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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.

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.