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Juniors set new records on GOODE skis

Ruth McCreary

Team GOODE’s pros aren’t the only ones breaking records and winning tournaments, as two Junior skiers have recently put up big scores on their GOODE skis.

Italy’s Brando Caruso scored 5-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off last weekend to set a new Italian Junior national record.

Texan Ruth McCreary continues to bounce back from a stress fracture that sidelined her for much of 2011, as she tied the Girls 2 national slalom record of 3 buoys at 38-feet off.  The mark also sets a pending South Central regional record.

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GOODE skiers sweep boys slalom at Junior U.S. Open

Dane Mechler (image courtesy of the Ohio Water Ski Association)
Dane Mechler (image courtesy of the Ohio Water Ski Association)

Skiers on GOODEs swept the Boys slalom competition at the 12th Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships, as Dane Mechler, Nick Lang and Wyatt Haines took first, second and third, respectively.

Dane scored 2 buoys at 38-feet off to claim the title, while Nick and Wyatt rounded 5 and 4 buoys at 35-feet off.  Daniel Di Pol, also skiing on a GOODE, took fourth place with a score of 1-1/2 at 35-feet off.

The two-day tournament, which took place at Lake of Dreams in Jerseyville, Ill., featured Men and Women (ages 17 to 21) and Boys and Girls divisions (ages 16 and under) in slalom, tricks and jumping.

Team GOODE looking for victories at 53rd Masters

The stage is set for a big 53rd Masters Water Ski Tournament for Team GOODE this weekend as more Men’s and Women’s slalom competitors will ride GOODE skis than any other manufacturer.

In the Men’s competition, defending world champion Thomas Degasperi will be joined by fellow Team GOODE skiers Nick Parsons, the world’s No. 6 ranked skier, and Adam Sedlmajer, a first time Masters slalom qualifier.

On the Women’s side, two-time Masters slalom champion Regina Jaquess and 2005 champion Karen Truelove will be joined by Team GOODE’s Clementine Lucine, who qualified for the event by running 1 buoy at 39-1/2 feet off at last weekend’s Masters Last Chance Qualifier.

For two Team GOODE skiers in particular, the Masters offers the chance to achieve special career milestones.

Adam, whose only previous Masters experience came on a trick ski, has spent the last few months itching to slalom on the Masters’ hallowed water.

“I’m very honored for the chance to swerve on the famous Robin Lake,” said Adam, who completed his MBA two weeks ago at the University of Louisiana-Monroe.  “Slaloming there has been my dream ever since I attended my first Masters in 2007, when I came to study in the United States.”

And while it might be understandable if he had some pre-Masters nervousness, Adam says he’s not letting the pressure of the event get to him.

“I’m going to take the Masters as if it were any other tournament,” said Adam.  “I know it is very prestigious tournament, but you can’t let that get into your mind.  I’m planning on skiing the same as I do everyday.”

On the other side of the Masters-experience spectrum is Thomas, who first competed there in 2006.  For him, this weekend presents an opportunity to add a rare missing piece in the collection of titles he’s won across the globe during his extraordinary career.

“I’ve won two world championships, the Malibu Open, a bunch of pro tour stops and five European titles, but not the Masters,” said Degasperi, who is coming off a victory earlier this month at the Proa Nautique Mexico Open.  “This tournament is definitely one that I would like to add to my list.  There are many good skiers that can go home with that ring on their finger, but I know I can do it.”

In the junior ranks, GOODE skiers Brando Caruso and Makayla Haw will be looking to defend their 2011 Junior Masters titles.  Brando won last year’s event with a score of 5-1/2 buoys at 38-feet off, while Makayla earned her victory with 1 buoy at 38-feet off.

After winning the Junior Women’s title at the Moomba Masters in March, Makayla will be seeking her second-straight major title since switching to Team GOODE and the GOODE NANO earlier this year.

To keep up with the performances of Team GOODE and the entire Masters field, watch the tournament’s live webcast at masterswaterski.com.

NANO takes water skiing world by storm, becomes GOODE’s surprise best seller

When the GOODE NANO hit the market last spring, Dave Goode expected it to be well received by the marketplace, but didn’t expect the quantity of sales to exceed the 9900 line that had been GOODE’s flagship product.

Boy, was he pleasantly surprised.

Not only did the NANO burst on the scene to quickly become GOODE’s top-selling ski, its success powered the company to its best year ever; quite an achievement considering the state of the economy.

“I thought our most popular ski was still going to be the 9960,” says Dave during a recent interview from GOODE’s headquarters in Ogden, Utah.  “Regina Jaquess and Chris Parrish had both just set world records on the 9900 and the 9960 was an improvement on that.  So it was really awesome to see skiers step up so quickly and make the NANO our number one selling ski.”

While the nano carbon fiber and resin used in the ski provides more stiffness and performance than traditional carbon, its higher material costs also leads to its higher price tag.

“I knew it was a great skiing ski,” says Dave, “and even though it was going to require more costly materials I wanted to build the best ski that I could, even if it meant it wouldn’t be our top unit seller.

“But it didn’t work out that way.  People wanted to get the best.  They understood what the advantages were and went in that direction.  It was a really cool.”

If the overwhelming sales success of the NANO was a surprise, the ski’s performance certainly wasn’t.  Early on in the testing process it was evident to Dave and other testers that the ski’s new materials and twist dual rocker combined to make a high performance slalom machine.

“I took it down to test at Imperial Lakes with Dave Miller and Paul Donatt,” recalls Dave.  “Dave Miller and I were on the dock when all of a sudden we heard whooping and hollering. Someone’s yelling ‘Paul just ran a super easy 38.’  So Dave says ‘give it to me,’ goes out and just loves it.  That’s when we knew we really had something.”

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“It’s the best ski I have ever been on,” says Dave Miller, winner of the 2010 Big Dawg Championships.  “The “twist” allows the ski to come through the turn on each side quicker and smoother allowing you to stay more open with less rotation.”

Meanwhile, 1,500 miles away in Covington, La., perennial Big Dawg power house Chad Scott caught wind of the new design and called Dave to ask him for a chance to try it.  Dave obliged and sent him the third NANO ever made.

“I ran a practice personal best the first day I skied on it,” says Chad.  “It is so easy to ski, it’s unreal.”

Chad liked the ski so much that he never sent it back, skiing on it for the rest of the 2011 season, winning the Texas Big Dawg and tying the Master Men’s U.S. National record with 3-1/2 buoys at 41-feet off in the process.

BIG WINS, BIG SCORES

Chad hasn’t been the only one to find tournament success on the ski, as it’s proven itself on the professional, elite and world stages.

Just two weekends ago Team GOODE’s Thomas Degasperi, Nick Parsons and Javier Julio rode the NANO to a 1-2-3 sweep of the Proa Nautique Mexico Open.

Kyle Tate rode it to win the Big Dawg 2011 Championships and earlier this year skiers on it swept the podium at the Peru Big Dawg with David Miller, Todd Kuykendall and John Shealy placing first, second and third, respectively.  In the junior ranks, Makayla Haw clinched the Junior Women’s slalom title at the Moomba Masters while riding the ski.

JAQUESS SETS WORLD RECORD ON NANO JUST MONTHS AFTER SKI’S INTRODUCTION

But the ski’s biggest performance took place last October when it joined its 9900 brethren in the record books with Regina Jaquess’ Women’s slalom world record of 2 buoys at 41-feet off.  Prior to setting the record, Regina and the ski had been on a tear, running 39-1/2-feet off all three rounds of a tournament in Santa Rosa Beach, running it again a week later in Okeeheelee and then finally breaking her own world record of 1-1/2 buoys at 41-feet off set on the 9900.

Shortly after setting the record, Regina complimented her NANO.

“It’s working awesome,” said Regina.  “It’s definitely a great ski.”

MORE IN STORE FOR 2012

While the NANO had a breakout 2011 and has gotten off to a good start in 2012, the man who designed and engineered it thinks that there is still much more to come.

“Like any technologically advanced product, there are early adopters who are very eager to try the latest and greatest,” says Dave.  “But a lot of skiers, the bulk of the market really, take more of a wait-and-see approach before they make their decision.  This ski has proven itself with big scores and big wins, so those wait-and-see skiers don’t need to wait any longer, especially as they see their friends and competitors on starting docks holding a NANO.  We are seeing more and more people buying NANOs, so we know there are going to be a lot of personal bests go down this year.”

Team GOODE’s T-Gas, Parsons and Javier sweep in Mexico

There must be something about GOODE skis and Latin American water.  A little over a month after GOODE skiers went 1-2-3 at the Peru Big Dawg, pro Team GOODE members Thomas Degasperi, Nick Parsons and Javier Julio swept the podium at the Proa Nautique Mexico Open.

T-Gas scored a half buoy at 41-feet off to earn his first professional title of the year, while Nick and Javier placed second and third with 4-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off and 4-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off, respectively.  Like the top three finishers at the Peru Big Dawg, all three rode the GOODE NANO-“twist” with PowerShell 5 boots.

The tournament was held at the Urban Wake Water Ski Complex in Querétaro, Mexico, and featured a field that included Brooks Wilson, Jason McClintock, Daniel Odvarko, and several of Latin America’s top skiers.

Team GOODE member interview: Karen Truelove

As one of skiing’s most consistent pros, Team GOODE member Karen Truelove is no stranger to the upper echelons of Women’s slalom. In fact, since the IWSF Elite rankings list began in 2002, Karen hasn’t finished a year ranked outside the top four.

With the American pro schedule getting ready to kick off next month with one of her favorite tournaments – the U.S. Masters – we caught up with Karen to discuss what she has on tap for 2012, how her training is impacted by being married to the world’s best jumper, and whether life as a professional athlete has changed with motherhood.

What are your goals for the 2012 pro season?

Karen: I did not have a very consistent 2011 season. I started out pretty strong with a Moomba win and runner-up finish at the U.S. Masters, but by the end of the summer I had some of the worst finishes that I have had in awhile. I have made some changes in my approach to my training and am really concentrating on what works for me.

You’ve been invited to the 2012 Masters, which is a tournament you’ve had success at including a title in 2005 and a number of top-three finishes. What’s your approach as you head into the final weeks of pre-Masters preparation?

Karen: I love the Masters! I always go into that tournament knowing that the competition is going to be high and I want to be at my best. I may not always reach that point, but anything can happen on Robin Lake. Once the tournament starts, it’s anyone’s game. I just try to work on being strong on my ski and try to be ready to ski in challenging conditions.

You’ve been a pro since the late 90s. How does that amount of experience give you an edge over some of your younger competitors who don’t have as much experience under their belts?

Karen: Sometimes I don’t know that it’s an advantage. The sport has changed so much in the last 10 years – with equipment, boats, cruise control – that it almost feels new to me a lot of times. In many ways, there’s been a lot of “starting over.” I do think that because of all my years of skiing professionally that I am starting to understand and realize what works best for me. That’s the main advantage that I see.

Right now the world record stands at 2 buoys at 41-feet off, a mark first set by your fellow Team GOODE member Regina Jaquess … how far can it go?

Karen: I think there are definitely a few more turns to be made! We are seeing a rise in scores from both men and women and that’s just the way sports go. There are peaks and lulls. I think a lot of it has to do with innovations in skis, speed control, smaller wakes, and a better understanding of technique.

Everyone knows your husband Freddy Krueger as one of the best jumpers ever, but not as many know that he has a strong three-event background. How much does he help you with slalom coaching?

Karen: Unfortunately, Freddy isn’t hitting the slalom much these days; life is just too full for us. But because he does have background in slalom skiing he tends to understand things pretty well. It all comes down to knowing the basics anyway. Naturally, he relates to his jumping first and that’s OK by me because sometimes I understand it better when we do talk about it in reference to jumping. That’s what I see the most in our daily training and it gives me my own perspective on how to translate it into slalom.

And you’ve jumped on the professional level in the past as well, so do you coach him a lot?

Karen: Yes, every day. We work really well together. Freddy can coach himself but I am just there to help “clean things” up every now and then. You’ve got to have that one person who knows what you do at your best and can help you get there.

Your son Dash was born in 2009. How much has becoming a parent changed your life as a professional athlete?

Karen: It has changed things tremendously!! I have such respect for athletes who are also parents. You don’t know until you go through it, but it takes so much juggling to get everything accomplished.

I could not do it without our parents’ support. Time is a serious commodity now and we have to really be diligent with our training schedule. It’s easy to not get the recovery time that you need and that has been a big learning curve for us. It’s all trial and error but so far we have been really fortunate. We love being parents and wouldn’t trade it for the world!

GOODE Skiers sweep Top 3 spots at Big Dawg Peru

(From left to right) Todd Kuykendall, Dave Miller and John Shealy on the podium at the Peru stop of the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour

Skiers on the GOODE NANO-“twist” took the top three spots at the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour’s Latin America stop in Bajuma, Peru, as Dave Miller topped Todd Kuykendall in the head-to-head final round to take the title.

Dave ran 5 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off to Todd’s 2-1/2 buoys at the same length to earn the win, while John Shealy scored 3-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off to finish third. Half of the Elite Eight rode the GOODE NANO-“twist.”

The six-stop tour continues June 30 to July 1 at The Lakes at Cypress Hills in Cypress, Texas.  For more information about the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour, visit www.NautiqueBigDawg.com.