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For the third time in 2012, a Nautique Big Dawg World Tour title has been won on a GOODE ski.
Todd Ristorcelli took the win this weekend in Abbotsford, Canada, to join Chad Scott (Texas) and Dave Miller (Peru) as 2012 Big Dawg champions on GOODE skis, topping Scott Larson in the head-to-head final to earn the victory. Todd skied on the soon-to-be-released GOODE ski that was also ridden by Chad Scott during his Big Dawg Texas win and Regina Jaquess’ Women’s slalom world record of 3 buoys at 41-feet off.
Team GOODE’s Dave Miller and Eric Kelley took third and fourth, respectively, while 10 of the Sweet 16 skiers were also on GOODE.
The Big Dawg finals will be held on Aug. 16 and 17, in conjunction with the 70th GOODE Water Ski National Championships at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla.
For the second year in a row Chad Scott rode his GOODE ski to victory at the Cypress, Texas, stop of the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour. And also for the second year in a row, he had to beat a fellow GOODE skier in the final head-to-head face off to earn the win, as Jay Leach was this year’s runner up.
In addition to Chad and Jay, eight GOODE skiers – Dave Miller, Todd Kuykendall, Ben Favret, Todd Johnson, March Shaw, Mike Dehlinger, Tim Huston, and Jeff Kepchia – advanced to the Sweet 16 to qualify for the Big Dawg Finals Aug. 16-17, in West Palm Beach, Fla. Chad, Dave and Todd Kuykendall had each already secured a spot in the finals with their top-three performances at the Big Dawg Moomba and Peru events.
To view the final Big Dawg Texas bracket, click here.
The Big Dawg World Tour continues this weekend in Baurech, France, where the top-eight skiers will qualify for the finals in August.
When skiing’s newest pro tournament – the GOODE Atlanta Pro Am – is held on Memorial Day in Atlanta, Ga., it will not only feature a lineup that would make many pro events green with envy, it will be a testament to the determination and love of the sport of its organizer, WaterSki Atlanta founder and Mens 3 competitor George Obser.
Earlier this week we were able to get George to take a short break from his pre-event preparations to talk about the tournament, its unique format and why he thinks it’s important to give pros opportunities to compete in cash-prize events.
Can you tell us a little about the GOODE Atlanta Pro Am and the reason you decided to hold it?
George: The GOODE Atlanta Pro Am started out as a very small idea a few years ago when I moved our ski club, WaterSki Atlanta, to our new site at Princeton Lake. Everyone that skis with us always mentions that it’s the most unique site they’ve ever skied and that it would be a perfect place to host a pro event.
Why host this event on Memorial Day?
George: The Masters tournament takes place every Memorial Day weekend and I grew up in Atlanta going to that event to watch the best skiers in the world. Atlanta is less than an hour drive north of Callaway Gardens, so I decided to make a few calls and see if any pro skiers wanted to come up to Atlanta the day after the Masters finals for a small pro am. I knew the skiers in my club would get a kick out of skiing with the pros in a small backyard tournament, and it evolved into something bigger than I ever thought possible.
I also served 20 years in the United States Marine Corps and retired just last August. Memorial Day is a holiday I don’t take for granted. I’ve lost many friends and fellow Marines over the years and will celebrate their service and the ultimate sacrifice they made during this event. Hundreds of American flags will be flying on the shoreline to honor those that have gone before us in service to our nation.
Unfortunately, opportunities for pro skiers to compete in cash-prize events have become fewer over the years. Why is it important to give pros a chance to earn some cash?
George: It’s important because it’s the right thing to do. The days of “Hot Summer Nights” and big corporate sponsorship and national broadcasts are behind us. It’s now up to the “little guys”, which are various ski clubs across the country like WaterSki Atlanta, to step up to the plate and take their passion for the sport to the next level.
Dana Reed has done just that with the Malibu Open in Milwaukee. The Sac-Town Gold Rush has taken off on the west coast, and Tommy Harrington and Jeff Gilbert are taking the same big steps on the east coast up at Little Mountain Ski Club in N.C. Pro skiing is even returning to Lake Eola in downtown Orlando later this summer. I think and hope that these small steps will eventually lead to something big again for professional water skiing.
In addition to the pros, you’ve included a pretty stacked field of MM skiers as well as amateurs, thus the pro am part of the title. What was the idea behind including them?
George: I included the MM division in the event because the Big Dawg series is something that I personally think has brought interest in competition back into water skiing.
And amateurs have a lot in common with Big Dawg skiers. Maybe not in buoy counts, but off the water they share the stress of having a regular job, family, busy kids, they are similar in age, and they both have to endure the never-ending challenge of getting enough quality water time.
We’ve heard that the format is going to be a little different, can you explain it?
George: The Open and Masters Men skiers will ski two preliminary rounds and the highest scores from either round will advance to the finals. The skier with the highest score in each division during the finals wins a cash prize.
The amateur competitors will be handicapped and skiing against their 12-month AWSA average. They will ski two preliminary rounds on Sunday and the top-10 amateurs with the highest number of buoys over their “average” (or closest to their average) will advance to the Memorial Day finals to ski with the pros and the Big Dawgs that advance.
A big part of making an event like this a success is getting sponsors. How has that gone so far?
George: Getting sponsors initially was surprisingly easy, but I made sure I wasn’t asking for the world because I knew most budgets for 2012 events were already spent.
All of the ski manufacturers agreed to support the Atlanta Pro Am right away and GOODE jumped on the opportunity to be the title sponsor the first day they heard about the event, which I’m extremely grateful for.
The boat manufacturers were also excited about getting involved in the event. Malibu, MasterCraft, and Nautique will each pull one round on Memorial Day. Eagle Sports went above and beyond to sponsor the event and will be providing the skier bib for the finals also.
Victory Brewing is our only “out-of-the-industry” sponsor and they have been nothing but gracious to us and they fit into the GOODE Atlanta Pro Am perfectly. Their brand is a great theme for a competition where everyone is striving for victory and I’m sure everyone will be quite thirsty and looking for one to drink after the skiing is over.
When the GOODE NANO hit the market last spring, Dave Goode expected it to be well received by the marketplace, but didn’t expect the quantity of sales to exceed the 9900 line that had been GOODE’s flagship product.
Boy, was he pleasantly surprised.
Not only did the NANO burst on the scene to quickly become GOODE’s top-selling ski, its success powered the company to its best year ever; quite an achievement considering the state of the economy.
“I thought our most popular ski was still going to be the 9960,” says Dave during a recent interview from GOODE’s headquarters in Ogden, Utah. “Regina Jaquess and Chris Parrish had both just set world records on the 9900 and the 9960 was an improvement on that. So it was really awesome to see skiers step up so quickly and make the NANO our number one selling ski.”
While the nano carbon fiber and resin used in the ski provides more stiffness and performance than traditional carbon, its higher material costs also leads to its higher price tag.
“I knew it was a great skiing ski,” says Dave, “and even though it was going to require more costly materials I wanted to build the best ski that I could, even if it meant it wouldn’t be our top unit seller.
“But it didn’t work out that way. People wanted to get the best. They understood what the advantages were and went in that direction. It was a really cool.”
If the overwhelming sales success of the NANO was a surprise, the ski’s performance certainly wasn’t. Early on in the testing process it was evident to Dave and other testers that the ski’s new materials and twist dual rocker combined to make a high performance slalom machine.
“I took it down to test at Imperial Lakes with Dave Miller and Paul Donatt,” recalls Dave. “Dave Miller and I were on the dock when all of a sudden we heard whooping and hollering. Someone’s yelling ‘Paul just ran a super easy 38.’ So Dave says ‘give it to me,’ goes out and just loves it. That’s when we knew we really had something.”
“It’s the best ski I have ever been on,” says Dave Miller, winner of the 2010 Big Dawg Championships. “The “twist” allows the ski to come through the turn on each side quicker and smoother allowing you to stay more open with less rotation.”
Meanwhile, 1,500 miles away in Covington, La., perennial Big Dawg power house Chad Scott caught wind of the new design and called Dave to ask him for a chance to try it. Dave obliged and sent him the third NANO ever made.
“I ran a practice personal best the first day I skied on it,” says Chad. “It is so easy to ski, it’s unreal.”
Chad liked the ski so much that he never sent it back, skiing on it for the rest of the 2011 season, winning the Texas Big Dawg and tying the Master Men’s U.S. National record with 3-1/2 buoys at 41-feet off in the process.
BIG WINS, BIG SCORES
Chad hasn’t been the only one to find tournament success on the ski, as it’s proven itself on the professional, elite and world stages.
Just two weekends ago Team GOODE’s Thomas Degasperi, Nick Parsons and Javier Julio rode the NANO to a 1-2-3 sweep of the Proa Nautique Mexico Open.
Kyle Tate rode it to win the Big Dawg 2011 Championships and earlier this year skiers on it swept the podium at the Peru Big Dawg with David Miller, Todd Kuykendall and John Shealy placing first, second and third, respectively. In the junior ranks, Makayla Haw clinched the Junior Women’s slalom title at the Moomba Masters while riding the ski.
JAQUESS SETS WORLD RECORD ON NANO JUST MONTHS AFTER SKI’S INTRODUCTION
But the ski’s biggest performance took place last October when it joined its 9900 brethren in the record books with Regina Jaquess’ Women’s slalom world record of 2 buoys at 41-feet off. Prior to setting the record, Regina and the ski had been on a tear, running 39-1/2-feet off all three rounds of a tournament in Santa Rosa Beach, running it again a week later in Okeeheelee and then finally breaking her own world record of 1-1/2 buoys at 41-feet off set on the 9900.
Shortly after setting the record, Regina complimented her NANO.
“It’s working awesome,” said Regina. “It’s definitely a great ski.”
MORE IN STORE FOR 2012
While the NANO had a breakout 2011 and has gotten off to a good start in 2012, the man who designed and engineered it thinks that there is still much more to come.
“Like any technologically advanced product, there are early adopters who are very eager to try the latest and greatest,” says Dave. “But a lot of skiers, the bulk of the market really, take more of a wait-and-see approach before they make their decision. This ski has proven itself with big scores and big wins, so those wait-and-see skiers don’t need to wait any longer, especially as they see their friends and competitors on starting docks holding a NANO. We are seeing more and more people buying NANOs, so we know there are going to be a lot of personal bests go down this year.”
Skiers on the GOODE NANO-“twist” took the top three spots at the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour’s Latin America stop in Bajuma, Peru, as Dave Miller topped Todd Kuykendall in the head-to-head final round to take the title.
Dave ran 5 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off to Todd’s 2-1/2 buoys at the same length to earn the win, while John Shealy scored 3-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off to finish third. Half of the Elite Eight rode the GOODE NANO-“twist.”
The six-stop tour continues June 30 to July 1 at The Lakes at Cypress Hills in Cypress, Texas. For more information about the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour, visit www.NautiqueBigDawg.com.
Dave Goode talks Moomba Big Dawg with inaugural champion Thierry Malhomme and runner-up Chad Scott.
Team GOODE jumped out to a great start to the 2012 season by winning podium spots in four slalom events this weekend at the Moomba Masters in Melbourne, Australia,.
In Men’s slalom, Italy’s Carlo Allais scored 4 buoys at 39-1/2 off to finish second, one of the best finishes of his professional career. Javier Julio finished 10th while Nick Parsons and Adam Sedlmajer finished 13th and 14th, respectively.
Team GOODE skiers earned two of the top-four spots in Women’s slalom as Regina Jaquess and Karen Truelove tied for third with 3 buoys at 38 feet off, with Regina being awarded the tie breaker due to a higher semi-final round score. In an encore to her third-consecutive Moomba girls slalom championship, new Team GOODE member Makayla Haw finished 11th in the Women’s event.
And in the first ever Moomba Big Dawg, Team GOODE skiers Chad Scott and Jay Leach comprised half of the final four, with Chad taking second and Jay fourth.
For final Moomba results, visit www.moombamasters.com.au.
Next up for Team GOODE, the 53rd Masters Water Ski Tournament, May 25-27, at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga.