Team GOODE kicked off a string of European pro events by taking one title and three of six available podium spots at last weekend’s San Gervasi Pro-Am in Italy.
Regina Jaquess topped Manon Costard in the head-to-head finals to earn the win, while Clementine Lucine took third and fellow GOODE skier Alisa Shevkunova finished fourth.
In Men’s slalom, Thomas Degasperi scored 4 at 41 off twice during the weekend on his way to a third-place finish. Brian Detrick scored 3 at 41 off to advance into the round of 8 before finishing fifth, while Benjamin Stadlbaur and Martin Bartalsky both posted scores into 41 off while just missing out on spots in the round of 8.
At this point his resume hardly needs any bolstering, but Thomas Degasperi’s hall-of-fame credentials got a serious boost this weekend when he won his second career Moomba Masters Men’s slalom title in Melbourne Australia.
Thomas scored 3 buoys at 41 feet off, tying the Moomba Masters course record, to earn the win, with fellow Team GOODE skier Benjamin Stadlbaur and Nate Smith just behind him with 1-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off. Nate was awarded the second-place tie break due to being seeded higher.
In Women’s slalom, Clementine Lucine earned a podium spot with a third-place finish as Team GOODE skiers followed with the next five places: Karen Truelove (4th), Neilly Ross (5th), Anna Gay (6th), Breanne Dodd (7th), Ali Garcia (8th). Whitney McClintock claimed the victory while Manon Costard finished second. Despite not making the trip to Australia, Regina Jaquess maintains a firm grip on the Elite Rankings’ No. 1 spot.
In the Junior ranks, Neilly finished third in girls slalom, while Tobias Giorgis placed second in boys slalom.
For the second-straight major tournament, Thomas Degasperi and Benjamin Stadlbaur have finished atop the podium.
The Team GOODE skiers repeated their Malibu Open finishing order by placing first and second, respectively, in Men’s slalom at the 2016 European Championships. Both skiers scored 2 buoys at 41 off in the finals, with Thomas edging Benjamin (6 at 39 to 5 at 39) in the tiebreak to win his sixth career European championship.
Team GOODE skiers took home seven of the top-10 spots in Men’s slalom as Martin Bartlasky finished fifth, Adam Sedlmajer seventh, Daniel Odvarko eighth, Carlo Allais ninth, and Brando Caruso tenth.
In Women’s slalom, Clementine Lucine added to Team GOODE’s medal haul by finishing second, one buoy behind champion Manon Costard’s winning score of 2 at 39. Recent Team GOODE addition Ambre Franc finished fourth, while Alice Bagnoli joined her in the top-10 with a sixth-place finish.
While many ski fans could be forgiven for wondering “who is that guy?” after Benjamin Stadlbaur finished second at this year’s Malibu Open, taking out Will Asher and giving Thomas Degasperi all he could handle in the process, here at GOODE we’ve seen the 24-year old as a future star for a long time.
Recently, we had the chance to chat with the Swiss native (he now spends most of his time in the U.S.) who for the first time in his career now finds himself perched in the top-10 of the IWWF’s Elite Rankings list:
Will Asher is obviously one of the sport’s all-time greats. What were you thinking about going into your head-to-head match up against him in the Malibu Open semis?
Benjamin: Will is a major contender for the title at any event he enters and he has been for many years. Going into the head-to-head match up against him in a tournament of this caliber was a new experience for me. I tried to focus on my own skiing and not worry about the rest. During the heat I managed to stay focused on what I needed to do, which was ski as hard as I could. I managed to stay in the moment and not let anything get in the way of my focus, like the speaker mentioning Will’s accomplishments, which are far greater than mine.
That tail wind 39 you ran was a thing of beauty. How’d you make it looks so easy?
Benjamin: Six hard pulls. There’s no secret to it!
You faced your fellow GOODE teammate T-Gas in the finals, someone who has been in these situations many times. Were you thinking about applying pressure to him, or just focused on your own game?
Benjamin: Again, Thomas is a far more experienced skier than I am and he has been winning events on the tour for many years. T-Gas having the higher seed decided to let me go first, so there was only one thing to do, go as hard as I could and let him chase me.
Your second-place finish is your best pro finish to date, how does this set you up for future pro events?
Benjamin: Yes this is my best pro placement, as well as my first podium finish at a pro event. It is a great confidence booster for the rest of the year. I feel that I have learned a lot at this event and hopefully I can take this experience to future tournaments.
This year has been big for you, with top-7 finishes in three different pro events and a top-10 IWWF ranking. What’s been the difference?
Benjamin: Over the last two years I’ve opened myself up to change. Change in my equipment, change in my practice routine as well as off-the-water training. This experience hasn’t been easy but it has made me a better skier and a better competitor. I know it might sound paradoxical, but I think that trying different things has helped my consistency because it has allowed me to figure out what works really well for me. Hopefully this is a work in progress that will keep going.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Benjamin: I would like to thank my family for their great support as well as the Swiss Waterski Resort for the ultimate practice conditions. Last but not least, you all at GOODE for making great skis.
The first U.S. pro event of the season takes place Sunday, marking the 2016 debut of several Team GOODE skiers.
Regina Jaquess will make her 2016 debut at the tournament and in the process attempt to defend her 2015 title, not to mention a pro event-winning streak that dates back to May of 2014. Also making her pro season debut is Brooke Baldwin, who will be returning to the scene of her first-ever professional podium, after taking third in the event last year.
On the Men’s side Daniel Odvarko, Martin Bartalsky, Carlo Allais, and Benajmin Stadlbaur will be kicking off their 2016 pro seasons. Thomas Degasperi, who placed third at Moomba, will skip the event to rest his back.
The three-round, $10,000 event will be held at the Swiss Waterski Resort in Clermont, Fla. GOODE Skis is a proud sponsor of the event.
For more information, including running orders and a live webcast of the event, visit swissproslalom.com.
Regina Jaquess used the 34th Water Ski World Championships, which concluded yesterday in Chapala, Mexico, to stake her claim as the best female water skier of all time, taking home gold medals in both Women’s slalom and overall for the second championships in a row.
Jaquess’ third World Championships slalom gold moves her into a tie for the all-time record with Liz Allan, Cindy Todd and Helen Kjellander, while her fourth World overall title is the most ever by a female skier.
Jaquess headed into the slalom finals as the second seed, as a result of an uncharacteristic early fall at 39 off in the preliminaries. In the finals she put the pressure on top-seed Whitney McClintock with a score of 1 buoy at 41 off, tying the World Championships tournament record she set at the 2013 worlds. McClintock was not able to respond, as she finished with 2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 off, giving Jaquess her second-consecutive slalom gold. Team GOODE’s Clementine Lucine tied Geena Krueger for third with 2 at 39, but Krueger emerged with the bronze after a run off.
Jaquess dominated Women’s Overall, topping silver-medal winner McClintock in slalom, tricks and jumping. Team GOODE skier Giannina Bonnemann signaled that she is a rising threat in overall, as the 21-year old earned the bronze for her first ever Worlds medal.
In Men’s slalom Thomas Degasperi continued his impressive ability to rise to the occasion at World Championships, earning the silver medal with 2 buoys at 41 off. When combined with his golds in 2007 and 20011 and a silver in 2009, the medal is Degasperi’s fourth career Worlds medal, tying him with Will Asher and Simon Khoury for third on the all-time Men’s slalom list. Andy Mapple holds the career mark with 10 while Bob LaPoint sits in second with seven.
Nate Smith edged Degasperi for the gold with 2-1/2 buoys at 41 off, while Freddie Winter beat Joel Howley in a run off for the bronze. Degasperi, Winter and Howley all tied with 2 buoys at 41 off in the finals, with Degasperi earning the silver due to seedings after the preliminary round.
Llewellyn earns 9th World Overall medal
Twenty-four years after earning his first Worlds overall medal in 1991, Team GOODE’s Jaret Llewellyn was once again on the overall podium at a World Championships.
Llewellyn earned the bronze in overall, providing invaluable team points for Canada on its way to the team overall title. The medal was Llewellyn’s ninth world overall medal, and 15th of his career across all three events.
Unfortunately, Llewellyn had a hard crash during the jumping finals, which, according to Facebook reports from his family, resulted in a broken femur. He remains in Mexico for surgery.
All of Team GOODE wishes Jaret a full and speedy recovery.
Youthful serves notice in slalom
While Jaquess and Degasperi continued to headline Team GOODE, the 2015 championships provided a glimpse into the future as a crop of new faces appeared in the slalom finals.
Martin Bartalsky, 27, finished ninth, and 19-year old up-and comer Brando Caruso finished 11th, while Benjamin Stadlbaur, 23, tied for the last spot in the finals but lost the runoff, ultimately finishing 13th.
This youthful showing helped Team GOODE place more skiers into the slalom finals than any other brand, and the continued excellence of Jaquess and Degasperi resulted in GOODE being the only ski company whose athletes won multiple slalom medals.
Regina Jaquess topped the field once again to win her fourth-consecutive Malibu Open title. She has not lost a professional tournament since the 2014 Masters, a 15-month streak that includes victories at the Malibu Cup, Swiss Slalom Pro, U.S. Open, 2015 Masters and now, two Malibu Open titles.
WaterSki magazine no doubt had this impressive streak in mind when they awarded Regina their Female Slalom Skier of the Year award during an event held Friday night in downtown Milwaukee.
In Men’s slalom, Nate Smith earned the win after a final round that was marred by missed gates. Two of Team GOODE’s top skiers – Thomas Degasperi (back) and Chris Parrish (shoulder) – missed the event due to injury, but GOODE skiers performed well in their place as Benjamin Stadlbaur, Trent Finlayson, Carlo Allais, and Martin Bartalsky all advanced to the semis.
GOODE Junior team member Quinn Haines earned a double at the Malibu Open, winning both Junior Men’s under 17 slalom and jumping. The 16-year old from Avon, Conn., has had an impressive summer, taking home the Junior Boys overall title at the Jr. U.S. Open and finishing second overall in Boys 3 at the 73rd GOODE Water Ski National Championships in just his second year in the division.
Ruth McCreary finished second in Junior Women’s under 17 slalom after being edged by eventual champion Jaime Bull in a runoff.
Benjamin Stadlbaur of Switzerland took the silver medal at the Under 21 World Championships held last weekend in Winter Garden, Fla.
Benjamin scored 3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off to finish second behind winner Stephen Neveu (1-1/2 at 41) and ahead of third-place finisher Tyler Yager (4 at 39). Benjamin was joined in the final round by fellow Team GOODE skiers Dorien Llewellyn (8th), Brando Caruso (t-9th) and Tyler Scott (t-9th).
Team GOODE skiers also fared well in Women’s slalom, as Erika Lang (5th), Kara MacIntyre (9th), Lauren Morgan (11th), and Chantal Singer (12th) each advanced to the final round.
The United States took the gold in the team competition, while Australia and Italy won silver and bronze, respectively. For final results, click here.
GOODE Skis was a proud sponsor of the Under 21 Worlds.