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Franc and Mechler claim University Worlds slalom titles

Congratulations to Team GOODE’s Ambre Franc and Dane Mechler, who took home the Women’s and Men’s slalom titles, respectively, at last weekend’s World University Water Ski Championships in Akita, Japan.

As the only Women’s competitor to get into 38-feet off both rounds, Ambre led the competition from start to finish, clinching the title with a score of 1 at 38 off in the finals. Her fellow GOODE skiers Anna Cespivova, Jenna Morgan and Giannina Bonnemann finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively. Giannina claimed the Women’s overall and tricks titles.

Dane, competing for the eventual gold-medal winning U.S. team, tied with Dominica Republic’s Robert Pigozzi in the final round of Men’s slalom with a score of 2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off. In the runoff Dane put up a huge score of 2 buoys at 41 off – the tournament’s top score – to earn the win. Team GOODE skier and European Championships Open Men’s runner-up Benjamin Stadlbaur took fourth.

The victory gives Dane his second world title, as he is also currently the reigning Under 21 world champion.

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GOODE skiers take 13 of California Big Dawg Sweet 16 spots

From left to right: Jay Leach, Greg Badal, Greg Sund, Jeff Rodgers, Dave Miller, Harald Hintringer, Kyle Tate, and Marc Shaw.

GOODE skiers occupied an unprecedented 13 spots in the Sweet 16 of the California Big Dawg held this weekend at Bell Aqua in Rio Linda, Calif.

Greg Sund, Greg Badal and Dave Miller all advanced to the Final Four, where Jeff Rodgers emerged as the winner by beating Dave in the finals, 4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off to Dave’s 2-1/2 at the same rope length. Greg Sund put up the tournament’s top score, 4 at 41 off, to top Greg Badal in the third/fourth-place bracket.

GOODE skiers also advancing to the Sweet 16 were: Kevin Bishop, Kyle Tate, Jay Leach, Chad Scott, Todd Ristorcelli, Bruce Dodd, Steve Ware, Chad Baker, Darin Montgomery, and Marc Shaw.

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World University Championships underway in Japan

The 2016 FISU World University Water Ski Championships are underway in Ogato Village in Akita, Japan, with two Team GOODE skiers already advancing to the finals of the Men’s slalom event.

Dane Mechler and Benjamin Stadlbaur each scored 3.5 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off in the preliminary round to tie for second heading into Saturday’s finals, just a half-buoy shy of top-seed Robert Pigozzi.

Women’s slalom begins tomorrow, with GOODE skiers Ambre Franc, Chiara and Giannina Bonnemann, Jenna Morgan and more hitting the water.

Live scoring, running orders and schedule available here.

T-gas and Stadlbaur go 1-2 at European Championships

For the second-straight major tournament, Thomas Degasperi and Benjamin Stadlbaur have finished atop the podium.

The Team GOODE skiers repeated their Malibu Open finishing order by placing first and second, respectively, in Men’s slalom at the 2016 European Championships. Both skiers scored 2 buoys at 41 off in the finals, with Thomas edging Benjamin (6 at 39 to 5 at 39) in the tiebreak to win his sixth career European championship.

Team GOODE skiers took home seven of the top-10 spots in Men’s slalom as Martin Bartlasky finished fifth, Adam Sedlmajer seventh, Daniel Odvarko eighth, Carlo Allais ninth, and Brando Caruso tenth.

In Women’s slalom, Clementine Lucine added to Team GOODE’s medal haul by finishing second, one buoy behind champion Manon Costard’s winning score of 2 at 39. Recent Team GOODE addition Ambre Franc finished fourth, while Alice Bagnoli joined her in the top-10 with a sixth-place finish.

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Introducing the new-for 2017 Nano 1 and Nano 1XT

Introducing the 2017 editions of the Nano 1™ and Nano 1 XT™, newly enhanced versions of one of the most popular and award-winning GOODE shapes of all time.

Available with either the traditional rocker (Nano 1), or asymmetrical rocker (Nano 1 XT), the skis feature the world-record breaking performance the Nano 1 series is known for, along with new graphics and an enhanced sidewall design that enlarges the sweet spot under the skier’s feet and improves tip-to-tail balance.

“This is a tested and tried shape that has helped countless skiers across the world break records, win tournaments and set PBs,” says Dave Goode, president and founder of GOODE Skis. “So the idea was to create updated versions that while performing at an even higher level would be immediately comfortable to skiers who loved the previous versions.”

“We’ve accomplished that with the 2017 Nano 1 and Nano 1 XTs.”

Both skis employ the same shape, construction material, exacting manufacturing process, and new sidewall design, but there is one key difference between them: the rocker profile.

The Nano 1 has a traditional rocker, meaning the ski’s rise from flat part of the ski to the tip begins at the same spot on both the on- and off-sides of the ski. The Nano 1 has a higher rocker quotient than the Nano 1XT, which many skiers find turns slightly better.

The Nano 1XT features the groundbreaking AsymRocker™, an asymmetrical rocker that begins at different points of the ski; earlier on the off-side, later on the on-side. Many skiers like the earlier rocker rise on their off-side because it allows the ski to finish the turn a bit better before engaging the fore body of the ski. The AsymRocker also allows the Nano 1XT to be slightly flatter than the Nano 1, which increases side-to-side speed, without sacrificing turning capabilities.

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GOODE skiers podium at Queens Cup

Three of the top-five finishers, including champion Josefin Hirst and runner-up Joy Kelley, rode GOODE skis at the inaugural Queens Cup, a $12,000 cash-prize tournament for women 30 and over held Sunday at Little Mountain Farms in Maiden, N.C.

Jennifer LaPoint and Chelsea Mills placed third and fourth, respectively, while GOODE skier Lori Krueger finished fifth.

According to USA Water Ski, the event drew 24 competitors and saw three national records go down. For more information, click here.

Q&A with Malibu Open runner-up Benjamin Stadlbaur

While many ski fans could be forgiven for wondering “who is that guy?” after Benjamin Stadlbaur finished second at this year’s Malibu Open, taking out Will Asher and giving Thomas Degasperi all he could handle in the process, here at GOODE we’ve seen the 24-year old as a future star for a long time.

Recently, we had the chance to chat with the Swiss native (he now spends most of his time in the U.S.) who for the first time in his career now finds himself perched in the top-10 of the IWWF’s Elite Rankings list:

Will Asher is obviously one of the sport’s all-time greats. What were you thinking about going into your head-to-head match up against him in the Malibu Open semis?

Benjamin: Will is a major contender for the title at any event he enters and he has been for many years. Going into the head-to-head match up against him in a tournament of this caliber was a new experience for me. I tried to focus on my own skiing and not worry about the rest. During the heat I managed to stay focused on what I needed to do, which was ski as hard as I could. I managed to stay in the moment and not let anything get in the way of my focus, like the speaker mentioning Will’s accomplishments, which are far greater than mine.

That tail wind 39 you ran was a thing of beauty. How’d you make it looks so easy?

Benjamin: Six hard pulls. There’s no secret to it!

You faced your fellow GOODE teammate T-Gas in the finals, someone who has been in these situations many times. Were you thinking about applying pressure to him, or just focused on your own game?

Benjamin: Again, Thomas is a far more experienced skier than I am and he has been winning events on the tour for many years. T-Gas having the higher seed decided to let me go first, so there was only one thing to do, go as hard as I could and let him chase me.

Your second-place finish is your best pro finish to date, how does this set you up for future pro events?

Benjamin: Yes this is my best pro placement, as well as my first podium finish at a pro event. It is a great confidence booster for the rest of the year. I feel that I have learned a lot at this event and hopefully I can take this experience to future tournaments.

This year has been big for you, with top-7 finishes in three different pro events and a top-10 IWWF ranking. What’s been the difference?

Benjamin: Over the last two years I’ve opened myself up to change. Change in my equipment, change in my practice routine as well as off-the-water training. This experience hasn’t been easy but it has made me a better skier and a better competitor. I know it might sound paradoxical, but I think that trying different things has helped my consistency because it has allowed me to figure out what works really well for me. Hopefully this is a work in progress that will keep going.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Benjamin: I would like to thank my family for their great support as well as the Swiss Waterski Resort for the ultimate practice conditions. Last but not least, you all at GOODE for making great skis.

T-Gas and Regina claim Malibu Open titles; 5 of 8 finalists on GOODEs

Benny Stadlbaur finished 2nd to bag his best-ever pro finish.

Thomas Degasperi and Regina Jaquess made it 2-for-2 for Team GOODE as they both won slalom titles at last weekend’s Malibu Open in Milwaukee, Wis. For Regina, the win marked an amazing fifth-straight victory at the Malibu Open, while T-Gas picked up his second career Malibu Open win.

In the Women’s slalom head-to-head finals, Regina ran a full pass at 39-1/2 feet off to beat second-place finisher Whitney McClintock (4@39). The Women’s Final Four feature three Team GOODE skiers, as Clementine Lucine (3rd) and Breanne Dodd (4th) joined Regina in advancing past the semi finals. GOODE skier Kate Adriaensen finished just outside the finals, placing fifth.

It was an all-GOODE final bracket in Men’s slalom, as T-Gas edged out upstart Benny Stadlbaur, with 4 buoys at 39-1/2 off to Benny’s score of three at the same line length. It was the second-straight pro tournament victory for T-Gas, who also won the Canadian Open earlier this month in Edmonton, Canada. The win moved him into the second spot on the IWWF Elite Rankings List behind Nate Smith. For Benny, it was his best-ever pro placement.

In the Junior events, GOODE skiers Dane Mechler placed second in Junior Men’s slalom, while Quinn Haines finished third in Boy’s slalom while also taking the jump title.

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56% of 2016 national slalom titles won on GOODEs








More often than not, the slalom podiums at last week’s Nationals had a GOODE on top of them.

Of the 30 slalom events contested at the 74th annual GOODE U.S. Water Ski National Championships at Broadside Harbor in Caldwell, Idaho, 17 – or 56% – were won by skiers riding a GOODE.

“Winning a national title is the ultimate achievement for most water skiers,” says Dave Goode, president and founder of GOODE Skis. “So to play a role in 17 skiers achieving that is very, very rewarding as a ski designer and builder.”

Congratulations to the following skiers who won National slalom titles on GOODEs:

  • Girls 2 Kristen Baldwin
  • Girls 3 Brooke Baldwin
  • Womens 1 Jenna Morgan
  • Womens 4 Stephanie Stange
  • Womens 5 Carol Brooks
  • Womens 8 Janet Piercy
  • Women 9 Pat Fischer
  • Boys 1 Theodore Dulos
  • Mens 3 Mark Menasci
  • Mens 5 Tim Huston
  • Mens 6 Steve Ware
  • Mens 7 Steve Raphael
  • Mens 8 Dennis Longo
  • Mens 9 Don Fournier
  • Mens 11 Harry Price
  • Masters Men Greg Badal
  • Open Men Brian Detrick

It is the fourth-straight year that GOODE skiers won more national titles than all other ski manufacturers combined.

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It’s difficult to track hundreds of skiers across multiple lakes over the course of six days of action, so if we failed to include you in the list above, or mistakenly did so, please accept our apologies and email us the details at