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T-Gas wins 2015 Bracket Challenge, contestant swerve_6 wins five-way tie for fan contest grand prize

In the first ever GOODE Bracket Challenge faceoff between 36 and 34 mph skiers, Thomas Degasperi earned the win by edging Dave Miller, 3 at 41 off to 2 at 41 off.

Thomas’ win concludes a four-month virtual tournament that featured two halves of a bracket: one for 34 mph skiers and the other for 36.  T-Gas had to beat Dane Mechler, Chris Parrish, and Daniel Odvarko to advance to the finals, while Dave also had to survive a tough lineup of Chet Raley, Ben Favret and Greg Badal for the right to ski in the last bracket.

While the competition was tough among skiers, it was even more fierce in the online fan contest.  Five of the record 341 contestants ultimately tied for first place – boz’s picks, LLUSA, swerve_6, Wbaski and Win ski – with the tiebreaker ultimately deciding the winner.  swerve_6 - aka Jack Lyons - correctly picked the winning score of the final round, 3 at 41, to win the tiebreaker. Clearly, Jack is pretty good at the Bracket Challenge game, as he took third place in last year’s contest.

Click here for the final skiers bracket, and here for the final fan contest standings.

T-Gas, Dave Miller to face off in Bracket Challenge Finals

And then there were two.

Thomas Degasperi and Dave Miller have emerged from tough brackets to claim the final two spots in the GOODE Bracket Challenge.

In the 36 mph bracket, Thomas needed a tiebreaker to edge Daniel Odvarko, as both had a top score of 2 buoys at 41-feet off during the month of September. With the tiebreaker going to their second-highest score, Thomas picked up the win, 2 at 41 to Daniel’s 1.5 at the same rope length.

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On the 34 mph side, Dave Miller and Greg Badal also tied, with scores of 3.5 at 41 off, but the off-the-water injury that ended Greg’s season prevented him from moving on.

That sets up a head-to-head championship bracket featuring two of the most decorated skiers in recent history. Thomas is a two-time world champion and multiple-time Moomba, Masters and Malibu Open winner, while over the past decade-plus Dave has become one of the elite 34 mph skiers in the world, winning multiple Big Dawg tour stops and season titles.

In the final round, speed is not taken into consideration to determine the bracket winner. The rope length and number of buoys is the sole determinant of the winner. For example, if Dave scores 3 buoys at 41 off (at 34 mph), he would beat a hypothetical score from Thomas of 2 buoys at 41 off (36 mph).

Online Fan Contest Down to Three

More than 300 fans may have entered Bracket Challenge’s online contest, but only three are still in the running.

In third place after the Elite 8, boz’s picks jumped both LLUSA and swerve_6 to land in the top spot heading into the final round. But only boz’s picks selected Dave to win it all (LLUSA and swerve_6 picked Chris Parrish), so if he wins, so does boz’s picks. If Thomas wins, the contest will be determined by who’s tiebreaker score is closest to Thomas ultimately winning score.

For the skiers’ bracket, click here. Click here for the fan contest standings.

Degasperi vs. Odvarko, Miller vs. Badal in GOODE Bracket Challenge Final Four

The 2015 GOODE Bracket Challenge Final Four is set, with an unexpected injury shaking up the online fan contest standings.

Thomas Degasperi and Daniel Odvarko will face off in the 36 mph bracket, while Dave Miller and Greg Badal will go against each other in the 34 mph side.

Chris Parrish, the No. 1 36 mph seed and the most popular fan pick to win the tournament did not ski in round 2 (the month of August) due to a shoulder injury. Therefore, he didn’t post a score during his head-to-head match up with Thomas, so Thomas advances.

That sets up an intriguing 36 mph finale between two European skiers who have battled it out recently, both in the U.S. and abroad. They are currently ranked Nos. 4 and 5 on the IWWF Elite Rankings List and are expected to ski against each other at the California Pro Am later this month in Sacramento, Calif.

Two skiers who are skiing extremely well right now will face off on the 34 mph side. Dave Miller’s top score in August was an impressive 4 buoys at 41 off, while Greg Badal was right behind him with 3.5 buoys at 41 off, not to mention the 2.5 at the same line length he scored to win the Master Men’s national title at last month’s GOODE Water Ski National Championships.

The end of Chris’ tournament run dramatically altered the online fan contest, as it eliminated the possibility of anyone picking the perfect bracket. Currently, LLUSA and swerve_6 are tied for first place, although both picked Chris to win. Thirteen other fans are tied for third, but only one of them, boz’s picks, has a final champion pick that is still alive in the tournament.

For the master bracket, click here, or here for the fan contest standings.

Two upsets highlight first round of GOODE Bracket Challenge; 6 fans’ brackets remain perfect

The first round of the GOODE Bracket Challenge has concluded with a former winner and former final four-er on the outside looking in.

Regina Jaquess, the 2013 Bracket Challenge champion and No. 3 seed on the 34 mph side of the bracket, was eliminated by Ben Favret, with a first round score 1 buoy at 41 off to Ben’s 2-1/2 buoys at 41. Regina’s score was no doubt hampered by tough conditions at her only two tournaments of the month: the Malibu Cup and the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto. The Malibu Cup featured challenging weather conditions that ultimately forced the cancellation of the final round, while the Pan Ams were conducted in fairly rough conditions on a temporary tournament site located on Lake Ontario.

In the second upset of the first round, the No. 7 seed Greg Badal topped No. 2 seed and 2014 final four skier Jay Leach, 3 buoys at 41 off to 1-1/2 at 41.

Chris Parrish, Thomas Degasperi, Daniel Odvarko and Carlo Allais all advanced on the 36 mph side, while Jeremy Newby-Ricci and Dave Miller join Greg and Ben in the second round on the 34 mph side. The second round will be comprised of all scores in August, including the 73rd GOODE Water Ski National Championships and Malibu Open.

In the online fan contest, only six of the 342 brackets submitted remain perfect. Interestingly, all six perfect brackets pick Chris Parrish to win, so if he happens to fall short there will likely be a major shakeup in the standings.

Click here for the skier’s bracket, and here for the fan contest standings.

Round 1/July scores

Parrish 5.5@41
Morgan 3.5@38

Degasperi 4@41
Mechler 2@41

Odvarko* 3@41, 2@41
Bartalsky 3@41, 2@41
*tie broken by head-to-head scores at Malibu Cup, 3 vs. 2 @41 for Odvarko

Allais 2@41, 2@41
Finlayson 2@41, 5@39

Newby-Ricci 3@41
Tate 0.5@41

Leach 1.5@41
Badal 3@41

Jaquess 1@41
Favret 2.5@41

Miller 2.5@41
Raley 2@41

Greg Badal wins, Dave Miller second at Broho Big Dawg

The fourth and final 2015 qualifier of the Big Dawg World Tour ended as the first one did: with a GOODE skier atop the podium (see video above).

Greg Badal put up a huge score of 3 buoys at 41 off in the finals to edge fellow GOODE skier Dave Miller to win the Broho Big Dawg last weekend in Graham, Wash.  Greg joins Chad Scott (Acapulco) as the other GOODE skier with a win on this year’s tour.

GOODE skiers Todd Johnson, Kyle Tate, Greg Sund, Steve Allen and Marc Shaw joined Badal and Miller in the Sweet 16. Full results here.

The Big Dawg Finals will be held in October in Orlando, Fla., in conjunction with the Nautique U.S. Open Water Ski Championships.

Enter the GOODE Bracket Challenge for the chance to win the all-new FlexTail

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The GOODE Virtual Water Ski Bracket Challenge™ is back and features its best ever field of competitors.

In addition to many of the world’s best 34 mph skiers, the 2015 Bracket Challenge features a who’s who of 36 mph skiers as well. Now names like Parrish, Degasperi and Finlayson have joined the likes of Jaquess, Miller and Newby-Ricci.

Once again fans will be able to test their skiing knowledge and enter their own March-Madness like brackets. The fan with the best bracket will win a FREE GOODE FlexTail, while other top finishers will receive GOODE prize packages. But you can’t win if you don’t enter. Fill out and submit your bracket here before the July 23rd entry deadline.

The overall bracket will have two halves – one for 36 and the other for 34 mph skiers – with a winner from each bracket facing off against each other for the Bracket Challenge title. In the final round, speed is not taken into consideration to determine the bracket winner. The rope length and number of buoys is the sole determinant of the winner. For example, if Regina Jaquess scored 3 buoys at 41 off (at 34 mph), she would beat Trent Finlayson’s score of 2 buoys at 41 off (36 mph).

To fill out and submit a bracket, or for more information, including rules, click here.

Introducing the all new GOODE FlexTail™, the first ski with a tail that turns

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.

To order, visit store.goode.com, call 1-888-GO-GOODE or visit the GOODE dealer near you.

Chad Scott wins, Team GOODE takes top-4 spots at Big Dawg Mexico

Chad Scott topped Dave Miller in the head-to-head finals and six of the Elite 8 rode GOODEs as the first stop in the 2015 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour concluded today at Ski Paradise in Acapulco, Mexico.

Chad scored 5 at 39-1/2 off to Dave’s 3.5 at the same rope length to earn the win. Fellow GOODE skiers Bruce Dodd finished third, Marc Shaw fourth, Greg Badal sixth, and Todd Ristorcelli seventh.

For complete Sweet 16 results, click here.

The 2014 season by the numbers

As Frank Sinatra once sang, it was a very good year …

How great of a year was it for Team GOODE? Take a look at our 2014 by the numbers:

75 

Percentage of 35+ World slalom titles won on GOODEs

4

MastersMalibu OpenMoomba and U.S. Open victories

3.25

at 41 off, Regina’s latest world record

55

Percentage of U.S. National slalom titles won on GOODEs

4

Buoys Cooper Tate improved the Boys 1 U.S. National Record by

3

Buoys Brooke Baldwin improved the Girls 2 U.S. National record by

#teamGOODE skiers in the top 10 of the Men’s and Women’s IWWF Elite Rankings

5,000

Dollars won by Michael Robinson for picking the perfect GOODE Bracket Challenge bracket

1

The ranking of Chris Parrish and Regina Jaquess on the Men’s and Women’s IWWF World Rankings List

2

Big Dawg Tour stop victories

18

Consecutive years a GOODE has held a world slalom record

Unlimited

Designs possible with GOODE’s new custom graphic capabilities

 

Bracket Challenge Final Four field set

The field is set for next week’s GOODE Bracket Challenge Final Four in Ogden, Utah.

Jeremy Newby-Ricci, Jay Leach, Dave Miller, and Chad Scott are all that’s left of the 32 skiers who began the Bracket Challenge in June. Not making the cut in a minor upset is defending champion and fan favorite Regina Jaquess, whose score of 2 at 41 was topped by Chad’s last tournament round in August, 3 at 41.

The Final Four matchups are:

No. 1. Jeremy Newby-Ricci vs. No. 5. Chad Scott
No. 2. Jay Leach vs. No. 3. Dave Miller

The semi-final round will be held Tuesday, Sept. 9, at GOODE Ski Lake in downtown Ogden. Each skier’s top score from the day’s two rounds will be used to determine who advances to the finals. The finals will be held the next day in a single, winner-take-all round of skiing.

In the fan-submitted brackets contest, one contestant remains in the hunt for the $5,000 perfect bracket grand prize. In order to collect the $5,000, Summer skiOFF needs Jeremy and Dave to advance to the finals, with Jeremy taking the title.

While Summer skiOFF is the only contestant with a shot at a perfect bracket, six other contestants are still in contention to win the top prize, the record-breaking Nano OneXT.