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Regina Jaquess successfully defends Masters title, Karen Truelove takes third

Regina Jaquess’ 2013 season started the same way her 2012 ended; on top of the podium.

The world No. 1 rode her Goode NANO ONE to her second-consecutive Masters Women’s slalom title today at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga. She scored 3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off to claim the title and top the course record of 2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off that she set last year. The Masters was Regina’s first tournament of 2013.

Regina wasn’t the only Team Goode skier on the podium as Karen Truelove finished third with 2-1/2 buoys at 38-feet off. Whitney McClintock finished second with 5 buoys at 38-feet off.

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Goode skiers take Jr. Masters Overall titles

Dorien Llewellyn on his way to a second-place finish in Junior Men’s slalom and the overall title.

Junior Goode skiers Dorien Llewellyn and Charlotte Wharton each battled through windy conditions to take overall titles at Friday’s Junior Masters at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga.

Dorien landed on the podium in each Junior Men’s event, taking second in slalom, first in jumping and third in tricks.

Charlotte scored the maximum points possible, 3,000, to take the Junior Women’s overall title.  She finished second in jumping, fourth in slalom and sixth in tricks.

Additional Team Goode skiers earning podium spots were Kara MacIntyre, who finished second in overall, and Yiannis Nathanail who placed third in slalom.

The pros, including Team Goode’s Regina Jaquess, Thomas Degasperi, Karen Truelove, and Carlo Allais, hit the water beginning today.

Team Goode Looks to Continue Winning Ways as 2013 Masters Take Place This Weekend

When the 54th Masters Water Ski Tournament kicks off Friday at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga., a number of pro and Junior Team Goode skiers will be hoping to keep a couple winning streaks alive.

Regina Jaquess will be seeking to repeat as Masters Women’s slalom champion, a title she won a year ago after setting the course record in the semi finals.  After missing Moomba to attend to her burgeoning pharmacy practice, the Masters will be her first tournament of 2013.  Last year she won nearly every major tournament, including the Malibu Open, Diablo Shores Pro Am, Soaked, and World Cup Palembang, and skied into 41-feet off five times in October.

While Regina has established her own one-woman string of success, for the Junior members of Team Goode it’s been a collective effort.  In each of the last three major international Junior competitions Goode skiers have swept the top spots in both Boys and Girls divisions.

Attempting to keep the streak going at the Junior Masters will be Wyatt Haines, Yiannis Nathanail, Dane Mechler, and Dorien Llewellyn in Junior Men’s slalom, while on the Junior Women’s slalom side it will be Kara MacIntyre and Charlotte Wharton.

Also skiing at the Masters for Team Goode will be past Champion Karen Truelove, defending World Champion Thomas Degasperi and World No. 7 Carlo Allais.  Karen (4th) and Thomas (2nd) will be looking to improve on their top-four finishes in 2012, while Carlo will be making his first appearance at the Masters since skiing in the Junior division ten years ago.

For the entire field and schedule of events, click here and here.  To watch the competition online, visit MastersWaterSki.com.

GOODE’s Regina Jaquess named USA Water Ski female athlete of the year

The awards continue to roll in for Team GOODE’s Regina Jaquess, who can now add the USA Water Ski Female Athlete of the Year award to honors given her by WaterSki Magazine.

From USA Water Ski:

Jaquess, now a six-time recipient of USA Water Ski’s Female Athlete of the Year award, won women’s professional slalom titles in 2012 at the U.S. Masters, Malibu Open, Soaked Orlando and Diablo Shores Pro-Am. She set a new women’s world slalom record of 3 buoys at 41 feet off on June 17 at the Cedar Ridge Early Record in Canton, Miss.

She won gold medals in Elite women’s slalom, jumping and overall, and the bronze medal in tricks at the 2012 Malibu Pan American Water Ski Championships, Sept. 12-15, at the Pickos World Ski Resort in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. Her performances – including a Pan American tournament record 4-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off in slalom – helped lead the U.S. Elite Water Ski Team to the overall team gold medal at the biennial event. Jaquess also won the women’s jumping title at the 2012 Rocketman Night Jump and placed third in women’s jumping at the U.S. Masters and Malibu Open.

USA Water Ski also named the U.S. Pan American Championships Water Ski Teams (Under 13, Under 17, Under 21, Elite, Over 35 and Over 45) its Team of the Year.  GOODE skiers on the team included: Caroline Hensley (Elite), Erika Lang (Elite), Regina (Elite), Adam Pickos (Elite), Lauren Morgan (Under 21), Kara MacIntyre (Under 17), Nicholas Lang (Under 17), Quinn Haines (Under 17), Lori Krueger (35+), Brandy Nagle (35+), Marc Shaw (35+), and Connie Bergmark (45+).

Final pro event of 2012 to take place this weekend in Indonesia

The world’s best water skiers will have one last chance to claim a podium in 2012 as the final professional tournament of the year, the Palembang IWWF World Cup stop, will take place Saturday and Sunday in Indonesia.  Events include Men’s and Women’s slalom and jumping.

Team GOODE will be there in force, including the world’s No. 1 ranked Women’s slalom skier Regina Jaquess, the defending Men’s world slalom champion Thomas Degasperi, and perennial podium finishers Karen Truelove and Nick Parsons.

Regina will have the opportunity to put a capstone on one of the most dominating seasons of all time.  In addition to upping her own world record to 3 buoys at 41-feet off last June, she and her NANO ONE claimed titles at the Masters, GOODE Atlanta Pro Am, Malibu Open, Soaked and Diablo Shores Pro Am.

Thomas has had a remarkably consistent year, with top four-finishes in each professional event he entered including at win at the GOODE Atlanta Pro Am.

The tournament (which is 12 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time) will be webcast at www.iwwf.tv.  For more information, visit www.iwwfed.com.

Regina wins Women’s slalom title at 53rd Masters

Regina Jaquess dominated the 53rd Masters, setting a course record on the way to her third career Women’s slalom Masters title.

Coming off her record-setting 2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off in Saturday’s semifinals, Regina scored 1 buoy at 39-1/2 feet off in the final round to edge Whitney McClintock’s half buoy at the same rope length.  Team GOODE skiers Clementine Lucine and Karen Truelove placed third and fourth with 2-1/2 and 2 buoys at 38-feet off, respectively.

In Men’s slalom, Team GOODE’s Thomas Degasperi came up just short of the victory, taking second with 3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off.  Nate Smith earned his first ever Masters title with 5 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off.  Aaron Larkin took third with 1 buoy at 39-1/2 feet off and Chris Parrish finished fourth with 2-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off.

Q & A with GOODE Atlanta Pro Am organizer George Obser

When skiing’s newest pro tournament – the GOODE Atlanta Pro Am – is held on Memorial Day in Atlanta, Ga., it will not only feature a lineup that would make many pro events green with envy, it will be a testament to the determination and love of the sport of its organizer, WaterSki Atlanta founder and Mens 3 competitor George Obser.

Earlier this week we were able to get George to take a short break from his pre-event preparations to talk about the tournament, its unique format and why he thinks it’s important to give pros opportunities to compete in cash-prize events.

Can you tell us a little about the GOODE Atlanta Pro Am and the reason you decided to hold it?

George: The GOODE Atlanta Pro Am started out as a very small idea a few years ago when I moved our ski club, WaterSki Atlanta, to our new site at Princeton Lake.  Everyone that skis with us always mentions that it’s the most unique site they’ve ever skied and that it would be a perfect place to host a pro event.

Why host this event on Memorial Day?

George: The Masters tournament takes place every Memorial Day weekend and I grew up in Atlanta going to that event to watch the best skiers in the world.  Atlanta is less than an hour drive north of Callaway Gardens, so I decided to make a few calls and see if any pro skiers wanted to come up to Atlanta the day after the Masters finals for a small pro am.  I knew the skiers in my club would get a kick out of skiing with the pros in a small backyard tournament, and it evolved into something bigger than I ever thought possible.

I also served 20 years in the United States Marine Corps and retired just last August.  Memorial Day is a holiday I don’t take for granted.  I’ve lost many friends and fellow Marines over the years and will celebrate their service and the ultimate sacrifice they made during this event.  Hundreds of American flags will be flying on the shoreline to honor those that have gone before us in service to our nation.

Unfortunately, opportunities for pro skiers to compete in cash-prize events have become fewer over the years.  Why is it important to give pros a chance to earn some cash?

George: It’s important because it’s the right thing to do.  The days of “Hot Summer Nights” and big corporate sponsorship and national broadcasts are behind us.  It’s now up to the “little guys”, which are various ski clubs across the country like WaterSki Atlanta, to step up to the plate and take their passion for the sport to the next level.

Dana Reed has done just that with the Malibu Open in Milwaukee. The Sac-Town Gold Rush has taken off on the west coast, and Tommy Harrington and Jeff Gilbert are taking the same big steps on the east coast up at Little Mountain Ski Club in N.C.  Pro skiing is even returning to Lake Eola in downtown Orlando later this summer.   I think and hope that these small steps will eventually lead to something big again for professional water skiing.

In addition to the pros, you’ve included a pretty stacked field of MM skiers as well as amateurs, thus the pro am part of the title. What was the idea behind including them?

George: I included the MM division in the event because the Big Dawg series is something that I personally think has brought interest in competition back into water skiing.

And amateurs have a lot in common with Big Dawg skiers.  Maybe not in buoy counts, but off the water they share the stress of having a regular job, family, busy kids, they are similar in age, and they both have to endure the never-ending challenge of getting enough quality water time.

We’ve heard that the format is going to be a little different, can you explain it?

George: The Open and Masters Men skiers will ski two preliminary rounds and the highest scores from either round will advance to the finals.  The skier with the highest score in each division during the finals wins a cash prize.

The amateur competitors will be handicapped and skiing against their 12-month AWSA average.  They will ski two preliminary rounds on Sunday and the top-10 amateurs with the highest number of buoys over their “average” (or closest to their average) will advance to the Memorial Day finals to ski with the pros and the Big Dawgs that advance.

A big part of making an event like this a success is getting sponsors.  How has that gone so far?

George: Getting sponsors initially was surprisingly easy, but I made sure I wasn’t asking for the world because I knew most budgets for 2012 events were already spent.

All of the ski manufacturers agreed to support the Atlanta Pro Am right away and GOODE jumped on the opportunity to be the title sponsor the first day they heard about the event, which I’m extremely grateful for.

The boat manufacturers were also excited about getting involved in the event.  Malibu, MasterCraft, and Nautique will each pull one round on Memorial Day.  Eagle Sports went above and beyond to sponsor the event and will be providing the skier bib for the finals also.

Victory Brewing is our only “out-of-the-industry” sponsor and they have been nothing but gracious to us and they fit into the GOODE Atlanta Pro Am perfectly.  Their brand is a great theme for a competition where everyone is striving for victory and I’m sure everyone will be quite thirsty and looking for one to drink after the skiing is over.

Team GOODE looking for victories at 53rd Masters

The stage is set for a big 53rd Masters Water Ski Tournament for Team GOODE this weekend as more Men’s and Women’s slalom competitors will ride GOODE skis than any other manufacturer.

In the Men’s competition, defending world champion Thomas Degasperi will be joined by fellow Team GOODE skiers Nick Parsons, the world’s No. 6 ranked skier, and Adam Sedlmajer, a first time Masters slalom qualifier.

On the Women’s side, two-time Masters slalom champion Regina Jaquess and 2005 champion Karen Truelove will be joined by Team GOODE’s Clementine Lucine, who qualified for the event by running 1 buoy at 39-1/2 feet off at last weekend’s Masters Last Chance Qualifier.

For two Team GOODE skiers in particular, the Masters offers the chance to achieve special career milestones.

Adam, whose only previous Masters experience came on a trick ski, has spent the last few months itching to slalom on the Masters’ hallowed water.

“I’m very honored for the chance to swerve on the famous Robin Lake,” said Adam, who completed his MBA two weeks ago at the University of Louisiana-Monroe.  “Slaloming there has been my dream ever since I attended my first Masters in 2007, when I came to study in the United States.”

And while it might be understandable if he had some pre-Masters nervousness, Adam says he’s not letting the pressure of the event get to him.

“I’m going to take the Masters as if it were any other tournament,” said Adam.  “I know it is very prestigious tournament, but you can’t let that get into your mind.  I’m planning on skiing the same as I do everyday.”

On the other side of the Masters-experience spectrum is Thomas, who first competed there in 2006.  For him, this weekend presents an opportunity to add a rare missing piece in the collection of titles he’s won across the globe during his extraordinary career.

“I’ve won two world championships, the Malibu Open, a bunch of pro tour stops and five European titles, but not the Masters,” said Degasperi, who is coming off a victory earlier this month at the Proa Nautique Mexico Open.  “This tournament is definitely one that I would like to add to my list.  There are many good skiers that can go home with that ring on their finger, but I know I can do it.”

In the junior ranks, GOODE skiers Brando Caruso and Makayla Haw will be looking to defend their 2011 Junior Masters titles.  Brando won last year’s event with a score of 5-1/2 buoys at 38-feet off, while Makayla earned her victory with 1 buoy at 38-feet off.

After winning the Junior Women’s title at the Moomba Masters in March, Makayla will be seeking her second-straight major title since switching to Team GOODE and the GOODE NANO earlier this year.

To keep up with the performances of Team GOODE and the entire Masters field, watch the tournament’s live webcast at masterswaterski.com.

Team GOODE skiers earn invites to 53rd Masters

GOODE Skis will be well represented when the 53rd Masters is held Memorial Day weekend at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga.

On the Men’s slalom side, three of the eight invitees are Team GOODE members, as Thomas Degasperi, Adam Sedlmajer and Nick Parsons all earned invitations.

In Women’s slalom, Karen Truelove and world record holder Regina Jaquess made the field. New Team GOODE member Makayla Haw will defend her Junior Women’s championship from a year ago.

For more event details, including ticket information, click here.