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Introducing the all new GOODE FlexTail™, the first ski with a tail that turns

Today GOODE released the FlexTail™, the company’s most revolutionary ski since it introduced the carbon fiber water ski in 1994.

The FlexTail features an innovative nano carbon fiber backbone and through-cut support ribs, making the ski the first ever designed to flex laterally in the tail, left to right.

“Our major goal was to design a ski that was as efficient as possible from the buoy to the first wake,” says Dave Goode, president and founder of GOODE Skis. “While previous skis have only been able to flex longitudinally and torsionally, the FlexTail is the first ever ski to flex laterally as well. This extra dimension of ski design allows the ski to maintain speed after the buoy and into the wake, creating a more efficient turn that pushes less water. It carries so much speed from the buoy line that it gives you a whole new look at the course. You’ll be up course, nearly ahead of the boat with a tight line.”

The lateral flex is enabled by three diagonal cuts all the way through the ski between the bindings and the tail end of the ski. The one-millimeter slots form ribs, and when combined with the backbone, a patent-pending endoskeleton that gives the tail the ability to flex one way or another, depending on which side you are turning. To visualize, imagine a shark’s tail moving left and right, back and forth.

One of the many Team GOODE skiers who has been impressed with the FlexTail has been the No. 1 ranked Men’s slalom skier in the world, Chris Parrish.

Parrish has been on the ski for nearly two months and has put up huge scores on it. Three times already this season Parrish has equaled his top score from all of the 2014 season, 1.5 buoys at 43 feet off.

“I’ve just been blown away by this ski,” said Chris, who rode the FlexTail to the highest single score at last weekend’s Swiss Pro Slalom event. “No matter how hard I charge the turn, no matter how short the rope, the ski is just there with me in the turns. It keeps my speed up, builds huge angle and then, bam, I’m off to the next buoy nice and early. I’ve never been so excited about a ski, or an upcoming season.”

Another early-season success for the ski during its testing phase was the first Nautique Big Dawg World Tour event of the year in Acapulco, Mexico, in April. Skiers on the FlexTail finished first and second as Chad Scott earned the win and Dave Miller finished runner up.

“We’ve been so excited about the FlexTail that it’s been very hard to keep everything under wraps,” said Dave. When you have that eureka moment you want to share it with everybody, but there are numerous steps you have to go through until a ski is truly ready. It feels great to be able to share this ski with everyone and let them experience what we’ve been feeling for the last few months.”

The FlexTail is available now in four sizes: 63.75″ (up to 110 lbs.), 65.25″ (110-150 lbs.), 66.50″ (150-190 lbs.) and 67.75″ (over 190 lbs.). The price is $1,890 and comes with GOODE’s five-year warranty and its re-introduced $25.00, two-week demo program.

To order, visit store.goode.com, call 1-888-GO-GOODE or visit the GOODE dealer near you.

GOODE welcomes Greg Badal to the team

GOODE Skis is happy to announce that the 2014 Master Men’s U.S. National slalom champion and multiple Big Dawg tour stop winner Greg Badal has joined Team GOODE.

“We are really excited to have Greg on our ski,” said Dave Goode. “He’s such a great skier and tough competitor that it will be really nice to have him on our side.”

Badal says he went through a lengthy process to determine which ski he was going to ride next before ultimately choosing GOODE.

“I rode every ski on the market before I decided to make the switch, and at the end of the day, GOODE’s stock ski out of the box was better than everything else, including the skis I was building myself,” said Greg.

“And that was before I got on the FlexTail. Once I got on it I knew my performances would be more consistent and better on it. It’s really a revelation for me. When the ski comes into the turn you have less to do because it’s so more efficient and easier to ride. It grabs more angle on the backside of the buoy than anything I’ve ever ridden. It just turns easier and lighter.

Regina wins Swiss Slalom Pro, Brooke nabs first podium

It’s not surprising that Regina Jaquess (1st) and Whitney McClintock (2nd) finished in the top two at last weekend’s Swiss Pro Slalom event.

But 14-year old Brooke Baldwin may have surprised a few people with a third-place finish that undoubtedly served notice to a field of competitors that the future may be here before they expected it.

The Swiss Pro Slalom was Brooke’s first ever pro event and all she did was set a new personal best of 2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off in the semis on the way to earning her first podium in a stacked pro women’s field.

Her showing at the Swiss Pro Slalom, coupled with her dominating performance one weekend earlier at the Junior Masters, earned her USA Water Ski’s Female Athlete of the Month honors for May.

Regina was also able to go back-to-back, taking home the Swiss Pro Slalom title after winning the Masters the previous weekend. In the final round she scored 1-1/2 buoys at 41 off to top Whitney’s 2 at 39 and Brooke’s 4 at 38.

In Men’s slalom, Team GOODE’s Chris Parrish finished second, while Freddie Winter and Nate Smith took first and third, respectively.

Regina claims 5th career Masters slalom title

2015 Masters Women’s slalom finalists (left to right) Clementine Lucine, Manon Costard, Regina Jaquess, and Whitney McClintock.
Photo courtesy Des Burke Kennedy.

After a disappointing second-place finish at the 2014 Masters, Regina Jaquess returned to Callaway Gardens this year with one goal in mind: reclaiming the Women’s slalom title. Welp … mission accomplished.

Regina topped Manon Costard in a run-off during Sunday’s final round to earn the win and claim her fifth career Women’s slalom title. The two skiers tied with 2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 off in the finals, but Regina’s run off score of 4-1/2 at 38 was enough to top Manon’s 1-1/2 at 38 on a windy and challenging Robin Lake. Whitney McClintock finished third while Team GOODE’s Clementine Lucine advanced to the finals and finished fourth.

In Men’s slalom, Nate Smith edged Freddie Winter for the title, while two Team GOODE skiers – recent addition Daniel Odvarko and defending champion Thomas Degasperi – took third and fourth, respectively. Daniel’s impressive showing came in his very first Masters and his first big tournament after joining GOODE. Thomas looked to be in good form to defend his title, but injured his back during the semifinals and was unable to attempt a pass in the finals.

Of the eight spots available in the slalom finals, Team GOODE skiers earned four while winning one of two titles.

In the Junior ranks, GOODE Junior Team skier Brooke Baldwin took home both the Junior Women’s slalom and overall titles.

For complete results, visit masterswaterski.com.

Team GOODE to take on Masters this weekend

A number of Team GOODE skiers will be in the running for titles as the 56th Masters kicks off tomorrow with the Junior Men’s and Women’s events. The pros hit the water on Saturday, with final rounds taking place on Sunday.

The tournament will be webcast live here, and schedule, scores and more can be found at masterswaterski.com.

Team GOODE athletes competing this weekend include defending champion Thomas Degasperi, Regina Jaquess, Chris Parrish, Karen Truelove, Daniel Odvarko, and Clementine Lucine in the pro ranks. Junior GOODE skiers include Abbi Grathwohl, Nick Lang, Brooke Baldwin, and Bailey Austin.

Chad Scott wins, Team GOODE takes top-4 spots at Big Dawg Mexico

Chad Scott topped Dave Miller in the head-to-head finals and six of the Elite 8 rode GOODEs as the first stop in the 2015 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour concluded today at Ski Paradise in Acapulco, Mexico.

Chad scored 5 at 39-1/2 off to Dave’s 3.5 at the same rope length to earn the win. Fellow GOODE skiers Bruce Dodd finished third, Marc Shaw fourth, Greg Badal sixth, and Todd Ristorcelli seventh.

For complete Sweet 16 results, click here.

Get GOODE in 2015

Are you ready for your best season ever? Then you are ready to getGOODEin2015.com, a new mini website devoted to helping you ski better this upcoming year.

Check out getGOODEin2015.com to:

  • Learn more about the latest GOODE gear
  • Find the demo location nearest you
  • Attend a clinic featuring GOODE’s team of world-renowned coaches
  • Get the latest training tips from Team GOODE skiers

Look for getGOODEin2015.com to be updated throughout the year.

Karen leads after first round at Moomba

The Moomba Masters are underway and Team GOODE’s Karen Truelove is on top after the first round of Women’s slalom.

Karen ran 5 at 38 to snag the highest score in the preliminaries.  Gene Kruger qualified second with 3 at 38 and Whitney McClintock third with 2 at 38.  Team GOODE’s Lauren Morgan qualified sixth, while Erika Lang and Clementine Lucine were in a four-skier logjam at eight place.

The Men’s slalom event hits the water Saturday, with the semi finals for both Men and Women’s slalom taking place Sunday.

For results and schedule, click here. For the live online broadcast, click here.

Moomba kicks off 2015 pro season

Team GOODE’s Thomas Degasperi will be looking to defend his title at the 2015 Moomba Masters. Photo courtesy Des Burke-Kennedy/IWWF.

While it may seem unlikely for those in the U.S. who are just coming off record-low temperatures and record-high snowfalls, the 2015 pro water ski season officially kicks off tomorrow as the Moomba Masters gets underway in Melbourne, Australia.

The Juniors will take to the water Wednesday and Thursday, while the pro Men and Women will compete for titles Friday through Monday.

Team GOODE will be well represented and looking to repeat it’s success from a year ago, when it took home two titles and earned four podium finishes.

Among the Men’s pro team members expected to compete are defending champion Thomas Degasperi, No. 1 seed Chris Parrish, Nick Parsons, Martin Bartalsky and Javier Julio. The Women’s side includes No. 2 seed Karen Truelove, Clementine Lucine, Lauren Morgan, and Erika Lang.

For the full list of competitors and event schedule, click here.  Tournament organizers plan to deliver a live webcast of the event, available here.

Trent’s Two Tips

Team GOODE’s Trent Finlayson approaches skiing from two different, yet equally important perspectives.

First, he’s a top pro contender and co-Canadian National record holder that gets into some serious shortline. And second, he’s emerging as one of the top coaches in the business, tutoring the likes of Bailey Austin and the Grathwohl girls to prominence on the national and international stages.

Whether it’s prepping for his own skiing, or working with his students, he likes to focus on two process-oriented steps:

Purposeful Skiing: Construct a game plan before leaving the dock

“While there is nothing wrong with a low-pressure spontaneous ski ride from time to time, don’t let yourself fall into the routine of hitting the water without specific intent. Before you begin your warm up decide what you are going to address, work on and accomplish during your next 45 minutes. You might be honing a specific skill or working on your timing at your most difficult pass. Either way, formulate a plan and stick to it.”

Mechanics vs. Foundation: Don’t lose the forest for the trees

“Watch the top skiers in the world and it becomes apparent that there are many different ways to succeed in the course. However, while many of the specific mechanics may differ, the big-picture fundamentals are strikingly similar. The chief mistake many skiers make in their analysis of technique is allowing themselves to get clouded by the details. Everything from handle height to hip orientation is the result of proper alignment and timing. Instead of trying to fix a multitude of smaller mechanical errors, analyze how your speed, alignment and direction may be affecting them.”

For additional coaching, contact Trent at trentfinlayson@hotmail.com or (830) 556-6666. Trent is sponsored by GOODE Skis, MasterCraft Boats, InTow Ropes and Handles, Bennetts Ski and Wake, and Str8 Training.