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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com or (830) 556-6666. Trent is sponsored by GOODE Skis, MasterCraft Boats, InTow Ropes and Handles, Bennetts Ski and Wake, and Str8 Training.
With a newly developed proprietary printing and manufacturing process, GOODE has become the first ski company to give you the ability to completely customize your new skis with your own custom artwork, photos and color combinations.
“It’s kind of crazy that in today’s day and age, in which nearly everyone has an 8-megapixel camera in their pocket and easy access to computer design programs, we are still expected to have skis that all look the same,” said Dave Goode, founder and president of GOODE Skis. “Not all skiers are alike, so why should everyone’s skis have the same graphics? We think people will love the opportunity to express themselves through their own personalized graphics.”
You can customize your graphics four ways:
Visit the knowledgeable and helpful experts at one of GOODE’s fantastic retail partners, including The Alpine Sport Shop, Buckman’s Ski and Snowboard Shops, Mt. Shavano Ski Shop, and The Ski Company. To find the nearest retailer, select “custom graphics” on the dealer map available at goode.com/dealerfind.
Go to store.goode.com and select the desired ski model. Once there, use GOODE’s Online Ski Designer Tool™ to choose colors, add text and/or pick from a huge library of pre-loaded designs, patterns, images, and logos. You can also upload pictures from your computer, tablet or phone, or even social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook.
If you are experienced with graphic design software such as Photoshop and Illustrator, you can use downloadable templates included with each product’s online store description to create your own designs. Once completed, simply purchase the skis and upload the image file to complete the process.
If you’d prefer to leave graphic designing up to the experts, contact GOODE at 1-801-621-2300 x126 and you’ll be connected with one of its authorized independent graphic design artists.
Custom graphics are currently available on all skis in GOODE’s award-winning lineup, including the popular Sorcerer and Fire models.