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Introducing the Power-G-Flex: PowerShells + Reflex release

 

GOODE Skis and Reflex have partnered to create the Power-G-Flex™ system, bringing the comfort and performance long associated with the PowerShell 5 boot to the sport’s leading mechanical release system.

“There are a considerable number of skiers who really love the PowerShell boots, but prefer a mechanical release system,” said Dave Goode, founder and president of GOODE Skis. “This collaboration between two proven industry leaders now gives those skiers a best-in class option that I know many have been looking for.”

A specially designed injection molded piece connects the PowerShell boot to the Reflex toe bar, and an added rear heal cleat secures the boot to the mechanical release. The PowerShell/Reflex pairing will come standard mounted to a G-10 carbon plate and will also feature a rear half-boot option.

PowerShell boots have long been know for their comfort and performance, powering countless world and national records and serving as the boot of choice for some of this generation’s best skiers, including Regina Jaquess, Thomas Degasperi and Freddie Winter.

Learn more or order here.

Regina claims 5th career Masters slalom title

2015 Masters Women’s slalom finalists (left to right) Clementine Lucine, Manon Costard, Regina Jaquess, and Whitney McClintock.
Photo courtesy Des Burke Kennedy.

After a disappointing second-place finish at the 2014 Masters, Regina Jaquess returned to Callaway Gardens this year with one goal in mind: reclaiming the Women’s slalom title. Welp … mission accomplished.

Regina topped Manon Costard in a run-off during Sunday’s final round to earn the win and claim her fifth career Women’s slalom title. The two skiers tied with 2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 off in the finals, but Regina’s run off score of 4-1/2 at 38 was enough to top Manon’s 1-1/2 at 38 on a windy and challenging Robin Lake. Whitney McClintock finished third while Team GOODE’s Clementine Lucine advanced to the finals and finished fourth.

In Men’s slalom, Nate Smith edged Freddie Winter for the title, while two Team GOODE skiers – recent addition Daniel Odvarko and defending champion Thomas Degasperi – took third and fourth, respectively. Daniel’s impressive showing came in his very first Masters and his first big tournament after joining GOODE. Thomas looked to be in good form to defend his title, but injured his back during the semifinals and was unable to attempt a pass in the finals.

Of the eight spots available in the slalom finals, Team GOODE skiers earned four while winning one of two titles.

In the Junior ranks, GOODE Junior Team skier Brooke Baldwin took home both the Junior Women’s slalom and overall titles.

For complete results, visit masterswaterski.com.

Regina named USA Water Ski Female Athlete of the Year

For the third-consecutive year, and the eighth time in her career, Regina Jaquess has been named the USA Water Ski Female Athlete of the Year.

From USA Water Ski:

Jaquess started off 2014 by winning gold medals in slalom, jumping and overall at the Pan American Water Ski Championships. In addition to setting a new world slalom record of 3-1/4 buoys at 41 feet off in June, she also won women’s slalom titles at the 2014 Malibu Open, GOODE Water Ski National Championships, California Water Ski Pro Am Water Ski Tournament, and U.S. Open, where she also won the coveted overall title.

Freddy Krueger, husband of Team GOODE member Karen Truelove, was named Male Athlete of the Year for the tenth time, while the U.S. 35+ Water Ski Team – which included GOODE skiers Marc Shaw, Jeff Surdej, Lori Krueger, Hutch Haines, and Joy Kelley – was named Team of the Year.

For more information, click here.

Regina takes Pan Am Champs gold, Team GOODE sweeps Open Women’s slalom

Caroline Hensley (l), Regina Jaquess (c) and Erika Lang swept Open Women’s slalom at the 2014 Pan Am Championships.

Regina Jaquess took gold to lead a Team GOODE sweep of Open Women’s slalom as the 2014 Pan Am Championships concluded today in Bogota, Colombia.

Regina scored 4-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 off feet off to set a new Pan Am Championships Women’s record and earn the win. Caroline Hensley (5 at 38) and Erika Lang (4 at 35) finished second and third, respectively, to complete the Team GOODE sweep.

Regina joins Lori Krueger and Dave Miller as gold medalist GOODE skiers, as they won Women’s and Men’s 45-plus slalom, respectively, earlier in the competition.

For complete results, click here.

Ski Paradise Announces GOODE Week

Gordon Rathbun’s world famous Ski Paradise has announced a special GOODE Week for January 4-11, 2014.

In addition to the usual Ski Paradise amenities, which include luxury accommodations, imaginative cuisine, numerous sporting activities, and wonderful Acapulco beaches and weather, GOODE Week includes:

  • Instruction from two-time world champion Thomas Degasperi
  • Ski set up and tuning with Dave Goode
  • A fleet of GOODEs on hand to demo
  • A $250 rebate on any GOODE skis purchased or ordered during the week, and
  • A special $250 discount from Ski Paradise for GOODE skiers.

Spots are limited and going fast. To register or learn more about GOODE Week at Ski Paradise, visit http://www.skiparadise.com/reservations.html.

Was it Risto or Regina? Watch the Bracket Challenge final round video

Todd Ristorcelli and Regina Jaquess faced off in the final round of the GOODE Virtual Water Ski Bracket Challenge in a head-to-head match-up last week in Ogden, Utah.

To see who won, watch the broadcast-style video above. It also reveals the winners of the 3rd round and grand prize (a FREE Nano OneXT) fan contests, as well as our plans for an even bigger bracket challenge in 2014.

Team GOODE racks up majority of titles at GOODE Nationals

Jr. GOODE skiers (left to right) Kelley Breeden (G2-1st), Eloise Whitlock (G3-3rd), Bailey Austin (G3-2nd), and Erika Lang (G3-5th).

A jaw-dropping 53 percent of all U.S. national slalom titles were won on GOODE skis as the GOODE National Championships were held last week at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Winning 16 of the tournament’s 30 total slalom titles on GOODEs were:

  • Cooper Tate – Boys 1
  • Kelley Breeden – Girls 2
  • Daniel Di Pol – Boys 3
  • Regina Jaquess – Open Womens
  • Alison Poulsen – Womens 4
  • Maria Walsh – Womens 8
  • Margaret Ann Woodward – Womens 9
  • Artis Price – Womens 10
  • Chad Scott – Mens 3
  • Don Aschenbrenner – Mens 4
  • Ed Hickey – Mens 6
  • Bill Mahan – Mens 7
  • Jerry Heinrichs – Mens 8
  • Jerry Hosner – Mens 9
  • Harry Price – Mens 11
  • Jay Leach – Masters Men

Additional Team GOODE highlights from the week included:

  • Sweeping the top three spots in Open Womens as April Coble-Eller and Karen Truelove took second and third, respectively, behind national champion Regina Jaquess;
  • Chad Scott winning his first national title (Mens 3) after finishing second in the division four times. Jed Blackburn (4th) and Darin Montgomery (5th) joined him on the podium;
  • Bailey Austin finishing 2nd in her first year in Girls 3, joining her fellow GOODE skiers Eloise Whitlock (3rd) and Erika Lang (5th) on the podium. Ruth McCreary, also in her first year in Girls 3, took 7th;
  • Just missing the podium sweep by one skier in Mens 4 as champion Don Aschenbrenner was joined by Todd Kuykendall (3rd), Joe McCreary (4th) and Tim Henderson (5th);
  • In Mens 5 Steve Binkley taking 2nd, John Shealy 3rd and Ted McColley 4th;
  • Dane Mechler and Wyatt Haines taking 2nd and 4th, respectively, in Boys 3 behind champion Daniel Di Pol;
  • Lori Krueger finishing 2nd, Stephanie Stange 3rd and Brandy Nagle 4th in Womens 3;
  • Samuel Jackson taking 2nd and Tyler Scott 3rd in Mens 1;
  • Patricia Cordeiro finishing 2nd in Womens 4 behind champion Alison Poulsen;
  • The Prices, Harry and Artis, each taking home gold medals in slalom to bring their combined career medal haul to 142;
  • Todd Ristorcelli finishing one-half buoy behind Jay Leach to take 2nd in Masters Men.

Adding to Team GOODE’s historic week were excellent showings in the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour Finals and the Centurion/GOODE Dual Boats Slalom Swerve.

GOODE skiers made up 10 of the Big Dawg’s Sweet 16 field, six of the Elite 8, and the ENTIRE Final Four. Jeremy Newby-Ricci earned the win, edging fellow GOODE skier and defending champion Todd Ristorcelli. See the video below for more.

Don Aschenbrenner added to his Mens 4 national title by winning the Slalom Swami Challenge, defeating fellow GOODE skier Jed Blackburn in the final round.

Regina and Thomas take double gold at World Games

Team GOODE skiers won double gold medals today at the World Games in Cali, Colombia, as Regina Jaquess and Thomas Degasperi and their Nano Ones took titles in Women’s and Men’s slalom, respectively.

Regina earned the gold with 2 buoys at 38-feet off, beating Canada’s Whitney McClintock (1 at 38) and France’s Claire-Lise Welter (5 at 35) and others in the final round. With the victory, Regina extended her winning streak to 15 months.  She has not lost since jumping on her Nano One in May of 2012.

Thomas, skiing for Italy, took the gold with 4-1/2 at 38, topping Aaron Larkin (4 at 38) and Johan Efverstrom (2-1/2 at 38).  Team GOODE skiers Freddie Winter, Martin Baltalski and Javier Julio finished fourth, fifth and seventh respectively.  Nate Smith was sixth.

For final round results, click here (Women) or here (Men).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter storm brewing in Europe

Despite its less-than-ideal weather, Great Britain has had a knack for turning out big time slalom skiers. Names like Mapple, Asher and Arthur come to mind.

Pretty soon we may have to add Winter to that list. At 23, Team Goode’s Freddie Winter has been quickly ascending the European and world rankings lists, currently sitting at No. 2 and No. 15 on the Euro and IWWF rankings, respectively.

With a number of European titles under his belt and university completed, Freddie is looking toward tackling the world stage as well as the North American competition scene.

Goode recently had the chance to talk to Freddie about his career, future goals and a new slalom ski that has him very excited.

Goode: Where do you do most of your skiing and who do you train with?

Freddie: JB Ski near London is my favorite ski site in the UK. I had my first ski there when I was six and have been training there pretty much ever since. The bulk of my skiing over the years has been with John Battleday, the former slalom world silver medalist. I’ve also skied a lot with Dimitri Kourounis out in Porto Heli, Greece, and he’s been a huge influence. He’s a top coach and a great friend.

How did you get into skiing?

My parents have both been skiing at JB Ski every weekend for over 25 years so I have always been around a lake. I guess it was inevitable that I was going to try it. I loved it and my parents supported my skiing from an early age.

When did you realize that “hey, I’m pretty good at this” and that you could become a top skier in the world?

Beginning at an early age I always wanted to compete. And over time my expectations and ambitions have changed a lot, from when I won my first under 12 national championship to now where I’m starting to compete with the top guys that I’ve admired a lot over the years.

You are tearing it up in Europe. Any chance we might see you at some of the big events in the states any time soon?

I am planning on coming to Diablo Shores in September for sure. I watched that event last year on the webcast and was so frustrated I couldn’t be there given how great it looked.

You just hopped on the NANO ONE. What happened when you first got on it?

To be honest I was a bit nervous because I really loved my previous ski, the NANO Twist. I swapped my Powershells over and jumped out on the water without even checking the fin. The first set was great; I got around 3 ball at 10.25 meters (41-feet off) on factory settings. From that point I knew there was no going back to the Twist.

So you haven’t been on it long. What do you think your potential is on it?

I’ve been on it less than a month but felt at home straight away. I just had my first tournament on it last week and equaled my best of last season. It’s early still and I feel that I’m improving as the season goes on so hopefully the only way is up.

You’ve skied a few previous Goode models. How are the characteristics of the NANO ONE different and the same as those?

I have been skiing on Goode ski’s since I was 12 or 13 years old when I was passed down my mother’s old 9200. So I’ve been on a load of Goode ski iterations, including the 9200, 9500, 9700, 9900 and NANO Twist. The most noticeable difference between my old Twist and the NANO ONE is the added stability I feel from the wider ski. It is a ski that allows you to ski really smoothly, but if you get in a bit of trouble and need a big turn, it has the ability to be really aggressive. My off-side turn feels improved and a lot more reliable.

What’s the plan for the rest of the year?

This year I am going to seriously focus on my skiing. This season is the longest I will have had with tournaments stretching right to the end of the year. I have a few tournaments lined up with special emphasis on a few. I have the World Games in Columbia in a month’s time, the Europe and Africa Championships in Greece in September, and the World Championships at the end of the year.

Great Britain has produced some amazing slalom skiers, with of course Andy Mapple and Will Asher coming to mind. How did their legacies help you start your own and what does it mean for you to have them go before you?

In my eyes those guys are the two best slalom skiers since the 80′s. I like to think that they have come from the same country as me and have had the same opportunities, as well as having to deal with the same pretty average weather, and still managed to come out on top. If anything that gives me confidence that I can do the same. When I was getting started in tournament skiing I always looked up to Will and his success showed me that a guy from England can be the best around. I’ve started competing against him a fair amount over the last couple of years and have always enjoyed the challenge.

With the Worlds coming up later this year, what are you hoping to accomplish there?

I am just waiting for the (May) IWWF World Ranking List to be published to confirm my place but I will likely be in the top 20, which I need to qualify as an individual (Freddie was 15th on the October 2012 list). It will be my first Worlds which I am really excited about. I will have to see how the season goes between now and then, as it is quite a way off, but right now I feel good and I’m hoping for a high placing.