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Ski Paradise Announces GOODE Week

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.

Spots are limited and going fast. To register or learn more about GOODE Week at Ski Paradise, visit http://www.skiparadise.com/reservations.html.

Dave Goode to receive AWSEF Award of Distinction

GOODE Skis founder and president Dave Goode has been announced as a 2014 recipient of the American Water Ski Educational Foundation’s Award of Distinction.

In announcing the award, the AWSEF had this to say about Dave:

“Goode, the founder and president of Goode Ski Technologies, has shown broad support of three-event water skiing as a competitor, official, tournament host and organizer, sponsor, and industry innovator. He is recognized throughout the world as a leader in carbon fiber technology and as a pioneer in ski building. He also is a highly respected ski set-up technician and shares his knowledge and experience with many of the world’s top athletes and coaches.”

The Award of Distinction was created to recognize many individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to our sport. They may include tournament skiers, innovators, industry leaders, officials and others responsible for landmark achievements in the development of water skiing as well as those whose long periods of dedicated and generous service deserve special recognition.

Dave and his fellow Award of Distinction honorees – Mike Botti, Danny Churchill, Charlotte Melchers, and Sherm Schraft – along with 2014 Hall of Fame inductee Cheryl Orloff, will be honored during the AWSEF’s 32nd annual induction ceremony April 12, in Polk City, Fla.

For more information, visit waterskihalloffame.com.

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.

VIDEO: Regina ties her own world record of 3@41′ off

After setting the Women’s slalom world record of 3 buoys at 41-feet off at Cedar Ridge in June 2012, Regina returned to the lake again in June 2013 and tied the record again.

In this video interview, Dave Goode talks with Regina about her record tying feat and what it is like to ski on her Goode NANO ONE.

Raw bonus footage is included at the end of the interviews.

Video: Regina’s record-breaking Masters victory

Goode Skis founder and president Dave Goode was on hand to watch Regina Jaquess’ electrifying victory at the 2013 Masters.  After the win, which she earned with a course record 3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off, she talked to Dave about her approach heading into the final round and her year-plus unbeaten streak on her Goode NANO ONE.

Need some world-class coaching? Pacific Slalom to host its first Summer Session clinic in Bakersfield, Calif., on May 31st. Nick Parsons featured coach with Dave Miller, Dave Goode and Steve Cesnauskas on hand to help with ski selection and set up. Call 858.353.2915 to RSVP.

Goode Skis to sponsor and host demo day at 2013 Atlanta Pro Am

SOURCE: BallofSpray Atlanta Pro Am Water Ski Tournament press release

ATLANTA – APRIL 8, 2013 – The BallofSpray Atlanta Pro Am Water Ski Tournament is proud to announce that Goode Skis has agreed to sponsor the BallOfSpray Atlanta Pro Am for the second-consecutive year and host a Demo Day Thursday, May 24th 2013, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Atlanta’s Princeton Lake prior to the Pro Am Tournament.

Skiers across the world have ridden Goode’s NANO ONE to countless personal bests and tournament victories, including the world’s No. 1 Women’s slalom skier, Regina Jaquess, who set a new world record and won the 2012 U.S. Masters on it.  The ski’s big victories also include the 2012 Big Dawg Championships and Masters Men U.S. National Title. Goode Skis founder and owner, Dave Goode, will personally be on hand during the demo day to assist with set up and testing of the ski.

“We are excited to introduce even more skiers to the NANO ONE,” said Dave.  “It’s the best ski we’ve ever had and we look forward to showing skiers just how much it will improve their skiing.”

Goode Skis has a history with the Atlanta Pro Am, playing a major role last year as the title sponsor and contributing to the success of this growing event. Also, both the 2012 Atlanta Pro Am professional event’s Men and Women titles were both won on Goode skis, by Thomas Degasperi and Regina, respectively.

“We are proud to once again support the event and the pro-am format which gets people from all levels of the sport involved,” Dave said.

The Atlanta Pro Am will exclusively use Goode BubbleBuoys turn buoys throughout the weekend.  BubbleBuoys reduce risk of skier injury by compressing when struck by a ski then bouncing back to its original round shape once the skier passes.  Traditional, compressed-air filled buoys do not compress or easily dislodge in the water, instead transferring the full force of impact to the ski and ultimately the skier.

Princeton Lake is located in southwest Atlanta and is hosting the BallOfSpray Atlanta Pro Am for the second consecutive year during Memorial Day Weekend. However, this is the first year the Demo Day program has been added to the event. Skiers of all levels are invited to partake in the Demo Days prior to the event and then compete in the C-class tournament held Saturday, Sunday and along side the professional skiers on Monday.

“The addition of the Demo Days turns Memorial Day weekend into the ideal waterskier’s weekend,” said George Obser, Atlanta Pro Am Event Director.

“It provides an opportunity for slalom enthusiasts to try the newest products on the market with the best skiers in the world. Then they have an opportunity to compete themselves and can even make the quick trip to Callaway Gardens to watch the world’s best compete at the prestigious 54th US Masters. The addition of the Demo Days creates a perfectly packaged weekend for any hardcore skier.”

To sign up for the 2013 BallOfSpray Atlanta Pro Am Goode Skis Demo Day, please email John Horton, Demo Day Coordinator at horton@ballofspray.com. Guest list will be created on a first come, first serve basis.

Goode carbon race skis take podiums at USSA Masters Nationals

Goode’s soon-to-be-released line of new carbon fiber race skis captured multiple top-five finishes at the USSA Masters Nationals last weekend in Big Sky, Mont.

On the strength of fourth and fifth place finishes in giant slalom and super-G, respectively, Tim Itin finished third overall in the Men’s 6 division.  In Women’s 7, Dawn Goode took second place in downhill, fourth in both super-G and giant slalom, and fifth overall.
Dawn Goode charges Big Sky.

“I was really excited to see Tim and Dawn ski so well on our new race skis,” said Dave Goode president and founder of Goode Skis.  “Dawn’s downhill ski was just built on Friday and then to have her podium just a few days later was truly exciting.  Then to watch Tim podium in the overall capped off a great week of racing.”

The big results come after Dawn earned two giant slalom victories during the season-long Jan’s Cup Series and both Dave and Dawn taking second place in their respective divisions at the USSA Masters Intermountain races held at Snowbasin resort in Utah.

Goode Skis is the first and only company building pure carbon fiber race skis.  The skis are expected to become widely available this fall.

Dealer profile: Lee Quaglia and Aspen East

For more than 30 years, Lee Quaglia and his shop, Aspen East, have been welcoming skiers and boarders to Killington with a huge inventory of top-of-the-line products, expert technical know-how, great customer service, and for the last 20 years, GOODE carbon fiber ski poles.

We recently had a chance to talk with Lee about his shop, how the 2012/2013 season is shaping up, why he’s carried GOODE products for so long, and what his customers like about them. Here is our conversation:

GOODE: Killington has been open for a few weeks, how’s the season looking so far for Aspen East?

Lee: So far it’s OK. It started out very well and every two to three days we’ve seen new trails open. Killington has made a commitment to snowmaking this year that they have not done the past three or four years, so it’s really a much better early season effort.

GOODE: Are the long-range forecasts calling for more snow at Killington this year?

Lee: Well I think the best forecast would be to check back with me in April and I could tell you how it went. The Weather Channel and National Weather Service seem to say that we’ll have an average snow year. That would certainly be better than last year, which was the worst year I’ve seen in 40 years of doing this.

GOODE: A lot of shops had tough times last year because of poor snow totals, but not many also had to deal with a tropical storm that cut you off from the rest of the world for a period of time. How did Irene impact you last year?

Lee: It was a disaster in the beginning because we had no road to the west for 2-1/2 miles and to the east there was a gap of about a quarter mile, so we couldn’t have any tractor trailers or deliveries for 19 days until that opened and even then it was a single-lane, makeshift road.

At first, people thought Vermont was completely closed, and then we had a resurgence around Thanksgiving. But then the season went down the drain and it really never snowed. There is nothing you can do about that.

GOODE: You’ve carried GOODE carbon poles for more than 20 years now, why have you been so loyal to them?

Lee: We ran into Dave Goode when he just had one or two different types of poles in the very beginning at a trade show at Stratton Mountain. I picked up the pole and I went ‘wow this is totally different than anything out there.’ Basically the pole game is either that it’s a high-end pole that only a few people buy, or it’s a down-and-dirty-pole that someone buys with a package or it’s just something they need at that moment.

GOODE poles really address an overview of everybody who can appreciate the feeling and quality of a high-end pole and they last forever. Nothing ever goes wrong with them. The only reason anybody would probably buy another set is because theirs got stolen.

GOODE: What are the poles’ key benefits?

Lee: The No. 1 benefit, especially with the higher-end poles, is that the grip is adjustable. It goes up three or four inches, which is basically the depth of the physical grip itself. For example, if you buy a 50-inch pole, it’ll go down to 47 inches. So you spin it down to 47 inches and then you say, ‘you know it’s too short, I want it at 48 inches,’ you haven’t committed to cutting the pole. You can just thread it back up, lock it off and away you go.

And especially when you go into the higher-end poles, there is a much lighter swing weight and easier throw to them. So for someone who is really a skiing purest, or is looking for something that’s certainly better than the average aluminum pole, GOODEs stand out. And because they are made of carbon, there is a flex to the shaft of the pole that really takes some of the shock you’re your elbow and arm. If you are an Eastern skier who is planting that pole over and over again on hard pack or icy conditions, anything that takes the shock out of your arm and wrists is a good thing.

GOODE: What kind of feedback do you get back from customers who’ve bought GOODE poles?

Lee: I think the best feedback is that they continue to buy GOODE poles and don’t switch to another brand. When they do buy a new pole, they either go for the same one they’ve had or maybe upgrade to another GOODE pole.

GOODE: Your shop has really embraced internet retailing. How much of a part of the business is it for you?

Lee: Here at Aspen East we have two online stores: AspenEast.com and SurftheEarthSnowboards.com. Surf the Earth is the snowboard section and Aspen East is ski. We’ve been doing this for over ten years and each year we’ve seen increases with them. It’s kept us moving forward as opposed to either just hanging on or losing market share.

GOODE: From a retailer’s standpoint, what are the challenges facing the industry right now?

Lee: One major challenge is the weather, because it didn’t snow in the big cities last year, Boston and New York, so out of site out of mind. You always think that if they are blowing snow the skiing is good, and that’s true if you are here locally. But if you are the guy sitting there in New York City and it’s 55 degrees, you are not getting that heads up to go skiing no matter how much advertising is being done.

Also, with the immediacy of smartphones and all the new technology that is out there, people are just not committing to that two to four, six-week ahead of time reservation that they did even a few years ago. They are waiting for the optimum last minute to pull the trigger to come on a specific weekend or when they have the time off. It’s a challenge at best.

GOODE: You’ve twice been named New England Shop of the Year by Skiing Magazine. What’s your secret to success?

Lee: First of all we are very fortunate to be in a highly populated ski area and have a lot of people that come in and out of here, as opposed to being maybe only a very good shop without a lot of people coming in and out. We have a population base going for us. Second, we’re on the main east/west corridor of Vermont, Route 4 and Route 100 and we’re in Killington which is the major ski area centrally located in the middle of the state. It’s very easy to get here, five hours from New York, three hours from Boston.

We try to offer as many things as we can to basically a higher-end person, not necessarily money wise, but someone who is committed to the sport because they are a snow lover and we understand that. Everybody who works here either skis or rides or both and they are out there five, six, seven days a week enjoying their sport.