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WaterSki coverboy: Dorien Llewellyn

By anyone’s standards, skiing into 39-1/2 feet off on Robin Lake, defending your Junior Masters overall title and getting a twitter shout out from Olympic and World Cup star Lindsey Vonn would be a pretty good week.

But for Team GOODE Junior skier Dorien Llewellyn, that was just a start.

Home from his huge weekend in Georgia, Dorien got news that he’d be gracing the cover of the next issue of WaterSki magazine.

Not too bad Dorien, not too bad.

Parrish leads GOODE trifecta at Malibu Pro-Am Atlanta

“Athletes have their peaks and valleys and I just feel like I’m at that peak level right now.” – Chris Parrish after winning the Malibu Pro-Am Atlanta

Photo by WaterSki Atlanta

Chris Parrish earned his first victory of the 2014 season as he led the way for a Team GOODE trifecta at the Malibu Pro-Am Atlanta Memorial Day at Whitestone Lakes.

Chris scored 3.5 buoys at 41 to take the title by a half-buoy edge over top seed Will Asher. Team GOODE’s Freddie Winter took fourth with 1.5 buoys at 41.

“I had Asher behind me and that is one guy you can’t count out,” said Chris. “He’s a truly great athlete and a real competitor. Getting a piece of four ball (at 41 off) at a pro tournament is huge and to know I won with that score is very gratifying.”

Regina Jaquess skied to within reach of her own world record to take the Women’s slalom title with 1.5 buoys at 41 off. The win possibly marks the beginning of a new winning streak for Regina, coming just a day after her more than two-plus year winning streak ended at the Masters.

In Master Men’s, Team GOODE’s Jeremy Newby-Ricci took first with 2 buoys at 41, while his fellow Team GOODE skier Dave Miller snagged second with 1.5 buoys at the same line length.

For complete results, visit waterskiatlanta.com.

T-Gas takes Masters title; Team GOODE earns 9 of 15 slalom podiums

Team GOODE’s Thomas Degasperi continued his amazing 2014 by winning his second consecutive major tournament after claiming the Men’s slalom title today at the 55th Masters.

Thomas’ victory put the capstone on a great weekend for Team GOODE, as its athletes landed nine of the 15 slalom podium slots available throughout the weekend.

Thomas scored 3 buoys at 41 feet off to easily outdistance the field and add to the Moomba Masters title he won in March. Jon Travers took second with 0.5 buoys at 41, and Aaron Larkin third with 3.5 buoys at 39.

In Women’s slalom Regina Jaquess’ two-plus-year undefeated streak came to an end as Whitney McClintock earned the title with 3.5 buoys at 39. Still, Regina managed to take second with 2.5 buoys at 39 off while her fellow Team GOODE skier April Coble-Eller continued her amazing run of late by taking third with 1 buoy at 39 off

In a special Master Men’s event featuring the top-four finishers from last years Nautique Big Dawg World Tour Championships, Team GOODE swept the top three podium spots as Jay Leach edged Jeremy Newby-Ricci in the final-round match up to earn the title and Dave Miller finishing third.

And in an historic round of slalom earlier in the weekend, Team GOODE skiers finished 1-2-3 in Junior Masters Men’s slalom as the course record was equaled five times before being ultimately exceeded.

Italy’s Brando Caruso earned the victory in a second runoff with fellow GOODE skier Eamon Van Der Merwe of South Africa. Both skiers scored 2 buoys at 39-1/2 off, which equaled a course record first set in 2003, in the final round and the first runoff, while Brando scored 2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 off in the second runoff round to edge Eamon by a half buoy and set a new course record in the process.

This is the second Junior Masters slalom title for Brando, while Eamon merely equaled his South African Open Men’s national record, and PB, three straight rounds on Robin Lake.

Completing the Junior Men’s podium sweep for Team GOODE and the Nano OneXT was Dorien Llewellyn, who finished third with 0.5 buoys at 39-1/2 off. The impressive score helped Dorien defend his Junior Masters overall title for a year ago.

Of the six podium spots for 36 mph skiers at the Masters, Team GOODE earned four.

In the Junior Masters Women’s events, Team GOODE Brooke Baldwin, who is only 13, became the youngest ever Junior Women’s overall champion.  Brooke recorded scores of 2 buoys at 35 feet off in slalom, 6,670 points in tricks and a personal-best 111 feet in jumping to clinch the overall title with 2,845.5 points.

Brando Caruso takes Jr. Masters slalom title, sets new course record; Team GOODE goes 1-2-3

2014 Junior Masters Men’s Slalom Champion Brando Caruso

A historic round of slalom took place during today’s Junior Masters Men’s slalom finals as Team GOODE finished 1-2-3, and the course record was equaled five times before being ultimately exceeded.

Italy’s Brando Caruso earned the victory in a second runoff with fellow GOODE skier Eamon Van Der Merwe of South Africa. Both skiers scored 2 buoys at 39-1/2 off, which equaled a course record first set in 2003, in the final round and the first runoff, while Brando scored 2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 off in the second runoff round to edge Eamon by a half buoy and set a new course record in the process.

This is the second Junior Masters slalom title for Brando, while Eamon merely equaled his South African Open Men’s national record, and PB, three straight rounds on Robin Lake.

Completing the Junior Men’s podium sweep for Team GOODE and the Nano OneXT was Dorien Llewellyn, who finished third with 0.5 buoys at 39-1/2 off. The impressive score puts the defending Junior Masters overall champion in great position in the overall race.

Freddie Winter heading to his first career Masters

 

Team GOODE’s Freddie Winter scored a massive 5-1/4 buoys at 41 feet off to earn his first career Masters appearance and win today’s Masters Last Chance Qualifier at Sunset Lakes in Groveland, Fla.

Freddie will be joined in the Open Men’s slalom field by his fellow GOODE teammates Thomas Degasperi, Chris Parrish and Adam Sedlmajer.

Additional GOODE skiers slated to compete at the Masters include:

Women’s Slalom: Clementine Lucine (FRA); April Coble-Eller (USA); Regina Jaquess (USA); Karen Truelove (USA) not expected to compete

Master Men’s Slalom: Jeremy Newby-Ricci (GBR); Jay Leach (USA); Dave Miller (CAN)

Junior Men’s Slalom: Daniel Di Pol (USA);  Nick Lang (USA); Dorien Llewellyn (US/AUS/CAN); Brando Caruso (ITA); Eamon Van Der Merwe (RSA)

Junior Women’s Slalom: Brooke Baldwin (USA); Ruth McCreary (USA); Bailey Austin (USA); Abbi Grathwohl (USA)

Visit the Masters’ website at www.masterswaterski.com.

Team GOODE skiers post PBs on the Nano OneXT

Dane Mechler after scoring a new PB of 2@41.

The North American ski season is starting to heat up and so are the scores of a number of Team GOODE skiers.

Dane Mechler and Giannina Bonneman both set PBs on their Nano OneXT’s at last weekend’s Florida Inboards Open at the Pickos Waterski and Wakeboard School.

Giannina Bonneman set a new PB with 2-1/4@38.

Dane scored 2 buoys at 41 off to improve his PB by three-and-a-half buoys and post his first-ever score at that line length. The native Ohioan is a freshman member of the University of Louisiana Lafayette’s Rajun Cajun water ski team who turns 19 tomorrow.

Giannina also set a PB, with a score of 2-1/4 buoys at 38 feet off. The 20-year old German is a teammate of Dane’s at ULL.

And while they weren’t PBs, Team GOODE’s Thomas Degasperi and Freddie Winter got into the act with consistent skiing well into 41 off. T-Gas posted two scores of 3 buoys at 41 feet off at the Ski Fluid Classic last weekend in Polk City, Fla., while Freddie ran 3 buoys at 41 feet off in all three rounds of the Florida Inboard Open.

The great skiing is coming at the right time, as Freddie and Giannina both look to win this weekend’s Master Last Chance Qualifier at Sunset Lakes in Groveland, Fla., and join T-Gas at the 55th Masters on Memorial Day weekend.

Another Team GOODE member who looks to be peaking at the right time is Junior skier Eamon Van Der Merwe of South Africa, who ran 2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off at the Ski Fluid Class as he preps for the Junior Masters.

Chris Parrish rejoins Team GOODE

Four-time world record holder Chris Parrish is back on Team GOODE and already feeling the difference after just a handful of sets on his GOODE.

“My 39s are feeling like 32s again,” said Chris, who posted a score of 4 buoys at 41-feet off in his very first tournament back on his ski. “With the ski’s efficiency and how light I feel on it, everything just feels easy again.”

Chris experienced considerable success during his previous stint on GOODE, setting and tying world records multiple times and holding No. 1 world ranking from October 2009 to April 2011.

“We are very excited to have Chris back on the team because he has already proven how good he can be on our skis,” said Dave Goode, founder and president of GOODE Skis. “He skied extremely well for a number of years with us and in just the short time back on it he’s already putting up big scores. Watch out for Chris this upcoming season.”

Chris says he made the move because after an off-season of hard work in the gym, he wanted to put himself in the best position for his fifth world record.

“I put so much energy and grind into my offseason, getting my strength up and my weight at 198 pounds, that I just saw things lining up naturally,” said Chris. “At the end of the day, yes, I want my record back. I have a lot of confidence in GOODEs because I ran 22 41 offs in record tournaments on them over a two year period. I know they can get me there again.”

Chris’ return was welcomed by his fellow GOODE teammates, including two-time world champion Thomas Degasperi and current world No. 5 Freddie Winter.

“I like Chris a lot and he’s an amazing skier, so it’s great to have him back on the team,” said Thomas. “I hope that we’ll be able to ski and hang out with each other a lot more this year.”

“Chris is a great skier and he’ll be on a great ski,” added Freddie. “It’s going to be fun skiing with, and against, him this year.”

GOODE skiers named USA Water Ski Athletes of the Month

GOODE skiers Regina Jaquess and Nick Lang have been honored by USA Water Ski by being named its Athletes of the Month for April.

Regina and Nick were awarded for their gold-medal winning efforts at the 2014 Pan Am Championships held last month in Bogota, Colombia.

Regina won gold medals in Women’s slalom, jumping and overall, and a silver in tricks. She set a new Pan Am Championships Women’s slalom record with 4-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off.

Nick won gold medals in Boys’ tricks, jumping and overall, and a silver medal in slalom.

The U.S. Elite Water Ski Team was named USA Water Ski’s Team of the Month for its gold-medal performance at the same championships. Team members included GOODE skiers Regina, Caroline Hensley, Erika Lang, and Adam Pickos, as well as Nate Smith and Zack Worden.

Additional Team GOODE skiers earning medals at the championships were Dave Miller and Lori Krueger, who won gold medals in Men’s and Women’s 45+ slalom, respectively, Chris Eller, silver in Men’s 35+ slalom, and Kristen Baldwin, who earned a silver medal in under 13 Girl’s slalom.

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Regina takes Pan Am Champs gold, Team GOODE sweeps Open Women’s slalom

Caroline Hensley (l), Regina Jaquess (c) and Erika Lang swept Open Women’s slalom at the 2014 Pan Am Championships.

Regina Jaquess took gold to lead a Team GOODE sweep of Open Women’s slalom as the 2014 Pan Am Championships concluded today in Bogota, Colombia.

Regina scored 4-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 off feet off to set a new Pan Am Championships Women’s record and earn the win. Caroline Hensley (5 at 38) and Erika Lang (4 at 35) finished second and third, respectively, to complete the Team GOODE sweep.

Regina joins Lori Krueger and Dave Miller as gold medalist GOODE skiers, as they won Women’s and Men’s 45-plus slalom, respectively, earlier in the competition.

For complete results, click here.

Krueger and Miller take gold at Pan Am Championships

The United States’ Lori Krueger and Canada’s Dave Miller won gold medals in Women’s and Men’s over 45 slalom, respectively, as GOODE skiers racked up the medals today at the 2014 Pan Am Championships in Bogota, Colombia.

Lori swept the Women’s over 45 competition, also taking gold in tricks and jumping in addition to her slalom medal, while Dave scored 5 at 39-1/2 off for the win, posting the highest slalom score in the tournament so far in the process. His fellow Canadian and Team GOODE member Bruce Dodd took the bronze.

In the Junior ranks the United States’ Kristen Baldwin earned a silver medal in under 13 Girls slalom after being edged out of gold by Colombia’s Luisa Jaramillo in two tiebreakers. Kristen also took second in tricks and first in jumping. Her sister, Brooke, finished fifth in under 17 Girls slalom, sixth in tricks and fourth in jumping, an especially impressive accomplishment considering this is the 13-year old’s first year in the under 17 age group.

The United States’ Nick Lang dominated under 17 Boys with a silver in slalom and gold medals in tricks and jumping.

The competition continues Thursday with preliminary rounds in under 21 and Open Men’s and Women’s slalom. Among the GOODE skiers competing will be Javier Julio, Carlos Lamadrid, Caroline Hensley, Regina Jaquess, Adam Pickos, and Erika Lang.

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