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.
Team GOODE will be well represented on the U.S. squad at this year’s world championships as four of the six skiers named to the 2019 U.S. Elite Water Ski Team ride GOODEs.
GOODE skiers named to the U.S. team were three-time defending Women’s slalom and overall world champion Regina Jaquess, Taylor Garcia, Erika Lang and Adam Pickos. Also named to the team were Freddy Krueger and Anna Gay.
The six-member team will compete in the 36th Water Ski World Championships, Aug. 13-18, in Putrajaya, Malaysia.
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.
It took her two tie breaks in the final round but Regina took care of business, topping the field at Sunday’s Swiss Pro Slalom to win the event for the fifth-consecutive year.
Regina scored 2 buoys at 41-feet off in the second and final tiebreak to win the title and top second-place finisher Whitney McClintock-Rini. Regina’s final tiebreak score was the highest female slalom score of the event and only the second full pass at 39-1/2 off on the day (she scored the other one in the second round).
The Men’s field was missing Team GOODE skier Thomas Degasperi who was involved in a traffic accident the night before. Thomas reported on social media that he was “good … just feel like Tyson came back to the ring and had a go at me.”
Will Asher took first with 4 at 41 off, while Freddie Winter and Sacha Descuns took second and third with 3.25 and 2.5 at 41 off, respectively.
GOODE’s Dane Mechler had a great showing, placing fifth while running into 41 off all three rounds, and Adam Sedlmajer advanced to the finals to finish 7th.
Team GOODE’s Regina Jaquess has been named the IWWF Female Athlete of the Year for 2018.
Regina had another incredible year in 2018, winning titles at the Swiss Pro Slalom, Lake 38 Pro-Am, Americas’ Cup Invitational, Malibu Open, California Waterski Pro Am, GOODE Nationals, and Pan American Water Ski Championships. She also pushed her own Women’s world slalom record to 4 buoys at 41-feet off.
GOODE skiers claimed 16 slalom titles – more than all other manufacturers combined – at the GOODE U.S. National Water Ski Championships held last August at Mystic Lakes in Maize, Kansas.
By claiming 16 of 28 slalom titles, GOODE skiers netted an amazing 57 percent of all slalom gold medals awarded. Dating back to 2012, GOODE skiers have won 114 out of 207 U.S. national slalom titles, or 55 percent.
GOODE Skiers claim 4 golds, more than half of all slalom medals awarded at 35+ Worlds
Regina Jaquess and Adam Sedlmajer set world records
Regina Jaquess and Adam Sedlmajer both set world records at the July Heat tournament at the Isles of Lake Hancock in Winter Garden, Fla.
Regina scored 4 buoys at 41 off on her XTR to top her own previous record of 3.5 at 41. When it was approved by the IWWF, it became her 8th world slalom record.
Adam Sedlmajer also improved upon his own world record, setting a pending Men’s Overall record after scoring 3 buoys at 41 feet off in slalom, 10,780 points in tricks and 217 feet in jumping.
The RéVolution arrived
In 2018 GOODE released the RéVolution, a new ski that delivered improved performance through breakthroughs in construction design, new carbon fibers and an advanced resin system.
The result? Huge scores and big wins, including a Big Dawg stop championships and a world title.
GOODE skiers sweep the Big Dawg qualifiers
A GOODE skier won each of the four stops on the 2018 Big Dawg World Tour, as Dave Miller won at both Okeeheelee and Cedar Ridge, Greg Sund won in Sesena, Spain, and Greg Badal won at Laku Landing.
At the finals seven of the Elite 8 were on GOODEs.
New U.S. National Records
A slew of U.S. National slalom records were set on GOODEs in 2018, including:
Jerry Hosner, Mens 10, 4@32;
Cyndi Benzel, Womens 7, 2@38;
Regina Jaquess, Open Women/Womens 2, 4@41,
Joy Kelley, Womens 6, 2@38,
Bob Hardeman and Jeff Wiswall (tie), Mens 8, 3@38; and
Jeff Wiswall, Mens 8, 5@38.
Regina named USAWS Female Athlete of the Year for the 11th time
The 2018 season ended for Regina Jaquess the same way it has 10 previous times during her career: being named the USA Water Ski Female Athlete of the year. Regina was selected for the honor on the basis of a season that saw her win titles at the Swiss Pro Slalom, Americas’ Cup Invitational, Malibu Open, California Waterski Pro Am, GOODE Nationals and Pan American Championships. On top of all that, she threw in a new world record of 4 buoys at 41-feet off for good measure.
A legend is reborn
Twenty-five years after revolutionizing water skiing with the first-ever carbon-fiber slalom ski, GOODE released 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.
After beginning with 16 skiers in June, the 2018 GOODE Bracket Challenge came down to two skiers in September: No. 1 seed Regina Jaquess and No. 3 seed Dave Miller.
Decided by the single highest preliminary round score at last weekend’s California Pro AM, Dave squeaked by Regina – 1.5 at 41 to her 1 at 41 – to win the title.
See the video above for a recap and the final brackets here.
In the online contest it was a battle between the only two fans whose brackets remained perfect: Bruce_Dodd and PCM. Bruce_Dodd picked Miller to win, while PCM picked Regina, so Bruce_Dodd’s bracket is perfect and is the season champion.