Karen Truelove was joined by two relative newcomers as Team GOODE placed three of the top five finishers in Women’s slalom at the Moomba Masters. Meanwhile, Thomas Degasperi racked up his 6th career Top-5 finish on the unpredictable waters of downtown Melbourne’s Yarra River.
Karen scored 2.5 buoys at 35-feet off to place fourth. Fellow Team GOODE skiers Vennesa Vieke (2.5 at 35) and Ali Garcia (1 at 35 off) finished third and fourth, respectively, to give the event a decidedly new look. Whitney McClintock (3 at 38) took home first while Manon Costard (2.5 at 38) was second.
Vennesa’s showing put her in the 13th spot on the IWWF’s Elite Rankings list, the first time she has ever appeared on it. Her previous best showing at a major tournament was her win at last year’s SportsInsurance.com Queens Cup.
Over the last couple years Ali has transformed from talented junior to a contender at major professional tournaments. After this weekend’s Moomba results she is now ranked No. 10 on the IWWF Women’s Elite Rankings list, giving Team GOODE seven of the top-10 spots. She also took home second place in the Junior Moomba event.
Thomas saved his best for the last round, posting a score of 1 buoy at 41-feet off to finish fifth. The rest of the top five was Nate Smith (3 at 41), Stephen Neveu (2 at 41), Benjamin Stadlbaur (1 at 41), and Will Asher (1 at 41).
Team GOODE also fared well in the overall event, as Giannina Bonnemann took home the Women’s crown, while Dorien Llewellyn finished second in the Mens event.
The Water Ski World Championships concluded Sunday in Paris the same way that three previous championships have: with Regina Jaquess clutching a Women’s slalom gold medal.
Riding her GOODE XTR, Regina (United States) came out on top of two tie-breaker run offs against eventual runner-up Whitney McClintock (Canada) to claim her fourth career World slalom title (see video above). The win sets the all-time mark for Women’s world slalom championships, breaking the record of three that she previously shared with legends Liz Allen, Cindy Todd and Helena Kjellander. Regina’s four World Slalom titles came in 2005, 2013, 2015, and now, 2017.
She also claimed the Women’s overall title, completing an unprecedented slalom/overall three-peat (2013, 2015 and 2017). The overall gold is the fifth of her career, the most ever for a Woman and second only behind Patrice Martin all time. She also earned a silver medal in jumping to go along with her team gold, giving her four medals during the championships.
Joining Regina atop the overall podium on the Men’s side was Team GOODE’s Felipe Miranda (Chile), who advanced to the Men’s slalom finals on the way to claiming overall gold, his second career World overall title.
Thomas Degasperi (Italy) just missed out on claiming his fifth World championships medal, finishing fourth, a half buoy behind bronze medalist Jason McClintock (Canada). Brando Caruso (Italy) entered the finals as the top seed, finishing fifth. Additional GOODE skiers advancing to the finals were Felipe (8th) and Marek Mlynek (Slovakia – 10th).
In Women’s slalom six of the 12 finalists were on GOODE, as Clementine Lucine (France – 4th), Karen Truelove (United States – 6th), Celine Detry (Belgium – 7th), Alice Bagnoli (Italy – 8th), and Ambre Franc (France – 9th) joined Regina in the final round.
Natallia Berdnikava (Belarus – 2nd), Giannina Bonnemann (Germany – 4th), Anna Gay (United States – 5th), and Brooke Baldwin (United States – 8th) all landed in the top-10 of Women’s overall, while Adam Sedlmajer (Czech Republic – 4th) and Dorien Llewellyn (Canada – 5th) did so on the Men’s side.
With Freddie Winter (Great Britain) claiming gold in Men’s slalom, both World slalom championships were won on PowerShells.
The United States earned it’s first team world title since 2013, with France and defending champion Canada finishing 2nd and 3rd, respectively.
Regina Jaquess used the 34th Water Ski World Championships, which concluded yesterday in Chapala, Mexico, to stake her claim as the best female water skier of all time, taking home gold medals in both Women’s slalom and overall for the second championships in a row.
Jaquess’ third World Championships slalom gold moves her into a tie for the all-time record with Liz Allan, Cindy Todd and Helen Kjellander, while her fourth World overall title is the most ever by a female skier.
Jaquess headed into the slalom finals as the second seed, as a result of an uncharacteristic early fall at 39 off in the preliminaries. In the finals she put the pressure on top-seed Whitney McClintock with a score of 1 buoy at 41 off, tying the World Championships tournament record she set at the 2013 worlds. McClintock was not able to respond, as she finished with 2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 off, giving Jaquess her second-consecutive slalom gold. Team GOODE’s Clementine Lucine tied Geena Krueger for third with 2 at 39, but Krueger emerged with the bronze after a run off.
Jaquess dominated Women’s Overall, topping silver-medal winner McClintock in slalom, tricks and jumping. Team GOODE skier Giannina Bonnemann signaled that she is a rising threat in overall, as the 21-year old earned the bronze for her first ever Worlds medal.
In Men’s slalom Thomas Degasperi continued his impressive ability to rise to the occasion at World Championships, earning the silver medal with 2 buoys at 41 off. When combined with his golds in 2007 and 20011 and a silver in 2009, the medal is Degasperi’s fourth career Worlds medal, tying him with Will Asher and Simon Khoury for third on the all-time Men’s slalom list. Andy Mapple holds the career mark with 10 while Bob LaPoint sits in second with seven.
Nate Smith edged Degasperi for the gold with 2-1/2 buoys at 41 off, while Freddie Winter beat Joel Howley in a run off for the bronze. Degasperi, Winter and Howley all tied with 2 buoys at 41 off in the finals, with Degasperi earning the silver due to seedings after the preliminary round.
Llewellyn earns 9th World Overall medal
Twenty-four years after earning his first Worlds overall medal in 1991, Team GOODE’s Jaret Llewellyn was once again on the overall podium at a World Championships.
Llewellyn earned the bronze in overall, providing invaluable team points for Canada on its way to the team overall title. The medal was Llewellyn’s ninth world overall medal, and 15th of his career across all three events.
Unfortunately, Llewellyn had a hard crash during the jumping finals, which, according to Facebook reports from his family, resulted in a broken femur. He remains in Mexico for surgery.
All of Team GOODE wishes Jaret a full and speedy recovery.
Youthful serves notice in slalom
While Jaquess and Degasperi continued to headline Team GOODE, the 2015 championships provided a glimpse into the future as a crop of new faces appeared in the slalom finals.
Martin Bartalsky, 27, finished ninth, and 19-year old up-and comer Brando Caruso finished 11th, while Benjamin Stadlbaur, 23, tied for the last spot in the finals but lost the runoff, ultimately finishing 13th.
This youthful showing helped Team GOODE place more skiers into the slalom finals than any other brand, and the continued excellence of Jaquess and Degasperi resulted in GOODE being the only ski company whose athletes won multiple slalom medals.
Dane Mechler won the biggest title of his promising career as GOODE skiers took three of six slalom medals at the 7th Under 21 Water Ski World Championships, held last weekend at the Seseña Waterski & Wakeboard Complex in Toledo, Spain.
Dane, representing the U.S., scored 2 buoys at 41 off to earn the win, while his fellow GOODE skier Brando Caruso earned the bronze medal for Italy with 4 buoys at 39. The Dominican Republic’s Robert Pigozzi (4.5 at 39) finished second.
In Women’s slalom GOODE skiers and German sisters Chiara and Giannina Bonnemann finished third and fourth, respectively. Canada’s Taryn Grant and Samantha Dumala of the U.S. finished first and second.
Giannina also won the Women’s overall gold medal.
In the team competition, the U.S. won gold, while Belarus, France, Great Britain and Italy rounded out the top five.
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.
The Northern Hemisphere ski season is in full swing as evidenced by the number of big tournaments over the weekend. And where there were big tournaments, there were GOODE skiers putting up big scores.
The Aquaplex in Austin, Texas, was the site of two record-breaking performances. Disabled V1 skier Mike Royal set a pending world audio slalom record of 4.5 buoys at 38 off, topping his own current record of 4 at 38. Last summer he set pending records that topped out at 0.5 at 41, but thy were not approved by the IWWF. Bailey Austin continued to mark herself as one of the sport’s future stars by tying the current U.S. National Girls 3 record of 1 at 39-1/2 off.
Dave Miller continued his amazing season on the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour, taking third place, posting the highest score of the weekend in the process, at the Seattle stop Broho Lake ski club. Jeff Rodgers finished first with Greg Badal second. In the three Big Dawg events he’s entered this season, Dave has two wins and a third-place finish.
Paducah, Kentucky’s Average Joes Vs. Bikini Pros tournament featured two events and GOODE skiers won them both. Regina Jaquess held off a slew of top-ranked Master Men’s and Open Women’s skiers to earn the 34 mph title, while Tyler Scott won the pro 36 mph event, with his fellow GOODE skiers Dane Mechler and Sam Jackson joining him on the podium.
At the inaugural Pan American Olympic Festival in Morelos, Mexica, Erika Lang won gold medalsin tricksand overall, and a silver medal in slalom. The event was a first-year water ski and wakeboard event hosted by the Pan American Sports Organization.
And last but certainly not least, GOODE skiers took home two golds and a silver medal at the European Under 21 Championships in Recetto, Italy. Brando Caruso took home the Men’s title to add to the Jr. Masters championship he won earlier this year, while the Bonnemann sisters, Chaira and Giannina, took first and second, respectively in the Women’s event.
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.
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.