If the pro water ski scene didn’t take notice back in November when he scooped up the bronze at the World Championships, it’s certainly aware of Great Britain’s Freddie Winter now after his second-place finish at last weekend’s California Pro-Am in Sacramento, Calif.
Freddie beat out a top field of pros to advance to his first-ever head-to-head professional final, where he skied a more-than respectable 3 buoys at 41 off to finish second to Nate Smith’s 0.5 at 43 off.
The showing moved Freddie into the top-five of the IWWF’s Elite Rankings List for the first time ever, raising his ranking from sixth to fourth.
Freddie’s best-ever U.S. showing was among the many highlights of the weekend for Team GOODE, as it scored six of the nine podiums spot in Men’s and Women’s pros, and Master Men’s.
World No. 1 Regina Jaquess claimed her second-consecutive Pro Am title while her fellow GOODE teammate Karen Truelove placed third.
Team GOODE swept the top-three in Master Men’s, with Jeremy Newby-Ricci, Jay Leach and Todd Ristorcelli going 1-2-3.