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Was it Risto or Regina? Watch the Bracket Challenge final round video

Todd Ristorcelli and Regina Jaquess faced off in the final round of the GOODE Virtual Water Ski Bracket Challenge in a head-to-head match-up last week in Ogden, Utah.

To see who won, watch the broadcast-style video above. It also reveals the winners of the 3rd round and grand prize (a FREE Nano OneXT) fan contests, as well as our plans for an even bigger bracket challenge in 2014.

Stadlbaur Takes Silver at Under 21 Worlds

Benjamin Stadlbaur of Switzerland took the silver medal at the Under 21 World Championships held last weekend in Winter Garden, Fla.

Benjamin scored 3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off to finish second behind winner Stephen Neveu (1-1/2 at 41) and ahead of third-place finisher Tyler Yager (4 at 39).  Benjamin was joined in the final round by fellow Team GOODE skiers Dorien Llewellyn (8th), Brando Caruso (t-9th) and Tyler Scott (t-9th).

Team GOODE skiers also fared well in Women’s slalom, as Erika Lang (5th), Kara MacIntyre (9th), Lauren Morgan (11th), and Chantal Singer (12th) each advanced to the final round.

The United States took the gold in the team competition, while Australia and Italy won silver and bronze, respectively.  For final results, click here.

GOODE Skis was a proud sponsor of the Under 21 Worlds.

Regina repeats at Diablo Shores Pro Am

Diablo champion Regina Jaquess talks with tournament announcer Mike Parsons after her win. Photo by Terry Daffin/Diablo Shores Pro Am.

The winning streak continues.  Regina Jaquess took her second consecutive Open Women’s Diablo Shores Pro-Am slalom title, running her winning streak to 18 months in the process.

Regina topped Whitney McClintock, 1 buoy at 41-feet off to 1-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off in the head-to-head finals to earn the victory. In the previous round Regina tied her own world record of 3 buoys at 41-feet off to advance against fellow Team GOODE skier April Coble-Eller, who finished third. Karen Truelove took fifth, tying Whitney in the first head-to-head round but Whitney advanced because she went off the dock first.

14-year old GOODE skier Bailey Austin made her pro debut at Diablo, advancing to the finals but drawing Regina in the first round.  Already the No. 1 ranked U.S. skier in Girls 3, it probably won’t be the last pro final for Bailey, whose PB is 4 buoys at 38-feet off.

In Open Men’s Thomas Degasperi (4th) and Nick Parsons (3rd) made it to the Final Four, before bowing out to Chris Parrish and Nate Smith, respectively.  Nate beat Chris in the finals to earn the Open Men’s title.  Team GOODE skier Freddie Winter had a great showing in his first pro U.S. event, finishing 6th after earning the fourth seed going into the finals and pushing Thomas before ultimately losing to him.  At 23, Freddie was the youngest skier in the finals.  Carlo Allais also made it into the finals, finishing seventh.

Mike Martens won the amateur event, giving GOODE skiers the amateur title for the second-consecutive year and two of the four titles contested this past week.

For complete results, click here.

Record-breaking weekend

Mike Royal and his brand-new Nano OneXT.

It may be September, but the action is seemingly getting hotter as Team GOODE skiers put on some great performances across the globe last weekend.

In Great Britain, 2013 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour champion Jeremy Newby-Ricci narrowly missed being the second 34 mph skier to get into 43 off, scoring 5.5 buoys at 41 off.

Also in Europe, Clementine Lucine won Open Women’s slalom at the European Championships while her fellow GOODE teammates Freddie Winter and Carlo Allais finished second and third in the Men’s competition.

Here in the states the focus was in Covington, La., where a collection of top pros and amateurs made their mark in the record books.

2013 Men’s 3 national champion Jay Leach scored a new PB and a South Central Regional Men’s 3 and MM record in the process with 5 buoys at 41-feet off. Steve Raphael set a national Men’s 6 record with 3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off. And Bailey Austin continued to state her case as America’s Next Great Slalom Skier by upping her own South Central Girl’s 3 regional record to 4 buoys at 38-feet off.

And Mike Royal continued his amazing string of records, shattering his own Men’s disabled V1 world record on VERY FIRST SET on Nano OneXT with a score of one-half buoy at 41 feet off.

And while he may not be a member of Team GOODE, Nate Smith’s pending world record 2-1/2 buoys at 43-feet off is historic nonetheless. The score marks the first time anyone has gotten to three-ball at that line length. Dave Goode was on site and recorded the record round on video.

Congratulations everyone.

Ristorcelli, Regina to face off in Bracket Challenge final round

Slalom fans are in for a treat as No. 1 seed Todd Ristorcelli is set to face off against the world’s No. 1 female slalom skier, Regina Jaquess, in the final round of the GOODE Virtual Water Ski Bracket ChallengeTM.  The championship match up will take place during a record-capability tournament Sept. 10-11, at GOODE Ski Lake in Ogden, Utah.

While Todd made it into the finals by posting a score of 2 buoys at 41-feet off at the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour Finals, it was the skier he ultimately edged that put in perhaps the most inspiring performance of the Bracket Challenge.  On a 39-1/2 off pass he needed to run to ultimately challenge Todd’s 41- off score, Kyle Tate was late rounding five ball but made a big charge across the wakes and attempted to throw his ski around six ball, unfortunately breaking his lower leg in the process and ending his Bracket Challenge chances.

In the other Final Four bracket, Chad Scott held a one buoy lead over Regina heading into the Cedar Ridge tournament, which they both skied in.  On Saturday Regina scored 3 at 41 to tie Chad, and then something pretty cool happened.

Instead of letting the contest rules determine the bracket winner (tie goes to the highest seed), they decided to use the second round on Sunday, Regina’s last round of the day, as a winner-take-all.  Regina seized the opportunity and beat Chad, 2 buoys at 41 off to his half buoy at the same line length.

Final Round Fan Pick ‘em Contest

Tom Brennan correctly picked a final match up of Todd and Regina, winning a GOODE hat, neoprene ski sleeve, and GOODE slalom vest.
Now’s your chance to enter the Final Round fan contest. Click here and fill out who you think will win on our before Sept. 9th.  Only one entry per round, per person. But, if you follow our Twitter account and tweet your picks with @GOODESkis and #GOODEBracket in the message we’ll award you with a second entry.

The final round contest will feature two winners, one for a contestant who picks the champion, and one who participated in all three rounds and picked a perfect bracket. That prize winner will win a FREE, all new Nano OneXT!

Nano OneXT bags new tournament PB on very first set

Mark Munson got home from Nationals and discovered that Southwest Airlines had broken his ski. That’s bad enough, but the fact that he had a tournament the very next day made it even worse.

So what did he do? He jumped on a brand new, out-of-the-box Nano OneXT and proceeded to improve his PB by a buoy-and-a-half on his very first set on the ski.

Team GOODE racks up majority of titles at GOODE Nationals

Jr. GOODE skiers (left to right) Kelley Breeden (G2-1st), Eloise Whitlock (G3-3rd), Bailey Austin (G3-2nd), and Erika Lang (G3-5th).

A jaw-dropping 53 percent of all U.S. national slalom titles were won on GOODE skis as the GOODE National Championships were held last week at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Winning 16 of the tournament’s 30 total slalom titles on GOODEs were:

  • Cooper Tate – Boys 1
  • Kelley Breeden – Girls 2
  • Daniel Di Pol – Boys 3
  • Regina Jaquess – Open Womens
  • Alison Poulsen – Womens 4
  • Maria Walsh – Womens 8
  • Margaret Ann Woodward – Womens 9
  • Artis Price – Womens 10
  • Chad Scott – Mens 3
  • Don Aschenbrenner – Mens 4
  • Ed Hickey – Mens 6
  • Bill Mahan – Mens 7
  • Jerry Heinrichs – Mens 8
  • Jerry Hosner – Mens 9
  • Harry Price – Mens 11
  • Jay Leach – Masters Men

Additional Team GOODE highlights from the week included:

  • Sweeping the top three spots in Open Womens as April Coble-Eller and Karen Truelove took second and third, respectively, behind national champion Regina Jaquess;
  • Chad Scott winning his first national title (Mens 3) after finishing second in the division four times. Jed Blackburn (4th) and Darin Montgomery (5th) joined him on the podium;
  • Bailey Austin finishing 2nd in her first year in Girls 3, joining her fellow GOODE skiers Eloise Whitlock (3rd) and Erika Lang (5th) on the podium. Ruth McCreary, also in her first year in Girls 3, took 7th;
  • Just missing the podium sweep by one skier in Mens 4 as champion Don Aschenbrenner was joined by Todd Kuykendall (3rd), Joe McCreary (4th) and Tim Henderson (5th);
  • In Mens 5 Steve Binkley taking 2nd, John Shealy 3rd and Ted McColley 4th;
  • Dane Mechler and Wyatt Haines taking 2nd and 4th, respectively, in Boys 3 behind champion Daniel Di Pol;
  • Lori Krueger finishing 2nd, Stephanie Stange 3rd and Brandy Nagle 4th in Womens 3;
  • Samuel Jackson taking 2nd and Tyler Scott 3rd in Mens 1;
  • Patricia Cordeiro finishing 2nd in Womens 4 behind champion Alison Poulsen;
  • The Prices, Harry and Artis, each taking home gold medals in slalom to bring their combined career medal haul to 142;
  • Todd Ristorcelli finishing one-half buoy behind Jay Leach to take 2nd in Masters Men.

Adding to Team GOODE’s historic week were excellent showings in the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour Finals and the Centurion/GOODE Dual Boats Slalom Swerve.

GOODE skiers made up 10 of the Big Dawg’s Sweet 16 field, six of the Elite 8, and the ENTIRE Final Four. Jeremy Newby-Ricci earned the win, edging fellow GOODE skier and defending champion Todd Ristorcelli. See the video below for more.

Don Aschenbrenner added to his Mens 4 national title by winning the Slalom Swami Challenge, defeating fellow GOODE skier Jed Blackburn in the final round.

Bracket Challenge Round 2 update

With a little over a week-and-a-half left in the second round of the GOODE Virtual Water Ski Bracket ChallengeTM, Chad Scott and Todd Ristorcelli each have the inside track to making it to the championship round.

No. 2 seed Chad scored 3 buoys at 41-feet off at the Dylan’s LCQ at Bennett’s on Aug. 3rd, to take the lead over sixth seed Regina Jaquess.  Regina’s 2 buoys at 41 may have been good enough to win the U.S. Open Women’s national title, but it wasn’t enough to top Chad.  All she has to now is just break her own world record of 3 at 41 (although she does have a pending record from last July of 3.5 at 41).

In the second Final Four bracket, No. 1 seed Todd continues to live up to his seeding by holding a lead over fifth seed Kyle Tate with 2 at 41 to Kyle’s 4.5 at 39-1/2 off.  But Todd shouldn’t rest easy quite yet, as Kyle has pulled it off at the last minute before.  On the final day of July Kyle overtook Chet Raley to punch his ticket into the Final Four.

The final round of the Bracket Challenge will be a live head-to-head face off at a record-capability tournament hosted by GOODE on Sept. 10 and 11, at Goode Ski Lake in Ogden, Utah.