Today GOODE released the FlexTail™, the company’s most revolutionary ski since it introduced the carbon fiber water ski in 1994.
The FlexTail features an innovative nano carbon fiber backbone and through-cut support ribs, making the ski the first ever designed to flex laterally in the tail, left to right.
“Our major goal was to design a ski that was as efficient as possible from the buoy to the first wake,” says Dave Goode, president and founder of GOODE Skis. “While previous skis have only been able to flex longitudinally and torsionally, the FlexTail is the first ever ski to flex laterally as well. This extra dimension of ski design allows the ski to maintain speed after the buoy and into the wake, creating a more efficient turn that pushes less water. It carries so much speed from the buoy line that it gives you a whole new look at the course. You’ll be up course, nearly ahead of the boat with a tight line.”
The lateral flex is enabled by three diagonal cuts all the way through the ski between the bindings and the tail end of the ski. The one-millimeter slots form ribs, and when combined with the backbone, a patent-pending endoskeleton that gives the tail the ability to flex one way or another, depending on which side you are turning. To visualize, imagine a shark’s tail moving left and right, back and forth.
One of the many Team GOODE skiers who has been impressed with the FlexTail has been the No. 1 ranked Men’s slalom skier in the world, Chris Parrish.
Parrish has been on the ski for nearly two months and has put up huge scores on it. Three times already this season Parrish has equaled his top score from all of the 2014 season, 1.5 buoys at 43 feet off.
“I’ve just been blown away by this ski,” said Chris, who rode the FlexTail to the highest single score at last weekend’s Swiss Pro Slalom event. “No matter how hard I charge the turn, no matter how short the rope, the ski is just there with me in the turns. It keeps my speed up, builds huge angle and then, bam, I’m off to the next buoy nice and early. I’ve never been so excited about a ski, or an upcoming season.”
Another early-season success for the ski during its testing phase was the first Nautique Big Dawg World Tour event of the year in Acapulco, Mexico, in April. Skiers on the FlexTail finished first and second as Chad Scott earned the win and Dave Miller finished runner up.
“We’ve been so excited about the FlexTail that it’s been very hard to keep everything under wraps,” said Dave. When you have that eureka moment you want to share it with everybody, but there are numerous steps you have to go through until a ski is truly ready. It feels great to be able to share this ski with everyone and let them experience what we’ve been feeling for the last few months.”
The FlexTail is available now in four sizes: 63.75″ (up to 110 lbs.), 65.25″ (110-150 lbs.), 66.50″ (150-190 lbs.) and 67.75″ (over 190 lbs.). The price is $1,890 and comes with GOODE’s five-year warranty and its re-introduced $25.00, two-week demo program.