GOODE skiers, and notably the RéV 6, kicked off the 2016 Big Dawg World Tour with a great showing this weekend at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla., nabbing three spots in the Final Four.
Greg Badal ran 3 buoys at 41-feet off in the finals to take second behind Jeff Rodgers (4 at 41), while Dave Miller and Chad Scott finished third and fourth, respectively.
GOODE skiers occupied 11 Sweet 16 spots, as Ben Favret, Marc Shaw, Greg Sund, Darin Montgomery, Marco Bettosini, Tim Huston, Bruce Dodd, and Robert Marking joined Badal, Miller and Scott in advancing out of the preliminaries.
The competition was tough, as it took an average of two scores in the mid-39 range to advance to the Sweet 16.
Brooke Baldwin successfully defended her Jr. Masters slalom title, tying the course record and adding yet another trophy to her growing collection in the process.
Baldwin scored 4 buoys at 38-feet off to earn the win and tie the Jr. Women’s course record originally set by fellow Team GOODE skier Regina Jaquess in 2001. The score gave her a five-buoy cushion over second-place finisher Paige Rini, while Jaimee Bull placed third with 3-1/2 buoys at 35-feet off.
Baldwin also took home the overall title for the third-consecutive time, putting her in elite company with Brandi Hunt and Danyelle Bennett as the only skiers to win three consecutive Jr. Masters overall titles.
At the 2014 Masters Regina Jaquess suffered a disappointing and surprising defeat, after which, she vowed to come back with a vengeance. Consider that a promise kept.
Jaquess and her ReV 6 led from start-to-finish at the 57th Masters, held this past weekend at Callaway Gardens, to claim her second-straight Women’s slalom title and moving her into a tie with Kristi Overton-Johnson with six career Masters slalom titles.
The win also completes a full two calendar years in which Jaquess is undefeated in professional events, a run that includes multiple victories at the Masters, Malibu Open, California Pro Am and a multitude of others … not to mention a World Slalom title.
As the top seed in the finals, Jaquess got the 5 buoys at 38-feet off she needed to top the score of second-place finisher and fellow Team GOODE member Clementine Lucine (4 buoys at 38-feet off). Manon Costard took third (3.5 buoys at 38-feet off) and Karen Truelove fourth (2.5 buoys at 38-feet off), giving Team GOODE 1st, 2nd, and 4th place finishes.
In Men’s slalom, Team GOODE skiers Thomas Degasperi and Daniel Odvarko tied for 5th, while Nate Smith took home the win.
GOODE Skis is pleased to announce the launch of a completely updated and revitalized GOODEdealz.com, a special section of GOODE’s online store where skiers can get really good deals on great skis.
Offering both new and factory reconditioned skis, GOODEdealz products range from 62-inch 9900s to 68.5-inch 9800s and seemingly everything in between. Discounts go as high as 60-percent off and skis can be purchased with a 3-year extended warranty and inserts.
View the GOODEdealz.com inventory by clicking here.
The first U.S. pro event of the season takes place Sunday, marking the 2016 debut of several Team GOODE skiers.
Regina Jaquess will make her 2016 debut at the tournament and in the process attempt to defend her 2015 title, not to mention a pro event-winning streak that dates back to May of 2014. Also making her pro season debut is Brooke Baldwin, who will be returning to the scene of her first-ever professional podium, after taking third in the event last year.
On the Men’s side Daniel Odvarko, Martin Bartalsky, Carlo Allais, and Benajmin Stadlbaur will be kicking off their 2016 pro seasons. Thomas Degasperi, who placed third at Moomba, will skip the event to rest his back.
The three-round, $10,000 event will be held at the Swiss Waterski Resort in Clermont, Fla. GOODE Skis is a proud sponsor of the event.
For more information, including running orders and a live webcast of the event, visit swissproslalom.com.
To help him get back on the water after his recovery from a torn bicep tendon, BallOfSpray’s John Horton turned to the GOODE PowerVest. Luckily for anyone who has ever wondered if the vest could help them get back – or stay – on the water, he put together a video review.
The full video above is worth watching, but here are a few of John’s comments about the PowerVest:
“The more time I spend in the vest the more secure I feel, the more I feel like I’m protecting my body.”
“When I’ve gone from not wearing the vest for a couple rides to wearing the vest, to not wearing the vest, what I notice is when I put the vest on the effort to ski drops radically, and I’m rounding the same number of buoys at the moment.”
“Darn, I’m glad I have one and I’m an advocate and if you’ve got any worries about the health of your arms and elbows and shoulders or back you should definitely consider this.”
To see a second video of John skiing with the PowerVest, click here, while more information about it is available here.
RéV 6s will begin showing up on starting docks around the world any day now as the first orders of the new ski begin shipping today. The production team at HQ in Ogden is busy working their way through the pre-order list, while regular online orders are now being accepted at the GOODE Skis store at http://store.goode.com/rev-6/.
The RéV 6 is one of the most talked-about ski debuts in GOODE history, with multiple Team GOODE skiers raving about it. Here is a sampling:
“I’ve ridden some ski that i can rank in the category of my favorite ski in history, this is my no. favorite ski, and that’s quote a commentary for the ski.” – Chet Raley
“The Rev 6 is 25 percent better than any other ski I’ve ever been on.” – Dave Miller
“I’ve got a three-letter word for you: ‘wow.’ What a ski, this ski is unbelievable. This is the best thing since sliced bread.” – Jay Leach
“The FlexTail was a great ski, but now we have this 12 months of data from everyone skiing on it at different lengths and different conditions. The biggest thing is I feel it’s lighter in the course, and of course we want to be light, we want to have that feeling of being light.” – Regina Jaquess
At the 73rd GOODE Water Ski National Championships held last August in West Palm Beach, Fla., an astonishing 68 percent – or 21 out of 31 – of slalom titles were won on GOODEs. As we endure the off season here in North America, we are going to attempt to interview each of those 21 National champions, because even though they may have all been using the same brand of ski, they all have their own story.
In this installment we profile Men’s 7 National Slalom Champion Bill Mahan of Woodbridge, Virginia, who notched his third national title last year at Okeeheelee.
How long have you been skiing and how did you get into the sport?
I started skiing one summer at the age of 14 in Saranac Lake, New York. My grandmother bought my brother and I a combo set of Northland water skis. What was crazy was we didn’t even have a boat to ski behind, but we were able to get a ski set with friends most every day. Twelve years later, I entered my first tournament and took first in the novice division.
How many Nationals have you previously attended?
I ran my first EP at a record tournament at Lake Holly where I was a member and qualified for my first Nationals in 1982. Hard to say, I have never really kept track on how many nationals I have attended.
Why do you ski?
I love the great competition, which dates back to my days running track. When skiing the course you always have a benchmark for improvement. Also all the great friends and memories I have made over the years skiing. Getting with your skiing friends for a set and feeling the acceleration accompanied by the rhythm of a great run!
What’s the most important thing skiing has taught you and/or given you over the years?
Working as a team on and off the water brings great rewards. Don’t make excuses when you have a bad tournament or practice run. Be patient, work hard and good things will happen.
Do you have a pre-set ritual?
No, but the night before I skied at the Nationals we ate at Red Lobster and when the hostess seated us at table 38, we all gave each other a high five.
Who are some people that have been important to your skiing success?
My No. 1 fan is my wife, Julie. She has been very supportive not only in my skiing but staging everything it takes to run a club and tournaments. Lindsay and Kyle, our children, skied in tournaments with me as they were growing up. They were fun to coach and became my driver when I needed one. We have a lot of wonderful memories from being on the water and at tournaments.
My big break came in 1978 when Rick and Jerry Stansberry gave Julie and I the opportunity to develop a record-capability site known as Lake Holly. I also have had some great coaches and drivers over the years at Lake Holly, including Ken Mead, Bud Raley, Ron Ricketts, Lee Gotschalk, Ralph Hall, Wick Merchant, Jon Thacher, Marie Fields and my Florida connection, Jimmy Mandolis.
Anything else you would like to add?
I would like to thank Dave Goode for pushing the technological envelope with the development of the carbon fiber water ski. After switching to a 9100 Goode I won my first Nationals in Bakersfield, California, and two more titles since then on my Goode Nano One. I attribute a lot of my tournament success to my Goode ski.
And a special thanks to all the individuals who volunteer putting on all the great tournaments over the years.