That’s how many consecutive Malibu Open slalom titles Regina Jaquess has now won after she once again took the victory Saturday at Trophy Lakes in Johns Island, S.C.
Regina scored 1-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off in the head-to-head finals to defeat Jaimee Bull, who scored 4 at 39. Samantha Dumala finished throw and Whitney McClintock-Rini fourth.
Fresh off an appearance in the finals at the World Championships and a top-X finish at the California Pro-Am, Dane Mechler took third place at the Malibu Open to earn his first ever major pro event podium. Will Asher placed first and Nate Smith second.
Martin Kolman won the 2019 Mens Overall World Championship title on Sunday and the “World’s Best Skier” mantle that comes with it.
Martin, who not only skis on GOODE slalom and trick skis but is employed by the company as pro team coordinator and ski tester, took home gold by edging fellow GOODE teammate Adam Sedlmajer, 2,769.11 points to 2,728.49 points, respectively. Joel Poland (2,717.30) took third.
Martin also earned a bronze in Mens tricks with 11,310 points behind Patricio Font (11,740) and Pierre Ballon (11,550).
In Womens slalom Regina Jaquess came up just short of winning her fourth consecutive World slalom title, tying eventual champ Manon Costard with 3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off in the final round. In the ensuing runoff Manon scored 2 buoys at 39, while Regina missed two ball by mere inches to finish with a score of 1 at 39 and the silver medal.
GOODE skier Jamie Metcalfe earned the bronze with a huge score of 1 at 39. Currently the No. 8 ranked skier on the IWWF Elite rankings list, the New Zealander is expected to receive quite a boost when the rankings are updated with points from Worlds.
In Men’s slalom, five of the 12 finalists were on GOODE, with Dane Mechler finishing fourth to post the highest finish for Team GOODE. Dane was the top seed heading into the final round and beautifully withstood the pressure by roping an amazing 39 off to get a chance to challenge the three skiers who sat in the lead with 2 at 41 off. After falling while heading to two ball it looked as if he was going to finish with a score of 1 at 41, but the judges determined that he missed his gates so his final score was 0 at 41 off.
Joel Howley emerged from the three way runoff with Freddie Winter (2nd) and Will Asher (3rd) to earn his first world title.
In the team competition, Canada – aided by Team GOODE skier Dorien Llewellyn – edged the United States, 8,025.87 to 8,019.55 points, to claim the team gold. France earned the bronze with 7,933.50 points.
More than a third of skiers who advanced to the slalom finals at the 35th Water Ski World Championships in Putrajaya, Malaysia, belong to Team GOODE as Dane Mechler earned the top seed in Mens slalom and Regina Jaquess snagged the No. 2 seed in the Women’s event.
Dane will be joined in Sunday’s finals by fellow GOODE teammates Brian Detrick (3rd seed), Thomas Degasperi (4th), Brando Caruso (5th), Adam Sedlmajer (12th).
The Womens slalom finals will take place Saturday, when Regina will be joined by Ambre Franc (5th), Jamie Metcalfe (6th) and Alice Bagnoli (9th).
In Mens tricks Martin Kolman qualified as the 4th seed for Saturday’s final round.
Scores and schedules are available here, while the online broadcast is available here.
Regina Jaquess’ build up to the 2019 World Championships continues to be quite successful. Just weeks after setting her 9th Women’s slalom world record, Regina won the gold medal in Women’s slalom and Overall at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.
Regina scored 3 buoys at 41-feet off in the slalom finals to take the win, topping second-place finisher Whitney McClintock-Rini, who scored 5.5 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off. Regina also beat Whitney for the overall gold by compiling the top scores in both slalom and jumping.
In the Men’s division, Dorien Llewellyn and Taylor Garcia both tied for fifth in slalom, while Dorien, Felipe Miranda, Rodrigo Miranda and Taylor went 1-2-3-4 in Men’s overall.
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.