 spots of the IWWF’s Elite Rankings List. And don’t forget Worlds rookie Freddie Winter, who has put up a number of deep 41-off scores in the latter half of the 2013 season, or fifth place Malibu Open finisher Martin Bartalsky.

Other skiers expected to contend include Nate Smith, Will Asher, Chris Parrish, and Aaron Larkin.

In Women’s slalom, Team GOODE’s Regina Jaquess will be looking to continue her historic winning streak, having not lost a tournament since March of 2012. The 2005 world slalom champion, Regina will be seeking to add to her 2001 tricks and the overall titles she won in 2003 and 2005.

To do that she’ll have to beat fellow GOODE teammate April Coble-Eller. April has had a great 2013 season – she’s currently ranked fourth on the Elite Rankings List – and is seeking a world title that would serve as career-capping moment.

Other Women’s skiers who will surely be in the running include two-time defending champion Whitney McClintock and the French duo of Anais Amade and Manon Costard.

The Men’s overall race will feature a face off between two Team GOODE skiers who happen to own the last two world titles: Adam Sedlmajer, who took the title in 2011 and Javier Julio, who won it in 2009. Unfortunately, two-time world overall champion Jaret Llewellyn was a late scratch due to injury.

The Women’s overall race is very competitive this year with Regina and fellow Team GOODE skiers Clementine Lucine and newly crowned tricks world record holder Erika Lang in the mix, along with Whitney McClintock and Natalia Berdnikava.

Watch live online coverage of the event on the tournament’s official website, http://skiworldschile2013.cl. For the complete list of competitors, click .

WaterSki Magazine profiles Freddie Winter

Photo by waterskimag.com.

We aren’t the only ones who think Freddie Winter is on the verge of some big things.  WaterSki magazine is taking notice of the 23-year old as well with a profile on the up-and-coming Team GOODE member.

Read the full article here.

GOODE snow skis land major awards

For the 2014 edition of it’s annual gear guide, Skiing Magazine tested 264 snow skis. Of those, only 122 were deemed good enough to be reviewed, and thus receive an “Official Selection” designation, and a further 16 scored high enough to earn “Tester’s Choice” awards.

Those long odds are why GOODE Skis is immensely proud that two of its skis – the all-mountain Fire and free-skiing Sorcerer – were found by testers to be worthy of reviews, with the Fire being one of only 16 out of 264 skis designated as “Tester’s Choice.”

Here is what Skiing had to say about the Fire and Sorcerer:

Fire

If you know how to carve a turn, it’s hard to dislike the Fire, which is a total knife on groomers. Testers loved how it zipped from edge to edge. “Pure sweetness. This ski tears up the front side,” said one. Light, fearless at speed, and still plenty enjoyable in the bumps, trees, and crud, this Tester’s Choice is an all-mountain expert’s dream ride. See the full review here.

Sorcerer

 

A confidence-inspiring ride for the more traditional skier, the Sorcerer ripped when we pressured our boot tongues. Though it uses a lightweight carbon-laminate construction, it felt incredibly stable at high speed and in chundery terrain. Plus, testers scored it highest for Hard-Snow Performance among skis of similar width. It’s a perfect one-ski-quiver or narrower powder ski that will still be sporty on groomer days. See the full review here.

Take a look at the additional skis in GOODE’s award-winning lineup here.

Regina wins Eagle Sports World Record Challenge

Men’s competitors are beginning to learn what the Women’s slalom field found out a long time ago; Regina Jaquess is very tough to beat.

After taking out seven of the world’s best male 34 mph skiers in this summer’s GOODE Bracket Challenge, Regina beat both 36 mph world record holders at this weekend’s Eagle Sports World Record Challenge, an unique new tournament held in Katy, Texas, that was organized by Eagle Sports and co-sponsored by GOODE.

After lurking behind Nate Smith through two rounds, Regina ran an impressive 5 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off in a 15 mph wind to edge Nate by a half buoy and take the title.  Chris Parrish was third.

The tournament featured all three slalom skiers who currently hold the Men’s and Women’s world slalom records, with Regina, Nate and Chris skiing against their own records to earn scores on a 100-point scale. For example, when Regina skied 1 buoy at 41-feet off in the first round, her score was 98, as it was 98 percent of her world current world record of 3 buoys at 41-feet off.

The archived webcast of the tournament is available here.