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14 GOODE skiers win slalom titles at GOODE Nationals

GOODE skiers once again dominated the gold medal count at a Nationals as 14 slalom titles – easily more than any other ski manufacturer – were won on GOODEs at last week’s 75th GOODE Water Ski National Championships held 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
  • Mens 7 – Steve Raphael

Additional highlights of the week included:

  • A Team GOODE sweep of Mens 5 as champion Greg Sund was joined on the podium by Todd Kuykendall (2nd), Jeff Nate (3rd), Tim Huston (4th), and Michael Robinson (5th). Greg, Todd and Jeff all tied for first with 3 at 39 off, with Greg winning the run off;
  • Junior Team member Kristen Baldwin finishing second behind her sister, Brooke, her first year in Girls 3;
  • GOODE skiers taking the top-four spots in Mens 6: Steve Ware (1st), Steve Binkley (2nd), Ted McColley (3rd), and Jack Mills (4th);
  • Back-to-back titles for Brooke, Steve Ware, Steve Raphael, and Stephanie Stange;
  • Two child/parent duos earning gold and silver medals as the Kuykendalls (father Todd and son Chris) and McCrearys (father Joe and daughter Ruth) each had a child finish first and parent finish second in their respective divisions; and,
  • Podium finishes by Luka Zazadze (Boys 1 – 4th), Griffin Stange (Boys 3 – 3rd), Blake Keller (Boys 3 – 4th), Landrie McLain (Girls 1 – 2nd), Ali Garcia (Girls 3 – 4th), Steve Grubbs (Mens 3 – 5th), Joe McCreary (Mens 4 – 2nd), Dennis Longo (Mens 8 – 4th), Bob Hardeman (Mens 8 – 5th), Greg Badal (Masters Men – 2nd), Trish Burt (Masters Women – 2nd), Brian Detrick (Open Men – 3rd), Ben Favret (Open Men – 5th), Megan Lambert (Womens 1 – 5th), Lori Krueger (Womens 4 – 2nd), Carol Brooks (Womens 5 – 2nd), and Shirley Coble (Womens 8 – 3rd).

For full results, click here.

It’s difficult to track hundreds of skiers across multiple lakes over the course of four days of action, so if we failed to include you in the list above, or mistakenly did so, please accept our apologies and email us the details at team@goode.com.

Higher seeds survive close calls in Bracket Challenge first round

The first round of the 2017 GOODE Bracket Challenge almost ended up with the event’s biggest ever upset, as No. 1 seed Dave Miller and No. 16 Ben Favret tied, with Dave eventually earning the win once the back-up tiebreaker score was applied.

And Ben used an interesting approach to make it that close. He scored 3@39 – but at 36 mph – to put up his June best score of 111 buoys, tying Dave’s score of 3@41 at 34 mph.  Unfortunately for Ben his second-highest score of June – 3@38, 36 mph – was not enough to top Dave’s back-up of 2@41, 34mph, so, Dave advances.

Another high seed who resorted to a tiebreaker score to advance was No. 5 Jeremy Newby-Ricci, who needed two scores of 2@41 on the VERY LAST DAY OF JUNE to tie No. 12 Tim Huston, who also got 2@41. Jeremy won the tiebreaker, 2@41 to 0.5@38 for Tim.

One upset that did take place was No. 13 Todd Kuykendall’s win over No. 4 seed Jay Leach. Todd scored 1@41 to beat Jay’s 3@39, although Jay’s tournament schedule in June was unusually light due to a family vacation.

The rest of the field went according to seeds:

  • No. 2 Greg Badal faced a tough test from No. 15 Chet Raley, but emerged with a 3@41 to 1@41 win;
  • No. 3 Regina Jaquess also faced a stiff challenge from No. 14 Jeff Milford, but won 1.5@41 to 0.5@41;
  • No. 6 Chad Scott scored 2@41 to take down No. 11 Marc Shaw, who only managed 3@39 as one of his best opportunities in June – the France Big Dawg stop – turned sour after his ski didn’t arrive in time for the tournament;
  • No. 7 Kevin Bishop took out the event’s youngest skier, No. 10 Brooke Baldwin, 1.5@41 to 2@39;
  • No. 8 Kyle Tate had a great score of 2@41 to advance past No. 9 Greg Sund, who did not post a score in June due to injury.

That sets up the following Round 2 matches:

  • No. 1 Dave Miller vs. No. 8 Kyle Tate
  • No. 2 Greg Badal vs. No. 7 Kevin Bishop
  • No. 3 Regina Jaquess vs. No. 6 Chad Scott
  • No. 13 Todd Kuykendall vs. No. 5 Jeremy Newby-Ricci

Of the 385 brackets submitted in the online fan contest, only seven brackets remain perfect. An additional 75 only have one blemish on their bracket.

View the updated brackets here and the online contest standings here.

Enter the GOODE Bracket Challenge for your chance to win a free GOODE

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.

Fill out your bracket now before the June 16th entry deadline.

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.

T-Gas wins 2015 Bracket Challenge, contestant swerve_6 wins five-way tie for fan contest grand prize

In the first ever GOODE Bracket Challenge faceoff between 36 and 34 mph skiers, Thomas Degasperi earned the win by edging Dave Miller, 3 at 41 off to 2 at 41 off.

Thomas’ win concludes a four-month virtual tournament that featured two halves of a bracket: one for 34 mph skiers and the other for 36.  T-Gas had to beat Dane Mechler, Chris Parrish, and Daniel Odvarko to advance to the finals, while Dave also had to survive a tough lineup of Chet Raley, Ben Favret and Greg Badal for the right to ski in the last bracket.

While the competition was tough among skiers, it was even more fierce in the online fan contest.  Five of the record 341 contestants ultimately tied for first place – boz’s picks, LLUSA, swerve_6, Wbaski and Win ski – with the tiebreaker ultimately deciding the winner.  swerve_6 - aka Jack Lyons - correctly picked the winning score of the final round, 3 at 41, to win the tiebreaker. Clearly, Jack is pretty good at the Bracket Challenge game, as he took third place in last year’s contest.

Click here for the final skiers bracket, and here for the final fan contest standings.

Regina Repeats, GOODE Skiers claim three of Big Dawg Final Four

In a year of successfully defended titles and winning streaks, Regina Jaquess added another major water ski title to her 2015 season today in Orlando as she won her second-straight U.S. Open Women’s slalom title.

Heading into the final round as the second seed behind No. 1 seed Whitney McClintock, Regina emerged on top of a finals field that included her fellow Team GOODE skiers Clementine Lucine (third) and Brooke Baldwin (fifth).  Regina’s win extends her pro tournament unbeaten streak to 16 months and certainly makes her the favorite heading into next month’s World Championships in Mexico.

Brooke’s top-5 finish in one of the year’s premiere events is another significant milestone in the 14-year old’s breakout first season competing in the pro ranks, after netting her first pro podium earlier this summer at the Swiss Slalom Pro.

In the Big Dawg World Tour Finals held in conjunction with the U.S. Open, three of the Final Four spots were taken by GOODE skiers, as were 11 of the Sweet 16. In the end, Jeff Rodgers edged Team GOODE’s Ben Favret, 3 buoys on the four-ball course to Ben’s 2 at 41. GOODE skiers Tim Huston and Todd Johnson faced off against each other to decide third place, with Tim’s 2 at 39 off ultimately beating Todd by a half buoy.

Two upsets highlight first round of GOODE Bracket Challenge; 6 fans’ brackets remain perfect

The first round of the GOODE Bracket Challenge has concluded with a former winner and former final four-er on the outside looking in.

Regina Jaquess, the 2013 Bracket Challenge champion and No. 3 seed on the 34 mph side of the bracket, was eliminated by Ben Favret, with a first round score 1 buoy at 41 off to Ben’s 2-1/2 buoys at 41. Regina’s score was no doubt hampered by tough conditions at her only two tournaments of the month: the Malibu Cup and the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto. The Malibu Cup featured challenging weather conditions that ultimately forced the cancellation of the final round, while the Pan Ams were conducted in fairly rough conditions on a temporary tournament site located on Lake Ontario.

In the second upset of the first round, the No. 7 seed Greg Badal topped No. 2 seed and 2014 final four skier Jay Leach, 3 buoys at 41 off to 1-1/2 at 41.

Chris Parrish, Thomas Degasperi, Daniel Odvarko and Carlo Allais all advanced on the 36 mph side, while Jeremy Newby-Ricci and Dave Miller join Greg and Ben in the second round on the 34 mph side. The second round will be comprised of all scores in August, including the 73rd GOODE Water Ski National Championships and Malibu Open.

In the online fan contest, only six of the 342 brackets submitted remain perfect. Interestingly, all six perfect brackets pick Chris Parrish to win, so if he happens to fall short there will likely be a major shakeup in the standings.

Click here for the skier’s bracket, and here for the fan contest standings.

Round 1/July scores

Parrish 5.5@41
Morgan 3.5@38

Degasperi 4@41
Mechler 2@41

Odvarko* 3@41, 2@41
Bartalsky 3@41, 2@41
*tie broken by head-to-head scores at Malibu Cup, 3 vs. 2 @41 for Odvarko

Allais 2@41, 2@41
Finlayson 2@41, 5@39

Newby-Ricci 3@41
Tate 0.5@41

Leach 1.5@41
Badal 3@41

Jaquess 1@41
Favret 2.5@41

Miller 2.5@41
Raley 2@41

Enter the GOODE Bracket Challenge for the chance to win the all-new FlexTail

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The GOODE Virtual Water Ski Bracket Challenge™ is back and features its best ever field of competitors.

In addition to many of the world’s best 34 mph skiers, the 2015 Bracket Challenge features a who’s who of 36 mph skiers as well. Now names like Parrish, Degasperi and Finlayson have joined the likes of Jaquess, Miller and Newby-Ricci.

Once again fans will be able to test their skiing knowledge and enter their own March-Madness like brackets. The fan with the best bracket will win a FREE GOODE FlexTail, while other top finishers will receive GOODE prize packages. But you can’t win if you don’t enter. Fill out and submit your bracket here before the July 23rd entry deadline.

The overall bracket will have two halves – one for 36 and the other for 34 mph skiers – with a winner from each bracket facing off against each other for the Bracket Challenge title. In the final round, speed is not taken into consideration to determine the bracket winner. The rope length and number of buoys is the sole determinant of the winner. For example, if Regina Jaquess scored 3 buoys at 41 off (at 34 mph), she would beat Trent Finlayson’s score of 2 buoys at 41 off (36 mph).

To fill out and submit a bracket, or for more information, including rules, click here.

A very GOODE year: 2013 in review

With a season full of big wins, record-breaking performances and exciting new products, the 2013 season was one of the best ever for GOODE Skis.

Here’s just a few of the highlights from 2013:

Regina’s continued domination – No recap of 2013 could begin any other way than by celebrating the year Regina Jaquess had. Highlights include World championships in both Women’s slalom and overall, slalom titles at the Masters, Malibu Open, World Games, Diablo Shores, and Atlanta Pro Am, a pending world record, a No. 1 ranking on the IWWF world rankings list (by a margin of 2.25 buoys over her closest rival), and an undefeated streak that dates back to March 2012. She even beat some of the top male 34 and 36 mph skiers in the world in two special exhibition tournaments, the GOODE Bracket Challenge and Eagle Sports Challenge.

Team GOODE takes half of slalom medals at 2013 Worlds – Regina wasn’t the only Team GOODE skier standing on the podium at the Worlds, as Freddie Winter and Clementine Lucine each earned bronze medals in Men’s and Women’s slalom, respectively. Additional Team GOODE skiers with top-5 performances included April Coble-Eller and Thomas Degasperi.

Entire Big Dawg Final Four rides GOODEs – GOODEs have dominated the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour – taking eight season titles in the series’ 10-year history – but the 2013 Big Dawg Championships took that dominance to a whole new level. The entire Final Four, six of the Elite Eight, and 10 of the Sweet 16 rode GOODEs. In the end, Great Britain’s Jeremy Newby-Ricci would signal his arrival on the Big Dawg scene by edging defending champion Todd Ristorcelli in the finals. Team GOODE’s Ben Favret, Dave Miller, Jay Leach and Fabrizio Merlo (who scored the upset of the summer by taking out Andy Mapple in the Sweet 16) all joined Jeremy and Todd in the Elite Eight.

GOODEs win majority of titles at U.S. Nationals – As if Nationals week didn’t already go well enough after Team GOODE’s showing at the simultaneously held Big Dawg Finals, an astounding 53 percent of all U.S. national slalom titles were won on GOODEs. Highlights included Regina, Karen Truelove and April going 1-2-3 in Open Women’s slalom and Chad Scott winning his first national title (Mens 3) after finishing second in the division four times.

GOODE Juniors haul in the medals – The future of Team GOODE is bright as junior team skiers performed exceptionally well in four big junior events in 2013. The girls swept slalom at the Junior World Championships as Samantha Dumala, Erika Lang and Kara MacIntyre went 1-2-3. In the boys division, Brando Caruso took the world title while Santiago Robledo finished second. Dane Mecheler and Kara swept Junior Moomba and repeated at the Junior Malibu Open, where Daniel Di Pol won the under 17 event.  And the success continued at the Junior U.S. Open where Dane, Bailey Austin and Lauren Morgan took home titles.

What’s Your Next? –The Nano OneXT took the performance-proven Nano One and did the seemingly impossible – made it even better. A hallmark of the new ski is the groundbreaking AsymRocker, an asymmetrical rocker technology that features different rockers for your on-side and off-side turns, completely eliminating any differences between the two turns. And it seems to be working too as the ski went on to set countless PBs, earned gold and bronze medals at the 2013 Worlds and bagged Big Dawg tour stop championship for Dave Miller.

Mike Royal’s assault on the world record books – GOODE skiers continued to reshape the record books as new marks were reported on a near-weekly basis during the summer. But one skier really stood out. Men’s disabled V1 skier Mike Royal set so many world records this summer it was hard to keep track. He started the season as the world record holder with a score of 2 buoys at 38-feet off and ended it with an amazing new record of 1-/2 buoy at 41 feet off, a mark he set his VERY FIRST TIME on a Nano OneXT!

The GOODE Bracket Challenge debuts – Eight of the World’s best 34 mph squared off virtually in a head-to-head bracket to determine a champion.  Think March Madness on the water. And the best part? Fans could make their own picks and win prizes … with one lucky contestant taking home a new Nano OneXT. In the end, Todd Ristorcelli couldn’t overcome the “Year of Regina,” falling to her in the finals. Be on the lookout for a bigger, better version of the Bracket Challenge in 2014.

T-Gas goes national with TV commercial for 5-Hour Energy – How often have you watched an NFL game and seen a water skier during commercials? Thomas Degasperi helped a worthy cause and scored some great national exposure for water skiing through his Living Beyond Breast Cancer campaign on behalf of 5 Hour Energy. On the water, T-Gas battled injuries throughout the season, but was still able to notch a gold at the World Games and top-five finishes at the Worlds, Moomba, the Euros, Diablo Shores, and the Atlanta Pro-Am.

Bracket Challenge round 1 results in, second round giveaway sign up begins

The first round of the GOODE Virtual Water Ski Bracket ChallengeTM has concluded and what a finish!

[Click here to enter the second round bracket pick 'em contest.]

No. 5 seed Kyle Tate was staring down a buoy-and-a-half deficit to No. 4 seed Chet Raley heading into yesterday’s Last Chance tournament at Victory Lake in Jacksonville, Fla.  But on the very last day of July, and thus the last day of round 1, Kyle put up a huge score of 3 buoys at 41-feet off to punch his ticket into the second round.

Here’s how the first round match ups went down:

  • No. 1 seed Todd Ristorcelli lived up to top billing by posting a score of 3 at 41, enough to edge Jay Leach by a buoy;
  • Kyle’s 3 at 41 took this match up after trailing Chet Raley’s score of 2 at 41 for most of the month;
  • In the second upset of the first round – seeding wise anyway – Regina Jaquess used her world record pending score of 3-1/2 at 41 to top Ben Favret’s 2 at 41;
  • Chad Scott and Dave Miller both tied with 2-1/2 at 41, but No. 2 seed Chad will advance as the rules awarded ties to the higher seed.

So, the Final Four match ups are:

As the first round kicked off we invited fans to get involved by picking who they think will advance in each round.  We’ll announce the winner of the Round 1 prize package soon.

NOW IS YOUR CHANCE TO ENTER ROUND 2 OF THE TOURNAMENT, with the winner receiving a Goode hat, neoprene ski sleeve, and GOODE slalom vest.

To enter the Round 2 contest, click here and fill out your picks on or before August 9th.  Only one entry per round, per person. But, if you follow our Twitter account and tweet your picks with @GoodeSkis and #GoodeBracket in the message we’ll award you with a second entry.

How It Works

The virtual tournament has three rounds: rounds of 8, 4 and 2 competitors.  In each round a higher seed will face off against a lower seed (seeds determined by IWWF ranking). It’s “virtual” because the first two rounds will use scores from any AWSA and/or Water Ski Canada tournaments the competitors ski in during the months of July (round of 8) and August (round of 4).

At the end of the month, the skier that has the single highest score from any AWSA- or Water Ski Canada-sanctioned tournament (regardless of sanctioning class) will win that bracket and advance.  In other words, during the first two rounds skiers won’t ski head-to-head at the same tournament, we’ll just use their scores from that month to determine the winner.

While the first two rounds will each take place virtually over many weeks, the final round will be a live head-to-head face off at a record-capability tournament we are hosting on Sept. 10 and 11, at Goode Ski Lake in Ogden, Utah.

Enter the contest here.

More than half of Big Dawg Finals field on GOODEs

The skier lists for the Nautique Big Dawg World and Senior tour year-end championships are out and more than half of all skiers on are GOODEs.

Of the 40 Big Dawg skiers, 21 are on GOODEs, including perennial favorites Chet Raley, Ben Favret, Todd Johnson, David Miller, Jay Leach, Kyle Tate, Chad Scott, and defending champ Todd Ristorcelli.

On the new Senior Tour, eight of 16 skiers, and five of 10 alternates, are on GOODEs.

For the full list of skiers, click here.