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A very GOODE year: 2013 in review

With a season full of big wins, record-breaking performances and exciting new products, the 2013 season was one of the best ever for GOODE Skis.

Here’s just a few of the highlights from 2013:

Regina’s continued domination – No recap of 2013 could begin any other way than by celebrating the year Regina Jaquess had. Highlights include World championships in both Women’s slalom and overall, slalom titles at the Masters, Malibu Open, World Games, Diablo Shores, and Atlanta Pro Am, a pending world record, a No. 1 ranking on the IWWF world rankings list (by a margin of 2.25 buoys over her closest rival), and an undefeated streak that dates back to March 2012. She even beat some of the top male 34 and 36 mph skiers in the world in two special exhibition tournaments, the GOODE Bracket Challenge and Eagle Sports Challenge.

Team GOODE takes half of slalom medals at 2013 Worlds – Regina wasn’t the only Team GOODE skier standing on the podium at the Worlds, as Freddie Winter and Clementine Lucine each earned bronze medals in Men’s and Women’s slalom, respectively. Additional Team GOODE skiers with top-5 performances included April Coble-Eller and Thomas Degasperi.

Entire Big Dawg Final Four rides GOODEs – GOODEs have dominated the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour – taking eight season titles in the series’ 10-year history – but the 2013 Big Dawg Championships took that dominance to a whole new level. The entire Final Four, six of the Elite Eight, and 10 of the Sweet 16 rode GOODEs. In the end, Great Britain’s Jeremy Newby-Ricci would signal his arrival on the Big Dawg scene by edging defending champion Todd Ristorcelli in the finals. Team GOODE’s Ben Favret, Dave Miller, Jay Leach and Fabrizio Merlo (who scored the upset of the summer by taking out Andy Mapple in the Sweet 16) all joined Jeremy and Todd in the Elite Eight.

GOODEs win majority of titles at U.S. Nationals – As if Nationals week didn’t already go well enough after Team GOODE’s showing at the simultaneously held Big Dawg Finals, an astounding 53 percent of all U.S. national slalom titles were won on GOODEs. Highlights included Regina, Karen Truelove and April going 1-2-3 in Open Women’s slalom and Chad Scott winning his first national title (Mens 3) after finishing second in the division four times.

GOODE Juniors haul in the medals – The future of Team GOODE is bright as junior team skiers performed exceptionally well in four big junior events in 2013. The girls swept slalom at the Junior World Championships as Samantha Dumala, Erika Lang and Kara MacIntyre went 1-2-3. In the boys division, Brando Caruso took the world title while Santiago Robledo finished second. Dane Mecheler and Kara swept Junior Moomba and repeated at the Junior Malibu Open, where Daniel Di Pol won the under 17 event.  And the success continued at the Junior U.S. Open where Dane, Bailey Austin and Lauren Morgan took home titles.

What’s Your Next? –The Nano OneXT took the performance-proven Nano One and did the seemingly impossible – made it even better. A hallmark of the new ski is the groundbreaking AsymRocker, an asymmetrical rocker technology that features different rockers for your on-side and off-side turns, completely eliminating any differences between the two turns. And it seems to be working too as the ski went on to set countless PBs, earned gold and bronze medals at the 2013 Worlds and bagged Big Dawg tour stop championship for Dave Miller.

Mike Royal’s assault on the world record books – GOODE skiers continued to reshape the record books as new marks were reported on a near-weekly basis during the summer. But one skier really stood out. Men’s disabled V1 skier Mike Royal set so many world records this summer it was hard to keep track. He started the season as the world record holder with a score of 2 buoys at 38-feet off and ended it with an amazing new record of 1-/2 buoy at 41 feet off, a mark he set his VERY FIRST TIME on a Nano OneXT!

The GOODE Bracket Challenge debuts – Eight of the World’s best 34 mph squared off virtually in a head-to-head bracket to determine a champion.  Think March Madness on the water. And the best part? Fans could make their own picks and win prizes … with one lucky contestant taking home a new Nano OneXT. In the end, Todd Ristorcelli couldn’t overcome the “Year of Regina,” falling to her in the finals. Be on the lookout for a bigger, better version of the Bracket Challenge in 2014.

T-Gas goes national with TV commercial for 5-Hour Energy – How often have you watched an NFL game and seen a water skier during commercials? Thomas Degasperi helped a worthy cause and scored some great national exposure for water skiing through his Living Beyond Breast Cancer campaign on behalf of 5 Hour Energy. On the water, T-Gas battled injuries throughout the season, but was still able to notch a gold at the World Games and top-five finishes at the Worlds, Moomba, the Euros, Diablo Shores, and the Atlanta Pro-Am.

GOODE skiers climb the IWWF Elite Rankings List

With only a few Elite Rankings List tournaments left in the season, a number of Team GOODE skiers moved up on the list following good performances at the Diablo Shores Pro-Am.

Making the biggest move was Nick Parsons, who jumped from 14th to 9th on the strength of his third-place finish at Diablo.  Carlo Allais, who also made the finals at Diablo, moved up a spot to 6th.  Thomas Degasperi took fourth at Diablo to maintain his ranking of 4th.

In his first U.S. pro event, Freddie Winter of the UK served notice to the pro ranks with his sixth-place finish at Diablo, in the process earning him his first ever spot on the Elite rankings, entering the list at 22nd.

On the Women’s side, Karen Truelove’s fifth-place finish at Diablo jumped her ranking from 5th to 3rd, just ahead of fellow teammate April Coble-Eller who is 4th.  Regina Jaquess’ win at Diablo helped her maintain her commanding lead atop the rankings, giving Team GOODE three of the top four spots on the Women’s list.

Bailey Austin, 14, made the finals at Diablo in her first ever professional event, taking eighth.  That was good enough for her to land her first ever Elite ranking at22nd.

To see the complete Elite Rankings List, visit www.iwsfranking.com.

Regina repeats at Diablo Shores Pro Am

Diablo champion Regina Jaquess talks with tournament announcer Mike Parsons after her win. Photo by Terry Daffin/Diablo Shores Pro Am.

The winning streak continues.  Regina Jaquess took her second consecutive Open Women’s Diablo Shores Pro-Am slalom title, running her winning streak to 18 months in the process.

Regina topped Whitney McClintock, 1 buoy at 41-feet off to 1-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off in the head-to-head finals to earn the victory. In the previous round Regina tied her own world record of 3 buoys at 41-feet off to advance against fellow Team GOODE skier April Coble-Eller, who finished third. Karen Truelove took fifth, tying Whitney in the first head-to-head round but Whitney advanced because she went off the dock first.

14-year old GOODE skier Bailey Austin made her pro debut at Diablo, advancing to the finals but drawing Regina in the first round.  Already the No. 1 ranked U.S. skier in Girls 3, it probably won’t be the last pro final for Bailey, whose PB is 4 buoys at 38-feet off.

In Open Men’s Thomas Degasperi (4th) and Nick Parsons (3rd) made it to the Final Four, before bowing out to Chris Parrish and Nate Smith, respectively.  Nate beat Chris in the finals to earn the Open Men’s title.  Team GOODE skier Freddie Winter had a great showing in his first pro U.S. event, finishing 6th after earning the fourth seed going into the finals and pushing Thomas before ultimately losing to him.  At 23, Freddie was the youngest skier in the finals.  Carlo Allais also made it into the finals, finishing seventh.

Mike Martens won the amateur event, giving GOODE skiers the amateur title for the second-consecutive year and two of the four titles contested this past week.

For complete results, click here.

Video: Regina’s record-breaking Masters victory

Goode Skis founder and president Dave Goode was on hand to watch Regina Jaquess’ electrifying victory at the 2013 Masters.  After the win, which she earned with a course record 3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off, she talked to Dave about her approach heading into the final round and her year-plus unbeaten streak on her Goode NANO ONE.

Regina Jaquess successfully defends Masters title, Karen Truelove takes third

Regina Jaquess’ 2013 season started the same way her 2012 ended; on top of the podium.

The world No. 1 rode her Goode NANO ONE to her second-consecutive Masters Women’s slalom title today at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga. She scored 3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off to claim the title and top the course record of 2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off that she set last year. The Masters was Regina’s first tournament of 2013.

Regina wasn’t the only Team Goode skier on the podium as Karen Truelove finished third with 2-1/2 buoys at 38-feet off. Whitney McClintock finished second with 5 buoys at 38-feet off.

For complete result, click here.

 

 

 

 

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Team Goode Looks to Continue Winning Ways as 2013 Masters Take Place This Weekend

When the 54th Masters Water Ski Tournament kicks off Friday at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga., a number of pro and Junior Team Goode skiers will be hoping to keep a couple winning streaks alive.

Regina Jaquess will be seeking to repeat as Masters Women’s slalom champion, a title she won a year ago after setting the course record in the semi finals.  After missing Moomba to attend to her burgeoning pharmacy practice, the Masters will be her first tournament of 2013.  Last year she won nearly every major tournament, including the Malibu Open, Diablo Shores Pro Am, Soaked, and World Cup Palembang, and skied into 41-feet off five times in October.

While Regina has established her own one-woman string of success, for the Junior members of Team Goode it’s been a collective effort.  In each of the last three major international Junior competitions Goode skiers have swept the top spots in both Boys and Girls divisions.

Attempting to keep the streak going at the Junior Masters will be Wyatt Haines, Yiannis Nathanail, Dane Mechler, and Dorien Llewellyn in Junior Men’s slalom, while on the Junior Women’s slalom side it will be Kara MacIntyre and Charlotte Wharton.

Also skiing at the Masters for Team Goode will be past Champion Karen Truelove, defending World Champion Thomas Degasperi and World No. 7 Carlo Allais.  Karen (4th) and Thomas (2nd) will be looking to improve on their top-four finishes in 2012, while Carlo will be making his first appearance at the Masters since skiing in the Junior division ten years ago.

For the entire field and schedule of events, click here and here.  To watch the competition online, visit MastersWaterSki.com.

Team Goode takes half of Moomba slalom podium spots

Team Goode got a great start to the 2013 major tournament season by taking three of six podium positions during the final rounds of the Moomba Masters earlier today in Melbourne, Australia.

Team Goode skiers took two podium spots in Men’s slalom as Adam Sedlmajer and Thomas Degasperi finished second and third, respectively, after each scoring 3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off. Adam finished a spot ahead of Thomas due to a higher semi-final round score.  Chris Parrish finished first with 3 buoys at 41-feet off.

The second-place finish represents Adam’s best-ever finish in a professional slalom tournament.  The defending world overall champion also took the Moomba Men’s overall title for the second time in his career.

Women’s slalom also featured a tie between Goode skiers as Karen Truelove and Clementine both scored 3 buoys at 38-feet off.  Karen earned third place with Clementine taking fourth due to their semi-final scores.  Whitney McClintock placed first with a score of 2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off while Emma Sheers was second with 5-1/2 buoys at 38-feet off.

All three Team Goode podium finishes were on the Goode NANO ONE.

For more information, visit moombamasters.com.au.

GOODE skiers top the world rankings

The preliminary October 2012 IWSF world rankings are out and the slalom rankings are chock-full of GOODE skiers.

Regina Jaquess continues her stranglehold on the top of Women’s slalom, adding the No. 1 ranking on the world rankings list to her top ranking on the IWSF Elite ranking skiers list. The Elite list is comprised of the placements from a handful of top professional tournaments in the world, while the IWSF world rankings are compiled by using each skier’s two best scores from all L and R tournaments.

In Men’s slalom, three GOODE skiers are in the top 10: Thomas Degasperi (4th), Terry Winter (9th) and Nick Parsons (10th).

GOODE is also very well represented in the Junior ranks as Samantha Dumala (2nd), Kara MacIntyre (3rd), Bailey Austin (4th), Erika Lang (6th) and Eloise Whitlock (8th) all landed in the top 10 of Junior Women.  Brando Caruso of Italy claimed the No. 1 ranking in Junior Boys and was joined by Dane Mechler (2nd), Wyatt Haines (4th) and Daniel Di Pol (9th) at the top of the list.

In Seniors, Karen Truelove (Women’s 35+) and Todd Ristorcelli (Men’s 35+) both claimed No. 1 rankings.

For the entire preliminary rankings, click here.  Please note: These rankings are preliminary and are subject to change as the IWSF revises data.

GOODE Skiers in the top 25 include:

Women: Regina Jaquess, 1; Karen Jaquess, 4; Clementine Lucine, 14; Danyelle Bennett, 19; Makayla Haw, 20.  Men: Thomas Degasperi, 4; Terry Winter, 9; Nick Parsons, 10; Carlo Allais, 14.  Junior Women: Samantha Dumala, 2; Kara MacIntyre, 3; Bailey Austin, 4; Erika Lang, 6; Eloise Whitlock, 8; Jenna Morgan, 20.  Junior Men: Brando Caruso, 1; Dane Mechler, 2; Wyatt Haines, 4; Daniel Di Pol, 8; Nicholas Lang, 14.  Under 21 Women: Caroline Hensley, 3; Makayla Haw, 4; Samantha Dumala, 8; Kara MacIntyre, 10; Lauren Morgan, 13; Bailey Austin, 14; Erika Lang, 16; Eloise Whitlock, 20.  Under 21 Men: Tyler Scott, 5(t); Brando Caruso, 8; Dane Mechler, 10; Adam Pickos, 13; Wyatt Haines, 16; Benjamin Stadlbaur, 17.  35+ Women: Karen Truelove, 1; Lori Krueger, 6; Stephanie Stange, 8; Brandy Nagle, 13; Aline Nelson, 20; Kim Budreau, 25.  35+ Men: Todd Ristorcelli, 1; Chad Scott, 3; Jay Leach, 6; Todd Johnson, 8; Marc Shaw, 15; Arturo Nelson, 18; Jeremy Newby-Ricci, 24(t).  45+ Women: Patricia Cordeiro, 4; Alison Poulsen, 5; Shannon Strickland, 6; Connie Bergmark, 21.  45+ Men: Ben Favret, 2; Chet Raley, 3; David Miller, 5; Todd Kuykendall, 8; Tim Huston, 9; Michael Robinson, 11; Mike Baldwin, 15; Jeff Kepchia, 16; Fabrizio Merlo, 17; Joe McCreary, 20; Mike Dehlinger, 22; Eric Kelley, 23; Mike Munn, 24.  55+ Women: Brenda Cavenaugh, 5; Susan Hopper, 11; Dawn Goode, 19; Margaret Ann Woodward, 20.  55+ Men: Bruce Dodd, 2; Ted McColley, 4; Richard Lambert, 5; Ed Hickey, 6; Kim Contos, 7; Dave Goode, 10; Dave Bentall, 12; Steve Raphael, 15; and George Levien, 20.

Regina takes first, T-Gas second at Soaked

Regina Jaquess and Karen Truelove rode their GOODE NANO ONEs to first and third place finishes at Soaked Orlando.

Regina Jaquess added the Soaked Orlando title to her increasingly historic 2012 haul, riding her GOODE NANO ONE to the Women’s slalom title at the inaugural event held last weekend in downtown Orlando.

Regina ran 1 buoy at 41-feet off on the four-ball course in both the semis and finals to earn the win. Manon Costard finished second with 0.5 buoy at 41-feet off, while Team GOODE’s Karen Truelove continued her strong year by taking third with 3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off. Danyelle Bennett and Lauren Morgan rode their GOODE skis to 7th and 8th, respectively.

Regina has won titles this year at the U.S. Masters, GOODE Atlanta Pro Am, Malibu Open and now Soaked Orlando. She was recently named the 2012 WaterSki Magazine Female Slalom Skier of the Year.

In Men’s slalom, defending world champion Thomas Degasperi nearly pulled off a Team GOODE sweep, finishing second after four grueling runoffs with eventual champion Nate Smith. In the head-to-head finals, both Degasperi and Smith scored 1 buoy at 43-feet off three consecutive times. For the fourth runoff round, a tie-break rule was implemented that in the event of another tie, stipulated the win would be rewarded to the first skier off the dock, Nate. When both Nate and Thomas again skied 1 buoy at 43-feet off, the win went to Nate and Thomas took second.