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Chris Parrish rejoins Team GOODE

Four-time world record holder Chris Parrish is back on Team GOODE and already feeling the difference after just a handful of sets on his GOODE.

“My 39s are feeling like 32s again,” said Chris, who posted a score of 4 buoys at 41-feet off in his very first tournament back on his ski. “With the ski’s efficiency and how light I feel on it, everything just feels easy again.”

Chris experienced considerable success during his previous stint on GOODE, setting and tying world records multiple times and holding No. 1 world ranking from October 2009 to April 2011.

“We are very excited to have Chris back on the team because he has already proven how good he can be on our skis,” said Dave Goode, founder and president of GOODE Skis. “He skied extremely well for a number of years with us and in just the short time back on it he’s already putting up big scores. Watch out for Chris this upcoming season.”

Chris says he made the move because after an off-season of hard work in the gym, he wanted to put himself in the best position for his fifth world record.

“I put so much energy and grind into my offseason, getting my strength up and my weight at 198 pounds, that I just saw things lining up naturally,” said Chris. “At the end of the day, yes, I want my record back. I have a lot of confidence in GOODEs because I ran 22 41 offs in record tournaments on them over a two year period. I know they can get me there again.”

Chris’ return was welcomed by his fellow GOODE teammates, including two-time world champion Thomas Degasperi and current world No. 5 Freddie Winter.

“I like Chris a lot and he’s an amazing skier, so it’s great to have him back on the team,” said Thomas. “I hope that we’ll be able to ski and hang out with each other a lot more this year.”

“Chris is a great skier and he’ll be on a great ski,” added Freddie. “It’s going to be fun skiing with, and against, him this year.”

GOODE skiers named USA Water Ski Athletes of the Month

GOODE skiers Regina Jaquess and Nick Lang have been honored by USA Water Ski by being named its Athletes of the Month for April.

Regina and Nick were awarded for their gold-medal winning efforts at the 2014 Pan Am Championships held last month in Bogota, Colombia.

Regina won gold medals in Women’s slalom, jumping and overall, and a silver in tricks. She set a new Pan Am Championships Women’s slalom record with 4-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off.

Nick won gold medals in Boys’ tricks, jumping and overall, and a silver medal in slalom.

The U.S. Elite Water Ski Team was named USA Water Ski’s Team of the Month for its gold-medal performance at the same championships. Team members included GOODE skiers Regina, Caroline Hensley, Erika Lang, and Adam Pickos, as well as Nate Smith and Zack Worden.

Additional Team GOODE skiers earning medals at the championships were Dave Miller and Lori Krueger, who won gold medals in Men’s and Women’s 45+ slalom, respectively, Chris Eller, silver in Men’s 35+ slalom, and Kristen Baldwin, who earned a silver medal in under 13 Girl’s slalom.

For more information, click here.

Krueger and Miller take gold at Pan Am Championships

The United States’ Lori Krueger and Canada’s Dave Miller won gold medals in Women’s and Men’s over 45 slalom, respectively, as GOODE skiers racked up the medals today at the 2014 Pan Am Championships in Bogota, Colombia.

Lori swept the Women’s over 45 competition, also taking gold in tricks and jumping in addition to her slalom medal, while Dave scored 5 at 39-1/2 off for the win, posting the highest slalom score in the tournament so far in the process. His fellow Canadian and Team GOODE member Bruce Dodd took the bronze.

In the Junior ranks the United States’ Kristen Baldwin earned a silver medal in under 13 Girls slalom after being edged out of gold by Colombia’s Luisa Jaramillo in two tiebreakers. Kristen also took second in tricks and first in jumping. Her sister, Brooke, finished fifth in under 17 Girls slalom, sixth in tricks and fourth in jumping, an especially impressive accomplishment considering this is the 13-year old’s first year in the under 17 age group.

The United States’ Nick Lang dominated under 17 Boys with a silver in slalom and gold medals in tricks and jumping.

The competition continues Thursday with preliminary rounds in under 21 and Open Men’s and Women’s slalom. Among the GOODE skiers competing will be Javier Julio, Carlos Lamadrid, Caroline Hensley, Regina Jaquess, Adam Pickos, and Erika Lang.

Click here for scores and schedules.

Dave Miller wins, Chad Scott takes 2nd at Big Dawg Mexico

The 2014 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour began the same way the 2013 series ended; with a GOODE skier on top of the podium.

Dave Miller rode his GOODE Nano OneXT to victory at the Big Dawg Mexico stop yesterday in Guadalajara, Mexico, beating fellow Team GOODE member Chad Scott in the finals to win his second Big Dawg victory in less than a year.

In the Final Four round, Dave topped Andy Mapple and Chad took out Greg Badal to reach the finals. Other GOODE skiers advancing to the Sweet 16 included Alberto Soares, Dave Goode, Jose Saad, Francisco Angel, and Bruce Dodd.

This weekend’s event in Mexico was the first Big Dawg stop since last season’s finals, in which GOODE skier Jeremy Newby-Ricci took the title and the top-four finishers were all on GOODEs.

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2014 Big Dawgs kick off in Mexico

The Nautique Big Dawg World Tour kicks off tomorrow at the Boca Laguna Water Ski Club in Guadalajara, Mexico.

A large contingent of Team GOODE skiers are expected to participate in the tournament, including Alberto Soares, Dave Miller, Dave Goode, Chad Scott, Jose Saad, Francisco Angel, and Bruce Dodd.

Click here for updates throughout the two-day event.

The Mexico stop is the first event of the five-tournament series. The tour culminates with the Big Dawg Championships, held Aug. 14-15, in conjunction with the GOODE Water Ski National Championships in San Marcos, Texas. At last year’s Big Dawg Finals, the top-four spots were won by GOODE skiers.

Bracket Challenge to be bigger and better in 2014

The GOODE Virtual Water Ski Bracket ChallengeTM will be back and bigger than ever in 2014.

The multi-round event debuted last year with a field of eight skiers, but the 2014 version will be expanded to 64 of the world’s top Men’s and Women’s 34 mph skiers. All participating skiers must ski on GOODEs and seedings, 1-64, will be based on the October 2013 IWSF world rankings list.

The virtual component of the tournament will take place over five months, with May, June, July and August each comprising a single round in the tournament. The final two rounds will take place Sept. 9-10 at GOODE Ski Lake in Ogden, Utah.

Besides a larger field of skiers, the most exciting part of the 2014 Bracket Challenge will be the vastly enlarged and improved fan bracket contest.  Stay tuned for more details in coming weeks.

GOODE releases its most revolutionary ski ever

After an extensive research and development cycle that was double the length of any previous product, GOODE Skis has released its most revolutionary ski yet.

With an all-new material, completely redesigned rocker and bevels, and a hull that will take the industry by surprise, the latest in a long line of groundbreaking innovations is sure to get people on the starting dock to take notice.

GOODE skier improves 6 loops in 3 years

Not too long ago we heard about a guy out west who in three years went from being a 15-off skier to getting into 39-1/2 off. Our first thought: how?  So, we asked.

Ladies and gentlemen, we give you Orondo, Washington’s Steve Burdick, the guy who in three short years has put a whole lot more rope in the boat.  

GOODE: Where do you ski and who do you ski with?

Steve: I live on the Columbia River in Central Washington. Most days I ski a slalom course on the river in front of my house. Last year I joined the Rock Island Ski Club (RISC) for a more private setting near home and the Fraser Valley Water Ski Club (FVWSC) in Abbotsford, British Columbia, where I ski when visiting my wife’s family in Canada. When at home on the Columbia and at RISC, I ski with a few local vacation home owners, but mostly my wife Carolyn and our two children Sarah (age two) and Jayden (age four). When at the FVWSC I ski with a more experienced slalom crowd, including Dave Miller. Recently, I have been fortunate enough to travel occasionally to Southern California during the winter to ski at Imperial Lakes with him and Paul Donatt.

GOODE: Last year you started getting into 39-1/2 off, but just three years ago you were trying to just run 15 off. You realize that’s not normal, right?

Steve: Apparently not, but the equipment and guys I am skiing with and listening to aren’t exactly normal either, they are top notch! In 2011 I was able to refine enough of my technique to get the speed up to 34.2 mph on Zero Off and ran my first 15 off passes. I then decided to change to a GOODE ski and Powershell 5s at the end of the season. In 2012, I began running 22 and 28 off with consistency and would run 32 off most of the time and was stuck around 4 ball at 35 off for the rest of that season. I kept thinking to myself “If I can get through most of 35 off with flaws in my technique, what would happen if I got the rest of this stuff figured out? What if I actually had good technique and form?”

In 2013 I switched to the new Nano OneXT and almost right away began running all my 32 off passes and started running 35 more regularly. By the end of the season I was running 35 off consistently and was up to between 3 and 5 ball at 38 off each set. In my last practice session on the Columbia River in October, 38 off went down and I ended the year with a new PB of 2 at 39-1/2 off.

GOODE: How were you able to improve so dramatically, so quickly?

Steve: Simple answer: the right equipment and listening to the right people. I got on a GOODE in 2011 and met Dave Miller for the first time at Albert Dyck Lake in Abbotsford, British Columbia. He was kind enough to ride along in the boat for a couple sets, provide some good suggestions to work on, and help get my ski dialed in. It was also the first time I ever saw anyone run anything shorter than 28 off in person. He made it look easy and was willing to share what seemed to be all of his secrets with a pure stranger. He is dedicated to improving everyone’s skiing and is a great asset to the sport.

After this, I decided I wanted to improve and began skiing more often and really tried to work on the weaknesses in my technique that Dave identified.  He really encouraged me to keep working on the right things. Paul Donatt at Imperial Lakes helped me switch to a two-handed gate this past fall and I am grateful for his help and guidance as well. I still have a long ways to go to ski like these guys, but I am motivated to work hard and up my buoy count again this coming summer and ski as many AWSA tournaments as I can.

GOODE: Why did you choose a GOODE?

Steve: In 2011 I knew it was time to get a new ski. I had been stuck at 15 off and figured my equipment might be holding me back, so I decided to take some advice from BallOfSpray posters and demo a couple high-end skis. After other companies’ skis didn’t seem to really give me much more of an advantage, a club member suggested I try a GOODE. I thought I wasn’t a good enough skier to try a ski like that, but decided to call and order a 66-inch Nano Twist Mid with PowerShell 5 bindings. Best step ever!

GOODE: Broho is hosting a Big Dawg this year. Will we see you there?

Steve: Well, I sent my check and registration to be placed on the wait list. I am very excited to watch and hopefully ski with the guys that run 39-1/2 off in their sleep. I know there will be lots of world-class skiers on GOODE skis tearing it up out there and I am just blessed to have the opportunity to share the lake with these great athletes for the weekend. I will be rooting for one GOODE skier in particular, and will be excited to see him win at Broho and repeat his 2010 Big Dawg Championship.

Freddie Winter lands his first ever WaterSki cover shot

It’s been a pretty good week for Team GOODE’s Freddie Winter.

He took his first ski set since enrolling at ULM as a grad student and member of their national champion ski team (running 39-off on the notoriously rolly bayou in the process), celebrated a birthday and, as you can see above, landed his first WaterSki cover photo.

Photographer Thomas Gustafson got the shot during a November twilight photo shoot in Orlando while Freddie was prepping for the 2013 Worlds. That turned out pretty well too, as he ended up with a bronze medal.

Go to WaterSki’s site – www.waterskimag.com – to check out more on-the-water action (and subscribe if you don’t already).

Regina and Freddie honored with BallofSpray awards

Team GOODE’s Regina Jaquess and Freddie Winter have been named BallofSpray’s Female and Breakout skiers of the year, respectively.

In giving Regina the award, BOS cited her domination in the slalom course in 2013:

Jaquess won every slalom event that she entered in 2013 and was once again standing at the top of the podium as she clinched not only the slalom title at the World Championships but also a new World Championship record of 1 @ 41off.

BOS also highlighted her all-around skiing abilities, which were capped with a world title in Women’s overall and top-5 finishes in tricks and jumping in several events throughout the year.

Read BOS’ full article on Regina.

Freddie’s quick ascension to the upper ranks of the slalom world did not go unnoticed by BOS, which pointed to his 10-spot jump in the IWWF world rankings list, second-place finish at the Europeans and his huge score of 5 buoys at 41-feet off at the GOODE Bracket Challenge Finals as supporting evidence of his breakout year.

But of course, BOS considered his performance at the World Championships as the moment most worthy of the award:

… his moment of true glory came in 2013 at his first World Championships. Seeded 9th in the prelims, Winter impressively swerved his way into the finals and finished the event by taking home the bronze medal.

Read BOS’ full article on Freddie.

Additional skiers honored by BOS were Nate Smith (Male Skier of the Year), Erika Lang (Female Junior Skier of the Year) and Josh Briant (Male Junior Skier of the Year). For more details, visit BallofSpray.com.