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14 GOODE skiers win slalom titles at GOODE Nationals

GOODE skiers once again dominated the gold medal count at a Nationals as 14 slalom titles – easily more than any other ski manufacturer – were won on GOODEs at last week’s 75th GOODE Water Ski National Championships held at San Marcos River Ranch in Martindale, Texas.

Winning national slalom titles were:

  • Girls 3 – Brooke Baldwin
  • Womens 1 – Ruth McCreary
  • Womens 2 – Keri McClure
  • Womens 3 – Lauren Malitz
  • Womens 4 – Stephanie Stange
  • Womens 5 – Joy Kelley
  • Womens 6 – Janie Fausold
  • Womens 9 – Pat Fischer
  • Mens 1 – Chris Kuykendall
  • Mens 3 – Barton Rachwal
  • Mens 4 – Chad Scott
  • Mens 5 – Greg Sund
  • Mens 6 – Steve Ware
  • Mens 7 – Steve Raphael

Additional highlights of the week included:

  • A Team GOODE sweep of Mens 5 as champion Greg Sund was joined on the podium by Todd Kuykendall (2nd), Jeff Nate (3rd), Tim Huston (4th), and Michael Robinson (5th). Greg, Todd and Jeff all tied for first with 3 at 39 off, with Greg winning the run off;
  • Junior Team member Kristen Baldwin finishing second behind her sister, Brooke, her first year in Girls 3;
  • GOODE skiers taking the top-four spots in Mens 6: Steve Ware (1st), Steve Binkley (2nd), Ted McColley (3rd), and Jack Mills (4th);
  • Back-to-back titles for Brooke, Steve Ware, Steve Raphael, and Stephanie Stange;
  • Two child/parent duos earning gold and silver medals as the Kuykendalls (father Todd and son Chris) and McCrearys (father Joe and daughter Ruth) each had a child finish first and parent finish second in their respective divisions; and,
  • Podium finishes by Luka Zazadze (Boys 1 – 4th), Griffin Stange (Boys 3 – 3rd), Blake Keller (Boys 3 – 4th), Landrie McLain (Girls 1 – 2nd), Ali Garcia (Girls 3 – 4th), Steve Grubbs (Mens 3 – 5th), Joe McCreary (Mens 4 – 2nd), Dennis Longo (Mens 8 – 4th), Bob Hardeman (Mens 8 – 5th), Greg Badal (Masters Men – 2nd), Trish Burt (Masters Women – 2nd), Brian Detrick (Open Men – 3rd), Ben Favret (Open Men – 5th), Megan Lambert (Womens 1 – 5th), Lori Krueger (Womens 4 – 2nd), Carol Brooks (Womens 5 – 2nd), and Shirley Coble (Womens 8 – 3rd).

For full results, click here.

It’s difficult to track hundreds of skiers across multiple lakes over the course of four days of action, so if we failed to include you in the list above, or mistakenly did so, please accept our apologies and email us the details at team@goode.com.

#FirstTimersForFree participate in GOODE Nationals

Dave Goode and #FirstTimersForFree skier Addy Flint.

Twelve skiers not only competed in their first-ever Nationals last week at San Marcos River Ranch, but they had their entry fees paid too.

The #FirstTimersForFree promotion was part of GOODE’s effort to encourage Nationals participation and reward achieving major goals.

“Qualifying for and skiing in Nationals is a really big deal,” says GOODE Skis founder and president Dave Goode. “We just wanted to do something to make peoples’ first Nationals extra special and encourage even more people to come. It was really great getting to meet everyone and congratulate them personally.”

Participating #FirstTimersForFree skiers were:

  • Josh Gardner – Boys 3, Plainfield, IL
  • Joey Hayes – Mens 3, Decatur, MS
  • Brian Kreis – Mens 4, Miami, FL
  • Isak Nightingale – Boys 2, Lake Elmo, MN
  • Reed Favret – Boys 2, Windermere, FL
  • Sharon Baker Brown – Womens 7, Orlando, FL
  • Addy Flint – Girls 1, Lawton, OK
  • Don Stanford – Mens 8, Pleasant Hill, CA
  • Kate Lemcke – Womens 1, Saint Louis, MO
  • Landon Geels – Boys 3, Denver, CO
  • Brendan Schultz – Boys 2, Dow, IL
  • Justin Bloyer – Mens 3, Lake Elmo, MN

Congratulations to you all.

2017 GOODE Nationals schedule of events released

August might seem like a long way away, but it’s never too early to start planning your trip to the 75th GOODE Water Ski National Championships, especially now that the schedule of events has been released. View the recently released schedule here.

GOODE Nationals will be held Aug. 9-12 at the San Marcos River Ranch in Martindale, Texas, site of the 2014 Nationals.

At last year’s GOODE Nationals, held at Broadside Harbor in Caldwell, Idaho, GOODE skiers took home 17 national slalom titles, or 56 percent of all available slalom crowns.

56% of 2016 national slalom titles won on GOODEs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More often than not, the slalom podiums at last week’s Nationals had a GOODE on top of them.

Of the 30 slalom events contested at the 74th annual GOODE U.S. Water Ski National Championships at Broadside Harbor in Caldwell, Idaho, 17 – or 56% – were won by skiers riding a GOODE.

“Winning a national title is the ultimate achievement for most water skiers,” says Dave Goode, president and founder of GOODE Skis. “So to play a role in 17 skiers achieving that is very, very rewarding as a ski designer and builder.”

Congratulations to the following skiers who won National slalom titles on GOODEs:

  • Girls 2 Kristen Baldwin
  • Girls 3 Brooke Baldwin
  • Womens 1 Jenna Morgan
  • Womens 4 Stephanie Stange
  • Womens 5 Carol Brooks
  • Womens 8 Janet Piercy
  • Women 9 Pat Fischer
  • Boys 1 Theodore Dulos
  • Mens 3 Mark Menasci
  • Mens 5 Tim Huston
  • Mens 6 Steve Ware
  • Mens 7 Steve Raphael
  • Mens 8 Dennis Longo
  • Mens 9 Don Fournier
  • Mens 11 Harry Price
  • Masters Men Greg Badal
  • Open Men Brian Detrick

It is the fourth-straight year that GOODE skiers won more national titles than all other ski manufacturers combined.

For full results, click here.

It’s difficult to track hundreds of skiers across multiple lakes over the course of six days of action, so if we failed to include you in the list above, or mistakenly did so, please accept our apologies and email us the details at team@goode.com.

Demo the RéV 6 at the GOODE Nationals

Don’t miss the chance to ski the RéV 6 while you’re at the 74th annual GOODE U.S. Water Ski National Championships at Broadside Harbor in Caldwell, Idaho.

GOODE Skis is conducting RéV 6 demos Tuesday, and Thursday through Saturday, from 1 to 3 p.m., at Gilbert Lake. Gilbert Lake is located approximately 15 minutes from Broadside Harbor at 22071 Middleton Road, Caldwell, ID 83605.

The cost to demo the RéV 6 is $50, which will be applied to the purchase of a ski if one is purchased.  RSVPs must be made in advance.

Click here to RSVP your demo slot.

We’ll also be holding a free demo Wednesday, Aug. 10, from 12 noon to 2 p.m., on the practice lake at Broadside Harbor. Visit the GOODE booth to sign up for Wednesday’s demo.

Next year starts now. Be ready for 2017 with the RéV 6.

1 of 21: Men’s 7 slalom champion Bill Mahan

Photo By: Glossy Finish by Lifetouch

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 endure 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.

In this installment we profile Men’s 7 National Slalom Champion Bill Mahan of Woodbridge, Virginia, who notched his third national title last year at Okeeheelee.

How long have you been skiing and how did you get into the sport?
I started skiing one summer at the age of 14 in Saranac Lake, New York. My grandmother bought my brother and I a combo set of Northland water skis. What was crazy was we didn’t even have a boat to ski behind, but we were able to get a ski set with friends most every day. Twelve years later, I entered my first tournament and took first in the novice division.

How many Nationals have you previously attended?
I ran my first EP at a record tournament at Lake Holly where I was a member and qualified for my first Nationals in 1982. Hard to say, I have never really kept track on how many nationals I have attended.

Why do you ski?
I love the great competition, which dates back to my days running track. When skiing the course you always have a benchmark for improvement. Also all the great friends and memories I have made over the years skiing. Getting with your skiing friends for a set and feeling the acceleration accompanied by the rhythm of a great run!

What’s the most important thing skiing has taught you and/or given you over the years?
Working as a team on and off the water brings great rewards. Don’t make excuses when you have a bad tournament or practice run. Be patient, work hard and good things will happen.

Do you have a pre-set ritual?
No, but the night before I skied at the Nationals we ate at Red Lobster and when the hostess seated us at table 38, we all gave each other a high five.

Who are some people that have been important to your skiing success?
My No. 1 fan is my wife, Julie. She has been very supportive not only in my skiing but staging everything it takes to run a club and tournaments. Lindsay and Kyle, our children, skied in tournaments with me as they were growing up. They were fun to coach and became my driver when I needed one. We have a lot of wonderful memories from being on the water and at tournaments.

My big break came in 1978 when Rick and Jerry Stansberry gave Julie and I the opportunity to develop a record-capability site known as Lake Holly. I also have had some great coaches and drivers over the years at Lake Holly, including Ken Mead, Bud Raley, Ron Ricketts, Lee Gotschalk, Ralph Hall, Wick Merchant, Jon Thacher, Marie Fields and my Florida connection, Jimmy Mandolis.

Anything else you would like to add?
I would like to thank Dave Goode for pushing the technological envelope with the development of the carbon fiber water ski. After switching to a 9100 Goode I won my first Nationals in Bakersfield, California, and two more titles since then on my Goode Nano One. I attribute a lot of my tournament success to my Goode ski.

And a special thanks to all the individuals who volunteer putting on all the great tournaments over the years.

1 of 21: Men’s 9 slalom champion Jerry Hosner

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 endure 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 Men’s 9 Slalom Champion Jerry Hosner of Fenton, Michigan, who at the age of 77 won his 11th national slalom title – and 39th across all events – at this year’s Nationals.

How’d you get your start in skiing? 
I have been skiing since 1959 and started tournaments in 1961. I ski on Lake Shannon near Fenton, Michigan. We have an active ski club on the lake. We start skiing in April as soon as the ice is out and can usually go until the end of October. Naturally we hit it pretty hard during that window. It always seems like we’re either just getting in shape or the season is running out. We can’t afford to miss many days because of poor conditions so we usually just go. I’m a three eventer so I typically ski about five days a week.

How many Nationals have you skied in? 
I’ve skied in Nationals about forty times starting in 1964. I also skied in the 1968 Masters tournament. I have had the good fortune to make the podium 73 times over the years, while 39 of the medals were gold spread between slalom, tricks, jumping and overall. In slalom I have 11 gold medals including this past season’s.

Does winning ever get old?
I was every bit as nervous this year as I’ve always been. It didn’t help that I had to go back out and ski a run-off to win. That said, the thrill of winning never gets old. I won this year on a 69-inch 9500. All of my slalom wins have been on Goode skis.

How do you stay is such great skiing shape? 
Since our season is so short I’ve always done a lot of cross training. I like to rollerblade, bike, play basketball and do weight and balance training. I also pay a lot of attention to such things as nutrition. As for practice, I’m a great believer in goal setting. I set a mini goal every time I go out. I keep a daily log and note any discoveries I make. If I start having a problem I can usually go back to my notes and find something I’ve stopped doing.

You’ve obviously dedicated a large part of your life to skiing. Why is it so special to you? 
Waterskiing is not a sport you can do by yourself. I’m grateful to all the drivers I’ve had over the years and all the people who have watched me ski and given me tips. I owe much to my fellow competitors who have pushed me to the limit. These guys are also among my dearest friends, which is another great thing about this sport.

What has skiing meant to you over the years? 
The sport has been very good to me. I have a great network of friends all around the country. I look forward to the Nationals every year to see and catch up with everyone. The sport has kept me in shape. During my working days it was also a great stress reliever and probably saved me from going crazy. At my age I know I wouldn’t be nearly as fit as I am if I didn’t ski. People are always astonished when I tell them I still ski. To me it just seems normal.

1 of 21: Mens 3 National Slalom Champion Darin Montgomery

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 Mens 3 National Slalom Champion Darin Montgomery, who won his second national title this year, a mere 16 years after his first.

How did you get into the sport?
My father was a competitive skier. When I was two he would ride his jump skis and put me on the front which is how I started getting comfortable on the water.  A group of his fellow club members decided to look for a private site in Illinois to get off of the busy public lake and founded PITS (People Involved in Tournament Skiing), which happened to be an old borrow pit. As it turns out, that small group developed some of the best amateur and professional skiers in the world to this day including Freddy and Lori Krueger.

Where do you ski and how often?
I am fortunate to ski in my backyard. I’ve been in Florida 20 years skiing the first 12 at Okeeheelee Park and the past eight at Lago Del Sol. I typically ski three to four sets a week May thru September, and two to three sets a week the other months, taking December and January off.

What did it feel like to come out on top in West Palm this year?
Winning this year was extra special for me, not for winning at my local club, but for getting to share my national title with my daughter, Ashley, who also won her second title this year as well. We both won Florida States, Southern Regionals and Nationals for a clean sweep!

How did you prepare for Nationals? Anything different than in the past?
I actually began the season training much less than years past. I was basically only skiing tournaments until mid June. I was fortunate that Dave Goode introduced the XTM last year. I was able to ride it at the 2014 Nationals and really got it dialed in last fall. Because of that, I was able to train less and increase my sets leading up to Nationals without having to worry about my ski. This was probably one of the only seasons that I did not make any adjustments to my ski, so that was the biggest difference than in past years.

What’s the most important thing skiing has taught you and/or given you over the years?
Skiing has taught me the importance of having an outlet that you are passionate about to keep your life balanced. Skiing has given me a great group of friends across the world that all share the waterskiing lifestyle. And it brought me to ULM where I met my wife.

Who are some people that have been important to your skiing success?
Initially my parents and PITS club members. My wife is the key to my skiing success since she is my primary driver and cheerleader. I’ve been fortunate to ski with great people over the years, including Chet Raley, Chris Sullivan, Wade Cox, Chris Rossi, Freddy Krueger, and Jaret Llewellyn to name a few.

Anything else you’d like to add? 
I’d like to thank the many volunteers and clubs across the country for their love of the sport that allows all of us to enjoy waterskiing. It is easy to take it all for granted but without the behind-the-scenes judges, scorers, drivers, and volunteers, there would not be any tournaments.