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Regina claims fifth straight Swiss Pro Slalom title

It took her two tie breaks in the final round but Regina took care of business, topping the field at Sunday’s Swiss Pro Slalom to win the event for the fifth-consecutive year.

Regina scored 2 buoys at 41-feet off in the second and final tiebreak to win the title and top second-place finisher Whitney McClintock-Rini. Regina’s final tiebreak score was the highest female slalom score of the event and only the second full pass at 39-1/2 off on the day (she scored the other one in the second round).

The Men’s field was missing Team GOODE skier Thomas Degasperi who was involved in a traffic accident the night before. Thomas reported on social media that he was “good … just feel like Tyson came back to the ring and had a go at me.”

Will Asher took first with 4 at 41 off, while Freddie Winter and Sacha Descuns took second and third with 3.25 and 2.5 at 41 off, respectively.

GOODE’s Dane Mechler had a great showing, placing fifth while running into 41 off all three rounds, and Adam Sedlmajer advanced to the finals to finish 7th.

For complete results, click here, and to view the full online broadcast visit www.swissproslalom.com.

GOODE was a proud sponsor of the 2019 Swiss Pro Slalom.

Regina goes for 5 straight at this weekend’s Swiss Pro Slalom

The early-season pro tournament schedule continues this weekend as the Swiss Waterski Resort hosts the Swiss Pro Slalom Sunday in Clermont, Fla.

Regina Jaquess will be attempting to accomplish something that even she hasn’t done before; win a pro event for the fifth-straight year. Last year she topped a stacked field by nearly a full pass while running 39-1/2 off all three rounds. She was the only Women’s competitor to do it even once.

On the Men’s side, Thomas Degasperi will be looking to continue his hot start to the 2019 season, coming off a win at the Moomba Masters and a second-place finish at the Travers Grand Prix. Thomas tied Freddie Winter in the final round, but was edged by Freddie in a run off for the title.

Other Team GOODE skiers expected to compete this weekend are Dane Mechler, Adam Sedlmajer, Alice Bagnoli and Taylor Garcia.

The event begins Sunday at 8am eastern with a live online broadcast. For more info, including running orders and schedule, visit swissproslalom.com.

GOODE Skis is a proud sponsor of the Swiss Pro Slalom.

Q&A: World Tricks No. 1 and GOODE Team Coordinator Martin Kolman

Martin Kolman is the No. 2 and No.1 ranked Men’s Overall and Tricks skier in the world, respectively, and is on a hot streak having won consecutive Tricks titles at Moomba and last weekend’s Reunion Island Masters.

But when he isn’t training exhaustingly in all three events, this Prague, Czech Republic, native is working at GOODE headquarters in Ogden, Utah, as the pro team coordinator and ski tester.

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Martin and ask him about how he got started, what excites him about working at GOODE and how he is prepping for a Worlds year.

GOODE: How did you get your start in the sport and what was it like to grow up training in the Czech Republic?

Martin: My father put me on skis when I was 2 years old and I have skied ever since. Skiing at home was pretty good from about mid-May until the end of September. But that’s not enough time on the water to get to the top level so we skied earlier and later every season. It ended up being pretty hard core where I would be skiing in a river full of icebergs when I could not leave to go somewhere warmer because of school. When I could leave I would go to the Cory Pickos Ski School to start my season in early February.

GOODE: When and how did you come to the United States?

Martin: In the fall of 2012 I joined the University of Louisiana at Monroe water ski team and came over to the USA to combine my studies and skiing.

GOODE: You’ve been working for GOODE for about a year now. What drew you to work here?

Martin: I think to get to the top you need the time on the water and great coaches but without getting the best equipment for yourself you still might not make it. Learning and understanding what all goes into a ski and being able to implement all of my ideas and feelings from skiing into making the best ski is crucial for my success. Working with GOODE gives me the last piece of that puzzle.

GOODE: What is your overriding philosophy about ski design and performance?

Martin: There are always tradeoffs to each design and you have to choose what are your priorities for the design. Mine are stability, cross-course speed and lightness.

GOODE: How are you able to fit in training for all three events?

Martin: It has been a transition period to adjust to my life’s new rhythm but I just try to stay consistent and do as much as possible with the opportunity for training that day. If I don’t get to ski I’ll go for a hike, bike ride or to the gym. Of course there is no training that you can do that replicates time on the water.

GOODE: You just had a huge win in tricks at Moomba. What was that experience like?

Martin: It was an awesome experience skiing again on the Yarra River in downtown Melbourne. Since I started working at GOODE I’ve wanted to win a tournament on a ski I made and the feeling was just amazing.

GOODE: You are one of the favorites in overall at this year’s World Championships. How are you approaching this year upcoming Worlds year?

Martin: I am trying to be as ready as I can as a skier and having my equipment as dialed in as possible. Being able to make my own skis for the Worlds adds another level of confidence to my skiing.

Where to try and buy a GOODE

So you’ve decided you are ready to take your skiing to the next level with a new GOODE. What now?

There are three ways to try and buy your next GOODE:

  • Order your ski directly from GOODE HQ (either online or by calling 1-888-GO-GOODE) and take advantage of our two-week demo period. Try your new ski (and/or PowerShell bindings) at your home site, behind your favorite driver and boat to really see how the ski performs.
  • Visit one of our partnering ski schools, such as Chet Raley’s Palm Beach Training Center, Thomas Degasperi’s Ski School, Swiss Ski School, or the Pickos Ski School.
  • Connect with one of our retail (Miami Nautique, Tommy’s, Barts) or independent dealers (Greg Badal, Chad Scott, Dave Miller, etc.).

Find the contact info for all above at the GOODE Dealer Locator.

New models added to GOODEdealz.com

 

Legendary skis like the RéV 6, Nano One and mid- and wide-rides are now available at huge discounts after being added to the GOODEdealz.com inventory.

GOODEdealz is GOODE’s exclusive offering of past models, overstock, and refurbished skis offered at deeply discounted prices. Simply put, there is no better way to get more buoys for less.

In addition to the expanded product offerings, all GOODEdealz skis now come with a one-year extended warranty, with an option to purchase an additional three-year warranty.

Shop at GOODEdealz.com today.

T-Gas claims third career Moomba title

Further cementing his hall-of-fame credentials and serving notice to the slalom world that he is back to his winning ways, Team GOODE’s Thomas Degasperi claimed his third career Moomba slalom title earlier today in Melbourne, Australia.

In the final round both T-Gas and Nate Smith tied with 2 buoys at 41-feet off, with T-Gas edging Nate in a runoff by a half buoy to earn the win. The two-time World Champion previously won Moomba in 2014 and 2017.

In Mens tricks, Team GOODE skier Martin Kolman took home wins in both Mens tricks and overall,while his fellow GOODE teammates Dorien Llewellyn and Felipe Miranda took third and fifth in overall, respectively.

GOODE’s Giannina Bonnemann took home the win in Womens Overall.

For complete Moomba results, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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GOODE skiers top 2018 end-of-year world rankings

Regina Jaquess (l), Greg Badal (c) and Joy Kelley each ended 2018 atop the world rankings.

While it’s time to start gearing up for the 2019 season, let’s celebrate those who ended 2018 at the top.

GOODE skiers who occupied the No. 1 positions on the October IWSF World Rankings lists were:

  • Open Women – Regina Jaquess
  • 35+ Women – Karen Truelove
  • 55+ Women – Joy Kelley
  • 55+ Men – Greg Badal
  • 65+ Women – Cyndi Benzel

Congratulations to all and good luck in 2019.

Regina named IWWF Female Athlete of the Year

Team GOODE’s Regina Jaquess has been named the IWWF Female Athlete of the Year for 2018.

Regina had another incredible year in 2018, winning titles at the Swiss Pro Slalom, Lake 38 Pro-Am, Americas’ Cup Invitational, Malibu Open, California Waterski Pro Am, GOODE Nationals, and Pan American Water Ski Championships. She also pushed her own Women’s world slalom record to 4 buoys at 41-feet off.

Last month Regina was named USA Water Ski’s Female Athlete of the Year for the 11th time in her career.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Regina named USAWS Female Athlete of the Year for the 11th time

Team GOODE’s Regina Jaquess has been named USA Water Ski’s Female Athlete of the Year for the 11th time in her illustrious career.

From USA Water Ski:

She won professional slalom titles at the Swiss Pro Slalom, Lake 38 Pro-Am, Americas’ Cup Invitational, Malibu Open and California Waterski Pro Am. At the GOODE Water Ski National Championships, she won titles in Open Women slalom, jumping and overall. At the Pan American Water Ski Championships, she won gold medals in Open Women slalom, jumping and overall, and the bronze medal in tricks in leading the U.S. Elite Water Ski Team to the overall team gold medal. She also won the Open Women jumping title at the King of Darkness in November and broke her own current women’s world slalom record with a score of 4 buoys at 41 feet off in July.

In addition to the recognition from USA Water Ski, Regina was also named the American Water Ski Association’s Slalom Skier, Overall Skier and Athlete of the Year.

Barefooter Keith St. Onge was named USA Water Ski’s Maile Athlete of the Year, while AWSA president Jeff Surdej was given the Award of Merit for his volunteer service to the sport.

More info at USA Water Ski.

GOODE Skiers claim 4 golds, more than half of all slalom medals awarded at 35+ Worlds

The 2018 tournament season ended on a high note for Team GOODE as four of eight slalom golds and more than half of all slalom medals awarded at the 2018 35+ Water Ski World Championships were won by skiers riding GOODEs. The championships took place from Nov. 26 to Dec. 2, at Lago Los Morros in San Bernado, Chile.

Highlights of the tournament included podium sweeps in 35+ Women , 45+ Men and a 1-5 sweep of 55+ Men .

In the team event, the United States took home the gold with 14,908.94 points, while Great Britain (12,033.36) and Germany (11,125.96) finished second and third, respectively.

For full results, click here.

Editor’s note: It’s difficult to track skiers from across the globe over the course of six days of action, so if we failed to include you in the list above, or mistakenly did so, please accept our apologies and email us the details at team@goode.com.