Regina Jaquess and her new Rev 6 took home the Women’s slalom title at Sunday’ Swiss Pro Slalom at the Swiss Waterski Resort in Claremont, Fla., kicking off her 2016 season in style and extending her pro event winning streak to 23-plus months.
Regina posted the top score in all three rounds, with her 2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 off earning her the win in the finals. Fellow Team GOODE skier Clementine Lucine joined her in the finals, taking fourth behind Manon Costard (2nd) and Whitney McClintock (3rd).
In Men’s slalom Team GOODE’s Benny Stadlbaur had his best ever U.S. pro event finish, placing fifth. Teammate Martin Bartalsky earned a spot in the finals, finishing tied for 8th. Nate Smith earned the win, while Freddie Winter and Adam Sedlmajer finished 2nd and 3rd, respectively.
The first U.S. pro event of the season takes place Sunday, marking the 2016 debut of several Team GOODE skiers.
Regina Jaquess will make her 2016 debut at the tournament and in the process attempt to defend her 2015 title, not to mention a pro event-winning streak that dates back to May of 2014. Also making her pro season debut is Brooke Baldwin, who will be returning to the scene of her first-ever professional podium, after taking third in the event last year.
On the Men’s side Daniel Odvarko, Martin Bartalsky, Carlo Allais, and Benajmin Stadlbaur will be kicking off their 2016 pro seasons. Thomas Degasperi, who placed third at Moomba, will skip the event to rest his back.
The three-round, $10,000 event will be held at the Swiss Waterski Resort in Clermont, Fla. GOODE Skis is a proud sponsor of the event.
For more information, including running orders and a live webcast of the event, visit swissproslalom.com.
To help him get back on the water after his recovery from a torn bicep tendon, BallOfSpray’s John Horton turned to the GOODE PowerVest. Luckily for anyone who has ever wondered if the vest could help them get back – or stay – on the water, he put together a video review.
The full video above is worth watching, but here are a few of John’s comments about the PowerVest:
“The more time I spend in the vest the more secure I feel, the more I feel like I’m protecting my body.”
“When I’ve gone from not wearing the vest for a couple rides to wearing the vest, to not wearing the vest, what I notice is when I put the vest on the effort to ski drops radically, and I’m rounding the same number of buoys at the moment.”
“Darn, I’m glad I have one and I’m an advocate and if you’ve got any worries about the health of your arms and elbows and shoulders or back you should definitely consider this.”
To see a second video of John skiing with the PowerVest, click here, while more information about it is available here.
RéV 6s will begin showing up on starting docks around the world any day now as the first orders of the new ski begin shipping today. The production team at HQ in Ogden is busy working their way through the pre-order list, while regular online orders are now being accepted at the GOODE Skis store at http://store.goode.com/rev-6/.
The RéV 6 is one of the most talked-about ski debuts in GOODE history, with multiple Team GOODE skiers raving about it. Here is a sampling:
“I’ve ridden some ski that i can rank in the category of my favorite ski in history, this is my no. favorite ski, and that’s quote a commentary for the ski.” – Chet Raley
“The Rev 6 is 25 percent better than any other ski I’ve ever been on.” – Dave Miller
“I’ve got a three-letter word for you: ‘wow.’ What a ski, this ski is unbelievable. This is the best thing since sliced bread.” – Jay Leach
“The FlexTail was a great ski, but now we have this 12 months of data from everyone skiing on it at different lengths and different conditions. The biggest thing is I feel it’s lighter in the course, and of course we want to be light, we want to have that feeling of being light.” – Regina Jaquess
At the 73rd GOODE Water Ski National Championships held last August in West Palm Beach, Fla., an astonishing 68 percent – or 21 out of 31 – of slalom titles were won on GOODEs. As we endure the off season here in North America, we are going to attempt to interview each of those 21 National champions, because even though they may have all been using the same brand of ski, they all have their own story.
In this installment we profile Men’s 7 National Slalom Champion Bill Mahan of Woodbridge, Virginia, who notched his third national title last year at Okeeheelee.
How long have you been skiing and how did you get into the sport?
I started skiing one summer at the age of 14 in Saranac Lake, New York. My grandmother bought my brother and I a combo set of Northland water skis. What was crazy was we didn’t even have a boat to ski behind, but we were able to get a ski set with friends most every day. Twelve years later, I entered my first tournament and took first in the novice division.
How many Nationals have you previously attended?
I ran my first EP at a record tournament at Lake Holly where I was a member and qualified for my first Nationals in 1982. Hard to say, I have never really kept track on how many nationals I have attended.
Why do you ski?
I love the great competition, which dates back to my days running track. When skiing the course you always have a benchmark for improvement. Also all the great friends and memories I have made over the years skiing. Getting with your skiing friends for a set and feeling the acceleration accompanied by the rhythm of a great run!
What’s the most important thing skiing has taught you and/or given you over the years?
Working as a team on and off the water brings great rewards. Don’t make excuses when you have a bad tournament or practice run. Be patient, work hard and good things will happen.
Do you have a pre-set ritual?
No, but the night before I skied at the Nationals we ate at Red Lobster and when the hostess seated us at table 38, we all gave each other a high five.
Who are some people that have been important to your skiing success?
My No. 1 fan is my wife, Julie. She has been very supportive not only in my skiing but staging everything it takes to run a club and tournaments. Lindsay and Kyle, our children, skied in tournaments with me as they were growing up. They were fun to coach and became my driver when I needed one. We have a lot of wonderful memories from being on the water and at tournaments.
My big break came in 1978 when Rick and Jerry Stansberry gave Julie and I the opportunity to develop a record-capability site known as Lake Holly. I also have had some great coaches and drivers over the years at Lake Holly, including Ken Mead, Bud Raley, Ron Ricketts, Lee Gotschalk, Ralph Hall, Wick Merchant, Jon Thacher, Marie Fields and my Florida connection, Jimmy Mandolis.
Anything else you would like to add?
I would like to thank Dave Goode for pushing the technological envelope with the development of the carbon fiber water ski. After switching to a 9100 Goode I won my first Nationals in Bakersfield, California, and two more titles since then on my Goode Nano One. I attribute a lot of my tournament success to my Goode ski.
And a special thanks to all the individuals who volunteer putting on all the great tournaments over the years.
Team GOODE skiers Thomas Degasperi and Clementine Lucine kicked off the 2016 professional season with impressive showings at this weekend’s Moomba Masters in Melbourne, Australia, with T-Gas landing on the Men’s slalom podium with a third-place finish, and Clementine advancing to the Women’s slalom finals on her way to the overall title.
T-Gas, who won Moomba in 2014, finished in a tie for third place with Freddie Winter with an impressive score of 5 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off on the rocking and rolling Yarra River. T-Gas earned the bronze over Freddie on the strength of his tie-breaking semi finals score. Will Asher edged Nate Smith (Nate’s gates were cut while Will got 4 at 39 off) in a runoff for the title after both tied in the final round with a score of 1 buoy at 41 off.
Clementine went down early (0.5 at 35 off), in the Women’s slalom finals, but it was enough to snag a 5th-place finish. Clementine, who had stood in 3rd after both the slalom prelims and semis, topped Whitney McClintock (2nd) and Abbi Grathwohl (3rd) for the overall title.
Two-time defending world champion and Team GOODE skier Regina Jaquess missed the event to tend to her pharmacy business in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.
Entering it’s 20th uninterrupted year with a world record to its name, GOODE Skis is once again transforming ski design and performance with the RéV 6, a giant leap forward for the FlexTail, a ski that powered Chris Parrish to the No. 1 spot on the IWWF world rankings list, won multiple Big Dawg titles and pushed skiers across the globe to countless new line lengths.
The magic in the all-new RéV 6 lies in it’s highly refined length-to-width ratios. A rigorous R&D process discovered a longer length that works in perfect harmony with the lateral flex induced by the FlexTail – creating the speed and stability of a longer ski and the turning characteristics of a shorter one. The result is a ski universally loved by GOODE’s testing and design teams.
“It’s the best ski I’ve ever ridden,” says Chet Raley, a world-renown coach, Men’s senior world slalom champion and a key member of the R&D team. “The FlexTail to me was mind blowing, but there was more work to be done, as is always the case with all things, like cars, boats and skis. The work over the winter was relentless, but we took the FlexTail and made it a way better ski. This ski accentuates the FlexTail technology better than the original ski did. It’s more stable, more balanced tip-to-tail and side-to-side. It maintains a really tight turning radius without destabilizing the ski.”
The higher length-to-width ratio is manifest by additional length between the boots and the fin, in essence elongating the tail of the ski.
“You have more ski behind you so you can ride a bigger ski, utilize the advantages that that offers, but still be able to turn it because the FlexTail technology is giving you a huge assist,” said Dave GOODE, founder and president of GOODE Skis. “That extra length in the tail generates more speed from the buoy line to the first wake, leaving you up-course and ahead of the boat, all with more line control and less physical exertion and fatigue.”
The RéV 6 is the result of an R&D process that began as soon as the FlexTail hit the market last year, with the testing and design team focused on taking full advantage of the industry-first lateral flex found in the FlexTail technology.
“Whenever there is a huge leap forward in technology in any industry or sport, it takes a bit of time – and a lot of hard work – to fully maximize the potential,” says Goode. “The extra year of R&D has allowed us to do that with the RéV 6 and it’s paying off for the test team in extra buoys.”
For World No. 1 Regina Jaquess, the extra R&D led to a ski that is markedly better than the FlexTail, and has her skiing a preferred style of skiing.
“The FlexTail was a great ski, but now we have this 12 months of data from everyone skiing on it at different lengths and different conditions,” said Regina Jaquess, the Women’s slalom world record holder and two-time defending world champion. “The biggest thing is I feel it’s lighter in the course, and of course we want to be light, we want to have that feeling of being light.”
The RéV 6 will come with GOODE’s standard five-year warranty and 30-day money back guarantee, and will be available in six sizes: 64”, 65”, 66”, 66.5”, 67”, and 68”.
Skiers wanting to order the RéV 6 can add their names to a waiting list beginning on March 3rd. Orders are expected to begin shipping in mid-March.