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Dave Goode Q&A: Nano 1/XT and the RéV 6

With the ski season nearly upon us, it’s time to start getting serious about this year’s plan of action. For many people that includes getting a new slalom stick.

With two distinct shapes – the Nano 1/XT and RéV 6 – GOODE has a top-of-the-line ski for every shortline skier, as well as those who want to become one. So, which one is right for you?

We recently asked Dave Goode a few questions about the 2017 lineup and what types of skiers are suited for the two shapes.

Which characteristics of the Nano 1/XT and RéV 6 are similar to each other, and which characteristics are unique to each shape?

Dave: One way in which they are both similar is that they are both tournament tested, high-performing skis. At the 2016 Big Dawg Finals, 13 of the Sweet 16 were on GOODEs. Six were on the Nano 1 or XT, six were on the RéV 6 and one was on an XTM, so both shapes are capable of winning titles and putting up big-time scores.

Ways in which they are different really come down to a skier’s technical proficiency. If a skier is technically proficient, they will probably like the RéV 6 more and get more buoys out of it. That ski has a higher top end and someone with good technique will ultimately be able to take that ski further down the line. Conversely, the Nano 1/XT is probably a scrappier shape; it’s performance window is a bit bigger than the RéV 6. You can be less than perfect on it and it’s still going to keep you in the pass at your hardest line lengths.

Are there certain skiing styles that favor one shape over the other?

Dave: I’d say that the RéV 6 responds better to a more “flow-y” style of skiing, whereas the Nano 1/XT is probably better suited for a more aggressive skier. The RéV 6 carries more speed through the turn so you don’t really have to do much, whereas the Nano 1/XT you can come into the buoy in pretty much any shape and you are going to come out of the buoy with good angle and acceleration. Skiers who do well on the RéV 6 generally have a longer turning radius, while on the Nano 1/XT they like a shorter turn radius. One likes to let the ski make the turn for them while the other provides more input into the ski in the turn.

Can you name skiers whose individual styles fit the two different shapes?

Dave: I’d say for the RéV 6 it’s guys like Brian Detrick and Greg Badal, who won national titles last year in Open Men and Masters Men on that ski. And Chad Scott, who won the North Carolina Big Dawg stop on it last year. Those guys don’t rush things; they rely on superb technique and are very, very efficient. Then you have guys like Dave Miller, Martin Bartalsky and Dane Mechler who really seem suited for the Nano 1/XT. They are more aggressive and like that shorter turn radius. They have great technique too, but have a bit of a different mindset and approach in the course.

Why have two shapes?

Dave: Well it certainly would make manufacturing easier by just having one shape, but the reality is that there isn’t just one type of skier out there. We want to help all skiers ski better, not just the ones who can only ride one shape. We feel pretty good that by offering these two shapes we are providing people with choices and that the end result will be them getting a ski that works really well for them.

How can someone try a ski?

Dave: Nothing beats trying a ski at your home site in conditions you are used to, which is why I think our two-week demo program is a great way for skiers to try a new ski. Call us at 1-888-GO-GOODE or visit goode.com to learn more.

Q&A: University World Champ Ambre Franc

French pro Ambre Franc admits that at the beginning of the 2016 season, something was “missing.” Well, after a strong finish that saw her claim a University Worlds title and land a No. 3 ranking in Europe and No. 8 in the world, it’s safe to say she found “it.”

We recently had the chance to talk with Ambre about her year, the big win in Japan and what finally clicked in 2016.

How did you get your start in the sport? 

Water skiing has always been a family sport. My mother and aunt were both on the French national team for years, and my uncle held some European records for a while. I finally tried around ten and never looked back. I really enjoyed it and had the opportunity to train in Florida with some great skiers. Of course, I was late compared to other kids my age, so I had to train harder than others, but it was worth it.

Where do you live and train today? 

After three years in Florida studying at Florida Southern College, where I was able to ski every day anytime I wanted, I decided to come back to Paris to start Nutrition School. I now train during the week in Gravon on my uncle’s lake, Aqu’aventure, and on weekends I usually ski with Vincent Soubiron in Toulouse.

You are part of a growing number of foreign athletes coming to the U.S. to ski on collegiate teams. What was your experience like at Florida Southern College, in particular, and in the U.S. in general? 

Living abroad was a wonderful experience. Facilities for athletes are incredible, especially for water skiers. I enjoyed the whole life over there. Being able to study, train and represent my University was a very rewarding experience.

Last month in Japan you the University World Championships. How special was that to you?  

That is obviously a great achievement that I’m really proud of. Especially since the beginning of my season was so disappointing. Fortunately, I found what I was missing around May: a ski that suits me. The RéV 6 really got me back on track and allowed me to recover my confidence behind the boat. I managed to get a new PB of 3 at 39 twice in a row. The win in Japan was the confirmation of my recovery on that ski, not only because winning always feels special, but this tournament only happens every four years, so it’s a hard title to get.

Who has been inspirational to your success?

My whole entourage has been helpful in my success: my family, friends, boyfriend and coaches. This summer was particularly long with this University Worlds in mid-September, including weeks away from home, switching hotels, lakes, boats and so on. Having people around me to keep me on track was important to me.

What was the most beneficial thing you ever did for your skiing? 

Finding a balance between skiing, training, working out, school, family and time with friends.

What are your goals in the sport? 

Professional events are becoming more important to me lately, but a European or World title is still the target for me.

How about in life? 

I recently started Nutrition school because I want to become a certified nutritionist so I can work with athletes as well as people with diseases like cancer.

Anything else you’d like to mention? 

Go Mocs!

Demo the RéV 6 at the GOODE Nationals

Don’t miss the chance to ski the RéV 6 while you’re at the 74th annual GOODE U.S. Water Ski National Championships at Broadside Harbor in Caldwell, Idaho.

GOODE Skis is conducting RéV 6 demos Tuesday, and Thursday through Saturday, from 1 to 3 p.m., at Gilbert Lake. Gilbert Lake is located approximately 15 minutes from Broadside Harbor at 22071 Middleton Road, Caldwell, ID 83605.

The cost to demo the RéV 6 is $50, which will be applied to the purchase of a ski if one is purchased.  RSVPs must be made in advance.

Click here to RSVP your demo slot.

We’ll also be holding a free demo Wednesday, Aug. 10, from 12 noon to 2 p.m., on the practice lake at Broadside Harbor. Visit the GOODE booth to sign up for Wednesday’s demo.

Next year starts now. Be ready for 2017 with the RéV 6.

Brian Detrick joins GOODE, sets new PB of 5@41 (twice)

For nearly three years Brian Detrick couldn’t get past his personal best of 3 buoys at 41 feet off.

But in less than two weeks on the RéV 6, the newest member of Team GOODE’s PB now stands two buoys higher at 5 at 41 off.

Brian set the new PB not once, but twice during last weekend’s Shortline Lake Record in Elk Grove, Calif.

For more about how the new PBs went down, watch the video above.

Prior to setting the new PB, Brian predicted big things to come for him this summer on the RéV 6.

“It’s very symmetrical in the turns and fast across the wake, which creates a lot of space into the next buoy,” said Brian. “I’ve never had so much space coming into the buoy. As the line continues to get shorter that space is still there.

“There’s just a lot of potential in this ski and I’m very excited about that and where it can go this season.”

Currently the No. 4 ranked Open Men’s skier in the United States, Brian’s score of 5 at 41 off will likely vault him into the top-6 of IWWF’s continuous world rankings list. He ended the 2014 and 2015 seasons in the top-10 of the IWWF’s Elite rankings and was named the 2014-15 WaterSki Magazine Ambassador of the Year.

Breanne Dodd joins Team GOODE

Breanne Dodd, the No. 7-ranked skier in the world and a perennial pro tournament podium threat, has joined Team GOODE.

As she was considering a new ski this spring, Breanne made her decision after testing the newly released RéV 6.

“From my very first set on the RéV 6, I instantly felt like, wow this ski is GOODE,” joked Breanne. “My turns felt more symmetrical, I started to feel more stable and balanced. It seems as if into and out of the ball its easier to stay over the center of the ski, which enables me to carry more speed out of the turn.”

Her decision to join Team GOODE paid immediate dividends at her first tournament on the RéV 6, the Stillwater Lakes Slalom Record, April 10th, in Palm Bay, Fla.

“I skied that tournament on the ski at the end of the first week of riding it, and ended up with a new PB of 3 at 39,” said Breanne. “Not a bad first event on the ski!”

Breanne’s addition bolsters an already strong Women’s pro team that includes two-time reigning World Champion and world record holder Regina Jaquess, emerging star Brooke Baldwin, and world top-10s Kate Adriaensen and Karen Truelove, among others.

“Breanne joining the team gives us one of the top talents in the world and a skier that a lot of people look up to and enjoy being around,” said Dave Goode, president and founder of GOODE Skis. “She is right there in the top echelon and we feel that with our products and support backing her up, she’ll be able to take that next step into world record territory. I am really looking forward to working closely with Breanne to get her deeper down the line and into 41 off.”

RéV 6s take 3 Big Dawg Final 4 spots at year’s first stop

GOODE skiers, and notably the RéV 6, kicked off the 2016 Big Dawg World Tour with a great showing this weekend at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla., nabbing three spots in the Final Four.

Greg Badal ran 3 buoys at 41-feet off in the finals to take second behind Jeff Rodgers (4 at 41), while Dave Miller and Chad Scott finished third and fourth, respectively.

GOODE skiers occupied 11 Sweet 16 spots, as Ben Favret, Marc Shaw, Greg Sund, Darin Montgomery, Marco Bettosini, Tim Huston, Bruce Dodd, and Robert Marking joined Badal, Miller and Scott in advancing out of the preliminaries.

The competition was tough, as it took an average of two scores in the mid-39 range to advance to the Sweet 16.

For complete results, click here.

The all-new RéV 6 starts shipping today!

RéV 6 production lead Casey Weidmer and Dave Goode with the first order to be shipped.

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