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.
The pro tournament season ended with a bang for Team GOODE as it took home three titles and a runner-up finish at last weekend’s California Pro Am at Bell Aqua Lake 2.
Regina Jaquess scored 2 buoys at 41 off to beat Manon Costard (5.5 at 39) in the final round to win her sixth career California Pro Am Women’s slalom title. Fellow GOODE skier Karen Truelove made the eight-skier finals and finished 7th.
In Men’s slalom, Thomas Degasperi rang up multiple scores into 41 – including tying for the highest score of the weekend at 3 at 41 – before finishing second behind winner Will Asher. Adam Sedlmajer continued his recent streak of good showings by making the finals and placing 6th.
In the Masters Men event, seven of the final eight skiers were all on GOODEs as Greg Badal took home the win by defeating Mark Menasci in the final round. Chad Scott finished third and Steve Schroeder fourth.
And finally, the handicapped amateur division was won by Ken Ferrante, who took home the win just a couple weeks after jumping on the new RéVolution. GOODE skier Bob Hardeman set a pending Mens 8 national record of 3 at 38 off.
And then there were two. Two skiers still standing and only two fans still alive in the online contest.
No. 1 seed Regina Jaquess will face No. 3 seed Dave Miller in the final round of the GOODE Bracket Challenge as Regina (1@41) bested Chad Scott (4.5@38) and Dave (3@41) edged Greg Badal (3@41) to advance to the next round. View the brackets here.
Since both Regina and Dave will compete at this month’s California Pro-Am in Rio Linda, Calif., that tournament will be used to crown the 2018 Bracket Challenge champion.
Only two fans have a chance to win the top prize as Bruce_Dodd and PCM are the only two out of 219 entrants to have unblemished brackets so far. And interestingly enough, each of them has picked a different skier to win it all. Bruce Dodd picked Dave Miller, while PCM selected Regina Jaquess. Here we go!
Regina Jaquess won her 7th consecutive Malibu Open Women’s Slalom title Saturday as the annual event was held at Trophy Lakes in Johns Island, S.C.
Regina scored 1 buoy at 41 off to top Manon Costard (3-1/2 at 39-1/2 off) in the head-to-head finals to earn the win. She had the top score in all four rounds and was the only woman to run 39-1/2 off all weekend, which she did three times.
Both Adam Sedlmajer and Thomas Degasperi advanced to the Men’s semi-finals, eventually finishing 3rd and 6th, respectively.
In the Junior events, Griffin Stange took home the win in Boys Under 17, while Kristen Baldwin and Ali Garcia went 1-2 in the Girls Under 17 division.
GOODE skiers claimed 16 slalom titles – more than all other manufacturers combined – at the GOODE U.S. National Water Ski Championships held last week 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.
Congratulations to the following national champions:
Girls 3 – Kristen Baldwin
Women 1 – Kelley Breeden
Women 2 – Keri McClure
Women 3 – Brandy Nagle
Women 4 – Gail Case
Women 5 – Alison Poulsen
Women 6 – Joy Kelley
Open Women – Regina Jaquess
Boys 1 – Luka Zazade
Boys 2 – Nicolas Nelson
Men 4 – Tim Henderson
Men 6 – Steve Ware
Men 7 – Steve Raphael
Men 8 – Bob Hardeman
Men 9 – George Adams
Masters Men – Greg Badal
Additional highlights of the week included:
A GOODE sweep of Masters Men slalom as champion Greg Badal was joined on the podium by Jay Leach (2nd), Jed Blackburn (3rd), Don Aschenbrenner (4th) and Mark Menasci (5th).
Three straight titles for Steve Ware and Steve Raphael.
An eighth career slalom title for Keri McClure, who in addition to 2018 also won titles in 2017, 2014, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008 and 2000.
Nicolas Nelson won the Boys 2 title on the strength of a 5-buoy PB.
Kristen Baldwin winning Girls 3 slalom in only her second year in the age division. Her sister Brooke had won it the three previous years.
Greg Badal and Regina Jaquess tying for the highest 34 mph score of the week with 1 buoy at 41 off.
During the America’s Cup Invitational – held Friday night under the lights with approximately 3,000 people lining the shores – Regina Jaquess won both the Women’s slalom and jumping crowns, while finishing fourth in tricks. Karen Truelove was third in slalom.
Dating back to 2012, GOODE skiers have won 114 out of 207 U.S. national slalom titles, or 55 percent.
For full 2018 GOODE Nationals results, click here.
Monday was a record-breaking day for Team GOODE as two of it’s skiers set pending world records at the July Heat tournament at the Isles of Lake Hancock in Winter Garden, Fla.
Regina Jaquess scored 4 buoys at 41 off on her XTR to top her own previous record of 3.5 at 41. If approved by the IWWF, it will be her eighth world slalom record. Her first was 1 at 41 off – tying fellow GOODE skier Kristi Overton-Johnson – back in 2009.
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.
Round 1 of the 2018 GOODE Bracket Challenge is complete and for the most part favorites advanced in orderly fashion. The only lower seed to advance over a higher seed was No. 12 Marc Shaw who topped Kyle Tate, who did not ski in a tournament in June.
See June’s full results below and the updated brackets here.
The second round sets up a number of intriguing match-ups, including:
No. 1 seed Regina Jaquess vs. one of the hottest skiers in the world right now, Greg Sund. Regina is the Women’s slalom world record holder and three-time defending Women’s world slalom champion, while Greg is coming off a victory at the Big Dawg in Spain, two other Big Dawg top-four finishes and running 41 off twice in the same tournament in June.
No. 3 Dave Miller vs. No. 6 Kevin Bishop. Dave is a perennial threat in any 34mph competition and advanced to the finals of the Bracket Challenge last year. Kevin put up a big score of 2 buoys at 41 off at last month’s Big Dawg in Cedar Ridge, which tied him with Dave and another skier for the highest score of the weekend.
Online Fan Contest
In the online fan contest, 17 of the 219 entrants perfectly picked the first round, while 69 only had one error on their ledger.
Of the 17 perfect brackets so far, Dave Miller is the favorite as picked in eight brackets, with Greg Badal (4), Regina (3), Kevin (1), and Chad (1) all receiving nods.
Round 1 – June 2018
1) Regina Jaques 2@41
16) Jeff Surdej 3@38
8) Greg Sund 1@43
9) Jay Leach 1@41
5) Kyle Tate No tournament in June
12) Marc Shaw 3.5@39
4) Chad Scott 2@41
13) Bruce Dodd 4.5@39
2) Greg Badal 2.5@41
15) Todd Kuykendall 2@41
7) Chet Raley 0.5@41
10) Ben Favret No tournament in June
6) Kevin Bishop 2@41
11) Tim Huston No tournament in June
3) Dave Miller 2.5@41
14) Jeff Milford No tournament in June
Full of big wins, new records and exciting new products, 2017 was a great year for Team GOODE.
Here’s a look at some of the biggest stories of 2017.
Regina Rules the World(s), Again
Regina Jaquess once again led the way for Team GOODE at the World Championships, securing an unprecedented slalom/overall three-peat (2013, 2015, 2017) at the 2017 iteration held in Paris last September.
Her slalom win set the all-time mark for Women’s world slalom championships at four, breaking the record of three that she previously shared with legends Liz Allen, Cindy Todd and Helena Kjellander. Regina’s four World Slalom titles came in 2005, 2013, 2015, and now, 2017. The overall gold is the fifth of her career, the most ever for a Woman and second only behind Patrice Martin all time. She also earned a silver medal in jumping to go along with her team gold, giving her four medals during the 2017 championships.
Additional Team GOODE highlights included Felipe Miranda winning his second career World overall title and six of the 12 Women’s slalom finalists skiing on GOODEs.
GOODE skiers won 14 national slalom titles – easily more than any other ski manufacturer – at the 75th GOODE Water Ski National Championships held in August at San Marcos River Ranch in Martindale, Texas.
Winning national slalom titles were:
Girls 3 – Brooke Baldwin; Womens 1 – Ruth McCreary; Womens 2 – Keri McClure; Womens 3 – Lauren Malitz; Womens 4 – Stephanie Stange; Womens 5 – Joy Kelley; Womens 6 – Janie Fausold; Womens 9 – Pat Fischer; Mens 1 – Chris Kuykendall; Mens 3 – Barton Rachwal; Mens 4 – Chad Scott; Mens 5 – Greg Sund; Mens 6 – Steve Ware; and, Mens 7 – Steve Raphael.
Three new products added to the GOODE lineup in 2017 were greeted with big-time results and strong customer demand:
XTR™: Introduced at the GOODE Nationals in August, the XTR combines the world record-breaking DNA of the Nano 1XT with a trailblazing new rocker profile to create the highest performing ski in the GOODE lineup. The result? Multiple National titles, a world slalom championship, a world-record tie, two U.S. National records, and countless PBs.
Power-G-Flex™: GOODE Skis and Reflex 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. 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.
The FUTURE™: GOODE’s first-ever ski designed exclusively for young up-and-coming buoy slayers, the FUTURE features all the pure carbon-fiber construction and world-record DNA you’ve come to expect in a GOODE, but with kid-friendly graphics, a more forgiving flex pattern and a great price. The FUTURE is a high-performing, no-compromises ski that will get tomorrow’s little rippers in the course and into deep shortline.
Pro Team Members Post Big Wins
GOODE pro team members scored big victories all over the world in 2017.
Thomas Degasperi got the year off to a great start by taking the Moomba Masters title, then things kept rolling with victories from Clementine Lucine (European Championships, Fun Gliss Pro Am), Taylor Garcia (Jr. U.S. Open), Brooke Baldwin (California Pro Am), Adam Sedlmajer (World Games and the Andy Mapple Pro Am), Felipe Miranda (World overall). And of course, there’s Regina (world slalom and overall, San Gervasio, Malibu Open and Swiss Slalom Pro).
Miller and Badal Face Off for Bracket Challenge Title
After four rounds and the elimination of 14 skiers, the 2017 GOODE Bracket Challenge came down to No. 1 seed vs. No. 2. Dave Miller vs. Greg Badal. Watch the video above to see who won.
National Records Go Down
The U.S. National record books will look dramatically different at the end of 2017 than they did at the beginning of the year, thanks in large part to GOODE skiers.
Chet Raley first tied the Mens 6 National record, then proceeded to top it twice more, eventually ending up with a pending record of 2 buoys at 41 feet off. Joy Kelley set the Womens 6 slalom record three different times herself, ending the year with a pending record of 2 at 38 off.
Bob Hardeman set a pending Mens 8 record of 2-1/4 at 39-1/2 off, Cyndi Benzel a Womens 7 pending record of 1/2 at 38 off, Steve Raphael a Mens 7 pending record of 5-1/4 at 39-1/2 off (since disallowed due to boat path deviation) and Bill Mahan tied the Mens 8 record of 2 at 39-1/2 off.
When the October 2017 IWWF preliminary world rankings list was released, seven GOODE skiers earned top spots: Open Women – Regina Jaquess, Under 21 Women – Brooke Baldwin; Junior Women – Brooke Baldwin; 35+ Women – Karen Truelove; Under 21 Men – Brando Caruso; Junior Men (tied) – Griffin Stange; 55+ Men – Dave Miller; and, 65+ Men – Steve Raphael.
12 #FirstTimersForFree Participate in GOODE Nationals
Twelve skiers not only competed in their first-ever Nationals last August at San Marcos River Ranch, but they had their entry fees paid too. The #FirstTimersForFree promotion was part of GOODE’s effort to encourage Nationals participation and reward achieving major goals.
“Qualifying for and skiing in Nationals is a really big deal,” says GOODE Skis founder and president Dave Goode. “We just wanted to do something to make peoples’ first Nationals extra special and encourage even more people to come. It was really great getting to meet everyone and congratulate them personally.”
Participating first time Nationals competitors were: Josh Gardner – Boys 3, Plainfield, IL; Joey Hayes – Mens 3, Decatur, MS; Brian Kreis – Mens 4, Miami, FL; Isak Nightingale – Boys 2, Lake Elmo, MN; Reed Favret – Boys 2, Windermere, FL; Sharon Baker Brown – Womens 7, Orlando, FL; Addy Flint – Girls 1, Lawton, OK; Don Stanford – Mens 8, Pleasant Hill, CA; Kate Lemcke – Womens 1, Saint Louis, MO; Landon Geels – Boys 3, Denver, CO; Brendan Schultz – Boys 2, Dow, IL; and, Justin Bloyer – Mens 3, Lake Elmo, MN.