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Goode skier Samantha Dumala graces cover of The Water Skier

Congratulations to Goode skier and recently crowned Junior Girls slalom world champion Samantha Dumala for landing the cover of The Water Skier magazine.

In February Samantha and her NANO ONE led a Goode/USA sweep of the Junior Girls podium by winning the world title as Erika Lang finished second and Kara MacIntyre third. Samantha and Erika tied in the final round with 1 buoy at 38-feet off, but Samantha came out on top in the runoff.

Goode Skis to sponsor and host demo day at 2013 Atlanta Pro Am

SOURCE: BallofSpray Atlanta Pro Am Water Ski Tournament press release

ATLANTA – APRIL 8, 2013 – The BallofSpray Atlanta Pro Am Water Ski Tournament is proud to announce that Goode Skis has agreed to sponsor the BallOfSpray Atlanta Pro Am for the second-consecutive year and host a Demo Day Thursday, May 24th 2013, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Atlanta’s Princeton Lake prior to the Pro Am Tournament.

Skiers across the world have ridden Goode’s NANO ONE to countless personal bests and tournament victories, including the world’s No. 1 Women’s slalom skier, Regina Jaquess, who set a new world record and won the 2012 U.S. Masters on it.  The ski’s big victories also include the 2012 Big Dawg Championships and Masters Men U.S. National Title. Goode Skis founder and owner, Dave Goode, will personally be on hand during the demo day to assist with set up and testing of the ski.

“We are excited to introduce even more skiers to the NANO ONE,” said Dave.  “It’s the best ski we’ve ever had and we look forward to showing skiers just how much it will improve their skiing.”

Goode Skis has a history with the Atlanta Pro Am, playing a major role last year as the title sponsor and contributing to the success of this growing event. Also, both the 2012 Atlanta Pro Am professional event’s Men and Women titles were both won on Goode skis, by Thomas Degasperi and Regina, respectively.

“We are proud to once again support the event and the pro-am format which gets people from all levels of the sport involved,” Dave said.

The Atlanta Pro Am will exclusively use Goode BubbleBuoys turn buoys throughout the weekend.  BubbleBuoys reduce risk of skier injury by compressing when struck by a ski then bouncing back to its original round shape once the skier passes.  Traditional, compressed-air filled buoys do not compress or easily dislodge in the water, instead transferring the full force of impact to the ski and ultimately the skier.

Princeton Lake is located in southwest Atlanta and is hosting the BallOfSpray Atlanta Pro Am for the second consecutive year during Memorial Day Weekend. However, this is the first year the Demo Day program has been added to the event. Skiers of all levels are invited to partake in the Demo Days prior to the event and then compete in the C-class tournament held Saturday, Sunday and along side the professional skiers on Monday.

“The addition of the Demo Days turns Memorial Day weekend into the ideal waterskier’s weekend,” said George Obser, Atlanta Pro Am Event Director.

“It provides an opportunity for slalom enthusiasts to try the newest products on the market with the best skiers in the world. Then they have an opportunity to compete themselves and can even make the quick trip to Callaway Gardens to watch the world’s best compete at the prestigious 54th US Masters. The addition of the Demo Days creates a perfectly packaged weekend for any hardcore skier.”

To sign up for the 2013 BallOfSpray Atlanta Pro Am Goode Skis Demo Day, please email John Horton, Demo Day Coordinator at horton@ballofspray.com. Guest list will be created on a first come, first serve basis.

Goode carbon race skis take podiums at USSA Masters Nationals

Goode’s soon-to-be-released line of new carbon fiber race skis captured multiple top-five finishes at the USSA Masters Nationals last weekend in Big Sky, Mont.

On the strength of fourth and fifth place finishes in giant slalom and super-G, respectively, Tim Itin finished third overall in the Men’s 6 division.  In Women’s 7, Dawn Goode took second place in downhill, fourth in both super-G and giant slalom, and fifth overall.
Dawn Goode charges Big Sky.

“I was really excited to see Tim and Dawn ski so well on our new race skis,” said Dave Goode president and founder of Goode Skis.  “Dawn’s downhill ski was just built on Friday and then to have her podium just a few days later was truly exciting.  Then to watch Tim podium in the overall capped off a great week of racing.”

The big results come after Dawn earned two giant slalom victories during the season-long Jan’s Cup Series and both Dave and Dawn taking second place in their respective divisions at the USSA Masters Intermountain races held at Snowbasin resort in Utah.

Goode Skis is the first and only company building pure carbon fiber race skis.  The skis are expected to become widely available this fall.

Chet Raley talks Juniors, skis and keeping up with the Big Dawgs

Chet Raley has long been one of water skiing’s most sought-after coaches … and he’s a pretty good skier himself.  Goode Skis recently spoke with Chet about two of the brightest young students he coaches at his Palm Beach Training Center, the ski he’s riding on and how he’s been able to do more than just hang with the younger Big Dawgs.

Two of your students, Yiannis Nathanail and Samantha Dumula, just won Junior world titles.  How does that accomplishment stack up with some of the other things you’ve achieved in the sport?

I don’t really take credit for kids’ or students’ accomplishments because that is their hard work. I work hard with them but their success is theirs.  It’s beautiful though and very, very rewarding to watch them try as hard as they try and have good things come to fruition.

Now that they’ve both experienced their first taste of success at the world level, what can we expect from them in coming years?

With both Yiannis and Samantha the sky is absolutely the limit. They are very bright, very smart kids that both have incredible parents that should get as much credit as anyone.  They have the potential to do whatever they want, but school is going to be a major priority for both. But they can go as far as they want to go in skiing.

You’ve been skiing on the new NANO ONE since last summer and have put a lot of your students on the ski.  What do you like about it?

First of all, it’s the best Goode ever created, no question about it.  You can make almost any ski functional, but to make it more superior than anything else it has to be really good. And it’s a superior product. The addition of inserts is really cool and a lot of people have clamored for that for a long time, but that’s secondary to the way it performs. It has two good sides, which is not normal for skis of the last 10 years or so.

You’ve skied on many different Goodes in the past. How does this ski compare and contrast to those others?  

Pro skiers are good about keeping a wet ski and in other sports that’s important too. The more of that edge you put into the snow, ice or water the better control you have.  None of the other skis set an edge better than this ski and that is worth its weight in gold.

Like any sport, water skiing in continuously evolving. What new concepts or thoughts are you incorporating into your coaching?  

It evolves almost yearly, and I’d say dramatically each year. The idea of skiing from buoy to buoy has really changed.  That’s the net result, but there is a lot of interest in skiing from the apex near the buoy to the wake right now. Deliberately setting an edge that sustains angle that culminates in the center line behind the boat.  It’s a much nicer way to ski than the old days of turning, stalling, grabbing the line and pulling like a mad man to gain back your losses.

The Big Dawg series seems to get tougher and tougher each year yet you are always at or near the top.  How have you been able to stay so competitive even while new talent has entered the series?

Well, you better continue to change, evolve and learn if you want to keep up.  As an old man (Editor’s note: Chet is 56) in a young man’s sport, you just continue to keep it up and not sit around and think that you have it all figured out. You have to evolve with better equipment and you have to work hard, just like the kids I coach do.

Team Goode takes half of Moomba slalom podium spots

Team Goode got a great start to the 2013 major tournament season by taking three of six podium positions during the final rounds of the Moomba Masters earlier today in Melbourne, Australia.

Team Goode skiers took two podium spots in Men’s slalom as Adam Sedlmajer and Thomas Degasperi finished second and third, respectively, after each scoring 3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off. Adam finished a spot ahead of Thomas due to a higher semi-final round score.  Chris Parrish finished first with 3 buoys at 41-feet off.

The second-place finish represents Adam’s best-ever finish in a professional slalom tournament.  The defending world overall champion also took the Moomba Men’s overall title for the second time in his career.

Women’s slalom also featured a tie between Goode skiers as Karen Truelove and Clementine both scored 3 buoys at 38-feet off.  Karen earned third place with Clementine taking fourth due to their semi-final scores.  Whitney McClintock placed first with a score of 2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off while Emma Sheers was second with 5-1/2 buoys at 38-feet off.

All three Team Goode podium finishes were on the Goode NANO ONE.

For more information, visit moombamasters.com.au.

MacIntyre, Mechler win Moomba Juniors, pros and Big Dawgs kick off tomorrow

Goode skiers have found their way to the top of the podium for the second-straight international Junior tournament as Kara MacIntyre and Dane Mechler won the girls and boys slalom titles, respectively, at the Junior Moomba Masters today in Melbourne, Australia.

Their wins come just two weeks after Goode skiers swept girls slalom and took first and second in boys slalom at the Junior World Championships in Mulwala, Australia.

Kara scored 4 buoys at 35-feet off to earn the Junior Moomba win, while fellow Goode skiers Erika Lang (3 at 35 off) and Chantal Singer (4 at 32 off) took second and third, respectively, for a Goode sweep.   Dane’s score of 3-1/2 buoys at 38-feet off was enough for him to edge South Africa’s Eamon Van Der Merwe by a full one-and-a-half buoys.  For complete results, click here.

The Moomba Masters kick off tomorrow with the pros, and for the second-straight year, the Big Dawgs will get in on the action as the tournament serves as the second stop on the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour.

Team Goode will be well represented in the pro ranks, as Karen Truelove, Thomas Degasperi, Nick Parsons, Adam Sedlmajer, Clementine Lucine, Yiannis Nathanail, Benjamin Stadblaur, and Dane are all expected to compete.

For more information, visit moombamasters.com.au or click here for the online broadcast.

Goode skiers sweep girls slalom at Jr. Worlds, finish 1-2 in boys

Samantha Dumala led a Goode sweep in girls slalom, placing first while Erika Lang and Kara MacIntyre took second and third, respectively.
Yiannis Nathanail of Greece road his Goode NANO ONE to the gold medal in boys slalom at the Junior Worlds, while fellow Goode skier Santiago Robledo of Colombia earned silver. Photo courtesy of Greek Water Ski News.

Goode skiers swept the girls slalom podium and nearly did the same in boys at yesterday’s Junior World Water Ski Championships in Mulwala, Australia.

Samantha Dumala led the Goode/USA sweep by winning the world title as Erika Lang finished second and Kara MacIntyre third. Samantha and Erika tied in the final round with 1 buoy at 38-feet off, but Samantha come out on top in the runoff.  Kara scored 4 buoys at 35-feet off to win the bronze.

In boys slalom, Goode skiers finished first and second as Yiannis Nathanail of Greece earned the title with 2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off and Santiago Robledo of Colombia took second with 3 buoys at 38-feet off.

Both Samantha and Yiannis train at Chet Raley’s Palm Beach Training Center, an official Goode demo center.

Dave and Dawn Goode take podiums at USSA Masters race

Congratulations to Dave and Dawn Goode, who both took second place in their respective divisions at the USSA Masters Intermountain/Jan’s Cup Slalom Race held last weekend at Snowbasin resort in Utah.

Dave and Dawn skied on Goode Carbon Fiber race skis and used Goode Carbon Fiber ski poles.

“Snowbasin Ski Resort and the race organizers did a fabulous job in hosting the first ever Masters Slalom Race to be held on the newly homologated Bullwinkle trail,” said Dave.  “USSA coordinators Bill and Bob Skinner not only skied well but hosted a great event.  The level of competition is very high this year and it was fun to be a part of the races this weekend.”

The next scheduled USSA Masters Intermountain race will be held at Wolf Mountain, Feb. 22-24.

2013 season underway in Chile

The 2013 water ski season is officially underway as the first stop of the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour has begun in Santiago, Chile.

A number of GOODE skiers are competing in the two-day event, including Ed Hickey, Tim Huston, Ruben Rosenberg, John Shealy, Fabrizio Merlo, and defending Big Dawg champion Todd Ristorcelli.

For more information about the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour, see the running order or visit http://nautiquebigdawg.com.  For updates scores throughout the weekend, follow twitter.com/SkiBigDawg.

GOODE Nationals schedule released

USA Water Ski has released the schedule of events for the 71st GOODE Water Ski National Championships.

Taking place Aug. 13-17, at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla., this year’s tournaments will also feature two additional events during the week, including the inaugural Swami Slalom Challenge.

From USA Water Ski:

The new Swami Slalom Challenge will consist of a head-to-head competition featuring the top-two placements from the Boys/Girls 2, Boys/Girls 3, Men/Women 1 and Open Men/Women slalom divisions from the Nationals. The Swami Slalom Challenge, sponsored by Nautique and Eagle Wetsuits, will take place on the North-South Slalom Lake at approximately 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 14.
The Ski Club of the Palm Beaches also will host the finals of the Ski Nautique Big Dawg World Tour and the Nautique Senior Tour. Qualifying rounds will be held on Thursday, Aug. 13, with the finals to be held at night under the lights on Friday, Aug. 16.

For more information, click here.