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Final pro event of 2012 to take place this weekend in Indonesia

The world’s best water skiers will have one last chance to claim a podium in 2012 as the final professional tournament of the year, the Palembang IWWF World Cup stop, will take place Saturday and Sunday in Indonesia.  Events include Men’s and Women’s slalom and jumping.

Team GOODE will be there in force, including the world’s No. 1 ranked Women’s slalom skier Regina Jaquess, the defending Men’s world slalom champion Thomas Degasperi, and perennial podium finishers Karen Truelove and Nick Parsons.

Regina will have the opportunity to put a capstone on one of the most dominating seasons of all time.  In addition to upping her own world record to 3 buoys at 41-feet off last June, she and her NANO ONE claimed titles at the Masters, GOODE Atlanta Pro Am, Malibu Open, Soaked and Diablo Shores Pro Am.

Thomas has had a remarkably consistent year, with top four-finishes in each professional event he entered including at win at the GOODE Atlanta Pro Am.

The tournament (which is 12 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time) will be webcast at  For more information, visit reviews the GOODE NANO ONE

Photo courtesy of John Horton/’s John Horton has posted his review of the GOODE NANO ONE and the second-to last sentence pretty much sums up the whole article:

“If there was a BallofSpray Ski of the Year Award it would clearly go to the Goode NANO ONE for 2012.”

Pretty good, right?  That’s not all.  Go here to read the full review and take a look at a few of the highlights below below:

  • “At a skier’s hardest passes, when the most mistakes are made, is where the NANO ONE comes to life and allows the skier to round a few more balls.”
  • “The NANO ONE is supremely forgiving and stable”
  • “… the NANO ONE feels surprisingly stable under foot and nearly always carves a tight radius …”
  • “ … this ski rarely stalls at the end of the turn. It simply keeps moving in the direction it is pointed.”
  • “Cross course angle and speed at the first wake seem to be automatic.”

GOODE snow skis earn major magazine awards


GOODE is getting some major magazine love as four of its snow skis have won awards from SKI and Skiing magazines.

“I’ve always thought that what our customers tell us about our skis is the most important kind of feedback we get,” said Dave Goode, founder and president of GOODE Skis, “but having testers from SKI and Skiing magazines like our skis so much is pretty great too.  It’s just more confirmation that all of the hard work we’ve put into designing, testing and building great skis is paying off.”

The Fire earned honors from both magazines, scoring a Gold Medal Gear designation from SKI and an Official Selection from SkiingSKI’s reviewers liked the Fire’s lightweight finesse and pop, labeling the ski “sporty and snappy.”  It took the top score in the Men’s mixed west classification in both the quickness and forgiveness categories, and tied for second in rebound.  Skiing says the Fire “absolutely torches corduroy” and that its carbon construction allows skiers “to relax on this ski and still go effing fast.”  Skiing wrapped up its review by saying that the Fire is “a great all-mountain tool with a traditional feel perfect for race-bred folks.” Reviews: SKI | Skiing

Citing its softer flexes that make it more manageable and its smooth ride in rough snow, Skiing awarded GOODE’s women’s freestyle ski, the  Affinity, with an Official Selection honor.  Testers gave the ski high marks in stability at speed, maneuverability, hard snow performance and forgiveness.  Review: Skiing

The Impact earned a Gold Medal Gear award in SKI’s Men’s mixed snow east, a category of skis that require good edge grip on account of the East’s generally colder, icier conditions.  Like the Fire, the Impact got rave reviews for its quickness and rebound, earning the category’s highest combined marks in these areas.  SKI summed up the Impact by saying that it’s “light, lively and fun.” Review: SKI

In the powder ski category, the Rahu earned an Official Selection award from Skiing.  Testers cited its “distinctly traditional feel” that “hooks firmly into turns and holds steady throughout.”  They also loved how the Rahu offers “on-piste precision” and “off-piste agility.”  Review: Skiing

To learn more about GOODE’s entire award winning 2012/2013 lineup, click here.

Q&A with national and Pan Ams champion Kara MacIntyre

Kara MacIntyre has been a promising U.S. Junior for many years, consistently landing in the top-10 of the rankings list and at Nationals.  But after a 2012 season in which she won the Girls 3 national slalom title and three gold medals at the Pan American Championships, it’s safe to say that the 11th grader from Knoxville, Tenn., is no longer up-and-coming … she’s arrived.

Kara, a GOODE skier since 2009, recently took part in a Q&A session with us.  Here is the conversation:

GOODE: Where do you train?
Kara: When I’m home, I trick ski on Fort Loudoun Lake outside my house, and I often drive 1-1/2 hours with my family or dad to No Wake Lake in Chattanooga to slalom and jump.  We also drive to Cory Pickos’ site, which is where I have been living and training since May when I decided to do online school for this semester in order to ski more.  I also train with Seth Stisher a couple times a year.

GOODE: If you could ski anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Kara: Cory Pickos’ site.  I love the weather, location by the beach and the coaches.  But I would love to travel to a different country, any country, to ski, so I’m so excited for Junior Worlds in Australia.

GOODE: What are your personal best scores?
Kara: 2 buoys at 38-feet off in a tournament and 4 buoys at 38-feet off in practice.

GOODE: How did you get involved with water skiing?
Kara: My dad skied for fun in college and loved it, so he taught me and my brother when we were very young.  Then we met the Curmi family and we improved greatly thanks to their coaching, and they introduced us to other competitive skiers.

GOODE: You’ve come close to a National title before.  How did it feel to win it this year?
Kara: It was unreal.  It was the first big tournament I’ve ever won. It was an adrenalin rush of joy.

GOODE: You have one more year in Girls 3.  Will it be different to defend a title as opposed to chasing one?
Kara: I don’t think of it differently because there have always been a bunch of us girls who are close in scores, but I think it will motivate me more because I know I can win it.

GOODE: Three of your highest scores of the summer were at the GOODE Nationals, Malibu Open and Pan Ams.  How are you able to rise to the moment so well?
Kara: The biggest key is to relax and not be nervous.  And the drive to win a big tournament really motivates me.

GOODE: How did it feel to represent your country at the Pan Ams?
Kara: It was a huge honor, and probably the most nerve-racking tournament I’ve competed in because if I did badly, I would let down my team, not just myself.  But that motivated me to do better.

GOODE: What are your ultimate goals in water skiing?
Kara: To keep improving, get stronger, and to keep having wonderful experiences being with my family, while meeting new people, and traveling.

GOODE skiers claim nearly half of all slalom medals at Senior Worlds

GOODE skiers put on a dominating performance during this past weekend’s 2012 35+ Water Ski World Championships in Chapala, Mexico, as eight of the 18 slalom medals were won on GOODE skis.

Bruce Dodd (Men’s 55+) and Lori Krueger (Women’s 35+) won gold medals while Stephanie Stange (Women’s 35+), Jeremy Newby-Ricci (Men’s 35+), Shannon Strickland (Women’s 45+), Todd Kuykendall (Men’s 45+), and Kim Contos (Men’s 55+) each won silver medals.  Marc Shaw took third place in Men’s 35+ to earn a bronze.

GOODE’s gold count was nearly even higher as Shannon tied for first place but was edged in a runoff by Jennifer Lapoint.

In Men’s 35+ slalom, GOODE skiers placed second through fifth, as Chad Scott and Todd Johnson joined Jeremy and Marc in the top five.  Jeff Surdej also finished eight in the event as GOODE skiers comprised half of the top 10.

Other GOODE skiers who earned top placements included Alison Poulsen’s fourth place finish in Women’s 45+, Mike Munn’s 10th place finish in Men’s 45+, and Steve Raphael and David Bentall’s fourth- and eighth-place finishes in Men’s 55+.

In the team competition, the Unites States finished first, with Canada second and Great Britain third.

For complete event results, click here.

The Senior Worlds marks the second international competition in just the past six weeks in which GOODE skiers have performed exceptionally well.  At the 2012 Malibu Pan Am Championships last month in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., half of all gold medals were won on GOODE skis.

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

The American West has been hit by a massive early season snow storm and Utah’s Wasatch Mountains are no exception. Here’s a shot taken this morning of Snowbasin, site of the 2002 Olympic Downhill and Super G, and due to its 20-mile distance from HQ, the home resort of sorts for GOODE Skis.

T-Gas Ski School named GOODE demo center

Skiers traveling to Florida this winter to get their off-season skiing fix now have another great reason to visit Thomas Degasperi’s ski school: they’ll be able to demo and purchase the latest GOODE products, including the record-setting NANO ONE.

Thomas’ T-Gas Ski School in Windermere, Fla., has been named an official GOODE demo center, giving students the opportunity to buy their GOODEs and have them dialed in by a two-time world champion who is very familiar with the skis.

“It’s easier for me to set up a ski for someone when I use the ski myself,” said Thomas, a member of Team GOODE and currently the No. 3 ranked skier on the IWWF’s Elite rankings list. “I really know GOODEs. I know exactly how they work. I can see how a student skis on it and adjust the ski accordingly.”

T-Gas jumps on the NANO ONE

Thomas is becoming especially familiar with the NANO ONE – the ski that debuted this year to world records, big tournament victories and lots of acclaim – having recently switched to it from his specially designed signature edition.

“I’ve been on the same ski for the last three years and I won worlds on it so it’s been a great ski for me,” said Thomas of his mid/traditional-width hybrid. “But everyone has really liked the NANO ONE so I thought I’d try it.

“On my offside it feels as good as my old ski, but on my onside it feels a lot better. With this ski I have great turns on both sides. I never thought it could be that good, but it’s quick and it turns unbelievably well on both sides.”

Within just a few days of getting on the NANO ONE, Thomas ran 41 off in practice, a feat he has done only once before. In his first tournament – and only second set – on the ski he ran into 41 off both rounds.

Demo a GOODE

To learn more about skiing at Thomas’ ski school and demoing a GOODE, visit his Facebook page or email him at

In addition to Thomas’ school, GOODE Skis can be demoed at Chet Raley’s Palm Beach Training Center, Miami Nautique and Arturo Nelson’s AQA Sports.

Eastern Region’s Than Bogan talks about the GOODE NANO ONE

A graduate of MIT and a software engineer for a Boston-area tech firm, Than Bogan is the thinking man’s skier. He’s used his highly analytical approach, and not to mention serious slalom skills that regularly land him on the podium at the Eastern Regionals, to become one of the most prolific and trusted (see his 376 “awesomes”) commenters on

His treatise on leverage position has generated 12,500 views and more than 150 comments, and the various comment threads he’s started on the NANO ONE have totaled more than 21,000 views.

So, we thought we’d go skiing with him and see what he thought once he had a few weeks on the ski. Take a look at the video above to see Than in action and hear what he has to say about his ski.

More records set on GOODEs

Even as the Northern Hemisphere’s tournament season winds down, records are still being set on GOODE Skis.

Dave Miller scored 4-1/2 buoys at 41-feet off Sept. 29th at Cedar Ridge Ski Lake in Canton, Miss., to set a pending Canadian Men’s 4 national record.  Dave’s mark, set on the GOODE NANO ONE, exceeds his own existing record by a half buoy and comes on the heels of winning a gold medal in the Men’s 45+ division at last months Malibu Pan Am Championships.

Richard Lambert has been in Men’s 7 for less than two months but he’s already made his mark in the record book.  Richard rode his GOODE ski to 3-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2-feet off at the Gary Pressley Memorial Slalom Oct. 7, at Trophy Lakes to set a pending U.S. National record.  And it’s probably only a matter of time before he ups the record again; he scored 1 buoy at 41-feet off at a Class C tournament at the end of August.

Regina, Risto and Budreau win at Diablo Shores

Regina Jaquess atop the podium at the Diablo Shores Pro Am. Photo by John Horton/

The final U.S. pro tournament of the year ended like nearly all of the season’s previous events have, with Regina Jaquess and her GOODE NANO ONE atop the podium.

Regina (3 buoys at 39-1/2 off) beat Karina Nolan (1-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off) in the head-to-head finals of last weekend’s Diablo Shores Pro Am to take the Open Women’s title, her sixth major win of the year.

If anyone knows how it feels to be as dominating as Regina has been in 2012, it may be Todd Ristorcelli.  Since hopping on the NANO ONE Todd has won a Big Dawg stop, the Big Dawg Championships, a national title, set a pending MM and 34 mph world record, and after this weekend, won at Diablo Shores.  Todd scored 1 buoy at 41-feet off to edge tournament host Greg Badal by a half buoy for the MM title.

In Open Men’s slalom, three of the top eight finishers were on GOODE, as Thomas Degasperi, Nick Parsons and Carlo Allais placed fourth, seventh and eight, respectively.  Karen Truelove also earned a spot on the podium, finishing fourth in Open Women.

But the pros were not the only GOODE skiers having a great weekend.  Kim Budreau, a NANO ONE skier from Medford, Oregon, earned the amateur title after taking down Jim England, Paul Matthews and Steve Cesnauskas in consecutive head-to-head match ups.  Kim had a strong 2012 season as well, finishing in a tie for eight in Women’s 3 at the 70th GOODE Water Ski National Championships and placing second at the Western Regionals.

For complete results from the Diablo Shores Pro Am, click here.