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2017 Year in Review: big wins, records and new products

Full of big wins, new records and exciting new products, 2017 was a great year for Team GOODE.

Here’s a look at some of the biggest stories of 2017.

Regina Rules the World(s), Again

Regina Jaquess once again led the way for Team GOODE at the World Championships, securing an unprecedented slalom/overall three-peat (2013, 2015, 2017) at the 2017 iteration held in Paris last September.

Her slalom win set the all-time mark for Women’s world slalom championships at four, breaking the record of three that she previously shared with legends Liz Allen, Cindy Todd and Helena Kjellander. Regina’s four World Slalom titles came in 2005, 2013, 2015, and now, 2017. The overall gold is the fifth of her career, the most ever for a Woman and second only behind Patrice Martin all time. She also earned a silver medal in jumping to go along with her team gold, giving her four medals during the 2017 championships.

Additional Team GOODE highlights included Felipe Miranda winning his second career World overall title and six of the 12 Women’s slalom finalists skiing on GOODEs.

Read the full article here.

GOODE Skiers Dominate Nationals

GOODE skiers won 14 national slalom titles – easily more than any other ski manufacturer – at the 75th GOODE Water Ski National Championships held in August 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; and, Mens 7 – Steve Raphael.

Read the full article here.


New Products Top GOODE Lineup

Three new products added to the GOODE lineup in 2017 were greeted with big-time results and strong customer demand:

XTR™: Introduced at the GOODE Nationals in August, the XTR combines the world record-breaking DNA of the Nano 1XT with a trailblazing new rocker profile to create the highest performing ski in the GOODE lineup. The result? Multiple National titles, a world slalom championship, a world-record tie, two U.S. National records, and countless PBs.

Power-G-Flex™: GOODE Skis and Reflex partnered to create the Power-G-Flex system, bringing the comfort and performance long associated with the PowerShell 5 boot to the sport’s leading mechanical release system. A specially designed injection molded piece connects the PowerShell boot to the Reflex toe bar, and an added rear heal cleat secures the boot to the mechanical release. The PowerShell/Reflex pairing will come standard mounted to a G-10 carbon plate and will also feature a rear half-boot option.

The FUTURE™: GOODE’s first-ever ski designed exclusively for young up-and-coming buoy slayers, the FUTURE features all the pure carbon-fiber construction and world-record DNA you’ve come to expect in a GOODE, but with kid-friendly graphics, a more forgiving flex pattern and a great price. The FUTURE is a high-performing, no-compromises ski that will get tomorrow’s little rippers in the course and into deep shortline.

Pro Team Members Post Big Wins

Adam Sedlmajer. Photo by Des Burke-Kennedy/IWWF.

GOODE pro team members scored big victories all over the world in 2017.

Thomas Degasperi got the year off to a great start by taking the Moomba Masters title, then things kept rolling with victories from Clementine Lucine (European Championships, Fun Gliss Pro Am), Taylor Garcia (Jr. U.S. Open), Brooke Baldwin (California Pro Am), Adam Sedlmajer (World Games and the Andy Mapple Pro Am), Felipe Miranda (World overall). And of course, there’s Regina (world slalom and overall, San Gervasio, Malibu Open and Swiss Slalom Pro).

Miller and Badal Face Off for Bracket Challenge Title

After four rounds and the elimination of 14 skiers, the 2017 GOODE Bracket Challenge came down to No. 1 seed vs. No. 2. Dave Miller vs. Greg Badal. Watch the video above to see who won.

National Records Go Down

Chet Raley

The U.S. National record books will look dramatically different at the end of 2017 than they did at the beginning of the year, thanks in large part to GOODE skiers.

Chet Raley first tied the Mens 6 National record, then proceeded to top it twice more, eventually ending up with a pending record of 2 buoys at 41 feet off. Joy Kelley set the Womens 6 slalom record three different times herself, ending the year with a pending record of 2 at 38 off.

Bob Hardeman set a pending Mens 8 record of 2-1/4 at 39-1/2 off, Cyndi Benzel a Womens 7 pending record of 1/2 at 38 off, Steve Raphael a Mens 7 pending record of 5-1/4 at 39-1/2 off (since disallowed due to boat path deviation) and Bill Mahan tied the Mens 8 record of 2 at 39-1/2 off.

See the full list of pending records here.

GOODE Skiers Top World Rankings List

When the October 2017 IWWF preliminary world rankings list was released, seven GOODE skiers earned top spots: Open Women – Regina Jaquess, Under 21 Women – Brooke Baldwin; Junior Women – Brooke Baldwin; 35+ Women – Karen Truelove; Under 21 Men – Brando Caruso; Junior Men (tied) – Griffin Stange; 55+ Men – Dave Miller; and, 65+ Men – Steve Raphael.

12 #FirstTimersForFree Participate in GOODE Nationals

First time Nationals competitor Addy Flint.

Twelve skiers not only competed in their first-ever Nationals last August at San Marcos River Ranch, but they had their entry fees paid too. The #FirstTimersForFree promotion was part of GOODE’s effort to encourage Nationals participation and reward achieving major goals.

“Qualifying for and skiing in Nationals is a really big deal,” says GOODE Skis founder and president Dave Goode. “We just wanted to do something to make peoples’ first Nationals extra special and encourage even more people to come. It was really great getting to meet everyone and congratulate them personally.”

Participating first time Nationals competitors were: Josh Gardner – Boys 3, Plainfield, IL; Joey Hayes – Mens 3, Decatur, MS; Brian Kreis – Mens 4, Miami, FL; Isak Nightingale – Boys 2, Lake Elmo, MN; Reed Favret – Boys 2, Windermere, FL; Sharon Baker Brown – Womens 7, Orlando, FL; Addy Flint – Girls 1, Lawton, OK; Don Stanford – Mens 8, Pleasant Hill, CA; Kate Lemcke – Womens 1, Saint Louis, MO; Landon Geels – Boys 3, Denver, CO; Brendan Schultz – Boys 2, Dow, IL; and, Justin Bloyer – Mens 3, Lake Elmo, MN.

Chet Raley sets pending U.S. National Mens 6 record, 9 records set on GOODEs in ’17

Congratulations to Chet Raley for setting a pending U.S. National Mens 6 slalom record with 1-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off at the Oct. 3-event Record Sunday last weekend at Okeeheelee Park.

Chet’s new mark tops the previous record of 1 at 41 off, which he scored earlier this summer and co-held with Kris Lapoint, and is the ninth pending U.S. National slalom record set on GOODEs this year.

Joy Kelley owns three of those marks topping out with a pending Womens 6 record of 2 at 38 off.  Bob Hardeman set a pending Mens 8 record of 2-1/4 at 39-1/2 off, Cyndi Benzel a Womens 7 pending record of 1/2 at 38 off, Steve Raphael a Mens 7 pending record of 5-1/4 at 39-1/2 off and Bill Mahan tied the Mens 8 record of 2 at 39-1/2 off.

For a full list of pending U.S. National records click here, or here for the list of approved records.

1 of 21: Men’s 7 slalom champion Bill Mahan

Photo By: Glossy Finish by Lifetouch

At the 73rd GOODE Water Ski National Championships held last August in West Palm Beach, Fla., an astonishing 68 percent – or 21 out of 31 – of slalom titles were won on GOODEs. As we endure the off season here in North America, we are going to attempt to interview each of those 21 National champions, because even though they may have all been using the same brand of ski, they all have their own story.

In this installment we profile Men’s 7 National Slalom Champion Bill Mahan of Woodbridge, Virginia, who notched his third national title last year at Okeeheelee.

How long have you been skiing and how did you get into the sport?
I started skiing one summer at the age of 14 in Saranac Lake, New York. My grandmother bought my brother and I a combo set of Northland water skis. What was crazy was we didn’t even have a boat to ski behind, but we were able to get a ski set with friends most every day. Twelve years later, I entered my first tournament and took first in the novice division.

How many Nationals have you previously attended?
I ran my first EP at a record tournament at Lake Holly where I was a member and qualified for my first Nationals in 1982. Hard to say, I have never really kept track on how many nationals I have attended.

Why do you ski?
I love the great competition, which dates back to my days running track. When skiing the course you always have a benchmark for improvement. Also all the great friends and memories I have made over the years skiing. Getting with your skiing friends for a set and feeling the acceleration accompanied by the rhythm of a great run!

What’s the most important thing skiing has taught you and/or given you over the years?
Working as a team on and off the water brings great rewards. Don’t make excuses when you have a bad tournament or practice run. Be patient, work hard and good things will happen.

Do you have a pre-set ritual?
No, but the night before I skied at the Nationals we ate at Red Lobster and when the hostess seated us at table 38, we all gave each other a high five.

Who are some people that have been important to your skiing success?
My No. 1 fan is my wife, Julie. She has been very supportive not only in my skiing but staging everything it takes to run a club and tournaments. Lindsay and Kyle, our children, skied in tournaments with me as they were growing up. They were fun to coach and became my driver when I needed one. We have a lot of wonderful memories from being on the water and at tournaments.

My big break came in 1978 when Rick and Jerry Stansberry gave Julie and I the opportunity to develop a record-capability site known as Lake Holly. I also have had some great coaches and drivers over the years at Lake Holly, including Ken Mead, Bud Raley, Ron Ricketts, Lee Gotschalk, Ralph Hall, Wick Merchant, Jon Thacher, Marie Fields and my Florida connection, Jimmy Mandolis.

Anything else you would like to add?
I would like to thank Dave Goode for pushing the technological envelope with the development of the carbon fiber water ski. After switching to a 9100 Goode I won my first Nationals in Bakersfield, California, and two more titles since then on my Goode Nano One. I attribute a lot of my tournament success to my Goode ski.

And a special thanks to all the individuals who volunteer putting on all the great tournaments over the years.