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T-Gas wins Moomba; Team GOODE claims four top-three finishes

Photo courtesy Des Burke-Kennedy/IWWF.

Team GOODE kicked off the 2014 season with a big weekend at the Moomba Masters as two of its athletes won slalom titles and another two landed top-three finishes.

Thomas Degasperi won his first-ever Moomba crown with a final round score of 3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off. As the top seed heading into the finals, Thomas knew what he needed to get in order to top Aaron Larkin and Brian Detrick, who took second and third, respectively, with 2-1/2 at 39. Fellow GOODE Teammate Adam Sedlmajer scored his second-consecutive top-five finish at Moomba by taking fifth, while Carlo Allais also advanced to the finals, finishing seventh.

In Women’s slalom, Team GOODE’s April Coble-Eller continued her great skiing of late by finishing third, behind champion Whitney McClintock and Emma Sheers.

Erika Lang (L) and Bailey Austin.

In the Junior ranks Team GOODE swept the top-two spots in Girl’s slalom as Bailey Austin and Erika Lang finished atop the podium. In Boy’s slalom, new Team GOODE skier Eamon Van Der Merwe was the top seed heading into the finals but had his gates cut on his 32 off pass. But Eamon rebounded nicely in the Men’s slalom competition, advancing into the semi finals before taking 12th.

For final Moomba Masters result, click here.

Moomba kicks off today with the Junior Moomba Masters

Fresh off a top-3 finish in the Women’s pro division at the Australian Open, Bailey Austin is one of the favorites heading into the Junior Moomba Masters.

Good luck to all skiers as the Moomba Festival kicks off today in Melbourne, Australia, with the Junior Moomba Masters event.

GOODE Junior Team members Bailey Austin and Erika Lang are expected to compete for the Junior Women’s slalom title, while Team GOODE’s newest addition, South African Eamon Van Der Merwe, is amongst the favorites in Junior Men’s slalom.

For complete event information, including schedule and the online broadcast, visit MoombaMasters.com.

Team Goode takes half of Moomba slalom podium spots

Team Goode got a great start to the 2013 major tournament season by taking three of six podium positions during the final rounds of the Moomba Masters earlier today in Melbourne, Australia.

Team Goode skiers took two podium spots in Men’s slalom as Adam Sedlmajer and Thomas Degasperi finished second and third, respectively, after each scoring 3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off. Adam finished a spot ahead of Thomas due to a higher semi-final round score.  Chris Parrish finished first with 3 buoys at 41-feet off.

The second-place finish represents Adam’s best-ever finish in a professional slalom tournament.  The defending world overall champion also took the Moomba Men’s overall title for the second time in his career.

Women’s slalom also featured a tie between Goode skiers as Karen Truelove and Clementine both scored 3 buoys at 38-feet off.  Karen earned third place with Clementine taking fourth due to their semi-final scores.  Whitney McClintock placed first with a score of 2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off while Emma Sheers was second with 5-1/2 buoys at 38-feet off.

All three Team Goode podium finishes were on the Goode NANO ONE.

For more information, visit moombamasters.com.au.

Team GOODE skiers take multiple Moomba podiums

New Team GOODE member Makayla Haw riding her GOODE NANO-"twist" on the way to a third-consecutive Moomba girls' slalom title.

Team GOODE jumped out to a great start to the 2012 season by winning podium spots in four slalom events this weekend at the Moomba Masters in Melbourne, Australia,.

In Men’s slalom, Italy’s Carlo Allais scored 4 buoys at 39-1/2 off to finish second, one of the best finishes of his professional career. Javier Julio finished 10th while Nick Parsons and Adam Sedlmajer finished 13th and 14th, respectively.

Team GOODE skiers earned two of the top-four spots in Women’s slalom as Regina Jaquess and Karen Truelove tied for third with 3 buoys at 38 feet off, with Regina being awarded the tie breaker due to a higher semi-final round score. In an encore to her third-consecutive Moomba girls slalom championship, new Team GOODE member Makayla Haw finished 11th in the Women’s event.

And in the first ever Moomba Big Dawg, Team GOODE skiers Chad Scott and Jay Leach comprised half of the final four, with Chad taking second and Jay fourth.

For final Moomba results, visit www.moombamasters.com.au.

Next up for Team GOODE, the 53rd Masters Water Ski Tournament, May 25-27, at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga.

Team GOODE skiers top first rounds at Moomba

Team GOODE skiers enjoyed an outstanding day No. 2 at the Moomba Masters in Melbourne, Australia, as both rounds of slalom competition were topped by skiers riding the GOODE NANO-“twist.”

In Women’s slalom Regina Jaquess secured the top seed in Sunday’s semifinals with 1 buoy at 39-1/2 feet off, while defending champion Karen Truelove earned the No. 5 seed with 1 buoy at 38 feet off. Just one day after earning her third-consecutive Moomba girls slalom title, new Team GOODE member Makayla Haw scored 1-1/2 buoys at 35 feet off to qualify for the Women’s slalom semis with the No. 11 seed.

In the first ever Moomba Big Dawg, Team GOODE skiers finished 1-2 in the first round as Chad Scott scored 5 buoys at 38 feet off to edge Dave Miller by a half buoy.  2011 Big Dawg Championship runner-up Jay Leach earned the sixth spot in the eight-man second round with 2-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off, and Australia’s John Adams earned the eight and final spot in the second round with 5 buoys at 35 feet off.  In all, four of the eight Big Dawgs that advanced to the next round were on GOODE skis.  GOODE Skis founder and president Dave Goode fought off a lack of practice time to score 3 buoys at 35 feet off.

Saturday’s action features the second round of the Big Dawgs and first round of Men’s slalom. For more information, visit www.moombamasters.com.au.

Regina looking for first ever Moomba slalom title

Regina Jaquess had a fall 2011 season for the record books. She set a new women’s slalom world record of 2 buoys at 41 feet off, won multiple golds on her way to a Women’s overall world record at the Pan American Games and took the top spot at the Katy Ski Jam Presented by Eagle Sports.

But if her competitors were hoping that she’d cooled off over the winter, they are in for a surprise.

“We had a nice winter, so I was able to ski all through the year,” said Regina. “I never really took too much time off after the Pan Ams, I just kept on skiing and skiing.”

One of the reasons she had such a dominant fall was that because of off-season knee surgery the previous year, most of her summer she was still in a recovery phase. Fully recovered now and putting in a full off-season training regimen for the first time in a few years, Regina says that she is looking to replicate last fall’s success, but earlier in the season.

“This year I’ll hopefully be able to work on things in the early summer that I was working on in September last year,” said Regina. “I’m trying to move that peak earlier into the season and maintain it longer.”

She’ll have her first opportunity to accomplish that when she skis at the Moomba Masters later this week. She has extra motivation heading into this year’s event because it represents the one glaring hole in her slalom resume. In two previous tries she hasn’t won a slalom title on the Yarra.

“It’s really the last title I don’t have,” said Regina, who does have Moomba tricks and overall titles to her name.  “The collection would be complete.  That would be the best possible way to start the year.”

GOODE Big Dawgs to hit Moomba

When the Big Dawgs take to the waters of downtown Melbourne to compete in the 2012 Moomba Masters, it’ll mark quite a milestone for the 35-years-old-and-up series. It’ll be the first time it’s touched down in Australia and tens of thousands of fans will be lining the shores of what is arguably considered the world’s biggest water ski tournament.

But the Dawgs can’t get too caught up in the moment; they’ll have to deal with the legendary and unpredictable conditions of the Yarra River.

We caught up with Dave Miller and Chad Scott, two of the four GOODE skiers slated to ski in the eight-man Moomba field, and asked them about the newest, biggest stop on the Big Dawg series.

What came across your mind when you first heard that Moomba was going to host a Big Dawg?

Dave M.: I was excited to hear that Moomba invited the Big Dawgs. It made me realize that our division is getting more popular all the time and I really wanted to try to make the trip.

Chad: My First thought was what a great opportunity to get a chance to ski at the Moomba Masters. It’s a very prestigious tournament that I have never had an opportunity to ski. I really enjoy the format of having a chance to watch and ski in the same venue as the best skiers in the world.

Now that the Big Dawg has added a fourth continent, can you believe how big it has become?

Chad: It has certainly been fun to be part of the Big Dawg series since the beginning. It’s really amazing to see how it has grown to a global event and be able meet other skiers from across the world.

Dave M.: The Big Dawg has become quite successful and it seems it is getting bigger all the time.

Since Moomba is held during North America’s winter, how have you been training for the event?

Dave M.: Training is the difficult part for me this year. I’ve been busy working seven days a week which is not normal for me, but I’ve started up some new projects in business that needed my attention. I have not skied since mid October last year and my first day back on the water was the February 18th weekend on Southern California’s Imperial Lakes along with Dave and Dawn Goode, Nick Parsons and Paul Donatt. I will only get two more weekends of skiing in before Moomba so I hope I can be ready.

Chad: I’ve been skiing in Covington, La., with Dave Dipol and Bobby Franks, who’ve been nice enough to brave the cooler temperatures and pull me during these winter months. I have also been traveling to West Palm Beach, Fla., skiing with Becky Lathrop and Shelby Coke. These individuals have been available during these colder months and have provided me an opportunity to get some quality training in preparation for Moomba. I am also looking forward to seeing this extra skiing payoff for me throughout the season.

Have you been working on anything special to prepare for the notoriously unpredictable and fickle Yarra River?

Chad: I have not really done anything special in preparation for Moomba other than continue to ski during these winter months, but I plan on trying to ski in some rough water conditions before going to Moomba.

Dave M.: While we were skiing at Imperial Lakes Dave Goode had us try some different speeds to allow for the river current. Skiing one way through the course at 32 miles per hour and then the other way at 36. Very interesting to say the least. I hope the Yarra River isn’t that extreme.

What is your frame of mind heading down to Big Dawg Moomba … win it or experience it?

Dave M.: My mind set will be enjoying the experience, it is going to be very different feeling skiing on the river from what I have heard so I am not going in with anything on my mind except be ready for the unexpected and do my best.

Chad: Well, both. I am certainly looking forward to the experience. It’s another Big Dawg event with a group of great competitors. I think everyone that has signed up is going to Australia with the mind set to try to win the first ever Moomba Big Dawg title. That would be a great way to start the year.

T-Gas to chase after different kind of trophy

If you are going to miss one of the world’s biggest water ski tournaments, it better be for a good reason, right? Well, Team GOODE skier and reigning world slalom champion Thomas Degasperi will be missing next month’s Moomba Masters for what is perhaps the best reason in the history of the sport … he’ll be home in Italy participating in its version of Dancing With the Stars.

If T-Gas’ moves on the dance floor are half as good as they are on the water, he’s got a pretty good chance at winning it all.

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Q&A with March 2012 WATERSKI cover boy Nick Parsons

With Team GOODE’s Nick Parsons ripping it up on this month’s cover of WaterSki Magazine — see a sneak peak of the issue here — and the season-starting Moomba Masters a little over a month away, we thought it would be a good time to check in on the world’s No. 5 ranked skier.

First, congrats on being on the cover of WATERSKI for the second time in your career.  How does it feel?

Nick Parsons:  It feels pretty good. You don’t get too many covers in your life.

What have you been up to this off season?

NP:  I’ve been busy with a couple of my hobbies here in Utah.  I’ve been doing a lot of skate skiing and I ski in an amateur alpine racing league a couple nights a week in Park City.  My father owns a small retail bakery so I’ve been helping him with that too.

When was last time you were on the water?

NP:  I went down to Florida for Thanksgiving and stayed and skied couple weeks after that, so it’s been more than a month.

How will you get ready for the upcoming season?

NP:  I’ve got Moomba coming up so I’ll be going down to Phoenix and maybe Southern California.  Then I’ll head up to Sacramento for some training with Marcus Brown.  It’s good to ski against someone. Then we’ll be off to Australia.

With three straight years in the top 5 on the IWWF elite rankings list you’ve established yourself as among the very best skiers in the world.  What are you working on that will hopefully help you nail that top spot?

NP:  Staying in the top five is tough but getting that extra one or two percent to get into the No. 1 or 2 spots is really tough.  To me the difference is the mental aspect of having confidence in your equipment.  When you have the right equipment that works for your style, you get confidence from that.  I look to the snow skiing world cup too.  The top guys aren’t 20 to 25, they’re 30 to 35.  They’ve got that experience to know what works best for them.

Is there any one tournament that you’re really focused on this year?

NP:  I took second at the Masters in 2010, but other than that I’ve struggled at that tournament and I’ve never gone into it with a lot of confidence.  I think I’m learning how to do that now and I really want to do well there.  It’s a really cool experience to ski there and it would be an even cooler experience to win it.

Any goals for 2012?

NP:  My personal best has been 3 buoys at 41-feet off for at least five years, so this year I’d like to make it over to that four ball.

Thanks Nick.

NP:  Sure thing.