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And the winner of the GOODE Bracket Challenge is …

After four rounds and the elimination of 14 skiers, the 2017 GOODE Bracket Challenge came down to No. 1 seed vs. No. 2. Dave Miller vs. Greg Badal.

The two faced off in the first round of last weekend’s Imperial Lakes Skiers Choice Record in El Centro, Calif., to determine the champ. Watch the video above to find out who won.

Fan contest won with perfect bracket

Kyle Kuykendall is the winner of a brand new XTR, thanks to his perfect picks in the 2017 GOODE Bracket Challenge.

With the bracket submission named “Winner!,” Kyle correctly picked both of the two upsets during the four round event – his uncle (No. 13) Todd Kuykendall’s win over No. 4 seed Jay Leach and (No. 2) Greg Badal’s victory over top seed Dave Miller.

Nine brackets – Gloerson, June 2017, Kevin’s Bracket, LLUSA, Malibu Dave’s Picks, Mary’s Picks, Rich’s Bracket picks, Skicm777, and skidawg – tied for second place, with each only having one mark against them.

To see where all 385 bracket submission placed, click here.

It’s Dave Miller vs. Greg Badal in Bracket Challenge finals

No. 1 vs. No. 2 … just the way it was drawn up.

The 2017 GOODE Bracket Challenge will come down to the top-two seeds, and frequent competitors at 34mph tournaments around the world, No. 1 seed Dave Miller vs. No. 2 Greg Badal.

Dave survived a tough challenge from No. 5 seed Jeremy Newby-Ricci, edging him by one buoy, 3@41 to 2@41 to advance to the finals.

Greg had a bit of an easier semifinal match-up. Between preparing for Worlds – and most critically the cancellation of the Malibu Open due to algae issues – Regina did not post a score in August. Greg would have been pretty tough to beat anyway, as he put up a robust score of 3@41.

So it’s Dave vs. Greg in September.

Online Fan Contest

That leaves three participants in the online fan contest with perfect brackets so far.  Malibu Dave’s Picks and Skicm77 each pick Dave to win it all, while Winner! has Greg as the champion.  In the event that Dave Miller wins, the contest will come down to the final round tiebreaker. Malibu Dave’s Picks predicts the winning score to be 3.5@41, while Skicm77 picked 3@41.

Click here for the bracket match-ups, and here for the online fan contest current standings.

14 GOODE skiers win slalom titles at GOODE Nationals

GOODE skiers once again dominated the gold medal count at a Nationals as 14 slalom titles – easily more than any other ski manufacturer – were won on GOODEs at last week’s 75th GOODE Water Ski National Championships held at San Marcos River Ranch in Martindale, Texas.

Winning national slalom titles were:

  • Girls 3 – Brooke Baldwin
  • Womens 1 – Ruth McCreary
  • Womens 2 – Keri McClure
  • Womens 3 – Lauren Malitz
  • Womens 4 – Stephanie Stange
  • Womens 5 – Joy Kelley
  • Womens 6 – Janie Fausold
  • Womens 9 – Pat Fischer
  • Mens 1 – Chris Kuykendall
  • Mens 3 – Barton Rachwal
  • Mens 4 – Chad Scott
  • Mens 5 – Greg Sund
  • Mens 6 – Steve Ware
  • Mens 7 – Steve Raphael

Additional highlights of the week included:

  • A Team GOODE sweep of Mens 5 as champion Greg Sund was joined on the podium by Todd Kuykendall (2nd), Jeff Nate (3rd), Tim Huston (4th), and Michael Robinson (5th). Greg, Todd and Jeff all tied for first with 3 at 39 off, with Greg winning the run off;
  • Junior Team member Kristen Baldwin finishing second behind her sister, Brooke, her first year in Girls 3;
  • GOODE skiers taking the top-four spots in Mens 6: Steve Ware (1st), Steve Binkley (2nd), Ted McColley (3rd), and Jack Mills (4th);
  • Back-to-back titles for Brooke, Steve Ware, Steve Raphael, and Stephanie Stange;
  • Two child/parent duos earning gold and silver medals as the Kuykendalls (father Todd and son Chris) and McCrearys (father Joe and daughter Ruth) each had a child finish first and parent finish second in their respective divisions; and,
  • Podium finishes by Luka Zazadze (Boys 1 – 4th), Griffin Stange (Boys 3 – 3rd), Blake Keller (Boys 3 – 4th), Landrie McLain (Girls 1 – 2nd), Ali Garcia (Girls 3 – 4th), Steve Grubbs (Mens 3 – 5th), Joe McCreary (Mens 4 – 2nd), Dennis Longo (Mens 8 – 4th), Bob Hardeman (Mens 8 – 5th), Greg Badal (Masters Men – 2nd), Trish Burt (Masters Women – 2nd), Brian Detrick (Open Men – 3rd), Ben Favret (Open Men – 5th), Megan Lambert (Womens 1 – 5th), Lori Krueger (Womens 4 – 2nd), Carol Brooks (Womens 5 – 2nd), and Shirley Coble (Womens 8 – 3rd).

For full results, click here.

It’s difficult to track hundreds of skiers across multiple lakes over the course of four days of action, so if we failed to include you in the list above, or mistakenly did so, please accept our apologies and email us the details at team@goode.com.

Fantastic Bracket Challenge Final Four field set

A fairly upset free 2017 GOODE Bracket Challenge stayed the course during July’s round 2, as all four favorites advanced to the Final Four.

Top seed Dave Miller (1.5@41) had the closest scare, edging No. 8 seed Kyle Tate by a mere quarter buoy, while No. 2 Greg Badal had an easier time handling No. 7 Kevin Bishop, winning with a score of 3@41 to Kevin’s 5@39.

No. 3 Regina Jaquess put in the top score of July with 3.5@41 – tying her own Women’s world slalom record in the process – to top No. 6 Chad Scott who registered 1@41. Ironically, Chad was the driver for Regina’s big score.

And No. 5 seed Jeremy Newby-Ricci beat the tournament’s last remaining cinderella story, No. 13 Todd Kuykendall, 3@41 to 1@41.

That sets up two scintillating Final Four match-ups:

  • No. 1 Dave Miller vs. No. 5 Jeremy Newby-Ricci, and
  • No. 2 Greg Badal vs. No. 3 Regina Jaquess

In the online fan contest, of the 385 brackets submitted only three brackets remain perfect – Malibu Dave’s Picks, Skicm777 and Winner! – while 37 brackets have only one blemish.

View the updated brackets here and the online contest standings here.

Higher seeds survive close calls in Bracket Challenge first round

The first round of the 2017 GOODE Bracket Challenge almost ended up with the event’s biggest ever upset, as No. 1 seed Dave Miller and No. 16 Ben Favret tied, with Dave eventually earning the win once the back-up tiebreaker score was applied.

And Ben used an interesting approach to make it that close. He scored 3@39 – but at 36 mph – to put up his June best score of 111 buoys, tying Dave’s score of 3@41 at 34 mph.  Unfortunately for Ben his second-highest score of June – 3@38, 36 mph – was not enough to top Dave’s back-up of 2@41, 34mph, so, Dave advances.

Another high seed who resorted to a tiebreaker score to advance was No. 5 Jeremy Newby-Ricci, who needed two scores of 2@41 on the VERY LAST DAY OF JUNE to tie No. 12 Tim Huston, who also got 2@41. Jeremy won the tiebreaker, 2@41 to 0.5@38 for Tim.

One upset that did take place was No. 13 Todd Kuykendall’s win over No. 4 seed Jay Leach. Todd scored 1@41 to beat Jay’s 3@39, although Jay’s tournament schedule in June was unusually light due to a family vacation.

The rest of the field went according to seeds:

  • No. 2 Greg Badal faced a tough test from No. 15 Chet Raley, but emerged with a 3@41 to 1@41 win;
  • No. 3 Regina Jaquess also faced a stiff challenge from No. 14 Jeff Milford, but won 1.5@41 to 0.5@41;
  • No. 6 Chad Scott scored 2@41 to take down No. 11 Marc Shaw, who only managed 3@39 as one of his best opportunities in June – the France Big Dawg stop – turned sour after his ski didn’t arrive in time for the tournament;
  • No. 7 Kevin Bishop took out the event’s youngest skier, No. 10 Brooke Baldwin, 1.5@41 to 2@39;
  • No. 8 Kyle Tate had a great score of 2@41 to advance past No. 9 Greg Sund, who did not post a score in June due to injury.

That sets up the following Round 2 matches:

  • No. 1 Dave Miller vs. No. 8 Kyle Tate
  • No. 2 Greg Badal vs. No. 7 Kevin Bishop
  • No. 3 Regina Jaquess vs. No. 6 Chad Scott
  • No. 13 Todd Kuykendall vs. No. 5 Jeremy Newby-Ricci

Of the 385 brackets submitted in the online fan contest, only seven brackets remain perfect. An additional 75 only have one blemish on their bracket.

View the updated brackets here and the online contest standings here.

Enter the GOODE Bracket Challenge for your chance to win a free GOODE

The GOODE Virtual Water Ski Bracket Challenge™ is back, once again pitting many of the world’s best 34 mph water skiers against each other in head-to-head match-ups and testing fans’ skiing knowledge with an March-Madness like contest.

World champions and record holders, up-and-coming stars, Senior Worlds and Big Dawg champs, and perennial National title contenders. The 2017 Bracket Challenge is loaded.  Click here to see the full field of 16.

Fill out your bracket now before the June 16th entry deadline.

Like previous years, there will be some serious prizes on the line for the top finishers in the online fan contest.  The overall winner will win a free GOODE RéV 6 or Nano 1/XT, while the second- and third-place finishers will receive prize packages from GOODE’s online store.

But you can’t win if you don’t enter. Submit your bracket here, or click here for more information about how the online contest works.

Dave Goode Q&A: Nano 1/XT and the RéV 6

With the ski season nearly upon us, it’s time to start getting serious about this year’s plan of action. For many people that includes getting a new slalom stick.

With two distinct shapes – the Nano 1/XT and RéV 6 – GOODE has a top-of-the-line ski for every shortline skier, as well as those who want to become one. So, which one is right for you?

We recently asked Dave Goode a few questions about the 2017 lineup and what types of skiers are suited for the two shapes.

Which characteristics of the Nano 1/XT and RéV 6 are similar to each other, and which characteristics are unique to each shape?

Dave: One way in which they are both similar is that they are both tournament tested, high-performing skis. At the 2016 Big Dawg Finals, 13 of the Sweet 16 were on GOODEs. Six were on the Nano 1 or XT, six were on the RéV 6 and one was on an XTM, so both shapes are capable of winning titles and putting up big-time scores.

Ways in which they are different really come down to a skier’s technical proficiency. If a skier is technically proficient, they will probably like the RéV 6 more and get more buoys out of it. That ski has a higher top end and someone with good technique will ultimately be able to take that ski further down the line. Conversely, the Nano 1/XT is probably a scrappier shape; it’s performance window is a bit bigger than the RéV 6. You can be less than perfect on it and it’s still going to keep you in the pass at your hardest line lengths.

Are there certain skiing styles that favor one shape over the other?

Dave: I’d say that the RéV 6 responds better to a more “flow-y” style of skiing, whereas the Nano 1/XT is probably better suited for a more aggressive skier. The RéV 6 carries more speed through the turn so you don’t really have to do much, whereas the Nano 1/XT you can come into the buoy in pretty much any shape and you are going to come out of the buoy with good angle and acceleration. Skiers who do well on the RéV 6 generally have a longer turning radius, while on the Nano 1/XT they like a shorter turn radius. One likes to let the ski make the turn for them while the other provides more input into the ski in the turn.

Can you name skiers whose individual styles fit the two different shapes?

Dave: I’d say for the RéV 6 it’s guys like Brian Detrick and Greg Badal, who won national titles last year in Open Men and Masters Men on that ski. And Chad Scott, who won the North Carolina Big Dawg stop on it last year. Those guys don’t rush things; they rely on superb technique and are very, very efficient. Then you have guys like Dave Miller, Martin Bartalsky and Dane Mechler who really seem suited for the Nano 1/XT. They are more aggressive and like that shorter turn radius. They have great technique too, but have a bit of a different mindset and approach in the course.

Why have two shapes?

Dave: Well it certainly would make manufacturing easier by just having one shape, but the reality is that there isn’t just one type of skier out there. We want to help all skiers ski better, not just the ones who can only ride one shape. We feel pretty good that by offering these two shapes we are providing people with choices and that the end result will be them getting a ski that works really well for them.

How can someone try a ski?

Dave: Nothing beats trying a ski at your home site in conditions you are used to, which is why I think our two-week demo program is a great way for skiers to try a new ski. Call us at 1-888-GO-GOODE or visit goode.com to learn more.

Greg Badal claims Big Dawg finals, Final 4 and 13 of Sweet 16 on GOODEs

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.

For full results, click here.

Chad Scott wins Big Dawg N.C., GOODE skiers 3 of top 4

Chad Scott saved his best for last at the Big Dawg World Tour stop held last weekend at Little Mountain Lake in Maiden, N.C., coming from behind as the No. 12 seed to run 39-1/2 feet off three straight times on his way to the win over a talented field.

(Left to right) Second-place finisher Greg Sund, champion Chad Scott and fourth-place finisher Tim Huston.

Chad and his ReV 6 beat Don Aschenbrenner, Greg Badal and Jeff Rodgers to advance to the finals, where he topped fellow GOODE skier Greg Sund (2.25 at 41 to 0.5 at 41) to earn the win. Jeff finished third while GOODE skier Tim Huston finished fourth.

Overall, GOODE skiers comprised 10 of the Sweet 16, five of the Elite 8 and three of the Final Four.

For full results from Little Mountain, click here.

The next stop on the tour will be held Sept. 9-11 in Rio Linda, Calif., in conjunction with the Greg Badal-organized California Pro Am.