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GOODE skier improves 6 loops in 3 years

Not too long ago we heard about a guy out west who in three years went from being a 15-off skier to getting into 39-1/2 off. Our first thought: how?  So, we asked.

Ladies and gentlemen, we give you Orondo, Washington’s Steve Burdick, the guy who in three short years has put a whole lot more rope in the boat.  

GOODE: Where do you ski and who do you ski with?

Steve: I live on the Columbia River in Central Washington. Most days I ski a slalom course on the river in front of my house. Last year I joined the Rock Island Ski Club (RISC) for a more private setting near home and the Fraser Valley Water Ski Club (FVWSC) in Abbotsford, British Columbia, where I ski when visiting my wife’s family in Canada. When at home on the Columbia and at RISC, I ski with a few local vacation home owners, but mostly my wife Carolyn and our two children Sarah (age two) and Jayden (age four). When at the FVWSC I ski with a more experienced slalom crowd, including Dave Miller. Recently, I have been fortunate enough to travel occasionally to Southern California during the winter to ski at Imperial Lakes with him and Paul Donatt.

GOODE: Last year you started getting into 39-1/2 off, but just three years ago you were trying to just run 15 off. You realize that’s not normal, right?

Steve: Apparently not, but the equipment and guys I am skiing with and listening to aren’t exactly normal either, they are top notch! In 2011 I was able to refine enough of my technique to get the speed up to 34.2 mph on Zero Off and ran my first 15 off passes. I then decided to change to a GOODE ski and Powershell 5s at the end of the season. In 2012, I began running 22 and 28 off with consistency and would run 32 off most of the time and was stuck around 4 ball at 35 off for the rest of that season. I kept thinking to myself “If I can get through most of 35 off with flaws in my technique, what would happen if I got the rest of this stuff figured out? What if I actually had good technique and form?”

In 2013 I switched to the new Nano OneXT and almost right away began running all my 32 off passes and started running 35 more regularly. By the end of the season I was running 35 off consistently and was up to between 3 and 5 ball at 38 off each set. In my last practice session on the Columbia River in October, 38 off went down and I ended the year with a new PB of 2 at 39-1/2 off.

GOODE: How were you able to improve so dramatically, so quickly?

Steve: Simple answer: the right equipment and listening to the right people. I got on a GOODE in 2011 and met Dave Miller for the first time at Albert Dyck Lake in Abbotsford, British Columbia. He was kind enough to ride along in the boat for a couple sets, provide some good suggestions to work on, and help get my ski dialed in. It was also the first time I ever saw anyone run anything shorter than 28 off in person. He made it look easy and was willing to share what seemed to be all of his secrets with a pure stranger. He is dedicated to improving everyone’s skiing and is a great asset to the sport.

After this, I decided I wanted to improve and began skiing more often and really tried to work on the weaknesses in my technique that Dave identified.  He really encouraged me to keep working on the right things. Paul Donatt at Imperial Lakes helped me switch to a two-handed gate this past fall and I am grateful for his help and guidance as well. I still have a long ways to go to ski like these guys, but I am motivated to work hard and up my buoy count again this coming summer and ski as many AWSA tournaments as I can.

GOODE: Why did you choose a GOODE?

Steve: In 2011 I knew it was time to get a new ski. I had been stuck at 15 off and figured my equipment might be holding me back, so I decided to take some advice from BallOfSpray posters and demo a couple high-end skis. After other companies’ skis didn’t seem to really give me much more of an advantage, a club member suggested I try a GOODE. I thought I wasn’t a good enough skier to try a ski like that, but decided to call and order a 66-inch Nano Twist Mid with PowerShell 5 bindings. Best step ever!

GOODE: Broho is hosting a Big Dawg this year. Will we see you there?

Steve: Well, I sent my check and registration to be placed on the wait list. I am very excited to watch and hopefully ski with the guys that run 39-1/2 off in their sleep. I know there will be lots of world-class skiers on GOODE skis tearing it up out there and I am just blessed to have the opportunity to share the lake with these great athletes for the weekend. I will be rooting for one GOODE skier in particular, and will be excited to see him win at Broho and repeat his 2010 Big Dawg Championship.

A very GOODE year: 2013 in review

With a season full of big wins, record-breaking performances and exciting new products, the 2013 season was one of the best ever for GOODE Skis.

Here’s just a few of the highlights from 2013:

Regina’s continued domination – No recap of 2013 could begin any other way than by celebrating the year Regina Jaquess had. Highlights include World championships in both Women’s slalom and overall, slalom titles at the Masters, Malibu Open, World Games, Diablo Shores, and Atlanta Pro Am, a pending world record, a No. 1 ranking on the IWWF world rankings list (by a margin of 2.25 buoys over her closest rival), and an undefeated streak that dates back to March 2012. She even beat some of the top male 34 and 36 mph skiers in the world in two special exhibition tournaments, the GOODE Bracket Challenge and Eagle Sports Challenge.

Team GOODE takes half of slalom medals at 2013 Worlds – Regina wasn’t the only Team GOODE skier standing on the podium at the Worlds, as Freddie Winter and Clementine Lucine each earned bronze medals in Men’s and Women’s slalom, respectively. Additional Team GOODE skiers with top-5 performances included April Coble-Eller and Thomas Degasperi.

Entire Big Dawg Final Four rides GOODEs – GOODEs have dominated the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour – taking eight season titles in the series’ 10-year history – but the 2013 Big Dawg Championships took that dominance to a whole new level. The entire Final Four, six of the Elite Eight, and 10 of the Sweet 16 rode GOODEs. In the end, Great Britain’s Jeremy Newby-Ricci would signal his arrival on the Big Dawg scene by edging defending champion Todd Ristorcelli in the finals. Team GOODE’s Ben Favret, Dave Miller, Jay Leach and Fabrizio Merlo (who scored the upset of the summer by taking out Andy Mapple in the Sweet 16) all joined Jeremy and Todd in the Elite Eight.

GOODEs win majority of titles at U.S. Nationals – As if Nationals week didn’t already go well enough after Team GOODE’s showing at the simultaneously held Big Dawg Finals, an astounding 53 percent of all U.S. national slalom titles were won on GOODEs. Highlights included Regina, Karen Truelove and April going 1-2-3 in Open Women’s slalom and Chad Scott winning his first national title (Mens 3) after finishing second in the division four times.

GOODE Juniors haul in the medals – The future of Team GOODE is bright as junior team skiers performed exceptionally well in four big junior events in 2013. The girls swept slalom at the Junior World Championships as Samantha Dumala, Erika Lang and Kara MacIntyre went 1-2-3. In the boys division, Brando Caruso took the world title while Santiago Robledo finished second. Dane Mecheler and Kara swept Junior Moomba and repeated at the Junior Malibu Open, where Daniel Di Pol won the under 17 event.  And the success continued at the Junior U.S. Open where Dane, Bailey Austin and Lauren Morgan took home titles.

What’s Your Next? –The Nano OneXT took the performance-proven Nano One and did the seemingly impossible – made it even better. A hallmark of the new ski is the groundbreaking AsymRocker, an asymmetrical rocker technology that features different rockers for your on-side and off-side turns, completely eliminating any differences between the two turns. And it seems to be working too as the ski went on to set countless PBs, earned gold and bronze medals at the 2013 Worlds and bagged Big Dawg tour stop championship for Dave Miller.

Mike Royal’s assault on the world record books – GOODE skiers continued to reshape the record books as new marks were reported on a near-weekly basis during the summer. But one skier really stood out. Men’s disabled V1 skier Mike Royal set so many world records this summer it was hard to keep track. He started the season as the world record holder with a score of 2 buoys at 38-feet off and ended it with an amazing new record of 1-/2 buoy at 41 feet off, a mark he set his VERY FIRST TIME on a Nano OneXT!

The GOODE Bracket Challenge debuts – Eight of the World’s best 34 mph squared off virtually in a head-to-head bracket to determine a champion.  Think March Madness on the water. And the best part? Fans could make their own picks and win prizes … with one lucky contestant taking home a new Nano OneXT. In the end, Todd Ristorcelli couldn’t overcome the “Year of Regina,” falling to her in the finals. Be on the lookout for a bigger, better version of the Bracket Challenge in 2014.

T-Gas goes national with TV commercial for 5-Hour Energy – How often have you watched an NFL game and seen a water skier during commercials? Thomas Degasperi helped a worthy cause and scored some great national exposure for water skiing through his Living Beyond Breast Cancer campaign on behalf of 5 Hour Energy. On the water, T-Gas battled injuries throughout the season, but was still able to notch a gold at the World Games and top-five finishes at the Worlds, Moomba, the Euros, Diablo Shores, and the Atlanta Pro-Am.

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.

Bracket Challenge round 1 results in, second round giveaway sign up begins

The first round of the GOODE Virtual Water Ski Bracket ChallengeTM has concluded and what a finish!

[Click here to enter the second round bracket pick 'em contest.]

No. 5 seed Kyle Tate was staring down a buoy-and-a-half deficit to No. 4 seed Chet Raley heading into yesterday’s Last Chance tournament at Victory Lake in Jacksonville, Fla.  But on the very last day of July, and thus the last day of round 1, Kyle put up a huge score of 3 buoys at 41-feet off to punch his ticket into the second round.

Here’s how the first round match ups went down:

  • No. 1 seed Todd Ristorcelli lived up to top billing by posting a score of 3 at 41, enough to edge Jay Leach by a buoy;
  • Kyle’s 3 at 41 took this match up after trailing Chet Raley’s score of 2 at 41 for most of the month;
  • In the second upset of the first round – seeding wise anyway – Regina Jaquess used her world record pending score of 3-1/2 at 41 to top Ben Favret’s 2 at 41;
  • Chad Scott and Dave Miller both tied with 2-1/2 at 41, but No. 2 seed Chad will advance as the rules awarded ties to the higher seed.

So, the Final Four match ups are:

As the first round kicked off we invited fans to get involved by picking who they think will advance in each round.  We’ll announce the winner of the Round 1 prize package soon.

NOW IS YOUR CHANCE TO ENTER ROUND 2 OF THE TOURNAMENT, with the winner receiving a Goode hat, neoprene ski sleeve, and GOODE slalom vest.

To enter the Round 2 contest, click here and fill out your picks on or before August 9th.  Only one entry per round, per person. But, if you follow our Twitter account and tweet your picks with @GoodeSkis and #GoodeBracket in the message we’ll award you with a second entry.

How It Works

The virtual tournament has three rounds: rounds of 8, 4 and 2 competitors.  In each round a higher seed will face off against a lower seed (seeds determined by IWWF ranking). It’s “virtual” because the first two rounds will use scores from any AWSA and/or Water Ski Canada tournaments the competitors ski in during the months of July (round of 8) and August (round of 4).

At the end of the month, the skier that has the single highest score from any AWSA- or Water Ski Canada-sanctioned tournament (regardless of sanctioning class) will win that bracket and advance.  In other words, during the first two rounds skiers won’t ski head-to-head at the same tournament, we’ll just use their scores from that month to determine the winner.

While the first two rounds will each take place virtually over many weeks, the final round will be a live head-to-head face off at a record-capability tournament we are hosting on Sept. 10 and 11, at Goode Ski Lake in Ogden, Utah.

Enter the contest here.

More than half of Big Dawg Finals field on GOODEs

The skier lists for the Nautique Big Dawg World and Senior tour year-end championships are out and more than half of all skiers on are GOODEs.

Of the 40 Big Dawg skiers, 21 are on GOODEs, including perennial favorites Chet Raley, Ben Favret, Todd Johnson, David Miller, Jay Leach, Kyle Tate, Chad Scott, and defending champ Todd Ristorcelli.

On the new Senior Tour, eight of 16 skiers, and five of 10 alternates, are on GOODEs.

For the full list of skiers, click here.

Bracket Challenge first round heads into final weekend

One weekend left in the first round of the GOODE Virtual Water Ski Bracket ChallengeTM and things are starting to shake out a bit:

  • No. 1 seed Todd Ristorcelli put some distance between him and 8 seed Jay Leach by bumping his score to 3 at 41 off, up from the 2 at 41 off that had him tied with Jay last week.
  • Chet Raley also added a buoy to his score, running 2 at 41 at the Okeeheelee July Slalom Event. Kyle Tate has four rounds to catch pass Chet though, one at the Southern Regionals and three at Victory Lake’s Last Chance event in Jacksonville on July 31.
  • Ben Favret, who probably drew the toughest match up in the first round, is still staring down Regina Jaquess’ pending Women’s slalom world record of 3-1/2 at 41.
  • Chad Scott and Dave Miller are both still tied at 2-1/2 at 41, something Chad will probably be looking to remedy during this weekend’s upcoming South Central Regional Championships.

Round 1′s bracket selection contest closed for entries on July 12th, but everyone will have another chance to enter and win when Round 2 begins in August.

Click here to learn more about the bracket challenge.

Tight match ups half way through first round of the GOODE Bracket Challenge

Half way through the first round of the GOODE Virtual Water Ski Bracket ChallengeTM two brackets are all tied up and the other two are close.

Here’s how the March Madness on water stands as of July 16th:

  • No. 1 Todd Ristorcelli vs. No. 8 Jay Leach: Tied at 2 buoys at 41-feet off.
  • No. 2 Dave Miller vs. Chad Scott: Tied at 2-1/2 buoys at 41-feet off.
  • No. 3 Ben Favret vs. Regina Jaquess:  An upset brewing in this one as Regina has a one-and-a-half buoy lead on Ben, courtesy of her pending world record of 3-1/2 buoys at 41-feet off.
  • No. 4 Chet Raley vs. No. 5 Kyle Tate: A mild upset in the works as Kyle (1-1/2 buoys at 41-feet off) has a half buoy edge on Chet.

With two weekends and both the Southern and South Central regional championships left in July, there is still plenty of time for participants to put up some big scores.

Round 1′s bracket selection contest closed for entries on July 12th, but everyone will have another chance to enter and win when Round 2 begins in August.

Click here to learn more about the bracket challenge.

GOODE skiers go 1-2-3 at Big Dawg Michigan

GOODE skiers on the Nano One went 1-2-3 today at the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour’s Michigan stop as Dave Miller defeated Ben Favret in the final head-to-head match up.  Jay Leach took third.

Dave took out No. 2 seed Seth Stisher, Todd Johnson and Harald Hintringer on his way to the final round, while Favret beat Leach, Tim Huston and Todd Kuykendall. For final results, click here.  It was the second-straight Big Dawg stop won on a GOODE as Great Britain’s Jeremy Newby-Ricci took the European stop the previous weekend.

Michigan was the last of five stops on the tour prior to the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour Championships, which will take place during the GOODE Water Ski National Championships in West Palm Beach, Fla., Aug. 15-16.  GOODE skier Todd Ristorcelli is the series’ defending champion.

 

Pick ‘em and win with the Goode Bracket Challenge

We are very excited to announce the Goode Virtual Water Ski Bracket ChallengeTM, a tournament featuring eight of the best 34 MPH skiers facing off virtually in a head-to-head bracket to determine a champion.  Think March Madness on the water.

The contestants? Oh, just Todd Ristorcelli, Chad Scott, Ben Favret, Chet Raley, Kyle Tate, Dave Miller, Jay Leach … and the Women’s slalom world record holder Regina Jaquess!  See the seedings and brackets below.

Fans Play Along!

Fans can get involved by picking who they think will advance in each round.  We’ll hold a contest each round in which every contestant that picks that round’s winners correctly will be entered into a drawing for a Goode prize package. The prizes are:

To enter the Round 1 contest, click here and fill out your picks on or before July 12th. Look for entry details for the second and final rounds as the summer progresses.

Only one entry per round, per person. But, if you follow our Twitter account and tweet your picks with @GoodeSkis and #GoodeBracket in the message we’ll award you with a second entry.

How It Works

The virtual tournament has three rounds: rounds of 8, 4 and 2 competitors.  In each round a higher seed will face off against a lower seed (seeds determined by IWWF ranking). It’s “virtual” because the first two rounds will use scores from any AWSA and/or Water Ski Canada tournaments the competitors ski in during the months of July (round of 8) and August (round of 4).

At the end of the month, the skier that has the single highest score from any AWSA- or Water Ski Canada-sanctioned tournament (regardless of sanctioning class) will win that bracket and advance.  In other words, during the first two rounds skiers won’t ski head-to-head at the same tournament, we’ll just use their scores from that month to determine the winner.

While the first two rounds will each take place virtually over many weeks, the final round will be a live head-to-head face off at a record-capability tournament we are hosting on Sept. 10 and 11, at Goode Ski Lake in Ogden, Utah.

Enter the contest here.