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1 of 21: Mens 3 National Slalom Champion Darin Montgomery

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 enter 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. 

Next up is Mens 3 National Slalom Champion Darin Montgomery, who won his second national title this year, a mere 16 years after his first.

How did you get into the sport?
My father was a competitive skier. When I was two he would ride his jump skis and put me on the front which is how I started getting comfortable on the water.  A group of his fellow club members decided to look for a private site in Illinois to get off of the busy public lake and founded PITS (People Involved in Tournament Skiing), which happened to be an old borrow pit. As it turns out, that small group developed some of the best amateur and professional skiers in the world to this day including Freddy and Lori Krueger.

Where do you ski and how often?
I am fortunate to ski in my backyard. I’ve been in Florida 20 years skiing the first 12 at Okeeheelee Park and the past eight at Lago Del Sol. I typically ski three to four sets a week May thru September, and two to three sets a week the other months, taking December and January off.

What did it feel like to come out on top in West Palm this year?
Winning this year was extra special for me, not for winning at my local club, but for getting to share my national title with my daughter, Ashley, who also won her second title this year as well. We both won Florida States, Southern Regionals and Nationals for a clean sweep!

How did you prepare for Nationals? Anything different than in the past?
I actually began the season training much less than years past. I was basically only skiing tournaments until mid June. I was fortunate that Dave Goode introduced the XTM last year. I was able to ride it at the 2014 Nationals and really got it dialed in last fall. Because of that, I was able to train less and increase my sets leading up to Nationals without having to worry about my ski. This was probably one of the only seasons that I did not make any adjustments to my ski, so that was the biggest difference than in past years.

What’s the most important thing skiing has taught you and/or given you over the years?
Skiing has taught me the importance of having an outlet that you are passionate about to keep your life balanced. Skiing has given me a great group of friends across the world that all share the waterskiing lifestyle. And it brought me to ULM where I met my wife.

Who are some people that have been important to your skiing success?
Initially my parents and PITS club members. My wife is the key to my skiing success since she is my primary driver and cheerleader. I’ve been fortunate to ski with great people over the years, including Chet Raley, Chris Sullivan, Wade Cox, Chris Rossi, Freddy Krueger, and Jaret Llewellyn to name a few.

Anything else you’d like to add? 
I’d like to thank the many volunteers and clubs across the country for their love of the sport that allows all of us to enjoy waterskiing. It is easy to take it all for granted but without the behind-the-scenes judges, scorers, drivers, and volunteers, there would not be any tournaments.

Regina Named USA Water Ski Female Athlete of the Month

After winning slalom and overall titles at the 2015 U.S. Open, Team GOODE’s Regina Jaquess has been named USA Water Ski’s Female Athlete of the Month for October.

From USA Water Ski:

Jaquess won the women’s slalom and overall titles for the second consecutive year at the 22nd Nautique U.S. Open Water Ski Championships, Oct. 22-24, in Orlando, Fla. She was the only athlete to advance to the finals in slalom, tricks and jumping. She won her fifth career U.S. Open overall title after achieving scores of a ½ buoy at 41 feet off in slalom (preliminary round), 8,470 points in tricks (both rounds) and 171 feet in jumping (final round). She won her fourth career U.S. Open women’s slalom title by scoring 1-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off. She also placed runner-up in jumping and third in tricks.

Full story here.

FlexTail and Nano 1FT now available with custom graphics

For the first time ever, you can now make your FlexTail or Nano 1FT look any way you want. Any design, any color. The only limit is your own imagination.

There are two ways to make your new ski uniquely yours:

  • Use GOODE’s Online Ski Designer Tool™ to choose your ski’s colors, add text and/or pick from a huge library of pre-loaded designs, patterns, images, and logos. Upload pictures of your kids, friends or pets from your computer, phone or even social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook, and bring them along for the ride too.
  • Or, use templates provided by GOODE to create your own designs in graphic design software programs such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Once you’ve completed your design, simply purchase your ski at store.goode.com and upload your image to complete the process.

Get started today by designing your own FlexTail or Nano 1FT.

1 of 21: Girls 1 National Slalom Champion Alana Jones

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 enter 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. 

Next up is Girls 1 National Slalom Champion Alana Jones, a 10-year old who trains with her family on Osage Lake and calls Church Point, La., home. 

How long have you been skiing?
I’ve been competing for four years, and I was up on skis the year before that.

How did you get into the sport?
My mommy and daddy are both skiers.

How many Nationals have you previously attended?
Two previously, so this was the third.

Is this your first National title?
In a single event, yes, but not for overall.  In 2014, I won Girls 1 overall at nationals and took second in slalom.

What did it feel like to come out on top in West Palm this year?
It felt great. I was very excited because my main goal was to win slalom at nationals.

How did you prepare for Nationals?
I skied hard and skied on some days when I didn’t really want to because of conditions. And I went to many more tournaments than we usually go to.

Besides winning the National title, what are some other highlights in your skiing career?
This summer I got the South Central regional record with 4 buoys at 28 off. At nationals, I got second in overall and third in tricks. I thought it was cool to have a medal in each color!

What’s the most important thing skiing has taught you and/or given you?
Time with family because my whole family skis, and getting to travel to different places.

Who are some people that have been important to your skiing success?
My dad and mom and Mr. Trent (Finlayson).

What advice would you give someone who is trying to improve in slalom?
Keep your hips up and keep on working on it.

Anything else you’d like to add?
Thanks for the hat!

Regina Repeats, GOODE Skiers claim three of Big Dawg Final Four

In a year of successfully defended titles and winning streaks, Regina Jaquess added another major water ski title to her 2015 season today in Orlando as she won her second-straight U.S. Open Women’s slalom title.

Heading into the final round as the second seed behind No. 1 seed Whitney McClintock, Regina emerged on top of a finals field that included her fellow Team GOODE skiers Clementine Lucine (third) and Brooke Baldwin (fifth).  Regina’s win extends her pro tournament unbeaten streak to 16 months and certainly makes her the favorite heading into next month’s World Championships in Mexico.

Brooke’s top-5 finish in one of the year’s premiere events is another significant milestone in the 14-year old’s breakout first season competing in the pro ranks, after netting her first pro podium earlier this summer at the Swiss Slalom Pro.

In the Big Dawg World Tour Finals held in conjunction with the U.S. Open, three of the Final Four spots were taken by GOODE skiers, as were 11 of the Sweet 16. In the end, Jeff Rodgers edged Team GOODE’s Ben Favret, 3 buoys on the four-ball course to Ben’s 2 at 41. GOODE skiers Tim Huston and Todd Johnson faced off against each other to decide third place, with Tim’s 2 at 39 off ultimately beating Todd by a half buoy.

T-Gas, Dave Miller to face off in Bracket Challenge Finals

And then there were two.

Thomas Degasperi and Dave Miller have emerged from tough brackets to claim the final two spots in the GOODE Bracket Challenge.

In the 36 mph bracket, Thomas needed a tiebreaker to edge Daniel Odvarko, as both had a top score of 2 buoys at 41-feet off during the month of September. With the tiebreaker going to their second-highest score, Thomas picked up the win, 2 at 41 to Daniel’s 1.5 at the same rope length.

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On the 34 mph side, Dave Miller and Greg Badal also tied, with scores of 3.5 at 41 off, but the off-the-water injury that ended Greg’s season prevented him from moving on.

That sets up a head-to-head championship bracket featuring two of the most decorated skiers in recent history. Thomas is a two-time world champion and multiple-time Moomba, Masters and Malibu Open winner, while over the past decade-plus Dave has become one of the elite 34 mph skiers in the world, winning multiple Big Dawg tour stops and season titles.

In the final round, speed is not taken into consideration to determine the bracket winner. The rope length and number of buoys is the sole determinant of the winner. For example, if Dave scores 3 buoys at 41 off (at 34 mph), he would beat a hypothetical score from Thomas of 2 buoys at 41 off (36 mph).

Online Fan Contest Down to Three

More than 300 fans may have entered Bracket Challenge’s online contest, but only three are still in the running.

In third place after the Elite 8, boz’s picks jumped both LLUSA and swerve_6 to land in the top spot heading into the final round. But only boz’s picks selected Dave to win it all (LLUSA and swerve_6 picked Chris Parrish), so if he wins, so does boz’s picks. If Thomas wins, the contest will be determined by who’s tiebreaker score is closest to Thomas ultimately winning score.

For the skiers’ bracket, click here. Click here for the fan contest standings.

GOODE skiers claim medals at Disabled Worlds

Vision Impaired Men’s World Slalom Champion Daniele Cassioli. Photo courtesy John Lipscomb/JD Diamond Photography.

More than 50 athletes from 11 countries competed at last weekend’s 12th Barbara Bolding/Jim Grew Fund Disabled Water Ski World Championships at Shortline Lake in Elk Grove, Calif., including a trio of GOODE skiers who brought home medals in slalom events.

Cassioli and Mike Royal. Photo courtesy John Lipscomb/JD Diamond Photography.

Italy’s Daniele Cassioli scored 1 buoy at 38 feet off to win the gold medal in Vision Impaired Men’s slalom, while the United States’ Mike Royal took silver with 1 at 35 feet off. Cassioli also earned gold medals in Vision Impaired Men’s overall, as well as the Men’s overall title awarded to the tournament’s top male skier in all divisions.

Fellow GOODE skier Christian Lanthaler of Italy earned the bronze in Standing Men’s slalom with 4.5 at 15 feet off.

In the team competition the United States earned gold with 12,531.94 points, while Australia and Italy earned silver and bronze medals with 10,811.68 and 9,961.06 points, respectively.

For full results, click here, or click here to view the webcast archives.

One of 21: Womens 4 National Slalom Champion Lori Krueger

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 enter 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.

First up is Womens 4 National Slalom Champion Lori Krueger of San Marcos, Texas, who has successfully made the leap from touring pro, to a mother of two who just so happens to keep on winning national and world titles, even if she can’t hit the water as often as she’d like.

How long have you been skiing and how did you get into the sport?
I started skiing at the age of five. My parents lived on a public lake in Decatur, Ill., and wanted to meet some new people so they joined the ski club. Once I started I fell in love with it.

How many Nationals have you previously attended?
Around 30. When I was a pro skier I would miss a few because of other pro tournaments, and then a few injuries got in the way, and then the years I had my children.

How did you prepare for Nationals? Anything different than in the past?
Yes completely! I didn’t get to ski Regionals because I coached the Pan Am Games and so I had only competed in one tournament before Nationals so I didn’t really feel like I had any rhythm and was quite nervous. It felt like I was cramming for a test. I started 3-event training with about two weeks to go.

So given your limited training time, how did it feel to come out on top in West Palm this year?
It felt awesome! I hadn’t really planned on skiing Nationals, then my daughter qualified in Girls 1, so I decided to ski with her. It was fantastic because she skied a PB.

Why do you ski?
Because I love it. The friendships I have made, and the memories from all the great times I have spent on teams or coaching and getting to know people of all walks of life. I love all aspects. If not for water skiing I would be a completely different person!

What’s the most important thing skiing has taught you and/or given you over the years?
Skiing has taught me to compete, keep in shape as I get older, and to continue to help and share my passion for this awesome sport. It is such a family sport, and I came from a skiing family and now my own kids are getting the thrill of skiing.

Who are some people that have been important to your skiing success?
My immediate family for passing on their love of the sport, Brenda Baldwin for letting me live and train with her at a time in my life when I needed it, my husband for financially supporting me and driving, and Trent Finlayson for skiing with me everyday and putting up with me. And to my children for cheering on shore and loving me no matter what. I always seem to be great in their eyes.

Anything else you’d like to add?
I would like to thank all the sponsors, not just mine, but also all those companies that support our Nationals, grass roots, etc. I don’t think that our ski companies, boat companies, rope companies, etc., get enough credit. They are the reason we still have pro skiing and so many other events. And also for the families that give up so much of their time and energy to their children. I am just now finding out what that is all about. All the hours spent behind the wheel of a boat and all the hours coaching.

Degasperi vs. Odvarko, Miller vs. Badal in GOODE Bracket Challenge Final Four

The 2015 GOODE Bracket Challenge Final Four is set, with an unexpected injury shaking up the online fan contest standings.

Thomas Degasperi and Daniel Odvarko will face off in the 36 mph bracket, while Dave Miller and Greg Badal will go against each other in the 34 mph side.

Chris Parrish, the No. 1 36 mph seed and the most popular fan pick to win the tournament did not ski in round 2 (the month of August) due to a shoulder injury. Therefore, he didn’t post a score during his head-to-head match up with Thomas, so Thomas advances.

That sets up an intriguing 36 mph finale between two European skiers who have battled it out recently, both in the U.S. and abroad. They are currently ranked Nos. 4 and 5 on the IWWF Elite Rankings List and are expected to ski against each other at the California Pro Am later this month in Sacramento, Calif.

Two skiers who are skiing extremely well right now will face off on the 34 mph side. Dave Miller’s top score in August was an impressive 4 buoys at 41 off, while Greg Badal was right behind him with 3.5 buoys at 41 off, not to mention the 2.5 at the same line length he scored to win the Master Men’s national title at last month’s GOODE Water Ski National Championships.

The end of Chris’ tournament run dramatically altered the online fan contest, as it eliminated the possibility of anyone picking the perfect bracket. Currently, LLUSA and swerve_6 are tied for first place, although both picked Chris to win. Thirteen other fans are tied for third, but only one of them, boz’s picks, has a final champion pick that is still alive in the tournament.

For the master bracket, click here, or here for the fan contest standings.

Introducing the Nano 1FT

GOODE Skis kicked off the 73rd GOODE Water Ski National Championships today in West Palm Beach, Fla., by releasing the latest ski in its high-performance lineup: the Nano 1FT™.

The Nano 1FT takes water skiing’s most buzzed about technological advancement in years – the patent-pending endoskeleton, carbon-fiber backbone and through cut support ribs featured in this year’s hit FlexTail™ – and combines it with the world-record breaking performance of the Nano One™ shape.

“The new lateral flex technology featured on the FlexTail turned out so well that we began looking for another shape in our lineup to utilize it on,” says Dave Goode, founder and president of GOODE Skis. “Some shapes are more conducive to certain skiing styles, so we wanted to make sure that we give our customers a chance to find the best ski for them.

“The Nano One shape was the obvious choice. From day one that ski and its successor, the Nano OneXT, have been phenomenal skis. They’ve set numerous world records and countless personal bests. But now with the new lateral flexing tail technology, that great shape is going to be even better.”

To learn more about the Nano 1FT or FlexTail, visit the GOODE booth during the GOODE Nationals, or visit store.goode.com.

Characteristics of the Nano 1FT and FlexTail

Nano 1FT

  • A more “connected feeling” with the water
  • Tighter, pivot-type turn
  • In general, preferred by skiers who are on the lighter side of each ski length’s weight range
  • Medium effort ski

FlexTail

  • Ski sits higher in the water
  • Faster out of the buoy
  • More “automatic” from apex to first wake
  • Easier effort ski