Goode Skis founder and president Dave Goode was on hand to watch Regina Jaquess’ electrifying victory at the 2013 Masters. After the win, which she earned with a course record 3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off, she talked to Dave about her approach heading into the final round and her year-plus unbeaten streak on her Goode NANO ONE.
Saying that Regina Jaquess likes Cedar Ridge Ski Lake in Canton, Miss., is a little like saying Rafael Nadal likes the clay at Roland Garros.
After setting the Women’s slalom world record of 3 buoys at 41-feet off at the site last June, Regina returned to the lake this weekend and proceeded to tie the record and give a scare to four ball in the process. Skiing on her Goode NANO ONE, she tied the mark in the second round of Sunday’s tournament after scoring 2-1/2 buoys at 41-feet off in the first round. What’s particularly notable about that first round score – besides the awesome skiing of course – was that she rounded three ball and was on her way to four before crashing out.
Watch out four ball, Regina is coming for you.
When the 54th Masters Water Ski Tournament kicks off Friday at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga., a number of pro and Junior Team Goode skiers will be hoping to keep a couple winning streaks alive.
Regina Jaquess will be seeking to repeat as Masters Women’s slalom champion, a title she won a year ago after setting the course record in the semi finals. After missing Moomba to attend to her burgeoning pharmacy practice, the Masters will be her first tournament of 2013. Last year she won nearly every major tournament, including the Malibu Open, Diablo Shores Pro Am, Soaked, and World Cup Palembang, and skied into 41-feet off five times in October.
While Regina has established her own one-woman string of success, for the Junior members of Team Goode it’s been a collective effort. In each of the last three major international Junior competitions Goode skiers have swept the top spots in both Boys and Girls divisions.
Attempting to keep the streak going at the Junior Masters will be Wyatt Haines, Yiannis Nathanail, Dane Mechler, and Dorien Llewellyn in Junior Men’s slalom, while on the Junior Women’s slalom side it will be Kara MacIntyre and Charlotte Wharton.
Also skiing at the Masters for Team Goode will be past Champion Karen Truelove, defending World Champion Thomas Degasperi and World No. 7 Carlo Allais. Karen (4th) and Thomas (2nd) will be looking to improve on their top-four finishes in 2012, while Carlo will be making his first appearance at the Masters since skiing in the Junior division ten years ago.
Defending World Overall Champion Adam Sedlmajer started his 2013 season off well earlier this year by taking second place in Men’s slalom at the Moomba Masters.
Take a ride with Adam and his Goode NANO ONE by clicking the video above.
Want to be coached by one of the best water skiers in the world? Team Goode’s Nick Parsons is teaming up with Pacific Slalom to host a clinic at Creekside Lake in Bakersfield, Calif., on May 31st.
Participants will receive personalized expert one-on-one coaching and fin set up assistance from Nick, as well as a Pacific Slalom t-shirt. His fellow Goode skier, Big Dawg Champion Dave Miller, will also be on hand to help out.
The clinic will be held the day prior to a tournament sponsored by Pacific Slalom and Goode at Paradise Lakes in nearby Arvin, so skiers will be able to put their knew slalom knowledge to immediate use. Pacific Slalom will have a retail booth on site with the Goode NANO ONE available for purchase.
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Call (858) 353-2915 to book your clinic reservation and time slots. Please register no later than May 27, 2013. There will be 20 rides sold for the day. The cost per ride is $90. All payments must be received in full in order to participate. Pacific Slalom does not accept credit cards. Cancellations with a full refund must be received by May 25, 2013. Multiple ride discounts are available. Please note, the cost for the clinic does not include your entry fee for the Paradise Lakes tournament.
Congratulations to Goode skier and recently crowned Junior Girls slalom world champion Samantha Dumala for landing the cover of The Water Skier magazine.
In February Samantha and her NANO ONE led a Goode/USA sweep of the Junior Girls podium by winning the world title as Erika Lang finished second and Kara MacIntyre third. Samantha and Erika tied in the final round with 1 buoy at 38-feet off, but Samantha came out on top in the runoff.
Goode’s soon-to-be-released line of new carbon fiber race skis captured multiple top-five finishes at the USSA Masters Nationals last weekend in Big Sky, Mont.
On the strength of fourth and fifth place finishes in giant slalom and super-G, respectively, Tim Itin finished third overall in the Men’s 6 division. In Women’s 7, Dawn Goode took second place in downhill, fourth in both super-G and giant slalom, and fifth overall.
Dawn Goode charges Big Sky.
“I was really excited to see Tim and Dawn ski so well on our new race skis,” said Dave Goode president and founder of Goode Skis. “Dawn’s downhill ski was just built on Friday and then to have her podium just a few days later was truly exciting. Then to watch Tim podium in the overall capped off a great week of racing.”
The big results come after Dawn earned two giant slalom victories during the season-long Jan’s Cup Series and both Dave and Dawn taking second place in their respective divisions at the USSA Masters Intermountain races held at Snowbasin resort in Utah.
Goode Skis is the first and only company building pure carbon fiber race skis. The skis are expected to become widely available this fall.
Chet Raley has long been one of water skiing’s most sought-after coaches … and he’s a pretty good skier himself. Goode Skis recently spoke with Chet about two of the brightest young students he coaches at his Palm Beach Training Center, the ski he’s riding on and how he’s been able to do more than just hang with the younger Big Dawgs.
Two of your students, Yiannis Nathanail and Samantha Dumula, just won Junior world titles. How does that accomplishment stack up with some of the other things you’ve achieved in the sport?
I don’t really take credit for kids’ or students’ accomplishments because that is their hard work. I work hard with them but their success is theirs. It’s beautiful though and very, very rewarding to watch them try as hard as they try and have good things come to fruition.
Now that they’ve both experienced their first taste of success at the world level, what can we expect from them in coming years?
With both Yiannis and Samantha the sky is absolutely the limit. They are very bright, very smart kids that both have incredible parents that should get as much credit as anyone. They have the potential to do whatever they want, but school is going to be a major priority for both. But they can go as far as they want to go in skiing.
You’ve been skiing on the new NANO ONE since last summer and have put a lot of your students on the ski. What do you like about it?
First of all, it’s the best Goode ever created, no question about it. You can make almost any ski functional, but to make it more superior than anything else it has to be really good. And it’s a superior product. The addition of inserts is really cool and a lot of people have clamored for that for a long time, but that’s secondary to the way it performs. It has two good sides, which is not normal for skis of the last 10 years or so.
You’ve skied on many different Goodes in the past. How does this ski compare and contrast to those others?
Pro skiers are good about keeping a wet ski and in other sports that’s important too. The more of that edge you put into the snow, ice or water the better control you have. None of the other skis set an edge better than this ski and that is worth its weight in gold.
Like any sport, water skiing in continuously evolving. What new concepts or thoughts are you incorporating into your coaching?
It evolves almost yearly, and I’d say dramatically each year. The idea of skiing from buoy to buoy has really changed. That’s the net result, but there is a lot of interest in skiing from the apex near the buoy to the wake right now. Deliberately setting an edge that sustains angle that culminates in the center line behind the boat. It’s a much nicer way to ski than the old days of turning, stalling, grabbing the line and pulling like a mad man to gain back your losses.
The Big Dawg series seems to get tougher and tougher each year yet you are always at or near the top. How have you been able to stay so competitive even while new talent has entered the series?
Well, you better continue to change, evolve and learn if you want to keep up. As an old man (Editor’s note: Chet is 56) in a young man’s sport, you just continue to keep it up and not sit around and think that you have it all figured out. You have to evolve with better equipment and you have to work hard, just like the kids I coach do.
Team Goode got a great start to the 2013 major tournament season by taking three of six podium positions during the final rounds of the Moomba Masters earlier today in Melbourne, Australia.
Team Goode skiers took two podium spots in Men’s slalom as Adam Sedlmajer and Thomas Degasperi finished second and third, respectively, after each scoring 3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off. Adam finished a spot ahead of Thomas due to a higher semi-final round score. Chris Parrish finished first with 3 buoys at 41-feet off.
The second-place finish represents Adam’s best-ever finish in a professional slalom tournament. The defending world overall champion also took the Moomba Men’s overall title for the second time in his career.
Women’s slalom also featured a tie between Goode skiers as Karen Truelove and Clementine both scored 3 buoys at 38-feet off. Karen earned third place with Clementine taking fourth due to their semi-final scores. Whitney McClintock placed first with a score of 2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off while Emma Sheers was second with 5-1/2 buoys at 38-feet off.
All three Team Goode podium finishes were on the Goode NANO ONE.
For more information, visit moombamasters.com.au.
Goode skiers have found their way to the top of the podium for the second-straight international Junior tournament as Kara MacIntyre and Dane Mechler won the girls and boys slalom titles, respectively, at the Junior Moomba Masters today in Melbourne, Australia.
Their wins come just two weeks after Goode skiers swept girls slalom and took first and second in boys slalom at the Junior World Championships in Mulwala, Australia.
Kara scored 4 buoys at 35-feet off to earn the Junior Moomba win, while fellow Goode skiers Erika Lang (3 at 35 off) and Chantal Singer (4 at 32 off) took second and third, respectively, for a Goode sweep. Dane’s score of 3-1/2 buoys at 38-feet off was enough for him to edge South Africa’s Eamon Van Der Merwe by a full one-and-a-half buoys. For complete results, click here.
The Moomba Masters kick off tomorrow with the pros, and for the second-straight year, the Big Dawgs will get in on the action as the tournament serves as the second stop on the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour.
Team Goode will be well represented in the pro ranks, as Karen Truelove, Thomas Degasperi, Nick Parsons, Adam Sedlmajer, Clementine Lucine, Yiannis Nathanail, Benjamin Stadblaur, and Dane are all expected to compete.