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Miller tops Regina for Bracket Challenge Crown 

After beginning with 16 skiers in June, the 2018 GOODE Bracket Challenge came down to two skiers in September: No. 1 seed Regina Jaquess and No. 3 seed Dave Miller.

Decided by the single highest preliminary round score at last weekend’s California Pro AM, Dave squeaked by Regina – 1.5 at 41 to her 1 at 41 – to win the title.

See the video above for a recap and the final brackets here.

Online Contest

In the online contest it was a battle between the only two fans whose brackets remained perfect: Bruce_Dodd and PCM. Bruce_Dodd picked Miller to win, while PCM picked Regina, so Bruce_Dodd’s bracket is perfect and is the season champion.

See the final online contest standings here.

Congratulations to both Dave Miller and Bruce Dodd.

Team GOODE bags three wins at California Pro Am

The pro tournament season ended with a bang for Team GOODE as it took home three titles and a runner-up finish at last weekend’s California Pro Am at Bell Aqua Lake 2.

Regina Jaquess scored 2 buoys at 41 off to beat Manon Costard (5.5 at 39) in the final round to win her sixth career California Pro Am Women’s slalom title. Fellow GOODE skier Karen Truelove made the eight-skier finals and finished 7th.

In Men’s slalom, Thomas Degasperi rang up multiple scores into 41 – including tying for the highest score of the weekend at 3 at 41 – before finishing second behind winner Will Asher. Adam Sedlmajer continued his recent streak of good showings by making the finals and placing 6th.

In the Masters Men event, seven of the final eight skiers were all on GOODEs as Greg Badal took home the win by defeating Mark Menasci in the final round. Chad Scott finished third and Steve Schroeder fourth.

And finally, the handicapped amateur division was won by Ken Ferrante, who took home the win just a couple weeks after jumping on the new RéVolution.  GOODE skier Bob Hardeman set a pending Mens 8 national record of 3 at 38 off.

Click here for final results.

Jeff Rodgers wins Big Dawg Finals, 7 of Elite 8 on GOODEs

Former Men’s Slalom World Champion Jeff Rodgers won the Big Dawg World Tour Finals Sunday at Lake Jepawhit in Gaines, Mich., holding off seven GOODE skiers who all advanced to the Elite 8.

Rodgers topped Todd Johnson in the final round to earn the win, while Dave Miller (3rd) edged Mark Menasci (4th) in the consolation bracket. Additional GOODE skiers who qualified for the Elite 8 were Jeremy Newby-Ricci, Ben Favret, Chad Scott, and Greg Badal. GOODE skiers also claimed 12 of the Sweet 16 spots.

Heading into the Big Dawg Finals a GOODE skier had won each stop on the tour this year as Miller won at both Okeeheelee and Cedar Ridge, Greg Sund won in Sesena, Spain, and Badal won at Laku Landing.

Complete Finals results here.

It’s Regina Jaquess vs. Dave Miller in Bracket Challenge finals

And then there were two.  Two skiers still standing and only two fans still alive in the online contest.

No. 1 seed Regina Jaquess will face No. 3 seed Dave Miller in the final round of the GOODE Bracket Challenge as Regina (1@41) bested Chad Scott (4.5@38) and Dave (3@41) edged Greg Badal (3@41) to advance to the next round. View the brackets here.

Since both Regina and Dave will compete at this month’s California Pro-Am in Rio Linda, Calif., that tournament will be used to crown the 2018 Bracket Challenge champion.

Online Contest

Only two fans have a chance to win the top prize as Bruce_Dodd and PCM are the only two out of 219 entrants to have unblemished brackets so far.  And interestingly enough, each of them has picked a different skier to win it all. Bruce Dodd picked Dave Miller, while PCM selected Regina Jaquess. Here we go!

See the full online contest standings here.

Team GOODE wins three medals at Europe & Africa U21s

From left to right, Lea Miermont (2nd), Alice Bagnoli (1st) and Stanislava Prosvetova (3rd).

Team GOODE skiers claimed half of the slalom medals awarded at last weekend’s Europe & Africa Under 21 Championships held at Roquebrune sur Argens, France.

Italy’s Alice Bagnoli won her third consecutive Womens title, scoring 2 buoys at 38 off in the finals to top fellow GOODE skier Lea Miermont (France), who claimed the silver with 1 at 38 off.

In the Mens division, GOODE’s Aris Techoueyres (Greece) took home the silver with a score of 2.5 at 39, a half buoy behind winner Jakob Bogne of Sweden.

The team competition was won by Great Britain (7,953.13), with France (7,547.16) and Italy (7,256.29) finishing second and third, respectively.

For complete results click here.

Team GOODE skiers claim titles at Malibu Open

Regina Jaquess won her 7th consecutive Malibu Open Women’s Slalom title Saturday as the annual event was held at Trophy Lakes in Johns Island, S.C.

Regina scored 1 buoy at 41 off to top Manon Costard (3-1/2 at 39-1/2 off) in the head-to-head finals to earn the win. She had the top score in all four rounds and was the only woman to run 39-1/2 off all weekend, which she did three times.

Both Adam Sedlmajer and Thomas Degasperi advanced to the Men’s semi-finals, eventually finishing 3rd and 6th, respectively.

In the Junior events, Griffin Stange took home the win in Boys Under 17, while Kristen Baldwin and Ali Garcia went 1-2 in the Girls Under 17 division.

For full results, click here.

GOODE skiers win 16 U.S. National titles

GOODE skiers claimed 16 slalom titles – more than all other manufacturers combined – at the GOODE U.S. National Water Ski Championships held last week at Mystic Lakes in Maize, Kansas.

By claiming 16 of 28 slalom titles, GOODE skiers netted an amazing 57 percent of all slalom gold medals awarded.

Congratulations to the following national champions:

Girls 3 – Kristen Baldwin
Women 1 – Kelley Breeden
Women 2 – Keri McClure
Women 3 – Brandy Nagle
Women 4 – Gail Case
Women 5 – Alison Poulsen
Women 6 – Joy Kelley
Open Women – Regina Jaquess
Boys 1 – Luka Zazade
Boys 2 – Nicolas Nelson
Men 4 – Tim Henderson
Men 6 – Steve Ware
Men 7 – Steve Raphael
Men 8 – Bob Hardeman
Men 9 – George Adams
Masters Men – Greg Badal

Additional highlights of the week included:

  • A GOODE sweep of Masters Men slalom as champion Greg Badal was joined on the podium by Jay Leach (2nd), Jed Blackburn (3rd), Don Aschenbrenner (4th) and Mark Menasci (5th).
  • Three straight titles for Steve Ware and Steve Raphael.
  • An eighth career slalom title for Keri McClure, who in addition to 2018 also won titles in 2017, 2014, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008 and 2000.
  • Nicolas Nelson won the Boys 2 title on the strength of a 5-buoy PB.
  • Kristen Baldwin winning Girls 3 slalom in only her second year in the age division. Her sister Brooke had won it the three previous years.
  • Greg Badal and Regina Jaquess tying for the highest 34 mph score of the week with 1 buoy at 41 off.
  • During the America’s Cup Invitational – held Friday night under the lights with approximately 3,000 people lining the shores – Regina Jaquess won both the Women’s slalom and jumping crowns, while finishing fourth in tricks. Karen Truelove was third in slalom.

Dating back to 2012, GOODE skiers have won 114 out of 207 U.S. national slalom titles, or 55 percent.

For full 2018 GOODE Nationals results, click here.

Regina Jaquess and Adam Sedlmajer set pending world records

Monday was a record-breaking day for Team GOODE as two of it’s skiers set pending world records at the July Heat tournament at the Isles of Lake Hancock in Winter Garden, Fla.

Regina Jaquess scored 4 buoys at 41 off on her XTR to top her own previous record of 3.5 at 41. If approved by the IWWF, it will be her eighth world slalom record. Her first was 1 at 41 off – tying fellow GOODE skier Kristi Overton-Johnson – back in 2009.

Adam Sedlmajer also improved upon his own world record, setting a pending Men’s Overall record after scoring 3 buoys at 41 feet off in slalom, 10,780 points in tricks and 217 feet in jumping.

A legend is reborn: Introducing the all-new 9970

Twenty-five years after revolutionizing water skiing with the first-ever carbon-fiber slalom ski, GOODE Skis is proud to announce the arrival of the 9970, the best-ever version of the legendary 9000 series that permanently etched the likes of Regina Jaquess, Jeff Rodgers, Kristi Overton-Johnson, Karina Nowlan, and Chris Parrish in the world record books.

“Everything we’ve learned about carbon construction and ski design over the past 25 years has gone into the 9970,” says Dave Goode, president and founder of GOODE Skis. “We knew we couldn’t bring the 9000 series back if this ski didn’t live up to the legendary legacy of the previous skis. That was something that was in the back of our minds throughout the development process.”

Designed with the 36 m.p.h. skier in mind but highly capable at all speeds, the 9970 capitalizes on a new construction method and newly sourced advanced carbon materials to weigh in at a mere 2.5 pounds on a 67-inch model – the lightest GOODE ever. Additional areas of design focus included a new rocker profile and a larger flat spot.

“The 9970 is very fast cross course and carries a lot of speed through the turn,” says Martin Kolman, GOODE’s newly added product manager, the world’s current No. 1 overall Men’s skier and a mid-41 off slalom skier. “The 9970 gets angle out of the turn like no other ski I’ve been on. It really wants to be ridden on an edge.”

The 9970 is narrower from the front binding to the tip than the GOODE XTR, a characteristic that allows skiers to carry more speed through the turn, something that 36 m.p.h. skiers, especially, will appreciate.

“Our skis have had unparalleled success at 34 m.p.h. over the last few years,” says Dave, “but I really wanted us to be a force again at the higher speed. The 9970 is a legendary ski, made better. It’s going to put us back on the map at 36.”

Learn more about the 9970 here.

Bracket Challenge Round 2 sets up intriguing match ups

Round 1 of the 2018 GOODE Bracket Challenge is complete and for the most part favorites advanced in orderly fashion.  The only lower seed to advance over a higher seed was No. 12 Marc Shaw who topped Kyle Tate, who did not ski in a tournament in June.

See June’s full results below and the updated brackets here.

The second round sets up a number of intriguing match-ups, including:

  • No. 1 seed Regina Jaquess vs. one of the hottest skiers in the world right now, Greg Sund. Regina is the Women’s slalom world record holder and three-time defending Women’s world slalom champion, while Greg is coming off a victory at the Big Dawg in Spain, two other Big Dawg top-four finishes and running 41 off twice in the same tournament in June.
  • No. 3 Dave Miller vs. No. 6 Kevin Bishop. Dave is a perennial threat in any 34mph competition and advanced to the finals of the Bracket Challenge last year. Kevin put up a big score of 2 buoys at 41 off at last month’s Big Dawg in Cedar Ridge, which tied him with Dave and another skier for the highest score of the weekend.

Online Fan Contest

In the online fan contest, 17 of the 219 entrants perfectly picked the first round, while 69 only had one error on their ledger.

Of the 17 perfect brackets so far, Dave Miller is the favorite as picked in eight brackets, with Greg Badal (4), Regina (3), Kevin (1), and Chad (1) all receiving nods.

Round 1 – June 2018

1) Regina Jaques 2@41
16) Jeff Surdej 3@38

8) Greg Sund 1@43
9) Jay Leach 1@41

5) Kyle Tate No tournament in June
12) Marc Shaw 3.5@39

4) Chad Scott 2@41
13) Bruce Dodd 4.5@39

2) Greg Badal 2.5@41
15) Todd Kuykendall 2@41

7) Chet Raley 0.5@41
10) Ben Favret No tournament in June

6) Kevin Bishop 2@41
11) Tim Huston No tournament in June

3) Dave Miller 2.5@41
14) Jeff Milford No tournament in June