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Q&A with Womens 1 National Champ Kelley Breeden

Ten GOODE skiers won slalom titles at the 2020 GOODE Water Ski National Championships held at Tri-Lakes in Zachary, La.

One of those 10 skiers was Florida Southern College’s Kelley Breeden, who earned her third career National title and second Women’s 1 title in the last three years.

GOODE recently chatted with Kelley about what if feels like to be a national champion, how this year was different and what skiing has taught her over the years.

GOODE: How long have you been skiing and how did you get into the sport?
Kelley: I have been skiing since I was seven. I got into it through my dad who was just a river rat back in the day. I was first introduced to competitive waterskiing through Cory Pickos and his ski school.

GOODE: How did you prepare for Nationals? Anything different than in the past?
Kelley: This is the second summer I’ve trained at Lucky Lowe, and this year because of COVID I lived at his ski school. I was able to ski multiple times every day and even on off days I was on the water coaching or trick skiing. It was super helpful just by having a huge amount of time on the water. Lucky is also extremely knowledgeable and has a ton of experience. He is always very positive and looks for the good in every practice.

GOODE: What does it feel like to be “NATIONAL CHAMPION!”?
Kelley: To be a national champion is a pretty cool thing. I definitely think each time you win nationals it’s a little different and means something different. This time I was happy to be able to win it for Lucky and do it with a bigger support system as I trained with some younger kids this summer.

GOODE: Besides winning the National title, what are some other highlights in your skiing career?
Kelley: Obviously, the other national titles [editor's note: Kelley previously won titles in Girls 2 and Women's 1] were a highlight. I’ve also started competing in more pro events the past two years which has been really exciting. Also just being able to compete with the Florida Southern ski team has been really great.

GOODE: Why do you ski?
Kelley: I ski because its fun and it provides a space where I don’t have to think about anything else but skiing. Its like an escape. I don’t have to think about school or grades or any of life’s other problems, just time to focus on skiing and myself. Its very freeing.

GOODE: What’s the most important thing skiing has taught you and/or given you over the years?
Kelley: Skiing has taught me many life lessons, but I think patience is a big one. Lucky talks a lot about trusting the process, and that’s pretty hard when you don’t see improvement sometimes. But that’s kind of how life is. You just have to trust that the process is going to take you in the right direction and that it will lead to improvement even when you can’t see it, so be patient and things will come with time.

GOODE: Who are some people that have been important to your skiing success?
Kelley: Some people that have been important to me in skiing are obviously my mom and dad, Betsy and Wes. They brought me into the sport and dedicated my childhood to it. My first coach, Cory Pickos, was also very pivotal and taught me a lot of basics. Keith Albritton and crew at Lake 38 and the crew at Lake Bradford were also very important in my career as that’s kind of where I grew up skiing in Tallahassee. Nowadays, Lucky Lowe and his family are very important to me and help tremendously. Also, the Florida Southern ski team which have helped me the past four years and become my closest friends.

A busy and successful weekend for Team GOODE

GOODE pro skiers Regina Jaquess (far left) and Martin Kolman (second from right) and their junior team challenge teammates.

Team GOODE had a busy weekend with some great results across the globe as …

1) Regina Jaquess, Adam Sedlmajer and Martin Kolman all won titles at the Still Waters Pro/Am Team Challenge in Oconomowoc, Wis. Regina took home titles in Women’s slalom and jumping, Adam earned the win in Men’s slalom and Martin topped the field in Men’s tricks on GOODE’s new trick ski, the MK1.

2) The Still Waters Pro/Am Team Challenge was held in conjunction with the 19th Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships where GOODE skiers Dylan Smith and Kelley Breeden took second and third in Junior Men’s and Women’s slalom, respectively.

3) Eight of the Sweet 16, five of the Elite Eight and three of the Final Four skiers were on GOODEs as the first stop of the 2019 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour took place in Sessena Spain. GOODE skiers Jeremy Newby-Ricci, Greg Sund and Dave Miller went 2-3-4 as Spain’s Ivan Morros won the event.

4) Thomas Degasperi placed 5th and Brando Caruso 7th at the BOTASKI Pro Am, held in conjunction with the Big Dawg event.

GOODE skiers win 16 U.S. National titles

GOODE skiers claimed 16 slalom titles – more than all other manufacturers combined – at the GOODE U.S. National Water Ski Championships held last week at Mystic Lakes in Maize, Kansas.

By claiming 16 of 28 slalom titles, GOODE skiers netted an amazing 57 percent of all slalom gold medals awarded.

Congratulations to the following national champions:

Girls 3 – Kristen Baldwin
Women 1 – Kelley Breeden
Women 2 – Keri McClure
Women 3 – Brandy Nagle
Women 4 – Gail Case
Women 5 – Alison Poulsen
Women 6 – Joy Kelley
Open Women – Regina Jaquess
Boys 1 – Luka Zazade
Boys 2 – Nicolas Nelson
Men 4 – Tim Henderson
Men 6 – Steve Ware
Men 7 – Steve Raphael
Men 8 – Bob Hardeman
Men 9 – George Adams
Masters Men – Greg Badal

Additional highlights of the week included:

  • A GOODE sweep of Masters Men slalom as champion Greg Badal was joined on the podium by Jay Leach (2nd), Jed Blackburn (3rd), Don Aschenbrenner (4th) and Mark Menasci (5th).
  • Three straight titles for Steve Ware and Steve Raphael.
  • An eighth career slalom title for Keri McClure, who in addition to 2018 also won titles in 2017, 2014, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008 and 2000.
  • Nicolas Nelson won the Boys 2 title on the strength of a 5-buoy PB.
  • Kristen Baldwin winning Girls 3 slalom in only her second year in the age division. Her sister Brooke had won it the three previous years.
  • Greg Badal and Regina Jaquess tying for the highest 34 mph score of the week with 1 buoy at 41 off.
  • During the America’s Cup Invitational – held Friday night under the lights with approximately 3,000 people lining the shores – Regina Jaquess won both the Women’s slalom and jumping crowns, while finishing fourth in tricks. Karen Truelove was third in slalom.

Dating back to 2012, GOODE skiers have won 114 out of 207 U.S. national slalom titles, or 55 percent.

For full 2018 GOODE Nationals results, click here.