Top seed Dave Miller (1.5@41) had the closest scare, edging No. 8 seed Kyle Tate by a mere quarter buoy, while No. 2 Greg Badal had an easier time handling No. 7 Kevin Bishop, winning with a score of 3@41 to Kevin’s 5@39.
No. 3 Regina Jaquess put in the top score of July with 3.5@41 – tying her own Women’s world slalom record in the process – to top No. 6 Chad Scott who registered 1@41. Ironically, Chad was the driver for Regina’s big score.
And No. 5 seed Jeremy Newby-Ricci beat the tournament’s last remaining cinderella story, No. 13 Todd Kuykendall, 3@41 to 1@41.
That sets up two scintillating Final Four match-ups:
No. 1 Dave Miller vs. No. 5 Jeremy Newby-Ricci, and
No. 2 Greg Badal vs. No. 3 Regina Jaquess
In the online fan contest, of the 385 brackets submitted only three brackets remain perfect – Malibu Dave’s Picks, Skicm777 and Winner! – while 37 brackets have only one blemish.
View the updated brackets here and the online contest standings here.
Team GOODE kicked off a string of European pro events by taking one title and three of six available podium spots at last weekend’s San Gervasi Pro-Am in Italy.
Regina Jaquess topped Manon Costard in the head-to-head finals to earn the win, while Clementine Lucine took third and fellow GOODE skier Alisa Shevkunova finished fourth.
In Men’s slalom, Thomas Degasperi scored 4 at 41 off twice during the weekend on his way to a third-place finish. Brian Detrick scored 3 at 41 off to advance into the round of 8 before finishing fifth, while Benjamin Stadlbaur and Martin Bartalsky both posted scores into 41 off while just missing out on spots in the round of 8.
The first round of the 2017 GOODE Bracket Challenge almost ended up with the event’s biggest ever upset, as No. 1 seed Dave Miller and No. 16 Ben Favret tied, with Dave eventually earning the win once the back-up tiebreaker score was applied.
And Ben used an interesting approach to make it that close. He scored 3@39 – but at 36 mph – to put up his June best score of 111 buoys, tying Dave’s score of 3@41 at 34 mph. Unfortunately for Ben his second-highest score of June – 3@38, 36 mph – was not enough to top Dave’s back-up of 2@41, 34mph, so, Dave advances.
Another high seed who resorted to a tiebreaker score to advance was No. 5 Jeremy Newby-Ricci, who needed two scores of 2@41 on the VERY LAST DAY OF JUNE to tie No. 12 Tim Huston, who also got 2@41. Jeremy won the tiebreaker, 2@41 to 0.5@38 for Tim.
One upset that did take place was No. 13 Todd Kuykendall’s win over No. 4 seed Jay Leach. Todd scored 1@41 to beat Jay’s 3@39, although Jay’s tournament schedule in June was unusually light due to a family vacation.
The rest of the field went according to seeds:
No. 2 Greg Badal faced a tough test from No. 15 Chet Raley, but emerged with a 3@41 to 1@41 win;
No. 3 Regina Jaquess also faced a stiff challenge from No. 14 Jeff Milford, but won 1.5@41 to 0.5@41;
No. 6 Chad Scott scored 2@41 to take down No. 11 Marc Shaw, who only managed 3@39 as one of his best opportunities in June – the France Big Dawg stop – turned sour after his ski didn’t arrive in time for the tournament;
No. 7 Kevin Bishop took out the event’s youngest skier, No. 10 Brooke Baldwin, 1.5@41 to 2@39;
No. 8 Kyle Tate had a great score of 2@41 to advance past No. 9 Greg Sund, who did not post a score in June due to injury.
That sets up the following Round 2 matches:
No. 1 Dave Miller vs. No. 8 Kyle Tate
No. 2 Greg Badal vs. No. 7 Kevin Bishop
No. 3 Regina Jaquess vs. No. 6 Chad Scott
No. 13 Todd Kuykendall vs. No. 5 Jeremy Newby-Ricci
Of the 385 brackets submitted in the online fan contest, only seven brackets remain perfect. An additional 75 only have one blemish on their bracket.
View the updated brackets here and the online contest standings here.
The GOODE Virtual Water Ski Bracket Challenge™ is back, once again pitting many of the world’s best 34 mph water skiers against each other in head-to-head match-ups and testing fans’ skiing knowledge with an March-Madness like contest.
World champions and record holders, up-and-coming stars, Senior Worlds and Big Dawg champs, and perennial National title contenders. The 2017 Bracket Challenge is loaded. Click here to see the full field of 16.
Like previous years, there will be some serious prizes on the line for the top finishers in the online fan contest. The overall winner will win a free GOODE RéV 6 or Nano 1/XT, while the second- and third-place finishers will receive prize packages from GOODE’s online store.
But you can’t win if you don’t enter. Submit your bracket here, or click here for more information about how the online contest works.
With her first-place finish and qualifying score at last weekend’s Masters Last Chance Qualifier at Sunset Lakes, Brooke Baldwin, 16, earned the right to ski in the Masters Women’s slalom field. But doing so comes at a price: forgoing the chance to defend her three consecutive junior overall and two consecutive junior slalom titles.
In the end, she decided she was ready to make the jump in slalom. GOODE recently talked to her about that decision and what she expects this weekend.
GOODE: At the last chance qualifier you needed 2.5@39 to qualify and the first round you got 2. What were you thinking heading into the second and final round?
Brooke: In the first round I thought I got around three ball. I fell at the ball but I thought it was 50/50 that I got around it but I must have just skied inside it. I was actually surprised how nervous I was going into the second round. Prior to the tournament I didn’t think I’d ski the Women’s event, even if I did qualify. But I was really stressing out after the first round because I wanted to make it.
GOODE: In the end, why did you decide to ski in the Open Women’s slalom event at the Masters?
Brooke: It’s fun to ski with the pros and to be able to say that I’m going to be able to ski on Saturday. Not a lot of people can say that. It’s a big deal. And this may be the only set I ever ski on Robin Lake for fun. There are really no expectations. I can just go and enjoy it instead of being stressed out all the time.
GOODE: What were those couple days you spent making your decision like?
Brooke: I was really back and forth on this decision. I don’t remember the last time I thought about something so hard.
GOODE: You are going to be on the starting dock with all the big names in the sport. Will that affect you?
Brooke: I’m not that intimidated by them because I’ve been skiing against them for so long. I grew up with so many of them and more than half of them have seen me as a baby.
GOODE: What do you hope to accomplish this weekend?
Brooke: I would like to stand up my trick run, place in jump in the junior event, and I just hope that I have fun in slalom. I want to ski well, but as long and I’m just enjoying it and having fun, it’ll all fall in place. No matter what I do in slalom I’m going to be happy because I get to ski on Saturday.
When the 58th Masters Waterski Tournament takes place this weekend at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga., some Team GOODE skiers will be looking to keep streaks going, while others will be looking to start ones of their own.
Thomas Degasperi will be putting his No. 1 IWWF Elite ranking on the line and looking to make it two major titles in a row after winning the Moomba Masters earlier this season. Thomas has had a phenomenal past 12 months, taking titles at the Malibu Open, Canadian Open and European Championships in addition to Moomba. Among the competition he’ll face on the Masters’ famed Robin Lake will be fellow Team GOODE athletes Daniel Odvarko and defending U.S. Open champion Adam Sedlmajer. Additional competitors are defending champ Nate Smith, Freddie Winter, Jason McClintock, Jon Travers, Stephen Neveu, and Will Asher.
In Women’s slalom World Elite No. 1 Regina Jaquess will of course be one of the favorites, as is appropriate for the two-time defending and seven time Women’s slalom champion. While she skipped Moomba, she looks to be in top shape after a dominating win at the Swiss Pro Slalom two weekends ago.
Her competition will include an onslaught of Team GOODE skiers, as when taking Regina into account six of the eight women in the field will ride GOODEs. Breanne Dodd, Clementine Lucine, Karen Truelove, Kate Adriaenson, and Brooke Baldwin (more on Brooke below) all made the field and are expected to challenge Regina. Whitney McClintock and Manon Costard round out the Women’s slalom field.
In the junior ranks, Brooke’s jump to the open division will end her two-year dominance of the slalom event and her three consecutive overall titles. GOODE skiers Neilly Ross and Alejandra DeOsma will be among the skiers looking to take advantage of Brooke’s absence, while Aris Techoueyres and Quinn Haines will look to claim Junior Men’s slalom titles, with Quinn competing in overall.
The top-four finishers from last season’s Big Dawg World Tour Finals have once again been invited to the Masters party. Team GOODE’s Greg Badal and Dave Miller will both compete, however fellow GOODE skier Jeremy Newby-Ricci is unable to make it to the event, opening up a spot for Jeff Rodgers. Fred Halt is the fourth competitor.
The event begins Friday with the Junior Masters and takes place throughout the weekend, concluding with the finals on Sunday.
Team GOODE’s Adam Sedlmajer set a pending world overall record Friday at the 2017 Isles Spring Invitational at the Isles of Lake Hancock in Winter Garden, Fla., topping a record that has stood since 2002.
Sedlmajer posted scores of 4 buoys at 41 off in slalom, 10,640 points in tricks and 216 feet in jumping for an overall total of 2,820.79 points.
If approved by the IWWF, the record would exceed Jaret Llewellyn’s current record of 2,818.01 (5 at 38/10,730 points/235 feet).
Sedlmajer is the defending U.S. Open Men’s slalom and World Overall champion.