As if to put an exclamation mark on another dominating season, Regina Jaquess set a new pending world record at this weekend’s Isles Junior Invitational at the Isles of Lake Hancock in Winter Garden, Fla.
Riding the 2017 Nano One, Regina scored 3-1/2 buys at 41-feet off to top her own current mark by a quarter buoy.
If approved by the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation’s Tournament Council, it will be her seventh world slalom record, her first coming in 2009.
Less than a month after the American Water Ski Association approved her tie of the Girls 3 national slalom record, Brooke Baldwin upped the record by three full buoys and in the process became the youngest female skier ever – by a large margin – to run 39 off.
Brooke scored 1 buoy at 41-feet off at Saturday’s Isles Junior Invitational at the Isles of Lake Hancock in Winter Garden, Fla., to set a new pending Girls 3 record and become the eighth female ever to run 39 in a sanctioned tournament.
At 16 years old, it is believed that Brooke beat the previous “youngest ever” into 41 off mark by more than five years.
Two-time World Overall Champion Adam Sedlmajer picked up a major career milestone earlier this fall by winning the Men’s slalom title at the U.S. Open, topping a tough field in the process.
GOODE Skis recently caught up with Adam to talk about the big win, how it changes the way he views slalom and his return to Team GOODE.
You are probably best known in water skiing as a two-time World Overall champion. Do you think this win will change how people view you and your skiing?
I am not sure that one win can change that, but I think maybe people will think of me more as a slalom skier and podium contender.
Does it change how you view slalom?
Slalom has always been my strongest event and one that I commit more time to. I know I still have room to improve and have been shifting more towards slaloming lately. Overall is cool, but slalom is the way to go for me.
Your winning score of 3 at 41 is a huge score, but you were second off the dock in the finals with a pretty stacked field to follow. What was your immediate thought about that score, and how did it feel as skier after skier failed to match it?
The whole weekend was an emotional roller coaster. Skiing on Friday not knowing whether I’d be in the finals due to the rain delays. Then I almost ended up in a run off, and with Will going down around one ball I made it into the finals with Martin without the need of a run off. The finals were crazy too. I knew that 3 at 41 off was a solid score that could put me on a podium, but my back-up score wasn’t so great, so there was some doubt. Watching everyone skiing was definitely not easy, especially since everyone ran 39 off. Lots of emotions, especially at the end.
About a week before the U.S. Open you took a bad jump crash, knocking you out of jump and overall at the U.S. Open. How did that affect your slalom training leading up to the event?
I took a couple of days off and took my first slalom ride the Tuesday before the event. After running two passes I had to go in because my neck was still very sore from the whiplash. My next set of the week was the preliminary round. But I honestly believe it helped me relax and just focus on the keys I’ve been working on the whole season. Sometimes things happen for a reason and I am glad it worked out.
You were on Team GOODE a few years back but migrated to another brand for awhile. But this year you came back. What motivated you to start slaloming on GOODEs again?
Things just weren’t as consistent as I wanted them to be. Especially before the Worlds last year. So I decided to kind of reinvent myself this year by going back to the basics and back to the things I knew worked in the past.
How does ending the year with a big win like this change your outlook heading into the 2017 season?
I think it just makes me very excited about skiing in general and quite frankly I am little upset it’s the end of the year. I am hungry for more and can’t wait to tackle things in the offseason and hopefully keep the mojo going through the Moomba Masters next year.
What are your plans for the offseason?
I am getting married in December, so things will be a little hectic. But mostly I will focus on healing my body, having fun and cross-training for next season.
It was all GOODE at last weekend’s Big Dawg World Tour Finals.
Well, not exactly, but pretty darn close considering 13 of the Sweet 16 and the entire Final Four rode GOODE skis. And of course, so did eventual champion Greg Badal.
Greg topped fellow GOODE skiers Dave Miller (4th) in the semis and Jeremy Newby-Ricci (2nd) in the finals to earn the season title for the second time in his career, joining Ben Favret as the tour’s only two-time winners.
GOODE skier Frederic Halt completed the all-GOODE Final Four, eventually finishing third after being nipped by Jeremy in the Final Four (both tied with 3@41 but Jeremy advanced as the first skier off the dock), but not before knocking out defending season champion Jeff Rodgers in the Elite 8, with a score of 3@41 to Jeff’s 2@41.
Darin Montgomery advanced to the Elite 8, finishing 8th.
Other GOODE skiers advancing to the Sweet 16 were Todd Johnson, Kyle Tate, Marc Shaw, Greg Sund, Todd Kuykendall, Favret, Bruce Dodd, and Chad Scott.
The last major tournament weekend of the year begins tomorrow as the U.S. Open of Water Skiing and the Big Dawg World Finals kick off at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla.
Taking advantage of Okeeheelee’s multi-lake set up, Friday’s competition includes the first two rounds of the Big Dawg Finals, as well as the U.S. Open’s preliminary slalom, jumping and tricks rounds.
Saturday morning the Big Dawg Sweet 16 will be trimmed down to eight skiers, while beginning at 10 a.m. the tricks, slalom and jumping U.S. Open semis and finals will take place. The day will wrap up under the lights of the east/west lake with the Big Dawg Elite 8.
Click here for the schedule of events and here for the U.S. Open running orders. The final rounds of the U.S. Open and the Sweet 16 of the Big Dawg World Tour will be broadcast live via webcast at nautique.com.
Among the favorites to win the U.S. Open Women’s slalom title are Team GOODE’s Regina Jaquess, Clementine Lucine, Breanne Dodd, Karen Truelove, Kate Adriaensen, and Brooke Baldwin. Team GOODE skiers looking to take home the U.S. Open Men’s slalom championship include Thomas Degasperi, Daniel Odvarko, Benjamin Stadlbaur, Adam Sedlmajer, Brian Detrick, Martin Bartalsky, Felipe Miranda, and Dorien Llewellyn.
And Team GOODE will be well represented in the Big Dawg finals, with eight of the top 10 qualifiers: Chad Scott, Greg Sund, Dave Miller, Greg Badal, Frederic Halt, Jay Leach, Tim Huston, and Bruce Dodd.
GOODE skiers once again dominated slalom at the 35+ World Water Ski Championships, claiming four of eight slalom gold medals (50%) and 14 of 24 total slalom medals (58%) awarded during the 2016 version of the biennial event, held last weekend at the Sesena Waterski & Wakeboard Complex in Sesena, Spain.
The weekend was punctuated by GOODE medal sweeps in two divisions: Women’s 55+ and Men’s 45+.
Joy Kelley successfully defended her 2014 title by taking the 55+ crown, with fellow GOODE skiers Carol Brooks and Janie Fausold earning silver and bronze medals.
And in perhaps the most competitive event of the championships, Jeremy Newby-Ricci edged fellow GOODE skiers Greg Badal (2nd) and Dave Miller (3rd) to take the Men’s 45+ slalom title. GOODE skier Jeff Milford was close behind in fourth.
Two more medal sweeps nearly took place in Women’s 35+ and 45+.
In Women’s 35+ GOODE skiers Valerie Jaquier and Mariana Ramirez Abelson finished second and third, respectively, behind gold-medal winner April Coble-Eller. Marie-Helene Lanthier and Kristy Kraus took fourth and fifth to give Team GOODE four of the top-five spots in the division.
And in Women’s 45+, Lori Krueger won her second-consecutive gold medal in the event and GOODE skiers Stephanie Stange and Shannon Strickland finished third and fourth, respectively.
Closing out the Team GOODE gold medals was Steve Raphael, who dominated the Men’s 65+ field with a 3-1/2 buoy-winning margin. GOODE skier Bob Hardeman earned the bronze.
Additional Team GOODE skiers earning top-five placements were: Marie-Helen Lanthier (4th, Women’s 35+), Kristy Kraus (5th, Women’s 35+), Janet Piercy (5th, Women’s 65+), Frederic Halt (2nd, Men’s 35+), Bruce Dodd (3rd, Men’s 55+), Dave Phillips (4th, Men’s 55+), David Bentall (5th, Men’s 55+), and, Dennis Longo (5th, Men’s 65+).
In the team competition, the United States earned the gold with 12,239.46 points. France finished second (10,228.02) and Canada finished third (9,721.30).
Slalom results (GOODE skiers in bold):
Women’s 35+ slalom
1 April Coble Eller 2 Valerie Jaquier 3 Mariana Ramirez Abelson 4 Marie-Helene Lanthier 5 Kristy Kraus
Women’s 45+ slalom 1 Lori Krueger
2 Olga Gubarenko 3 Stephanie Stange 4 Shannon Strickland
5 Jennifer Lapoint
Women’s 55+ slalom 1 Joy Kelley 2 Carol Brooks 3 Janie Fausold
4 Jan Johnson
5 Cristina Medem Segners
It’s difficult to track nearly two hundred skiers over the course of five days of action, so if we failed to include you as a GOODE skier in the list above, or mistakenly did so, please accept our apologies and email us the details at email@example.com.
The name and even the location of the tournament may have changed, but one thing has remained the same over the last five years at the California Pro-Am: Regina Jaquess taking the Women’s slalom crown.
Regina (took her fifth-straight California Pro-Am (previously known as the Diablo Shores Pro-Am) title Saturday, beating second-place finisher Whitney McClintock by a quarter buoy (4-1/4@39 to 4@39) to secure the win. The win adds to Regina’s professional winning streak of 28 months, as her last loss came at the 2014 Masters. Five has been a big number for Regina this year; she also won her fifth-straight Malibu Open title earlier this summer.
Regina was joined in the finals by her fellow GOODE teammates Karen Truelove (4th), Breanne Dodd (5th), and Kate Adriaensen (6th).
In Men’s slalom, Team GOODE’s Daniel Odvarko landed on the podium with a third-place finish, while Brian Detrick (6th), Thomas Degasperi (7th) and Carlo Allais (8th) also advanced to the finals.
Congratulations to Team GOODE’s Ambre Franc and Dane Mechler, who took home the Women’s and Men’s slalom titles, respectively, at last weekend’s World University Water Ski Championships in Akita, Japan.
As the only Women’s competitor to get into 38-feet off both rounds, Ambre led the competition from start to finish, clinching the title with a score of 1 at 38 off in the finals. Her fellow GOODE skiers Anna Cespivova, Jenna Morgan and Giannina Bonnemann finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively. Giannina claimed the Women’s overall and tricks titles.
Dane, competing for the eventual gold-medal winning U.S. team, tied with Dominica Republic’s Robert Pigozzi in the final round of Men’s slalom with a score of 2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off. In the runoff Dane put up a huge score of 2 buoys at 41 off – the tournament’s top score – to earn the win. Team GOODE skier and European Championships Open Men’s runner-up Benjamin Stadlbaur took fourth.
The victory gives Dane his second world title, as he is also currently the reigning Under 21 world champion.