The GOODE Virtual Water Ski Bracket Challenge™ is back, once again pitting many of the world’s best 34 mph water skiers against each other in head-to-head match-ups and testing fans’ skiing knowledge with an March-Madness like contest.
World champions and record holders, up-and-coming stars, Senior Worlds and Big Dawg champs, and perennial National title contenders. The 2017 Bracket Challenge is loaded. Click here to see the full field of 16.
Like previous years, there will be some serious prizes on the line for the top finishers in the online fan contest. The overall winner will win a free GOODE RéV 6 or Nano 1/XT, while the second- and third-place finishers will receive prize packages from GOODE’s online store.
But you can’t win if you don’t enter. Submit your bracket here, or click here for more information about how the online contest works.
With her first-place finish and qualifying score at last weekend’s Masters Last Chance Qualifier at Sunset Lakes, Brooke Baldwin, 16, earned the right to ski in the Masters Women’s slalom field. But doing so comes at a price: forgoing the chance to defend her three consecutive junior overall and two consecutive junior slalom titles.
In the end, she decided she was ready to make the jump in slalom. GOODE recently talked to her about that decision and what she expects this weekend.
GOODE: At the last chance qualifier you needed 2.5@39 to qualify and the first round you got 2. What were you thinking heading into the second and final round?
Brooke: In the first round I thought I got around three ball. I fell at the ball but I thought it was 50/50 that I got around it but I must have just skied inside it. I was actually surprised how nervous I was going into the second round. Prior to the tournament I didn’t think I’d ski the Women’s event, even if I did qualify. But I was really stressing out after the first round because I wanted to make it.
GOODE: In the end, why did you decide to ski in the Open Women’s slalom event at the Masters?
Brooke: It’s fun to ski with the pros and to be able to say that I’m going to be able to ski on Saturday. Not a lot of people can say that. It’s a big deal. And this may be the only set I ever ski on Robin Lake for fun. There are really no expectations. I can just go and enjoy it instead of being stressed out all the time.
GOODE: What were those couple days you spent making your decision like?
Brooke: I was really back and forth on this decision. I don’t remember the last time I thought about something so hard.
GOODE: You are going to be on the starting dock with all the big names in the sport. Will that affect you?
Brooke: I’m not that intimidated by them because I’ve been skiing against them for so long. I grew up with so many of them and more than half of them have seen me as a baby.
GOODE: What do you hope to accomplish this weekend?
Brooke: I would like to stand up my trick run, place in jump in the junior event, and I just hope that I have fun in slalom. I want to ski well, but as long and I’m just enjoying it and having fun, it’ll all fall in place. No matter what I do in slalom I’m going to be happy because I get to ski on Saturday.
When the 58th Masters Waterski Tournament takes place this weekend at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga., some Team GOODE skiers will be looking to keep streaks going, while others will be looking to start ones of their own.
Thomas Degasperi will be putting his No. 1 IWWF Elite ranking on the line and looking to make it two major titles in a row after winning the Moomba Masters earlier this season. Thomas has had a phenomenal past 12 months, taking titles at the Malibu Open, Canadian Open and European Championships in addition to Moomba. Among the competition he’ll face on the Masters’ famed Robin Lake will be fellow Team GOODE athletes Daniel Odvarko and defending U.S. Open champion Adam Sedlmajer. Additional competitors are defending champ Nate Smith, Freddie Winter, Jason McClintock, Jon Travers, Stephen Neveu, and Will Asher.
In Women’s slalom World Elite No. 1 Regina Jaquess will of course be one of the favorites, as is appropriate for the two-time defending and seven time Women’s slalom champion. While she skipped Moomba, she looks to be in top shape after a dominating win at the Swiss Pro Slalom two weekends ago.
Her competition will include an onslaught of Team GOODE skiers, as when taking Regina into account six of the eight women in the field will ride GOODEs. Breanne Dodd, Clementine Lucine, Karen Truelove, Kate Adriaenson, and Brooke Baldwin (more on Brooke below) all made the field and are expected to challenge Regina. Whitney McClintock and Manon Costard round out the Women’s slalom field.
In the junior ranks, Brooke’s jump to the open division will end her two-year dominance of the slalom event and her three consecutive overall titles. GOODE skiers Neilly Ross and Alejandra DeOsma will be among the skiers looking to take advantage of Brooke’s absence, while Aris Techoueyres and Quinn Haines will look to claim Junior Men’s slalom titles, with Quinn competing in overall.
The top-four finishers from last season’s Big Dawg World Tour Finals have once again been invited to the Masters party. Team GOODE’s Greg Badal and Dave Miller will both compete, however fellow GOODE skier Jeremy Newby-Ricci is unable to make it to the event, opening up a spot for Jeff Rodgers. Fred Halt is the fourth competitor.
The event begins Friday with the Junior Masters and takes place throughout the weekend, concluding with the finals on Sunday.
Team GOODE’s Regina Jaquess was the only female skier to get into 41 off – and she did it all three rounds – as she cruised to her third-straight Swiss Pro Slalom Women’s slalom title yesterday at the Swiss Waterski Resort in Clermont, Fla.
Regina scored 1.5 buoys at 41-feet off in the final round to top Manon Costard (3@39), Whiteney McClintock (0.5@39) and Jaimee Bull (4@38). Fellow Team GOODE skier Brooke Baldwin narrowly missed the four-skier finals, tying Jaimee Bull with a top preliminary round score of 2 at 39-1/2 feet off, but losing out on a slot in the finals due to a back-up score tie break.
In Men’s slalom, Nate Smith set a new pending world record of 3 busy at 43-feet off to take the win, followed by Will Asher (5@41) and Chris Parrish 4.5@41). Team GOODE’s Benjamin Stadlbaur finished 8th with a final-round score of 1.5 at 41 off.
Ben Favret and Todd Johnson led seven total GOODE skiers into the Sweet 16 of the Big Dawg Miami last weekend, eventually finishing second and third, respectively at the season’s first Big Dawg World Tour stop.
Ben scored 2 at 41-feet off in the championship round, only to have Jeff Rodgers tie him. Jeff edged Ben in a run off to take the titlle at the first Big Dawg tour stop of the season. While it was still only May, GOODE skiers Ben Favret and Todd Johnson were in mid-season form at the first stop of the Big Dawg World Tour held in Miami last weekend.
After coming up a buoy short of Rodgers in the Final Four, Todd topped fourth-place finisher Jason Seels to secure fourth.
Other GOODE skiers advancing to the finals were defending tour champion Greg Badal, Dave Miller, Kyle Tate, Chet Raley and Don Aschenbrenner. For full results, click here.
Team GOODE’s Adam Sedlmajer set a pending world overall record Friday at the 2017 Isles Spring Invitational at the Isles of Lake Hancock in Winter Garden, Fla., topping a record that has stood since 2002.
Sedlmajer posted scores of 4 buoys at 41 off in slalom, 10,640 points in tricks and 216 feet in jumping for an overall total of 2,820.79 points.
If approved by the IWWF, the record would exceed Jaret Llewellyn’s current record of 2,818.01 (5 at 38/10,730 points/235 feet).
Sedlmajer is the defending U.S. Open Men’s slalom and World Overall champion.