The stage is set for a big 53rd Masters Water Ski Tournament for Team GOODE this weekend as more Men’s and Women’s slalom competitors will ride GOODE skis than any other manufacturer.
In the Men’s competition, defending world champion Thomas Degasperi will be joined by fellow Team GOODE skiers Nick Parsons, the world’s No. 6 ranked skier, and Adam Sedlmajer, a first time Masters slalom qualifier.
On the Women’s side, two-time Masters slalom champion Regina Jaquess and 2005 champion Karen Truelove will be joined by Team GOODE’s Clementine Lucine, who qualified for the event by running 1 buoy at 39-1/2 feet off at last weekend’s Masters Last Chance Qualifier.
For two Team GOODE skiers in particular, the Masters offers the chance to achieve special career milestones.
Adam, whose only previous Masters experience came on a trick ski, has spent the last few months itching to slalom on the Masters’ hallowed water.
“I’m very honored for the chance to swerve on the famous Robin Lake,” said Adam, who completed his MBA two weeks ago at the University of Louisiana-Monroe. “Slaloming there has been my dream ever since I attended my first Masters in 2007, when I came to study in the United States.”
And while it might be understandable if he had some pre-Masters nervousness, Adam says he’s not letting the pressure of the event get to him.
“I’m going to take the Masters as if it were any other tournament,” said Adam. “I know it is very prestigious tournament, but you can’t let that get into your mind. I’m planning on skiing the same as I do everyday.”
On the other side of the Masters-experience spectrum is Thomas, who first competed there in 2006. For him, this weekend presents an opportunity to add a rare missing piece in the collection of titles he’s won across the globe during his extraordinary career.
“I’ve won two world championships, the Malibu Open, a bunch of pro tour stops and five European titles, but not the Masters,” said Degasperi, who is coming off a victory earlier this month at the Proa Nautique Mexico Open. “This tournament is definitely one that I would like to add to my list. There are many good skiers that can go home with that ring on their finger, but I know I can do it.”
In the junior ranks, GOODE skiers Brando Caruso and Makayla Haw will be looking to defend their 2011 Junior Masters titles. Brando won last year’s event with a score of 5-1/2 buoys at 38-feet off, while Makayla earned her victory with 1 buoy at 38-feet off.
After winning the Junior Women’s title at the Moomba Masters in March, Makayla will be seeking her second-straight major title since switching to Team GOODE and the GOODE NANO earlier this year.
To keep up with the performances of Team GOODE and the entire Masters field, watch the tournament’s live webcast at masterswaterski.com.