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Freddie Winter lands his first ever WaterSki cover shot

It’s been a pretty good week for Team GOODE’s Freddie Winter.

He took his first ski set since enrolling at ULM as a grad student and member of their national champion ski team (running 39-off on the notoriously rolly bayou in the process), celebrated a birthday and, as you can see above, landed his first WaterSki cover photo.

Photographer Thomas Gustafson got the shot during a November twilight photo shoot in Orlando while Freddie was prepping for the 2013 Worlds. That turned out pretty well too, as he ended up with a bronze medal.

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Regina and Freddie honored with BallofSpray awards

Team GOODE’s Regina Jaquess and Freddie Winter have been named BallofSpray’s Female and Breakout skiers of the year, respectively.

In giving Regina the award, BOS cited her domination in the slalom course in 2013:

Jaquess won every slalom event that she entered in 2013 and was once again standing at the top of the podium as she clinched not only the slalom title at the World Championships but also a new World Championship record of 1 @ 41off.

BOS also highlighted her all-around skiing abilities, which were capped with a world title in Women’s overall and top-5 finishes in tricks and jumping in several events throughout the year.

Read BOS’ full article on Regina.

Freddie’s quick ascension to the upper ranks of the slalom world did not go unnoticed by BOS, which pointed to his 10-spot jump in the IWWF world rankings list, second-place finish at the Europeans and his huge score of 5 buoys at 41-feet off at the GOODE Bracket Challenge Finals as supporting evidence of his breakout year.

But of course, BOS considered his performance at the World Championships as the moment most worthy of the award:

… his moment of true glory came in 2013 at his first World Championships. Seeded 9th in the prelims, Winter impressively swerved his way into the finals and finished the event by taking home the bronze medal.

Read BOS’ full article on Freddie.

Additional skiers honored by BOS were Nate Smith (Male Skier of the Year), Erika Lang (Female Junior Skier of the Year) and Josh Briant (Male Junior Skier of the Year). For more details, visit BallofSpray.com.

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.

Team GOODE takes half of all slalom medals at 2013 Worlds

Clementine Lucine (left), Regina Jaquess (middle) and Freddie Winter combined to win half of all slalom medals handed out at the 2013 Worlds.

Team GOODE won half of all slalom medals awarded at the 2013 Water Ski World Championships as the tournament concluded today in San Bernardo, Chile.

Leading the way for Team GOODE was Regina Jaquess, who took the gold in Women’s slalom to cap one of the greatest two-year runs the sport has ever seen. She has not lost a slalom tournament since March of 2012, a streak that includes victories at the Masters, Malibu Open, World Games, a slew of professional tournaments, and now the Worlds.

She scored 1 buoy at 41-feet off in the final round to earn the title over second-place finisher Whitney McClintock, who scored 4 at 39-1/2 off. Clementine Lucine (2 at 39) earned the bronze and April Coble-Eller (0.5 at 39) finished fourth, giving Team GOODE three of the top-four spots in Women’s slalom. (Post-competition interview with Regina here.)

In Men’s slalom rising-star Freddie Winter gave Team GOODE its third slalom medal of the championships by taking bronze. Freddie tied Will Asher and Stephen Neveu for second place with 3 at 41 off, but Will was awarded second based on preliminary round scores and Freddie topped Stephen in a run off for the final podium spot. Nate Smith (3-1/2 at 41) took home the gold to win his first career world title. (Post-competition interview with Freddie Winter here.)

The bronze medal completed a big year for Freddie, who has emerged as a top-level threat within the pro ranks. He fished second at the European Championships (after a run off for first), sixth at the Diablo Shores Pro-Am and scored a new PB of 5 buoys at 41-feet off at the GOODE Bracket Challenge Finals in September. It was Freddie’s first time competing in the World Championships.

Defending and two-time World Champion Thomas Degasperi finished fifth, a remarkable fourth-straight Worlds he’s had a top-five finish.

Team GOODE continued to rack up the medals in overall as Regina edged Whitney McClintock for her third career (2003 and 2005) World overall gold and Clementine taking the bronze. GOODE skier Javier Julio earned the silver in Men’s overall.

In the team competition, the United States took the gold, with Canada and France finishing second and third, respectively.

For full results, click here.

Team GOODE skiers among favorites at World Championships

Several Team GOODE skiers are expected to be in the running for medals when the Water Ski World Championships kick off next week in San Bernardo, Chile. The championships begin Tuesday, Nov. 26, and conclude Sunday, Dec. 1.

In Men’s slalom, Thomas Degasperi will be looking to defend his world title while adding a third Worlds gold medal to his career haul. The champion from 2007 and 2011 will face still competition from among his own GOODE teammates as Carlo Allais, Adam Sedlmajer and Nick Parsons all enter the Worlds in the top-10 spots of the IWWF’s Elite Rankings List. And don’t forget Worlds rookie Freddie Winter, who has put up a number of deep 41-off scores in the latter half of the 2013 season, or fifth place Malibu Open finisher Martin Bartalsky.

Other skiers expected to contend include Nate Smith, Will Asher, Chris Parrish, and Aaron Larkin.

In Women’s slalom, Team GOODE’s Regina Jaquess will be looking to continue her historic winning streak, having not lost a tournament since March of 2012. The 2005 world slalom champion, Regina will be seeking to add to her 2001 tricks and the overall titles she won in 2003 and 2005.

To do that she’ll have to beat fellow GOODE teammate April Coble-Eller. April has had a great 2013 season – she’s currently ranked fourth on the Elite Rankings List – and is seeking a world title that would serve as career-capping moment.

Other Women’s skiers who will surely be in the running include two-time defending champion Whitney McClintock and the French duo of Anais Amade and Manon Costard.

The Men’s overall race will feature a face off between two Team GOODE skiers who happen to own the last two world titles: Adam Sedlmajer, who took the title in 2011 and Javier Julio, who won it in 2009. Unfortunately, two-time world overall champion Jaret Llewellyn was a late scratch due to injury.

The Women’s overall race is very competitive this year with Regina and fellow Team GOODE skiers Clementine Lucine and newly crowned tricks world record holder Erika Lang in the mix, along with Whitney McClintock and Natalia Berdnikava.

Watch live online coverage of the event on the tournament’s official website, http://skiworldschile2013.cl. For the complete list of competitors, click .

WaterSki Magazine profiles Freddie Winter

Photo by waterskimag.com.

We aren’t the only ones who think Freddie Winter is on the verge of some big things.  WaterSki magazine is taking notice of the 23-year old as well with a profile on the up-and-coming Team GOODE member.

Read the full article here.

Freddie Winter takes Michailidis Masters in Greece

Team GOODE skier Freddie Winter is taking his first-ever appearance at next month’s World Championships seriously, extending his European summer as long as possible by decamping for training in Greece.

And after his latest competition, it looks like things are going pretty well for him down there. Freddie won last weekend’s 15th Michailidis Masters with a Kaiafis Lake course-record tying score of 4 buoys at 41 feet off.

After making his U.S. pro debut last month at the Diablo Shores Pro-Am, and finishing sixth, Freddie is ranked No. 21 on the IWWF Elite Rankings list.

The World Championships will be held Nov. 26 to Dec. 1 in San Bernardo, Chile.

GOODE skiers climb the IWWF Elite Rankings List

With only a few Elite Rankings List tournaments left in the season, a number of Team GOODE skiers moved up on the list following good performances at the Diablo Shores Pro-Am.

Making the biggest move was Nick Parsons, who jumped from 14th to 9th on the strength of his third-place finish at Diablo.  Carlo Allais, who also made the finals at Diablo, moved up a spot to 6th.  Thomas Degasperi took fourth at Diablo to maintain his ranking of 4th.

In his first U.S. pro event, Freddie Winter of the UK served notice to the pro ranks with his sixth-place finish at Diablo, in the process earning him his first ever spot on the Elite rankings, entering the list at 22nd.

On the Women’s side, Karen Truelove’s fifth-place finish at Diablo jumped her ranking from 5th to 3rd, just ahead of fellow teammate April Coble-Eller who is 4th.  Regina Jaquess’ win at Diablo helped her maintain her commanding lead atop the rankings, giving Team GOODE three of the top four spots on the Women’s list.

Bailey Austin, 14, made the finals at Diablo in her first ever professional event, taking eighth.  That was good enough for her to land her first ever Elite ranking at22nd.

To see the complete Elite Rankings List, visit www.iwsfranking.com.

Regina repeats at Diablo Shores Pro Am

Diablo champion Regina Jaquess talks with tournament announcer Mike Parsons after her win. Photo by Terry Daffin/Diablo Shores Pro Am.

The winning streak continues.  Regina Jaquess took her second consecutive Open Women’s Diablo Shores Pro-Am slalom title, running her winning streak to 18 months in the process.

Regina topped Whitney McClintock, 1 buoy at 41-feet off to 1-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off in the head-to-head finals to earn the victory. In the previous round Regina tied her own world record of 3 buoys at 41-feet off to advance against fellow Team GOODE skier April Coble-Eller, who finished third. Karen Truelove took fifth, tying Whitney in the first head-to-head round but Whitney advanced because she went off the dock first.

14-year old GOODE skier Bailey Austin made her pro debut at Diablo, advancing to the finals but drawing Regina in the first round.  Already the No. 1 ranked U.S. skier in Girls 3, it probably won’t be the last pro final for Bailey, whose PB is 4 buoys at 38-feet off.

In Open Men’s Thomas Degasperi (4th) and Nick Parsons (3rd) made it to the Final Four, before bowing out to Chris Parrish and Nate Smith, respectively.  Nate beat Chris in the finals to earn the Open Men’s title.  Team GOODE skier Freddie Winter had a great showing in his first pro U.S. event, finishing 6th after earning the fourth seed going into the finals and pushing Thomas before ultimately losing to him.  At 23, Freddie was the youngest skier in the finals.  Carlo Allais also made it into the finals, finishing seventh.

Mike Martens won the amateur event, giving GOODE skiers the amateur title for the second-consecutive year and two of the four titles contested this past week.

For complete results, click here.

Winter storm brewing in Europe

Despite its less-than-ideal weather, Great Britain has had a knack for turning out big time slalom skiers. Names like Mapple, Asher and Arthur come to mind.

Pretty soon we may have to add Winter to that list. At 23, Team Goode’s Freddie Winter has been quickly ascending the European and world rankings lists, currently sitting at No. 2 and No. 15 on the Euro and IWWF rankings, respectively.

With a number of European titles under his belt and university completed, Freddie is looking toward tackling the world stage as well as the North American competition scene.

Goode recently had the chance to talk to Freddie about his career, future goals and a new slalom ski that has him very excited.

Goode: Where do you do most of your skiing and who do you train with?

Freddie: JB Ski near London is my favorite ski site in the UK. I had my first ski there when I was six and have been training there pretty much ever since. The bulk of my skiing over the years has been with John Battleday, the former slalom world silver medalist. I’ve also skied a lot with Dimitri Kourounis out in Porto Heli, Greece, and he’s been a huge influence. He’s a top coach and a great friend.

How did you get into skiing?

My parents have both been skiing at JB Ski every weekend for over 25 years so I have always been around a lake. I guess it was inevitable that I was going to try it. I loved it and my parents supported my skiing from an early age.

When did you realize that “hey, I’m pretty good at this” and that you could become a top skier in the world?

Beginning at an early age I always wanted to compete. And over time my expectations and ambitions have changed a lot, from when I won my first under 12 national championship to now where I’m starting to compete with the top guys that I’ve admired a lot over the years.

You are tearing it up in Europe. Any chance we might see you at some of the big events in the states any time soon?

I am planning on coming to Diablo Shores in September for sure. I watched that event last year on the webcast and was so frustrated I couldn’t be there given how great it looked.

You just hopped on the NANO ONE. What happened when you first got on it?

To be honest I was a bit nervous because I really loved my previous ski, the NANO Twist. I swapped my Powershells over and jumped out on the water without even checking the fin. The first set was great; I got around 3 ball at 10.25 meters (41-feet off) on factory settings. From that point I knew there was no going back to the Twist.

So you haven’t been on it long. What do you think your potential is on it?

I’ve been on it less than a month but felt at home straight away. I just had my first tournament on it last week and equaled my best of last season. It’s early still and I feel that I’m improving as the season goes on so hopefully the only way is up.

You’ve skied a few previous Goode models. How are the characteristics of the NANO ONE different and the same as those?

I have been skiing on Goode ski’s since I was 12 or 13 years old when I was passed down my mother’s old 9200. So I’ve been on a load of Goode ski iterations, including the 9200, 9500, 9700, 9900 and NANO Twist. The most noticeable difference between my old Twist and the NANO ONE is the added stability I feel from the wider ski. It is a ski that allows you to ski really smoothly, but if you get in a bit of trouble and need a big turn, it has the ability to be really aggressive. My off-side turn feels improved and a lot more reliable.

What’s the plan for the rest of the year?

This year I am going to seriously focus on my skiing. This season is the longest I will have had with tournaments stretching right to the end of the year. I have a few tournaments lined up with special emphasis on a few. I have the World Games in Columbia in a month’s time, the Europe and Africa Championships in Greece in September, and the World Championships at the end of the year.

Great Britain has produced some amazing slalom skiers, with of course Andy Mapple and Will Asher coming to mind. How did their legacies help you start your own and what does it mean for you to have them go before you?

In my eyes those guys are the two best slalom skiers since the 80′s. I like to think that they have come from the same country as me and have had the same opportunities, as well as having to deal with the same pretty average weather, and still managed to come out on top. If anything that gives me confidence that I can do the same. When I was getting started in tournament skiing I always looked up to Will and his success showed me that a guy from England can be the best around. I’ve started competing against him a fair amount over the last couple of years and have always enjoyed the challenge.

With the Worlds coming up later this year, what are you hoping to accomplish there?

I am just waiting for the (May) IWWF World Ranking List to be published to confirm my place but I will likely be in the top 20, which I need to qualify as an individual (Freddie was 15th on the October 2012 list). It will be my first Worlds which I am really excited about. I will have to see how the season goes between now and then, as it is quite a way off, but right now I feel good and I’m hoping for a high placing.