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SPOILER ALERT: GOODE Atlanta Pro Am results

SPOILER ALERT: If you’d rather watch the special online broadcast of the GOODE Atlanta Pro Am before knowing the final results, head over to Ball of Spray and watch the video now.

For those of you sticking around, we’re glad to be finally able to share the results with you as we’ve been keeping a lid on them in order to preserve anticipation for the online broadcast.

Following up their first- and second-place finishes, respectively, at the Masters the day before, Regina Jaquess and Thomas Degasperi each beat out a field of slalom’s top pros to earn titles at the GOODE Atlanta Pro Am hosted by WaterSki Atlanta.

Regina scored 3-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2-feet off in a runoff with Karina Nowlan (5 buoys at 38-feet off) to earn her second professional victory of the weekend.  Whitney McClintock took third with 5 buoys at 38-feet off, while Team GOODE’s Karen Truelove was fourth with 3 buoys at the same line length.

Coming off his second-place Masters performance, T-Gas scored 3 buoys at 41-feet off to earn the win, with Nate Smith second (2-1/2 buoys at 41-feet off) and Will Asher (2 buoys at 41-feet off) third.

In Masters Men’s, former Open Men’s world-record holder Jeff Rodgers scored 3 buoys at 41-feet off to beat Dave Miller (4-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2-feet off) in the head-to-head final.  Dave’s fellow GOODE skiers, Jay Leach (3-1/2 buoys at 38-feet off) and Chad Scott (2-1/2 buoys at 38-feet off), took third and fourth, respectively.

Juniors set new records on GOODE skis

Ruth McCreary

Team GOODE’s pros aren’t the only ones breaking records and winning tournaments, as two Junior skiers have recently put up big scores on their GOODE skis.

Italy’s Brando Caruso scored 5-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off last weekend to set a new Italian Junior national record.

Texan Ruth McCreary continues to bounce back from a stress fracture that sidelined her for much of 2011, as she tied the Girls 2 national slalom record of 3 buoys at 38-feet off.  The mark also sets a pending South Central regional record.

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New IWWF Elite Rankings have GOODE flavor

The latest IWWF Elite Skier rankings have been released and they have a distinct GOODE flavor as seven of the top-10 Men’s and Women’s skiers – more than any other manufacturer – ride GOODEs.

In Men’s slalom, Team GOODE comprises four of the top 10, with Thomas Degasperi ranked 3rd, Nick Parsons 5th, Carlo Allais 8th and Adam Sedlmajer 10th.

In Women’s slalom, Regina Jaquess is ranked 2nd and Karen Truelove 5th.  Clementine Lucine joined the top-10 list in the 10th spot on the strength of her recent third-place finish at the 2012 Masters.

For the complete rankings, click here.

GOODE skiers sweep boys slalom at Junior U.S. Open

Dane Mechler (image courtesy of the Ohio Water Ski Association)
Dane Mechler (image courtesy of the Ohio Water Ski Association)

Skiers on GOODEs swept the Boys slalom competition at the 12th Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships, as Dane Mechler, Nick Lang and Wyatt Haines took first, second and third, respectively.

Dane scored 2 buoys at 38-feet off to claim the title, while Nick and Wyatt rounded 5 and 4 buoys at 35-feet off.  Daniel Di Pol, also skiing on a GOODE, took fourth place with a score of 1-1/2 at 35-feet off.

The two-day tournament, which took place at Lake of Dreams in Jerseyville, Ill., featured Men and Women (ages 17 to 21) and Boys and Girls divisions (ages 16 and under) in slalom, tricks and jumping.

Regina wins Women’s slalom title at 53rd Masters

Regina Jaquess dominated the 53rd Masters, setting a course record on the way to her third career Women’s slalom Masters title.

Coming off her record-setting 2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off in Saturday’s semifinals, Regina scored 1 buoy at 39-1/2 feet off in the final round to edge Whitney McClintock’s half buoy at the same rope length.  Team GOODE skiers Clementine Lucine and Karen Truelove placed third and fourth with 2-1/2 and 2 buoys at 38-feet off, respectively.

In Men’s slalom, Team GOODE’s Thomas Degasperi came up just short of the victory, taking second with 3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off.  Nate Smith earned his first ever Masters title with 5 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off.  Aaron Larkin took third with 1 buoy at 39-1/2 feet off and Chris Parrish finished fourth with 2-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off.

Team GOODE to make up half of Masters finals field

While Team GOODE skiers made up a third of the field heading into the Masters, they’ll make up half of tomorrow’s Men’s and Women’s slalom finals.

The day’s biggest performance was put in by Team GOODE’s Regina Jaquess, who earned the first seed in the finals with a course record 2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off.  Fellow Team GOODE members Karen Truelove and Clementine Lucine also advanced with 3 and 2 buoys at 38-feet off, respectively, along with Whitney McClintock with 1 buoy at 39-1/2 feet off.

Defending world champion Thomas Degasperi advanced to the finals of Men’s slalom with 4-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off.  He will be joined in the finals by Chris Parrish (3 buoys at 41-feet off) Nate Smith (5 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off) and Aaron Larkin (4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off).  Team GOODE members Nick Parsons and Adam Sedlmajer finished just behind the finals cut of 4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off.  Nick scored 3-1/2 buoys at the line length, while Adam ran 3.

For complete semifinals results, click here.

Q & A with GOODE Atlanta Pro Am organizer George Obser

When skiing’s newest pro tournament – the GOODE Atlanta Pro Am – is held on Memorial Day in Atlanta, Ga., it will not only feature a lineup that would make many pro events green with envy, it will be a testament to the determination and love of the sport of its organizer, WaterSki Atlanta founder and Mens 3 competitor George Obser.

Earlier this week we were able to get George to take a short break from his pre-event preparations to talk about the tournament, its unique format and why he thinks it’s important to give pros opportunities to compete in cash-prize events.

Can you tell us a little about the GOODE Atlanta Pro Am and the reason you decided to hold it?

George: The GOODE Atlanta Pro Am started out as a very small idea a few years ago when I moved our ski club, WaterSki Atlanta, to our new site at Princeton Lake.  Everyone that skis with us always mentions that it’s the most unique site they’ve ever skied and that it would be a perfect place to host a pro event.

Why host this event on Memorial Day?

George: The Masters tournament takes place every Memorial Day weekend and I grew up in Atlanta going to that event to watch the best skiers in the world.  Atlanta is less than an hour drive north of Callaway Gardens, so I decided to make a few calls and see if any pro skiers wanted to come up to Atlanta the day after the Masters finals for a small pro am.  I knew the skiers in my club would get a kick out of skiing with the pros in a small backyard tournament, and it evolved into something bigger than I ever thought possible.

I also served 20 years in the United States Marine Corps and retired just last August.  Memorial Day is a holiday I don’t take for granted.  I’ve lost many friends and fellow Marines over the years and will celebrate their service and the ultimate sacrifice they made during this event.  Hundreds of American flags will be flying on the shoreline to honor those that have gone before us in service to our nation.

Unfortunately, opportunities for pro skiers to compete in cash-prize events have become fewer over the years.  Why is it important to give pros a chance to earn some cash?

George: It’s important because it’s the right thing to do.  The days of “Hot Summer Nights” and big corporate sponsorship and national broadcasts are behind us.  It’s now up to the “little guys”, which are various ski clubs across the country like WaterSki Atlanta, to step up to the plate and take their passion for the sport to the next level.

Dana Reed has done just that with the Malibu Open in Milwaukee. The Sac-Town Gold Rush has taken off on the west coast, and Tommy Harrington and Jeff Gilbert are taking the same big steps on the east coast up at Little Mountain Ski Club in N.C.  Pro skiing is even returning to Lake Eola in downtown Orlando later this summer.   I think and hope that these small steps will eventually lead to something big again for professional water skiing.

In addition to the pros, you’ve included a pretty stacked field of MM skiers as well as amateurs, thus the pro am part of the title. What was the idea behind including them?

George: I included the MM division in the event because the Big Dawg series is something that I personally think has brought interest in competition back into water skiing.

And amateurs have a lot in common with Big Dawg skiers.  Maybe not in buoy counts, but off the water they share the stress of having a regular job, family, busy kids, they are similar in age, and they both have to endure the never-ending challenge of getting enough quality water time.

We’ve heard that the format is going to be a little different, can you explain it?

George: The Open and Masters Men skiers will ski two preliminary rounds and the highest scores from either round will advance to the finals.  The skier with the highest score in each division during the finals wins a cash prize.

The amateur competitors will be handicapped and skiing against their 12-month AWSA average.  They will ski two preliminary rounds on Sunday and the top-10 amateurs with the highest number of buoys over their “average” (or closest to their average) will advance to the Memorial Day finals to ski with the pros and the Big Dawgs that advance.

A big part of making an event like this a success is getting sponsors.  How has that gone so far?

George: Getting sponsors initially was surprisingly easy, but I made sure I wasn’t asking for the world because I knew most budgets for 2012 events were already spent.

All of the ski manufacturers agreed to support the Atlanta Pro Am right away and GOODE jumped on the opportunity to be the title sponsor the first day they heard about the event, which I’m extremely grateful for.

The boat manufacturers were also excited about getting involved in the event.  Malibu, MasterCraft, and Nautique will each pull one round on Memorial Day.  Eagle Sports went above and beyond to sponsor the event and will be providing the skier bib for the finals also.

Victory Brewing is our only “out-of-the-industry” sponsor and they have been nothing but gracious to us and they fit into the GOODE Atlanta Pro Am perfectly.  Their brand is a great theme for a competition where everyone is striving for victory and I’m sure everyone will be quite thirsty and looking for one to drink after the skiing is over.

Team GOODE looking for victories at 53rd Masters

The stage is set for a big 53rd Masters Water Ski Tournament for Team GOODE this weekend as more Men’s and Women’s slalom competitors will ride GOODE skis than any other manufacturer.

In the Men’s competition, defending world champion Thomas Degasperi will be joined by fellow Team GOODE skiers Nick Parsons, the world’s No. 6 ranked skier, and Adam Sedlmajer, a first time Masters slalom qualifier.

On the Women’s side, two-time Masters slalom champion Regina Jaquess and 2005 champion Karen Truelove will be joined by Team GOODE’s Clementine Lucine, who qualified for the event by running 1 buoy at 39-1/2 feet off at last weekend’s Masters Last Chance Qualifier.

For two Team GOODE skiers in particular, the Masters offers the chance to achieve special career milestones.

Adam, whose only previous Masters experience came on a trick ski, has spent the last few months itching to slalom on the Masters’ hallowed water.

“I’m very honored for the chance to swerve on the famous Robin Lake,” said Adam, who completed his MBA two weeks ago at the University of Louisiana-Monroe.  “Slaloming there has been my dream ever since I attended my first Masters in 2007, when I came to study in the United States.”

And while it might be understandable if he had some pre-Masters nervousness, Adam says he’s not letting the pressure of the event get to him.

“I’m going to take the Masters as if it were any other tournament,” said Adam.  “I know it is very prestigious tournament, but you can’t let that get into your mind.  I’m planning on skiing the same as I do everyday.”

On the other side of the Masters-experience spectrum is Thomas, who first competed there in 2006.  For him, this weekend presents an opportunity to add a rare missing piece in the collection of titles he’s won across the globe during his extraordinary career.

“I’ve won two world championships, the Malibu Open, a bunch of pro tour stops and five European titles, but not the Masters,” said Degasperi, who is coming off a victory earlier this month at the Proa Nautique Mexico Open.  “This tournament is definitely one that I would like to add to my list.  There are many good skiers that can go home with that ring on their finger, but I know I can do it.”

In the junior ranks, GOODE skiers Brando Caruso and Makayla Haw will be looking to defend their 2011 Junior Masters titles.  Brando won last year’s event with a score of 5-1/2 buoys at 38-feet off, while Makayla earned her victory with 1 buoy at 38-feet off.

After winning the Junior Women’s title at the Moomba Masters in March, Makayla will be seeking her second-straight major title since switching to Team GOODE and the GOODE NANO earlier this year.

To keep up with the performances of Team GOODE and the entire Masters field, watch the tournament’s live webcast at masterswaterski.com.

NANO takes water skiing world by storm, becomes GOODE’s surprise best seller

When the GOODE NANO hit the market last spring, Dave Goode expected it to be well received by the marketplace, but didn’t expect the quantity of sales to exceed the 9900 line that had been GOODE’s flagship product.

Boy, was he pleasantly surprised.

Not only did the NANO burst on the scene to quickly become GOODE’s top-selling ski, its success powered the company to its best year ever; quite an achievement considering the state of the economy.

“I thought our most popular ski was still going to be the 9960,” says Dave during a recent interview from GOODE’s headquarters in Ogden, Utah.  “Regina Jaquess and Chris Parrish had both just set world records on the 9900 and the 9960 was an improvement on that.  So it was really awesome to see skiers step up so quickly and make the NANO our number one selling ski.”

While the nano carbon fiber and resin used in the ski provides more stiffness and performance than traditional carbon, its higher material costs also leads to its higher price tag.

“I knew it was a great skiing ski,” says Dave, “and even though it was going to require more costly materials I wanted to build the best ski that I could, even if it meant it wouldn’t be our top unit seller.

“But it didn’t work out that way.  People wanted to get the best.  They understood what the advantages were and went in that direction.  It was a really cool.”

If the overwhelming sales success of the NANO was a surprise, the ski’s performance certainly wasn’t.  Early on in the testing process it was evident to Dave and other testers that the ski’s new materials and twist dual rocker combined to make a high performance slalom machine.

“I took it down to test at Imperial Lakes with Dave Miller and Paul Donatt,” recalls Dave.  “Dave Miller and I were on the dock when all of a sudden we heard whooping and hollering. Someone’s yelling ‘Paul just ran a super easy 38.’  So Dave says ‘give it to me,’ goes out and just loves it.  That’s when we knew we really had something.”

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“It’s the best ski I have ever been on,” says Dave Miller, winner of the 2010 Big Dawg Championships.  “The “twist” allows the ski to come through the turn on each side quicker and smoother allowing you to stay more open with less rotation.”

Meanwhile, 1,500 miles away in Covington, La., perennial Big Dawg power house Chad Scott caught wind of the new design and called Dave to ask him for a chance to try it.  Dave obliged and sent him the third NANO ever made.

“I ran a practice personal best the first day I skied on it,” says Chad.  “It is so easy to ski, it’s unreal.”

Chad liked the ski so much that he never sent it back, skiing on it for the rest of the 2011 season, winning the Texas Big Dawg and tying the Master Men’s U.S. National record with 3-1/2 buoys at 41-feet off in the process.

BIG WINS, BIG SCORES

Chad hasn’t been the only one to find tournament success on the ski, as it’s proven itself on the professional, elite and world stages.

Just two weekends ago Team GOODE’s Thomas Degasperi, Nick Parsons and Javier Julio rode the NANO to a 1-2-3 sweep of the Proa Nautique Mexico Open.

Kyle Tate rode it to win the Big Dawg 2011 Championships and earlier this year skiers on it swept the podium at the Peru Big Dawg with David Miller, Todd Kuykendall and John Shealy placing first, second and third, respectively.  In the junior ranks, Makayla Haw clinched the Junior Women’s slalom title at the Moomba Masters while riding the ski.

JAQUESS SETS WORLD RECORD ON NANO JUST MONTHS AFTER SKI’S INTRODUCTION

But the ski’s biggest performance took place last October when it joined its 9900 brethren in the record books with Regina Jaquess’ Women’s slalom world record of 2 buoys at 41-feet off.  Prior to setting the record, Regina and the ski had been on a tear, running 39-1/2-feet off all three rounds of a tournament in Santa Rosa Beach, running it again a week later in Okeeheelee and then finally breaking her own world record of 1-1/2 buoys at 41-feet off set on the 9900.

Shortly after setting the record, Regina complimented her NANO.

“It’s working awesome,” said Regina.  “It’s definitely a great ski.”

MORE IN STORE FOR 2012

While the NANO had a breakout 2011 and has gotten off to a good start in 2012, the man who designed and engineered it thinks that there is still much more to come.

“Like any technologically advanced product, there are early adopters who are very eager to try the latest and greatest,” says Dave.  “But a lot of skiers, the bulk of the market really, take more of a wait-and-see approach before they make their decision.  This ski has proven itself with big scores and big wins, so those wait-and-see skiers don’t need to wait any longer, especially as they see their friends and competitors on starting docks holding a NANO.  We are seeing more and more people buying NANOs, so we know there are going to be a lot of personal bests go down this year.”