GOODE Skis is happy to announce that the 2014 Master Men’s U.S. National slalom champion and multiple Big Dawg tour stop winner Greg Badal has joined Team GOODE.
“We are really excited to have Greg on our ski,” said Dave Goode. “He’s such a great skier and tough competitor that it will be really nice to have him on our side.”
Badal says he went through a lengthy process to determine which ski he was going to ride next before ultimately choosing GOODE.
“I rode every ski on the market before I decided to make the switch, and at the end of the day, GOODE’s stock ski out of the box was better than everything else, including the skis I was building myself,” said Greg.
“And that was before I got on the FlexTail. Once I got on it I knew my performances would be more consistent and better on it. It’s really a revelation for me. When the ski comes into the turn you have less to do because it’s so more efficient and easier to ride. It grabs more angle on the backside of the buoy than anything I’ve ever ridden. It just turns easier and lighter.
It’s not surprising that Regina Jaquess (1st) and Whitney McClintock (2nd) finished in the top two at last weekend’s Swiss Pro Slalom event.
But 14-year old Brooke Baldwin may have surprised a few people with a third-place finish that undoubtedly served notice to a field of competitors that the future may be here before they expected it.
The Swiss Pro Slalom was Brooke’s first ever pro event and all she did was set a new personal best of 2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off in the semis on the way to earning her first podium in a stacked pro women’s field.
Her showing at the Swiss Pro Slalom, coupled with her dominating performance one weekend earlier at the Junior Masters, earned her USA Water Ski’s Female Athlete of the Month honors for May.
Regina was also able to go back-to-back, taking home the Swiss Pro Slalom title after winning the Masters the previous weekend. In the final round she scored 1-1/2 buoys at 41 off to top Whitney’s 2 at 39 and Brooke’s 4 at 38.
In Men’s slalom, Team GOODE’s Chris Parrish finished second, while Freddie Winter and Nate Smith took first and third, respectively.
After a disappointing second-place finish at the 2014 Masters, Regina Jaquess returned to Callaway Gardens this year with one goal in mind: reclaiming the Women’s slalom title. Welp … mission accomplished.
Regina topped Manon Costard in a run-off during Sunday’s final round to earn the win and claim her fifth career Women’s slalom title. The two skiers tied with 2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 off in the finals, but Regina’s run off score of 4-1/2 at 38 was enough to top Manon’s 1-1/2 at 38 on a windy and challenging Robin Lake. Whitney McClintock finished third while Team GOODE’s Clementine Lucine advanced to the finals and finished fourth.
In Men’s slalom, Nate Smith edged Freddie Winter for the title, while two Team GOODE skiers – recent addition Daniel Odvarko and defending champion Thomas Degasperi – took third and fourth, respectively. Daniel’s impressive showing came in his very first Masters and his first big tournament after joining GOODE. Thomas looked to be in good form to defend his title, but injured his back during the semifinals and was unable to attempt a pass in the finals.
Of the eight spots available in the slalom finals, Team GOODE skiers earned four while winning one of two titles.
In the Junior ranks, GOODE Junior Team skier Brooke Baldwin took home both the Junior Women’s slalom and overall titles.
A number of Team GOODE skiers will be in the running for titles as the 56th Masters kicks off tomorrow with the Junior Men’s and Women’s events. The pros hit the water on Saturday, with final rounds taking place on Sunday.
Team GOODE athletes competing this weekend include defending champion Thomas Degasperi, Regina Jaquess, Chris Parrish, Karen Truelove, Daniel Odvarko, and Clementine Lucine in the pro ranks. Junior GOODE skiers include Abbi Grathwohl, Nick Lang, Brooke Baldwin, and Bailey Austin.
Chad Scott topped Dave Miller in the head-to-head finals and six of the Elite 8 rode GOODEs as the first stop in the 2015 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour concluded today at Ski Paradise in Acapulco, Mexico.
Chad scored 5 at 39-1/2 off to Dave’s 3.5 at the same rope length to earn the win. Fellow GOODE skiers Bruce Dodd finished third, Marc Shaw fourth, Greg Badal sixth, and Todd Ristorcelli seventh.
The Moomba Masters are underway and Team GOODE’s Karen Truelove is on top after the first round of Women’s slalom.
Karen ran 5 at 38 to snag the highest score in the preliminaries. Gene Kruger qualified second with 3 at 38 and Whitney McClintock third with 2 at 38. Team GOODE’s Lauren Morgan qualified sixth, while Erika Lang and Clementine Lucine were in a four-skier logjam at eight place.
The Men’s slalom event hits the water Saturday, with the semi finals for both Men and Women’s slalom taking place Sunday.
For results and schedule, click here. For the live online broadcast, click here.
While it may seem unlikely for those in the U.S. who are just coming off record-low temperatures and record-high snowfalls, the 2015 pro water ski season officially kicks off tomorrow as the Moomba Masters gets underway in Melbourne, Australia.
The Juniors will take to the water Wednesday and Thursday, while the pro Men and Women will compete for titles Friday through Monday.
Team GOODE will be well represented and looking to repeat it’s success from a year ago, when it took home two titles and earned four podium finishes.
Among the Men’s pro team members expected to compete are defending champion Thomas Degasperi, No. 1 seed Chris Parrish, Nick Parsons, Martin Bartalsky and Javier Julio. The Women’s side includes No. 2 seed Karen Truelove, Clementine Lucine, Lauren Morgan, and Erika Lang.
For the full list of competitors and event schedule, click here. Tournament organizers plan to deliver a live webcast of the event, available here.
For the third-consecutive year, and the eighth time in her career, Regina Jaquess has been named the USA Water Ski Female Athlete of the Year.
From USA Water Ski:
Jaquess started off 2014 by winning gold medals in slalom, jumping and overall at the Pan American Water Ski Championships. In addition to setting a new world slalom record of 3-1/4 buoys at 41 feet off in June, she also won women’s slalom titles at the 2014 Malibu Open, GOODE Water Ski National Championships, California Water Ski Pro Am Water Ski Tournament, and U.S. Open, where she also won the coveted overall title.
Freddy Krueger, husband of Team GOODE member Karen Truelove, was named Male Athlete of the Year for the tenth time, while the U.S. 35+ Water Ski Team – which included GOODE skiers Marc Shaw, Jeff Surdej, Lori Krueger, Hutch Haines, and Joy Kelley – was named Team of the Year.