The first U.S. pro event of the season takes place Sunday, marking the 2016 debut of several Team GOODE skiers.
Regina Jaquess will make her 2016 debut at the tournament and in the process attempt to defend her 2015 title, not to mention a pro event-winning streak that dates back to May of 2014. Also making her pro season debut is Brooke Baldwin, who will be returning to the scene of her first-ever professional podium, after taking third in the event last year.
On the Men’s side Daniel Odvarko, Martin Bartalsky, Carlo Allais, and Benajmin Stadlbaur will be kicking off their 2016 pro seasons. Thomas Degasperi, who placed third at Moomba, will skip the event to rest his back.
The three-round, $10,000 event will be held at the Swiss Waterski Resort in Clermont, Fla. GOODE Skis is a proud sponsor of the event.
For more information, including running orders and a live webcast of the event, visit swissproslalom.com.
RéV 6s will begin showing up on starting docks around the world any day now as the first orders of the new ski begin shipping today. The production team at HQ in Ogden is busy working their way through the pre-order list, while regular online orders are now being accepted at the GOODE Skis store at http://store.goode.com/rev-6/.
The RéV 6 is one of the most talked-about ski debuts in GOODE history, with multiple Team GOODE skiers raving about it. Here is a sampling:
“I’ve ridden some ski that i can rank in the category of my favorite ski in history, this is my no. favorite ski, and that’s quote a commentary for the ski.” – Chet Raley
“The Rev 6 is 25 percent better than any other ski I’ve ever been on.” – Dave Miller
“I’ve got a three-letter word for you: ‘wow.’ What a ski, this ski is unbelievable. This is the best thing since sliced bread.” – Jay Leach
“The FlexTail was a great ski, but now we have this 12 months of data from everyone skiing on it at different lengths and different conditions. The biggest thing is I feel it’s lighter in the course, and of course we want to be light, we want to have that feeling of being light.” – Regina Jaquess
Entering it’s 20th uninterrupted year with a world record to its name, GOODE Skis is once again transforming ski design and performance with the RéV 6, a giant leap forward for the FlexTail, a ski that powered Chris Parrish to the No. 1 spot on the IWWF world rankings list, won multiple Big Dawg titles and pushed skiers across the globe to countless new line lengths.
The magic in the all-new RéV 6 lies in it’s highly refined length-to-width ratios. A rigorous R&D process discovered a longer length that works in perfect harmony with the lateral flex induced by the FlexTail – creating the speed and stability of a longer ski and the turning characteristics of a shorter one. The result is a ski universally loved by GOODE’s testing and design teams.
“It’s the best ski I’ve ever ridden,” says Chet Raley, a world-renown coach, Men’s senior world slalom champion and a key member of the R&D team. “The FlexTail to me was mind blowing, but there was more work to be done, as is always the case with all things, like cars, boats and skis. The work over the winter was relentless, but we took the FlexTail and made it a way better ski. This ski accentuates the FlexTail technology better than the original ski did. It’s more stable, more balanced tip-to-tail and side-to-side. It maintains a really tight turning radius without destabilizing the ski.”
The higher length-to-width ratio is manifest by additional length between the boots and the fin, in essence elongating the tail of the ski.
“You have more ski behind you so you can ride a bigger ski, utilize the advantages that that offers, but still be able to turn it because the FlexTail technology is giving you a huge assist,” said Dave GOODE, founder and president of GOODE Skis. “That extra length in the tail generates more speed from the buoy line to the first wake, leaving you up-course and ahead of the boat, all with more line control and less physical exertion and fatigue.”
The RéV 6 is the result of an R&D process that began as soon as the FlexTail hit the market last year, with the testing and design team focused on taking full advantage of the industry-first lateral flex found in the FlexTail technology.
“Whenever there is a huge leap forward in technology in any industry or sport, it takes a bit of time – and a lot of hard work – to fully maximize the potential,” says Goode. “The extra year of R&D has allowed us to do that with the RéV 6 and it’s paying off for the test team in extra buoys.”
For World No. 1 Regina Jaquess, the extra R&D led to a ski that is markedly better than the FlexTail, and has her skiing a preferred style of skiing.
“The FlexTail was a great ski, but now we have this 12 months of data from everyone skiing on it at different lengths and different conditions,” said Regina Jaquess, the Women’s slalom world record holder and two-time defending world champion. “The biggest thing is I feel it’s lighter in the course, and of course we want to be light, we want to have that feeling of being light.”
The RéV 6 will come with GOODE’s standard five-year warranty and 30-day money back guarantee, and will be available in six sizes: 64”, 65”, 66”, 66.5”, 67”, and 68”.
Skiers wanting to order the RéV 6 can add their names to a waiting list beginning on March 3rd. Orders are expected to begin shipping in mid-March.
When you go undefeated in pro tournaments and take home two gold medals at the World Championships , you’ve got a pretty strong case for end-of-the year accolades. Just ask Regina Jaquess, who achieved both on her way to being named USA Water Ski’s Female Athlete of the year for the fourth-consecutive year.
From USA Water Ski:
This marks the fourth consecutive and ninth time in her career that Jaquess has been selected USA Water Ski’s Female Athlete of the Year. She won slalom titles at the Masters, Swiss Pro Slalom, Malibu Cup, GOODE Water Ski National Championships, Malibu Open, California Pro Am, U.S. Open and Water Ski World Championships. Jaquess won jumping titles at the Pan American Games and Nationals, and she won overall titles at the Pan American Games, Nationals, U.S. Open and Water Ski World Championships, becoming the only female to win four career world overall titles.
Friend of GOODE Skis Freddy Krueger was named Male Athlete of the Year, while GOODE skier Lori Krueger-Covington was named USA Water Ski Coach of the Year for her work with the 2015 U.S. Pan American Water Ski Team.
Regina Jaquess used the 34th Water Ski World Championships, which concluded yesterday in Chapala, Mexico, to stake her claim as the best female water skier of all time, taking home gold medals in both Women’s slalom and overall for the second championships in a row.
Jaquess’ third World Championships slalom gold moves her into a tie for the all-time record with Liz Allan, Cindy Todd and Helen Kjellander, while her fourth World overall title is the most ever by a female skier.
Jaquess headed into the slalom finals as the second seed, as a result of an uncharacteristic early fall at 39 off in the preliminaries. In the finals she put the pressure on top-seed Whitney McClintock with a score of 1 buoy at 41 off, tying the World Championships tournament record she set at the 2013 worlds. McClintock was not able to respond, as she finished with 2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 off, giving Jaquess her second-consecutive slalom gold. Team GOODE’s Clementine Lucine tied Geena Krueger for third with 2 at 39, but Krueger emerged with the bronze after a run off.
Jaquess dominated Women’s Overall, topping silver-medal winner McClintock in slalom, tricks and jumping. Team GOODE skier Giannina Bonnemann signaled that she is a rising threat in overall, as the 21-year old earned the bronze for her first ever Worlds medal.
In Men’s slalom Thomas Degasperi continued his impressive ability to rise to the occasion at World Championships, earning the silver medal with 2 buoys at 41 off. When combined with his golds in 2007 and 20011 and a silver in 2009, the medal is Degasperi’s fourth career Worlds medal, tying him with Will Asher and Simon Khoury for third on the all-time Men’s slalom list. Andy Mapple holds the career mark with 10 while Bob LaPoint sits in second with seven.
Nate Smith edged Degasperi for the gold with 2-1/2 buoys at 41 off, while Freddie Winter beat Joel Howley in a run off for the bronze. Degasperi, Winter and Howley all tied with 2 buoys at 41 off in the finals, with Degasperi earning the silver due to seedings after the preliminary round.
Llewellyn earns 9th World Overall medal
Twenty-four years after earning his first Worlds overall medal in 1991, Team GOODE’s Jaret Llewellyn was once again on the overall podium at a World Championships.
Llewellyn earned the bronze in overall, providing invaluable team points for Canada on its way to the team overall title. The medal was Llewellyn’s ninth world overall medal, and 15th of his career across all three events.
Unfortunately, Llewellyn had a hard crash during the jumping finals, which, according to Facebook reports from his family, resulted in a broken femur. He remains in Mexico for surgery.
All of Team GOODE wishes Jaret a full and speedy recovery.
Youthful serves notice in slalom
While Jaquess and Degasperi continued to headline Team GOODE, the 2015 championships provided a glimpse into the future as a crop of new faces appeared in the slalom finals.
Martin Bartalsky, 27, finished ninth, and 19-year old up-and comer Brando Caruso finished 11th, while Benjamin Stadlbaur, 23, tied for the last spot in the finals but lost the runoff, ultimately finishing 13th.
This youthful showing helped Team GOODE place more skiers into the slalom finals than any other brand, and the continued excellence of Jaquess and Degasperi resulted in GOODE being the only ski company whose athletes won multiple slalom medals.
After winning slalom and overall titles at the 2015 U.S. Open, Team GOODE’s Regina Jaquess has been named USA Water Ski’s Female Athlete of the Month for October.
From USA Water Ski:
Jaquess won the women’s slalom and overall titles for the second consecutive year at the 22nd Nautique U.S. Open Water Ski Championships, Oct. 22-24, in Orlando, Fla. She was the only athlete to advance to the finals in slalom, tricks and jumping. She won her fifth career U.S. Open overall title after achieving scores of a ½ buoy at 41 feet off in slalom (preliminary round), 8,470 points in tricks (both rounds) and 171 feet in jumping (final round). She won her fourth career U.S. Open women’s slalom title by scoring 1-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off. She also placed runner-up in jumping and third in tricks.
In a year of successfully defended titles and winning streaks, Regina Jaquess added another major water ski title to her 2015 season today in Orlando as she won her second-straight U.S. Open Women’s slalom title.
Heading into the final round as the second seed behind No. 1 seed Whitney McClintock, Regina emerged on top of a finals field that included her fellow Team GOODE skiers Clementine Lucine (third) and Brooke Baldwin (fifth). Regina’s win extends her pro tournament unbeaten streak to 16 months and certainly makes her the favorite heading into next month’s World Championships in Mexico.
Brooke’s top-5 finish in one of the year’s premiere events is another significant milestone in the 14-year old’s breakout first season competing in the pro ranks, after netting her first pro podium earlier this summer at the Swiss Slalom Pro.
In the Big Dawg World Tour Finals held in conjunction with the U.S. Open, three of the Final Four spots were taken by GOODE skiers, as were 11 of the Sweet 16. In the end, Jeff Rodgers edged Team GOODE’s Ben Favret, 3 buoys on the four-ball course to Ben’s 2 at 41. GOODE skiers Tim Huston and Todd Johnson faced off against each other to decide third place, with Tim’s 2 at 39 off ultimately beating Todd by a half buoy.
Regina Jaquess topped the field once again to win her fourth-consecutive Malibu Open title. She has not lost a professional tournament since the 2014 Masters, a 15-month streak that includes victories at the Malibu Cup, Swiss Slalom Pro, U.S. Open, 2015 Masters and now, two Malibu Open titles.
WaterSki magazine no doubt had this impressive streak in mind when they awarded Regina their Female Slalom Skier of the Year award during an event held Friday night in downtown Milwaukee.
In Men’s slalom, Nate Smith earned the win after a final round that was marred by missed gates. Two of Team GOODE’s top skiers – Thomas Degasperi (back) and Chris Parrish (shoulder) – missed the event due to injury, but GOODE skiers performed well in their place as Benjamin Stadlbaur, Trent Finlayson, Carlo Allais, and Martin Bartalsky all advanced to the semis.
GOODE Junior team member Quinn Haines earned a double at the Malibu Open, winning both Junior Men’s under 17 slalom and jumping. The 16-year old from Avon, Conn., has had an impressive summer, taking home the Junior Boys overall title at the Jr. U.S. Open and finishing second overall in Boys 3 at the 73rd GOODE Water Ski National Championships in just his second year in the division.
Ruth McCreary finished second in Junior Women’s under 17 slalom after being edged by eventual champion Jaime Bull in a runoff.
Regina Jaquess, the 2013 Bracket Challenge champion and No. 3 seed on the 34 mph side of the bracket, was eliminated by Ben Favret, with a first round score 1 buoy at 41 off to Ben’s 2-1/2 buoys at 41. Regina’s score was no doubt hampered by tough conditions at her only two tournaments of the month: the Malibu Cup and the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto. The Malibu Cup featured challenging weather conditions that ultimately forced the cancellation of the final round, while the Pan Ams were conducted in fairly rough conditions on a temporary tournament site located on Lake Ontario.
In the second upset of the first round, the No. 7 seed Greg Badal topped No. 2 seed and 2014 final four skier Jay Leach, 3 buoys at 41 off to 1-1/2 at 41.
Chris Parrish, Thomas Degasperi, Daniel Odvarko and Carlo Allais all advanced on the 36 mph side, while Jeremy Newby-Ricci and Dave Miller join Greg and Ben in the second round on the 34 mph side. The second round will be comprised of all scores in August, including the 73rd GOODE Water Ski National Championships and Malibu Open.
In the online fan contest, only six of the 342 brackets submitted remain perfect. Interestingly, all six perfect brackets pick Chris Parrish to win, so if he happens to fall short there will likely be a major shakeup in the standings.