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Freddie wins European Championships, T-Gas second

Freddie Winter continues to serve notice to the slalom world with a big victory in Europe over the weekend.

The 2013 Worlds bronze medalist added to his growing resume by winning the 2014 European Championships in Melice, Czech Republic.

Freddie scored 1-1/4 buoys at 41 off to edge fellow GOODE Team skier and multiple time World and European champion Thomas Degasperi, who scored 1 at 41. With Thomas the top seed and still to come in the final round, Freddie made an extraordinary effort (check out the video here) to get outside two ball and secure the quarter buoy that would end up being the deciding margin.

Joining Freddie and Thomas on the leaderboard were GOODE skiers Martin Bartalsky (4th with 1 @ 41), Daniel Odvarko (5th with 4.5 at 39) and Carlo Allais (6th with 3 @ 39).

On the Women’s side GOODE skiers Chaira Bonnemann took fifth in slalom, while her sister, Giannina, finished second in overall.

For complete results, click here.

Mechler, Tate and Stange take home national titles

Dane Mechler and Tyler Scott finished first and second as Team GOODE took the top two spots in Men’s 1 slalom at the GOODE U.S. Water Ski National Championships.

Competing in his first year in Men’s 1, Dane posted a huge score of 2 buoys at 41-feet off to win his first national title. His score would have taken third in Open Men, which Dane plans to ski in next year.

GOODE skiers took home two other titles on day 2 of Nationals, as Cooper Tate finished first in Boy’s 1 slalom and Griffin Stange won the title in Boy’s 2.

For complete results, visit waterskinationals.com.

 

Regina, April and Karen sweep top three in Open Women’s slalom

Team GOODE continues to dominate Open Women’s slalom at the GOODE U.S. Water Ski National Championships as for the second-consecutive year GOODE skiers have swept the top-3 spots.

Regina Jaquess finished first by becoming the only skier to run the 39-1/2 pass.  April Coble-Eller took second with 2 buoys at 39-1/2 off and Karen Truelove third with 2.5 at 38.  Fellow GOODE skier Erika Lang finished fifth with 2 at 35.

For complete results, visit waterskinationals.com.

 

Team GOODE takes half the podiums at Mastercraft Pro Shootout

Team GOODE continues it’s hot streak as it took half of the slalom podiums at this week’s Mastercraft Pro Water Ski Shootout in Calgary, Canada.

GOODE’s Nick Parsons took third in Men’s slalom, finishing behind champion Nate Smith and Will Asher. Nick earned a spot in the final-three matchup by posting a great score of 3 buoys at 41-feet off, which was tied for that round’s highest score. The podium finish is his second in less than a year, after also finishing third at the Diablo Shores Pro Am last fall.

Fellow Team GOODE skier Freddie Winter barely missed out on a top-three finish, taking fourth with 2.5 buoys at 41-feet off, while GOODE newcomer Daniel Odvarko and Thomas Degasperi also advanced to the eight-skier finals.

On the Women’s side, April Coble-Eller and Karen Truelove took second and third, respectively, while Whitney McClintock finished first. Heading into the final-three matchup, April was tied with Whitney for top score with 2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off.

For more information, visit Mastercraftshootout.com.

The great results for Team GOODE come days after it claimed three titles and numerous podiums at the Malibu Open, and comes in a season in which Thomas claimed both the Moomba and Masters titles, and Regina Jaquess (who did not compete at the Mastercraft Shootout) won the Masters and Malibu Open titles.

Customize your skiing with the all new GOODE XT series

Fresh off offering water skiing’s first and only completely customized graphics, GOODE Skis is providing even more ways to customize your skiing with three new additions to the world-record breaking XT lineup: the Nano XTT™, Nano XTM™ and Nano XTW™.  Check out the entire XT lineup at store.goode.com.

The three new skis compliment GOODE’s flagship Nano OneXT™ by catering to skiers who prefer either narrower (traditional) or wider skis.  See which model is best for you with this ski comparison chart.

“The Nano OneXT has been one of the most well-received skis we’ve ever had,” said Dave Goode, founder and president of GOODE Skis. “But while the XT is going to be the right ski for probably 80 percent of skiers, there is still that 20 percent that likes the narrower or wider skis that we’ve been very successful with before. We are taking the best characteristics of the XT and adding them to these new widths so that no matter your preference, there is a world-class GOODE for you.”

The differences in the new skis are primarily the width, with the second “T” in XTT standing for “traditional” width (narrower than the XT), and the “M” and “W” in XTM and XTW standing for “mid” and “wide” (wider than the XT), respectively. While the new skis have a width and shape unique for each model, all feature the ground-breaking AsymRocker™, an asymmetrical rocker technology that first debuted with the Nano OneXT. AsymRocker creates a longer rocker on the offside, and a shorter rocker on the onside, completely eliminating any differences between on- and off-sides and leading to better, smoother and more consistent turns that build angle and add buoys.

The Nano XTT

The Nano XTT combines all the hard-charging, cross-course speed of the traditional-width 9900 series with the on-the-rails, no off-side-at-all turns pioneered by the Nano OneXT’s AsymRocker.

Designed with skiers who like to be more proactive in their turns in mind, many 36 mph skiers are going to find the Nano XTT more suitable to the sport’s top speed. Just ask Chris Parrish who is quickly returning to world-record form on his new Nano XTT.

The Nano XTM

The Nano XTM is the next generation of the ever popular Mid-Ride. The perfect combination of the performance-proven mid width and the XT’s rocker profile, the all-new Nano XTM is designed for skiers who like the ski to sit a little higher in the water, and the easier, more efficient ride that comes along with it.

The Nano XTM employs smaller bevels that, when combined with the asymmetrical rocker and extra width, require less skier input to create automatic, angle-building turns.

If you liked the 9900 series mid rides and the Nano Twist, you’ll love the Nano XTM.

The Nano XTW

The Nano XTW takes all of the characteristics of the Nano XTM and makes them, well, bigger.

For skiers who like the ski to ride even higher on the water, the Nano XTW is a medium speed ski that creates monster angle off the buoys with minimal skier input. And the Nano XTW’s extra width makes it the easiest ski to get up on in the entire XT lineup, sparing your back and saving energy for where it really counts: in the course.

XT, XTT, XTM and XTW: What is the right ski for you?

Take a look at this handy ski model comparison chart to figure out which XT series ski is best for you. And don’t forget, you can make each model in the XT lineup look any way you want with GOODE’s 100-percent customizable graphics. Any design, any color. The only limit is your own imagination.

Regina’s 3-peat highlights Malibu Open for Team GOODE

Led by Regina Jaquess’ Malibu Open three-peat, Team GOODE took three titles and numerous podiums this past weekend at Veterans Park in Milwaukee, Wis.

Regina defeated Whitney McClintock in the head-to-head finals to claim the Open Women’s slalom title for the third-consecutive year, while her fellow teammates April Coble-Eller (3rd) and Karen Truelove (4th) also skied well in advancing to the Final Four.

In Open Men’s slalom, Team GOODE’s Thomas Degasperi and Chris Parrish both advanced to the Final Four on the way to taking third and fourth, respectively. Nate Smith earned the title with K.C. Wilson having his best showing as a pro with a second-place finish.

Junior GOODE skiers continue to excel in 2014, as both Dane Mechler (under 21 Men’s slalom) and Bailey Austin (under 17 girls) each took home titles. The Under 21 Men’s event was a sweep for GOODE skiers as Daniel Di Pol and Sam Greenwood joined Dane on the podium, finishing second and third, respectively. Other GOODE skiers with top-3 finishes included Erika Lang (3rd, under 21 Women’s), Nick Lang (under 17 Boy’s) and Zach Montavon (under 17 Boy’s).

For final results, click here.

Favorites advance in GOODE Bracket Challenge

The second round of the GOODE Bracket Challenge has concluded and the favorites have escaped largely unscathed.

All but one of the top eight seeds – No. 7 Todd Kuykendall fell to No. 10 Jed Blackburn – have advanced to the Elite 8, setting up a very competitive third round.

The second round results were:

1. Jeremy Newby-Ricci (2.5@41) vs. 17. Jason Staab (2@39)
2. Jay Leach (1@41) vs. 18. Eric Kelley (2.5@39)
3. David Miller (2.5@41) vs. 19. Bryce Tolman (3.5@39)
4. Regina Jaquess (2@41) vs. 13. Jeff Kepchia (2@39)
5. Chad Scott (1@41) vs. 12. John Shealy (3@39)
6. Tim Huston (2@41 and 0.5@41) vs. 11. Jeff Milford (2@41 and 3.5@39)
7. Todd Kuykendall (0.5@41) vs. 10. Jed Blackburn (2@41)
8. Todd Johnson (2@41) vs. 9. Kyle Tate (5@39)

With the above results in the books, the Elite 8 match ups taking place during the month of August are:

1. Jeremy Newby-Ricci vs. 8. Todd Johnson
2. Jay Leach vs. 10. Jed Blackburn
3. David Miller vs. 6. Tim Huston
4. Regina Jaquess vs. 5. Chad Scott

Each winner of the above match ups will advance to the Final Four, a live head-to-head face off taking place during a two-day record-capability tournament Sept. 9 and 10, at GOODE Ski Lake in Ogden, Utah.

In the fan bracket standings, three users – Pdtski, Summer skiOFF and Tbrenchley still sport unblemished brackets, keeping their hopes for the $5,000 perfect bracket payoff alive. Pdtski and Tbrenchley each picked Dave Miller to win the whole thing, while Summer skiOFF picked Jeremy Newby-Ricci.

To see the current fan bracket standings, click here.

Bracket Challenge Round 2 heating up with potential upsets

Things are starting to get really interesting with only one tournament weekend left in Round 2 of the GOODE Bracket Challenge.

Less than two buoys separate competitors in four of the eight head-to-head match ups, including two brackets in which the higher seed is trailing.

No. 6 seed Tim Huston (0.5 at 41 off) trails the 11th seeded Jeff Milford heading into the weekend, as does No. 7 Todd Kuykendall (0.5 at 41) in his match up against No. 10 seed Jed Blackburn (2 at 41). In another potential upset, No. 2 seed Jay Leach finds himself tied with No. 18 seed Eric Kelley with 2.5 at 39.

Here is how Round 2 (July) currently stands with nine days left in the month:

1. Jeremy Newby-Ricci (2.5@41 , updated 7/24) vs. 17. Jason Staab (2@39)

2. Jay Leach (2.5@39) vs. 18. Eric Kelley (2.5@39)

3. David Miller (2.5@41) vs. 19. Bryce Tolman (3.5@39)

4. Regina Jaquess (2@41) vs. 13. Jeff Kepchia (2@39)

5. Chad Scott (1@41) vs. 12. John Shealy (3@39)

6. Tim Huston (0.5@41) vs. 11. Jeff Milford (2@41)

7. Todd Kuykendall (0.5@41) vs. 10. Jed Blackburn (2@41)

8. Todd Johnson (0.5@41) vs. 9. Kyle Tate (5@39)

To see the current fan bracket standings, click here.

GOODE skiers have great weekend

Top: Mike Royal (l) and boat driver Brian Detrick. Middle: Sam Greenwood (l), Tyler Scott (c) and Dane Mechler. Bottom: Giannina (l) and Chiara Bonnemann.

The Northern Hemisphere ski season is in full swing as evidenced by the number of big tournaments over the weekend. And where there were big tournaments, there were GOODE skiers putting up big scores.

The Aquaplex in Austin, Texas, was the site of two record-breaking performances. Disabled V1 skier Mike Royal set a pending world audio slalom record of 4.5 buoys at 38 off, topping his own current record of 4 at 38. Last summer he set pending records that topped out at 0.5 at 41, but thy were not approved by the IWWF. Bailey Austin continued to mark herself as one of the sport’s future stars by tying the current U.S. National Girls 3 record of 1 at 39-1/2 off.

Dave Miller continued his amazing season on the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour, taking third place, posting the highest score of the weekend in the process, at the Seattle stop Broho Lake ski club. Jeff Rodgers finished first with Greg Badal second. In the three Big Dawg events he’s entered this season, Dave has two wins and a third-place finish.

Paducah, Kentucky’s Average Joes Vs. Bikini Pros tournament featured two events and GOODE skiers won them both. Regina Jaquess held off a slew of top-ranked Master Men’s and Open Women’s skiers to earn the 34 mph title, while Tyler Scott won the pro 36 mph event, with his fellow GOODE skiers Dane Mechler and Sam Jackson joining him on the podium.

At the inaugural Pan American Olympic Festival in Morelos, Mexica, Erika Lang won gold medalsin tricksand overall, and a silver medal in slalom. The event was a first-year water ski and wakeboard event hosted by the Pan American Sports Organization.

And last but certainly not least, GOODE skiers took home two golds and a silver medal at the European Under 21 Championships in Recetto, Italy. Brando Caruso took home the Men’s title to add to the Jr. Masters championship he won earlier this year, while the Bonnemann sisters, Chaira and Giannina, took first and second, respectively in the Women’s event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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