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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.

Regina claims 7th career Masters Women’s slalom title

Regina Jaquess is back atop the Master Women’s podium, winning her 7th career Masters slalom title Sunday at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga.

The fourth seed heading into the finals, Regina scored 3.5 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off – the highest Women’s score of the weekend – to put the pressure on the rest of the finals field. The score ultimately held up as Whitney McClintock finished second (3@39), Manon Costard third (1.5@39) and Jaimee Bull fourth (2.5@38).

Regina complimented her slalom victory with a second-place finish (54.4) in jumping, behind champion Jacinta Carroll (56 meters).

In Men’s slalom, Team GOODE’s Thomas Degasperi, still injured from a car crash two weeks ago that severely limited his training, managed a podium finish, placing third (3@39) behind Freddie Winter (2.5@41) and Stephen Neveu (2@41).

In Men’s tricks, Martin Kolman took third with 9,270 points, behind Pato Font and Adam Pickos, who scored 11,330 and 11,320 points, respectively.

For full results, click here.

Team GOODE skiers seek titles at this weekend’s Masters

After a rare second-place finish at last year’s event, Team GOODE’s Regina Jaquess will be looking for her 8th career Masters slalom title as the 60th Masters takes place this weekend in Pine Mountain, Ga.

Last year in the semi finals Regina became the first female to run 39-1/2 feet off at the Masters, only to finish second to Manon Costard in a final-round run off. Team GOODE skier and perennial podium threat Karen Truelove will be gunning for her second career Masters title.

On the Men’s side, Thomas Degasperi will be looking to build on his Moomba Masters win earlier this year and add his 2nd career Masters title. He will be joined in the Men’s field by fellow Team GOODE skier Adam Sedlmajer.

GOODE’s Martin Kolman is among the favorites in the Men’s tricks event and Ali Garcia (slalom) competed in her first ever Junior Masters earlier today.

For more event information, including schedule and online broadcast, visit masterswaterski.com.

Q&A: World Tricks No. 1 and GOODE Team Coordinator Martin Kolman

Martin Kolman is the No. 2 and No.1 ranked Men’s Overall and Tricks skier in the world, respectively, and is on a hot streak having won consecutive Tricks titles at Moomba and last weekend’s Reunion Island Masters.

But when he isn’t training exhaustingly in all three events, this Prague, Czech Republic, native is working at GOODE headquarters in Ogden, Utah, as the pro team coordinator and ski tester.

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Martin and ask him about how he got started, what excites him about working at GOODE and how he is prepping for a Worlds year.

GOODE: How did you get your start in the sport and what was it like to grow up training in the Czech Republic?

Martin: My father put me on skis when I was 2 years old and I have skied ever since. Skiing at home was pretty good from about mid-May until the end of September. But that’s not enough time on the water to get to the top level so we skied earlier and later every season. It ended up being pretty hard core where I would be skiing in a river full of icebergs when I could not leave to go somewhere warmer because of school. When I could leave I would go to the Cory Pickos Ski School to start my season in early February.

GOODE: When and how did you come to the United States?

Martin: In the fall of 2012 I joined the University of Louisiana at Monroe water ski team and came over to the USA to combine my studies and skiing.

GOODE: You’ve been working for GOODE for about a year now. What drew you to work here?

Martin: I think to get to the top you need the time on the water and great coaches but without getting the best equipment for yourself you still might not make it. Learning and understanding what all goes into a ski and being able to implement all of my ideas and feelings from skiing into making the best ski is crucial for my success. Working with GOODE gives me the last piece of that puzzle.

GOODE: What is your overriding philosophy about ski design and performance?

Martin: There are always tradeoffs to each design and you have to choose what are your priorities for the design. Mine are stability, cross-course speed and lightness.

GOODE: How are you able to fit in training for all three events?

Martin: It has been a transition period to adjust to my life’s new rhythm but I just try to stay consistent and do as much as possible with the opportunity for training that day. If I don’t get to ski I’ll go for a hike, bike ride or to the gym. Of course there is no training that you can do that replicates time on the water.

GOODE: You just had a huge win in tricks at Moomba. What was that experience like?

Martin: It was an awesome experience skiing again on the Yarra River in downtown Melbourne. Since I started working at GOODE I’ve wanted to win a tournament on a ski I made and the feeling was just amazing.

GOODE: You are one of the favorites in overall at this year’s World Championships. How are you approaching this year upcoming Worlds year?

Martin: I am trying to be as ready as I can as a skier and having my equipment as dialed in as possible. Being able to make my own skis for the Worlds adds another level of confidence to my skiing.

T-Gas claims third career Moomba title

Further cementing his hall-of-fame credentials and serving notice to the slalom world that he is back to his winning ways, Team GOODE’s Thomas Degasperi claimed his third career Moomba slalom title earlier today in Melbourne, Australia.

In the final round both T-Gas and Nate Smith tied with 2 buoys at 41-feet off, with T-Gas edging Nate in a runoff by a half buoy to earn the win. The two-time World Champion previously won Moomba in 2014 and 2017.

In Mens tricks, Team GOODE skier Martin Kolman took home wins in both Mens tricks and overall,while his fellow GOODE teammates Dorien Llewellyn and Felipe Miranda took third and fifth in overall, respectively.

GOODE’s Giannina Bonnemann took home the win in Womens Overall.

For complete Moomba results, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A legend is reborn: Introducing the all-new 9970

Twenty-five years after revolutionizing water skiing with the first-ever carbon-fiber slalom ski, GOODE Skis is proud to announce the arrival of the 9970, the best-ever version of the legendary 9000 series that permanently etched the likes of Regina Jaquess, Jeff Rodgers, Kristi Overton-Johnson, Karina Nowlan, and Chris Parrish in the world record books.

“Everything we’ve learned about carbon construction and ski design over the past 25 years has gone into the 9970,” says Dave Goode, president and founder of GOODE Skis. “We knew we couldn’t bring the 9000 series back if this ski didn’t live up to the legendary legacy of the previous skis. That was something that was in the back of our minds throughout the development process.”

Designed with the 36 m.p.h. skier in mind but highly capable at all speeds, the 9970 capitalizes on a new construction method and newly sourced advanced carbon materials to weigh in at a mere 2.5 pounds on a 67-inch model – the lightest GOODE ever. Additional areas of design focus included a new rocker profile and a larger flat spot.

“The 9970 is very fast cross course and carries a lot of speed through the turn,” says Martin Kolman, GOODE’s newly added product manager, the world’s current No. 1 overall Men’s skier and a mid-41 off slalom skier. “The 9970 gets angle out of the turn like no other ski I’ve been on. It really wants to be ridden on an edge.”

The 9970 is narrower from the front binding to the tip than the GOODE XTR, a characteristic that allows skiers to carry more speed through the turn, something that 36 m.p.h. skiers, especially, will appreciate.

“Our skis have had unparalleled success at 34 m.p.h. over the last few years,” says Dave, “but I really wanted us to be a force again at the higher speed. The 9970 is a legendary ski, made better. It’s going to put us back on the map at 36.”

Learn more about the 9970 here.