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It’s Dave Miller vs. Greg Badal in Bracket Challenge finals

No. 1 vs. No. 2 … just the way it was drawn up.

The 2017 GOODE Bracket Challenge will come down to the top-two seeds, and frequent competitors at 34mph tournaments around the world, No. 1 seed Dave Miller vs. No. 2 Greg Badal.

Dave survived a tough challenge from No. 5 seed Jeremy Newby-Ricci, edging him by one buoy, 3@41 to 2@41 to advance to the finals.

Greg had a bit of an easier semifinal match-up. Between preparing for Worlds – and most critically the cancellation of the Malibu Open due to algae issues – Regina did not post a score in August. Greg would have been pretty tough to beat anyway, as he put up a robust score of 3@41.

So it’s Dave vs. Greg in September.

Online Fan Contest

That leaves three participants in the online fan contest with perfect brackets so far.  Malibu Dave’s Picks and Skicm77 each pick Dave to win it all, while Winner! has Greg as the champion.  In the event that Dave Miller wins, the contest will come down to the final round tiebreaker. Malibu Dave’s Picks predicts the winning score to be 3.5@41, while Skicm77 picked 3@41.

Click here for the bracket match-ups, and here for the online fan contest current standings.

Higher seeds survive close calls in Bracket Challenge first round

The first round of the 2017 GOODE Bracket Challenge almost ended up with the event’s biggest ever upset, as No. 1 seed Dave Miller and No. 16 Ben Favret tied, with Dave eventually earning the win once the back-up tiebreaker score was applied.

And Ben used an interesting approach to make it that close. He scored 3@39 – but at 36 mph – to put up his June best score of 111 buoys, tying Dave’s score of 3@41 at 34 mph.  Unfortunately for Ben his second-highest score of June – 3@38, 36 mph – was not enough to top Dave’s back-up of 2@41, 34mph, so, Dave advances.

Another high seed who resorted to a tiebreaker score to advance was No. 5 Jeremy Newby-Ricci, who needed two scores of 2@41 on the VERY LAST DAY OF JUNE to tie No. 12 Tim Huston, who also got 2@41. Jeremy won the tiebreaker, 2@41 to 0.5@38 for Tim.

One upset that did take place was No. 13 Todd Kuykendall’s win over No. 4 seed Jay Leach. Todd scored 1@41 to beat Jay’s 3@39, although Jay’s tournament schedule in June was unusually light due to a family vacation.

The rest of the field went according to seeds:

  • No. 2 Greg Badal faced a tough test from No. 15 Chet Raley, but emerged with a 3@41 to 1@41 win;
  • No. 3 Regina Jaquess also faced a stiff challenge from No. 14 Jeff Milford, but won 1.5@41 to 0.5@41;
  • No. 6 Chad Scott scored 2@41 to take down No. 11 Marc Shaw, who only managed 3@39 as one of his best opportunities in June – the France Big Dawg stop – turned sour after his ski didn’t arrive in time for the tournament;
  • No. 7 Kevin Bishop took out the event’s youngest skier, No. 10 Brooke Baldwin, 1.5@41 to 2@39;
  • No. 8 Kyle Tate had a great score of 2@41 to advance past No. 9 Greg Sund, who did not post a score in June due to injury.

That sets up the following Round 2 matches:

  • No. 1 Dave Miller vs. No. 8 Kyle Tate
  • No. 2 Greg Badal vs. No. 7 Kevin Bishop
  • No. 3 Regina Jaquess vs. No. 6 Chad Scott
  • No. 13 Todd Kuykendall vs. No. 5 Jeremy Newby-Ricci

Of the 385 brackets submitted in the online fan contest, only seven brackets remain perfect. An additional 75 only have one blemish on their bracket.

View the updated brackets here and the online contest standings here.

T-Gas wins 2015 Bracket Challenge, contestant swerve_6 wins five-way tie for fan contest grand prize

In the first ever GOODE Bracket Challenge faceoff between 36 and 34 mph skiers, Thomas Degasperi earned the win by edging Dave Miller, 3 at 41 off to 2 at 41 off.

Thomas’ win concludes a four-month virtual tournament that featured two halves of a bracket: one for 34 mph skiers and the other for 36.  T-Gas had to beat Dane Mechler, Chris Parrish, and Daniel Odvarko to advance to the finals, while Dave also had to survive a tough lineup of Chet Raley, Ben Favret and Greg Badal for the right to ski in the last bracket.

While the competition was tough among skiers, it was even more fierce in the online fan contest.  Five of the record 341 contestants ultimately tied for first place – boz’s picks, LLUSA, swerve_6, Wbaski and Win ski – with the tiebreaker ultimately deciding the winner.  swerve_6 - aka Jack Lyons - correctly picked the winning score of the final round, 3 at 41, to win the tiebreaker. Clearly, Jack is pretty good at the Bracket Challenge game, as he took third place in last year’s contest.

Click here for the final skiers bracket, and here for the final fan contest standings.

Degasperi vs. Odvarko, Miller vs. Badal in GOODE Bracket Challenge Final Four

The 2015 GOODE Bracket Challenge Final Four is set, with an unexpected injury shaking up the online fan contest standings.

Thomas Degasperi and Daniel Odvarko will face off in the 36 mph bracket, while Dave Miller and Greg Badal will go against each other in the 34 mph side.

Chris Parrish, the No. 1 36 mph seed and the most popular fan pick to win the tournament did not ski in round 2 (the month of August) due to a shoulder injury. Therefore, he didn’t post a score during his head-to-head match up with Thomas, so Thomas advances.

That sets up an intriguing 36 mph finale between two European skiers who have battled it out recently, both in the U.S. and abroad. They are currently ranked Nos. 4 and 5 on the IWWF Elite Rankings List and are expected to ski against each other at the California Pro Am later this month in Sacramento, Calif.

Two skiers who are skiing extremely well right now will face off on the 34 mph side. Dave Miller’s top score in August was an impressive 4 buoys at 41 off, while Greg Badal was right behind him with 3.5 buoys at 41 off, not to mention the 2.5 at the same line length he scored to win the Master Men’s national title at last month’s GOODE Water Ski National Championships.

The end of Chris’ tournament run dramatically altered the online fan contest, as it eliminated the possibility of anyone picking the perfect bracket. Currently, LLUSA and swerve_6 are tied for first place, although both picked Chris to win. Thirteen other fans are tied for third, but only one of them, boz’s picks, has a final champion pick that is still alive in the tournament.

For the master bracket, click here, or here for the fan contest standings.

Two upsets highlight first round of GOODE Bracket Challenge; 6 fans’ brackets remain perfect

The first round of the GOODE Bracket Challenge has concluded with a former winner and former final four-er on the outside looking in.

Regina Jaquess, the 2013 Bracket Challenge champion and No. 3 seed on the 34 mph side of the bracket, was eliminated by Ben Favret, with a first round score 1 buoy at 41 off to Ben’s 2-1/2 buoys at 41. Regina’s score was no doubt hampered by tough conditions at her only two tournaments of the month: the Malibu Cup and the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto. The Malibu Cup featured challenging weather conditions that ultimately forced the cancellation of the final round, while the Pan Ams were conducted in fairly rough conditions on a temporary tournament site located on Lake Ontario.

In the second upset of the first round, the No. 7 seed Greg Badal topped No. 2 seed and 2014 final four skier Jay Leach, 3 buoys at 41 off to 1-1/2 at 41.

Chris Parrish, Thomas Degasperi, Daniel Odvarko and Carlo Allais all advanced on the 36 mph side, while Jeremy Newby-Ricci and Dave Miller join Greg and Ben in the second round on the 34 mph side. The second round will be comprised of all scores in August, including the 73rd GOODE Water Ski National Championships and Malibu Open.

In the online fan contest, only six of the 342 brackets submitted remain perfect. Interestingly, all six perfect brackets pick Chris Parrish to win, so if he happens to fall short there will likely be a major shakeup in the standings.

Click here for the skier’s bracket, and here for the fan contest standings.

Round 1/July scores

Parrish 5.5@41
Morgan 3.5@38

Degasperi 4@41
Mechler 2@41

Odvarko* 3@41, 2@41
Bartalsky 3@41, 2@41
*tie broken by head-to-head scores at Malibu Cup, 3 vs. 2 @41 for Odvarko

Allais 2@41, 2@41
Finlayson 2@41, 5@39

Newby-Ricci 3@41
Tate 0.5@41

Leach 1.5@41
Badal 3@41

Jaquess 1@41
Favret 2.5@41

Miller 2.5@41
Raley 2@41

Enter the GOODE Bracket Challenge for the chance to win the all-new FlexTail

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The GOODE Virtual Water Ski Bracket Challenge™ is back and features its best ever field of competitors.

In addition to many of the world’s best 34 mph skiers, the 2015 Bracket Challenge features a who’s who of 36 mph skiers as well. Now names like Parrish, Degasperi and Finlayson have joined the likes of Jaquess, Miller and Newby-Ricci.

Once again fans will be able to test their skiing knowledge and enter their own March-Madness like brackets. The fan with the best bracket will win a FREE GOODE FlexTail, while other top finishers will receive GOODE prize packages. But you can’t win if you don’t enter. Fill out and submit your bracket here before the July 23rd entry deadline.

The overall bracket will have two halves – one for 36 and the other for 34 mph skiers – with a winner from each bracket facing off against each other for the Bracket Challenge title. In the final round, speed is not taken into consideration to determine the bracket winner. The rope length and number of buoys is the sole determinant of the winner. For example, if Regina Jaquess scored 3 buoys at 41 off (at 34 mph), she would beat Trent Finlayson’s score of 2 buoys at 41 off (36 mph).

To fill out and submit a bracket, or for more information, including rules, click here.

The 2014 season by the numbers

As Frank Sinatra once sang, it was a very good year …

How great of a year was it for Team GOODE? Take a look at our 2014 by the numbers:

75 

Percentage of 35+ World slalom titles won on GOODEs

4

MastersMalibu OpenMoomba and U.S. Open victories

3.25

at 41 off, Regina’s latest world record

55

Percentage of U.S. National slalom titles won on GOODEs

4

Buoys Cooper Tate improved the Boys 1 U.S. National Record by

3

Buoys Brooke Baldwin improved the Girls 2 U.S. National record by

#teamGOODE skiers in the top 10 of the Men’s and Women’s IWWF Elite Rankings

5,000

Dollars won by Michael Robinson for picking the perfect GOODE Bracket Challenge bracket

1

The ranking of Chris Parrish and Regina Jaquess on the Men’s and Women’s IWWF World Rankings List

2

Big Dawg Tour stop victories

18

Consecutive years a GOODE has held a world slalom record

Unlimited

Designs possible with GOODE’s new custom graphic capabilities

 

Bracket Challenge Final Four field set

The field is set for next week’s GOODE Bracket Challenge Final Four in Ogden, Utah.

Jeremy Newby-Ricci, Jay Leach, Dave Miller, and Chad Scott are all that’s left of the 32 skiers who began the Bracket Challenge in June. Not making the cut in a minor upset is defending champion and fan favorite Regina Jaquess, whose score of 2 at 41 was topped by Chad’s last tournament round in August, 3 at 41.

The Final Four matchups are:

No. 1. Jeremy Newby-Ricci vs. No. 5. Chad Scott
No. 2. Jay Leach vs. No. 3. Dave Miller

The semi-final round will be held Tuesday, Sept. 9, at GOODE Ski Lake in downtown Ogden. Each skier’s top score from the day’s two rounds will be used to determine who advances to the finals. The finals will be held the next day in a single, winner-take-all round of skiing.

In the fan-submitted brackets contest, one contestant remains in the hunt for the $5,000 perfect bracket grand prize. In order to collect the $5,000, Summer skiOFF needs Jeremy and Dave to advance to the finals, with Jeremy taking the title.

While Summer skiOFF is the only contestant with a shot at a perfect bracket, six other contestants are still in contention to win the top prize, the record-breaking Nano OneXT.

Favorites advance in GOODE Bracket Challenge

The second round of the GOODE Bracket Challenge has concluded and the favorites have escaped largely unscathed.

All but one of the top eight seeds – No. 7 Todd Kuykendall fell to No. 10 Jed Blackburn – have advanced to the Elite 8, setting up a very competitive third round.

The second round results were:

1. Jeremy Newby-Ricci (2.5@41) vs. 17. Jason Staab (2@39)
2. Jay Leach (1@41) vs. 18. Eric Kelley (2.5@39)
3. David Miller (2.5@41) vs. 19. Bryce Tolman (3.5@39)
4. Regina Jaquess (2@41) vs. 13. Jeff Kepchia (2@39)
5. Chad Scott (1@41) vs. 12. John Shealy (3@39)
6. Tim Huston (2@41 and 0.5@41) vs. 11. Jeff Milford (2@41 and 3.5@39)
7. Todd Kuykendall (0.5@41) vs. 10. Jed Blackburn (2@41)
8. Todd Johnson (2@41) vs. 9. Kyle Tate (5@39)

With the above results in the books, the Elite 8 match ups taking place during the month of August are:

1. Jeremy Newby-Ricci vs. 8. Todd Johnson
2. Jay Leach vs. 10. Jed Blackburn
3. David Miller vs. 6. Tim Huston
4. Regina Jaquess vs. 5. Chad Scott

Each winner of the above match ups will advance to the Final Four, a live head-to-head face off taking place during a two-day record-capability tournament Sept. 9 and 10, at GOODE Ski Lake in Ogden, Utah.

In the fan bracket standings, three users – Pdtski, Summer skiOFF and Tbrenchley still sport unblemished brackets, keeping their hopes for the $5,000 perfect bracket payoff alive. Pdtski and Tbrenchley each picked Dave Miller to win the whole thing, while Summer skiOFF picked Jeremy Newby-Ricci.

To see the current fan bracket standings, click here.

GOODE Bracket Challenge favorites survive Round 1 nearly intact

The first round of the GOODE Bracket Challenge is in the books and the tournament’s favorites survived nearly intact.

Only three lower seeds beat higher seeds, with the biggest upset being No. 19 seed Bryce Tolman’s (4@39) victory over No. 14 seed Lonnie Harris (2@39). Other “upsets” although fairly minor due to close seedings, were No. 17 Jason Staab’s (2@39) slim win over No. 16 April Coble (1@39) and No. 18 Eric Kelley’s (3.25@39) victory over Caroline Hensely (2@39).

The closest match up, and one that was nearly Round 1′s biggest upset, was the No. 7 Todd Kuykendall versus No. 26 Michael Arora pairing. Both tied with huge scores of 2@41, but Todd emerged in the tiebreaker (0.5@41 vs 4@39).

In the fan contest, of the 200 bracket submissions, five correctly guessed all three upsets in order to remain perfect and in the running for the $5,000 perfect bracket prize. To see the current fan bracket standings, click here.

With Round 2 underway during the month of July, expect some closer pairings, including some very intruiging match-ups between perennial Big Dawg challengers, such as the Todd Kuykendall/Jed Blackburn and Todd Johnson/Kyle Tate brackets.

The Round 2 (July) match-ups are:

1. Jeremy Newby-Ricci vs. 17. Jason Staab

2. Jay Leach vs. 18. Eric Kelley

3. David Miller vs. 19. Bryce Tolman

4. Regina Jaquess vs. 13. Jeff Kepchia

5. Chad Scott vs. 12. John Shealy

6. Tim Huston vs. 11. Jeff Milford

7. Todd Kuykendall vs. 10. Jed Blackburn

8. Todd Johnson vs. 9. Kyle Tate