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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.

Moomba kicks off today with the Junior Moomba Masters

Fresh off a top-3 finish in the Women’s pro division at the Australian Open, Bailey Austin is one of the favorites heading into the Junior Moomba Masters.

Good luck to all skiers as the Moomba Festival kicks off today in Melbourne, Australia, with the Junior Moomba Masters event.

GOODE Junior Team members Bailey Austin and Erika Lang are expected to compete for the Junior Women’s slalom title, while Team GOODE’s newest addition, South African Eamon Van Der Merwe, is amongst the favorites in Junior Men’s slalom.

For complete event information, including schedule and the online broadcast, visit MoombaMasters.com.

GOODE skier improves 6 loops in 3 years

Not too long ago we heard about a guy out west who in three years went from being a 15-off skier to getting into 39-1/2 off. Our first thought: how?  So, we asked.

Ladies and gentlemen, we give you Orondo, Washington’s Steve Burdick, the guy who in three short years has put a whole lot more rope in the boat.  

GOODE: Where do you ski and who do you ski with?

Steve: I live on the Columbia River in Central Washington. Most days I ski a slalom course on the river in front of my house. Last year I joined the Rock Island Ski Club (RISC) for a more private setting near home and the Fraser Valley Water Ski Club (FVWSC) in Abbotsford, British Columbia, where I ski when visiting my wife’s family in Canada. When at home on the Columbia and at RISC, I ski with a few local vacation home owners, but mostly my wife Carolyn and our two children Sarah (age two) and Jayden (age four). When at the FVWSC I ski with a more experienced slalom crowd, including Dave Miller. Recently, I have been fortunate enough to travel occasionally to Southern California during the winter to ski at Imperial Lakes with him and Paul Donatt.

GOODE: Last year you started getting into 39-1/2 off, but just three years ago you were trying to just run 15 off. You realize that’s not normal, right?

Steve: Apparently not, but the equipment and guys I am skiing with and listening to aren’t exactly normal either, they are top notch! In 2011 I was able to refine enough of my technique to get the speed up to 34.2 mph on Zero Off and ran my first 15 off passes. I then decided to change to a GOODE ski and Powershell 5s at the end of the season. In 2012, I began running 22 and 28 off with consistency and would run 32 off most of the time and was stuck around 4 ball at 35 off for the rest of that season. I kept thinking to myself “If I can get through most of 35 off with flaws in my technique, what would happen if I got the rest of this stuff figured out? What if I actually had good technique and form?”

In 2013 I switched to the new Nano OneXT and almost right away began running all my 32 off passes and started running 35 more regularly. By the end of the season I was running 35 off consistently and was up to between 3 and 5 ball at 38 off each set. In my last practice session on the Columbia River in October, 38 off went down and I ended the year with a new PB of 2 at 39-1/2 off.

GOODE: How were you able to improve so dramatically, so quickly?

Steve: Simple answer: the right equipment and listening to the right people. I got on a GOODE in 2011 and met Dave Miller for the first time at Albert Dyck Lake in Abbotsford, British Columbia. He was kind enough to ride along in the boat for a couple sets, provide some good suggestions to work on, and help get my ski dialed in. It was also the first time I ever saw anyone run anything shorter than 28 off in person. He made it look easy and was willing to share what seemed to be all of his secrets with a pure stranger. He is dedicated to improving everyone’s skiing and is a great asset to the sport.

After this, I decided I wanted to improve and began skiing more often and really tried to work on the weaknesses in my technique that Dave identified.  He really encouraged me to keep working on the right things. Paul Donatt at Imperial Lakes helped me switch to a two-handed gate this past fall and I am grateful for his help and guidance as well. I still have a long ways to go to ski like these guys, but I am motivated to work hard and up my buoy count again this coming summer and ski as many AWSA tournaments as I can.

GOODE: Why did you choose a GOODE?

Steve: In 2011 I knew it was time to get a new ski. I had been stuck at 15 off and figured my equipment might be holding me back, so I decided to take some advice from BallOfSpray posters and demo a couple high-end skis. After other companies’ skis didn’t seem to really give me much more of an advantage, a club member suggested I try a GOODE. I thought I wasn’t a good enough skier to try a ski like that, but decided to call and order a 66-inch Nano Twist Mid with PowerShell 5 bindings. Best step ever!

GOODE: Broho is hosting a Big Dawg this year. Will we see you there?

Steve: Well, I sent my check and registration to be placed on the wait list. I am very excited to watch and hopefully ski with the guys that run 39-1/2 off in their sleep. I know there will be lots of world-class skiers on GOODE skis tearing it up out there and I am just blessed to have the opportunity to share the lake with these great athletes for the weekend. I will be rooting for one GOODE skier in particular, and will be excited to see him win at Broho and repeat his 2010 Big Dawg Championship.

Freddie Winter lands his first ever WaterSki cover shot

It’s been a pretty good week for Team GOODE’s Freddie Winter.

He took his first ski set since enrolling at ULM as a grad student and member of their national champion ski team (running 39-off on the notoriously rolly bayou in the process), celebrated a birthday and, as you can see above, landed his first WaterSki cover photo.

Photographer Thomas Gustafson got the shot during a November twilight photo shoot in Orlando while Freddie was prepping for the 2013 Worlds. That turned out pretty well too, as he ended up with a bronze medal.

Go to WaterSki’s site – www.waterskimag.com – to check out more on-the-water action (and subscribe if you don’t already).

Regina and Freddie honored with BallofSpray awards

Team GOODE’s Regina Jaquess and Freddie Winter have been named BallofSpray’s Female and Breakout skiers of the year, respectively.

In giving Regina the award, BOS cited her domination in the slalom course in 2013:

Jaquess won every slalom event that she entered in 2013 and was once again standing at the top of the podium as she clinched not only the slalom title at the World Championships but also a new World Championship record of 1 @ 41off.

BOS also highlighted her all-around skiing abilities, which were capped with a world title in Women’s overall and top-5 finishes in tricks and jumping in several events throughout the year.

Read BOS’ full article on Regina.

Freddie’s quick ascension to the upper ranks of the slalom world did not go unnoticed by BOS, which pointed to his 10-spot jump in the IWWF world rankings list, second-place finish at the Europeans and his huge score of 5 buoys at 41-feet off at the GOODE Bracket Challenge Finals as supporting evidence of his breakout year.

But of course, BOS considered his performance at the World Championships as the moment most worthy of the award:

… his moment of true glory came in 2013 at his first World Championships. Seeded 9th in the prelims, Winter impressively swerved his way into the finals and finished the event by taking home the bronze medal.

Read BOS’ full article on Freddie.

Additional skiers honored by BOS were Nate Smith (Male Skier of the Year), Erika Lang (Female Junior Skier of the Year) and Josh Briant (Male Junior Skier of the Year). For more details, visit BallofSpray.com.

Regina graces the cover of The Water Skier

 

Add “cover girl” to the list of accomplishments Team GOODE’s Regina Jaquess has racked up the last two months of the 2013.  On the strength of the slalom and world titles she won in Chile last month, Regina landed on the cover of The Water Skier magazine’s January/February issue.

GOODE skiers top world rankings lists

The preliminary October 2013 IWWF World Rankings are out and the top spots are filled with GOODE skiers.

In Open Women, Team GOODE took five of the top 10 spots with Regina Jaquess (1), Karen Trulove (3), April Coble-Eller (5), Caroline Hensley (6) and Clementine Lucine (10). In Open Men, Freddie Winter jumped from No. 13 on the May 2013 list to No. 5. Thomas Degasperi (9), Nick Parsons (11) and Carlo Allais (14) placed high as well.

In the junior ranks, Bailey Austin grabbed the No. 2 spot in Junior Women, with Ruth McCreary (5) and Kelley Breeden (13) not too far behind. GOODE skiers took three of the top-five spots in Junior Men with Dorien Llewellyn (3), Brando Caruso (4) and Daniel Di Pol (5).

Karen and April went 1-2, respectively, in Women’s 35+, while on the Men’s side of the age bracket GOODE skiers secured half of the top 10 spots with No. 1 Jeremy Newby-Ricci followed by Jay Leach (2), Chad Scott (4), Todd Ristorcelli (5) and Jed Blackburn (10).

Alison Poulsen landed at No. 3 on the Women’s 45+ list, while GOODE took 60 percent of the top 10 on the guys’ side: Dave Miller (2), Tim Huston (4), Ben Favret (6), Todd Kuykendall (8), Fabrizio Merlo (9), and Todd Johnson (10).

The GOODE domination is even greater in Men’s 55+ as seven of the top-10 spots are held by GOODE skiers: Chet Raley (1), Thierry Malhomme (2), Bruce Dodd (4), Ted McColley (6), Lonnie Harris (7), Dave Goode (9), and Ed Hickey (10).

Richard Lambert topped the inaugural 65+ rankings, with Dennis Longo at No. 4.

Click here to view the full rankings.

A very GOODE year: 2013 in review

With a season full of big wins, record-breaking performances and exciting new products, the 2013 season was one of the best ever for GOODE Skis.

Here’s just a few of the highlights from 2013:

Regina’s continued domination – No recap of 2013 could begin any other way than by celebrating the year Regina Jaquess had. Highlights include World championships in both Women’s slalom and overall, slalom titles at the Masters, Malibu Open, World Games, Diablo Shores, and Atlanta Pro Am, a pending world record, a No. 1 ranking on the IWWF world rankings list (by a margin of 2.25 buoys over her closest rival), and an undefeated streak that dates back to March 2012. She even beat some of the top male 34 and 36 mph skiers in the world in two special exhibition tournaments, the GOODE Bracket Challenge and Eagle Sports Challenge.

Team GOODE takes half of slalom medals at 2013 Worlds – Regina wasn’t the only Team GOODE skier standing on the podium at the Worlds, as Freddie Winter and Clementine Lucine each earned bronze medals in Men’s and Women’s slalom, respectively. Additional Team GOODE skiers with top-5 performances included April Coble-Eller and Thomas Degasperi.

Entire Big Dawg Final Four rides GOODEs – GOODEs have dominated the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour – taking eight season titles in the series’ 10-year history – but the 2013 Big Dawg Championships took that dominance to a whole new level. The entire Final Four, six of the Elite Eight, and 10 of the Sweet 16 rode GOODEs. In the end, Great Britain’s Jeremy Newby-Ricci would signal his arrival on the Big Dawg scene by edging defending champion Todd Ristorcelli in the finals. Team GOODE’s Ben Favret, Dave Miller, Jay Leach and Fabrizio Merlo (who scored the upset of the summer by taking out Andy Mapple in the Sweet 16) all joined Jeremy and Todd in the Elite Eight.

GOODEs win majority of titles at U.S. Nationals – As if Nationals week didn’t already go well enough after Team GOODE’s showing at the simultaneously held Big Dawg Finals, an astounding 53 percent of all U.S. national slalom titles were won on GOODEs. Highlights included Regina, Karen Truelove and April going 1-2-3 in Open Women’s slalom and Chad Scott winning his first national title (Mens 3) after finishing second in the division four times.

GOODE Juniors haul in the medals – The future of Team GOODE is bright as junior team skiers performed exceptionally well in four big junior events in 2013. The girls swept slalom at the Junior World Championships as Samantha Dumala, Erika Lang and Kara MacIntyre went 1-2-3. In the boys division, Brando Caruso took the world title while Santiago Robledo finished second. Dane Mecheler and Kara swept Junior Moomba and repeated at the Junior Malibu Open, where Daniel Di Pol won the under 17 event.  And the success continued at the Junior U.S. Open where Dane, Bailey Austin and Lauren Morgan took home titles.

What’s Your Next? –The Nano OneXT took the performance-proven Nano One and did the seemingly impossible – made it even better. A hallmark of the new ski is the groundbreaking AsymRocker, an asymmetrical rocker technology that features different rockers for your on-side and off-side turns, completely eliminating any differences between the two turns. And it seems to be working too as the ski went on to set countless PBs, earned gold and bronze medals at the 2013 Worlds and bagged Big Dawg tour stop championship for Dave Miller.

Mike Royal’s assault on the world record books – GOODE skiers continued to reshape the record books as new marks were reported on a near-weekly basis during the summer. But one skier really stood out. Men’s disabled V1 skier Mike Royal set so many world records this summer it was hard to keep track. He started the season as the world record holder with a score of 2 buoys at 38-feet off and ended it with an amazing new record of 1-/2 buoy at 41 feet off, a mark he set his VERY FIRST TIME on a Nano OneXT!

The GOODE Bracket Challenge debuts – Eight of the World’s best 34 mph squared off virtually in a head-to-head bracket to determine a champion.  Think March Madness on the water. And the best part? Fans could make their own picks and win prizes … with one lucky contestant taking home a new Nano OneXT. In the end, Todd Ristorcelli couldn’t overcome the “Year of Regina,” falling to her in the finals. Be on the lookout for a bigger, better version of the Bracket Challenge in 2014.

T-Gas goes national with TV commercial for 5-Hour Energy – How often have you watched an NFL game and seen a water skier during commercials? Thomas Degasperi helped a worthy cause and scored some great national exposure for water skiing through his Living Beyond Breast Cancer campaign on behalf of 5 Hour Energy. On the water, T-Gas battled injuries throughout the season, but was still able to notch a gold at the World Games and top-five finishes at the Worlds, Moomba, the Euros, Diablo Shores, and the Atlanta Pro-Am.