General

April Coble-Eller joins Team GOODE

GOODE is very excited to announce April Coble-Eller as the newest addition to Team GOODE.

April, the two-time defending U.S. National Open Women’s slalom champion, is a veteran pro skier who has consistently ranked in the top 10 in the Elite world rankings, including her current top-five ranking.

Besides her tournament accomplishments, April is one of the most respected coaches in the sport.

Since 1995 she has served as owner and head coach of the Coble Ski School, the world’s largest water ski and wakeboard camp.

Welcome to the team April!

Bracket Challenge round 1 results in, second round giveaway sign up begins

The first round of the GOODE Virtual Water Ski Bracket ChallengeTM has concluded and what a finish!

[Click here to enter the second round bracket pick 'em contest.]

No. 5 seed Kyle Tate was staring down a buoy-and-a-half deficit to No. 4 seed Chet Raley heading into yesterday’s Last Chance tournament at Victory Lake in Jacksonville, Fla.  But on the very last day of July, and thus the last day of round 1, Kyle put up a huge score of 3 buoys at 41-feet off to punch his ticket into the second round.

Here’s how the first round match ups went down:

  • No. 1 seed Todd Ristorcelli lived up to top billing by posting a score of 3 at 41, enough to edge Jay Leach by a buoy;
  • Kyle’s 3 at 41 took this match up after trailing Chet Raley’s score of 2 at 41 for most of the month;
  • In the second upset of the first round – seeding wise anyway – Regina Jaquess used her world record pending score of 3-1/2 at 41 to top Ben Favret’s 2 at 41;
  • Chad Scott and Dave Miller both tied with 2-1/2 at 41, but No. 2 seed Chad will advance as the rules awarded ties to the higher seed.

So, the Final Four match ups are:

As the first round kicked off we invited fans to get involved by picking who they think will advance in each round.  We’ll announce the winner of the Round 1 prize package soon.

NOW IS YOUR CHANCE TO ENTER ROUND 2 OF THE TOURNAMENT, with the winner receiving a Goode hat, neoprene ski sleeve, and GOODE slalom vest.

To enter the Round 2 contest, click here and fill out your picks on or before August 9th.  Only one entry per round, per person. But, if you follow our Twitter account and tweet your picks with @GoodeSkis and #GoodeBracket in the message we’ll award you with a second entry.

How It Works

The virtual tournament has three rounds: rounds of 8, 4 and 2 competitors.  In each round a higher seed will face off against a lower seed (seeds determined by IWWF ranking). It’s “virtual” because the first two rounds will use scores from any AWSA and/or Water Ski Canada tournaments the competitors ski in during the months of July (round of 8) and August (round of 4).

At the end of the month, the skier that has the single highest score from any AWSA- or Water Ski Canada-sanctioned tournament (regardless of sanctioning class) will win that bracket and advance.  In other words, during the first two rounds skiers won’t ski head-to-head at the same tournament, we’ll just use their scores from that month to determine the winner.

While the first two rounds will each take place virtually over many weeks, the final round will be a live head-to-head face off at a record-capability tournament we are hosting on Sept. 10 and 11, at Goode Ski Lake in Ogden, Utah.

Enter the contest here.

Regina and Thomas take double gold at World Games

Team GOODE skiers won double gold medals today at the World Games in Cali, Colombia, as Regina Jaquess and Thomas Degasperi and their Nano Ones took titles in Women’s and Men’s slalom, respectively.

Regina earned the gold with 2 buoys at 38-feet off, beating Canada’s Whitney McClintock (1 at 38) and France’s Claire-Lise Welter (5 at 35) and others in the final round. With the victory, Regina extended her winning streak to 15 months.  She has not lost since jumping on her Nano One in May of 2012.

Thomas, skiing for Italy, took the gold with 4-1/2 at 38, topping Aaron Larkin (4 at 38) and Johan Efverstrom (2-1/2 at 38).  Team GOODE skiers Freddie Winter, Martin Baltalski and Javier Julio finished fourth, fifth and seventh respectively.  Nate Smith was sixth.

For final round results, click here (Women) or here (Men).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More than half of Big Dawg Finals field on GOODEs

The skier lists for the Nautique Big Dawg World and Senior tour year-end championships are out and more than half of all skiers on are GOODEs.

Of the 40 Big Dawg skiers, 21 are on GOODEs, including perennial favorites Chet Raley, Ben Favret, Todd Johnson, David Miller, Jay Leach, Kyle Tate, Chad Scott, and defending champ Todd Ristorcelli.

On the new Senior Tour, eight of 16 skiers, and five of 10 alternates, are on GOODEs.

For the full list of skiers, click here.

Bracket Challenge first round heads into final weekend

One weekend left in the first round of the GOODE Virtual Water Ski Bracket ChallengeTM and things are starting to shake out a bit:

  • No. 1 seed Todd Ristorcelli put some distance between him and 8 seed Jay Leach by bumping his score to 3 at 41 off, up from the 2 at 41 off that had him tied with Jay last week.
  • Chet Raley also added a buoy to his score, running 2 at 41 at the Okeeheelee July Slalom Event. Kyle Tate has four rounds to catch pass Chet though, one at the Southern Regionals and three at Victory Lake’s Last Chance event in Jacksonville on July 31.
  • Ben Favret, who probably drew the toughest match up in the first round, is still staring down Regina Jaquess’ pending Women’s slalom world record of 3-1/2 at 41.
  • Chad Scott and Dave Miller are both still tied at 2-1/2 at 41, something Chad will probably be looking to remedy during this weekend’s upcoming South Central Regional Championships.

Round 1′s bracket selection contest closed for entries on July 12th, but everyone will have another chance to enter and win when Round 2 begins in August.

Click here to learn more about the bracket challenge.

Mike and Kim Budreau named athletes of the week

Congrats to GOODE skiers Mike and Kim Budreau for being named KDRV’s (Medford, Oregon) amateur athletes of the week.  Mike is currently ranked 15th in the U.S. in Men’s 3, while Kim is ranked 10th in Women’s 3.

Tight match ups half way through first round of the GOODE Bracket Challenge

Half way through the first round of the GOODE Virtual Water Ski Bracket ChallengeTM two brackets are all tied up and the other two are close.

Here’s how the March Madness on water stands as of July 16th:

  • No. 1 Todd Ristorcelli vs. No. 8 Jay Leach: Tied at 2 buoys at 41-feet off.
  • No. 2 Dave Miller vs. Chad Scott: Tied at 2-1/2 buoys at 41-feet off.
  • No. 3 Ben Favret vs. Regina Jaquess:  An upset brewing in this one as Regina has a one-and-a-half buoy lead on Ben, courtesy of her pending world record of 3-1/2 buoys at 41-feet off.
  • No. 4 Chet Raley vs. No. 5 Kyle Tate: A mild upset in the works as Kyle (1-1/2 buoys at 41-feet off) has a half buoy edge on Chet.

With two weekends and both the Southern and South Central regional championships left in July, there is still plenty of time for participants to put up some big scores.

Round 1′s bracket selection contest closed for entries on July 12th, but everyone will have another chance to enter and win when Round 2 begins in August.

Click here to learn more about the bracket challenge.

GOODE skiers go 1-2-3 at Big Dawg Michigan

GOODE skiers on the Nano One went 1-2-3 today at the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour’s Michigan stop as Dave Miller defeated Ben Favret in the final head-to-head match up.  Jay Leach took third.

Dave took out No. 2 seed Seth Stisher, Todd Johnson and Harald Hintringer on his way to the final round, while Favret beat Leach, Tim Huston and Todd Kuykendall. For final results, click here.  It was the second-straight Big Dawg stop won on a GOODE as Great Britain’s Jeremy Newby-Ricci took the European stop the previous weekend.

Michigan was the last of five stops on the tour prior to the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour Championships, which will take place during the GOODE Water Ski National Championships in West Palm Beach, Fla., Aug. 15-16.  GOODE skier Todd Ristorcelli is the series’ defending champion.

 

Newby-Ricci rides Goode to Big Dawg Europe win

Great Britain’s Jeremy Newby-Ricci topped France’s Thierry Malhomme in the head-to-head final to take the title at last weekend’s Nautique Big Dawg World Tour’s European stop in Baurech, France.

Jeremy rode his Goode Nano to scores of 3, 1-1/2, and 2 buoys at 41-feet off during the final three rounds to earn the win.  Fellow Goode skier Fabrizio Merlo from Italy took third.

Next weekend Fenton, Mich., will host the final stop on the Big Dawg World Tour prior to the finals, which take place during the Goode Water Ski National Championships in West Palm Beach, Fla., Aug. 15-16.  Goode skier Todd Ristorcelli is the series’ defending champion.

For the Sweet 16 bracket results, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regina sets pending world record with 3-1/2 at 41

The Year of Regina continues as Team Goode’s Regina Jaquess set a pending Women’s world slalom record of 3-1/2 buoys at 41-feet off today at the Freedom Slalom Fest 2 record tournament at Utopia River Ranch in San Marcos, Texas.

If approved by the IWWF, the score would surpass her current record of 3 buoys at 41-feet off that she set in June 2102 and tied last month. It would also make her eligible for a $10,000 world record bonus offered by the organizers of the Freedom Slalom Fest, a Pro-Am event benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project.

Since hopping on her Goode NANO ONE in May 2012, Regina has set or tied three world records (two pending) and won every professional tournament she has entered.  Her 14-month winning streak includes two Masters, two Malibu Opens and a slew of other titles.

The only person who might not be thrilled with Regina’s new record is Ben Favret, her opponent in the first round of the Goode Virtual Water Ski Bracket ChallengeTM.  A score of 3-1/2 at 41, if she doesn’t improve upon it by the time July ends, will be a tough one to beat.  Your turn Ben!