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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

Enter the GOODE Bracket challenge and win $5,000

Are you a fan of water skiing? Could you use $5,000? Then the GOODE Virtual Water Ski Bracket ChallengeTM is for you!

The Bracket Challenge is back and bigger than ever in 2014, with an expanded field and a greatly enhanced, March Madness-style online bracket that fans can use to make their picks, follow the action, track their competition and win prizes, including $5,000 in cash for a perfect bracket. Fill out and submit your bracket here.

After debuting last year with eight skiers, the 2014 Bracket Challenge field features 32 of many of the world’s top Men’s and Women’s 34 mph skiers, including defending champion and Women’s world record holder Regina Jaquess, veteran pro April Coble-Eller, and Big Dawg champions Jeremy Newby-Ricci, Dave Miller, Chad Scott, Kyle Tate, and Jay Leach. For the complete competitors list and Round 1 match ups, see below.

Don’t miss out on your chance to win great prizes like $5,000, a new Nano OneXT and other GOODE gear. Fill out your bracket today at goode.com/bracket.

The deadline to enter the bracket contest is June 17th.

How It Works

The GOODE Bracket Challenge has five rounds: 32, 16, 8, 4 and 2 competitors. In each round higher seeds will face off against lower seeds in head-to-head bracketed match ups. For example, in the first round match ups will include seed No. 1 vs. No. 32, No. 2 vs. No. 31 and so on.

It’s “virtual” because the first three rounds will use scores from any nationally (any country) sanctioned tournaments competitors ski in during the months of June (round 1), July (round 2) and August (round 3). At the end of each month, the skier that has the single highest score will win that bracket and advance. In other words, during the first three rounds skiers won’t ski head-to-head at the same tournament, we’ll just use their top single score from that month – any location, any sanctioning classification – to determine the winner. If there is a tie we go to each skier’s second-highest score.

While the first three rounds will each take place virtually over three months, the final two rounds, the Final Four, will be a live head-to-head face off at a record-capability tournament we are hosting on Sept. 9 and 10, at GOODE Ski Lake in Ogden, Utah.

Last year’s Bracket Challenge started with a field of eight and was won by Regina Jaquess, who edged top seeded Todd Ristorcelli in the championship round.

Bracket Challenge to be bigger and better in 2014

The GOODE Virtual Water Ski Bracket ChallengeTM will be back and bigger than ever in 2014.

The multi-round event debuted last year with a field of eight skiers, but the 2014 version will be expanded to 64 of the world’s top Men’s and Women’s 34 mph skiers. All participating skiers must ski on GOODEs and seedings, 1-64, will be based on the October 2013 IWSF world rankings list.

The virtual component of the tournament will take place over five months, with May, June, July and August each comprising a single round in the tournament. The final two rounds will take place Sept. 9-10 at GOODE Ski Lake in Ogden, Utah.

Besides a larger field of skiers, the most exciting part of the 2014 Bracket Challenge will be the vastly enlarged and improved fan bracket contest.  Stay tuned for more details in coming weeks.

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.

Was it Risto or Regina? Watch the Bracket Challenge final round video

Todd Ristorcelli and Regina Jaquess faced off in the final round of the GOODE Virtual Water Ski Bracket Challenge in a head-to-head match-up last week in Ogden, Utah.

To see who won, watch the broadcast-style video above. It also reveals the winners of the 3rd round and grand prize (a FREE Nano OneXT) fan contests, as well as our plans for an even bigger bracket challenge in 2014.

Ristorcelli, Regina to face off in Bracket Challenge final round

Slalom fans are in for a treat as No. 1 seed Todd Ristorcelli is set to face off against the world’s No. 1 female slalom skier, Regina Jaquess, in the final round of the GOODE Virtual Water Ski Bracket ChallengeTM.  The championship match up will take place during a record-capability tournament Sept. 10-11, at GOODE Ski Lake in Ogden, Utah.

While Todd made it into the finals by posting a score of 2 buoys at 41-feet off at the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour Finals, it was the skier he ultimately edged that put in perhaps the most inspiring performance of the Bracket Challenge.  On a 39-1/2 off pass he needed to run to ultimately challenge Todd’s 41- off score, Kyle Tate was late rounding five ball but made a big charge across the wakes and attempted to throw his ski around six ball, unfortunately breaking his lower leg in the process and ending his Bracket Challenge chances.

In the other Final Four bracket, Chad Scott held a one buoy lead over Regina heading into the Cedar Ridge tournament, which they both skied in.  On Saturday Regina scored 3 at 41 to tie Chad, and then something pretty cool happened.

Instead of letting the contest rules determine the bracket winner (tie goes to the highest seed), they decided to use the second round on Sunday, Regina’s last round of the day, as a winner-take-all.  Regina seized the opportunity and beat Chad, 2 buoys at 41 off to his half buoy at the same line length.

Final Round Fan Pick ‘em Contest

Tom Brennan correctly picked a final match up of Todd and Regina, winning a GOODE hat, neoprene ski sleeve, and GOODE slalom vest.
Now’s your chance to enter the Final Round fan contest. Click here and fill out who you think will win on our before Sept. 9th.  Only one entry per round, per person. But, if you follow our Twitter account and tweet your picks with @GOODESkis and #GOODEBracket in the message we’ll award you with a second entry.

The final round contest will feature two winners, one for a contestant who picks the champion, and one who participated in all three rounds and picked a perfect bracket. That prize winner will win a FREE, all new Nano OneXT!

Bracket Challenge round 1 results in, second round giveaway sign up begins

The first round of the GOODE Virtual Water Ski Bracket ChallengeTM has concluded and what a finish!

[Click here to enter the second round bracket pick 'em contest.]

No. 5 seed Kyle Tate was staring down a buoy-and-a-half deficit to No. 4 seed Chet Raley heading into yesterday’s Last Chance tournament at Victory Lake in Jacksonville, Fla.  But on the very last day of July, and thus the last day of round 1, Kyle put up a huge score of 3 buoys at 41-feet off to punch his ticket into the second round.

Here’s how the first round match ups went down:

  • No. 1 seed Todd Ristorcelli lived up to top billing by posting a score of 3 at 41, enough to edge Jay Leach by a buoy;
  • Kyle’s 3 at 41 took this match up after trailing Chet Raley’s score of 2 at 41 for most of the month;
  • In the second upset of the first round – seeding wise anyway – Regina Jaquess used her world record pending score of 3-1/2 at 41 to top Ben Favret’s 2 at 41;
  • Chad Scott and Dave Miller both tied with 2-1/2 at 41, but No. 2 seed Chad will advance as the rules awarded ties to the higher seed.

So, the Final Four match ups are:

As the first round kicked off we invited fans to get involved by picking who they think will advance in each round.  We’ll announce the winner of the Round 1 prize package soon.

NOW IS YOUR CHANCE TO ENTER ROUND 2 OF THE TOURNAMENT, with the winner receiving a Goode hat, neoprene ski sleeve, and GOODE slalom vest.

To enter the Round 2 contest, click here and fill out your picks on or before August 9th.  Only one entry per round, per person. But, if you follow our Twitter account and tweet your picks with @GoodeSkis and #GoodeBracket in the message we’ll award you with a second entry.

How It Works

The virtual tournament has three rounds: rounds of 8, 4 and 2 competitors.  In each round a higher seed will face off against a lower seed (seeds determined by IWWF ranking). It’s “virtual” because the first two rounds will use scores from any AWSA and/or Water Ski Canada tournaments the competitors ski in during the months of July (round of 8) and August (round of 4).

At the end of the month, the skier that has the single highest score from any AWSA- or Water Ski Canada-sanctioned tournament (regardless of sanctioning class) will win that bracket and advance.  In other words, during the first two rounds skiers won’t ski head-to-head at the same tournament, we’ll just use their scores from that month to determine the winner.

While the first two rounds will each take place virtually over many weeks, the final round will be a live head-to-head face off at a record-capability tournament we are hosting on Sept. 10 and 11, at Goode Ski Lake in Ogden, Utah.

Enter the contest here.

Tight match ups half way through first round of the GOODE Bracket Challenge

Half way through the first round of the GOODE Virtual Water Ski Bracket ChallengeTM two brackets are all tied up and the other two are close.

Here’s how the March Madness on water stands as of July 16th:

  • No. 1 Todd Ristorcelli vs. No. 8 Jay Leach: Tied at 2 buoys at 41-feet off.
  • No. 2 Dave Miller vs. Chad Scott: Tied at 2-1/2 buoys at 41-feet off.
  • No. 3 Ben Favret vs. Regina Jaquess:  An upset brewing in this one as Regina has a one-and-a-half buoy lead on Ben, courtesy of her pending world record of 3-1/2 buoys at 41-feet off.
  • No. 4 Chet Raley vs. No. 5 Kyle Tate: A mild upset in the works as Kyle (1-1/2 buoys at 41-feet off) has a half buoy edge on Chet.

With two weekends and both the Southern and South Central regional championships left in July, there is still plenty of time for participants to put up some big scores.

Round 1′s bracket selection contest closed for entries on July 12th, but everyone will have another chance to enter and win when Round 2 begins in August.

Click here to learn more about the bracket challenge.