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Chris Parrish rejoins Team GOODE

Four-time world record holder Chris Parrish is back on Team GOODE and already feeling the difference after just a handful of sets on his GOODE.

“My 39s are feeling like 32s again,” said Chris, who posted a score of 4 buoys at 41-feet off in his very first tournament back on his ski. “With the ski’s efficiency and how light I feel on it, everything just feels easy again.”

Chris experienced considerable success during his previous stint on GOODE, setting and tying world records multiple times and holding No. 1 world ranking from October 2009 to April 2011.

“We are very excited to have Chris back on the team because he has already proven how good he can be on our skis,” said Dave Goode, founder and president of GOODE Skis. “He skied extremely well for a number of years with us and in just the short time back on it he’s already putting up big scores. Watch out for Chris this upcoming season.”

Chris says he made the move because after an off-season of hard work in the gym, he wanted to put himself in the best position for his fifth world record.

“I put so much energy and grind into my offseason, getting my strength up and my weight at 198 pounds, that I just saw things lining up naturally,” said Chris. “At the end of the day, yes, I want my record back. I have a lot of confidence in GOODEs because I ran 22 41 offs in record tournaments on them over a two year period. I know they can get me there again.”

Chris’ return was welcomed by his fellow GOODE teammates, including two-time world champion Thomas Degasperi and current world No. 5 Freddie Winter.

“I like Chris a lot and he’s an amazing skier, so it’s great to have him back on the team,” said Thomas. “I hope that we’ll be able to ski and hang out with each other a lot more this year.”

“Chris is a great skier and he’ll be on a great ski,” added Freddie. “It’s going to be fun skiing with, and against, him this year.”

GOODE skiers named USA Water Ski Athletes of the Month

GOODE skiers Regina Jaquess and Nick Lang have been honored by USA Water Ski by being named its Athletes of the Month for April.

Regina and Nick were awarded for their gold-medal winning efforts at the 2014 Pan Am Championships held last month in Bogota, Colombia.

Regina won gold medals in Women’s slalom, jumping and overall, and a silver in tricks. She set a new Pan Am Championships Women’s slalom record with 4-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off.

Nick won gold medals in Boys’ tricks, jumping and overall, and a silver medal in slalom.

The U.S. Elite Water Ski Team was named USA Water Ski’s Team of the Month for its gold-medal performance at the same championships. Team members included GOODE skiers Regina, Caroline Hensley, Erika Lang, and Adam Pickos, as well as Nate Smith and Zack Worden.

Additional Team GOODE skiers earning medals at the championships were Dave Miller and Lori Krueger, who won gold medals in Men’s and Women’s 45+ slalom, respectively, Chris Eller, silver in Men’s 35+ slalom, and Kristen Baldwin, who earned a silver medal in under 13 Girl’s slalom.

For more information, click here.

Regina takes Pan Am Champs gold, Team GOODE sweeps Open Women’s slalom

Caroline Hensley (l), Regina Jaquess (c) and Erika Lang swept Open Women’s slalom at the 2014 Pan Am Championships.

Regina Jaquess took gold to lead a Team GOODE sweep of Open Women’s slalom as the 2014 Pan Am Championships concluded today in Bogota, Colombia.

Regina scored 4-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 off feet off to set a new Pan Am Championships Women’s record and earn the win. Caroline Hensley (5 at 38) and Erika Lang (4 at 35) finished second and third, respectively, to complete the Team GOODE sweep.

Regina joins Lori Krueger and Dave Miller as gold medalist GOODE skiers, as they won Women’s and Men’s 45-plus slalom, respectively, earlier in the competition.

For complete results, click here.

Krueger and Miller take gold at Pan Am Championships

The United States’ Lori Krueger and Canada’s Dave Miller won gold medals in Women’s and Men’s over 45 slalom, respectively, as GOODE skiers racked up the medals today at the 2014 Pan Am Championships in Bogota, Colombia.

Lori swept the Women’s over 45 competition, also taking gold in tricks and jumping in addition to her slalom medal, while Dave scored 5 at 39-1/2 off for the win, posting the highest slalom score in the tournament so far in the process. His fellow Canadian and Team GOODE member Bruce Dodd took the bronze.

In the Junior ranks the United States’ Kristen Baldwin earned a silver medal in under 13 Girls slalom after being edged out of gold by Colombia’s Luisa Jaramillo in two tiebreakers. Kristen also took second in tricks and first in jumping. Her sister, Brooke, finished fifth in under 17 Girls slalom, sixth in tricks and fourth in jumping, an especially impressive accomplishment considering this is the 13-year old’s first year in the under 17 age group.

The United States’ Nick Lang dominated under 17 Boys with a silver in slalom and gold medals in tricks and jumping.

The competition continues Thursday with preliminary rounds in under 21 and Open Men’s and Women’s slalom. Among the GOODE skiers competing will be Javier Julio, Carlos Lamadrid, Caroline Hensley, Regina Jaquess, Adam Pickos, and Erika Lang.

Click here for scores and schedules.

Dave Miller wins, Chad Scott takes 2nd at Big Dawg Mexico

The 2014 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour began the same way the 2013 series ended; with a GOODE skier on top of the podium.

Dave Miller rode his GOODE Nano OneXT to victory at the Big Dawg Mexico stop yesterday in Guadalajara, Mexico, beating fellow Team GOODE member Chad Scott in the finals to win his second Big Dawg victory in less than a year.

In the Final Four round, Dave topped Andy Mapple and Chad took out Greg Badal to reach the finals. Other GOODE skiers advancing to the Sweet 16 included Alberto Soares, Dave Goode, Jose Saad, Francisco Angel, and Bruce Dodd.

This weekend’s event in Mexico was the first Big Dawg stop since last season’s finals, in which GOODE skier Jeremy Newby-Ricci took the title and the top-four finishers were all on GOODEs.

For complete results, click here.

2014 Big Dawgs kick off in Mexico

The Nautique Big Dawg World Tour kicks off tomorrow at the Boca Laguna Water Ski Club in Guadalajara, Mexico.

A large contingent of Team GOODE skiers are expected to participate in the tournament, including Alberto Soares, Dave Miller, Dave Goode, Chad Scott, Jose Saad, Francisco Angel, and Bruce Dodd.

Click here for updates throughout the two-day event.

The Mexico stop is the first event of the five-tournament series. The tour culminates with the Big Dawg Championships, held Aug. 14-15, in conjunction with the GOODE Water Ski National Championships in San Marcos, Texas. At last year’s Big Dawg Finals, the top-four spots were won by GOODE skiers.

Bracket Challenge to be bigger and better in 2014

The GOODE Virtual Water Ski Bracket ChallengeTM will be back and bigger than ever in 2014.

The multi-round event debuted last year with a field of eight skiers, but the 2014 version will be expanded to 64 of the world’s top Men’s and Women’s 34 mph skiers. All participating skiers must ski on GOODEs and seedings, 1-64, will be based on the October 2013 IWSF world rankings list.

The virtual component of the tournament will take place over five months, with May, June, July and August each comprising a single round in the tournament. The final two rounds will take place Sept. 9-10 at GOODE Ski Lake in Ogden, Utah.

Besides a larger field of skiers, the most exciting part of the 2014 Bracket Challenge will be the vastly enlarged and improved fan bracket contest.  Stay tuned for more details in coming weeks.

GOODE releases its most revolutionary ski ever

After an extensive research and development cycle that was double the length of any previous product, GOODE Skis has released its most revolutionary ski yet.

With an all-new material, completely redesigned rocker and bevels, and a hull that will take the industry by surprise, the latest in a long line of groundbreaking innovations is sure to get people on the starting dock to take notice.

Team GOODE has great weekend in Africa

Newest GOODE junior team member Eamon Van Der Merwe.

The continent of Africa was, well, good to Team GOODE this weekend as one team member extended a historic unbeaten streak while another set a new national record.

Regina Jaquess bested a top field of Women’s slalom skiers at the Reunion Water Ski Cup to extend an unbeaten streak that begin in May of 2012. Fellow teammate Clementine Lucine took fifth, with Breanne Dodd and Emma Shears placing second and third, respectively. The tournament took place on Reunion Island, east of Madagascar Island in the Indian Ocean.

New GOODE junior team member Eamon Van Der Merwe set a South African Open Men’s national record at the Western Province Championships held over the weekend in Bon Esperanza, South Africa. Eamon, who is training for May’s Junior Masters, scored 2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off on his Nano OneXT to set the pending mark.

T-Gas wins Moomba; Team GOODE claims four top-three finishes

Photo courtesy Des Burke-Kennedy/IWWF.

Team GOODE kicked off the 2014 season with a big weekend at the Moomba Masters as two of its athletes won slalom titles and another two landed top-three finishes.

Thomas Degasperi won his first-ever Moomba crown with a final round score of 3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off. As the top seed heading into the finals, Thomas knew what he needed to get in order to top Aaron Larkin and Brian Detrick, who took second and third, respectively, with 2-1/2 at 39. Fellow GOODE Teammate Adam Sedlmajer scored his second-consecutive top-five finish at Moomba by taking fifth, while Carlo Allais also advanced to the finals, finishing seventh.

In Women’s slalom, Team GOODE’s April Coble-Eller continued her great skiing of late by finishing third, behind champion Whitney McClintock and Emma Sheers.

Erika Lang (L) and Bailey Austin.

In the Junior ranks Team GOODE swept the top-two spots in Girl’s slalom as Bailey Austin and Erika Lang finished atop the podium. In Boy’s slalom, new Team GOODE skier Eamon Van Der Merwe was the top seed heading into the finals but had his gates cut on his 32 off pass. But Eamon rebounded nicely in the Men’s slalom competition, advancing into the semi finals before taking 12th.

For final Moomba Masters result, click here.