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2016 GOODE Nationals To Be Held In Idaho

From USA Water Ski:

USA Water Ski and the American Water Ski Association are pleased to announce that the 2016 GOODE Water Ski National Championships will be held at Broadside Harbor in Caldwell, Idaho. The dates of the 74th Nationals will be Aug. 8-13, 2016. The American Water Ski Association, one of nine sport discipline organizations of USA Water Ski, approved the bid from the Broadside Harbor Ski Club via a board of directors vote.

Broadside Harbor, a private water ski development featuring two world record-capability water ski lakes, is located outside Boise. It hosted the 2010 Western Regional Water Ski Championships and also will serve as the site of the 2016 Western Regional Water Ski Championships. For more information on Broadside Harbor, visit www.broadsideharbor.com. It will mark the first time that the state of Idaho has ever hosted the U.S. Nationals, and the first time the Nationals will be held in the AWSA’s Western Region since 2007 (Arvin, Calif.). GOODE Skis, a gold level sponsor of USA Water Ski, has been the title sponsor of the Nationals since 2000.

1 of 21: Girls 1 National Slalom Champion Alana Jones

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!

One of 21: Womens 4 National Slalom Champion Lori Krueger

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.

First up is Womens 4 National Slalom Champion Lori Krueger of San Marcos, Texas, who has successfully made the leap from touring pro, to a mother of two who just so happens to keep on winning national and world titles, even if she can’t hit the water as often as she’d like.

How long have you been skiing and how did you get into the sport?
I started skiing at the age of five. My parents lived on a public lake in Decatur, Ill., and wanted to meet some new people so they joined the ski club. Once I started I fell in love with it.

How many Nationals have you previously attended?
Around 30. When I was a pro skier I would miss a few because of other pro tournaments, and then a few injuries got in the way, and then the years I had my children.

How did you prepare for Nationals? Anything different than in the past?
Yes completely! I didn’t get to ski Regionals because I coached the Pan Am Games and so I had only competed in one tournament before Nationals so I didn’t really feel like I had any rhythm and was quite nervous. It felt like I was cramming for a test. I started 3-event training with about two weeks to go.

So given your limited training time, how did it feel to come out on top in West Palm this year?
It felt awesome! I hadn’t really planned on skiing Nationals, then my daughter qualified in Girls 1, so I decided to ski with her. It was fantastic because she skied a PB.

Why do you ski?
Because I love it. The friendships I have made, and the memories from all the great times I have spent on teams or coaching and getting to know people of all walks of life. I love all aspects. If not for water skiing I would be a completely different person!

What’s the most important thing skiing has taught you and/or given you over the years?
Skiing has taught me to compete, keep in shape as I get older, and to continue to help and share my passion for this awesome sport. It is such a family sport, and I came from a skiing family and now my own kids are getting the thrill of skiing.

Who are some people that have been important to your skiing success?
My immediate family for passing on their love of the sport, Brenda Baldwin for letting me live and train with her at a time in my life when I needed it, my husband for financially supporting me and driving, and Trent Finlayson for skiing with me everyday and putting up with me. And to my children for cheering on shore and loving me no matter what. I always seem to be great in their eyes.

Anything else you’d like to add?
I would like to thank all the sponsors, not just mine, but also all those companies that support our Nationals, grass roots, etc. I don’t think that our ski companies, boat companies, rope companies, etc., get enough credit. They are the reason we still have pro skiing and so many other events. And also for the families that give up so much of their time and energy to their children. I am just now finding out what that is all about. All the hours spent behind the wheel of a boat and all the hours coaching.

Introducing the Nano 1FT

GOODE Skis kicked off the 73rd GOODE Water Ski National Championships today in West Palm Beach, Fla., by releasing the latest ski in its high-performance lineup: the Nano 1FT™.

The Nano 1FT takes water skiing’s most buzzed about technological advancement in years – the patent-pending endoskeleton, carbon-fiber backbone and through cut support ribs featured in this year’s hit FlexTail™ – and combines it with the world-record breaking performance of the Nano One™ shape.

“The new lateral flex technology featured on the FlexTail turned out so well that we began looking for another shape in our lineup to utilize it on,” says Dave Goode, founder and president of GOODE Skis. “Some shapes are more conducive to certain skiing styles, so we wanted to make sure that we give our customers a chance to find the best ski for them.

“The Nano One shape was the obvious choice. From day one that ski and its successor, the Nano OneXT, have been phenomenal skis. They’ve set numerous world records and countless personal bests. But now with the new lateral flexing tail technology, that great shape is going to be even better.”

To learn more about the Nano 1FT or FlexTail, visit the GOODE booth during the GOODE Nationals, or visit store.goode.com.

Characteristics of the Nano 1FT and FlexTail

Nano 1FT

  • A more “connected feeling” with the water
  • Tighter, pivot-type turn
  • In general, preferred by skiers who are on the lighter side of each ski length’s weight range
  • Medium effort ski

FlexTail

  • Ski sits higher in the water
  • Faster out of the buoy
  • More “automatic” from apex to first wake
  • Easier effort ski

The 2014 season by the numbers

As Frank Sinatra once sang, it was a very good year …

How great of a year was it for Team GOODE? Take a look at our 2014 by the numbers:

75 

Percentage of 35+ World slalom titles won on GOODEs

4

MastersMalibu OpenMoomba and U.S. Open victories

3.25

at 41 off, Regina’s latest world record

55

Percentage of U.S. National slalom titles won on GOODEs

4

Buoys Cooper Tate improved the Boys 1 U.S. National Record by

3

Buoys Brooke Baldwin improved the Girls 2 U.S. National record by

#teamGOODE skiers in the top 10 of the Men’s and Women’s IWWF Elite Rankings

5,000

Dollars won by Michael Robinson for picking the perfect GOODE Bracket Challenge bracket

1

The ranking of Chris Parrish and Regina Jaquess on the Men’s and Women’s IWWF World Rankings List

2

Big Dawg Tour stop victories

18

Consecutive years a GOODE has held a world slalom record

Unlimited

Designs possible with GOODE’s new custom graphic capabilities

 

Mechler, Tate and Stange take home national titles

Dane Mechler and Tyler Scott finished first and second as Team GOODE took the top two spots in Men’s 1 slalom at the GOODE U.S. Water Ski National Championships.

Competing in his first year in Men’s 1, Dane posted a huge score of 2 buoys at 41-feet off to win his first national title. His score would have taken third in Open Men, which Dane plans to ski in next year.

GOODE skiers took home two other titles on day 2 of Nationals, as Cooper Tate finished first in Boy’s 1 slalom and Griffin Stange won the title in Boy’s 2.

For complete results, visit waterskinationals.com.

 

Regina, April and Karen sweep top three in Open Women’s slalom

Team GOODE continues to dominate Open Women’s slalom at the GOODE U.S. Water Ski National Championships as for the second-consecutive year GOODE skiers have swept the top-3 spots.

Regina Jaquess finished first by becoming the only skier to run the 39-1/2 pass.  April Coble-Eller took second with 2 buoys at 39-1/2 off and Karen Truelove third with 2.5 at 38.  Fellow GOODE skier Erika Lang finished fifth with 2 at 35.

For complete results, visit waterskinationals.com.

 

GOODE snow skis land major awards

For the 2014 edition of it’s annual gear guide, Skiing Magazine tested 264 snow skis. Of those, only 122 were deemed good enough to be reviewed, and thus receive an “Official Selection” designation, and a further 16 scored high enough to earn “Tester’s Choice” awards.

Those long odds are why GOODE Skis is immensely proud that two of its skis – the all-mountain Fire and free-skiing Sorcerer – were found by testers to be worthy of reviews, with the Fire being one of only 16 out of 264 skis designated as “Tester’s Choice.”

Here is what Skiing had to say about the Fire and Sorcerer:

Fire

If you know how to carve a turn, it’s hard to dislike the Fire, which is a total knife on groomers. Testers loved how it zipped from edge to edge. “Pure sweetness. This ski tears up the front side,” said one. Light, fearless at speed, and still plenty enjoyable in the bumps, trees, and crud, this Tester’s Choice is an all-mountain expert’s dream ride. See the full review here.

Sorcerer

 

A confidence-inspiring ride for the more traditional skier, the Sorcerer ripped when we pressured our boot tongues. Though it uses a lightweight carbon-laminate construction, it felt incredibly stable at high speed and in chundery terrain. Plus, testers scored it highest for Hard-Snow Performance among skis of similar width. It’s a perfect one-ski-quiver or narrower powder ski that will still be sporty on groomer days. See the full review here.

Take a look at the additional skis in GOODE’s award-winning lineup here.

Team GOODE racks up majority of titles at GOODE Nationals

Jr. GOODE skiers (left to right) Kelley Breeden (G2-1st), Eloise Whitlock (G3-3rd), Bailey Austin (G3-2nd), and Erika Lang (G3-5th).

A jaw-dropping 53 percent of all U.S. national slalom titles were won on GOODE skis as the GOODE National Championships were held last week at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Winning 16 of the tournament’s 30 total slalom titles on GOODEs were:

  • Cooper Tate – Boys 1
  • Kelley Breeden – Girls 2
  • Daniel Di Pol – Boys 3
  • Regina Jaquess – Open Womens
  • Alison Poulsen – Womens 4
  • Maria Walsh – Womens 8
  • Margaret Ann Woodward – Womens 9
  • Artis Price – Womens 10
  • Chad Scott – Mens 3
  • Don Aschenbrenner – Mens 4
  • Ed Hickey – Mens 6
  • Bill Mahan – Mens 7
  • Jerry Heinrichs – Mens 8
  • Jerry Hosner – Mens 9
  • Harry Price – Mens 11
  • Jay Leach – Masters Men

Additional Team GOODE highlights from the week included:

  • Sweeping the top three spots in Open Womens as April Coble-Eller and Karen Truelove took second and third, respectively, behind national champion Regina Jaquess;
  • Chad Scott winning his first national title (Mens 3) after finishing second in the division four times. Jed Blackburn (4th) and Darin Montgomery (5th) joined him on the podium;
  • Bailey Austin finishing 2nd in her first year in Girls 3, joining her fellow GOODE skiers Eloise Whitlock (3rd) and Erika Lang (5th) on the podium. Ruth McCreary, also in her first year in Girls 3, took 7th;
  • Just missing the podium sweep by one skier in Mens 4 as champion Don Aschenbrenner was joined by Todd Kuykendall (3rd), Joe McCreary (4th) and Tim Henderson (5th);
  • In Mens 5 Steve Binkley taking 2nd, John Shealy 3rd and Ted McColley 4th;
  • Dane Mechler and Wyatt Haines taking 2nd and 4th, respectively, in Boys 3 behind champion Daniel Di Pol;
  • Lori Krueger finishing 2nd, Stephanie Stange 3rd and Brandy Nagle 4th in Womens 3;
  • Samuel Jackson taking 2nd and Tyler Scott 3rd in Mens 1;
  • Patricia Cordeiro finishing 2nd in Womens 4 behind champion Alison Poulsen;
  • The Prices, Harry and Artis, each taking home gold medals in slalom to bring their combined career medal haul to 142;
  • Todd Ristorcelli finishing one-half buoy behind Jay Leach to take 2nd in Masters Men.

Adding to Team GOODE’s historic week were excellent showings in the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour Finals and the Centurion/GOODE Dual Boats Slalom Swerve.

GOODE skiers made up 10 of the Big Dawg’s Sweet 16 field, six of the Elite 8, and the ENTIRE Final Four. Jeremy Newby-Ricci earned the win, edging fellow GOODE skier and defending champion Todd Ristorcelli. See the video below for more.

Don Aschenbrenner added to his Mens 4 national title by winning the Slalom Swami Challenge, defeating fellow GOODE skier Jed Blackburn in the final round.