Dane Mechler won the biggest title of his promising career as GOODE skiers took three of six slalom medals at the 7th Under 21 Water Ski World Championships, held last weekend at the Seseña Waterski & Wakeboard Complex in Toledo, Spain.
Dane, representing the U.S., scored 2 buoys at 41 off to earn the win, while his fellow GOODE skier Brando Caruso earned the bronze medal for Italy with 4 buoys at 39. The Dominican Republic’s Robert Pigozzi (4.5 at 39) finished second.
In Women’s slalom GOODE skiers and German sisters Chiara and Giannina Bonnemann finished third and fourth, respectively. Canada’s Taryn Grant and Samantha Dumala of the U.S. finished first and second.
Giannina also won the Women’s overall gold medal.
In the team competition, the U.S. won gold, while Belarus, France, Great Britain and Italy rounded out the top five.
Freddie Winter continues to serve notice to the slalom world with a big victory in Europe over the weekend.
The 2013 Worlds bronze medalist added to his growing resume by winning the 2014 European Championships in Melice, Czech Republic.
Freddie scored 1-1/4 buoys at 41 off to edge fellow GOODE Team skier and multiple time World and European champion Thomas Degasperi, who scored 1 at 41. With Thomas the top seed and still to come in the final round, Freddie made an extraordinary effort (check out the video here) to get outside two ball and secure the quarter buoy that would end up being the deciding margin.
Joining Freddie and Thomas on the leaderboard were GOODE skiers Martin Bartalsky (4th with 1 @ 41), Daniel Odvarko (5th with 4.5 at 39) and Carlo Allais (6th with 3 @ 39).
On the Women’s side GOODE skiers Chaira Bonnemann took fifth in slalom, while her sister, Giannina, finished second in overall.
The Northern Hemisphere ski season is in full swing as evidenced by the number of big tournaments over the weekend. And where there were big tournaments, there were GOODE skiers putting up big scores.
The Aquaplex in Austin, Texas, was the site of two record-breaking performances. Disabled V1 skier Mike Royal set a pending world audio slalom record of 4.5 buoys at 38 off, topping his own current record of 4 at 38. Last summer he set pending records that topped out at 0.5 at 41, but thy were not approved by the IWWF. Bailey Austin continued to mark herself as one of the sport’s future stars by tying the current U.S. National Girls 3 record of 1 at 39-1/2 off.
Dave Miller continued his amazing season on the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour, taking third place, posting the highest score of the weekend in the process, at the Seattle stop Broho Lake ski club. Jeff Rodgers finished first with Greg Badal second. In the three Big Dawg events he’s entered this season, Dave has two wins and a third-place finish.
Paducah, Kentucky’s Average Joes Vs. Bikini Pros tournament featured two events and GOODE skiers won them both. Regina Jaquess held off a slew of top-ranked Master Men’s and Open Women’s skiers to earn the 34 mph title, while Tyler Scott won the pro 36 mph event, with his fellow GOODE skiers Dane Mechler and Sam Jackson joining him on the podium.
At the inaugural Pan American Olympic Festival in Morelos, Mexica, Erika Lang won gold medalsin tricksand overall, and a silver medal in slalom. The event was a first-year water ski and wakeboard event hosted by the Pan American Sports Organization.
And last but certainly not least, GOODE skiers took home two golds and a silver medal at the European Under 21 Championships in Recetto, Italy. Brando Caruso took home the Men’s title to add to the Jr. Masters championship he won earlier this year, while the Bonnemann sisters, Chaira and Giannina, took first and second, respectively in the Women’s event.