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GOODE skiers top the world rankings

The preliminary October 2012 IWSF world rankings are out and the slalom rankings are chock-full of GOODE skiers.

Regina Jaquess continues her stranglehold on the top of Women’s slalom, adding the No. 1 ranking on the world rankings list to her top ranking on the IWSF Elite ranking skiers list. The Elite list is comprised of the placements from a handful of top professional tournaments in the world, while the IWSF world rankings are compiled by using each skier’s two best scores from all L and R tournaments.

In Men’s slalom, three GOODE skiers are in the top 10: Thomas Degasperi (4th), Terry Winter (9th) and Nick Parsons (10th).

GOODE is also very well represented in the Junior ranks as Samantha Dumala (2nd), Kara MacIntyre (3rd), Bailey Austin (4th), Erika Lang (6th) and Eloise Whitlock (8th) all landed in the top 10 of Junior Women.  Brando Caruso of Italy claimed the No. 1 ranking in Junior Boys and was joined by Dane Mechler (2nd), Wyatt Haines (4th) and Daniel Di Pol (9th) at the top of the list.

In Seniors, Karen Truelove (Women’s 35+) and Todd Ristorcelli (Men’s 35+) both claimed No. 1 rankings.

For the entire preliminary rankings, click here.  Please note: These rankings are preliminary and are subject to change as the IWSF revises data.

GOODE Skiers in the top 25 include:

Women: Regina Jaquess, 1; Karen Jaquess, 4; Clementine Lucine, 14; Danyelle Bennett, 19; Makayla Haw, 20.  Men: Thomas Degasperi, 4; Terry Winter, 9; Nick Parsons, 10; Carlo Allais, 14.  Junior Women: Samantha Dumala, 2; Kara MacIntyre, 3; Bailey Austin, 4; Erika Lang, 6; Eloise Whitlock, 8; Jenna Morgan, 20.  Junior Men: Brando Caruso, 1; Dane Mechler, 2; Wyatt Haines, 4; Daniel Di Pol, 8; Nicholas Lang, 14.  Under 21 Women: Caroline Hensley, 3; Makayla Haw, 4; Samantha Dumala, 8; Kara MacIntyre, 10; Lauren Morgan, 13; Bailey Austin, 14; Erika Lang, 16; Eloise Whitlock, 20.  Under 21 Men: Tyler Scott, 5(t); Brando Caruso, 8; Dane Mechler, 10; Adam Pickos, 13; Wyatt Haines, 16; Benjamin Stadlbaur, 17.  35+ Women: Karen Truelove, 1; Lori Krueger, 6; Stephanie Stange, 8; Brandy Nagle, 13; Aline Nelson, 20; Kim Budreau, 25.  35+ Men: Todd Ristorcelli, 1; Chad Scott, 3; Jay Leach, 6; Todd Johnson, 8; Marc Shaw, 15; Arturo Nelson, 18; Jeremy Newby-Ricci, 24(t).  45+ Women: Patricia Cordeiro, 4; Alison Poulsen, 5; Shannon Strickland, 6; Connie Bergmark, 21.  45+ Men: Ben Favret, 2; Chet Raley, 3; David Miller, 5; Todd Kuykendall, 8; Tim Huston, 9; Michael Robinson, 11; Mike Baldwin, 15; Jeff Kepchia, 16; Fabrizio Merlo, 17; Joe McCreary, 20; Mike Dehlinger, 22; Eric Kelley, 23; Mike Munn, 24.  55+ Women: Brenda Cavenaugh, 5; Susan Hopper, 11; Dawn Goode, 19; Margaret Ann Woodward, 20.  55+ Men: Bruce Dodd, 2; Ted McColley, 4; Richard Lambert, 5; Ed Hickey, 6; Kim Contos, 7; Dave Goode, 10; Dave Bentall, 12; Steve Raphael, 15; and George Levien, 20.

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.

GOODEs dominate Nationals podium

Nick Parsons on his way to a second-pace finish in Open Men. Click on the image to view a Facebook gallery of photos from the 70th GOODE Water Ski Nationals Championships.

GOODE continued its podium domination as skiers riding its skis won fourteen national titles – including eight of 12 Men’s slalom events – at the 70th GOODE Water Ski National Championships held last week at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Winning titles on GOODEs were:

  • Bailey Austin, G2
  • Kara MacIntyre, G3
  • Kerri McClure, W1
  • Mary Parcheta, W8
  • Loretta Morris, W9
  • Artis Price, W10
  • Matt Richardson, M2
  • Jay Leach, M3
  • Michael Robinson, M4
  • Ed Hickey, M5
  • Jim Kinney, M7
  • Jerry Hosner, M8
  • Robert Morris, M9
  • Todd Ristorcelli, MM

Other GOODE highlights from the week included:

  • Todd Ristorcelli setting pending world 34 mph and MM national records with 5 buoys at 41-feet off (see article below);
  • A 1-4 finish in Mens 5 (Ed Hickey, John Shealy, Ted McColley, and Lonnie Harris);
  • Bailey Austin, Ruth McCreary and Kelley Breeden finishing first, second and fourth in Girls 2;
  • Six combined medals for Harry and Artis Price;
  • Nick Parsons and Makayla Haw each tying for first place and ultimately finishing second after runoffs in the Open divisions;
  • Terry Winter finishing fifth in Open Men and Danyelle Bennett third in Open Women; and,
  • Overall titles won by Danyelle Bennett (OW), Kerri McClure (W1), Marc Shaw (MM), Jerry Hosner (M8), Erika Lang (G3), Loretta Morris (W9), and Artis Price (W10).

Congratulations to all 2012 national champions.

For final results, click here.

Todd Ristorcelli rides the NANO ONE to world record, Big Dawg and national titles

Prior to the 2012 season, Todd Ristorcelli had never won a Big Dawg event or medaled at Nationals.  Since jumping on the all new GOODE NANO ONE earlier this summer, he’s now done both in record-breaking fashion.

Todd had what has to be one of the best weekends in the history of water skiing.  It began on Friday when he won the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour championships by out dueling living legend Andy Mapple head-to-head under the lights of Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla.  He followed it up the next day by setting a pending world 34 mph record of 5 buoys at 41-feet off on his way to the Master Mens title at the 70th GOODE Water Ski National Championships.

In the Big Dawg final round against Andy, Todd watched as Andy bobbled a bit around four ball and skied just inside six ball at 39-1/2 feet off.  Seizing the opportunity, Todd ran a clean 39-1/2 feet off pass for the win, raising his fist in victory as he rounded the GOODE PowerBuoy-lit six ball.  For an encore, Todd skied an amazing 4 buoys at 41-feet off, much to the delight of the large crowd gathered on shore.  The win marked his second-straight Big Dawg victory after winning the tour’s Canadian stop in Abbotsford, B.C., in July.

GOODE Skis had a great showing in the Big Dawg finals, as eight of the Sweet 16, five of the Elite 8, three of the Final Four, half of the final pairing and the champion all skied on GOODEs.

Todd Ristorcelli celebrates his Big Dawg championship with his family.

In the next day’s Master Mens division of the GOODE Water Ski National Championships, Todd improved on his previous night’s 41-feet off score by squeaking around five ball and getting back to the wake.  In the process he set pending world and Master Mens national records and ensured that his first Nationals medal was golden.

GOODE skiers Chet Raley and Kyle Tate joined Todd on the podium, finishing third and tied for fifth, respectively.

Regina takes Malibu Open title, vaults to World No. 1 ranking

Regina Jaquess won the Women’s slalom title at the 2012 Malibu Open this weekend in Milwaukee, in the process reclaiming the top spot on the IWSF Elite world rankings list.

Regina topped April Coble-Eller in the head-to-head final round to earn the win, her first ever Malibu Open slalom title after finishing second three separate times.  Regina dominated the weekend on her soon-to-be released new GOODE ski and PowerShell5 boots, posting the highest Women’s score of the weekend of 5 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off in the semis, only four buoys off her world record.

Regina’s fellow GOODE teammate Karen Truelove took fifth, while rising young star Makayla Haw continues to impress at the professional level as she finished ninth.

In Men’s slalom, Nate Smith beat Chris Rossi in the final round to earn the title. Team GOODE’s Thomas Degasperi made it to the semis, finishing fourth and Terry Winter finished seventh.  Terry skied especially well, scoring 3 buoys at 41-feet off in the second round, which unfortunately still landed him in a run off that included T-Gas.  Team GOODE members Carlos Allais and Adam Sedlmajer finished 11th and 15th, respectively.

Italian Junior and Team GOODE skier Brando Caruso took the boys slalom title, running 1 buoy at 39-1/2-feet off to top Canadian Jonah Shaffer in the final round head-to-head match.

For complete results, click here.

Jay Leach and Ruth McCreary set pending records on GOODEs

Skiers on GOODEs continue to tear up the water at Cedar Ridge in Canton, Miss.

Just three weeks after Team GOODE’s Regina Jaquess set two pending world records on the site, Jay Leach and Ruth McCreary rode their GOODEs to new records of their own at the July 7th Cedar Ridge Summer Record I.

Jay scored 4 buoys at 41-feet off to set a pending Men’s 3 South Central Region record, while Ruth upped her own Girls 2 national record to 5 buoys at 38-feet off.  She set the previous record of 3 buoys at 38-feet off earlier this summer.

Todd Ristorcelli rides GOODE to victory at Big Dawg Canada

For the third time in 2012, a Nautique Big Dawg World Tour title has been won on a GOODE ski.

Todd Ristorcelli took the win this weekend in Abbotsford, Canada, to join Chad Scott (Texas) and Dave Miller (Peru) as 2012 Big Dawg champions on GOODE skis, topping Scott Larson in the head-to-head final to earn the victory.  Todd skied on the soon-to-be-released GOODE ski that was also ridden by Chad Scott during his Big Dawg Texas win and Regina Jaquess’ Women’s slalom world record of 3 buoys at 41-feet off.

Team GOODE’s Dave Miller and Eric Kelley took third and fourth, respectively, while 10 of the Sweet 16 skiers were also on GOODE.

The Big Dawg finals will be held on Aug. 16 and 17, in conjunction with the 70th GOODE Water Ski National Championships at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla.

SPOILER ALERT: GOODE Atlanta Pro Am results

SPOILER ALERT: If you’d rather watch the special online broadcast of the GOODE Atlanta Pro Am before knowing the final results, head over to Ball of Spray and watch the video now.

For those of you sticking around, we’re glad to be finally able to share the results with you as we’ve been keeping a lid on them in order to preserve anticipation for the online broadcast.

Following up their first- and second-place finishes, respectively, at the Masters the day before, Regina Jaquess and Thomas Degasperi each beat out a field of slalom’s top pros to earn titles at the GOODE Atlanta Pro Am hosted by WaterSki Atlanta.

Regina scored 3-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2-feet off in a runoff with Karina Nowlan (5 buoys at 38-feet off) to earn her second professional victory of the weekend.  Whitney McClintock took third with 5 buoys at 38-feet off, while Team GOODE’s Karen Truelove was fourth with 3 buoys at the same line length.

Coming off his second-place Masters performance, T-Gas scored 3 buoys at 41-feet off to earn the win, with Nate Smith second (2-1/2 buoys at 41-feet off) and Will Asher (2 buoys at 41-feet off) third.

In Masters Men’s, former Open Men’s world-record holder Jeff Rodgers scored 3 buoys at 41-feet off to beat Dave Miller (4-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2-feet off) in the head-to-head final.  Dave’s fellow GOODE skiers, Jay Leach (3-1/2 buoys at 38-feet off) and Chad Scott (2-1/2 buoys at 38-feet off), took third and fourth, respectively.