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.