That’s how many consecutive Malibu Open slalom titles Regina Jaquess has now won after she once again took the victory Saturday at Trophy Lakes in Johns Island, S.C.
Regina scored 1-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off in the head-to-head finals to defeat Jaimee Bull, who scored 4 at 39. Samantha Dumala finished throw and Whitney McClintock-Rini fourth.
Fresh off an appearance in the finals at the World Championships and a top-X finish at the California Pro-Am, Dane Mechler took third place at the Malibu Open to earn his first ever major pro event podium. Will Asher placed first and Nate Smith second.
It was a really GOODE weekend at the California Pro Am as Regina Jaquess won the event for the 7th consecutive time, and GOODE skiers swept the top four in Masters Men and went 1-2 in the amateur division.
Regina made it seven in a row by taking down fellow Team GOODE skier Karen Truelove in the head-to-head semi finals, then topping Whitney McClintock by a full pass (2@41 vs. 2@39) in the finals. Karen landed on the podium with a fourth-place finish.
In Masters Men, Steve Grubbs led a GOODE sweep of the tour-four spots as Mark Menasci, Kevin Bishop and Darrell Smith finished 2-3-4.
In the amateur event, Donna Yamasaki and Murray Dyson rode their GOODEs to first- and second-place finishes, respectively.
Brian Detrick was the top Team GOODE skier in Open Men, finishing fourth. Dane Mechler and Adam Sedlmajer also advanced to the finals.
The California Pro Am is underway at Diablo Shores in Brentwood, Calif.
Amateur skiers kick off the event today, while the pros will hit the water Saturday. The head-to-head finals for both groups will be held Sunday.
Pro GOODE skiers expected to compete include Regina Jaquess, Thomas Degasperi, Dane Mechler, Karen Truelove, Daniel Odvarko, Brian Detrick, and Adam Sedlmajer. In the Masters Men event Kevin Bishop, Greg Badal, Mark Measci and more will ski for Team GOODE. Both Regina and Greg are defending champions in their respective divisions.
For more info, including schedule, running orders and online webcast, visit caproam.com.
Martin Kolman won the 2019 Mens Overall World Championship title on Sunday and the “World’s Best Skier” mantle that comes with it.
Martin, who not only skis on GOODE slalom and trick skis but is employed by the company as pro team coordinator and ski tester, took home gold by edging fellow GOODE teammate Adam Sedlmajer, 2,769.11 points to 2,728.49 points, respectively. Joel Poland (2,717.30) took third.
Martin also earned a bronze in Mens tricks with 11,310 points behind Patricio Font (11,740) and Pierre Ballon (11,550).
In Womens slalom Regina Jaquess came up just short of winning her fourth consecutive World slalom title, tying eventual champ Manon Costard with 3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off in the final round. In the ensuing runoff Manon scored 2 buoys at 39, while Regina missed two ball by mere inches to finish with a score of 1 at 39 and the silver medal.
GOODE skier Jamie Metcalfe earned the bronze with a huge score of 1 at 39. Currently the No. 8 ranked skier on the IWWF Elite rankings list, the New Zealander is expected to receive quite a boost when the rankings are updated with points from Worlds.
In Men’s slalom, five of the 12 finalists were on GOODE, with Dane Mechler finishing fourth to post the highest finish for Team GOODE. Dane was the top seed heading into the final round and beautifully withstood the pressure by roping an amazing 39 off to get a chance to challenge the three skiers who sat in the lead with 2 at 41 off. After falling while heading to two ball it looked as if he was going to finish with a score of 1 at 41, but the judges determined that he missed his gates so his final score was 0 at 41 off.
Joel Howley emerged from the three way runoff with Freddie Winter (2nd) and Will Asher (3rd) to earn his first world title.
In the team competition, Canada – aided by Team GOODE skier Dorien Llewellyn – edged the United States, 8,025.87 to 8,019.55 points, to claim the team gold. France earned the bronze with 7,933.50 points.
GOODE skiers won U.S. National titles in 15 of the 30 slalom divisions contested at the 77th GOODE Water Ski National Championships, at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla.
Dating back to 2012, GOODE skiers have now won more U.S. National slalom titles – 129 out of 237 – than all other manufacturers combined.
Congratulations to the following 2019 US. National slalom champions:
Girls 1 – Alexia Abelson
Women 1 – Jenna Morgan
Women 4 – Gail Case
Women 5 – Alison Poulsen
Women 6 – Joy Kelley
Women 10 – Mary Parcheta
Open Women – Regina Jaquess
Boys 3 – Griffin Stange
Men 3 – Shelby Coke
Men 4 – Chris Clark
Men 5 – Tim Huston
Men 6 – Jack Mills
Men 7 – Steve Raphael (tie)
Men 8 – Jeff Wiswall
Master Men – Greg Sund
Additional highlights of GOODE Nationals week included Regina Jaquess taking the Women’s slalom crown at the America’s Cup, and GOODE skiers comprising six of the Elite Eight and three (Greg Sund, Greg Badal and Jeremy Newyby-Ricci) of the Final Four at the Big Dawg Tour Championships. Greg Sund ultimately finished second to champion Jeff Rodgers.
It’s difficult to track hundreds of skiers across multiple lakes over the course of five 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 email@example.com.
Team GOODE’s Ali Garcia is the No. 2 ranked Girls 3 slalom skier in the U.S., and No. 11 on the World Under 21 rankings list.
The younger sister of Taylor Garcia, Ali competed in her first ever Junior Masters earlier this year and is one of the favorites heading into next month’s IWWF World U21 Waterski Championships in Edmonton, Canada.
Team GOODE will be well represented on the U.S. squad at this year’s world championships as four of the six skiers named to the 2019 U.S. Elite Water Ski Team ride GOODEs.
GOODE skiers named to the U.S. team were three-time defending Women’s slalom and overall world champion Regina Jaquess, Taylor Garcia, Erika Lang and Adam Pickos. Also named to the team were Freddy Krueger and Anna Gay.
The six-member team will compete in the 36th Water Ski World Championships, Aug. 13-18, in Putrajaya, Malaysia.
Regina Jaquess is back atop the Master Women’s podium, winning her 7th career Masters slalom title Sunday at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga.
The fourth seed heading into the finals, Regina scored 3.5 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off – the highest Women’s score of the weekend – to put the pressure on the rest of the finals field. The score ultimately held up as Whitney McClintock finished second (3@39), Manon Costard third (1.5@39) and Jaimee Bull fourth (2.5@38).
Regina complimented her slalom victory with a second-place finish (54.4) in jumping, behind champion Jacinta Carroll (56 meters).
In Men’s slalom, Team GOODE’s Thomas Degasperi, still injured from a car crash two weeks ago that severely limited his training, managed a podium finish, placing third (3@39) behind Freddie Winter (2.5@41) and Stephen Neveu (2@41).
In Men’s tricks, Martin Kolman took third with 9,270 points, behind Pato Font and Adam Pickos, who scored 11,330 and 11,320 points, respectively.
GOODE Skis is pleased to announce that it has hired three-eventer Ty Vaio as it’s new technical engineer.
“I’m super excited to be working at GOODE,” said Ty, a long-time member of Bell Acqua in Rio Linda, Calif. “I am looking forward to being with a company that is on the cutting edge of its industry.”
Ty interned with GOODE for the past three summers and graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo – where he was a member of the water ski team – with a degree in industrial engineering.
“Ty has contributed greatly over the last three summers and his education in technical engineering is going to be a big asset for our company,” said Dave Goode, president and founder of GOODE Skis. “I look forward to what is ahead with Ty being a part of the team here at our Ogden factory.”