A jaw-dropping 53 percent of all U.S. national slalom titles were won on GOODE skis as the GOODE National Championships were held last week at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla.
Winning 16 of the tournament’s 30 total slalom titles on GOODEs were:
Cooper Tate – Boys 1
Kelley Breeden – Girls 2
Daniel Di Pol – Boys 3
Regina Jaquess – Open Womens
Alison Poulsen – Womens 4
Maria Walsh – Womens 8
Margaret Ann Woodward – Womens 9
Artis Price – Womens 10
Chad Scott – Mens 3
Don Aschenbrenner – Mens 4
Ed Hickey – Mens 6
Bill Mahan – Mens 7
Jerry Heinrichs – Mens 8
Jerry Hosner – Mens 9
Harry Price – Mens 11
Jay Leach – Masters Men
Additional Team GOODE highlights from the week included:
Sweeping the top three spots in Open Womens as April Coble-Eller and Karen Truelove took second and third, respectively, behind national champion Regina Jaquess;
Chad Scott winning his first national title (Mens 3) after finishing second in the division four times. Jed Blackburn (4th) and Darin Montgomery (5th) joined him on the podium;
Bailey Austin finishing 2nd in her first year in Girls 3, joining her fellow GOODE skiers Eloise Whitlock (3rd) and Erika Lang (5th) on the podium. Ruth McCreary, also in her first year in Girls 3, took 7th;
Just missing the podium sweep by one skier in Mens 4 as champion Don Aschenbrenner was joined by Todd Kuykendall (3rd), Joe McCreary (4th) and Tim Henderson (5th);
In Mens 5 Steve Binkley taking 2nd, John Shealy 3rd and Ted McColley 4th;
Dane Mechler and Wyatt Haines taking 2nd and 4th, respectively, in Boys 3 behind champion Daniel Di Pol;
Lori Krueger finishing 2nd, Stephanie Stange 3rd and Brandy Nagle 4th in Womens 3;
Samuel Jackson taking 2nd and Tyler Scott 3rd in Mens 1;
The Prices, Harry and Artis, each taking home gold medals in slalom to bring their combined career medal haul to 142;
Todd Ristorcelli finishing one-half buoy behind Jay Leach to take 2nd in Masters Men.
Adding to Team GOODE’s historic week were excellent showings in the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour Finals and the Centurion/GOODE Dual Boats Slalom Swerve.
GOODE skiers made up 10 of the Big Dawg’s Sweet 16 field, six of the Elite 8, and the ENTIRE Final Four. Jeremy Newby-Ricci earned the win, edging fellow GOODE skier and defending champion Todd Ristorcelli. See the video below for more.
Don Aschenbrenner added to his Mens 4 national title by winning the Slalom Swami Challenge, defeating fellow GOODE skier Jed Blackburn in the final round.
For the second-consecutive major junior tournament, Goode NANO ONE skiers took three out of four titles as Dane Mechler, Lauren Morgan and Austin Bailey each earned wins at the Jr. U.S. Open held last weekend at West Chester, Ohio. Team Goode also won three of four junior titles at the Malibu Open.
Dane added to his already impressive 2013 season – he also took the Jr. Malibu and Jr. Moomba titles – by winning Men’s slalom with 2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 off. The score set a new Midwest Boys 3 record, topping the previous mark of 2 buoys at the same length co-held by Nate Smith, Cale Burdick and Ty Oppenlander.
Lauren took the Women’s slalom title with 1-1/2 buoys at 38-feet off, while her fellow Goode skiers Erika Lang (3 buoys at 35-feet off) and Kara MacIntyre (4 buoys at 32-feet off) finished third and fourth, respectively. Caroline Cooper was second with 4-1/2 buoys at 35 feet off.
One weekend after tying the South Central Regional Girls 3 slalom record, Bailey won the Jr. U.S. Open Girl’s title with 1 buoy at 38-feet off. In Boy’s slalom, Jonah Shaffer earned the win with 4 buoys at 38-feet off while Team Goode skier Daniel Di Pol took second with 2 buoys at 38-feet off.
Regina Jaquess still remains unbeaten for more than a year and Team Goode and the NANO ONE took four of six slalom events as the Malibu Open wrapped up Saturday evening in Milwaukee, Wis.
Regina (3-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off) took out Whitney McClintock (3-1/4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off) in the head-to-head finals to earn the Women’s slalom title for the second consecutive year. The world record holder has not lost a tournament since she started skiing on the Goode NANO ONE more than a year ago. During the WaterSki Magazine Awards held Friday night Regina was named Female slalom skier of the year, also for the second-straight year.
Regina’s continued dominance of the Women’s slalom field was mirrored by Team Goode’s dominance of the junior ranks. Kara MacIntyre (Women’s under 21), Dane Mechler (Men’s under 21) and Daniel DiPol (Men’s under 17) all won titles, giving Team Goode four of a possible six titles during the weekend.
Team Goode stole the show at the Junior Malibu Open as three skiers riding the NANO ONE claimed slalom titles.
Kara MacIntyre got things started for Team Goode by edging Caroline Cooper in a runoff to take the Women’s under 21 title. Kara and Caroline both scored 3 buoys at 35 feet off in the final round, with Kara topping Caroline by a buoy in the runoff.
In Men’s under 17, Daniel DiPol took the title with 2 buoys at 38-feet off. Taylor Garcia was second with 2 buoys at 35-feet off.
Dane Mechler took the title in under 21 Men’s, joining Kara as winners at both the 2013 Junior Malibu Open and Junior Moomba Masters. Dane scored 1-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off to earn the victory.
With the release of a new junior ski, younger skiers can now use the same revolutionary Goode performance and technology that Regina Jaquess used to set the world record and that Todd Ristorcelli rode to the Big Dawg Championships title.
At 64 inches in length, the NANO ONE Junior Team Comp uses the same shape, materials and construction methods of the tournament tested, world-record breaking NANO ONE.
“The Junior Team Comp gives younger, lighter skiers the chance to take advantage of exactly what the NANO ONE gives bigger, older skiers,” said Dave Goode, founder and president of Goode Skis. “We don’t think that just because a skier is younger or lighter that they should have to ski on inferior technology. In fact, it’s more important to ski on the very best while they are learning and refining their technique. That’s why nothing has been compromised to make this ski. It’s a world-class ski, just a bit smaller.”
The NANO ONE Junior Team Comp is recommended for skiers weighing up to 150 pounds. It features a special graphic designating it as a junior ski and is available in five colors: the traditional NANO ONE black, red, pink, blue, and green.
The decision to launch a junior-specific ski was fueled by a string of successful junior results on Goode skis.
“We’ve had an amazing last few months, with multiple Junior worlds, Junior Masters and Junior Moomba titles all being won on our skis,” said Dave. “This got us excited back at the factory in Ogden and really got us thinking about how we could help younger skiers ski even better.”
Goode Skis has appointed Justin Campfield to the newly created position of Junior Team manager. Justin, who has helped lead Goode’s marketing efforts for the past year-and-a-half, has been tasked with developing and executing a soon-to-be-announced Junior Team program.
A long-time skier and former member of the Florida Southern College Water Ski Team, Justin competes in Mens 3 and coaches a number of youth sports teams in the Norwich, Vermont, area.
“I’m approaching this exciting new role with two goals in mind: help kids have fun and become better skiers while doing it,” said Justin, a father of three young children approaching skiing age. “From my own experiences growing up, I know what it is like to be absolutely consumed by water skiing as well as the work and commitment it takes to get better at it. It requires a ton of family and community support and along with the team at Goode I’m looking forward to being a part of that.”
Company founder and president Dave Goode says that Justin’s familiarity with Goode and his enjoyment of the sport makes him well suited for the role.
“He knows our products better than anyone, but more importantly he just loves skiing,” said Dave. “He brings a lot of passion and creativity to the table so I thought he’d be the perfect person to lead us in this new area.”
Justin’s appointment and the corresponding creation of the Junior Team, coupled with the launch of the NANO ONE Junior Team Comp, demonstrate Goode’s commitment to the junior ranks.
“We are really making junior skiers a much bigger part of what we do on a daily basis,” said Dave. “They deserve to ski on the best available ski technology and we are working hard to make that possible.”