With only a few Elite Rankings List tournaments left in the season, a number of Team GOODE skiers moved up on the list following good performances at the Diablo Shores Pro-Am.
Making the biggest move was Nick Parsons, who jumped from 14th to 9th on the strength of his third-place finish at Diablo. Carlo Allais, who also made the finals at Diablo, moved up a spot to 6th. Thomas Degasperi took fourth at Diablo to maintain his ranking of 4th.
In his first U.S. pro event, Freddie Winter of the UK served notice to the pro ranks with his sixth-place finish at Diablo, in the process earning him his first ever spot on the Elite rankings, entering the list at 22nd.
On the Women’s side, Karen Truelove’s fifth-place finish at Diablo jumped her ranking from 5th to 3rd, just ahead of fellow teammate April Coble-Eller who is 4th. Regina Jaquess’ win at Diablo helped her maintain her commanding lead atop the rankings, giving Team GOODE three of the top four spots on the Women’s list.
Bailey Austin, 14, made the finals at Diablo in her first ever professional event, taking eighth. That was good enough for her to land her first ever Elite ranking at22nd.
Todd Ristorcelli and Regina Jaquess faced off in the final round of the GOODE Virtual Water Ski Bracket Challenge in a head-to-head match-up last week in Ogden, Utah.
To see who won, watch the broadcast-style video above. It also reveals the winners of the 3rd round and grand prize (a FREE Nano OneXT) fan contests, as well as our plans for an even bigger bracket challenge in 2014.
Benjamin Stadlbaur of Switzerland took the silver medal at the Under 21 World Championships held last weekend in Winter Garden, Fla.
Benjamin scored 3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off to finish second behind winner Stephen Neveu (1-1/2 at 41) and ahead of third-place finisher Tyler Yager (4 at 39). Benjamin was joined in the final round by fellow Team GOODE skiers Dorien Llewellyn (8th), Brando Caruso (t-9th) and Tyler Scott (t-9th).
Team GOODE skiers also fared well in Women’s slalom, as Erika Lang (5th), Kara MacIntyre (9th), Lauren Morgan (11th), and Chantal Singer (12th) each advanced to the final round.
The United States took the gold in the team competition, while Australia and Italy won silver and bronze, respectively. For final results, click here.
GOODE Skis was a proud sponsor of the Under 21 Worlds.
The winning streak continues. Regina Jaquess took her second consecutive Open Women’s Diablo Shores Pro-Am slalom title, running her winning streak to 18 months in the process.
Regina topped Whitney McClintock, 1 buoy at 41-feet off to 1-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off in the head-to-head finals to earn the victory. In the previous round Regina tied her own world record of 3 buoys at 41-feet off to advance against fellow Team GOODE skier April Coble-Eller, who finished third. Karen Truelove took fifth, tying Whitney in the first head-to-head round but Whitney advanced because she went off the dock first.
14-year old GOODE skier Bailey Austin made her pro debut at Diablo, advancing to the finals but drawing Regina in the first round. Already the No. 1 ranked U.S. skier in Girls 3, it probably won’t be the last pro final for Bailey, whose PB is 4 buoys at 38-feet off.
In Open Men’s Thomas Degasperi (4th) and Nick Parsons (3rd) made it to the Final Four, before bowing out to Chris Parrish and Nate Smith, respectively. Nate beat Chris in the finals to earn the Open Men’s title. Team GOODE skier Freddie Winter had a great showing in his first pro U.S. event, finishing 6th after earning the fourth seed going into the finals and pushing Thomas before ultimately losing to him. At 23, Freddie was the youngest skier in the finals. Carlo Allais also made it into the finals, finishing seventh.
Mike Martens won the amateur event, giving GOODE skiers the amateur title for the second-consecutive year and two of the four titles contested this past week.
It may be September, but the action is seemingly getting hotter as Team GOODE skiers put on some great performances across the globe last weekend.
In Great Britain, 2013 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour champion Jeremy Newby-Ricci narrowly missed being the second 34 mph skier to get into 43 off, scoring 5.5 buoys at 41 off.
Also in Europe, Clementine Lucine won Open Women’s slalom at the European Championships while her fellow GOODE teammates Freddie Winter and Carlo Allais finished second and third in the Men’s competition.
Here in the states the focus was in Covington, La., where a collection of top pros and amateurs made their mark in the record books.
2013 Men’s 3 national champion Jay Leach scored a new PB and a South Central Regional Men’s 3 and MM record in the process with 5 buoys at 41-feet off. Steve Raphael set a national Men’s 6 record with 3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off. And Bailey Austin continued to state her case as America’s Next Great Slalom Skier by upping her own South Central Girl’s 3 regional record to 4 buoys at 38-feet off.
And Mike Royal continued his amazing string of records, shattering his own Men’s disabled V1 world record on VERY FIRST SET on Nano OneXT with a score of one-half buoy at 41 feet off.
And while he may not be a member of Team GOODE, Nate Smith’s pending world record 2-1/2 buoys at 43-feet off is historic nonetheless. The score marks the first time anyone has gotten to three-ball at that line length. Dave Goode was on site and recorded the record round on video.