Round 1 of the 2018 GOODE Bracket Challenge is complete and for the most part favorites advanced in orderly fashion. The only lower seed to advance over a higher seed was No. 12 Marc Shaw who topped Kyle Tate, who did not ski in a tournament in June.
See June’s full results below and the updated brackets here.
The second round sets up a number of intriguing match-ups, including:
No. 1 seed Regina Jaquess vs. one of the hottest skiers in the world right now, Greg Sund. Regina is the Women’s slalom world record holder and three-time defending Women’s world slalom champion, while Greg is coming off a victory at the Big Dawg in Spain, two other Big Dawg top-four finishes and running 41 off twice in the same tournament in June.
No. 3 Dave Miller vs. No. 6 Kevin Bishop. Dave is a perennial threat in any 34mph competition and advanced to the finals of the Bracket Challenge last year. Kevin put up a big score of 2 buoys at 41 off at last month’s Big Dawg in Cedar Ridge, which tied him with Dave and another skier for the highest score of the weekend.
Online Fan Contest
In the online fan contest, 17 of the 219 entrants perfectly picked the first round, while 69 only had one error on their ledger.
Of the 17 perfect brackets so far, Dave Miller is the favorite as picked in eight brackets, with Greg Badal (4), Regina (3), Kevin (1), and Chad (1) all receiving nods.
Round 1 – June 2018
1) Regina Jaques 2@41
16) Jeff Surdej 3@38
8) Greg Sund 1@43
9) Jay Leach 1@41
5) Kyle Tate No tournament in June
12) Marc Shaw 3.5@39
4) Chad Scott 2@41
13) Bruce Dodd 4.5@39
2) Greg Badal 2.5@41
15) Todd Kuykendall 2@41
7) Chet Raley 0.5@41
10) Ben Favret No tournament in June
6) Kevin Bishop 2@41
11) Tim Huston No tournament in June
3) Dave Miller 2.5@41
14) Jeff Milford No tournament in June
One weekend after running 41 off twice and after two top-four finishes at the year’s first two Big Dawg stops, Greg won the Big Dawg Spain stop at the Sesena Waterski Center in Sesena, Spain.
Greg topped Philippe Draux, 5 at 38 to 4 at 38, in the final round to claim the victory. He defeated Raoul Gabriel, Marc Shaw and Dani Teixidor in previous brackets to advance to the finals. Both Greg and fellow GOODE skier Jeremy Newby-Ricci scored 2 at 41 off in the preliminaries to log the second-highest scores behind Philippe’s 2.5 at 41.
Greg’s win, combined with Dave Miller’s victories at both the Okeeheelee and Cedar Ridge stops, means that all three Big Dawg stops in 2018 so far have been won on XTRs.
This past Saturday Greg Sund entered a very elite club by doing something that only a handful of skiers has ever done before in a tournament: running 41 off at 34 m.p.h.
And remarkably, he did it twice.
Riding his GOODE XTR, Greg ran 41 off in both the first and second rounds of the John’s Lake 117 tournament this past weekend in Wantage, NJ. While he ended both rounds with the same score of 1 at 43 off, during his second round he skied just inside two ball.
Click on the video above to see his second round 41- and 43-off passes.
Greg has been on a tear lately, advancing to the Final Four at both the Okeeheelee and Cedar Ridge Big Dawg stops in 2018.
Dave Miller outlasted runner-up Greg Badal to win the first stop of the 2018 Big Dawg World Tour and Greg Sund finished fourth as GOODE XTRs occupied three of the top four positions. Jeff Rodgers finished 3rd.
Dave beat Jodi Fisher, top-seed Harald Hintringer and Greg Sund to advance to the finals, while Greg Badal had to get past Jason Seels, Fred Halt and Jeff to reach the final pairing.
After waiting out a rain storm, Dave edged Greg by one buoy with a score of 3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off to earn the victory.
The weekend was a successful one for GOODE skiers, as they made up nine of the Sweet 16, 5 of the Elite 8 and three of the Final Four. Additional GOODE skiers advancing to the Sweet 16 were Bruce Dodd, Mark Menasci, Chet Raley, Tim Huston, and Chad Scott.
Full of big wins, new records and exciting new products, 2017 was a great year for Team GOODE.
Here’s a look at some of the biggest stories of 2017.
Regina Rules the World(s), Again
Regina Jaquess once again led the way for Team GOODE at the World Championships, securing an unprecedented slalom/overall three-peat (2013, 2015, 2017) at the 2017 iteration held in Paris last September.
Her slalom win set the all-time mark for Women’s world slalom championships at four, breaking the record of three that she previously shared with legends Liz Allen, Cindy Todd and Helena Kjellander. Regina’s four World Slalom titles came in 2005, 2013, 2015, and now, 2017. The overall gold is the fifth of her career, the most ever for a Woman and second only behind Patrice Martin all time. She also earned a silver medal in jumping to go along with her team gold, giving her four medals during the 2017 championships.
Additional Team GOODE highlights included Felipe Miranda winning his second career World overall title and six of the 12 Women’s slalom finalists skiing on GOODEs.
GOODE skiers won 14 national slalom titles – easily more than any other ski manufacturer – at the 75th GOODE Water Ski National Championships held in August 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; and, Mens 7 – Steve Raphael.
Three new products added to the GOODE lineup in 2017 were greeted with big-time results and strong customer demand:
XTR™: Introduced at the GOODE Nationals in August, the XTR combines the world record-breaking DNA of the Nano 1XT with a trailblazing new rocker profile to create the highest performing ski in the GOODE lineup. The result? Multiple National titles, a world slalom championship, a world-record tie, two U.S. National records, and countless PBs.
Power-G-Flex™: GOODE Skis and Reflex partnered to create the Power-G-Flex system, bringing the comfort and performance long associated with the PowerShell 5 boot to the sport’s leading mechanical release system. A specially designed injection molded piece connects the PowerShell boot to the Reflex toe bar, and an added rear heal cleat secures the boot to the mechanical release. The PowerShell/Reflex pairing will come standard mounted to a G-10 carbon plate and will also feature a rear half-boot option.
The FUTURE™: GOODE’s first-ever ski designed exclusively for young up-and-coming buoy slayers, the FUTURE features all the pure carbon-fiber construction and world-record DNA you’ve come to expect in a GOODE, but with kid-friendly graphics, a more forgiving flex pattern and a great price. The FUTURE is a high-performing, no-compromises ski that will get tomorrow’s little rippers in the course and into deep shortline.
Pro Team Members Post Big Wins
GOODE pro team members scored big victories all over the world in 2017.
Thomas Degasperi got the year off to a great start by taking the Moomba Masters title, then things kept rolling with victories from Clementine Lucine (European Championships, Fun Gliss Pro Am), Taylor Garcia (Jr. U.S. Open), Brooke Baldwin (California Pro Am), Adam Sedlmajer (World Games and the Andy Mapple Pro Am), Felipe Miranda (World overall). And of course, there’s Regina (world slalom and overall, San Gervasio, Malibu Open and Swiss Slalom Pro).
Miller and Badal Face Off for Bracket Challenge Title
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. Watch the video above to see who won.
National Records Go Down
The U.S. National record books will look dramatically different at the end of 2017 than they did at the beginning of the year, thanks in large part to GOODE skiers.
Chet Raley first tied the Mens 6 National record, then proceeded to top it twice more, eventually ending up with a pending record of 2 buoys at 41 feet off. Joy Kelley set the Womens 6 slalom record three different times herself, ending the year with a pending record of 2 at 38 off.
Bob Hardeman set a pending Mens 8 record of 2-1/4 at 39-1/2 off, Cyndi Benzel a Womens 7 pending record of 1/2 at 38 off, Steve Raphael a Mens 7 pending record of 5-1/4 at 39-1/2 off (since disallowed due to boat path deviation) and Bill Mahan tied the Mens 8 record of 2 at 39-1/2 off.
When the October 2017 IWWF preliminary world rankings list was released, seven GOODE skiers earned top spots: Open Women – Regina Jaquess, Under 21 Women – Brooke Baldwin; Junior Women – Brooke Baldwin; 35+ Women – Karen Truelove; Under 21 Men – Brando Caruso; Junior Men (tied) – Griffin Stange; 55+ Men – Dave Miller; and, 65+ Men – Steve Raphael.
12 #FirstTimersForFree Participate in GOODE Nationals
Twelve skiers not only competed in their first-ever Nationals last August at San Marcos River Ranch, but they had their entry fees paid too. The #FirstTimersForFree promotion was part of GOODE’s effort to encourage Nationals participation and reward achieving major goals.
“Qualifying for and skiing in Nationals is a really big deal,” says GOODE Skis founder and president Dave Goode. “We just wanted to do something to make peoples’ first Nationals extra special and encourage even more people to come. It was really great getting to meet everyone and congratulate them personally.”
Participating first time Nationals competitors were: Josh Gardner – Boys 3, Plainfield, IL; Joey Hayes – Mens 3, Decatur, MS; Brian Kreis – Mens 4, Miami, FL; Isak Nightingale – Boys 2, Lake Elmo, MN; Reed Favret – Boys 2, Windermere, FL; Sharon Baker Brown – Womens 7, Orlando, FL; Addy Flint – Girls 1, Lawton, OK; Don Stanford – Mens 8, Pleasant Hill, CA; Kate Lemcke – Womens 1, Saint Louis, MO; Landon Geels – Boys 3, Denver, CO; Brendan Schultz – Boys 2, Dow, IL; and, Justin Bloyer – Mens 3, Lake Elmo, MN.
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).
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.