A graduate of MIT and a software engineer for a Boston-area tech firm, Than Bogan is the thinking man’s skier. He’s used his highly analytical approach, and not to mention serious slalom skills that regularly land him on the podium at the Eastern Regionals, to become one of the most prolific and trusted (see his 376 “awesomes”) commenters on BallofSpray.com.
His treatise on leverage position has generated 12,500 views and more than 150 comments, and the various comment threads he’s started on the NANO ONE have totaled more than 21,000 views.
So, we thought we’d go skiing with him and see what he thought once he had a few weeks on the ski. Take a look at the video above to see Than in action and hear what he has to say about his ski.
Even as the Northern Hemisphere’s tournament season winds down, records are still being set on GOODE Skis.
Dave Miller scored 4-1/2 buoys at 41-feet off Sept. 29th at Cedar Ridge Ski Lake in Canton, Miss., to set a pending Canadian Men’s 4 national record. Dave’s mark, set on the GOODE NANO ONE, exceeds his own existing record by a half buoy and comes on the heels of winning a gold medal in the Men’s 45+ division at last months Malibu Pan Am Championships.
Richard Lambert has been in Men’s 7 for less than two months but he’s already made his mark in the record book. Richard rode his GOODE ski to 3-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2-feet off at the Gary Pressley Memorial Slalom Oct. 7, at Trophy Lakes to set a pending U.S. National record. And it’s probably only a matter of time before he ups the record again; he scored 1 buoy at 41-feet off at a Class C tournament at the end of August.
The final U.S. pro tournament of the year ended like nearly all of the season’s previous events have, with Regina Jaquess and her GOODE NANO ONE atop the podium.
Regina (3 buoys at 39-1/2 off) beat Karina Nolan (1-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off) in the head-to-head finals of last weekend’s Diablo Shores Pro Am to take the Open Women’s title, her sixth major win of the year.
If anyone knows how it feels to be as dominating as Regina has been in 2012, it may be Todd Ristorcelli. Since hopping on the NANO ONE Todd has won a Big Dawg stop, the Big Dawg Championships, a national title, set a pending MM and 34 mph world record, and after this weekend, won at Diablo Shores. Todd scored 1 buoy at 41-feet off to edge tournament host Greg Badal by a half buoy for the MM title.
In Open Men’s slalom, three of the top eight finishers were on GOODE, as Thomas Degasperi, Nick Parsons and Carlo Allais placed fourth, seventh and eight, respectively. Karen Truelove also earned a spot on the podium, finishing fourth in Open Women.
But the pros were not the only GOODE skiers having a great weekend. Kim Budreau, a NANO ONE skier from Medford, Oregon, earned the amateur title after taking down Jim England, Paul Matthews and Steve Cesnauskas in consecutive head-to-head match ups. Kim had a strong 2012 season as well, finishing in a tie for eight in Women’s 3 at the 70th GOODE Water Ski National Championships and placing second at the Western Regionals.
For complete results from the Diablo Shores Pro Am, click here.
Team GOODE had a phenomenal showing at this past weekend’s 2012 Malibu Pan Am Championships in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., as half of the 12 slalom gold medals were won on GOODEs.
It was a clean GOODE sweep on the Women’s side of the competition, as Valentina Gonzalez (U13 Girls), Kara MacIntyre (U17 Women), Lauren Morgan (U21 Women), and Regina Jaquess (Elite Women) all earned gold.
It’s the second major title of the year for Kara, who also won Girls 3 slalom at the 70th GOODE Water Ski National Championships last month in West Palm Beach, Fla. Regina’s 2012 has been one for the record books. She has ridden her NANO ONE to victory at the U.S. Masters, GOODE Atlanta Pro Am, Malibu Open and Soaked Orlando on her way to reclaiming the No.1 spot on the Women’s Elite world ranking list.
Men winning Pan Am titles on their GOODEs were David Miller (45+) and Santiago Robledo (U17).
Regina Jaquess added the Soaked Orlando title to her increasingly historic 2012 haul, riding her GOODE NANO ONE to the Women’s slalom title at the inaugural event held last weekend in downtown Orlando.
Regina ran 1 buoy at 41-feet off on the four-ball course in both the semis and finals to earn the win. Manon Costard finished second with 0.5 buoy at 41-feet off, while Team GOODE’s Karen Truelove continued her strong year by taking third with 3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off. Danyelle Bennett and Lauren Morgan rode their GOODE skis to 7th and 8th, respectively.
In Men’s slalom, defending world champion Thomas Degasperi nearly pulled off a Team GOODE sweep, finishing second after four grueling runoffs with eventual champion Nate Smith. In the head-to-head finals, both Degasperi and Smith scored 1 buoy at 43-feet off three consecutive times. For the fourth runoff round, a tie-break rule was implemented that in the event of another tie, stipulated the win would be rewarded to the first skier off the dock, Nate. When both Nate and Thomas again skied 1 buoy at 43-feet off, the win went to Nate and Thomas took second.
In the just-released video above, learn more about the all new, revolutionary NANO ONE by seeing it in action and hearing Dave Goode interview top skiers about why they think it is the best ski to ever hit the market.
Soaked Orlando, professional water skiing’s newest and most certainly boldest tournament will take place this Friday and Saturday on Lake Eola in downtown Orlando.
Featuring Men’s and Women’s slalom and jumping, the event – which is billed as an extreme water sports and music festival – is aiming to bring water skiing to the masses by putting on an extravagant show that also includes exhibition freestyle tricking and wakeboarding, carnival rides, live graffiti art, and performances by more than 20 bands, including many nationally known acts.
Team GOODE will be well represented in the slalom competition as Karen Truelove, Lauren Morgan, Danyelle Bennett, Regina Jaquess, Adam Sedlmajer, Carlos Lamadrid, Thomas Degasperi, Nick Parsons, and Terry Winter are all scheduled to compete.
Dane Mechler and his GOODE ski continue to rack up victories on the international level. Dane scored 3 buoys at 38-feet off at last weekend’s 5th Can Am Challenge at Lake of Dreams in Jerseyville, Ill., to win the gold medal in Under 17 Boys slalom.
It’s the second big victory of the season for the Loveland, Ohio, resident, after having also won the Boys slalom title at the 12th Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships in June.
In the Under 13 competition, Quinn Haines of Avon, Conn., rode his GOODE FIRE to the gold medal in Boys slalom with a score of 2 buoys at 32-feet off. Quinn’s victory came just a couple weeks after taking the Boys 2 overall title at the 70th GOODE Water Ski National Championships.
The Can Am Challenge was a two-day, world-record capability event featuring team competitions between Canada and the United States. A six-member Under 17 Team and a six-member Under 13 Team represented each country.