Regina Jaquess won the Women’s slalom title at the 2012 Malibu Open this weekend in Milwaukee, in the process reclaiming the top spot on the IWSF Elite world rankings list.
Regina topped April Coble-Eller in the head-to-head final round to earn the win, her first ever Malibu Open slalom title after finishing second three separate times. Regina dominated the weekend on her soon-to-be released new GOODE ski and PowerShell5 boots, posting the highest Women’s score of the weekend of 5 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off in the semis, only four buoys off her world record.
Regina’s fellow GOODE teammate Karen Truelove took fifth, while rising young star Makayla Haw continues to impress at the professional level as she finished ninth.
In Men’s slalom, Nate Smith beat Chris Rossi in the final round to earn the title. Team GOODE’s Thomas Degasperi made it to the semis, finishing fourth and Terry Winter finished seventh. Terry skied especially well, scoring 3 buoys at 41-feet off in the second round, which unfortunately still landed him in a run off that included T-Gas. Team GOODE members Carlos Allais and Adam Sedlmajer finished 11th and 15th, respectively.
Italian Junior and Team GOODE skier Brando Caruso took the boys slalom title, running 1 buoy at 39-1/2-feet off to top Canadian Jonah Shaffer in the final round head-to-head match.
Water skiing’s best will return to Veteran’s Park Lagoon in downtown Milwaukee for this weekend’s Malibu Open.
Organizers are expecting an estimated 20,000 to 25,000 spectators to watch athletes compete for $70,000 in prize money in Men’s and Women’s slalom and jumping. For the first time ever at the Malibu Open, Junior slalom and jumping events have been added to the event.
Team GOODE will be well represented as the Men’s slalom field includes Thomas Degasperi, Nick Parsons, Terry Winter, Carlo Allais, Adam Sedlmajer, Tyler Scott, Carlos Lamadrid, Alvaro Lamadrid, and Adam Pickos. Regina Jaquess, Karen Truelove and Makayla Haw will represent Team GOODE in Women’s slalom, with Makayla pulling double duty by skiing in the Under 21 Junior events.
At last year’s event, five of the top-10 finishers in Men’s slalom were on GOODEs and Regina Jaquess earned a spot on the Women’s podium.
With hundreds of skiers competing in the Western, South Central and Southern regional championships last week it’s tough to track all of the great performances put in on GOODE skis … but here are a few highlights that we know of:
Terry Winter took first place in Open Men with a new Western Regional Tournament record of three buoys at 41-feet off. Nick Parsons finished second;
Makayla Haw and Alison Poulsen finished 1-2 in Open Women at the Western Regionals;
Lonnie Harris won the South Central Mens 5 title, with Steve Binkley taking second;
GOODE skiers swept the Western Regionals Mens 4 division, with Bryce Tolman taking first, Tom Beardsley second and Barry Young 3rd;
The Scott brothers both finished on top in the South Central Region, as Chase Scott won Boys 1 and big brother Tyler Scott won Mens 1;
In South Central Mens 3, Jay Leach took first and Chad Scott second;
Daniel Di Pol topped the field by an amazing seven buoys to take the South Central Boys 3 title;
Kevin Lundell and Tylor Brenchley placed first and fifth, respectively in the Western Region Mens 2 division; and,
Continuing the Lundell’s good weekend at the Western Regionals, Jessie Jo Lundell took fourth in Women’s 2, while her fellow Utahan Stacy Roberts took fifth.
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Regina Jaquess’ latest Women’s world slalom record has been approved by the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation’s Tournament Council.
Regina set the new mark of 3 buoys at 41-feet off at the Cedar Ridge Early Record II June 17, in Canton, Miss. Skiing on a new ski that will be released during next month’s GOODE Water Ski National Championships, Regina topped the previous record of 2 buoys at 41-feet off that she first set last October and that Whitney McClintock tied in April.
The full-buoy increase is the largest jump in the Women’s world record since 1996, when Kristi Overton-Johnson upped it by two buoys while also on a GOODE ski.
It’s been a great year for GOODE on the Big Dawg tour, as three of the five qualifying events – Dave Miller in Peru, Chad Scott in Texas and Todd Ristorcelli in Canada – were won on its skis.
The Big Dawg Finals will take place Aug. 16-17, in West Palm Beach, Fla., in conjunction with the 70th GOODE Water Ski Nationals. Friday’s head-to-head Sweet 16 will take place under the lights of Okeeheelee Park. For more information, visit NautiqueBigDawg.com.
Five of six Big Dawg championships have been won on GOODEs.
For the second year in a row Chad Scott rode his GOODE ski to victory at the Cypress, Texas, stop of the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour. And also for the second year in a row, he had to beat a fellow GOODE skier in the final head-to-head face off to earn the win, as Jay Leach was this year’s runner up.
In addition to Chad and Jay, eight GOODE skiers – Dave Miller, Todd Kuykendall, Ben Favret, Todd Johnson, March Shaw, Mike Dehlinger, Tim Huston, and Jeff Kepchia – advanced to the Sweet 16 to qualify for the Big Dawg Finals Aug. 16-17, in West Palm Beach, Fla. Chad, Dave and Todd Kuykendall had each already secured a spot in the finals with their top-three performances at the Big Dawg Moomba and Peru events.
To view the final Big Dawg Texas bracket, click here.
The Big Dawg World Tour continues this weekend in Baurech, France, where the top-eight skiers will qualify for the finals in August.
The preliminary rounds of the Big Dawg Texas at Cypress Lakes today turned into a show of force for Team GOODE.
Of the 16 skiers advancing to tomorrow’s finals, 10 rode GOODE skis. GOODE skiers Chad Scott and Jay Leach each scored 2 buoys at 41-feet off to share the top score with Matt Brown and Greg Badal.
Additional GOODE skiers advancing to the Sweet 16 – and thereby earning a pass to the Big Dawg Finals Aug. 16-17, in West Palm Beach, Fla. – are Dave Miller, Todd Kuykendall, Ben Favret, Todd Johnson, March Shaw, Mike Dehlinger, Tim Huston, and Jeff Kepchia. Chad, Dave and Toddy Kuykendall had each already secured a spot in the finals with their top-three performances at the Big Dawg Moomba and Peru events.
The head-to-head finals are scheduled to begin tomorrow at 11 a.m. Eastern Time and can be seen via online broadcast here.
Regina Jaquess set a pending Women’s world slalom record of 3 buoys at 41-feet off on June 17 at the Cedar Ridge Early Record in Canton, Miss. The score was her second pending world record of the weekend (2-1/4 buoys at 41-feet off in the first round) and beats the current record of 2 buoys at 41-feet off that she shares with Whitney McClintock.