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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.

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.

Ristorcelli, Regina to face off in Bracket Challenge final round

Slalom fans are in for a treat as No. 1 seed Todd Ristorcelli is set to face off against the world’s No. 1 female slalom skier, Regina Jaquess, in the final round of the GOODE Virtual Water Ski Bracket ChallengeTM.  The championship match up will take place during a record-capability tournament Sept. 10-11, at GOODE Ski Lake in Ogden, Utah.

While Todd made it into the finals by posting a score of 2 buoys at 41-feet off at the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour Finals, it was the skier he ultimately edged that put in perhaps the most inspiring performance of the Bracket Challenge.  On a 39-1/2 off pass he needed to run to ultimately challenge Todd’s 41- off score, Kyle Tate was late rounding five ball but made a big charge across the wakes and attempted to throw his ski around six ball, unfortunately breaking his lower leg in the process and ending his Bracket Challenge chances.

In the other Final Four bracket, Chad Scott held a one buoy lead over Regina heading into the Cedar Ridge tournament, which they both skied in.  On Saturday Regina scored 3 at 41 to tie Chad, and then something pretty cool happened.

Instead of letting the contest rules determine the bracket winner (tie goes to the highest seed), they decided to use the second round on Sunday, Regina’s last round of the day, as a winner-take-all.  Regina seized the opportunity and beat Chad, 2 buoys at 41 off to his half buoy at the same line length.

Final Round Fan Pick ‘em Contest

Tom Brennan correctly picked a final match up of Todd and Regina, winning a GOODE hat, neoprene ski sleeve, and GOODE slalom vest.
Now’s your chance to enter the Final Round fan contest. Click here and fill out who you think will win on our before Sept. 9th.  Only one entry per round, per person. But, if you follow our Twitter account and tweet your picks with @GOODESkis and #GOODEBracket in the message we’ll award you with a second entry.

The final round contest will feature two winners, one for a contestant who picks the champion, and one who participated in all three rounds and picked a perfect bracket. That prize winner will win a FREE, all new Nano OneXT!

Bracket Challenge Round 2 update

With a little over a week-and-a-half left in the second round of the GOODE Virtual Water Ski Bracket ChallengeTM, Chad Scott and Todd Ristorcelli each have the inside track to making it to the championship round.

No. 2 seed Chad scored 3 buoys at 41-feet off at the Dylan’s LCQ at Bennett’s on Aug. 3rd, to take the lead over sixth seed Regina Jaquess.  Regina’s 2 buoys at 41 may have been good enough to win the U.S. Open Women’s national title, but it wasn’t enough to top Chad.  All she has to now is just break her own world record of 3 at 41 (although she does have a pending record from last July of 3.5 at 41).

In the second Final Four bracket, No. 1 seed Todd continues to live up to his seeding by holding a lead over fifth seed Kyle Tate with 2 at 41 to Kyle’s 4.5 at 39-1/2 off.  But Todd shouldn’t rest easy quite yet, as Kyle has pulled it off at the last minute before.  On the final day of July Kyle overtook Chet Raley to punch his ticket into the Final Four.

The final round of the Bracket Challenge will be a live head-to-head face off at a record-capability tournament hosted by GOODE on Sept. 10 and 11, at Goode Ski Lake in Ogden, Utah.

Bracket Challenge round 1 results in, second round giveaway sign up begins

The first round of the GOODE Virtual Water Ski Bracket ChallengeTM has concluded and what a finish!

[Click here to enter the second round bracket pick 'em contest.]

No. 5 seed Kyle Tate was staring down a buoy-and-a-half deficit to No. 4 seed Chet Raley heading into yesterday’s Last Chance tournament at Victory Lake in Jacksonville, Fla.  But on the very last day of July, and thus the last day of round 1, Kyle put up a huge score of 3 buoys at 41-feet off to punch his ticket into the second round.

Here’s how the first round match ups went down:

  • No. 1 seed Todd Ristorcelli lived up to top billing by posting a score of 3 at 41, enough to edge Jay Leach by a buoy;
  • Kyle’s 3 at 41 took this match up after trailing Chet Raley’s score of 2 at 41 for most of the month;
  • In the second upset of the first round – seeding wise anyway – Regina Jaquess used her world record pending score of 3-1/2 at 41 to top Ben Favret’s 2 at 41;
  • Chad Scott and Dave Miller both tied with 2-1/2 at 41, but No. 2 seed Chad will advance as the rules awarded ties to the higher seed.

So, the Final Four match ups are:

As the first round kicked off we invited fans to get involved by picking who they think will advance in each round.  We’ll announce the winner of the Round 1 prize package soon.

NOW IS YOUR CHANCE TO ENTER ROUND 2 OF THE TOURNAMENT, with the winner receiving a Goode hat, neoprene ski sleeve, and GOODE slalom vest.

To enter the Round 2 contest, click here and fill out your picks on or before August 9th.  Only one entry per round, per person. But, if you follow our Twitter account and tweet your picks with @GoodeSkis and #GoodeBracket in the message we’ll award you with a second entry.

How It Works

The virtual tournament has three rounds: rounds of 8, 4 and 2 competitors.  In each round a higher seed will face off against a lower seed (seeds determined by IWWF ranking). It’s “virtual” because the first two rounds will use scores from any AWSA and/or Water Ski Canada tournaments the competitors ski in during the months of July (round of 8) and August (round of 4).

At the end of the month, the skier that has the single highest score from any AWSA- or Water Ski Canada-sanctioned tournament (regardless of sanctioning class) will win that bracket and advance.  In other words, during the first two rounds skiers won’t ski head-to-head at the same tournament, we’ll just use their scores from that month to determine the winner.

While the first two rounds will each take place virtually over many weeks, the final round will be a live head-to-head face off at a record-capability tournament we are hosting on Sept. 10 and 11, at Goode Ski Lake in Ogden, Utah.

Enter the contest here.

Bracket Challenge first round heads into final weekend

One weekend left in the first round of the GOODE Virtual Water Ski Bracket ChallengeTM and things are starting to shake out a bit:

  • No. 1 seed Todd Ristorcelli put some distance between him and 8 seed Jay Leach by bumping his score to 3 at 41 off, up from the 2 at 41 off that had him tied with Jay last week.
  • Chet Raley also added a buoy to his score, running 2 at 41 at the Okeeheelee July Slalom Event. Kyle Tate has four rounds to catch pass Chet though, one at the Southern Regionals and three at Victory Lake’s Last Chance event in Jacksonville on July 31.
  • Ben Favret, who probably drew the toughest match up in the first round, is still staring down Regina Jaquess’ pending Women’s slalom world record of 3-1/2 at 41.
  • Chad Scott and Dave Miller are both still tied at 2-1/2 at 41, something Chad will probably be looking to remedy during this weekend’s upcoming South Central Regional Championships.

Round 1′s bracket selection contest closed for entries on July 12th, but everyone will have another chance to enter and win when Round 2 begins in August.

Click here to learn more about the bracket challenge.

Tight match ups half way through first round of the GOODE Bracket Challenge

Half way through the first round of the GOODE Virtual Water Ski Bracket ChallengeTM two brackets are all tied up and the other two are close.

Here’s how the March Madness on water stands as of July 16th:

  • No. 1 Todd Ristorcelli vs. No. 8 Jay Leach: Tied at 2 buoys at 41-feet off.
  • No. 2 Dave Miller vs. Chad Scott: Tied at 2-1/2 buoys at 41-feet off.
  • No. 3 Ben Favret vs. Regina Jaquess:  An upset brewing in this one as Regina has a one-and-a-half buoy lead on Ben, courtesy of her pending world record of 3-1/2 buoys at 41-feet off.
  • No. 4 Chet Raley vs. No. 5 Kyle Tate: A mild upset in the works as Kyle (1-1/2 buoys at 41-feet off) has a half buoy edge on Chet.

With two weekends and both the Southern and South Central regional championships left in July, there is still plenty of time for participants to put up some big scores.

Round 1′s bracket selection contest closed for entries on July 12th, but everyone will have another chance to enter and win when Round 2 begins in August.

Click here to learn more about the bracket challenge.

Pick ‘em and win with the Goode Bracket Challenge

We are very excited to announce the Goode Virtual Water Ski Bracket ChallengeTM, a tournament featuring eight of the best 34 MPH skiers facing off virtually in a head-to-head bracket to determine a champion.  Think March Madness on the water.

The contestants? Oh, just Todd Ristorcelli, Chad Scott, Ben Favret, Chet Raley, Kyle Tate, Dave Miller, Jay Leach … and the Women’s slalom world record holder Regina Jaquess!  See the seedings and brackets below.

Fans Play Along!

Fans can get involved by picking who they think will advance in each round.  We’ll hold a contest each round in which every contestant that picks that round’s winners correctly will be entered into a drawing for a Goode prize package. The prizes are:

To enter the Round 1 contest, click here and fill out your picks on or before July 12th. Look for entry details for the second and final rounds as the summer progresses.

Only one entry per round, per person. But, if you follow our Twitter account and tweet your picks with @GoodeSkis and #GoodeBracket in the message we’ll award you with a second entry.

How It Works

The virtual tournament has three rounds: rounds of 8, 4 and 2 competitors.  In each round a higher seed will face off against a lower seed (seeds determined by IWWF ranking). It’s “virtual” because the first two rounds will use scores from any AWSA and/or Water Ski Canada tournaments the competitors ski in during the months of July (round of 8) and August (round of 4).

At the end of the month, the skier that has the single highest score from any AWSA- or Water Ski Canada-sanctioned tournament (regardless of sanctioning class) will win that bracket and advance.  In other words, during the first two rounds skiers won’t ski head-to-head at the same tournament, we’ll just use their scores from that month to determine the winner.

While the first two rounds will each take place virtually over many weeks, the final round will be a live head-to-head face off at a record-capability tournament we are hosting on Sept. 10 and 11, at Goode Ski Lake in Ogden, Utah.

Enter the contest here.