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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.

2013 season underway in Chile

The 2013 water ski season is officially underway as the first stop of the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour has begun in Santiago, Chile.

A number of GOODE skiers are competing in the two-day event, including Ed Hickey, Tim Huston, Ruben Rosenberg, John Shealy, Fabrizio Merlo, and defending Big Dawg champion Todd Ristorcelli.

For more information about the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour, see the running order or visit http://nautiquebigdawg.com.  For updates scores throughout the weekend, follow twitter.com/SkiBigDawg.

GOODE Nationals schedule released

USA Water Ski has released the schedule of events for the 71st GOODE Water Ski National Championships.

Taking place Aug. 13-17, at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla., this year’s tournaments will also feature two additional events during the week, including the inaugural Swami Slalom Challenge.

From USA Water Ski:

The new Swami Slalom Challenge will consist of a head-to-head competition featuring the top-two placements from the Boys/Girls 2, Boys/Girls 3, Men/Women 1 and Open Men/Women slalom divisions from the Nationals. The Swami Slalom Challenge, sponsored by Nautique and Eagle Wetsuits, will take place on the North-South Slalom Lake at approximately 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 14.
The Ski Club of the Palm Beaches also will host the finals of the Ski Nautique Big Dawg World Tour and the Nautique Senior Tour. Qualifying rounds will be held on Thursday, Aug. 13, with the finals to be held at night under the lights on Friday, Aug. 16.

For more information, click here.

GOODE announces 66-inch NANO ONE

Dave Goode (right) testing the new 66-inch NANO ONE earlier this month with Paul Donatt (left) and Dave Miller in Imperial, Calif.

GOODE Skis today announced an addition to its world-record breaking NANO ONE lineup; a 66-inch length model.

The ski joins the previously released 65.25- and 66.75-inch models, offering skiers who may have found themselves in between those two sizes a perfect ski.

“Testing the original 65.25-inch NANO ONE showed us that a vast range of skier heights and weights could ski great on it.  And we saw that immediately when it hit the market,” said Dave Goode, president and founder of GOODE Skis.  “Skiing on the 65.25-inch model, Bailey Austin won the Girls 2 U.S. national title, Regina Jaquess won every tournament she entered on it and set a new world record, Chad Scott won the Houston Big Dawg, Todd Ristorcelli won both Big Dawg Canada and the Big Dawg Finals, and at 217 pounds, Mike Munn earned the 4th qualifying spot at the 35+ World Championships.  Skiers from 100 to 217 pounds had great success on the ski.”

From there, the continuous evolution of design and testing resulted in the 66.75-inch model that was released late last summer.

“It’s proven to be a great length for the larger skiers, but again, it retains the versatility that the NANO ONE line has become known for,” Dave commented.  “Dave Miller ran 39-1/2-feet off on it and he weighs less than 160 pounds.”

Even with a ski that was as big of a hit as the NANO ONE, the GOODE team, as always, felt there was room for improvement.  Extensive testing concluded that sizing a ski in between 65.25 and 66.75 inches would be ideal for skiers who weigh between 170 and 200 pounds.

“I’m at 180 pounds and the new 66-inch model is the best ski I have ever skied on,” said Dave.

As with most slalom ski product lines, there is some overlap in sizes that ultimately depends on skier preferences.  But GOODE’s 30-day guarantee makes it easy for skiers to find the right size for them.

“If you buy one size, but after skiing on it feel that another size would be better, just ship it back to us within 30 days and we’ll get you on a different length,” said Dave.  “Ultimately, we want people to be on the size and model that works best for them.  That’s what the R and D process is all about.”

Recommended ski selection guide for the NANO ONE

65.25″ – up to 195 pounds
66″ – 165 to 220 pounds
66.75″ – 195 pounds and up

Video Debut: GOODE NANO ONE

Since its debut earlier this summer, the GOODE NANO ONE has been the sport’s most talked about ski.  That’s what a couple world records, a handful of big tournament wins and countless PBs and titles will do.

In the just-released video above, learn more about the all new, revolutionary NANO ONE by seeing it in action and hearing Dave Goode interview top skiers about why they think it is the best ski to ever hit the market.

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.

GOODE unveils revolutionary NANO ONE

As the 70th GOODE Water Ski National Championships got underway today at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla., GOODE Skis publicly unveiled the NANO ONE, a revolutionary new ski that already has the sport talking about its record-breaking performances.

“I’ve never been so excited to get a ski into people’s hands,” said Dave Goode, president and founder of GOODE. “Throughout the design and testing phases this ski simply blew people away. We’ve never had a ski as good as this one.”

“I matched a personal best from 10 years ago and I know a bunch of people who’ve already PB’d on it,” continued Dave. “As more and more people are getting to ski on it, the feedback we’ve been getting is absolutely amazing.”

A key feature of the NANO ONE is a new shape – narrower than the mid and wider than traditional – that boasts an exceptionally large sweet spot. Designed to keep the ski moving through the turn, the NANO ONE offers skiers a phenomenal turning performance, with a tighter turning radius and a forgiving ride that is solid and smooth.

Complimenting the shape are new, deeper bevels that provide skiers with greater “connection” with the water, increasing both stability and edge-to-edge turning performance.

“The new shape and deeper bevels work together to create a ski that is super fast across the wakes but shuts down in the turn,” said Dave. “Skiers will be able to pull wider and longer and still make smooth, on-a-rail turns that build angle.”

Additional NANO ONE features include:

  • One size – 65.25 inches – that will fit the vast majority of skiers … Nick Parsons (6’5”, 205 lbs) and Regina Jaquess riding the same size NANO ONE™ at the 2012 Masters and Malibu Open.
  • The NANO ONE is constructed with nano carbon fiber, first pioneered by GOODE last year. Skis made of nano carbon fiber have higher strength-to-weight ratios and are lighter and stronger than skis built from traditional carbon.
  • By eliminating the top and bottom acrylic layers, the NANO ONE is a quarter pound lighter than previous GOODEs, highlighting the raw nano carbon fiber and the uniqueness of each hand-made ski.
  • Available in right, left, or neutral stances, each NANO ONE™ comes factory installed with newly designed brass inserts that are a fraction of the weight of those used by other manufacturers.

In limited, pre-release action the NANO ONE™ has already proven itself in the record books and on the podium. Regina rode it to a new Women’s world record of 3 buoys at 41-feet off and a course record and title at the Masters. Chad Scott and Todd Ristorcelli each won Big Dawg events on the ski.

The world record and Big Dawg wins – in addition to several personal bests set by test skiers – actually presented GOODE with a problem: keeping the ski’s details quite before its release at the GOODE Nationals.

“As the amazing performances continued to roll in, it became harder and harder to keep things secret,” said Dave. “I can’t tell you how many times people came up to me at a tournament and said, ‘What was that ski and how do I get one?’ In the end we had to let a little bit of information out just to handle the demand for information.”

Big Dawg finals to feature large GOODE contingent, skiing legend Andy Mapple

Taking place in conjunction with the GOODE Water Ski National Championships in West Palm Beach, Fla., the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour finals start a week from tomorrow.

Nearly half of the field will be on GOODEs, including 2012 tour stop winners Chad Scott, Dave Miller and Todd Ristorcelli.  Five of six Big Dawg finals championships have been won on GOODEs.

For the first time ever, the man widely recognized as the best skier of all time – Andy Mapple – will be in the field of 50 skiers.  Andy secured his spot in the finals by winning the European Big Dawg, July 8th, in Baurech, France.  Click on the video above to see Andy in action in France, as well as be interviewed by Dave Goode.

The Big Dawg finals webcast will begin Friday, Aug. 17 ant 7 p.m. Eastern time.

Nearly half of Big Dawg finals field on GOODEs

The list of Nautique Big Dawg World Tour finals qualifiers is out and nearly half of all skiers invited are on GOODEs. Of the 50 skiers who earned invites, 21 ski GOODEs … easily the most of any manufacturer.

It’s been a great year for GOODE on the Big Dawg tour, as three of the five qualifying events – Dave Miller in Peru, Chad Scott in Texas and Todd Ristorcelli in Canada – were won on its skis.

The Big Dawg Finals will take place Aug. 16-17, in West Palm Beach, Fla., in conjunction with the 70th GOODE Water Ski Nationals. Friday’s head-to-head Sweet 16 will take place under the lights of Okeeheelee Park. For more information, visit NautiqueBigDawg.com.

Five of six Big Dawg championships have been won on GOODEs.