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Q&A: Dave Goode discusses the all new FlexTail

The XT was a very successful ski. How is the FlexTail different?

Dave Goode: The XT marked the end of an era of exoskeleton-designed skis. Over the years, we refined and pushed that traditional construction method as far as it could go. The FlexTail, with its endoskeleton design, marks the beginning of a whole new design direction.

How do the backbone and ribs work together?

Dave: In order to get the FlexTail to flex laterally, we needed to narrow the width of the ski. But because we still need to support the skier’s weight, we needed to keep the surface area about the same. So we devised a load carrying backbone that can flex laterally along with ribs, which provide the needed surface area.

Does the tail really flex?

Dave: Absolutely. We spent a lot of the R&D process finding the right width to make the slots in the tail. It was very apparent when the slots were too big, creating too much flex, and when they weren’t big enough you really saw performance results decrease. The tail flexes and you can really feel it.

At the end of the day, how does this new technology help people ski better?

Dave: There are two main benefits of the FlexTail over the XT and other skis designed with exoskeletons. First, because the FlexTail can flex laterally, it is more efficient from the buoy line to the first wake. Skiers are able to run an earlier line. Secondly, the FlexTail comes through the turn lighter. When you ski lighter, you don’t provoke the high horse-powered boats equipped with ZeroOff, resulting in better skiing and more buoys.

What have been some of the early results on the ski?

Dave: I think the most visible results have been from Chris Parrish. He had a good year last year, enough to put him on top of the IWWF world rankings list, but since he’s gotten on the FlexTail he is putting up monster scores. He’s already seen 43 off as many times this early in the season as he did all of 2014. It’s sport, so you can never say anything for sure, but I’d be surprised if he didn’t get to three ball this season.

We’ve heard about a lot of other successes too. Mike Morgan got 2-1/4 buoys at 41 off (36mph) just the other day. That’s his best score since 1992. 1992! The day after getting on the FlexTail Lonnie Harris got his best tournament score in three years. Martin Bartalsky unboxed a ski in the middle of a tournament and tied his all-time PB his second set.

These are the types of stories that have us feeling pretty good about the ski.

Freddie wins European Championships, T-Gas second

Freddie Winter continues to serve notice to the slalom world with a big victory in Europe over the weekend.

The 2013 Worlds bronze medalist added to his growing resume by winning the 2014 European Championships in Melice, Czech Republic.

Freddie scored 1-1/4 buoys at 41 off to edge fellow GOODE Team skier and multiple time World and European champion Thomas Degasperi, who scored 1 at 41. With Thomas the top seed and still to come in the final round, Freddie made an extraordinary effort (check out the video here) to get outside two ball and secure the quarter buoy that would end up being the deciding margin.

Joining Freddie and Thomas on the leaderboard were GOODE skiers Martin Bartalsky (4th with 1 @ 41), Daniel Odvarko (5th with 4.5 at 39) and Carlo Allais (6th with 3 @ 39).

On the Women’s side GOODE skiers Chaira Bonnemann took fifth in slalom, while her sister, Giannina, finished second in overall.

For complete results, click here.

Team GOODE skiers among favorites at World Championships

Several Team GOODE skiers are expected to be in the running for medals when the Water Ski World Championships kick off next week in San Bernardo, Chile. The championships begin Tuesday, Nov. 26, and conclude Sunday, Dec. 1.

In Men’s slalom, Thomas Degasperi will be looking to defend his world title while adding a third Worlds gold medal to his career haul. The champion from 2007 and 2011 will face still competition from among his own GOODE teammates as Carlo Allais, Adam Sedlmajer and Nick Parsons all enter the Worlds in the top-10 spots of the IWWF’s Elite Rankings List. And don’t forget Worlds rookie Freddie Winter, who has put up a number of deep 41-off scores in the latter half of the 2013 season, or fifth place Malibu Open finisher Martin Bartalsky.

Other skiers expected to contend include Nate Smith, Will Asher, Chris Parrish, and Aaron Larkin.

In Women’s slalom, Team GOODE’s Regina Jaquess will be looking to continue her historic winning streak, having not lost a tournament since March of 2012. The 2005 world slalom champion, Regina will be seeking to add to her 2001 tricks and the overall titles she won in 2003 and 2005.

To do that she’ll have to beat fellow GOODE teammate April Coble-Eller. April has had a great 2013 season – she’s currently ranked fourth on the Elite Rankings List – and is seeking a world title that would serve as career-capping moment.

Other Women’s skiers who will surely be in the running include two-time defending champion Whitney McClintock and the French duo of Anais Amade and Manon Costard.

The Men’s overall race will feature a face off between two Team GOODE skiers who happen to own the last two world titles: Adam Sedlmajer, who took the title in 2011 and Javier Julio, who won it in 2009. Unfortunately, two-time world overall champion Jaret Llewellyn was a late scratch due to injury.

The Women’s overall race is very competitive this year with Regina and fellow Team GOODE skiers Clementine Lucine and newly crowned tricks world record holder Erika Lang in the mix, along with Whitney McClintock and Natalia Berdnikava.

Watch live online coverage of the event on the tournament’s official website, http://skiworldschile2013.cl. For the complete list of competitors, click .