Congrats to GOODE skiers Mike and Kim Budreau for being named KDRV’s (Medford, Oregon) amateur athletes of the week. Mike is currently ranked 15th in the U.S. in Men’s 3, while Kim is ranked 10th in Women’s 3.
Half way through the first round of the GOODE Virtual Water Ski Bracket ChallengeTM two brackets are all tied up and the other two are close.
Here’s how the March Madness on water stands as of July 16th:
- No. 1 Todd Ristorcelli vs. No. 8 Jay Leach: Tied at 2 buoys at 41-feet off.
- No. 2 Dave Miller vs. Chad Scott: Tied at 2-1/2 buoys at 41-feet off.
- No. 3 Ben Favret vs. Regina Jaquess: An upset brewing in this one as Regina has a one-and-a-half buoy lead on Ben, courtesy of her pending world record of 3-1/2 buoys at 41-feet off.
- No. 4 Chet Raley vs. No. 5 Kyle Tate: A mild upset in the works as Kyle (1-1/2 buoys at 41-feet off) has a half buoy edge on Chet.
With two weekends and both the Southern and South Central regional championships left in July, there is still plenty of time for participants to put up some big scores.
Round 1′s bracket selection contest closed for entries on July 12th, but everyone will have another chance to enter and win when Round 2 begins in August.
Click here to learn more about the bracket challenge.
GOODE skiers on the Nano One went 1-2-3 today at the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour’s Michigan stop as Dave Miller defeated Ben Favret in the final head-to-head match up. Jay Leach took third.
Dave took out No. 2 seed Seth Stisher, Todd Johnson and Harald Hintringer on his way to the final round, while Favret beat Leach, Tim Huston and Todd Kuykendall. For final results, click here. It was the second-straight Big Dawg stop won on a GOODE as Great Britain’s Jeremy Newby-Ricci took the European stop the previous weekend.
Michigan was the last of five stops on the tour prior to the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour Championships, which will take place during the GOODE Water Ski National Championships in West Palm Beach, Fla., Aug. 15-16. GOODE skier Todd Ristorcelli is the series’ defending champion.
Great Britain’s Jeremy Newby-Ricci topped France’s Thierry Malhomme in the head-to-head final to take the title at last weekend’s Nautique Big Dawg World Tour’s European stop in Baurech, France.
Jeremy rode his Goode Nano to scores of 3, 1-1/2, and 2 buoys at 41-feet off during the final three rounds to earn the win. Fellow Goode skier Fabrizio Merlo from Italy took third.
Next weekend Fenton, Mich., will host the final stop on the Big Dawg World Tour prior to the finals, which take place during the Goode Water Ski National Championships in West Palm Beach, Fla., Aug. 15-16. Goode skier Todd Ristorcelli is the series’ defending champion.
For the Sweet 16 bracket results, click here.
The Year of Regina continues as Team Goode’s Regina Jaquess set a pending Women’s world slalom record of 3-1/2 buoys at 41-feet off today at the Freedom Slalom Fest 2 record tournament at Utopia River Ranch in San Marcos, Texas.
If approved by the IWWF, the score would surpass her current record of 3 buoys at 41-feet off that she set in June 2102 and tied last month. It would also make her eligible for a $10,000 world record bonus offered by the organizers of the Freedom Slalom Fest, a Pro-Am event benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project.
Since hopping on her Goode NANO ONE in May 2012, Regina has set or tied three world records (two pending) and won every professional tournament she has entered. Her 14-month winning streak includes two Masters, two Malibu Opens and a slew of other titles.
The only person who might not be thrilled with Regina’s new record is Ben Favret, her opponent in the first round of the Goode Virtual Water Ski Bracket ChallengeTM. A score of 3-1/2 at 41, if she doesn’t improve upon it by the time July ends, will be a tough one to beat. Your turn Ben!
We are very excited to announce the Goode Virtual Water Ski Bracket ChallengeTM, a tournament featuring eight of the best 34 MPH skiers facing off virtually in a head-to-head bracket to determine a champion. Think March Madness on the water.
The contestants? Oh, just Todd Ristorcelli, Chad Scott, Ben Favret, Chet Raley, Kyle Tate, Dave Miller, Jay Leach … and the Women’s slalom world record holder Regina Jaquess! See the seedings and brackets below.
Fans Play Along!
Fans can get involved by picking who they think will advance in each round. We’ll hold a contest each round in which every contestant that picks that round’s winners correctly will be entered into a drawing for a Goode prize package. The prizes are:
- Round 1 (8 skiers): Goode T-Shirt | PowerGrip Gloves with Kevlar Palm/Neoprene Backing | Deluxe Padded Ski Bag
- Round 2 (4 skiers): Goode Hat | Neoprene Ski Sleeve | Goode Slalom Vest
- Final Round (2 skiers): GRAND PRIZE: A Goode NANO ONE
To enter the Round 1 contest, click here and fill out your picks on or before July 12th. Look for entry details for the second and final rounds as the summer progresses.
Only one entry per round, per person. But, if you follow our Twitter account and tweet your picks with @GoodeSkis and #GoodeBracket in the message we’ll award you with a second entry.
How It Works
The virtual tournament has three rounds: rounds of 8, 4 and 2 competitors. In each round a higher seed will face off against a lower seed (seeds determined by IWWF ranking). It’s “virtual” because the first two rounds will use scores from any AWSA and/or Water Ski Canada tournaments the competitors ski in during the months of July (round of 8) and August (round of 4).
At the end of the month, the skier that has the single highest score from any AWSA- or Water Ski Canada-sanctioned tournament (regardless of sanctioning class) will win that bracket and advance. In other words, during the first two rounds skiers won’t ski head-to-head at the same tournament, we’ll just use their scores from that month to determine the winner.
While the first two rounds will each take place virtually over many weeks, the final round will be a live head-to-head face off at a record-capability tournament we are hosting on Sept. 10 and 11, at Goode Ski Lake in Ogden, Utah.
Enter the contest here.
Goode Skis’ Dave Goode talks to Big Dawg Mississippi winner Greg Badal and second and third place finishers Tim Huston and Ben Favret.
For the second-consecutive major junior tournament, Goode NANO ONE skiers took three out of four titles as Dane Mechler, Lauren Morgan and Austin Bailey each earned wins at the Jr. U.S. Open held last weekend at West Chester, Ohio. Team Goode also won three of four junior titles at the Malibu Open.
Dane added to his already impressive 2013 season – he also took the Jr. Malibu and Jr. Moomba titles – by winning Men’s slalom with 2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 off. The score set a new Midwest Boys 3 record, topping the previous mark of 2 buoys at the same length co-held by Nate Smith, Cale Burdick and Ty Oppenlander.
Lauren took the Women’s slalom title with 1-1/2 buoys at 38-feet off, while her fellow Goode skiers Erika Lang (3 buoys at 35-feet off) and Kara MacIntyre (4 buoys at 32-feet off) finished third and fourth, respectively. Caroline Cooper was second with 4-1/2 buoys at 35 feet off.
One weekend after tying the South Central Regional Girls 3 slalom record, Bailey won the Jr. U.S. Open Girl’s title with 1 buoy at 38-feet off. In Boy’s slalom, Jonah Shaffer earned the win with 4 buoys at 38-feet off while Team Goode skier Daniel Di Pol took second with 2 buoys at 38-feet off.
For complete results, click here.
The third stop on the 2013 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour – and the first in North America – hit the famed waters of Cedar Ridge Lake in Canton, Miss., last weekend and the scores did not disappoint. The 39-1/2 feet off loop was successfully completed an unbelievable 28 times.
Greg Badal took the title with 2-1/2 buoys at 41-feet off in the final, topping Goode Skier Tim Huston by two buoys in the head-to-head match up. Huston’s fellow Goode Skier Ben Favret was third.
The second day of the tournament started off extremely well for Team Goode as it placed 10 skiers in the Sweet 16 and six in the Elite 8, but in the end it was Greg who took home the title – his second consecutive after winning the Big Dawg event at the Moomba Masters in Australia last March.
There are two more stops on the Big Dawg World Tour – Baurech, France (July 6-7) and Fenton, Mich. (July 13-14) – until the finals take place during the Goode Water Ski National Championships in West Palm Beach, Fla., Aug. 15-16. Goode skier Todd Ristorcelli is the series’ defending champion.
For more information, visit NautiqueBigDawg.com.
The NANO ONE continues to pile up the records.
In his first tournament on his new NANO ONE, Mike Royal topped his own Men’s disabled V1 (blind) world slalom record not once, not twice, but three times at last weekend’s Aquaplex Slalom Records in Creedmoor, Texas. By the end of the weekend he’d set a pending world record of 1 buoy at 39-1/2 feet off, dramatically topping his existing record of 2-1/2 buoys at 38-feet off that he set earlier this year on a Goode 9900.
At the same tournament defending national Girls 2 slalom champion Bailey Austin tied the South Central Regional Girls 3 slalom record with 2 buoys at 38-feet off. The mark ties Danyelle Bennett’s record from 2004. In her first year in Girls 3 Bailey is already ranking in the top 10 in the U.S. rankings list.
In the Eastern Region, Scott Cerosky scored a personal best 4 buoys at 39-1/2 off to break his own New York State Men’s 5 slalom record. He held the previous record of 2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off, set in 2011 on his Goode NANO-twist.