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Introducing the all new GOODE FlexTail™, the first ski with a tail that turns

Today GOODE released the FlexTail™, the company’s most revolutionary ski since it introduced the carbon fiber water ski in 1994.

The FlexTail features an innovative nano carbon fiber backbone and through-cut support ribs, making the ski the first ever designed to flex laterally in the tail, left to right.

“Our major goal was to design a ski that was as efficient as possible from the buoy to the first wake,” says Dave Goode, president and founder of GOODE Skis. “While previous skis have only been able to flex longitudinally and torsionally, the FlexTail is the first ever ski to flex laterally as well. This extra dimension of ski design allows the ski to maintain speed after the buoy and into the wake, creating a more efficient turn that pushes less water. It carries so much speed from the buoy line that it gives you a whole new look at the course. You’ll be up course, nearly ahead of the boat with a tight line.”

The lateral flex is enabled by three diagonal cuts all the way through the ski between the bindings and the tail end of the ski. The one-millimeter slots form ribs, and when combined with the backbone, a patent-pending endoskeleton that gives the tail the ability to flex one way or another, depending on which side you are turning. To visualize, imagine a shark’s tail moving left and right, back and forth.

One of the many Team GOODE skiers who has been impressed with the FlexTail has been the No. 1 ranked Men’s slalom skier in the world, Chris Parrish.

Parrish has been on the ski for nearly two months and has put up huge scores on it. Three times already this season Parrish has equaled his top score from all of the 2014 season, 1.5 buoys at 43 feet off.

“I’ve just been blown away by this ski,” said Chris, who rode the FlexTail to the highest single score at last weekend’s Swiss Pro Slalom event. “No matter how hard I charge the turn, no matter how short the rope, the ski is just there with me in the turns. It keeps my speed up, builds huge angle and then, bam, I’m off to the next buoy nice and early. I’ve never been so excited about a ski, or an upcoming season.”

Another early-season success for the ski during its testing phase was the first Nautique Big Dawg World Tour event of the year in Acapulco, Mexico, in April. Skiers on the FlexTail finished first and second as Chad Scott earned the win and Dave Miller finished runner up.

“We’ve been so excited about the FlexTail that it’s been very hard to keep everything under wraps,” said Dave. When you have that eureka moment you want to share it with everybody, but there are numerous steps you have to go through until a ski is truly ready. It feels great to be able to share this ski with everyone and let them experience what we’ve been feeling for the last few months.”

The FlexTail is available now in four sizes: 63.75″ (up to 110 lbs.), 65.25″ (110-150 lbs.), 66.50″ (150-190 lbs.) and 67.75″ (over 190 lbs.). The price is $1,890 and comes with GOODE’s five-year warranty and its re-introduced $25.00, two-week demo program.

To order, visit store.goode.com, call 1-888-GO-GOODE or visit the GOODE dealer near you.

GOODE welcomes Greg Badal to the team

GOODE Skis is happy to announce that the 2014 Master Men’s U.S. National slalom champion and multiple Big Dawg tour stop winner Greg Badal has joined Team GOODE.

“We are really excited to have Greg on our ski,” said Dave Goode. “He’s such a great skier and tough competitor that it will be really nice to have him on our side.”

Badal says he went through a lengthy process to determine which ski he was going to ride next before ultimately choosing GOODE.

“I rode every ski on the market before I decided to make the switch, and at the end of the day, GOODE’s stock ski out of the box was better than everything else, including the skis I was building myself,” said Greg.

“And that was before I got on the FlexTail. Once I got on it I knew my performances would be more consistent and better on it. It’s really a revelation for me. When the ski comes into the turn you have less to do because it’s so more efficient and easier to ride. It grabs more angle on the backside of the buoy than anything I’ve ever ridden. It just turns easier and lighter.

Regina wins Swiss Slalom Pro, Brooke nabs first podium

It’s not surprising that Regina Jaquess (1st) and Whitney McClintock (2nd) finished in the top two at last weekend’s Swiss Pro Slalom event.

But 14-year old Brooke Baldwin may have surprised a few people with a third-place finish that undoubtedly served notice to a field of competitors that the future may be here before they expected it.

The Swiss Pro Slalom was Brooke’s first ever pro event and all she did was set a new personal best of 2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off in the semis on the way to earning her first podium in a stacked pro women’s field.

Her showing at the Swiss Pro Slalom, coupled with her dominating performance one weekend earlier at the Junior Masters, earned her USA Water Ski’s Female Athlete of the Month honors for May.

Regina was also able to go back-to-back, taking home the Swiss Pro Slalom title after winning the Masters the previous weekend. In the final round she scored 1-1/2 buoys at 41 off to top Whitney’s 2 at 39 and Brooke’s 4 at 38.

In Men’s slalom, Team GOODE’s Chris Parrish finished second, while Freddie Winter and Nate Smith took first and third, respectively.

Regina claims 5th career Masters slalom title

2015 Masters Women’s slalom finalists (left to right) Clementine Lucine, Manon Costard, Regina Jaquess, and Whitney McClintock.
Photo courtesy Des Burke Kennedy.

After a disappointing second-place finish at the 2014 Masters, Regina Jaquess returned to Callaway Gardens this year with one goal in mind: reclaiming the Women’s slalom title. Welp … mission accomplished.

Regina topped Manon Costard in a run-off during Sunday’s final round to earn the win and claim her fifth career Women’s slalom title. The two skiers tied with 2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 off in the finals, but Regina’s run off score of 4-1/2 at 38 was enough to top Manon’s 1-1/2 at 38 on a windy and challenging Robin Lake. Whitney McClintock finished third while Team GOODE’s Clementine Lucine advanced to the finals and finished fourth.

In Men’s slalom, Nate Smith edged Freddie Winter for the title, while two Team GOODE skiers – recent addition Daniel Odvarko and defending champion Thomas Degasperi – took third and fourth, respectively. Daniel’s impressive showing came in his very first Masters and his first big tournament after joining GOODE. Thomas looked to be in good form to defend his title, but injured his back during the semifinals and was unable to attempt a pass in the finals.

Of the eight spots available in the slalom finals, Team GOODE skiers earned four while winning one of two titles.

In the Junior ranks, GOODE Junior Team skier Brooke Baldwin took home both the Junior Women’s slalom and overall titles.

For complete results, visit masterswaterski.com.

Chad Scott wins, Team GOODE takes top-4 spots at Big Dawg Mexico

Chad Scott topped Dave Miller in the head-to-head finals and six of the Elite 8 rode GOODEs as the first stop in the 2015 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour concluded today at Ski Paradise in Acapulco, Mexico.

Chad scored 5 at 39-1/2 off to Dave’s 3.5 at the same rope length to earn the win. Fellow GOODE skiers Bruce Dodd finished third, Marc Shaw fourth, Greg Badal sixth, and Todd Ristorcelli seventh.

For complete Sweet 16 results, click here.

The 2014 season by the numbers

As Frank Sinatra once sang, it was a very good year …

How great of a year was it for Team GOODE? Take a look at our 2014 by the numbers:

75 

Percentage of 35+ World slalom titles won on GOODEs

4

MastersMalibu OpenMoomba and U.S. Open victories

3.25

at 41 off, Regina’s latest world record

55

Percentage of U.S. National slalom titles won on GOODEs

4

Buoys Cooper Tate improved the Boys 1 U.S. National Record by

3

Buoys Brooke Baldwin improved the Girls 2 U.S. National record by

#teamGOODE skiers in the top 10 of the Men’s and Women’s IWWF Elite Rankings

5,000

Dollars won by Michael Robinson for picking the perfect GOODE Bracket Challenge bracket

1

The ranking of Chris Parrish and Regina Jaquess on the Men’s and Women’s IWWF World Rankings List

2

Big Dawg Tour stop victories

18

Consecutive years a GOODE has held a world slalom record

Unlimited

Designs possible with GOODE’s new custom graphic capabilities

 

Regina named USA Water Ski Female Athlete of the Year

For the third-consecutive year, and the eighth time in her career, Regina Jaquess has been named the USA Water Ski Female Athlete of the Year.

From USA Water Ski:

Jaquess started off 2014 by winning gold medals in slalom, jumping and overall at the Pan American Water Ski Championships. In addition to setting a new world slalom record of 3-1/4 buoys at 41 feet off in June, she also won women’s slalom titles at the 2014 Malibu Open, GOODE Water Ski National Championships, California Water Ski Pro Am Water Ski Tournament, and U.S. Open, where she also won the coveted overall title.

Freddy Krueger, husband of Team GOODE member Karen Truelove, was named Male Athlete of the Year for the tenth time, while the U.S. 35+ Water Ski Team – which included GOODE skiers Marc Shaw, Jeff Surdej, Lori Krueger, Hutch Haines, and Joy Kelley – was named Team of the Year.

For more information, click here.

Chris and Regina top preliminary IWWF world rankings

The top male and female skiers in the world belong to Team GOODE as Chris Parrish and Regina Jaquess both find themselves No. 1 on the IWWF’s preliminary world rankings list.

Chris is the No. 1 ranked skier in Men’s Open with an average score of 1.5 buoys at 43 off, while Regina tops the Open Women’s list with an average of 2.75 buoys at 41 off.

Additional GOODE skiers placing in the top five of their respective divisions include: April Coble-Eller (3rd, Open Women; 1st 35+ Women); Karen Truelove (4th, Open Women; 2nd 35+ Women); Caroline Hensley (5th, Open Women); Freddie Winter (3rd, Open Men); Nick Lang (4th, Junior Men); Bailey Austin (2nd Junior Women; 3rd, U21 Women); Brooke Baldwin (5th, Junior Women); Dane Mechler (3rd, U21 Men); Brando Caruso (4th, U21 Men); Lauren Morgan (5th, U21 Women); Jeremy Newby-Ricci (2nd, 35+ Men); Jay Leach (3rd, 35+ Men); Dave Miller (3rd 45+ Men); Ben Favret (4th, 45+ Men); Lori Krueger (2nd, 45+ Women); Patrician Cordeiro (45+ Women); Shannon Strickland (45+ Women); Chet Raley (1st, 55+ Men); Bruce Dodd (4th, 55+ Men); John Shealy (5th; 55+ Men); Joy Kelley (1st, 55+ Women); Cyndi Benzel (2nd, 55+ Women); Kandise Bertelson (4th, 55+ Women); Richard Lambert (65+ Men); Jeff Wiswall (65+ Men); Bruce Epstein (4th, 65+ Men); Ruth Johnston (1st, 65+ Women); Donna Epstein (2nd, 65+ Women); and Shirley Coble (4th 65+ Women).

To view the full rankings, click here.

Freddie’s Europe and Africa record approved

The IWWF’s Europe and Africa Confederation has approved Freddie Winter’s score of 1 buoy at 43 off, officially giving him a tie for the region’s Open Men’s slalom record along with Andy Mapple.

Freddie put up the huge score at the Trilakes 2 tournament at Bennett’s Ski School in Zachary, La., on October 26th.

In addition to giving him a share of the EA record, the score boosted Freddie into the top three of the preliminary IWWF world rankings list (see article above), as he joined fellow Team GOODE member Chris Parrish and Nate Smith as the only skiers with averages into 43 off.

Freddie Winter joins 43 off club with 1 at 43

Team GOODE’s Freddie Winter saved his best of 2014 for last, running 1 buoy at 43 off at his last tournament of the year to join the select 43-off club and in the process tie the European and Great Britain Open Men’s slalom records.

Freddie actually got 6 at 41 off twice at this weekend’s TriLakes tournament at Bennett’s Ski School, but only one resulted in getting a crack at 43 off. He first scored a full 6 at 41 off on Saturday, but lost the handle before exiting the gates. The next day he again got around six ball and back to the wakes, but this time held on through the gates, ultimately ending up with 1 at 43.

Currently ranked No. 5 on the IWWF world rankings list with an average of 70.75 buoys (4.75 at 41 off), Freddie should make quite the leap in the next rankings when his score of 1 at 43 is paired with a 5.25 at 41 he got earlier this season.