Team GOODE’s Regina Jaquess has been named the IWWF Female Athlete of the Year for 2018.
Regina had another incredible year in 2018, winning titles at the Swiss Pro Slalom, Lake 38 Pro-Am, Americas’ Cup Invitational, Malibu Open, California Waterski Pro Am, GOODE Nationals, and Pan American Water Ski Championships. She also pushed her own Women’s world slalom record to 4 buoys at 41-feet off.
GOODE skiers claimed five slalom golds on their way to a huge medal haul at the 2018 Pan American Water Ski Championships, held Nov. 12-18, at Lago Los Morros in San Bernardo, Chile.
The biennial event featured skiers from the Americas competing in slalom, tricks and jumping in the Under 14, Over 35, Over 45 and Over 55, Under 17, Under 21 and Elite categories.
GOODE skiers winning slalom medals were Dominga Gonzalez (Gold, Under 14 girls), Kennedy Hansen (Silver, Under 17 girls), Alejandro De Osma (Bronze, Under 21 Women), Diego Font (Bronze, Under 21 Men), Alana Jones (Bronze, Under 14 Girls), Regina Jaquess (Gold, Open Women), Brandy Nagle, (Gold, Over 35 Women), Rodrigo Miranda (Silver, Over 35 Men), Jeff Surdej (Bronze, Over 35 Men), Kristy Kraus (Silver, Over 45 Women), Hutch Haines (Silver, Over 45 Men), Joy Kelley (Gold, Over 55 Women), Janie Fausold (Silver, Over 55 Women), Bruce Dodd (Gold, Over 55 Men), and Mark Stevens (Silver, Over 55 Men).
After beginning with 16 skiers in June, the 2018 GOODE Bracket Challenge came down to two skiers in September: No. 1 seed Regina Jaquess and No. 3 seed Dave Miller.
Decided by the single highest preliminary round score at last weekend’s California Pro AM, Dave squeaked by Regina – 1.5 at 41 to her 1 at 41 – to win the title.
See the video above for a recap and the final brackets here.
In the online contest it was a battle between the only two fans whose brackets remained perfect: Bruce_Dodd and PCM. Bruce_Dodd picked Miller to win, while PCM picked Regina, so Bruce_Dodd’s bracket is perfect and is the season champion.
The pro tournament season ended with a bang for Team GOODE as it took home three titles and a runner-up finish at last weekend’s California Pro Am at Bell Aqua Lake 2.
Regina Jaquess scored 2 buoys at 41 off to beat Manon Costard (5.5 at 39) in the final round to win her sixth career California Pro Am Women’s slalom title. Fellow GOODE skier Karen Truelove made the eight-skier finals and finished 7th.
In Men’s slalom, Thomas Degasperi rang up multiple scores into 41 – including tying for the highest score of the weekend at 3 at 41 – before finishing second behind winner Will Asher. Adam Sedlmajer continued his recent streak of good showings by making the finals and placing 6th.
In the Masters Men event, seven of the final eight skiers were all on GOODEs as Greg Badal took home the win by defeating Mark Menasci in the final round. Chad Scott finished third and Steve Schroeder fourth.
And finally, the handicapped amateur division was won by Ken Ferrante, who took home the win just a couple weeks after jumping on the new RéVolution. GOODE skier Bob Hardeman set a pending Mens 8 national record of 3 at 38 off.
Former Men’s Slalom World Champion Jeff Rodgers won the Big Dawg World Tour Finals Sunday at Lake Jepawhit in Gaines, Mich., holding off seven GOODE skiers who all advanced to the Elite 8.
Rodgers topped Todd Johnson in the final round to earn the win, while Dave Miller (3rd) edged Mark Menasci (4th) in the consolation bracket. Additional GOODE skiers who qualified for the Elite 8 were Jeremy Newby-Ricci, Ben Favret, Chad Scott, and Greg Badal. GOODE skiers also claimed 12 of the Sweet 16 spots.
Heading into the Big Dawg Finals a GOODE skier had won each stop on the tour this year as Miller won at both Okeeheelee and Cedar Ridge, Greg Sund won in Sesena, Spain, and Badal won at Laku Landing.
And then there were two. Two skiers still standing and only two fans still alive in the online contest.
No. 1 seed Regina Jaquess will face No. 3 seed Dave Miller in the final round of the GOODE Bracket Challenge as Regina (1@41) bested Chad Scott (4.5@38) and Dave (3@41) edged Greg Badal (3@41) to advance to the next round. View the brackets here.
Since both Regina and Dave will compete at this month’s California Pro-Am in Rio Linda, Calif., that tournament will be used to crown the 2018 Bracket Challenge champion.
Only two fans have a chance to win the top prize as Bruce_Dodd and PCM are the only two out of 219 entrants to have unblemished brackets so far. And interestingly enough, each of them has picked a different skier to win it all. Bruce Dodd picked Dave Miller, while PCM selected Regina Jaquess. Here we go!
Round 1 of the 2018 GOODE Bracket Challenge is complete and for the most part favorites advanced in orderly fashion. The only lower seed to advance over a higher seed was No. 12 Marc Shaw who topped Kyle Tate, who did not ski in a tournament in June.
See June’s full results below and the updated brackets here.
The second round sets up a number of intriguing match-ups, including:
No. 1 seed Regina Jaquess vs. one of the hottest skiers in the world right now, Greg Sund. Regina is the Women’s slalom world record holder and three-time defending Women’s world slalom champion, while Greg is coming off a victory at the Big Dawg in Spain, two other Big Dawg top-four finishes and running 41 off twice in the same tournament in June.
No. 3 Dave Miller vs. No. 6 Kevin Bishop. Dave is a perennial threat in any 34mph competition and advanced to the finals of the Bracket Challenge last year. Kevin put up a big score of 2 buoys at 41 off at last month’s Big Dawg in Cedar Ridge, which tied him with Dave and another skier for the highest score of the weekend.
Online Fan Contest
In the online fan contest, 17 of the 219 entrants perfectly picked the first round, while 69 only had one error on their ledger.
Of the 17 perfect brackets so far, Dave Miller is the favorite as picked in eight brackets, with Greg Badal (4), Regina (3), Kevin (1), and Chad (1) all receiving nods.
Round 1 – June 2018
1) Regina Jaques 2@41
16) Jeff Surdej 3@38
8) Greg Sund 1@43
9) Jay Leach 1@41
5) Kyle Tate No tournament in June
12) Marc Shaw 3.5@39
4) Chad Scott 2@41
13) Bruce Dodd 4.5@39
2) Greg Badal 2.5@41
15) Todd Kuykendall 2@41
7) Chet Raley 0.5@41
10) Ben Favret No tournament in June
6) Kevin Bishop 2@41
11) Tim Huston No tournament in June
3) Dave Miller 2.5@41
14) Jeff Milford No tournament in June
One weekend after running 41 off twice and after two top-four finishes at the year’s first two Big Dawg stops, Greg won the Big Dawg Spain stop at the Sesena Waterski Center in Sesena, Spain.
Greg topped Philippe Draux, 5 at 38 to 4 at 38, in the final round to claim the victory. He defeated Raoul Gabriel, Marc Shaw and Dani Teixidor in previous brackets to advance to the finals. Both Greg and fellow GOODE skier Jeremy Newby-Ricci scored 2 at 41 off in the preliminaries to log the second-highest scores behind Philippe’s 2.5 at 41.
Greg’s win, combined with Dave Miller’s victories at both the Okeeheelee and Cedar Ridge stops, means that all three Big Dawg stops in 2018 so far have been won on XTRs.
The GOODE Virtual Water Ski Bracket Challenge is back, once again pitting many of the world’s best 34 mph water skiers against each other in head-to-head match-ups while testing fans’ skiing knowledge with a March-Madness like contest.
World champions and record holders, Senior World championships and perennial Big Dawg and National title contenders will duke it out over the four-round, four-month virtual tournament. Make your bracket picks now.
ONLINE FAN CONTEST
Like previous years, there will be some serious prizes on the line for the top finishers in the online fan contest.
The overall winner will win a free GOODE high-performance slalom ski, while the second- and third-place finishers will receive prize packages from GOODE’s online store.