While most of us in the Northern Hemisphere have put away our ski gear for the season, a group of GOODE skiers are just getting the South American season started with a sweep of the Latin American Senior Tour’s (L.A.S.T.) stop earlier this month in Boca Laguna, Guadalajara, Mexico.
Mexico’s Jaime Palomino took first in Senior Men’s 1, Alberto Suarez first in Senior Men’s 2, and Ruben Rosenberg and Gordon Rathburn first and second, respectively in Senior Men’s 3.
With only a few Elite Rankings List tournaments left in the season, a number of Team GOODE skiers moved up on the list following good performances at the Diablo Shores Pro-Am.
Making the biggest move was Nick Parsons, who jumped from 14th to 9th on the strength of his third-place finish at Diablo. Carlo Allais, who also made the finals at Diablo, moved up a spot to 6th. Thomas Degasperi took fourth at Diablo to maintain his ranking of 4th.
In his first U.S. pro event, Freddie Winter of the UK served notice to the pro ranks with his sixth-place finish at Diablo, in the process earning him his first ever spot on the Elite rankings, entering the list at 22nd.
On the Women’s side, Karen Truelove’s fifth-place finish at Diablo jumped her ranking from 5th to 3rd, just ahead of fellow teammate April Coble-Eller who is 4th. Regina Jaquess’ win at Diablo helped her maintain her commanding lead atop the rankings, giving Team GOODE three of the top four spots on the Women’s list.
Bailey Austin, 14, made the finals at Diablo in her first ever professional event, taking eighth. That was good enough for her to land her first ever Elite ranking at22nd.
Todd Ristorcelli and Regina Jaquess faced off in the final round of the GOODE Virtual Water Ski Bracket Challenge in a head-to-head match-up last week in Ogden, Utah.
To see who won, watch the broadcast-style video above. It also reveals the winners of the 3rd round and grand prize (a FREE Nano OneXT) fan contests, as well as our plans for an even bigger bracket challenge in 2014.
Benjamin Stadlbaur of Switzerland took the silver medal at the Under 21 World Championships held last weekend in Winter Garden, Fla.
Benjamin scored 3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off to finish second behind winner Stephen Neveu (1-1/2 at 41) and ahead of third-place finisher Tyler Yager (4 at 39). Benjamin was joined in the final round by fellow Team GOODE skiers Dorien Llewellyn (8th), Brando Caruso (t-9th) and Tyler Scott (t-9th).
Team GOODE skiers also fared well in Women’s slalom, as Erika Lang (5th), Kara MacIntyre (9th), Lauren Morgan (11th), and Chantal Singer (12th) each advanced to the final round.
The United States took the gold in the team competition, while Australia and Italy won silver and bronze, respectively. For final results, click here.
GOODE Skis was a proud sponsor of the Under 21 Worlds.
The winning streak continues. Regina Jaquess took her second consecutive Open Women’s Diablo Shores Pro-Am slalom title, running her winning streak to 18 months in the process.
Regina topped Whitney McClintock, 1 buoy at 41-feet off to 1-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off in the head-to-head finals to earn the victory. In the previous round Regina tied her own world record of 3 buoys at 41-feet off to advance against fellow Team GOODE skier April Coble-Eller, who finished third. Karen Truelove took fifth, tying Whitney in the first head-to-head round but Whitney advanced because she went off the dock first.
14-year old GOODE skier Bailey Austin made her pro debut at Diablo, advancing to the finals but drawing Regina in the first round. Already the No. 1 ranked U.S. skier in Girls 3, it probably won’t be the last pro final for Bailey, whose PB is 4 buoys at 38-feet off.
In Open Men’s Thomas Degasperi (4th) and Nick Parsons (3rd) made it to the Final Four, before bowing out to Chris Parrish and Nate Smith, respectively. Nate beat Chris in the finals to earn the Open Men’s title. Team GOODE skier Freddie Winter had a great showing in his first pro U.S. event, finishing 6th after earning the fourth seed going into the finals and pushing Thomas before ultimately losing to him. At 23, Freddie was the youngest skier in the finals. Carlo Allais also made it into the finals, finishing seventh.
Mike Martens won the amateur event, giving GOODE skiers the amateur title for the second-consecutive year and two of the four titles contested this past week.