For the 2014 edition of it’s annual gear guide, Skiing Magazine tested 264 snow skis. Of those, only 122 were deemed good enough to be reviewed, and thus receive an “Official Selection” designation, and a further 16 scored high enough to earn “Tester’s Choice” awards.
Those long odds are why GOODE Skis is immensely proud that two of its skis – the all-mountain Fire and free-skiing Sorcerer – were found by testers to be worthy of reviews, with the Fire being one of only 16 out of 264 skis designated as “Tester’s Choice.”
Here is what Skiing had to say about the Fire and Sorcerer:
If you know how to carve a turn, it’s hard to dislike the Fire, which is a total knife on groomers. Testers loved how it zipped from edge to edge. “Pure sweetness. This ski tears up the front side,” said one. Light, fearless at speed, and still plenty enjoyable in the bumps, trees, and crud, this Tester’s Choice is an all-mountain expert’s dream ride. See the full review here.
A confidence-inspiring ride for the more traditional skier, the Sorcerer ripped when we pressured our boot tongues. Though it uses a lightweight carbon-laminate construction, it felt incredibly stable at high speed and in chundery terrain. Plus, testers scored it highest for Hard-Snow Performance among skis of similar width. It’s a perfect one-ski-quiver or narrower powder ski that will still be sporty on groomer days. See the full review here.
Take a look at the additional skis in GOODE’s award-winning lineup here.
Men’s competitors are beginning to learn what the Women’s slalom field found out a long time ago; Regina Jaquess is very tough to beat.
After taking out seven of the world’s best male 34 mph skiers in this summer’s GOODE Bracket Challenge, Regina beat both 36 mph world record holders at this weekend’s Eagle Sports World Record Challenge, an unique new tournament held in Katy, Texas, that was organized by Eagle Sports and co-sponsored by GOODE.
After lurking behind Nate Smith through two rounds, Regina ran an impressive 5 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off in a 15 mph wind to edge Nate by a half buoy and take the title. Chris Parrish was third.
The tournament featured all three slalom skiers who currently hold the Men’s and Women’s world slalom records, with Regina, Nate and Chris skiing against their own records to earn scores on a 100-point scale. For example, when Regina skied 1 buoy at 41-feet off in the first round, her score was 98, as it was 98 percent of her world current world record of 3 buoys at 41-feet off.
The archived webcast of the tournament is available here.
While most of us in the Northern Hemisphere have put away our ski gear for the season, a group of GOODE skiers are just getting the South American season started with a sweep of the Latin American Senior Tour’s (L.A.S.T.) stop earlier this month in Boca Laguna, Guadalajara, Mexico.
Mexico’s Jaime Palomino took first in Senior Men’s 1, Alberto Suarez first in Senior Men’s 2, and Ruben Rosenberg and Gordon Rathburn first and second, respectively in Senior Men’s 3.
Team GOODE skier Freddie Winter is taking his first-ever appearance at next month’s World Championships seriously, extending his European summer as long as possible by decamping for training in Greece.
And after his latest competition, it looks like things are going pretty well for him down there. Freddie won last weekend’s 15th Michailidis Masters with a Kaiafis Lake course-record tying score of 4 buoys at 41 feet off.
After making his U.S. pro debut last month at the Diablo Shores Pro-Am, and finishing sixth, Freddie is ranked No. 21 on the IWWF Elite Rankings list.
The World Championships will be held Nov. 26 to Dec. 1 in San Bernardo, Chile.
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.