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Team GOODE skiers among favorites at World Championships

Several Team GOODE skiers are expected to be in the running for medals when the Water Ski World Championships kick off next week in San Bernardo, Chile. The championships begin Tuesday, Nov. 26, and conclude Sunday, Dec. 1.

In Men’s slalom, Thomas Degasperi will be looking to defend his world title while adding a third Worlds gold medal to his career haul. The champion from 2007 and 2011 will face still competition from among his own GOODE teammates as Carlo Allais, Adam Sedlmajer and Nick Parsons all enter the Worlds in the top-10 spots of the IWWF’s Elite Rankings List. And don’t forget Worlds rookie Freddie Winter, who has put up a number of deep 41-off scores in the latter half of the 2013 season, or fifth place Malibu Open finisher Martin Bartalsky.

Other skiers expected to contend include Nate Smith, Will Asher, Chris Parrish, and Aaron Larkin.

In Women’s slalom, Team GOODE’s Regina Jaquess will be looking to continue her historic winning streak, having not lost a tournament since March of 2012. The 2005 world slalom champion, Regina will be seeking to add to her 2001 tricks and the overall titles she won in 2003 and 2005.

To do that she’ll have to beat fellow GOODE teammate April Coble-Eller. April has had a great 2013 season – she’s currently ranked fourth on the Elite Rankings List – and is seeking a world title that would serve as career-capping moment.

Other Women’s skiers who will surely be in the running include two-time defending champion Whitney McClintock and the French duo of Anais Amade and Manon Costard.

The Men’s overall race will feature a face off between two Team GOODE skiers who happen to own the last two world titles: Adam Sedlmajer, who took the title in 2011 and Javier Julio, who won it in 2009. Unfortunately, two-time world overall champion Jaret Llewellyn was a late scratch due to injury.

The Women’s overall race is very competitive this year with Regina and fellow Team GOODE skiers Clementine Lucine and newly crowned tricks world record holder Erika Lang in the mix, along with Whitney McClintock and Natalia Berdnikava.

Watch live online coverage of the event on the tournament’s official website, http://skiworldschile2013.cl. For the complete list of competitors, click .

WaterSki Magazine profiles Freddie Winter

Photo by waterskimag.com.

We aren’t the only ones who think Freddie Winter is on the verge of some big things.  WaterSki magazine is taking notice of the 23-year old as well with a profile on the up-and-coming Team GOODE member.

Read the full article here.

Regina wins Eagle Sports World Record Challenge

Men’s competitors are beginning to learn what the Women’s slalom field found out a long time ago; Regina Jaquess is very tough to beat.

After taking out seven of the world’s best male 34 mph skiers in this summer’s GOODE Bracket Challenge, Regina beat both 36 mph world record holders at this weekend’s Eagle Sports World Record Challenge, an unique new tournament held in Katy, Texas, that was organized by Eagle Sports and co-sponsored by GOODE.

After lurking behind Nate Smith through two rounds, Regina ran an impressive 5 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off in a 15 mph wind to edge Nate by a half buoy and take the title.  Chris Parrish was third.

The tournament featured all three slalom skiers who currently hold the Men’s and Women’s world slalom records, with Regina, Nate and Chris skiing against their own records to earn scores on a 100-point scale. For example, when Regina skied 1 buoy at 41-feet off in the first round, her score was 98, as it was 98 percent of her world current world record of 3 buoys at 41-feet off.

The archived webcast of the tournament is available here.

GOODE Skiers Sweep L.A.S.T. stop in Mexico

Ruben Rosenberg (center) and Gordon Rathburn (left) rode their Nano OneXT’s to first and second place finishes, respectively, in Guadalajara, Mexico.

While most of us in the Northern Hemisphere have put away our ski gear for the season, a group of GOODE skiers are just getting the South American season started with a sweep of the Latin American Senior Tour’s (L.A.S.T.) stop earlier this month in Boca Laguna, Guadalajara, Mexico.

Mexico’s Jaime Palomino took first in Senior Men’s 1, Alberto Suarez first in Senior Men’s 2, and Ruben Rosenberg and Gordon Rathburn first and second, respectively in Senior Men’s 3.

Freddie Winter takes Michailidis Masters in Greece

Team GOODE skier Freddie Winter is taking his first-ever appearance at next month’s World Championships seriously, extending his European summer as long as possible by decamping for training in Greece.

And after his latest competition, it looks like things are going pretty well for him down there. Freddie won last weekend’s 15th Michailidis Masters with a Kaiafis Lake course-record tying score of 4 buoys at 41 feet off.

After making his U.S. pro debut last month at the Diablo Shores Pro-Am, and finishing sixth, Freddie is ranked No. 21 on the IWWF Elite Rankings list.

The World Championships will be held Nov. 26 to Dec. 1 in San Bernardo, Chile.

GOODE skiers climb the IWWF Elite Rankings List

With only a few Elite Rankings List tournaments left in the season, a number of Team GOODE skiers moved up on the list following good performances at the Diablo Shores Pro-Am.

Making the biggest move was Nick Parsons, who jumped from 14th to 9th on the strength of his third-place finish at Diablo.  Carlo Allais, who also made the finals at Diablo, moved up a spot to 6th.  Thomas Degasperi took fourth at Diablo to maintain his ranking of 4th.

In his first U.S. pro event, Freddie Winter of the UK served notice to the pro ranks with his sixth-place finish at Diablo, in the process earning him his first ever spot on the Elite rankings, entering the list at 22nd.

On the Women’s side, Karen Truelove’s fifth-place finish at Diablo jumped her ranking from 5th to 3rd, just ahead of fellow teammate April Coble-Eller who is 4th.  Regina Jaquess’ win at Diablo helped her maintain her commanding lead atop the rankings, giving Team GOODE three of the top four spots on the Women’s list.

Bailey Austin, 14, made the finals at Diablo in her first ever professional event, taking eighth.  That was good enough for her to land her first ever Elite ranking at22nd.

To see the complete Elite Rankings List, visit www.iwsfranking.com.

Like father, like son

National championships are not the only thing that run in the Scott family, cover photos do as well.

Both Chad Scott and his son, Tyler, have recently landed covers shots.

Chad is featured on the cover of the latest issue of The Water Skier in recognition of the Men’s 3 national slalom title he won at last month’s GOODE Water Ski National Championships.

Tyler, who skis for the national champion University of Louisiana-Monroe Water Ski Team, is featured on the cover of The Hawkeye, ULM’s student weekly newspaper.

 

 

Richard Lambert sets pending national record on his Nano OneXT

Richard Lambert with driver Tommy Harrington. Photo courtesy of the Pro Ski Tour.

Congrats to Richard Lambert, who set a pending Men’s 7 national slalom record of 4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off on his Nano OneXT this past weekend at the Little Mountain Lake Pro-Am.

If approved, the mark would surpass Richard’s own record of 3-1/2 buoys at 39 that he set last October.