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.
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.