At the 73rd GOODE Water Ski National Championships held last August in West Palm Beach, Fla., an astonishing 68 percent – or 21 out of 31 – of slalom titles were won on GOODEs. As we enter the off season here in North America, we are going to attempt to interview each of those 21 National champions, because even though they may have all been using the same brand of ski, they all have their own story.
Next up is Girls 1 National Slalom Champion Alana Jones, a 10-year old who trains with her family on Osage Lake and calls Church Point, La., home.
How long have you been skiing?
I’ve been competing for four years, and I was up on skis the year before that.
How did you get into the sport?
My mommy and daddy are both skiers.
How many Nationals have you previously attended?
Two previously, so this was the third.
Is this your first National title?
In a single event, yes, but not for overall. In 2014, I won Girls 1 overall at nationals and took second in slalom.
What did it feel like to come out on top in West Palm this year?
It felt great. I was very excited because my main goal was to win slalom at nationals.
How did you prepare for Nationals?
I skied hard and skied on some days when I didn’t really want to because of conditions. And I went to many more tournaments than we usually go to.
Besides winning the National title, what are some other highlights in your skiing career?
This summer I got the South Central regional record with 4 buoys at 28 off. At nationals, I got second in overall and third in tricks. I thought it was cool to have a medal in each color!
What’s the most important thing skiing has taught you and/or given you?
Time with family because my whole family skis, and getting to travel to different places.
Who are some people that have been important to your skiing success?
My dad and mom and Mr. Trent (Finlayson).
What advice would you give someone who is trying to improve in slalom?
Keep your hips up and keep on working on it.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Thanks for the hat!