Regina Jaquess’ dominance over the Malibu Open, and really Women’s slalom in general, continued as she won her unprecedented 9th consecutive Malibu Open title Saturday at Trophy Lakes in Charleston, S.C.
The only female competitor to run 39-1/2 off the entire weekend, she did it all four rounds. To earn the win she defeated Manon Costard in the super finals with a score of 2 at 41 to Manon’s 3.5 at 38.
Four of the top-8 finishers in Women’s slalom rode GOODE skis as Karen Truelove (5th), Kassidy Hawkins (6th) and Ali Garcia (7th) put in strong showings. Karen’s first-round score of a half buoy at 39 set a pending U.S. Nationals Women’s 4 slalom record.
On the Men’s side, Thomas Degasperi advanced to the finals but unfortunately missed his gates at 39-1/2 to end up with a 4th-place finish. He put up very solid scores of 3 buoys at 41 off in each of the first two rounds, and did so again on his “provisional” pass in the finals, until his 39 gates were pulled.
Dane Mechler and Adam Sedlmajer each just missed out on the finals, finishing 6th and 7th, respectively.
That’s how many consecutive Malibu Open slalom titles Regina Jaquess has now won after she once again took the victory Saturday at Trophy Lakes in Johns Island, S.C.
Regina scored 1-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off in the head-to-head finals to defeat Jaimee Bull, who scored 4 at 39. Samantha Dumala finished throw and Whitney McClintock-Rini fourth.
Fresh off an appearance in the finals at the World Championships and a top-10 finish at the California Pro-Am, Dane Mechler took third place at the Malibu Open to earn his first ever major pro event podium. Will Asher placed first and Nate Smith second.
Regina Jaquess won her 7th consecutive Malibu Open Women’s Slalom title Saturday as the annual event was held at Trophy Lakes in Johns Island, S.C.
Regina scored 1 buoy at 41 off to top Manon Costard (3-1/2 at 39-1/2 off) in the head-to-head finals to earn the win. She had the top score in all four rounds and was the only woman to run 39-1/2 off all weekend, which she did three times.
Both Adam Sedlmajer and Thomas Degasperi advanced to the Men’s semi-finals, eventually finishing 3rd and 6th, respectively.
In the Junior events, Griffin Stange took home the win in Boys Under 17, while Kristen Baldwin and Ali Garcia went 1-2 in the Girls Under 17 division.
Thomas Degasperi and Regina Jaquess made it 2-for-2 for Team GOODE as they both won slalom titles at last weekend’s Malibu Open in Milwaukee, Wis. For Regina, the win marked an amazing fifth-straight victory at the Malibu Open, while T-Gas picked up his second career Malibu Open win.
In the Women’s slalom head-to-head finals, Regina ran a full pass at 39-1/2 feet off to beat second-place finisher Whitney McClintock (4@39). The Women’s Final Four feature three Team GOODE skiers, as Clementine Lucine (3rd) and Breanne Dodd (4th) joined Regina in advancing past the semi finals. GOODE skier Kate Adriaensen finished just outside the finals, placing fifth.
It was an all-GOODE final bracket in Men’s slalom, as T-Gas edged out upstart Benny Stadlbaur, with 4 buoys at 39-1/2 off to Benny’s score of three at the same line length. It was the second-straight pro tournament victory for T-Gas, who also won the Canadian Open earlier this month in Edmonton, Canada. The win moved him into the second spot on the IWWF Elite Rankings List behind Nate Smith. For Benny, it was his best-ever pro placement.
In the Junior events, GOODE skiers Dane Mechler placed second in Junior Men’s slalom, while Quinn Haines finished third in Boy’s slalom while also taking the jump title.
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.