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T-Gas takes Masters title; Team GOODE earns 9 of 15 slalom podiums

Team GOODE’s Thomas Degasperi continued his amazing 2014 by winning his second consecutive major tournament after claiming the Men’s slalom title today at the 55th Masters.

Thomas’ victory put the capstone on a great weekend for Team GOODE, as its athletes landed nine of the 15 slalom podium slots available throughout the weekend.

Thomas scored 3 buoys at 41 feet off to easily outdistance the field and add to the Moomba Masters title he won in March. Jon Travers took second with 0.5 buoys at 41, and Aaron Larkin third with 3.5 buoys at 39.

In Women’s slalom Regina Jaquess’ two-plus-year undefeated streak came to an end as Whitney McClintock earned the title with 3.5 buoys at 39. Still, Regina managed to take second with 2.5 buoys at 39 off while her fellow Team GOODE skier April Coble-Eller continued her amazing run of late by taking third with 1 buoy at 39 off

In a special Master Men’s event featuring the top-four finishers from last years Nautique Big Dawg World Tour Championships, Team GOODE swept the top three podium spots as Jay Leach edged Jeremy Newby-Ricci in the final-round match up to earn the title and Dave Miller finishing third.

And in an historic round of slalom earlier in the weekend, Team GOODE skiers finished 1-2-3 in Junior Masters Men’s slalom as the course record was equaled five times before being ultimately exceeded.

Italy’s Brando Caruso earned the victory in a second runoff with fellow GOODE skier Eamon Van Der Merwe of South Africa. Both skiers scored 2 buoys at 39-1/2 off, which equaled a course record first set in 2003, in the final round and the first runoff, while Brando scored 2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 off in the second runoff round to edge Eamon by a half buoy and set a new course record in the process.

This is the second Junior Masters slalom title for Brando, while Eamon merely equaled his South African Open Men’s national record, and PB, three straight rounds on Robin Lake.

Completing the Junior Men’s podium sweep for Team GOODE and the Nano OneXT was Dorien Llewellyn, who finished third with 0.5 buoys at 39-1/2 off. The impressive score helped Dorien defend his Junior Masters overall title for a year ago.

Of the six podium spots for 36 mph skiers at the Masters, Team GOODE earned four.

In the Junior Masters Women’s events, Team GOODE Brooke Baldwin, who is only 13, became the youngest ever Junior Women’s overall champion.  Brooke recorded scores of 2 buoys at 35 feet off in slalom, 6,670 points in tricks and a personal-best 111 feet in jumping to clinch the overall title with 2,845.5 points.

Brando Caruso takes Jr. Masters slalom title, sets new course record; Team GOODE goes 1-2-3

2014 Junior Masters Men’s Slalom Champion Brando Caruso

A historic round of slalom took place during today’s Junior Masters Men’s slalom finals as Team GOODE finished 1-2-3, and the course record was equaled five times before being ultimately exceeded.

Italy’s Brando Caruso earned the victory in a second runoff with fellow GOODE skier Eamon Van Der Merwe of South Africa. Both skiers scored 2 buoys at 39-1/2 off, which equaled a course record first set in 2003, in the final round and the first runoff, while Brando scored 2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 off in the second runoff round to edge Eamon by a half buoy and set a new course record in the process.

This is the second Junior Masters slalom title for Brando, while Eamon merely equaled his South African Open Men’s national record, and PB, three straight rounds on Robin Lake.

Completing the Junior Men’s podium sweep for Team GOODE and the Nano OneXT was Dorien Llewellyn, who finished third with 0.5 buoys at 39-1/2 off. The impressive score puts the defending Junior Masters overall champion in great position in the overall race.

Team GOODE skiers post PBs on the Nano OneXT

Dane Mechler after scoring a new PB of 2@41.

The North American ski season is starting to heat up and so are the scores of a number of Team GOODE skiers.

Dane Mechler and Giannina Bonneman both set PBs on their Nano OneXT’s at last weekend’s Florida Inboards Open at the Pickos Waterski and Wakeboard School.

Giannina Bonneman set a new PB with 2-1/4@38.

Dane scored 2 buoys at 41 off to improve his PB by three-and-a-half buoys and post his first-ever score at that line length. The native Ohioan is a freshman member of the University of Louisiana Lafayette’s Rajun Cajun water ski team who turns 19 tomorrow.

Giannina also set a PB, with a score of 2-1/4 buoys at 38 feet off. The 20-year old German is a teammate of Dane’s at ULL.

And while they weren’t PBs, Team GOODE’s Thomas Degasperi and Freddie Winter got into the act with consistent skiing well into 41 off. T-Gas posted two scores of 3 buoys at 41 feet off at the Ski Fluid Classic last weekend in Polk City, Fla., while Freddie ran 3 buoys at 41 feet off in all three rounds of the Florida Inboard Open.

The great skiing is coming at the right time, as Freddie and Giannina both look to win this weekend’s Master Last Chance Qualifier at Sunset Lakes in Groveland, Fla., and join T-Gas at the 55th Masters on Memorial Day weekend.

Another Team GOODE member who looks to be peaking at the right time is Junior skier Eamon Van Der Merwe of South Africa, who ran 2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off at the Ski Fluid Class as he preps for the Junior Masters.

Team GOODE has great weekend in Africa

Newest GOODE junior team member Eamon Van Der Merwe.

The continent of Africa was, well, good to Team GOODE this weekend as one team member extended a historic unbeaten streak while another set a new national record.

Regina Jaquess bested a top field of Women’s slalom skiers at the Reunion Water Ski Cup to extend an unbeaten streak that begin in May of 2012. Fellow teammate Clementine Lucine took fifth, with Breanne Dodd and Emma Shears placing second and third, respectively. The tournament took place on Reunion Island, east of Madagascar Island in the Indian Ocean.

New GOODE junior team member Eamon Van Der Merwe set a South African Open Men’s national record at the Western Province Championships held over the weekend in Bon Esperanza, South Africa. Eamon, who is training for May’s Junior Masters, scored 2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off on his Nano OneXT to set the pending mark.

Moomba kicks off today with the Junior Moomba Masters

Fresh off a top-3 finish in the Women’s pro division at the Australian Open, Bailey Austin is one of the favorites heading into the Junior Moomba Masters.

Good luck to all skiers as the Moomba Festival kicks off today in Melbourne, Australia, with the Junior Moomba Masters event.

GOODE Junior Team members Bailey Austin and Erika Lang are expected to compete for the Junior Women’s slalom title, while Team GOODE’s newest addition, South African Eamon Van Der Merwe, is amongst the favorites in Junior Men’s slalom.

For complete event information, including schedule and the online broadcast, visit MoombaMasters.com.