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Goode skiers take Jr. Masters Overall titles

Dorien Llewellyn on his way to a second-place finish in Junior Men’s slalom and the overall title.

Junior Goode skiers Dorien Llewellyn and Charlotte Wharton each battled through windy conditions to take overall titles at Friday’s Junior Masters at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga.

Dorien landed on the podium in each Junior Men’s event, taking second in slalom, first in jumping and third in tricks.

Charlotte scored the maximum points possible, 3,000, to take the Junior Women’s overall title.  She finished second in jumping, fourth in slalom and sixth in tricks.

Additional Team Goode skiers earning podium spots were Kara MacIntyre, who finished second in overall, and Yiannis Nathanail who placed third in slalom.

The pros, including Team Goode’s Regina Jaquess, Thomas Degasperi, Karen Truelove, and Carlo Allais, hit the water beginning today.

Need some world-class coaching? Pacific Slalom to host its first Summer Session clinic in Bakersfield, Calif., on May 31st. Nick Parsons featured coach with Dave Miller, Dave Goode and Steve Cesnauskas on hand to help with ski selection and set up. Call 858.353.2915 to RSVP.

Team Goode Looks to Continue Winning Ways as 2013 Masters Take Place This Weekend

When the 54th Masters Water Ski Tournament kicks off Friday at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga., a number of pro and Junior Team Goode skiers will be hoping to keep a couple winning streaks alive.

Regina Jaquess will be seeking to repeat as Masters Women’s slalom champion, a title she won a year ago after setting the course record in the semi finals.  After missing Moomba to attend to her burgeoning pharmacy practice, the Masters will be her first tournament of 2013.  Last year she won nearly every major tournament, including the Malibu Open, Diablo Shores Pro Am, Soaked, and World Cup Palembang, and skied into 41-feet off five times in October.

While Regina has established her own one-woman string of success, for the Junior members of Team Goode it’s been a collective effort.  In each of the last three major international Junior competitions Goode skiers have swept the top spots in both Boys and Girls divisions.

Attempting to keep the streak going at the Junior Masters will be Wyatt Haines, Yiannis Nathanail, Dane Mechler, and Dorien Llewellyn in Junior Men’s slalom, while on the Junior Women’s slalom side it will be Kara MacIntyre and Charlotte Wharton.

Also skiing at the Masters for Team Goode will be past Champion Karen Truelove, defending World Champion Thomas Degasperi and World No. 7 Carlo Allais.  Karen (4th) and Thomas (2nd) will be looking to improve on their top-four finishes in 2012, while Carlo will be making his first appearance at the Masters since skiing in the Junior division ten years ago.

For the entire field and schedule of events, click here and here.  To watch the competition online, visit MastersWaterSki.com.

Mike Royal Sets Men’s Disabled V1 World Slalom Record

Mike Royal (center) celebrates his world record along with boat judge Dennis Longo (left) and boat driver John Shealy. Photo by Laurie Lindsey.

Mike Royal set the Men’s disabled V1 (blind) world slalom record of 2 buoys at 38-feet off back in 2009.  Since then he’s been battling lack of skiing time while chasing the record for the last four years.  But at the Miami Nautique International tournament two weekends ago that chase finally came to an end as he set a new world record of 2-1/2 buoys at 38-feet off.  

Goode recently caught up with the Magnolia, Texas, skier and talked to him about his skiing.

Hi Mike, thanks for talking with us.  How does it feel to finally top your old record after chasing it for nearly four years?

It just feels great to be skiing at a record level again.  In 2010 and 2011, during an extended drought my training lake’s water level dropped considerably resulting in limited training opportunities and very difficult conditions.  My skiing took a big step backward.

How did it all come together on the world-record pass?

Running the 35-off pass was the key.  In round one I misjudged the head wind and turned inside two ball.  In round two, I got more aggressive behind the boat and more patient at the buoy, which resulted in a complete pass.

The current version Audio Slalom Signal Generator (ASSG) blind skiers use does not incorporate all-buoy timing.  So, I was fairly confident in reaching 2-1/2 at 38 off as long as I did not do anything too stupid.

Disabled worlds are coming up later this summer, are you planning on competing?

Unfortunately, I skied horribly at the 2012 Team Trials, not even running an opener.  As world record holder I could enter Audio Slalom as an individual competitor, but Italy is a long way to go for one event.  Therefore I’ve decided to focus my time and funds to compete at record tournaments in the United States.  Hopefully, I will ski better at the 2014 Team Trials and earn my way back onto the U.S. Disabled Team.

You’ve skied in a worlds before.  How did you do?

In 2009 and 2011 I was a member of the gold-medal winning U.S. Disabled Water Ski Team.  My best individual performance is a bronze medal in tricks in 2011.

How did you get into water skiing?

I started skiing at age ten a few times each summer just for fun.  In 2002, I learned about the ASSG and started to compete.  It requires blind skiers to ski wide enough, getting the handle to 10.1 meters from centerline, to cause a beep for the six buoys within the same time it takes the boat to travel the slalom course.  Maximum speed is 36 mph, which equals 16.1 seconds timed by the ASSG.  Probably like most of your readers, once I started using the ASSG to simulate the slalom course I was hooked.

How long have you been on Goode skis?

My NANO ONE just arrived and it is my third Goode Ski.  My first Goode was the 9800, on which I broke the world record for the first time with 4 at 28 off in May 2009.  On the 9900, in addition to the pending record, I skied record performances of 3 at 32, 1 at 35 and 2 at 38.

How far do you think you can push the world record?

I don’t know how far I can push it, but I plan to keep chasing it as long as I can.  Stay tuned!

Nick Parsons clinic to be held May 31st

Want to be coached by one of the best water skiers in the world?  Team Goode’s Nick Parsons is teaming up with Pacific Slalom to host a clinic at Creekside Lake in Bakersfield, Calif., on May 31st.

Participants will receive personalized expert one-on-one coaching and fin set up assistance from Nick, as well as a Pacific Slalom t-shirt.  His fellow Goode skier, Big Dawg Champion Dave Miller, will also be on hand to help out.

The clinic will be held the day prior to a tournament sponsored by Pacific Slalom and Goode at Paradise Lakes in nearby Arvin, so skiers will be able to put their knew slalom knowledge to immediate use.  Pacific Slalom will have a retail booth on site with the Goode NANO ONE available for purchase.

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Call (858) 353-2915 to book your clinic reservation and time slots. Please register no later than May 27, 2013. There will be 20 rides sold for the day. The cost per ride is $90. All payments must be received in full in order to participate. Pacific Slalom does not accept credit cards. Cancellations with a full refund must be received by May 25, 2013. Multiple ride discounts are available. Please note, the cost for the clinic does not include your entry fee for the Paradise Lakes tournament.

Goode Skis to sponsor and host demo day at 2013 Atlanta Pro Am

SOURCE: BallofSpray Atlanta Pro Am Water Ski Tournament press release

ATLANTA – APRIL 8, 2013 – The BallofSpray Atlanta Pro Am Water Ski Tournament is proud to announce that Goode Skis has agreed to sponsor the BallOfSpray Atlanta Pro Am for the second-consecutive year and host a Demo Day Thursday, May 24th 2013, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Atlanta’s Princeton Lake prior to the Pro Am Tournament.

Skiers across the world have ridden Goode’s NANO ONE to countless personal bests and tournament victories, including the world’s No. 1 Women’s slalom skier, Regina Jaquess, who set a new world record and won the 2012 U.S. Masters on it.  The ski’s big victories also include the 2012 Big Dawg Championships and Masters Men U.S. National Title. Goode Skis founder and owner, Dave Goode, will personally be on hand during the demo day to assist with set up and testing of the ski.

“We are excited to introduce even more skiers to the NANO ONE,” said Dave.  “It’s the best ski we’ve ever had and we look forward to showing skiers just how much it will improve their skiing.”

Goode Skis has a history with the Atlanta Pro Am, playing a major role last year as the title sponsor and contributing to the success of this growing event. Also, both the 2012 Atlanta Pro Am professional event’s Men and Women titles were both won on Goode skis, by Thomas Degasperi and Regina, respectively.

“We are proud to once again support the event and the pro-am format which gets people from all levels of the sport involved,” Dave said.

The Atlanta Pro Am will exclusively use Goode BubbleBuoys turn buoys throughout the weekend.  BubbleBuoys reduce risk of skier injury by compressing when struck by a ski then bouncing back to its original round shape once the skier passes.  Traditional, compressed-air filled buoys do not compress or easily dislodge in the water, instead transferring the full force of impact to the ski and ultimately the skier.

Princeton Lake is located in southwest Atlanta and is hosting the BallOfSpray Atlanta Pro Am for the second consecutive year during Memorial Day Weekend. However, this is the first year the Demo Day program has been added to the event. Skiers of all levels are invited to partake in the Demo Days prior to the event and then compete in the C-class tournament held Saturday, Sunday and along side the professional skiers on Monday.

“The addition of the Demo Days turns Memorial Day weekend into the ideal waterskier’s weekend,” said George Obser, Atlanta Pro Am Event Director.

“It provides an opportunity for slalom enthusiasts to try the newest products on the market with the best skiers in the world. Then they have an opportunity to compete themselves and can even make the quick trip to Callaway Gardens to watch the world’s best compete at the prestigious 54th US Masters. The addition of the Demo Days creates a perfectly packaged weekend for any hardcore skier.”

To sign up for the 2013 BallOfSpray Atlanta Pro Am Goode Skis Demo Day, please email John Horton, Demo Day Coordinator at horton@ballofspray.com. Guest list will be created on a first come, first serve basis.

Chet Raley talks Juniors, skis and keeping up with the Big Dawgs

Chet Raley has long been one of water skiing’s most sought-after coaches … and he’s a pretty good skier himself.  Goode Skis recently spoke with Chet about two of the brightest young students he coaches at his Palm Beach Training Center, the ski he’s riding on and how he’s been able to do more than just hang with the younger Big Dawgs.

Two of your students, Yiannis Nathanail and Samantha Dumula, just won Junior world titles.  How does that accomplishment stack up with some of the other things you’ve achieved in the sport?

I don’t really take credit for kids’ or students’ accomplishments because that is their hard work. I work hard with them but their success is theirs.  It’s beautiful though and very, very rewarding to watch them try as hard as they try and have good things come to fruition.

Now that they’ve both experienced their first taste of success at the world level, what can we expect from them in coming years?

With both Yiannis and Samantha the sky is absolutely the limit. They are very bright, very smart kids that both have incredible parents that should get as much credit as anyone.  They have the potential to do whatever they want, but school is going to be a major priority for both. But they can go as far as they want to go in skiing.

You’ve been skiing on the new NANO ONE since last summer and have put a lot of your students on the ski.  What do you like about it?

First of all, it’s the best Goode ever created, no question about it.  You can make almost any ski functional, but to make it more superior than anything else it has to be really good. And it’s a superior product. The addition of inserts is really cool and a lot of people have clamored for that for a long time, but that’s secondary to the way it performs. It has two good sides, which is not normal for skis of the last 10 years or so.

You’ve skied on many different Goodes in the past. How does this ski compare and contrast to those others?  

Pro skiers are good about keeping a wet ski and in other sports that’s important too. The more of that edge you put into the snow, ice or water the better control you have.  None of the other skis set an edge better than this ski and that is worth its weight in gold.

Like any sport, water skiing in continuously evolving. What new concepts or thoughts are you incorporating into your coaching?  

It evolves almost yearly, and I’d say dramatically each year. The idea of skiing from buoy to buoy has really changed.  That’s the net result, but there is a lot of interest in skiing from the apex near the buoy to the wake right now. Deliberately setting an edge that sustains angle that culminates in the center line behind the boat.  It’s a much nicer way to ski than the old days of turning, stalling, grabbing the line and pulling like a mad man to gain back your losses.

The Big Dawg series seems to get tougher and tougher each year yet you are always at or near the top.  How have you been able to stay so competitive even while new talent has entered the series?

Well, you better continue to change, evolve and learn if you want to keep up.  As an old man (Editor’s note: Chet is 56) in a young man’s sport, you just continue to keep it up and not sit around and think that you have it all figured out. You have to evolve with better equipment and you have to work hard, just like the kids I coach do.

Team Goode takes half of Moomba slalom podium spots

Team Goode got a great start to the 2013 major tournament season by taking three of six podium positions during the final rounds of the Moomba Masters earlier today in Melbourne, Australia.

Team Goode skiers took two podium spots in Men’s slalom as Adam Sedlmajer and Thomas Degasperi finished second and third, respectively, after each scoring 3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off. Adam finished a spot ahead of Thomas due to a higher semi-final round score.  Chris Parrish finished first with 3 buoys at 41-feet off.

The second-place finish represents Adam’s best-ever finish in a professional slalom tournament.  The defending world overall champion also took the Moomba Men’s overall title for the second time in his career.

Women’s slalom also featured a tie between Goode skiers as Karen Truelove and Clementine both scored 3 buoys at 38-feet off.  Karen earned third place with Clementine taking fourth due to their semi-final scores.  Whitney McClintock placed first with a score of 2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off while Emma Sheers was second with 5-1/2 buoys at 38-feet off.

All three Team Goode podium finishes were on the Goode NANO ONE.

For more information, visit moombamasters.com.au.

Goode skiers sweep girls slalom at Jr. Worlds, finish 1-2 in boys

Samantha Dumala led a Goode sweep in girls slalom, placing first while Erika Lang and Kara MacIntyre took second and third, respectively.
Yiannis Nathanail of Greece road his Goode NANO ONE to the gold medal in boys slalom at the Junior Worlds, while fellow Goode skier Santiago Robledo of Colombia earned silver. Photo courtesy of Greek Water Ski News.

Goode skiers swept the girls slalom podium and nearly did the same in boys at yesterday’s Junior World Water Ski Championships in Mulwala, Australia.

Samantha Dumala led the Goode/USA sweep by winning the world title as Erika Lang finished second and Kara MacIntyre third. Samantha and Erika tied in the final round with 1 buoy at 38-feet off, but Samantha come out on top in the runoff.  Kara scored 4 buoys at 35-feet off to win the bronze.

In boys slalom, Goode skiers finished first and second as Yiannis Nathanail of Greece earned the title with 2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off and Santiago Robledo of Colombia took second with 3 buoys at 38-feet off.

Both Samantha and Yiannis train at Chet Raley’s Palm Beach Training Center, an official Goode demo center.