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Freddie’s Europe and Africa record approved

The IWWF’s Europe and Africa Confederation has approved Freddie Winter’s score of 1 buoy at 43 off, officially giving him a tie for the region’s Open Men’s slalom record along with Andy Mapple.

Freddie put up the huge score at the Trilakes 2 tournament at Bennett’s Ski School in Zachary, La., on October 26th.

In addition to giving him a share of the EA record, the score boosted Freddie into the top three of the preliminary IWWF world rankings list (see article above), as he joined fellow Team GOODE member Chris Parrish and Nate Smith as the only skiers with averages into 43 off.

Freddie Winter joins 43 off club with 1 at 43

Team GOODE’s Freddie Winter saved his best of 2014 for last, running 1 buoy at 43 off at his last tournament of the year to join the select 43-off club and in the process tie the European and Great Britain Open Men’s slalom records.

Freddie actually got 6 at 41 off twice at this weekend’s TriLakes tournament at Bennett’s Ski School, but only one resulted in getting a crack at 43 off. He first scored a full 6 at 41 off on Saturday, but lost the handle before exiting the gates. The next day he again got around six ball and back to the wakes, but this time held on through the gates, ultimately ending up with 1 at 43.

Currently ranked No. 5 on the IWWF world rankings list with an average of 70.75 buoys (4.75 at 41 off), Freddie should make quite the leap in the next rankings when his score of 1 at 43 is paired with a 5.25 at 41 he got earlier this season.

Mechler, Winter and Pickos medal at Collegiate Nationals

Photo courtesy of USA Water Ski.

Team GOODE had a great showing at the 2014 NCWSA Nationals as Dane Mecheler won the Men’s national collegiate slalom title with a huge score of 2 buoys at 41 off, while Freddie Winter took third and Adam Pickos tied for fifth.

On the Women’s side, Eloise Whitlock finished tied for third while Lauren Morgan took fifth.

Click here for complete scores.

 

Freddie Winter takes second, Team GOODE scores 6 of 9 podiums at California Pro Am

If the pro water ski scene didn’t take notice back in November when he scooped up the bronze at the World Championships, it’s certainly aware of Great Britain’s Freddie Winter now after his second-place finish at last weekend’s California Pro-Am in Sacramento, Calif.

Freddie beat out a top field of pros to advance to his first-ever head-to-head professional final, where he skied a more-than respectable 3 buoys at 41 off to finish second to Nate Smith’s 0.5 at 43 off.

The showing moved Freddie into the top-five of the IWWF’s Elite Rankings List for the first time ever, raising his ranking from sixth to fourth.

Freddie’s best-ever U.S. showing was among the many highlights of the weekend for Team GOODE, as it scored six of the nine podiums spot in Men’s and Women’s pros, and Master Men’s.

World No. 1 Regina Jaquess claimed her second-consecutive Pro Am title while her fellow GOODE teammate Karen Truelove placed third.

Team GOODE swept the top-three in Master Men’s, with Jeremy Newby-Ricci, Jay Leach and Todd Ristorcelli going 1-2-3.

Freddie wins European Championships, T-Gas second

Freddie Winter continues to serve notice to the slalom world with a big victory in Europe over the weekend.

The 2013 Worlds bronze medalist added to his growing resume by winning the 2014 European Championships in Melice, Czech Republic.

Freddie scored 1-1/4 buoys at 41 off to edge fellow GOODE Team skier and multiple time World and European champion Thomas Degasperi, who scored 1 at 41. With Thomas the top seed and still to come in the final round, Freddie made an extraordinary effort (check out the video here) to get outside two ball and secure the quarter buoy that would end up being the deciding margin.

Joining Freddie and Thomas on the leaderboard were GOODE skiers Martin Bartalsky (4th with 1 @ 41), Daniel Odvarko (5th with 4.5 at 39) and Carlo Allais (6th with 3 @ 39).

On the Women’s side GOODE skiers Chaira Bonnemann took fifth in slalom, while her sister, Giannina, finished second in overall.

For complete results, click here.

Team GOODE takes half the podiums at Mastercraft Pro Shootout

Team GOODE continues it’s hot streak as it took half of the slalom podiums at this week’s Mastercraft Pro Water Ski Shootout in Calgary, Canada.

GOODE’s Nick Parsons took third in Men’s slalom, finishing behind champion Nate Smith and Will Asher. Nick earned a spot in the final-three matchup by posting a great score of 3 buoys at 41-feet off, which was tied for that round’s highest score. The podium finish is his second in less than a year, after also finishing third at the Diablo Shores Pro Am last fall.

Fellow Team GOODE skier Freddie Winter barely missed out on a top-three finish, taking fourth with 2.5 buoys at 41-feet off, while GOODE newcomer Daniel Odvarko and Thomas Degasperi also advanced to the eight-skier finals.

On the Women’s side, April Coble-Eller and Karen Truelove took second and third, respectively, while Whitney McClintock finished first. Heading into the final-three matchup, April was tied with Whitney for top score with 2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off.

For more information, visit Mastercraftshootout.com.

The great results for Team GOODE come days after it claimed three titles and numerous podiums at the Malibu Open, and comes in a season in which Thomas claimed both the Moomba and Masters titles, and Regina Jaquess (who did not compete at the Mastercraft Shootout) won the Masters and Malibu Open titles.

Parrish leads GOODE trifecta at Malibu Pro-Am Atlanta

“Athletes have their peaks and valleys and I just feel like I’m at that peak level right now.” – Chris Parrish after winning the Malibu Pro-Am Atlanta

Photo by WaterSki Atlanta

Chris Parrish earned his first victory of the 2014 season as he led the way for a Team GOODE trifecta at the Malibu Pro-Am Atlanta Memorial Day at Whitestone Lakes.

Chris scored 3.5 buoys at 41 to take the title by a half-buoy edge over top seed Will Asher. Team GOODE’s Freddie Winter took fourth with 1.5 buoys at 41.

“I had Asher behind me and that is one guy you can’t count out,” said Chris. “He’s a truly great athlete and a real competitor. Getting a piece of four ball (at 41 off) at a pro tournament is huge and to know I won with that score is very gratifying.”

Regina Jaquess skied to within reach of her own world record to take the Women’s slalom title with 1.5 buoys at 41 off. The win possibly marks the beginning of a new winning streak for Regina, coming just a day after her more than two-plus year winning streak ended at the Masters.

In Master Men’s, Team GOODE’s Jeremy Newby-Ricci took first with 2 buoys at 41, while his fellow Team GOODE skier Dave Miller snagged second with 1.5 buoys at the same line length.

For complete results, visit waterskiatlanta.com.

Freddie Winter heading to his first career Masters

 

Team GOODE’s Freddie Winter scored a massive 5-1/4 buoys at 41 feet off to earn his first career Masters appearance and win today’s Masters Last Chance Qualifier at Sunset Lakes in Groveland, Fla.

Freddie will be joined in the Open Men’s slalom field by his fellow GOODE teammates Thomas Degasperi, Chris Parrish and Adam Sedlmajer.

Additional GOODE skiers slated to compete at the Masters include:

Women’s Slalom: Clementine Lucine (FRA); April Coble-Eller (USA); Regina Jaquess (USA); Karen Truelove (USA) not expected to compete

Master Men’s Slalom: Jeremy Newby-Ricci (GBR); Jay Leach (USA); Dave Miller (CAN)

Junior Men’s Slalom: Daniel Di Pol (USA);  Nick Lang (USA); Dorien Llewellyn (US/AUS/CAN); Brando Caruso (ITA); Eamon Van Der Merwe (RSA)

Junior Women’s Slalom: Brooke Baldwin (USA); Ruth McCreary (USA); Bailey Austin (USA); Abbi Grathwohl (USA)

Visit the Masters’ website at www.masterswaterski.com.

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.

Chris Parrish rejoins Team GOODE

Four-time world record holder Chris Parrish is back on Team GOODE and already feeling the difference after just a handful of sets on his GOODE.

“My 39s are feeling like 32s again,” said Chris, who posted a score of 4 buoys at 41-feet off in his very first tournament back on his ski. “With the ski’s efficiency and how light I feel on it, everything just feels easy again.”

Chris experienced considerable success during his previous stint on GOODE, setting and tying world records multiple times and holding No. 1 world ranking from October 2009 to April 2011.

“We are very excited to have Chris back on the team because he has already proven how good he can be on our skis,” said Dave Goode, founder and president of GOODE Skis. “He skied extremely well for a number of years with us and in just the short time back on it he’s already putting up big scores. Watch out for Chris this upcoming season.”

Chris says he made the move because after an off-season of hard work in the gym, he wanted to put himself in the best position for his fifth world record.

“I put so much energy and grind into my offseason, getting my strength up and my weight at 198 pounds, that I just saw things lining up naturally,” said Chris. “At the end of the day, yes, I want my record back. I have a lot of confidence in GOODEs because I ran 22 41 offs in record tournaments on them over a two year period. I know they can get me there again.”

Chris’ return was welcomed by his fellow GOODE teammates, including two-time world champion Thomas Degasperi and current world No. 5 Freddie Winter.

“I like Chris a lot and he’s an amazing skier, so it’s great to have him back on the team,” said Thomas. “I hope that we’ll be able to ski and hang out with each other a lot more this year.”

“Chris is a great skier and he’ll be on a great ski,” added Freddie. “It’s going to be fun skiing with, and against, him this year.”