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GOODE skiers top the world rankings

The preliminary October 2012 IWSF world rankings are out and the slalom rankings are chock-full of GOODE skiers.

Regina Jaquess continues her stranglehold on the top of Women’s slalom, adding the No. 1 ranking on the world rankings list to her top ranking on the IWSF Elite ranking skiers list. The Elite list is comprised of the placements from a handful of top professional tournaments in the world, while the IWSF world rankings are compiled by using each skier’s two best scores from all L and R tournaments.

In Men’s slalom, three GOODE skiers are in the top 10: Thomas Degasperi (4th), Terry Winter (9th) and Nick Parsons (10th).

GOODE is also very well represented in the Junior ranks as Samantha Dumala (2nd), Kara MacIntyre (3rd), Bailey Austin (4th), Erika Lang (6th) and Eloise Whitlock (8th) all landed in the top 10 of Junior Women.  Brando Caruso of Italy claimed the No. 1 ranking in Junior Boys and was joined by Dane Mechler (2nd), Wyatt Haines (4th) and Daniel Di Pol (9th) at the top of the list.

In Seniors, Karen Truelove (Women’s 35+) and Todd Ristorcelli (Men’s 35+) both claimed No. 1 rankings.

For the entire preliminary rankings, click here.  Please note: These rankings are preliminary and are subject to change as the IWSF revises data.

GOODE Skiers in the top 25 include:

Women: Regina Jaquess, 1; Karen Jaquess, 4; Clementine Lucine, 14; Danyelle Bennett, 19; Makayla Haw, 20.  Men: Thomas Degasperi, 4; Terry Winter, 9; Nick Parsons, 10; Carlo Allais, 14.  Junior Women: Samantha Dumala, 2; Kara MacIntyre, 3; Bailey Austin, 4; Erika Lang, 6; Eloise Whitlock, 8; Jenna Morgan, 20.  Junior Men: Brando Caruso, 1; Dane Mechler, 2; Wyatt Haines, 4; Daniel Di Pol, 8; Nicholas Lang, 14.  Under 21 Women: Caroline Hensley, 3; Makayla Haw, 4; Samantha Dumala, 8; Kara MacIntyre, 10; Lauren Morgan, 13; Bailey Austin, 14; Erika Lang, 16; Eloise Whitlock, 20.  Under 21 Men: Tyler Scott, 5(t); Brando Caruso, 8; Dane Mechler, 10; Adam Pickos, 13; Wyatt Haines, 16; Benjamin Stadlbaur, 17.  35+ Women: Karen Truelove, 1; Lori Krueger, 6; Stephanie Stange, 8; Brandy Nagle, 13; Aline Nelson, 20; Kim Budreau, 25.  35+ Men: Todd Ristorcelli, 1; Chad Scott, 3; Jay Leach, 6; Todd Johnson, 8; Marc Shaw, 15; Arturo Nelson, 18; Jeremy Newby-Ricci, 24(t).  45+ Women: Patricia Cordeiro, 4; Alison Poulsen, 5; Shannon Strickland, 6; Connie Bergmark, 21.  45+ Men: Ben Favret, 2; Chet Raley, 3; David Miller, 5; Todd Kuykendall, 8; Tim Huston, 9; Michael Robinson, 11; Mike Baldwin, 15; Jeff Kepchia, 16; Fabrizio Merlo, 17; Joe McCreary, 20; Mike Dehlinger, 22; Eric Kelley, 23; Mike Munn, 24.  55+ Women: Brenda Cavenaugh, 5; Susan Hopper, 11; Dawn Goode, 19; Margaret Ann Woodward, 20.  55+ Men: Bruce Dodd, 2; Ted McColley, 4; Richard Lambert, 5; Ed Hickey, 6; Kim Contos, 7; Dave Goode, 10; Dave Bentall, 12; Steve Raphael, 15; and George Levien, 20.

Regina wins in Indonesia, T-Gas and Carlo 3rd

Regina Jaquess’ fellow Women’s slalom competitors are probably happy the professional season is over, if only because that means she can’t win any more titles in 2012.

Regina scored 2-1/2 buoys at 35-feet off to win the Palembang, Indonesia, stop of the IWWF World Cup and earn her sixth title of the year, all since she starting skiing on the GOODE NANO ONE.  Anais Amade rounded 2 buoys at 35-feet off to place second, while Karina Nowlan (1 buoy at 35-feet off) and April Coble (1/2 buoy at 35-feet off) took third and fourth, respectively.

Regina’s winning streak began with a course record and Masters title, and has included consecutive victories at the GOODE Atlanta Pro Am, Malibu Open, Soaked Orlando, and Diablo Shores Pro Am.

In Men’s slalom, Team GOODE skiers took two of the top-four spots as Thomas Degasperi and Carlo Allais tied for third place with 3 buoys at 38-feet off.  Will Asher was first with 5 buoys at 38-feet off, Chris Parrish was second (4 buoys at 38-feet off), Nate Smith fifth (2-1/2 buoys at 38-feet off), and Joel Wing sixth (2 buoys at 38-feet off).

The finish was Thomas’ fifth top-five of the year, while Carlo wrapped up his best season ever by adding another impressive showing to his second-place finish at the Moomba Masters.

T-Gas, Carlo and Regina advance to Indonesian finals

After skiing well in tough conditions, Team GOODE skiers Thomas Degasperi, Carlo Allais and Regina Jaquess are each in the running for slalom titles at the IWWF World Cup stop in Palembang, Indonesia.

Thomas and Carlo each scored 3 buoys at 38-feet off to land in a five way tie for the four remaining spots in the Men’s finals.  They then scored 4 and 3 buoys at 38-feet off in the runoff, respectively, to qualify for the final round where they’ll be joined by Chris Parrish, Joel Wing, Will Asher, and Nate Smith.

Regina continued to be the skier to beat in Women’s slalom by earning the top seed in the finals with a score of 3 buoys at 35-feet off.  Karina Nowlan earned the second seed with 2-1/2 buoys at 35 feet off, while Anais Amade and April Coble both scored 2 buoys at 35-feet off to take the remaining two spots in the finals.

The Women’s slalom finals will be broadcast live beginning at 11:45 p.m., Saturday night, with the Men’s finals expected to begin at approximately 12:15 a.m., Sunday morning. The broadcast can be found at http://www.youtube.com/user/iwsfworldcup.

Final pro event of 2012 to take place this weekend in Indonesia

The world’s best water skiers will have one last chance to claim a podium in 2012 as the final professional tournament of the year, the Palembang IWWF World Cup stop, will take place Saturday and Sunday in Indonesia.  Events include Men’s and Women’s slalom and jumping.

Team GOODE will be there in force, including the world’s No. 1 ranked Women’s slalom skier Regina Jaquess, the defending Men’s world slalom champion Thomas Degasperi, and perennial podium finishers Karen Truelove and Nick Parsons.

Regina will have the opportunity to put a capstone on one of the most dominating seasons of all time.  In addition to upping her own world record to 3 buoys at 41-feet off last June, she and her NANO ONE claimed titles at the Masters, GOODE Atlanta Pro Am, Malibu Open, Soaked and Diablo Shores Pro Am.

Thomas has had a remarkably consistent year, with top four-finishes in each professional event he entered including at win at the GOODE Atlanta Pro Am.

The tournament (which is 12 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time) will be webcast at www.iwwf.tv.  For more information, visit www.iwwfed.com.

BallofSpray.com reviews the GOODE NANO ONE

Photo courtesy of John Horton/BallofSpray.com

BallofSpray.com’s John Horton has posted his review of the GOODE NANO ONE and the second-to last sentence pretty much sums up the whole article:

“If there was a BallofSpray Ski of the Year Award it would clearly go to the Goode NANO ONE for 2012.”

Pretty good, right?  That’s not all.  Go here to read the full review and take a look at a few of the highlights below below:

  • “At a skier’s hardest passes, when the most mistakes are made, is where the NANO ONE comes to life and allows the skier to round a few more balls.”
  • “The NANO ONE is supremely forgiving and stable”
  • “… the NANO ONE feels surprisingly stable under foot and nearly always carves a tight radius …”
  • “ … this ski rarely stalls at the end of the turn. It simply keeps moving in the direction it is pointed.”
  • “Cross course angle and speed at the first wake seem to be automatic.”

GOODE snow skis earn major magazine awards

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GOODE is getting some major magazine love as four of its snow skis have won awards from SKI and Skiing magazines.

“I’ve always thought that what our customers tell us about our skis is the most important kind of feedback we get,” said Dave Goode, founder and president of GOODE Skis, “but having testers from SKI and Skiing magazines like our skis so much is pretty great too.  It’s just more confirmation that all of the hard work we’ve put into designing, testing and building great skis is paying off.”

The Fire earned honors from both magazines, scoring a Gold Medal Gear designation from SKI and an Official Selection from SkiingSKI’s reviewers liked the Fire’s lightweight finesse and pop, labeling the ski “sporty and snappy.”  It took the top score in the Men’s mixed west classification in both the quickness and forgiveness categories, and tied for second in rebound.  Skiing says the Fire “absolutely torches corduroy” and that its carbon construction allows skiers “to relax on this ski and still go effing fast.”  Skiing wrapped up its review by saying that the Fire is “a great all-mountain tool with a traditional feel perfect for race-bred folks.” Reviews: SKI | Skiing

Citing its softer flexes that make it more manageable and its smooth ride in rough snow, Skiing awarded GOODE’s women’s freestyle ski, the  Affinity, with an Official Selection honor.  Testers gave the ski high marks in stability at speed, maneuverability, hard snow performance and forgiveness.  Review: Skiing

The Impact earned a Gold Medal Gear award in SKI’s Men’s mixed snow east, a category of skis that require good edge grip on account of the East’s generally colder, icier conditions.  Like the Fire, the Impact got rave reviews for its quickness and rebound, earning the category’s highest combined marks in these areas.  SKI summed up the Impact by saying that it’s “light, lively and fun.” Review: SKI

In the powder ski category, the Rahu earned an Official Selection award from Skiing.  Testers cited its “distinctly traditional feel” that “hooks firmly into turns and holds steady throughout.”  They also loved how the Rahu offers “on-piste precision” and “off-piste agility.”  Review: Skiing

To learn more about GOODE’s entire award winning 2012/2013 lineup, click here.

Q&A with national and Pan Ams champion Kara MacIntyre

Kara MacIntyre has been a promising U.S. Junior for many years, consistently landing in the top-10 of the rankings list and at Nationals.  But after a 2012 season in which she won the Girls 3 national slalom title and three gold medals at the Pan American Championships, it’s safe to say that the 11th grader from Knoxville, Tenn., is no longer up-and-coming … she’s arrived.

Kara, a GOODE skier since 2009, recently took part in a Q&A session with us.  Here is the conversation:

GOODE: Where do you train?
Kara: When I’m home, I trick ski on Fort Loudoun Lake outside my house, and I often drive 1-1/2 hours with my family or dad to No Wake Lake in Chattanooga to slalom and jump.  We also drive to Cory Pickos’ site, which is where I have been living and training since May when I decided to do online school for this semester in order to ski more.  I also train with Seth Stisher a couple times a year.

GOODE: If you could ski anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Kara: Cory Pickos’ site.  I love the weather, location by the beach and the coaches.  But I would love to travel to a different country, any country, to ski, so I’m so excited for Junior Worlds in Australia.

GOODE: What are your personal best scores?
Kara: 2 buoys at 38-feet off in a tournament and 4 buoys at 38-feet off in practice.

GOODE: How did you get involved with water skiing?
Kara: My dad skied for fun in college and loved it, so he taught me and my brother when we were very young.  Then we met the Curmi family and we improved greatly thanks to their coaching, and they introduced us to other competitive skiers.

GOODE: You’ve come close to a National title before.  How did it feel to win it this year?
Kara: It was unreal.  It was the first big tournament I’ve ever won. It was an adrenalin rush of joy.

GOODE: You have one more year in Girls 3.  Will it be different to defend a title as opposed to chasing one?
Kara: I don’t think of it differently because there have always been a bunch of us girls who are close in scores, but I think it will motivate me more because I know I can win it.

GOODE: Three of your highest scores of the summer were at the GOODE Nationals, Malibu Open and Pan Ams.  How are you able to rise to the moment so well?
Kara: The biggest key is to relax and not be nervous.  And the drive to win a big tournament really motivates me.

GOODE: How did it feel to represent your country at the Pan Ams?
Kara: It was a huge honor, and probably the most nerve-racking tournament I’ve competed in because if I did badly, I would let down my team, not just myself.  But that motivated me to do better.

GOODE: What are your ultimate goals in water skiing?
Kara: To keep improving, get stronger, and to keep having wonderful experiences being with my family, while meeting new people, and traveling.

GOODE skiers claim nearly half of all slalom medals at Senior Worlds

GOODE skiers put on a dominating performance during this past weekend’s 2012 35+ Water Ski World Championships in Chapala, Mexico, as eight of the 18 slalom medals were won on GOODE skis.

Bruce Dodd (Men’s 55+) and Lori Krueger (Women’s 35+) won gold medals while Stephanie Stange (Women’s 35+), Jeremy Newby-Ricci (Men’s 35+), Shannon Strickland (Women’s 45+), Todd Kuykendall (Men’s 45+), and Kim Contos (Men’s 55+) each won silver medals.  Marc Shaw took third place in Men’s 35+ to earn a bronze.

GOODE’s gold count was nearly even higher as Shannon tied for first place but was edged in a runoff by Jennifer Lapoint.

In Men’s 35+ slalom, GOODE skiers placed second through fifth, as Chad Scott and Todd Johnson joined Jeremy and Marc in the top five.  Jeff Surdej also finished eight in the event as GOODE skiers comprised half of the top 10.

Other GOODE skiers who earned top placements included Alison Poulsen’s fourth place finish in Women’s 45+, Mike Munn’s 10th place finish in Men’s 45+, and Steve Raphael and David Bentall’s fourth- and eighth-place finishes in Men’s 55+.

In the team competition, the Unites States finished first, with Canada second and Great Britain third.

For complete event results, click here.

The Senior Worlds marks the second international competition in just the past six weeks in which GOODE skiers have performed exceptionally well.  At the 2012 Malibu Pan Am Championships last month in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., half of all gold medals were won on GOODE skis.

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

The American West has been hit by a massive early season snow storm and Utah’s Wasatch Mountains are no exception. Here’s a shot taken this morning of Snowbasin, site of the 2002 Olympic Downhill and Super G, and due to its 20-mile distance from HQ, the home resort of sorts for GOODE Skis.

T-Gas Ski School named GOODE demo center

Skiers traveling to Florida this winter to get their off-season skiing fix now have another great reason to visit Thomas Degasperi’s ski school: they’ll be able to demo and purchase the latest GOODE products, including the record-setting NANO ONE.

Thomas’ T-Gas Ski School in Windermere, Fla., has been named an official GOODE demo center, giving students the opportunity to buy their GOODEs and have them dialed in by a two-time world champion who is very familiar with the skis.

“It’s easier for me to set up a ski for someone when I use the ski myself,” said Thomas, a member of Team GOODE and currently the No. 3 ranked skier on the IWWF’s Elite rankings list. “I really know GOODEs. I know exactly how they work. I can see how a student skis on it and adjust the ski accordingly.”

T-Gas jumps on the NANO ONE

Thomas is becoming especially familiar with the NANO ONE – the ski that debuted this year to world records, big tournament victories and lots of acclaim – having recently switched to it from his specially designed signature edition.

“I’ve been on the same ski for the last three years and I won worlds on it so it’s been a great ski for me,” said Thomas of his mid/traditional-width hybrid. “But everyone has really liked the NANO ONE so I thought I’d try it.

“On my offside it feels as good as my old ski, but on my onside it feels a lot better. With this ski I have great turns on both sides. I never thought it could be that good, but it’s quick and it turns unbelievably well on both sides.”

Within just a few days of getting on the NANO ONE, Thomas ran 41 off in practice, a feat he has done only once before. In his first tournament – and only second set – on the ski he ran into 41 off both rounds.

Demo a GOODE

To learn more about skiing at Thomas’ ski school and demoing a GOODE, visit his Facebook page or email him at thomskier@hotmail.com.

In addition to Thomas’ school, GOODE Skis can be demoed at Chet Raley’s Palm Beach Training Center, Miami Nautique and Arturo Nelson’s AQA Sports.