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Q&A with Womens 9 National Champion Shirley Coble

Ten GOODE skiers won slalom titles at the 2020 GOODE Water Ski National Championships held at Tri-Lakes in Zachary, La.

One of those 10 skiers was Womens 9 National Champion Shirley Coble, who is well known as the matriarch of one of water skiing’s most storied families and competed in her 33rd Nationals this year.

GOODE recently chatted with Shirley about the thrill of winning a National title, her approach heading into this year’s events and why she skis.

GOODE: How long have you been skiing and how did you get into the sport?
Shirley: I have been skiing for 56 years and have never missed a season. My husband taught me to ski at age 20.

GOODE: For the readers out there who might not already know, where, and with whom, do you do most of your training?
Shirley: All of my training is done at Coble Water Ski School with my daughter, April, as my coach and her husband, Chris, as my boat driver. I have a perfect setup for training so I have no excuse not to ski well.

GOODE: How many National titles have you won?
Shirley: This is my first National title! I have gotten the silver and bronze medals many times but this is my first National title.

GOODE: What does it feel like to have won?
Shirley: It is a great feeling to be a national champion at age 76.

GOODE: How did you prepare for Nationals? Anything different than in the past?
Shirley: I have a routine training schedule. I normally ski three days in a row and then take the next day off. I never ski the day before a tournament. This has always worked well for me, especially as I get older.

GOODE: Besides winning the National title, what are some other highlights in your skiing career?
Shirley: My favorite highlights in my skiing career have been qualifying to ski in multiple Senior Worlds since the Over 65 division was created in 2014. The first one was held at Jack Travers’ in 2014 and I tied for the silver medal but received the bronze because the other skier had a better backup score. I skied in my second Senior Worlds in 2016 in Madrid, Spain, and came in fourth. But the biggest highlight of my career was the last Senior Worlds in Santiago, Chile in 2018 where I placed fourth again. I was 74 years old and had to ski against skiers much younger than me like Cindy Benzel, whom I was honored to ski with. I was the oldest female skier and was as happy as if I had won. Cherished memories.

GOODE: Why do you ski?
Shirley: I personally think water skiing is the best sport a person can do as it is a total workout mentally and physically. It will definitely keep you in shape and is good cardio therapy. It also provides the opportunity for someone to ski as long as they wish and be able to compete in an age division. I have never missed a season since I started skiing at the age of 20.

GOODE: What’s the most important thing skiing has taught you and/or given you over the years?
Shirley: I think water skiing is one of the best family sports anyone could have. It keeps a family close and the children always want to invite friends to come ski with them. Also, the atmosphere of fresh air and water is conducive to good health.

GOODE: Who are some people that have been important to your skiing success?
Shirley: First, my husband, Gary, as he taught me to ski. However, the most important person to my skiing success is my daughter, April. She is very protective of me and ensures that all my equipment is good, that weather conditions for training are acceptable and that I don’t over train and get injured. She is responsible for my long tenure in this great sport.

GOODE: Anything else you would like to add?
Shirley: I would like to say that I sincerely appreciate the contributions that the Goode family has given to the sport of water skiing for so many years. I would also like to wish Dawn the very best in her future operations of the company.

Q&A with Womens 1 National Champ Kelley Breeden

Ten GOODE skiers won slalom titles at the 2020 GOODE Water Ski National Championships held at Tri-Lakes in Zachary, La.

One of those 10 skiers was Florida Southern College’s Kelley Breeden, who earned her third career National title and second Women’s 1 title in the last three years.

GOODE recently chatted with Kelley about what if feels like to be a national champion, how this year was different and what skiing has taught her over the years.

GOODE: How long have you been skiing and how did you get into the sport?
Kelley: I have been skiing since I was seven. I got into it through my dad who was just a river rat back in the day. I was first introduced to competitive waterskiing through Cory Pickos and his ski school.

GOODE: How did you prepare for Nationals? Anything different than in the past?
Kelley: This is the second summer I’ve trained at Lucky Lowe, and this year because of COVID I lived at his ski school. I was able to ski multiple times every day and even on off days I was on the water coaching or trick skiing. It was super helpful just by having a huge amount of time on the water. Lucky is also extremely knowledgeable and has a ton of experience. He is always very positive and looks for the good in every practice.

GOODE: What does it feel like to be “NATIONAL CHAMPION!”?
Kelley: To be a national champion is a pretty cool thing. I definitely think each time you win nationals it’s a little different and means something different. This time I was happy to be able to win it for Lucky and do it with a bigger support system as I trained with some younger kids this summer.

GOODE: Besides winning the National title, what are some other highlights in your skiing career?
Kelley: Obviously, the other national titles [editor's note: Kelley previously won titles in Girls 2 and Women's 1] were a highlight. I’ve also started competing in more pro events the past two years which has been really exciting. Also just being able to compete with the Florida Southern ski team has been really great.

GOODE: Why do you ski?
Kelley: I ski because its fun and it provides a space where I don’t have to think about anything else but skiing. Its like an escape. I don’t have to think about school or grades or any of life’s other problems, just time to focus on skiing and myself. Its very freeing.

GOODE: What’s the most important thing skiing has taught you and/or given you over the years?
Kelley: Skiing has taught me many life lessons, but I think patience is a big one. Lucky talks a lot about trusting the process, and that’s pretty hard when you don’t see improvement sometimes. But that’s kind of how life is. You just have to trust that the process is going to take you in the right direction and that it will lead to improvement even when you can’t see it, so be patient and things will come with time.

GOODE: Who are some people that have been important to your skiing success?
Kelley: Some people that have been important to me in skiing are obviously my mom and dad, Betsy and Wes. They brought me into the sport and dedicated my childhood to it. My first coach, Cory Pickos, was also very pivotal and taught me a lot of basics. Keith Albritton and crew at Lake 38 and the crew at Lake Bradford were also very important in my career as that’s kind of where I grew up skiing in Tallahassee. Nowadays, Lucky Lowe and his family are very important to me and help tremendously. Also, the Florida Southern ski team which have helped me the past four years and become my closest friends.

Regina caps undefeated year with MasterCraft Pro title

Regina Jaquess capped a dominate 2020 season Saturday with a win at the MasterCraft Pro held at Action Water Sports in Polk City, Fla.

The victory secured an undefeated season that saw her win her 8th consecutive Malibu Open title and 6th consecutive Swiss Pro Slalom in addition to victories at the GOODE Nationals and the Stillwaters Team Challenge, among others.

Saturday’s final round also served as a season capstone for Team GOODE’s Elizabeth Montavon who set a personal best of 2.5 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off in the Women’s slalom finals to finish second, her highest ever professional finish. Elizabeth’s 2020 season saw her emerge as a pro podium threat on the strength of top-three finishes at the Hilltop Pro Am and Travers Grand Prix and a spot in the finals at Moomba.

The Men’s side saw one of the toughest final rounds in the history of the sport as three skiers – Team GOODE’s Thomas Degasperi, Nate Smith and Freddie Winter – tied with a huge score of 5 buoys at 41 off. In the ensuing run off, Nate emerged with the win (1 at 43), while Freddie (4 at 41) and Thomas (3 at 41) finished second and third, respectively. For Thomas it was the second-straight professional podium following his third-place place finish at the Swiss Pro Slalom.

Click here for final results.

Regina claims 6-peat at Swiss Pro Slalom

Make it six for six.

Regina Jaquess topped the Women’s slalom field at Sunday’s Swiss Pro Slalom to win her sixth-consecutive title at the event and remain the only female winner in the event’s history.

Regina put up scores of 2 at 41, 2 at 41 and 3 at 41 to earn the win, topping second-place finisher Manon Costard and Jaime Bull in third place. Team GOODE’s Chelsea Mills and Alice Bagnoli finished fifth and eight, respectively.

On the Men’s side, Thomas Degasperi took third in his first-ever Swiss pro, finishing behind champion Freddie Winter and Nate Smith. Team GOODE’s Adam Sedlmajer finished fifth.

Click here for full results.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dorien sets pending Mens Overall world record

Team GOODE’s Dorien Llewellyn set a pending Mens World Overall record Oct. 8th, at the JT Fall Classic at Sunset Lakes.

He slalomed 1 buoy at 41 off, tricked 11,010 points and jumped 223 feet (2,851.29 overall points) to top the previous record of 2,819.76 points set by fellow GOODE skier Adam Sedlmajer in 2018.

If approved by the IWWF, the mark will return the World Overall record to the Llewellyn family. Dorien’s dad, Jaret, held the record on two different occasions, including an uninterrupted stretch of nearly 15 years between 2002 and 2017.

Dorien is the second GOODE skier to set a pending overall world record this year as Regina Jaquess accomplished the feat at the Stillwaters Pro Team Challenge last August.

Regina wins 9th straight Malibu Open title

Regina Jaquess’ dominance over the Malibu Open, and really Women’s slalom in general, continued as she won her unprecedented 9th consecutive Malibu Open title Saturday at Trophy Lakes in Charleston, S.C.

The only female competitor to run 39-1/2 off the entire weekend, she did it all four rounds. To earn the win she defeated Manon Costard in the super finals with a score of 2 at 41 to Manon’s 3.5 at 38.

Four of the top-8 finishers in Women’s slalom rode GOODE skis as Karen Truelove (5th), Kassidy Hawkins (6th) and Ali Garcia (7th) put in strong showings. Karen’s first-round score of a half buoy at 39 set a pending U.S. Nationals Women’s 4 slalom record.

On the Men’s side, Thomas Degasperi advanced to the finals but unfortunately missed his gates at 39-1/2 to end up with a 4th-place finish. He put up very solid scores of 3 buoys at 41 off in each of the first two rounds, and did so again on his “provisional” pass in the finals, until his 39 gates were pulled.

Dane Mechler and Adam Sedlmajer each just missed out on the finals, finishing 6th and 7th, respectively.

For full results, click here.

The tournament was dedicated to the memory of Dave Goode, with Dawn Goode accepting a special award on behalf of the company for GOODE Skis’ long-time support of the Malibu Open.

 

Regina sets pending world overall record; Team GOODE racks up titles and podiums at Stillwaters and Hilltop

The pros were back on the water this weekend in two separate events and Team GOODE put on a show.

At the Stillwaters Pro Team Challenge in Oconomowoc, Wis., Regina Jaquess won titles in slalom, jumping and overall, setting a pending Women’s World Overall record in the process. She scored 2.5 buoys at 41 off, 8,420 point in tricks and jumped 180 feet for 4,234.6 overall points. If approved as a new world record, it will be the fifth time Regina has held the record.

Even after setting a pending world record, perhaps the most memorable thing Regina did over the weekend was muscling through a scrappy 39-off pass that has internet tongues wagging. To view the mind bending pass, click here or on the image above.

Joining Regina atop the slalom podium at Stillwaters was Team GOODE’s Daniel Odvarko. Daniel ran 1 buoy at 41 off to top second- and third-place finishers Nate Smith and Ryan Canepa, respectively. Felipe Miranda took home titles in Mens jumping and overall.

GOODE skiers also hit the podium at the Hilltop Pro Am in Arlington, Wash., as Chelsea Mills finished second and Elizabeth Montavon third. Jamie Bull earned the win.

GOODE Nationals kick off tomorrow, watch action live on first-ever webcast

The 2020 GOODE Water Ski National Championships kick off tomorrow at Tri-Lakes in Zachary, La.

The world’s largest three-event tournament will run Tuesday through Saturday and feature more than 500 skiers from across the United States competing for age division national titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall.

And for the first time ever, the tournament will be webcast live. To view the webcast, follow scores online or review other tournament info, click here.

Marking it’s 20th anniversary as title sponsor, GOODE will showcase its new Carbon Core series onsite throughout the week, and offer special deals for Nationals participants. For the safety of our customers and staff, we ask that people coming into the booth wear masks. Thank you for your cooperation.

GOODE would like to send out a special “thank you” to the great crew at Bennett’s Ski School who have put countless hours of hard work into this event.

Good luck competitors and please stop by the booth and say hi.

13 Juniors to get free GOODE Nationals entry fee

We know we said we are paying for 10 first-time Juniors’ GOODE Nationals entry fees, but 13 signed up so we’re paying for them all.

Congrats to these first-time Nationals skiers and see you in Louisiana!

  • Lexie Adamczyk, Girls 4 – Lake Lotawana, MO
  • Loren Adamczyk, Girls 3 – Lake Lotawana, MO
  • Jacob Bucher, Boys 1 – Syracuse, IN
  • Joy Bucher, Girls 1 – Syracuse, IN
  • Rhett Bucher, Boys 1 – Milford, IN
  • Eliza Denninger, Girls 2 – Windermere, FL
  • Adah Hardin, Girls 1 – Louisville, KY
  • Jack Herzog, Boys 3 – Thorndale, TX
  • Connor Johnston, Boys 1 – Rossville, TN
  • Charlie Rose Jones, Girls 1 – Mequon, WI
  • Aaron Parr, Boys 3 – Newberry, SC
  • Camryn Reese Waters, Girls 3 – Lady Lake, FL
  • Clara Wilson, Girls 3 – Montpelier, VT

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