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.
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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.
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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.
Carlo Allais earned the gold medal and Clementine Lucine took home silver at the 2013 Mediterranean Games, held last weekend in Mersin, Turkey.
As the top seed heading into the finals, Carlo knew he only needed 4 buoys at 35-off in the rough conditions to take gold for Italy, doing just that to secure the win. France’s Dailland Thibaut fishished second with 3-1/2 buoys at 35-feet off and Italy’s Luzzeri Matteo was third with 1-1/2 buoys at 35-feet off.
The Women faced better conditions as Clementine scored 2-1/2 buoys at 38-feet off to finish second, a buoy-and-a-half behind her French teammate Manon Costard. Italy’s Beatrice Ianni finished third.
Eight countries (Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Spain and Turkey) competed in the slalom event, which was part of the 4,000-athlete, 24-country, 32-sport games. For complete results, click here.
Regina Jaquess still remains unbeaten for more than a year and Team Goode and the NANO ONE took four of six slalom events as the Malibu Open wrapped up Saturday evening in Milwaukee, Wis.
Regina (3-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off) took out Whitney McClintock (3-1/4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off) in the head-to-head finals to earn the Women’s slalom title for the second consecutive year. The world record holder has not lost a tournament since she started skiing on the Goode NANO ONE more than a year ago. During the WaterSki Magazine Awards held Friday night Regina was named Female slalom skier of the year, also for the second-straight year.
Regina’s continued dominance of the Women’s slalom field was mirrored by Team Goode’s dominance of the junior ranks. Kara MacIntyre (Women’s under 21), Dane Mechler (Men’s under 21) and Daniel DiPol (Men’s under 17) all won titles, giving Team Goode four of a possible six titles during the weekend.
Kara MacIntyre got things started for Team Goode by edging Caroline Cooper in a runoff to take the Women’s under 21 title. Kara and Caroline both scored 3 buoys at 35 feet off in the final round, with Kara topping Caroline by a buoy in the runoff.
In Men’s under 17, Daniel DiPol took the title with 2 buoys at 38-feet off. Taylor Garcia was second with 2 buoys at 35-feet off.
Dane Mechler took the title in under 21 Men’s, joining Kara as winners at both the 2013 Junior Malibu Open and Junior Moomba Masters. Dane scored 1-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off to earn the victory.
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Despite its less-than-ideal weather, Great Britain has had a knack for turning out big time slalom skiers. Names like Mapple, Asher and Arthur come to mind.
Pretty soon we may have to add Winter to that list. At 23, Team Goode’s Freddie Winter has been quickly ascending the European and world rankings lists, currently sitting at No. 2 and No. 15 on the Euro and IWWF rankings, respectively.
With a number of European titles under his belt and university completed, Freddie is looking toward tackling the world stage as well as the North American competition scene.
Goode recently had the chance to talk to Freddie about his career, future goals and a new slalom ski that has him very excited.
Goode: Where do you do most of your skiing and who do you train with?
Freddie: JB Ski near London is my favorite ski site in the UK. I had my first ski there when I was six and have been training there pretty much ever since. The bulk of my skiing over the years has been with John Battleday, the former slalom world silver medalist. I’ve also skied a lot with Dimitri Kourounis out in Porto Heli, Greece, and he’s been a huge influence. He’s a top coach and a great friend.
How did you get into skiing?
My parents have both been skiing at JB Ski every weekend for over 25 years so I have always been around a lake. I guess it was inevitable that I was going to try it. I loved it and my parents supported my skiing from an early age.
When did you realize that “hey, I’m pretty good at this” and that you could become a top skier in the world?
Beginning at an early age I always wanted to compete. And over time my expectations and ambitions have changed a lot, from when I won my first under 12 national championship to now where I’m starting to compete with the top guys that I’ve admired a lot over the years.
You are tearing it up in Europe. Any chance we might see you at some of the big events in the states any time soon?
I am planning on coming to Diablo Shores in September for sure. I watched that event last year on the webcast and was so frustrated I couldn’t be there given how great it looked.
You just hopped on the NANO ONE. What happened when you first got on it?
To be honest I was a bit nervous because I really loved my previous ski, the NANO Twist. I swapped my Powershells over and jumped out on the water without even checking the fin. The first set was great; I got around 3 ball at 10.25 meters (41-feet off) on factory settings. From that point I knew there was no going back to the Twist.
So you haven’t been on it long. What do you think your potential is on it?
I’ve been on it less than a month but felt at home straight away. I just had my first tournament on it last week and equaled my best of last season. It’s early still and I feel that I’m improving as the season goes on so hopefully the only way is up.
You’ve skied a few previous Goode models. How are the characteristics of the NANO ONE different and the same as those?
I have been skiing on Goode ski’s since I was 12 or 13 years old when I was passed down my mother’s old 9200. So I’ve been on a load of Goode ski iterations, including the 9200, 9500, 9700, 9900 and NANO Twist. The most noticeable difference between my old Twist and the NANO ONE is the added stability I feel from the wider ski. It is a ski that allows you to ski really smoothly, but if you get in a bit of trouble and need a big turn, it has the ability to be really aggressive. My off-side turn feels improved and a lot more reliable.
What’s the plan for the rest of the year?
This year I am going to seriously focus on my skiing. This season is the longest I will have had with tournaments stretching right to the end of the year. I have a few tournaments lined up with special emphasis on a few. I have the World Games in Columbia in a month’s time, the Europe and Africa Championships in Greece in September, and the World Championships at the end of the year.
Great Britain has produced some amazing slalom skiers, with of course Andy Mapple and Will Asher coming to mind. How did their legacies help you start your own and what does it mean for you to have them go before you?
In my eyes those guys are the two best slalom skiers since the 80′s. I like to think that they have come from the same country as me and have had the same opportunities, as well as having to deal with the same pretty average weather, and still managed to come out on top. If anything that gives me confidence that I can do the same. When I was getting started in tournament skiing I always looked up to Will and his success showed me that a guy from England can be the best around. I’ve started competing against him a fair amount over the last couple of years and have always enjoyed the challenge.
With the Worlds coming up later this year, what are you hoping to accomplish there?
I am just waiting for the (May) IWWF World Ranking List to be published to confirm my place but I will likely be in the top 20, which I need to qualify as an individual (Freddie was 15th on the October 2012 list). It will be my first Worlds which I am really excited about. I will have to see how the season goes between now and then, as it is quite a way off, but right now I feel good and I’m hoping for a high placing.