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2017 Year in Review: big wins, records and new products

Full of big wins, new records and exciting new products, 2017 was a great year for Team GOODE.

Here’s a look at some of the biggest stories of 2017.

Regina Rules the World(s), Again

Regina Jaquess once again led the way for Team GOODE at the World Championships, securing an unprecedented slalom/overall three-peat (2013, 2015, 2017) at the 2017 iteration held in Paris last September.

Her slalom win set the all-time mark for Women’s world slalom championships at four, breaking the record of three that she previously shared with legends Liz Allen, Cindy Todd and Helena Kjellander. Regina’s four World Slalom titles came in 2005, 2013, 2015, and now, 2017. The overall gold is the fifth of her career, the most ever for a Woman and second only behind Patrice Martin all time. She also earned a silver medal in jumping to go along with her team gold, giving her four medals during the 2017 championships.

Additional Team GOODE highlights included Felipe Miranda winning his second career World overall title and six of the 12 Women’s slalom finalists skiing on GOODEs.

Read the full article here.

GOODE Skiers Dominate Nationals

GOODE skiers won 14 national slalom titles – easily more than any other ski manufacturer – at the 75th GOODE Water Ski National Championships held in August at San Marcos River Ranch in Martindale, Texas.

Winning national slalom titles were:

Girls 3 – Brooke Baldwin; Womens 1 – Ruth McCreary; Womens 2 – Keri McClure; Womens 3 – Lauren Malitz; Womens 4 – Stephanie Stange; Womens 5 – Joy Kelley; Womens 6 – Janie Fausold; Womens 9 – Pat Fischer; Mens 1 – Chris Kuykendall; Mens 3 – Barton Rachwal; Mens 4 – Chad Scott; Mens 5 – Greg Sund; Mens 6 – Steve Ware; and, Mens 7 – Steve Raphael.

Read the full article here.

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New Products Top GOODE Lineup

Three new products added to the GOODE lineup in 2017 were greeted with big-time results and strong customer demand:

XTR™: Introduced at the GOODE Nationals in August, the XTR combines the world record-breaking DNA of the Nano 1XT with a trailblazing new rocker profile to create the highest performing ski in the GOODE lineup. The result? Multiple National titles, a world slalom championship, a world-record tie, two U.S. National records, and countless PBs.

Power-G-Flex™: GOODE Skis and Reflex partnered to create the Power-G-Flex system, bringing the comfort and performance long associated with the PowerShell 5 boot to the sport’s leading mechanical release system. A specially designed injection molded piece connects the PowerShell boot to the Reflex toe bar, and an added rear heal cleat secures the boot to the mechanical release. The PowerShell/Reflex pairing will come standard mounted to a G-10 carbon plate and will also feature a rear half-boot option.

The FUTURE™: GOODE’s first-ever ski designed exclusively for young up-and-coming buoy slayers, the FUTURE features all the pure carbon-fiber construction and world-record DNA you’ve come to expect in a GOODE, but with kid-friendly graphics, a more forgiving flex pattern and a great price. The FUTURE is a high-performing, no-compromises ski that will get tomorrow’s little rippers in the course and into deep shortline.

Pro Team Members Post Big Wins

Adam Sedlmajer. Photo by Des Burke-Kennedy/IWWF.

GOODE pro team members scored big victories all over the world in 2017.

Thomas Degasperi got the year off to a great start by taking the Moomba Masters title, then things kept rolling with victories from Clementine Lucine (European Championships, Fun Gliss Pro Am), Taylor Garcia (Jr. U.S. Open), Brooke Baldwin (California Pro Am), Adam Sedlmajer (World Games and the Andy Mapple Pro Am), Felipe Miranda (World overall). And of course, there’s Regina (world slalom and overall, San Gervasio, Malibu Open and Swiss Slalom Pro).

Miller and Badal Face Off for Bracket Challenge Title

After four rounds and the elimination of 14 skiers, the 2017 GOODE Bracket Challenge came down to No. 1 seed vs. No. 2. Dave Miller vs. Greg Badal. Watch the video above to see who won.

National Records Go Down

Chet Raley

The U.S. National record books will look dramatically different at the end of 2017 than they did at the beginning of the year, thanks in large part to GOODE skiers.

Chet Raley first tied the Mens 6 National record, then proceeded to top it twice more, eventually ending up with a pending record of 2 buoys at 41 feet off. Joy Kelley set the Womens 6 slalom record three different times herself, ending the year with a pending record of 2 at 38 off.

Bob Hardeman set a pending Mens 8 record of 2-1/4 at 39-1/2 off, Cyndi Benzel a Womens 7 pending record of 1/2 at 38 off, Steve Raphael a Mens 7 pending record of 5-1/4 at 39-1/2 off (since disallowed due to boat path deviation) and Bill Mahan tied the Mens 8 record of 2 at 39-1/2 off.

See the full list of pending records here.

GOODE Skiers Top World Rankings List

When the October 2017 IWWF preliminary world rankings list was released, seven GOODE skiers earned top spots: Open Women – Regina Jaquess, Under 21 Women – Brooke Baldwin; Junior Women – Brooke Baldwin; 35+ Women – Karen Truelove; Under 21 Men – Brando Caruso; Junior Men (tied) – Griffin Stange; 55+ Men – Dave Miller; and, 65+ Men – Steve Raphael.

12 #FirstTimersForFree Participate in GOODE Nationals

First time Nationals competitor Addy Flint.

Twelve skiers not only competed in their first-ever Nationals last August at San Marcos River Ranch, but they had their entry fees paid too. The #FirstTimersForFree promotion was part of GOODE’s effort to encourage Nationals participation and reward achieving major goals.

“Qualifying for and skiing in Nationals is a really big deal,” says GOODE Skis founder and president Dave Goode. “We just wanted to do something to make peoples’ first Nationals extra special and encourage even more people to come. It was really great getting to meet everyone and congratulate them personally.”

Participating first time Nationals competitors were: Josh Gardner – Boys 3, Plainfield, IL; Joey Hayes – Mens 3, Decatur, MS; Brian Kreis – Mens 4, Miami, FL; Isak Nightingale – Boys 2, Lake Elmo, MN; Reed Favret – Boys 2, Windermere, FL; Sharon Baker Brown – Womens 7, Orlando, FL; Addy Flint – Girls 1, Lawton, OK; Don Stanford – Mens 8, Pleasant Hill, CA; Kate Lemcke – Womens 1, Saint Louis, MO; Landon Geels – Boys 3, Denver, CO; Brendan Schultz – Boys 2, Dow, IL; and, Justin Bloyer – Mens 3, Lake Elmo, MN.

Regina named USA Water Ski Female Athlete of the Year

Photo courtesy of USA Water Ski.

Regina Jaquess was named the 2017 USA Water Ski Female Athlete of the Year, marking the 10th time in her career she has received the award.

The U.S. Elite Water Ski Team – whose members include GOODE athletes Brooke Baldwin, Taylor Garcia, Anna Gay, Adam Pickos, and Jaquess – was named USA Water Ski’s Team of the Year.

USA Water Ski on Regina’s selection:

Jaquess, selected USA Water Ski’s Female Athlete of the Year for the 10th time in her career, led the way for the U.S. Elite Water Ski Team as it won the team gold medal at the 35th Water Ski World Championships. Jaquess successfully defended her slalom and overall titles from the 2015 world championships, earned the silver medal in women’s jumping, and advanced to the finals in all three events (placing 10th in tricks) at this year’s world championships. She also won women’s professional slalom titles at the Swiss Pro Am, San Gervasio Pro Am and Malibu Open, where she also won the coveted overall title and placed second in jumping.

Friend of GOODE Freddy Krueger was named the male athlete of the year for the 12th time. Click here for more information.

Chet Raley sets Mens 6 national record on the XTR, again

Chet Raley’s assault on the record books continued last weekend at the Thrilla at Hydrilla Revisited tournament in Boca Raton, Fla., as he again set a pending Mens 6 U.S. National record.

His score of 2 buoys at 41 off marks the third time he has either tied or set a new mark since hopping on the XTR™ and entering the Mens 6 division.

On Sept. 2nd, he tied the record of 1 at 41, originally held by Kris LaPoint, then exceeded it by a half buoy on Oct. 22nd, before adding another half buoy last weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

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Announcing the FUTURE, GOODE’s first ever junior ski

The FUTURE is here and it’s ready to rip.

GOODE’s first-ever ski designed exclusively for young up-and-coming buoy slayers, the FUTURE features all the pure carbon-fiber construction and world-record DNA you’ve come to expect in a GOODE, but with kid-friendly graphics, a more forgiving flex pattern and a great price.

The FUTURE is a high-performing, no-compromises ski that will get tomorrow’s little rippers in the course and into deep shortline.

Learn more or buy at the online GOODE store.

GOODE skiers top world rankings lists

The October 2017 IWWF preliminary world rankings list have been released and a number of GOODE skiers top them.

Team GOODE members ranked No. 1 in the world are:

  • Open Women – Regina Jaquess
  • Under 21 Women – Brooke Baldwin
  • Junior Women – Brooke Baldwin
  • 35+ Women – Karen Truelove
  • Under 21 Men – Brando Caruso
  • Junior Men (tied) – Griffin Stange
  • 55+ Men – Dave Miller
  • 65+ Men – Steve Raphael

To view the complete lists, click here.

Chet Raley sets pending U.S. National Mens 6 record, 9 records set on GOODEs in ’17

Congratulations to Chet Raley for setting a pending U.S. National Mens 6 slalom record with 1-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off at the Oct. 3-event Record Sunday last weekend at Okeeheelee Park.

Chet’s new mark tops the previous record of 1 at 41 off, which he scored earlier this summer and co-held with Kris Lapoint, and is the ninth pending U.S. National slalom record set on GOODEs this year.

Joy Kelley owns three of those marks topping out with a pending Womens 6 record of 2 at 38 off.  Bob Hardeman set a pending Mens 8 record of 2-1/4 at 39-1/2 off, Cyndi Benzel a Womens 7 pending record of 1/2 at 38 off, Steve Raphael a Mens 7 pending record of 5-1/4 at 39-1/2 off and Bill Mahan tied the Mens 8 record of 2 at 39-1/2 off.

For a full list of pending U.S. National records click here, or here for the list of approved records.

And the winner of the GOODE Bracket Challenge is …

After four rounds and the elimination of 14 skiers, the 2017 GOODE Bracket Challenge came down to No. 1 seed vs. No. 2. Dave Miller vs. Greg Badal.

The two faced off in the first round of last weekend’s Imperial Lakes Skiers Choice Record in El Centro, Calif., to determine the champ. Watch the video above to find out who won.

Fan contest won with perfect bracket

Kyle Kuykendall is the winner of a brand new XTR, thanks to his perfect picks in the 2017 GOODE Bracket Challenge.

With the bracket submission named “Winner!,” Kyle correctly picked both of the two upsets during the four round event – his uncle (No. 13) Todd Kuykendall’s win over No. 4 seed Jay Leach and (No. 2) Greg Badal’s victory over top seed Dave Miller.

Nine brackets – Gloerson, June 2017, Kevin’s Bracket, LLUSA, Malibu Dave’s Picks, Mary’s Picks, Rich’s Bracket picks, Skicm777, and skidawg – tied for second place, with each only having one mark against them.

To see where all 385 bracket submission placed, click here.

Team GOODE claims 5 of 6 slalom medals at Euros

Team GOODE nearly swept the slalom medals at last weekend’s European Championships in Poland, winning five of the six medals awarded.

Clementine Lucine claimed gold to lead Team GOODE to a 1-2-3 sweep of the Women’s slalom event. She scored six buoys at 38-feet off in the finals to earn the win, while her French teammate Ambre Franc finished second with three buoys at 38 off, a half-buoy ahead of the third-place finisher, Russia’s Alisa Shevkunova.

For Clementine, the slalom gold secured her 30th career Euros gold medal.

In Men’s slalom, the Italian duo of Thomas Degasperi and Brando Caruso finished second and third, respectively, both scoring 2 buoys at 41 off in the finals, with Thomas securing the higher placement on the strength of a higher preliminary score. Great Britain’s Freddie Winter took home gold.

Both overall titles were won by GOODE athletes, with the Czech Republic’s Adam Sedlmajer winning the Men’s title, and Belarus’ Natallia Berdnikava claiming the Women’s.

For complete results, click here.

A GOODE weekend: National records and big victories

It was a great weekend for Team GOODE as its skiers won a couple big tournaments and set a number of pending National records:

  • Vennesa Vieke took the SportsInsurance.com Queens Cup title at Little Mountain in North Carolina, beating Chelsea Mills 1.5@38 to 0.5@38 in the head-to-head finals to earn the win and a $2,000 cash prize.
  • Fellow GOODE skiers Joy Kelley and Cyndi Benzel took third and fifth, respectively at the Queens Cup, with Joy setting a pending National Womens 6 record of 1@38 and Cyndi Benzel setting a pending National Womens 7 record of 0.5@38.
  • Bob Hardeman scored 2@39 at the NorCal MasterCraft BallOfSpray Cash Prize at Bell Acqua Lake 3 to set a pending National Mens 8 record.
  • In the pro ranks, Clementine Lucine took first in Women’s slalom at the Fun Gliss Pro Am in France. Her fellow GOODE teammate Thomas Degasperi finished second in the Men’s slalom event.