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Dave Miller wins, Chad Scott takes 2nd at Big Dawg Mexico

The 2014 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour began the same way the 2013 series ended; with a GOODE skier on top of the podium.

Dave Miller rode his GOODE Nano OneXT to victory at the Big Dawg Mexico stop yesterday in Guadalajara, Mexico, beating fellow Team GOODE member Chad Scott in the finals to win his second Big Dawg victory in less than a year.

In the Final Four round, Dave topped Andy Mapple and Chad took out Greg Badal to reach the finals. Other GOODE skiers advancing to the Sweet 16 included Alberto Soares, Dave Goode, Jose Saad, Francisco Angel, and Bruce Dodd.

This weekend’s event in Mexico was the first Big Dawg stop since last season’s finals, in which GOODE skier Jeremy Newby-Ricci took the title and the top-four finishers were all on GOODEs.

For complete results, click here.

2014 Big Dawgs kick off in Mexico

The Nautique Big Dawg World Tour kicks off tomorrow at the Boca Laguna Water Ski Club in Guadalajara, Mexico.

A large contingent of Team GOODE skiers are expected to participate in the tournament, including Alberto Soares, Dave Miller, Dave Goode, Chad Scott, Jose Saad, Francisco Angel, and Bruce Dodd.

Click here for updates throughout the two-day event.

The Mexico stop is the first event of the five-tournament series. The tour culminates with the Big Dawg Championships, held Aug. 14-15, in conjunction with the GOODE Water Ski National Championships in San Marcos, Texas. At last year’s Big Dawg Finals, the top-four spots were won by GOODE skiers.

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.

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.

GOODE skiers go 1-2-3 at Big Dawg Michigan

GOODE skiers on the Nano One went 1-2-3 today at the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour’s Michigan stop as Dave Miller defeated Ben Favret in the final head-to-head match up.  Jay Leach took third.

Dave took out No. 2 seed Seth Stisher, Todd Johnson and Harald Hintringer on his way to the final round, while Favret beat Leach, Tim Huston and Todd Kuykendall. For final results, click here.  It was the second-straight Big Dawg stop won on a GOODE as Great Britain’s Jeremy Newby-Ricci took the European stop the previous weekend.

Michigan was the last of five stops on the tour prior to the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour Championships, which will take place during the GOODE Water Ski National Championships in West Palm Beach, Fla., Aug. 15-16.  GOODE skier Todd Ristorcelli is the series’ defending champion.

 

Newby-Ricci rides Goode to Big Dawg Europe win

Great Britain’s Jeremy Newby-Ricci topped France’s Thierry Malhomme in the head-to-head final to take the title at last weekend’s Nautique Big Dawg World Tour’s European stop in Baurech, France.

Jeremy rode his Goode Nano to scores of 3, 1-1/2, and 2 buoys at 41-feet off during the final three rounds to earn the win.  Fellow Goode skier Fabrizio Merlo from Italy took third.

Next weekend Fenton, Mich., will host the final stop on the Big Dawg World Tour prior to the finals, which take place during the Goode Water Ski National Championships in West Palm Beach, Fla., Aug. 15-16.  Goode skier Todd Ristorcelli is the series’ defending champion.

For the Sweet 16 bracket results, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Badal takes Big Dawg stop No. 3, Huston, Favret 2nd and 3rd

The third stop on the 2013 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour – and the first in North America – hit the famed waters of Cedar Ridge Lake in Canton, Miss., last weekend and the scores did not disappoint. The 39-1/2 feet off loop was successfully completed an unbelievable 28 times.

Tim Huston (left) and Ben Favret took 2nd and 3rd.

Greg Badal took the title with 2-1/2 buoys at 41-feet off in the final, topping Goode Skier Tim Huston by two buoys in the head-to-head match up.  Huston’s fellow Goode Skier Ben Favret was third.

The second day of the tournament started off extremely well for Team Goode as it placed 10 skiers in the Sweet 16 and six in the Elite 8, but in the end it was Greg who took home the title – his second consecutive after winning the Big Dawg event at the Moomba Masters in Australia last March.

There are two more stops on the Big Dawg World Tour – Baurech, France (July 6-7) and Fenton, Mich. (July 13-14) – until the finals take place during the Goode Water Ski National Championships in West Palm Beach, Fla., Aug. 15-16.  Goode skier Todd Ristorcelli is the series’ defending champion.

For more information, visit NautiqueBigDawg.com.

 

Chet Raley talks Juniors, skis and keeping up with the Big Dawgs

Chet Raley has long been one of water skiing’s most sought-after coaches … and he’s a pretty good skier himself.  Goode Skis recently spoke with Chet about two of the brightest young students he coaches at his Palm Beach Training Center, the ski he’s riding on and how he’s been able to do more than just hang with the younger Big Dawgs.

Two of your students, Yiannis Nathanail and Samantha Dumula, just won Junior world titles.  How does that accomplishment stack up with some of the other things you’ve achieved in the sport?

I don’t really take credit for kids’ or students’ accomplishments because that is their hard work. I work hard with them but their success is theirs.  It’s beautiful though and very, very rewarding to watch them try as hard as they try and have good things come to fruition.

Now that they’ve both experienced their first taste of success at the world level, what can we expect from them in coming years?

With both Yiannis and Samantha the sky is absolutely the limit. They are very bright, very smart kids that both have incredible parents that should get as much credit as anyone.  They have the potential to do whatever they want, but school is going to be a major priority for both. But they can go as far as they want to go in skiing.

You’ve been skiing on the new NANO ONE since last summer and have put a lot of your students on the ski.  What do you like about it?

First of all, it’s the best Goode ever created, no question about it.  You can make almost any ski functional, but to make it more superior than anything else it has to be really good. And it’s a superior product. The addition of inserts is really cool and a lot of people have clamored for that for a long time, but that’s secondary to the way it performs. It has two good sides, which is not normal for skis of the last 10 years or so.

You’ve skied on many different Goodes in the past. How does this ski compare and contrast to those others?  

Pro skiers are good about keeping a wet ski and in other sports that’s important too. The more of that edge you put into the snow, ice or water the better control you have.  None of the other skis set an edge better than this ski and that is worth its weight in gold.

Like any sport, water skiing in continuously evolving. What new concepts or thoughts are you incorporating into your coaching?  

It evolves almost yearly, and I’d say dramatically each year. The idea of skiing from buoy to buoy has really changed.  That’s the net result, but there is a lot of interest in skiing from the apex near the buoy to the wake right now. Deliberately setting an edge that sustains angle that culminates in the center line behind the boat.  It’s a much nicer way to ski than the old days of turning, stalling, grabbing the line and pulling like a mad man to gain back your losses.

The Big Dawg series seems to get tougher and tougher each year yet you are always at or near the top.  How have you been able to stay so competitive even while new talent has entered the series?

Well, you better continue to change, evolve and learn if you want to keep up.  As an old man (Editor’s note: Chet is 56) in a young man’s sport, you just continue to keep it up and not sit around and think that you have it all figured out. You have to evolve with better equipment and you have to work hard, just like the kids I coach do.