At this point his resume hardly needs any bolstering, but Thomas Degasperi’s hall-of-fame credentials got a serious boost this weekend when he won his second career Moomba Masters Men’s slalom title in Melbourne Australia.
Thomas scored 3 buoys at 41 feet off, tying the Moomba Masters course record, to earn the win, with fellow Team GOODE skier Benjamin Stadlbaur and Nate Smith just behind him with 1-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off. Nate was awarded the second-place tie break due to being seeded higher.
Thomas’ win was enough to vault him to the No. 1 spot on the IWWF Elite Rankings list, while Benajmin’s best-ever finish at Moomba pushed him to No. 7 on the rankings.
In Women’s slalom, Clementine Lucine earned a podium spot with a third-place finish as Team GOODE skiers followed with the next five places: Karen Truelove (4th), Neilly Ross (5th), Anna Gay (6th), Breanne Dodd (7th), Ali Garcia (8th). Whitney McClintock claimed the victory while Manon Costard finished second. Despite not making the trip to Australia, Regina Jaquess maintains a firm grip on the Elite Rankings’ No. 1 spot.
In the Junior ranks, Neilly finished third in girls slalom, while Tobias Giorgis placed second in boys slalom.
For full Moomba results, click here.
With the ski season nearly upon us, it’s time to start getting serious about this year’s plan of action. For many people that includes getting a new slalom stick.
We recently asked Dave Goode a few questions about the 2017 lineup and what types of skiers are suited for the two shapes.
Which characteristics of the Nano 1/XT and RéV 6 are similar to each other, and which characteristics are unique to each shape?
Dave: One way in which they are both similar is that they are both tournament tested, high-performing skis. At the 2016 Big Dawg Finals, 13 of the Sweet 16 were on GOODEs. Six were on the Nano 1 or XT, six were on the RéV 6 and one was on an XTM, so both shapes are capable of winning titles and putting up big-time scores.
Ways in which they are different really come down to a skier’s technical proficiency. If a skier is technically proficient, they will probably like the RéV 6 more and get more buoys out of it. That ski has a higher top end and someone with good technique will ultimately be able to take that ski further down the line. Conversely, the Nano 1/XT is probably a scrappier shape; it’s performance window is a bit bigger than the RéV 6. You can be less than perfect on it and it’s still going to keep you in the pass at your hardest line lengths.
Are there certain skiing styles that favor one shape over the other?
Dave: I’d say that the RéV 6 responds better to a more “flow-y” style of skiing, whereas the Nano 1/XT is probably better suited for a more aggressive skier. The RéV 6 carries more speed through the turn so you don’t really have to do much, whereas the Nano 1/XT you can come into the buoy in pretty much any shape and you are going to come out of the buoy with good angle and acceleration. Skiers who do well on the RéV 6 generally have a longer turning radius, while on the Nano 1/XT they like a shorter turn radius. One likes to let the ski make the turn for them while the other provides more input into the ski in the turn.
Can you name skiers whose individual styles fit the two different shapes?
Dave: I’d say for the RéV 6 it’s guys like Brian Detrick and Greg Badal, who won national titles last year in Open Men and Masters Men on that ski. And Chad Scott, who won the North Carolina Big Dawg stop on it last year. Those guys don’t rush things; they rely on superb technique and are very, very efficient. Then you have guys like Dave Miller, Martin Bartalsky and Dane Mechler who really seem suited for the Nano 1/XT. They are more aggressive and like that shorter turn radius. They have great technique too, but have a bit of a different mindset and approach in the course.
Why have two shapes?
Dave: Well it certainly would make manufacturing easier by just having one shape, but the reality is that there isn’t just one type of skier out there. We want to help all skiers ski better, not just the ones who can only ride one shape. We feel pretty good that by offering these two shapes we are providing people with choices and that the end result will be them getting a ski that works really well for them.
How can someone try a ski?
Dave: Nothing beats trying a ski at your home site in conditions you are used to, which is why I think our two-week demo program is a great way for skiers to try a new ski. Call us at 1-888-GO-GOODE or visit goode.com to learn more.
August might seem like a long way away, but it’s never too early to start planning your trip to the 75th GOODE Water Ski National Championships, especially now that the schedule of events has been released. View the recently released schedule here.
GOODE Nationals will be held Aug. 9-12 at the San Marcos River Ranch in Martindale, Texas, site of the 2014 Nationals.
At last year’s GOODE Nationals, held at Broadside Harbor in Caldwell, Idaho, GOODE skiers took home 17 national slalom titles, or 56 percent of all available slalom crowns.
Do you love water skiing? Are you technically minded and interested in starting a career in ski design and construction but don’t know how to get your foot in the door? If you answered yes to both of those questions GOODE Skis’ 2017 summer apprenticeship program might be right for you.
In it’s second year, GOODE’s apprenticeship program is designed to educate the next generation of ski designers and builders.
“Last summer was our first year offering the program and it was a huge success,” said Dave Goode, founder and president of GOODE Skis. “The guys who took part were an integral part of our team in the factory and I think they learned a lot, both on and off the water.”
Lasting approximately eight to 12 weeks and taking place at GOODE’s Ogden, Utah headquarters, the apprenticeships are paid and may include housing for the right candidates. Apprentices will work in GOODE’s state-of-the-art manufacturing plant, learning skills such as ski design, manufacturing, quality control, materials management, supply chain management, and machinery operation.
The apprenticeship also includes skiing. Lot’s of skiing. Apprentices will join GOODE’s R&D team for daily skiing sessions at GOODE Ski Lake, located about one mile away from GOODE headquarters.
“For me, it was the perfect mix between learning business acumen while maintaining a high level of waterski training,” said Dane Mechler, who participated in the program last summer and was recently named USA Water Ski’s Male Athlete of the Year. “Working at GOODE, I had one of the best ski seasons of my life. Dave stressed to us the importance of getting better on all aspects. Equipment, technique, driving, training: everything we did, we tried to get better little by little.”
If you are interested in being considered for the GOODE Ski Apprenticeship, fill out and submit the form found here. For additional information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s only January 18th but the first signs of spring are here: Nautique has released its list of Masters invitees.
Team GOODE will be well represented at the tournament, which takes place May 26-28 at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga.
In Men’s slalom, Team GOODE skiers Daniel Odvarko, Thomas Degasperi and Adam Sedlmajer earned invites, while in Women’s slalom, five of the seven invitees will ski on GOODEs: Kate Adriaensen, Clementine Lucine, Karen Truelove, Breanne Dodd, and two-time defending champion Regina Jaquess.
In Junior Women’s slalom 2016 champ Brooke Baldwin will be joined by GOODE skier Neilly Ross, along with Quinn Haines and Aris Techoueyres in Junior Men’s slalom.
For more information, including the complete list of invitees and event schedule, visit masterswaterski.com.
Led by Brooke Baldwin’s four-medal haul, GOODE skiers racked up the podiums at last weekend’s Junior Water Ski World Championships at Lago Los Morros in San Bernardo, Chile.
Brooke took home a gold medal in overall, a silver in slalom and bronze medals in tricks and jumping.
Joining Brooke on the slalom podium was Neilly Ross, who rode her GOODE to a third-place finish. Additional GOODE skiers advancing to the girls slalom finals were Lea Miermont (7th) and Ali Garcia (10th).
In Boys slalom, Aris Techoueyres finished 7th and Diego Font 9th.
Anna Gay, who rode a GOODE in girls slalom on her way to the overall bronze, won the gold medal in girls tricks, while Neilly took second and Brooke third.
For full results, click here.
Still looking for a gift for that special skier on your list?
GOODE’s online store is fully stocked and ready to go for 2017. Check out the full lineup of high-performance slalom skis, snow skis, bindings, vests, gloves, clothing, accessories and more at store.goode.com. Not sure what your favorite skier wants? Get them a GOODE gift certificate and let them decide!
Team GOODE’s Dane Mechler has been named the 2016 USA Water Ski Male Athlete of the Year.
Dane was selected on the strength of his championship-winning performances at the World University Water Ski Championships, Collegiate Water Ski Nationals (tie), Collegiate All-Stars and South Central Collegiate Regionals. He also scored a new PB of 3 buoys at 41-feet off.
The U.S. 35+ Water Ski World Championships Team earned USA Water Ski’s 2016 Team of the Year honors. The team included GOODE skiers Janie Fausold, Renee Jaquess and Lori Krueger. Krueger was also honored as USA Water Ski’s Coach of the Year.
Full details here.
Regina Jaquess’ pending Women’s world slalom record of 3-1/2 buoys at 41-feet off has been approved by the IWWF’s tournament council. (Watch her record-breaking performance here.)
Set while riding the 2017 Nano 1 on November 5th at the Isles Junior Invitational at the Isles of Lake Hancock in Winter Garden, Fla., the new record surpasses Regina’s own world record of 3-1/4 buoys at 41 feet off she set in 2014.
The new record is her seventh world slalom record of her career, with her first coming in 2009.