Regina Jaquess still remains unbeaten for more than a year and Team Goode and the NANO ONE took four of six slalom events as the Malibu Open wrapped up Saturday evening in Milwaukee, Wis.
Regina (3-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off) took out Whitney McClintock (3-1/4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off) in the head-to-head finals to earn the Women’s slalom title for the second consecutive year. The world record holder has not lost a tournament since she started skiing on the Goode NANO ONE more than a year ago. During the WaterSki Magazine Awards held Friday night Regina was named Female slalom skier of the year, also for the second-straight year.
Regina’s continued dominance of the Women’s slalom field was mirrored by Team Goode’s dominance of the junior ranks. Kara MacIntyre (Women’s under 21), Dane Mechler (Men’s under 21) and Daniel DiPol (Men’s under 17) all won titles, giving Team Goode four of a possible six titles during the weekend.
Goode Skis founder and president Dave Goode was on hand to watch Regina Jaquess’ electrifying victory at the 2013 Masters. After the win, which she earned with a course record 3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off, she talked to Dave about her approach heading into the final round and her year-plus unbeaten streak on her Goode NANO ONE.
After setting the Women’s slalom world record of 3 buoys at 41-feet off at the site last June, Regina returned to the lake this weekend and proceeded to tie the record and give a scare to four ball in the process. Skiing on her Goode NANO ONE, she tied the mark in the second round of Sunday’s tournament after scoring 2-1/2 buoys at 41-feet off in the first round. What’s particularly notable about that first round score – besides the awesome skiing of course – was that she rounded three ball and was on her way to four before crashing out.
For the second year in a row Regina Jaquess pulled off a Memorial Weekend double – winning both the Masters and Atlanta Pro Am titles.
Just one day after winning at the Masters, Regina rounded 4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off to take the BallofSpray Atlanta Pro Am Women’s slalom title in Atlanta. Ga. The victory marks her seventh win in seven tournaments entered on the Goode NANO ONE.
Clementine Lucine took third in Women’s slalom and Caroline Hensley fourth, while Thomas Degasperi and Carlo Allais took fourth and fifth in Men’s slalom, respectively. Dave Miller took second in Masters Men behind Jeff Rodgers.
Regina Jaquess’ 2013 season started the same way her 2012 ended; on top of the podium.
The world No. 1 rode her Goode NANO ONE to her second-consecutive Masters Women’s slalom title today at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga. She scored 3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off to claim the title and top the course record of 2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off that she set last year. The Masters was Regina’s first tournament of 2013.
Regina wasn’t the only Team Goode skier on the podium as Karen Truelove finished third with 2-1/2 buoys at 38-feet off. Whitney McClintock finished second with 5 buoys at 38-feet off.
When the 54th Masters Water Ski Tournament kicks off Friday at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga., a number of pro and Junior Team Goode skiers will be hoping to keep a couple winning streaks alive.
Regina Jaquess will be seeking to repeat as Masters Women’s slalom champion, a title she won a year ago after setting the course record in the semi finals. After missing Moomba to attend to her burgeoning pharmacy practice, the Masters will be her first tournament of 2013. Last year she won nearly every major tournament, including the Malibu Open, Diablo Shores Pro Am, Soaked, and World Cup Palembang, and skied into 41-feet off five times in October.
While Regina has established her own one-woman string of success, for the Junior members of Team Goode it’s been a collective effort. In each of the last three major international Junior competitions Goode skiers have swept the top spots in both Boys and Girls divisions.
Attempting to keep the streak going at the Junior Masters will be Wyatt Haines, Yiannis Nathanail, Dane Mechler, and Dorien Llewellyn in Junior Men’s slalom, while on the Junior Women’s slalom side it will be Kara MacIntyre and Charlotte Wharton.
Also skiing at the Masters for Team Goode will be past Champion Karen Truelove, defending World Champion Thomas Degasperi and World No. 7 Carlo Allais. Karen (4th) and Thomas (2nd) will be looking to improve on their top-four finishes in 2012, while Carlo will be making his first appearance at the Masters since skiing in the Junior division ten years ago.
The 2011 pro tour season ended under the lights in Katy, TX, last weekend as top pros competed at the Katy Ski Jam Presented by Eagle Sports.
With the GOODE PowerBuoys lighting the way, Nate Smith scored 3 buoys at 41 feet off to beat Chris Rossi (5-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off) in the head-to-head final and claim the title. Team GOODE skier Thomas Degasperi took third on his T-Gas edition NANO with PowerShell boots and bindings. Thomas scored 2 buoys at 41 feet off in the semi-finals, but was unfortunate to run up against Nate’s 5 buoys at 41 feet off in the head-to-head match up.
In the Women’s slalom exhibition, Team GOODE skiers took first and third as Regina Jaquess scored 1-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off on her GOODE NANO-”twist” and Karen Truelove Krueger rode her GOODE 9900SL with PowerShells to 3 buoys at 38 feet off. April Coble finished second with 1 buoy at 41 feet off.
Freddy Krueger won Men’s Jumping and Greg Badal won Master Men’s slalom.
Only 147 days until pro skiing returns, March 7, 2012, at the Moomba Masters in Melbourne, Australia.