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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.

BallofSpray.com reviews the GOODE NANO ONE

Photo courtesy of John Horton/BallofSpray.com

BallofSpray.com’s John Horton has posted his review of the GOODE NANO ONE and the second-to last sentence pretty much sums up the whole article:

“If there was a BallofSpray Ski of the Year Award it would clearly go to the Goode NANO ONE for 2012.”

Pretty good, right?  That’s not all.  Go here to read the full review and take a look at a few of the highlights below below:

  • “At a skier’s hardest passes, when the most mistakes are made, is where the NANO ONE comes to life and allows the skier to round a few more balls.”
  • “The NANO ONE is supremely forgiving and stable”
  • “… the NANO ONE feels surprisingly stable under foot and nearly always carves a tight radius …”
  • “ … this ski rarely stalls at the end of the turn. It simply keeps moving in the direction it is pointed.”
  • “Cross course angle and speed at the first wake seem to be automatic.”

Q&A with national and Pan Ams champion Kara MacIntyre

Kara MacIntyre has been a promising U.S. Junior for many years, consistently landing in the top-10 of the rankings list and at Nationals.  But after a 2012 season in which she won the Girls 3 national slalom title and three gold medals at the Pan American Championships, it’s safe to say that the 11th grader from Knoxville, Tenn., is no longer up-and-coming … she’s arrived.

Kara, a GOODE skier since 2009, recently took part in a Q&A session with us.  Here is the conversation:

GOODE: Where do you train?
Kara: When I’m home, I trick ski on Fort Loudoun Lake outside my house, and I often drive 1-1/2 hours with my family or dad to No Wake Lake in Chattanooga to slalom and jump.  We also drive to Cory Pickos’ site, which is where I have been living and training since May when I decided to do online school for this semester in order to ski more.  I also train with Seth Stisher a couple times a year.

GOODE: If you could ski anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Kara: Cory Pickos’ site.  I love the weather, location by the beach and the coaches.  But I would love to travel to a different country, any country, to ski, so I’m so excited for Junior Worlds in Australia.

GOODE: What are your personal best scores?
Kara: 2 buoys at 38-feet off in a tournament and 4 buoys at 38-feet off in practice.

GOODE: How did you get involved with water skiing?
Kara: My dad skied for fun in college and loved it, so he taught me and my brother when we were very young.  Then we met the Curmi family and we improved greatly thanks to their coaching, and they introduced us to other competitive skiers.

GOODE: You’ve come close to a National title before.  How did it feel to win it this year?
Kara: It was unreal.  It was the first big tournament I’ve ever won. It was an adrenalin rush of joy.

GOODE: You have one more year in Girls 3.  Will it be different to defend a title as opposed to chasing one?
Kara: I don’t think of it differently because there have always been a bunch of us girls who are close in scores, but I think it will motivate me more because I know I can win it.

GOODE: Three of your highest scores of the summer were at the GOODE Nationals, Malibu Open and Pan Ams.  How are you able to rise to the moment so well?
Kara: The biggest key is to relax and not be nervous.  And the drive to win a big tournament really motivates me.

GOODE: How did it feel to represent your country at the Pan Ams?
Kara: It was a huge honor, and probably the most nerve-racking tournament I’ve competed in because if I did badly, I would let down my team, not just myself.  But that motivated me to do better.

GOODE: What are your ultimate goals in water skiing?
Kara: To keep improving, get stronger, and to keep having wonderful experiences being with my family, while meeting new people, and traveling.

GOODE skiers claim nearly half of all slalom medals at Senior Worlds

GOODE skiers put on a dominating performance during this past weekend’s 2012 35+ Water Ski World Championships in Chapala, Mexico, as eight of the 18 slalom medals were won on GOODE skis.

Bruce Dodd (Men’s 55+) and Lori Krueger (Women’s 35+) won gold medals while Stephanie Stange (Women’s 35+), Jeremy Newby-Ricci (Men’s 35+), Shannon Strickland (Women’s 45+), Todd Kuykendall (Men’s 45+), and Kim Contos (Men’s 55+) each won silver medals.  Marc Shaw took third place in Men’s 35+ to earn a bronze.

GOODE’s gold count was nearly even higher as Shannon tied for first place but was edged in a runoff by Jennifer Lapoint.

In Men’s 35+ slalom, GOODE skiers placed second through fifth, as Chad Scott and Todd Johnson joined Jeremy and Marc in the top five.  Jeff Surdej also finished eight in the event as GOODE skiers comprised half of the top 10.

Other GOODE skiers who earned top placements included Alison Poulsen’s fourth place finish in Women’s 45+, Mike Munn’s 10th place finish in Men’s 45+, and Steve Raphael and David Bentall’s fourth- and eighth-place finishes in Men’s 55+.

In the team competition, the Unites States finished first, with Canada second and Great Britain third.

For complete event results, click here.

The Senior Worlds marks the second international competition in just the past six weeks in which GOODE skiers have performed exceptionally well.  At the 2012 Malibu Pan Am Championships last month in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., half of all gold medals were won on GOODE skis.

T-Gas Ski School named GOODE demo center

Skiers traveling to Florida this winter to get their off-season skiing fix now have another great reason to visit Thomas Degasperi’s ski school: they’ll be able to demo and purchase the latest GOODE products, including the record-setting NANO ONE.

Thomas’ T-Gas Ski School in Windermere, Fla., has been named an official GOODE demo center, giving students the opportunity to buy their GOODEs and have them dialed in by a two-time world champion who is very familiar with the skis.

“It’s easier for me to set up a ski for someone when I use the ski myself,” said Thomas, a member of Team GOODE and currently the No. 3 ranked skier on the IWWF’s Elite rankings list. “I really know GOODEs. I know exactly how they work. I can see how a student skis on it and adjust the ski accordingly.”

T-Gas jumps on the NANO ONE

Thomas is becoming especially familiar with the NANO ONE – the ski that debuted this year to world records, big tournament victories and lots of acclaim – having recently switched to it from his specially designed signature edition.

“I’ve been on the same ski for the last three years and I won worlds on it so it’s been a great ski for me,” said Thomas of his mid/traditional-width hybrid. “But everyone has really liked the NANO ONE so I thought I’d try it.

“On my offside it feels as good as my old ski, but on my onside it feels a lot better. With this ski I have great turns on both sides. I never thought it could be that good, but it’s quick and it turns unbelievably well on both sides.”

Within just a few days of getting on the NANO ONE, Thomas ran 41 off in practice, a feat he has done only once before. In his first tournament – and only second set – on the ski he ran into 41 off both rounds.

Demo a GOODE

To learn more about skiing at Thomas’ ski school and demoing a GOODE, visit his Facebook page or email him at thomskier@hotmail.com.

In addition to Thomas’ school, GOODE Skis can be demoed at Chet Raley’s Palm Beach Training Center, Miami Nautique and Arturo Nelson’s AQA Sports.

Eastern Region’s Than Bogan talks about the GOODE NANO ONE

A graduate of MIT and a software engineer for a Boston-area tech firm, Than Bogan is the thinking man’s skier. He’s used his highly analytical approach, and not to mention serious slalom skills that regularly land him on the podium at the Eastern Regionals, to become one of the most prolific and trusted (see his 376 “awesomes”) commenters on BallofSpray.com.

His treatise on leverage position has generated 12,500 views and more than 150 comments, and the various comment threads he’s started on the NANO ONE have totaled more than 21,000 views.

So, we thought we’d go skiing with him and see what he thought once he had a few weeks on the ski. Take a look at the video above to see Than in action and hear what he has to say about his ski.

More records set on GOODEs

Even as the Northern Hemisphere’s tournament season winds down, records are still being set on GOODE Skis.

Dave Miller scored 4-1/2 buoys at 41-feet off Sept. 29th at Cedar Ridge Ski Lake in Canton, Miss., to set a pending Canadian Men’s 4 national record.  Dave’s mark, set on the GOODE NANO ONE, exceeds his own existing record by a half buoy and comes on the heels of winning a gold medal in the Men’s 45+ division at last months Malibu Pan Am Championships.

Richard Lambert has been in Men’s 7 for less than two months but he’s already made his mark in the record book.  Richard rode his GOODE ski to 3-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2-feet off at the Gary Pressley Memorial Slalom Oct. 7, at Trophy Lakes to set a pending U.S. National record.  And it’s probably only a matter of time before he ups the record again; he scored 1 buoy at 41-feet off at a Class C tournament at the end of August.

Half of all Pan Am golds won on GOODEs

Photo courtesy of USA Water Ski
Lauren Morgan on her way to a U21 Women's gold medal at the Malibu Pan Ams. Photo courtesy of USA Water Ski.

Team GOODE had a phenomenal showing at this past weekend’s 2012 Malibu Pan Am Championships in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., as half of the 12 slalom gold medals were won on GOODEs.

It was a clean GOODE sweep on the Women’s side of the competition, as Valentina Gonzalez (U13 Girls), Kara MacIntyre (U17 Women), Lauren Morgan (U21 Women), and Regina Jaquess (Elite Women) all earned gold.

It’s the second major title of the year for Kara, who also won Girls 3 slalom at the 70th GOODE Water Ski National Championships last month in West Palm Beach, Fla.  Regina’s 2012 has been one for the record books.  She has ridden her NANO ONE to victory at the U.S. Masters, GOODE Atlanta Pro Am, Malibu Open and Soaked Orlando on her way to reclaiming the No.1 spot on the Women’s Elite world ranking list.

Men winning Pan Am titles on their GOODEs were David Miller (45+) and Santiago Robledo (U17).

For complete scores, click here.

Regina takes first, T-Gas second at Soaked

Regina Jaquess and Karen Truelove rode their GOODE NANO ONEs to first and third place finishes at Soaked Orlando.

Regina Jaquess added the Soaked Orlando title to her increasingly historic 2012 haul, riding her GOODE NANO ONE to the Women’s slalom title at the inaugural event held last weekend in downtown Orlando.

Regina ran 1 buoy at 41-feet off on the four-ball course in both the semis and finals to earn the win. Manon Costard finished second with 0.5 buoy at 41-feet off, while Team GOODE’s Karen Truelove continued her strong year by taking third with 3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off. Danyelle Bennett and Lauren Morgan rode their GOODE skis to 7th and 8th, respectively.

Regina has won titles this year at the U.S. Masters, GOODE Atlanta Pro Am, Malibu Open and now Soaked Orlando. She was recently named the 2012 WaterSki Magazine Female Slalom Skier of the Year.

In Men’s slalom, defending world champion Thomas Degasperi nearly pulled off a Team GOODE sweep, finishing second after four grueling runoffs with eventual champion Nate Smith. In the head-to-head finals, both Degasperi and Smith scored 1 buoy at 43-feet off three consecutive times. For the fourth runoff round, a tie-break rule was implemented that in the event of another tie, stipulated the win would be rewarded to the first skier off the dock, Nate. When both Nate and Thomas again skied 1 buoy at 43-feet off, the win went to Nate and Thomas took second.

Video Debut: GOODE NANO ONE

Since its debut earlier this summer, the GOODE NANO ONE has been the sport’s most talked about ski.  That’s what a couple world records, a handful of big tournament wins and countless PBs and titles will do.

In the just-released video above, learn more about the all new, revolutionary NANO ONE by seeing it in action and hearing Dave Goode interview top skiers about why they think it is the best ski to ever hit the market.