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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.

The all-new RéV 6 starts shipping today!

RéV 6 production lead Casey Weidmer and Dave Goode with the first order to be shipped.

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

 

Two upsets highlight first round of GOODE Bracket Challenge; 6 fans’ brackets remain perfect

The first round of the GOODE Bracket Challenge has concluded with a former winner and former final four-er on the outside looking in.

Regina Jaquess, the 2013 Bracket Challenge champion and No. 3 seed on the 34 mph side of the bracket, was eliminated by Ben Favret, with a first round score 1 buoy at 41 off to Ben’s 2-1/2 buoys at 41. Regina’s score was no doubt hampered by tough conditions at her only two tournaments of the month: the Malibu Cup and the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto. The Malibu Cup featured challenging weather conditions that ultimately forced the cancellation of the final round, while the Pan Ams were conducted in fairly rough conditions on a temporary tournament site located on Lake Ontario.

In the second upset of the first round, the No. 7 seed Greg Badal topped No. 2 seed and 2014 final four skier Jay Leach, 3 buoys at 41 off to 1-1/2 at 41.

Chris Parrish, Thomas Degasperi, Daniel Odvarko and Carlo Allais all advanced on the 36 mph side, while Jeremy Newby-Ricci and Dave Miller join Greg and Ben in the second round on the 34 mph side. The second round will be comprised of all scores in August, including the 73rd GOODE Water Ski National Championships and Malibu Open.

In the online fan contest, only six of the 342 brackets submitted remain perfect. Interestingly, all six perfect brackets pick Chris Parrish to win, so if he happens to fall short there will likely be a major shakeup in the standings.

Click here for the skier’s bracket, and here for the fan contest standings.

Round 1/July scores

Parrish 5.5@41
Morgan 3.5@38

Degasperi 4@41
Mechler 2@41

Odvarko* 3@41, 2@41
Bartalsky 3@41, 2@41
*tie broken by head-to-head scores at Malibu Cup, 3 vs. 2 @41 for Odvarko

Allais 2@41, 2@41
Finlayson 2@41, 5@39

Newby-Ricci 3@41
Tate 0.5@41

Leach 1.5@41
Badal 3@41

Jaquess 1@41
Favret 2.5@41

Miller 2.5@41
Raley 2@41

Enter the GOODE Bracket Challenge for the chance to win the all-new FlexTail

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The GOODE Virtual Water Ski Bracket Challenge™ is back and features its best ever field of competitors.

In addition to many of the world’s best 34 mph skiers, the 2015 Bracket Challenge features a who’s who of 36 mph skiers as well. Now names like Parrish, Degasperi and Finlayson have joined the likes of Jaquess, Miller and Newby-Ricci.

Once again fans will be able to test their skiing knowledge and enter their own March-Madness like brackets. The fan with the best bracket will win a FREE GOODE FlexTail, while other top finishers will receive GOODE prize packages. But you can’t win if you don’t enter. Fill out and submit your bracket here before the July 23rd entry deadline.

The overall bracket will have two halves – one for 36 and the other for 34 mph skiers – with a winner from each bracket facing off against each other for the Bracket Challenge title. 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 Regina Jaquess scored 3 buoys at 41 off (at 34 mph), she would beat Trent Finlayson’s score of 2 buoys at 41 off (36 mph).

To fill out and submit a bracket, or for more information, including rules, click here.

GOODE skiers win 6 golds, 14 medals at 35+ Worlds

Sunset Lakes was a sea of colors as the flags of 29 countries flew over last weekend’s 35+ World Water Ski Championships in Groveland, Fla. But it was orange and black that were the most conspicuous on the slalom podiums as GOODE skiers won six of eight golds and 14 of 24 slalom medals.

Team GOODE swept the top spot on all four Women’s slalom podiums, as April Coble-Eller (35+), Lori Krueger (45+), Joy Kelley (55+), and Ruth Johnston (65+) took home gold medals. Additional GOODE Women’s skiers earning medals were Florence Trible (bronze, 35+), Patrician Cordiero (bronze, 45+), Cyndi Benzel (silver, 55+), Kandise Bertelson (55+), and Shirley Coble (bronze, 65+).

On the Men’s side, Chet Raley and Richard Lambert won gold medals in Men’s 55+ and 65+, respectively. Jay Leach (bronze, 35+), Lonnie Harris (bronze, 55+) and Dennis Longo (bronze, 65+) also earned medals.

For full results, click here.

Women’s 35+
April Coble-Eller 1@39
Brenda Baldwin 2@38
Florence Trible 0.5 @38

Women’s 45+
Lori Krueger 2.5@38
Jennifer Lapoint 2.25 @38
Patricia Cordeiro 2@38

Women’s 55+
Joy Kelley 1@38
Cyndi Benzel 4.5@35
Kandise Bertelson 3@35

Women’s 65+
Ruth Johnston 2@32
Maggie Storey 3@28
Shirley Coble 3@28

Men’s 35+
Frederic Halt 3@41 (1@43 tiebreak)
Drew Ross 3@41 (3@41)
Jay Leach 3@41 (5@39)

Men’s 45+
Andy Mapple 5@41
Jeff Rodgers 4.5@41
Greg Badal 3@41

Men’s 55+
Chet Raley 3@39
Thierry Malhomme 2@39
Lonnie Harris 2@39

Men’s 65+
Richard Lambert 2@39
Jeff Wiswall 2@38
Dennis Longo 1.5@38

Freddie Winter takes second, Team GOODE scores 6 of 9 podiums at California Pro Am

If the pro water ski scene didn’t take notice back in November when he scooped up the bronze at the World Championships, it’s certainly aware of Great Britain’s Freddie Winter now after his second-place finish at last weekend’s California Pro-Am in Sacramento, Calif.

Freddie beat out a top field of pros to advance to his first-ever head-to-head professional final, where he skied a more-than respectable 3 buoys at 41 off to finish second to Nate Smith’s 0.5 at 43 off.

The showing moved Freddie into the top-five of the IWWF’s Elite Rankings List for the first time ever, raising his ranking from sixth to fourth.

Freddie’s best-ever U.S. showing was among the many highlights of the weekend for Team GOODE, as it scored six of the nine podiums spot in Men’s and Women’s pros, and Master Men’s.

World No. 1 Regina Jaquess claimed her second-consecutive Pro Am title while her fellow GOODE teammate Karen Truelove placed third.

Team GOODE swept the top-three in Master Men’s, with Jeremy Newby-Ricci, Jay Leach and Todd Ristorcelli going 1-2-3.

Bracket Challenge Final Four field set

The field is set for next week’s GOODE Bracket Challenge Final Four in Ogden, Utah.

Jeremy Newby-Ricci, Jay Leach, Dave Miller, and Chad Scott are all that’s left of the 32 skiers who began the Bracket Challenge in June. Not making the cut in a minor upset is defending champion and fan favorite Regina Jaquess, whose score of 2 at 41 was topped by Chad’s last tournament round in August, 3 at 41.

The Final Four matchups are:

No. 1. Jeremy Newby-Ricci vs. No. 5. Chad Scott
No. 2. Jay Leach vs. No. 3. Dave Miller

The semi-final round will be held Tuesday, Sept. 9, at GOODE Ski Lake in downtown Ogden. Each skier’s top score from the day’s two rounds will be used to determine who advances to the finals. The finals will be held the next day in a single, winner-take-all round of skiing.

In the fan-submitted brackets contest, one contestant remains in the hunt for the $5,000 perfect bracket grand prize. In order to collect the $5,000, Summer skiOFF needs Jeremy and Dave to advance to the finals, with Jeremy taking the title.

While Summer skiOFF is the only contestant with a shot at a perfect bracket, six other contestants are still in contention to win the top prize, the record-breaking Nano OneXT.

Big Dawgs looking to post big scores this weekend in Mississippi

Expect big scores as a stacked field of skiers will hit the recently-becoming-legendary waters of Cedar Ridge Lakes as the second stop of the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour takes place this weekend in Canton, Miss.

The site of two of Regina Jaquess’ world records, including the pending one she set earlier this month, Cedar Ridge is gaining a reputation for huge scores. At the 2013 Big Dawg event held there, 39-1/2 feet off was ran 15 times by 13 different skiers.

Add a and some of the sport’s biggest 34 mph names, and you have plenty of reasons to following Saturday’s preliminary scores and Sunday’s brackets.

Team GOODE will be looking to add its second Big Dawg title of the year, as Dave Miller won the first stop in Mexico in April. More than half of this weekend’s field, including the top five seeds (Miller, Jay Leach, Chet Raley, Chad Scott and Tim Huston) are on GOODE.

T-Gas takes Masters title; Team GOODE earns 9 of 15 slalom podiums

Team GOODE’s Thomas Degasperi continued his amazing 2014 by winning his second consecutive major tournament after claiming the Men’s slalom title today at the 55th Masters.

Thomas’ victory put the capstone on a great weekend for Team GOODE, as its athletes landed nine of the 15 slalom podium slots available throughout the weekend.

Thomas scored 3 buoys at 41 feet off to easily outdistance the field and add to the Moomba Masters title he won in March. Jon Travers took second with 0.5 buoys at 41, and Aaron Larkin third with 3.5 buoys at 39.

In Women’s slalom Regina Jaquess’ two-plus-year undefeated streak came to an end as Whitney McClintock earned the title with 3.5 buoys at 39. Still, Regina managed to take second with 2.5 buoys at 39 off while her fellow Team GOODE skier April Coble-Eller continued her amazing run of late by taking third with 1 buoy at 39 off

In a special Master Men’s event featuring the top-four finishers from last years Nautique Big Dawg World Tour Championships, Team GOODE swept the top three podium spots as Jay Leach edged Jeremy Newby-Ricci in the final-round match up to earn the title and Dave Miller finishing third.

And in an historic round of slalom earlier in the weekend, Team GOODE skiers finished 1-2-3 in Junior Masters Men’s slalom as the course record was equaled five times before being ultimately exceeded.

Italy’s Brando Caruso earned the victory in a second runoff with fellow GOODE skier Eamon Van Der Merwe of South Africa. Both skiers scored 2 buoys at 39-1/2 off, which equaled a course record first set in 2003, in the final round and the first runoff, while Brando scored 2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 off in the second runoff round to edge Eamon by a half buoy and set a new course record in the process.

This is the second Junior Masters slalom title for Brando, while Eamon merely equaled his South African Open Men’s national record, and PB, three straight rounds on Robin Lake.

Completing the Junior Men’s podium sweep for Team GOODE and the Nano OneXT was Dorien Llewellyn, who finished third with 0.5 buoys at 39-1/2 off. The impressive score helped Dorien defend his Junior Masters overall title for a year ago.

Of the six podium spots for 36 mph skiers at the Masters, Team GOODE earned four.

In the Junior Masters Women’s events, Team GOODE Brooke Baldwin, who is only 13, became the youngest ever Junior Women’s overall champion.  Brooke recorded scores of 2 buoys at 35 feet off in slalom, 6,670 points in tricks and a personal-best 111 feet in jumping to clinch the overall title with 2,845.5 points.