With only a few Elite Rankings List tournaments left in the season, a number of Team GOODE skiers moved up on the list following good performances at the Diablo Shores Pro-Am.
Making the biggest move was Nick Parsons, who jumped from 14th to 9th on the strength of his third-place finish at Diablo. Carlo Allais, who also made the finals at Diablo, moved up a spot to 6th. Thomas Degasperi took fourth at Diablo to maintain his ranking of 4th.
In his first U.S. pro event, Freddie Winter of the UK served notice to the pro ranks with his sixth-place finish at Diablo, in the process earning him his first ever spot on the Elite rankings, entering the list at 22nd.
On the Women’s side, Karen Truelove’s fifth-place finish at Diablo jumped her ranking from 5th to 3rd, just ahead of fellow teammate April Coble-Eller who is 4th. Regina Jaquess’ win at Diablo helped her maintain her commanding lead atop the rankings, giving Team GOODE three of the top four spots on the Women’s list.
Bailey Austin, 14, made the finals at Diablo in her first ever professional event, taking eighth. That was good enough for her to land her first ever Elite ranking at22nd.
The winning streak continues. Regina Jaquess took her second consecutive Open Women’s Diablo Shores Pro-Am slalom title, running her winning streak to 18 months in the process.
Regina topped Whitney McClintock, 1 buoy at 41-feet off to 1-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off in the head-to-head finals to earn the victory. In the previous round Regina tied her own world record of 3 buoys at 41-feet off to advance against fellow Team GOODE skier April Coble-Eller, who finished third. Karen Truelove took fifth, tying Whitney in the first head-to-head round but Whitney advanced because she went off the dock first.
14-year old GOODE skier Bailey Austin made her pro debut at Diablo, advancing to the finals but drawing Regina in the first round. Already the No. 1 ranked U.S. skier in Girls 3, it probably won’t be the last pro final for Bailey, whose PB is 4 buoys at 38-feet off.
In Open Men’s Thomas Degasperi (4th) and Nick Parsons (3rd) made it to the Final Four, before bowing out to Chris Parrish and Nate Smith, respectively. Nate beat Chris in the finals to earn the Open Men’s title. Team GOODE skier Freddie Winter had a great showing in his first pro U.S. event, finishing 6th after earning the fourth seed going into the finals and pushing Thomas before ultimately losing to him. At 23, Freddie was the youngest skier in the finals. Carlo Allais also made it into the finals, finishing seventh.
Mike Martens won the amateur event, giving GOODE skiers the amateur title for the second-consecutive year and two of the four titles contested this past week.
GOODE is very excited to announce April Coble-Eller as the newest addition to Team GOODE.
April, the two-time defending U.S. National Open Women’s slalom champion, is a veteran pro skier who has consistently ranked in the top 10 in the Elite world rankings, including her current top-five ranking.
Besides her tournament accomplishments, April is one of the most respected coaches in the sport.