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Tight match ups half way through first round of the GOODE Bracket Challenge

Half way through the first round of the GOODE Virtual Water Ski Bracket ChallengeTM two brackets are all tied up and the other two are close.

Here’s how the March Madness on water stands as of July 16th:

  • No. 1 Todd Ristorcelli vs. No. 8 Jay Leach: Tied at 2 buoys at 41-feet off.
  • No. 2 Dave Miller vs. Chad Scott: Tied at 2-1/2 buoys at 41-feet off.
  • No. 3 Ben Favret vs. Regina Jaquess:  An upset brewing in this one as Regina has a one-and-a-half buoy lead on Ben, courtesy of her pending world record of 3-1/2 buoys at 41-feet off.
  • No. 4 Chet Raley vs. No. 5 Kyle Tate: A mild upset in the works as Kyle (1-1/2 buoys at 41-feet off) has a half buoy edge on Chet.

With two weekends and both the Southern and South Central regional championships left in July, there is still plenty of time for participants to put up some big scores.

Round 1′s bracket selection contest closed for entries on July 12th, but everyone will have another chance to enter and win when Round 2 begins in August.

Click here to learn more about the bracket challenge.

GOODE skiers go 1-2-3 at Big Dawg Michigan

GOODE skiers on the Nano One went 1-2-3 today at the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour’s Michigan stop as Dave Miller defeated Ben Favret in the final head-to-head match up.  Jay Leach took third.

Dave took out No. 2 seed Seth Stisher, Todd Johnson and Harald Hintringer on his way to the final round, while Favret beat Leach, Tim Huston and Todd Kuykendall. For final results, click here.  It was the second-straight Big Dawg stop won on a GOODE as Great Britain’s Jeremy Newby-Ricci took the European stop the previous weekend.

Michigan was the last of five stops on the tour prior to the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour Championships, which will take place during the GOODE Water Ski National Championships in West Palm Beach, Fla., Aug. 15-16.  GOODE skier Todd Ristorcelli is the series’ defending champion.

 

Newby-Ricci rides Goode to Big Dawg Europe win

Great Britain’s Jeremy Newby-Ricci topped France’s Thierry Malhomme in the head-to-head final to take the title at last weekend’s Nautique Big Dawg World Tour’s European stop in Baurech, France.

Jeremy rode his Goode Nano to scores of 3, 1-1/2, and 2 buoys at 41-feet off during the final three rounds to earn the win.  Fellow Goode skier Fabrizio Merlo from Italy took third.

Next weekend Fenton, Mich., will host the final stop on the Big Dawg World Tour prior to the finals, which take place during the Goode Water Ski National Championships in West Palm Beach, Fla., Aug. 15-16.  Goode skier Todd Ristorcelli is the series’ defending champion.

For the Sweet 16 bracket results, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regina sets pending world record with 3-1/2 at 41

The Year of Regina continues as Team Goode’s Regina Jaquess set a pending Women’s world slalom record of 3-1/2 buoys at 41-feet off today at the Freedom Slalom Fest 2 record tournament at Utopia River Ranch in San Marcos, Texas.

If approved by the IWWF, the score would surpass her current record of 3 buoys at 41-feet off that she set in June 2102 and tied last month. It would also make her eligible for a $10,000 world record bonus offered by the organizers of the Freedom Slalom Fest, a Pro-Am event benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project.

Since hopping on her Goode NANO ONE in May 2012, Regina has set or tied three world records (two pending) and won every professional tournament she has entered.  Her 14-month winning streak includes two Masters, two Malibu Opens and a slew of other titles.

The only person who might not be thrilled with Regina’s new record is Ben Favret, her opponent in the first round of the Goode Virtual Water Ski Bracket ChallengeTM.  A score of 3-1/2 at 41, if she doesn’t improve upon it by the time July ends, will be a tough one to beat.  Your turn Ben!

 

 

 

 

 

Mechler, Morgan and Austin take Jr. U.S. Open Titles on the NANO ONE

Men’s slalom champion Dane Mechler atop the podium at the Jr. U.S. Open.

For the second-consecutive major junior tournament, Goode NANO ONE skiers took three out of four titles as Dane Mechler, Lauren Morgan and Austin Bailey each earned wins at the Jr. U.S. Open held last weekend at West Chester, Ohio.  Team Goode also won three of four junior titles at the Malibu Open.

Women’s slalom champion Lauren Morgan

Dane added to his already impressive 2013 season – he also took the Jr. Malibu and Jr. Moomba titles – by winning Men’s slalom with 2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 off.  The score set a new Midwest Boys 3 record, topping the previous mark of 2 buoys at the same length co-held by Nate Smith, Cale Burdick and Ty Oppenlander.

Lauren took the Women’s slalom title with 1-1/2 buoys at 38-feet off, while her fellow Goode skiers Erika Lang (3 buoys at 35-feet off) and Kara MacIntyre (4 buoys at 32-feet off) finished third and fourth, respectively.  Caroline Cooper was second with 4-1/2 buoys at 35 feet off.

One weekend after tying the South Central Regional Girls 3 slalom record, Bailey won the Jr. U.S. Open Girl’s title with 1 buoy at 38-feet off.  In Boy’s slalom, Jonah Shaffer earned the win with 4 buoys at 38-feet off while Team Goode skier Daniel Di Pol took second with 2 buoys at 38-feet off.

For complete results, click here.

 

 

 

 

Badal takes Big Dawg stop No. 3, Huston, Favret 2nd and 3rd

The third stop on the 2013 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour – and the first in North America – hit the famed waters of Cedar Ridge Lake in Canton, Miss., last weekend and the scores did not disappoint. The 39-1/2 feet off loop was successfully completed an unbelievable 28 times.

Tim Huston (left) and Ben Favret took 2nd and 3rd.

Greg Badal took the title with 2-1/2 buoys at 41-feet off in the final, topping Goode Skier Tim Huston by two buoys in the head-to-head match up.  Huston’s fellow Goode Skier Ben Favret was third.

The second day of the tournament started off extremely well for Team Goode as it placed 10 skiers in the Sweet 16 and six in the Elite 8, but in the end it was Greg who took home the title – his second consecutive after winning the Big Dawg event at the Moomba Masters in Australia last March.

There are two more stops on the Big Dawg World Tour – Baurech, France (July 6-7) and Fenton, Mich. (July 13-14) – until the finals take place during the Goode Water Ski National Championships in West Palm Beach, Fla., Aug. 15-16.  Goode skier Todd Ristorcelli is the series’ defending champion.

For more information, visit NautiqueBigDawg.com.

 

More Records Set on the NANO ONE

Bailey Austin tied the South Central Regional Girls 3 record with 2 buoys at 38-feet off.

The NANO ONE continues to pile up the records.

In his first tournament on his new NANO ONE, Mike Royal topped his own Men’s disabled V1 (blind) world slalom record not once, not twice, but three times at last weekend’s Aquaplex Slalom Records in Creedmoor, Texas.  By the end of the weekend he’d set a pending world record of 1 buoy at 39-1/2 feet off, dramatically topping his existing record of 2-1/2 buoys at 38-feet off that he set earlier this year on a Goode 9900.

At the same tournament defending national Girls 2 slalom champion Bailey Austin tied the South Central Regional Girls 3 slalom record with 2 buoys at 38-feet off.  The mark ties Danyelle Bennett’s record from 2004.  In her first year in Girls 3 Bailey is already ranking in the top 10 in the U.S. rankings list.

In the Eastern Region, Scott Cerosky scored a personal best 4 buoys at 39-1/2 off to break his own New York State Men’s 5 slalom record.  He held the previous record of 2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off, set in 2011 on his Goode NANO-twist.

Carlo Allais, Clementine Lucine Medal at Mediterranean Games

Clementine Lucine on her way to the silver medal. Photo courtesy of IWWF.

Carlo Allais earned the gold medal and Clementine Lucine took home silver at the 2013 Mediterranean Games, held last weekend in Mersin, Turkey.

As the top seed heading into the finals, Carlo knew he only needed 4 buoys at 35-off in the rough conditions to take gold for Italy, doing just that to secure the win.  France’s Dailland Thibaut fishished second with 3-1/2 buoys at 35-feet off and Italy’s Luzzeri Matteo was third with 1-1/2 buoys at 35-feet off.

The Women faced better conditions as Clementine scored 2-1/2 buoys at 38-feet off to finish second, a buoy-and-a-half behind her French teammate Manon Costard.  Italy’s Beatrice Ianni finished third.

Eight countries (Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Spain and Turkey) competed in the slalom event, which was part of the 4,000-athlete, 24-country, 32-sport games.  For complete results, click here.

Video: Regina wins the Malibu Open for second-consecutive year

Regina Jaquess once again dominated the Women’s field to claim her second-consecutive Malibu Open title (video above), and perhaps even more impressively, add to a winning streak that started in May of 2012.  The world record holder has not lost a tournament since getting on the NANO ONE prior to last year’s Masters.

Regina (3-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off) took out Whitney McClintock (3-1/4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off) in the head-to-head finals to earn the title.  It wasn’t the only hardware she collected on the weekend, as Friday night she was named the WaterSki Magazine Female Slalom Skier of the Year, also for the second-straight year.