GOODE skiers took home eight medals at last weekend’s Pan American Senior Water Ski Championships in Bujama, Peru. The event
featured international 3-event competition in four age divisions: 35+, 45+, 55+ and 65+.
Carol Brooks and Dave Phillips led the way for Team GOODE, winning gold medals in Women 55+ and Men 55+ slalom, respectively.
Also medaling in slalom were Renee Jaquess (silver, Women 35+), Alberto Soares (silver, Men 45+), Luca Mantegazza (bronze, Men 35+), Adriana Dementereco (bronze, Women 45+), and Daniel Anderson (bronze, Men 55+).
And in tricks, GOODE Skis founder and president Dave Goode took home the bronze medal in Men 55+.
With the ski season nearly upon us, it’s time to start getting serious about this year’s plan of action. For many people that includes getting a new slalom stick.
With two distinct shapes – the Nano 1/XT and RéV 6 – GOODE has a top-of-the-line ski for every shortline skier, as well as those who want to become one. So, which one is right for you?
We recently asked Dave Goode a few questions about the 2017 lineup and what types of skiers are suited for the two shapes.
Which characteristics of the Nano 1/XT and RéV 6 are similar to each other, and which characteristics are unique to each shape?
Dave: One way in which they are both similar is that they are both tournament tested, high-performing skis. At the 2016 Big Dawg Finals, 13 of the Sweet 16 were on GOODEs. Six were on the Nano 1 or XT, six were on the RéV 6 and one was on an XTM, so both shapes are capable of winning titles and putting up big-time scores.
Ways in which they are different really come down to a skier’s technical proficiency. If a skier is technically proficient, they will probably like the RéV 6 more and get more buoys out of it. That ski has a higher top end and someone with good technique will ultimately be able to take that ski further down the line. Conversely, the Nano 1/XT is probably a scrappier shape; it’s performance window is a bit bigger than the RéV 6. You can be less than perfect on it and it’s still going to keep you in the pass at your hardest line lengths.
Are there certain skiing styles that favor one shape over the other?
Dave: I’d say that the RéV 6 responds better to a more “flow-y” style of skiing, whereas the Nano 1/XT is probably better suited for a more aggressive skier. The RéV 6 carries more speed through the turn so you don’t really have to do much, whereas the Nano 1/XT you can come into the buoy in pretty much any shape and you are going to come out of the buoy with good angle and acceleration. Skiers who do well on the RéV 6 generally have a longer turning radius, while on the Nano 1/XT they like a shorter turn radius. One likes to let the ski make the turn for them while the other provides more input into the ski in the turn.
Can you name skiers whose individual styles fit the two different shapes?
Dave: I’d say for the RéV 6 it’s guys like Brian Detrick and Greg Badal, who won national titles last year in Open Men and Masters Men on that ski. And Chad Scott, who won the North Carolina Big Dawg stop on it last year. Those guys don’t rush things; they rely on superb technique and are very, very efficient. Then you have guys like Dave Miller, Martin Bartalsky and Dane Mechler who really seem suited for the Nano 1/XT. They are more aggressive and like that shorter turn radius. They have great technique too, but have a bit of a different mindset and approach in the course.
Why have two shapes?
Dave: Well it certainly would make manufacturing easier by just having one shape, but the reality is that there isn’t just one type of skier out there. We want to help all skiers ski better, not just the ones who can only ride one shape. We feel pretty good that by offering these two shapes we are providing people with choices and that the end result will be them getting a ski that works really well for them.
How can someone try a ski?
Dave: Nothing beats trying a ski at your home site in conditions you are used to, which is why I think our two-week demo program is a great way for skiers to try a new ski. Call us at 1-888-GO-GOODE or visit goode.com to learn more.
Entering it’s 20th uninterrupted year with a world record to its name, GOODE Skis is once again transforming ski design and performance with the RéV 6, a giant leap forward for the FlexTail, a ski that powered Chris Parrish to the No. 1 spot on the IWWF world rankings list, won multiple Big Dawg titles and pushed skiers across the globe to countless new line lengths.
The magic in the all-new RéV 6 lies in it’s highly refined length-to-width ratios. A rigorous R&D process discovered a longer length that works in perfect harmony with the lateral flex induced by the FlexTail – creating the speed and stability of a longer ski and the turning characteristics of a shorter one. The result is a ski universally loved by GOODE’s testing and design teams.
“It’s the best ski I’ve ever ridden,” says Chet Raley, a world-renown coach, Men’s senior world slalom champion and a key member of the R&D team. “The FlexTail to me was mind blowing, but there was more work to be done, as is always the case with all things, like cars, boats and skis. The work over the winter was relentless, but we took the FlexTail and made it a way better ski. This ski accentuates the FlexTail technology better than the original ski did. It’s more stable, more balanced tip-to-tail and side-to-side. It maintains a really tight turning radius without destabilizing the ski.”
The higher length-to-width ratio is manifest by additional length between the boots and the fin, in essence elongating the tail of the ski.
“You have more ski behind you so you can ride a bigger ski, utilize the advantages that that offers, but still be able to turn it because the FlexTail technology is giving you a huge assist,” said Dave GOODE, founder and president of GOODE Skis. “That extra length in the tail generates more speed from the buoy line to the first wake, leaving you up-course and ahead of the boat, all with more line control and less physical exertion and fatigue.”
The RéV 6 is the result of an R&D process that began as soon as the FlexTail hit the market last year, with the testing and design team focused on taking full advantage of the industry-first lateral flex found in the FlexTail technology.
“Whenever there is a huge leap forward in technology in any industry or sport, it takes a bit of time – and a lot of hard work – to fully maximize the potential,” says Goode. “The extra year of R&D has allowed us to do that with the RéV 6 and it’s paying off for the test team in extra buoys.”
For World No. 1 Regina Jaquess, the extra R&D led to a ski that is markedly better than the FlexTail, and has her skiing a preferred style of skiing.
“The FlexTail was a great ski, but now we have this 12 months of data from everyone skiing on it at different lengths and different conditions,” said Regina Jaquess, the Women’s slalom world record holder and two-time defending world champion. “The biggest thing is I feel it’s lighter in the course, and of course we want to be light, we want to have that feeling of being light.”
The RéV 6 will come with GOODE’s standard five-year warranty and 30-day money back guarantee, and will be available in six sizes: 64”, 65”, 66”, 66.5”, 67”, and 68”.
Skiers wanting to order the RéV 6 can add their names to a waiting list beginning on March 3rd. Orders are expected to begin shipping in mid-March.
The XT was a very successful ski. How is the FlexTail different?
Dave Goode: The XT marked the end of an era of exoskeleton-designed skis. Over the years, we refined and pushed that traditional construction method as far as it could go. The FlexTail, with its endoskeleton design, marks the beginning of a whole new design direction.
How do the backbone and ribs work together?
Dave: In order to get the FlexTail to flex laterally, we needed to narrow the width of the ski. But because we still need to support the skier’s weight, we needed to keep the surface area about the same. So we devised a load carrying backbone that can flex laterally along with ribs, which provide the needed surface area.
Does the tail really flex?
Dave: Absolutely. We spent a lot of the R&D process finding the right width to make the slots in the tail. It was very apparent when the slots were too big, creating too much flex, and when they weren’t big enough you really saw performance results decrease. The tail flexes and you can really feel it.
At the end of the day, how does this new technology help people ski better?
Dave: There are two main benefits of the FlexTail over the XT and other skis designed with exoskeletons. First, because the FlexTail can flex laterally, it is more efficient from the buoy line to the first wake. Skiers are able to run an earlier line. Secondly, the FlexTail comes through the turn lighter. When you ski lighter, you don’t provoke the high horse-powered boats equipped with ZeroOff, resulting in better skiing and more buoys.
What have been some of the early results on the ski?
Dave: I think the most visible results have been from Chris Parrish. He had a good year last year, enough to put him on top of the IWWF world rankings list, but since he’s gotten on the FlexTail he is putting up monster scores. He’s already seen 43 off as many times this early in the season as he did all of 2014. It’s sport, so you can never say anything for sure, but I’d be surprised if he didn’t get to three ball this season.
We’ve heard about a lot of other successes too. Mike Morgan got 2-1/4 buoys at 41 off (36mph) just the other day. That’s his best score since 1992. 1992! The day after getting on the FlexTail Lonnie Harris got his best tournament score in three years. Martin Bartalsky unboxed a ski in the middle of a tournament and tied his all-time PB his second set.
These are the types of stories that have us feeling pretty good about the ski.
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.
Dave Miller rode his GOODE Nano OneXT to victory at the Big Dawg Mexico stop yesterday in Guadalajara, Mexico, beating fellow Team GOODE member Chad Scott in the finals to win his second Big Dawg victory in less than a year.
In the Final Four round, Dave topped Andy Mapple and Chad took out Greg Badal to reach the finals. Other GOODE skiers advancing to the Sweet 16 included Alberto Soares, Dave Goode, Jose Saad, Francisco Angel, and Bruce Dodd.
This weekend’s event in Mexico was the first Big Dawg stop since last season’s finals, in which GOODE skier Jeremy Newby-Ricci took the title and the top-four finishers were all on GOODEs.
A large contingent of Team GOODE skiers are expected to participate in the tournament, including Alberto Soares, Dave Miller, Dave Goode, Chad Scott, Jose Saad, Francisco Angel, and Bruce Dodd.
Click here for updates throughout the two-day event.
The Mexico stop is the first event of the five-tournament series. The tour culminates with the Big Dawg Championships, held Aug. 14-15, in conjunction with the GOODE Water Ski National Championships in San Marcos, Texas. At last year’s Big Dawg Finals, the top-four spots were won by GOODE skiers.
After an extensive research and development cycle that was double the length of any previous product, GOODE Skis has released its most revolutionary ski yet.
With an all-new material, completely redesigned rocker and bevels, and a hull that will take the industry by surprise, the latest in a long line of groundbreaking innovations is sure to get people on the starting dock to take notice.
Gordon Rathbun’s world famous Ski Paradise has announced a special GOODE Week for January 4-11, 2014.
In addition to the usual Ski Paradise amenities, which include luxury accommodations, imaginative cuisine, numerous sporting activities, and wonderful Acapulco beaches and weather, GOODE Week includes:
Instruction from two-time world champion Thomas Degasperi
Ski set up and tuning with Dave Goode
A fleet of GOODEs on hand to demo
A $250 rebate on any GOODE skis purchased or ordered during the week, and
A special $250 discount from Ski Paradise for GOODE skiers.