No. 1 seed Todd Ristorcelli put some distance between him and 8 seed Jay Leach by bumping his score to 3 at 41 off, up from the 2 at 41 off that had him tied with Jay last week.
Chet Raley also added a buoy to his score, running 2 at 41 at the Okeeheelee July Slalom Event. Kyle Tate has four rounds to catch pass Chet though, one at the Southern Regionals and three at Victory Lake’s Last Chance event in Jacksonville on July 31.
Ben Favret, who probably drew the toughest match up in the first round, is still staring down Regina Jaquess’ pending Women’s slalom world record of 3-1/2 at 41.
Chad Scott and Dave Miller are both still tied at 2-1/2 at 41, something Chad will probably be looking to remedy during this weekend’s upcoming South Central Regional Championships.
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.
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Congrats to GOODE skiers Mike and Kim Budreau for being named KDRV’s (Medford, Oregon) amateur athletes of the week. Mike is currently ranked 15th in the U.S. in Men’s 3, while Kim is ranked 10th in Women’s 3.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.