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Q&A with Womens 9 National Champion Shirley Coble

Ten GOODE skiers won slalom titles at the 2020 GOODE Water Ski National Championships held at Tri-Lakes in Zachary, La.

One of those 10 skiers was Womens 9 National Champion Shirley Coble, who is well known as the matriarch of one of water skiing’s most storied families and competed in her 33rd Nationals this year.

GOODE recently chatted with Shirley about the thrill of winning a National title, her approach heading into this year’s events and why she skis.

GOODE: How long have you been skiing and how did you get into the sport?
Shirley: I have been skiing for 56 years and have never missed a season. My husband taught me to ski at age 20.

GOODE: For the readers out there who might not already know, where, and with whom, do you do most of your training?
Shirley: All of my training is done at Coble Water Ski School with my daughter, April, as my coach and her husband, Chris, as my boat driver. I have a perfect setup for training so I have no excuse not to ski well.

GOODE: How many National titles have you won?
Shirley: This is my first National title! I have gotten the silver and bronze medals many times but this is my first National title.

GOODE: What does it feel like to have won?
Shirley: It is a great feeling to be a national champion at age 76.

GOODE: How did you prepare for Nationals? Anything different than in the past?
Shirley: I have a routine training schedule. I normally ski three days in a row and then take the next day off. I never ski the day before a tournament. This has always worked well for me, especially as I get older.

GOODE: Besides winning the National title, what are some other highlights in your skiing career?
Shirley: My favorite highlights in my skiing career have been qualifying to ski in multiple Senior Worlds since the Over 65 division was created in 2014. The first one was held at Jack Travers’ in 2014 and I tied for the silver medal but received the bronze because the other skier had a better backup score. I skied in my second Senior Worlds in 2016 in Madrid, Spain, and came in fourth. But the biggest highlight of my career was the last Senior Worlds in Santiago, Chile in 2018 where I placed fourth again. I was 74 years old and had to ski against skiers much younger than me like Cindy Benzel, whom I was honored to ski with. I was the oldest female skier and was as happy as if I had won. Cherished memories.

GOODE: Why do you ski?
Shirley: I personally think water skiing is the best sport a person can do as it is a total workout mentally and physically. It will definitely keep you in shape and is good cardio therapy. It also provides the opportunity for someone to ski as long as they wish and be able to compete in an age division. I have never missed a season since I started skiing at the age of 20.

GOODE: What’s the most important thing skiing has taught you and/or given you over the years?
Shirley: I think water skiing is one of the best family sports anyone could have. It keeps a family close and the children always want to invite friends to come ski with them. Also, the atmosphere of fresh air and water is conducive to good health.

GOODE: Who are some people that have been important to your skiing success?
Shirley: First, my husband, Gary, as he taught me to ski. However, the most important person to my skiing success is my daughter, April. She is very protective of me and ensures that all my equipment is good, that weather conditions for training are acceptable and that I don’t over train and get injured. She is responsible for my long tenure in this great sport.

GOODE: Anything else you would like to add?
Shirley: I would like to say that I sincerely appreciate the contributions that the Goode family has given to the sport of water skiing for so many years. I would also like to wish Dawn the very best in her future operations of the company.

Q&A with Womens 1 National Champ Kelley Breeden

Ten GOODE skiers won slalom titles at the 2020 GOODE Water Ski National Championships held at Tri-Lakes in Zachary, La.

One of those 10 skiers was Florida Southern College’s Kelley Breeden, who earned her third career National title and second Women’s 1 title in the last three years.

GOODE recently chatted with Kelley about what if feels like to be a national champion, how this year was different and what skiing has taught her over the years.

GOODE: How long have you been skiing and how did you get into the sport?
Kelley: I have been skiing since I was seven. I got into it through my dad who was just a river rat back in the day. I was first introduced to competitive waterskiing through Cory Pickos and his ski school.

GOODE: How did you prepare for Nationals? Anything different than in the past?
Kelley: This is the second summer I’ve trained at Lucky Lowe, and this year because of COVID I lived at his ski school. I was able to ski multiple times every day and even on off days I was on the water coaching or trick skiing. It was super helpful just by having a huge amount of time on the water. Lucky is also extremely knowledgeable and has a ton of experience. He is always very positive and looks for the good in every practice.

GOODE: What does it feel like to be “NATIONAL CHAMPION!”?
Kelley: To be a national champion is a pretty cool thing. I definitely think each time you win nationals it’s a little different and means something different. This time I was happy to be able to win it for Lucky and do it with a bigger support system as I trained with some younger kids this summer.

GOODE: Besides winning the National title, what are some other highlights in your skiing career?
Kelley: Obviously, the other national titles [editor's note: Kelley previously won titles in Girls 2 and Women's 1] were a highlight. I’ve also started competing in more pro events the past two years which has been really exciting. Also just being able to compete with the Florida Southern ski team has been really great.

GOODE: Why do you ski?
Kelley: I ski because its fun and it provides a space where I don’t have to think about anything else but skiing. Its like an escape. I don’t have to think about school or grades or any of life’s other problems, just time to focus on skiing and myself. Its very freeing.

GOODE: What’s the most important thing skiing has taught you and/or given you over the years?
Kelley: Skiing has taught me many life lessons, but I think patience is a big one. Lucky talks a lot about trusting the process, and that’s pretty hard when you don’t see improvement sometimes. But that’s kind of how life is. You just have to trust that the process is going to take you in the right direction and that it will lead to improvement even when you can’t see it, so be patient and things will come with time.

GOODE: Who are some people that have been important to your skiing success?
Kelley: Some people that have been important to me in skiing are obviously my mom and dad, Betsy and Wes. They brought me into the sport and dedicated my childhood to it. My first coach, Cory Pickos, was also very pivotal and taught me a lot of basics. Keith Albritton and crew at Lake 38 and the crew at Lake Bradford were also very important in my career as that’s kind of where I grew up skiing in Tallahassee. Nowadays, Lucky Lowe and his family are very important to me and help tremendously. Also, the Florida Southern ski team which have helped me the past four years and become my closest friends.

Regina caps undefeated year with MasterCraft Pro title

Regina Jaquess capped a dominate 2020 season Saturday with a win at the MasterCraft Pro held at Action Water Sports in Polk City, Fla.

The victory secured an undefeated season that saw her win her 8th consecutive Malibu Open title and 6th consecutive Swiss Pro Slalom in addition to victories at the GOODE Nationals and the Stillwaters Team Challenge, among others.

Saturday’s final round also served as a season capstone for Team GOODE’s Elizabeth Montavon who set a personal best of 2.5 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off in the Women’s slalom finals to finish second, her highest ever professional finish. Elizabeth’s 2020 season saw her emerge as a pro podium threat on the strength of top-three finishes at the Hilltop Pro Am and Travers Grand Prix and a spot in the finals at Moomba.

The Men’s side saw one of the toughest final rounds in the history of the sport as three skiers – Team GOODE’s Thomas Degasperi, Nate Smith and Freddie Winter – tied with a huge score of 5 buoys at 41 off. In the ensuing run off, Nate emerged with the win (1 at 43), while Freddie (4 at 41) and Thomas (3 at 41) finished second and third, respectively. For Thomas it was the second-straight professional podium following his third-place place finish at the Swiss Pro Slalom.

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Regina claims 6-peat at Swiss Pro Slalom

Make it six for six.

Regina Jaquess topped the Women’s slalom field at Sunday’s Swiss Pro Slalom to win her sixth-consecutive title at the event and remain the only female winner in the event’s history.

Regina put up scores of 2 at 41, 2 at 41 and 3 at 41 to earn the win, topping second-place finisher Manon Costard and Jaime Bull in third place. Team GOODE’s Chelsea Mills and Alice Bagnoli finished fifth and eight, respectively.

On the Men’s side, Thomas Degasperi took third in his first-ever Swiss pro, finishing behind champion Freddie Winter and Nate Smith. Team GOODE’s Adam Sedlmajer finished fifth.

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XTRcc and 9970cc: Two legendary shapes supercharged with revolutionary Carbon Core technology

The biggest technological leap forward water skiing has seen since the introduction of carbon fiber skis is now featured in two of the most legendary skis ever made.

GOODE’s revolutionary Carbon Core is the centerpiece of two new-for 2020 ski models: the XTRcc and the 9970cc.

The innovative Carbon Core drastically increases durability while giving it enhanced performance characteristics that can best be described as “supercharged.”  The softer flex made possible by the ultra-strong core combines effortless, symmetrical turns with quicker rebound that leads to increased side-to-side speed.  And the thinner profile allows the ski to ride slightly deeper in the water, creating a stable, predictable ride throughout the course.

“The ski seems to settle in, drop in and it’s fast out of the buoy so it kinda combines both worlds,” says Dave Miller. “Fast, easy yet very connected to the water and stable.”

“The carbon core ski is amazing,” adds Chet Raley. “For my money the carbon core ski is a winner in every way.”

The XTRcc and 9970cc join the first carbon-core ski in GOODE’s lineup – the ReVOcc – which was released at the 77th GOODE U.S. Water Ski National Championships last August.

“After seeing how the Carbon Core performed in the ReVOcc, we knew we were really on to something that was going to move this sport forward and help skiers get more buoys,” said Dave Goode, president and founder of GOODE Skis. “This new core technology takes skis that were already very, very good to a whole new level.”

 

 

 

 

 

GOODE skiers claim 8 medals at Senior Pan Am Championships

GOODE skiers took home eight medals at last weekend’s Pan American Senior Water Ski Championships in Bujama, Peru. The event

featured international 3-event competition in four age divisions: 35+, 45+, 55+ and 65+.

Carol Brooks and Dave Phillips led the way for Team GOODE, winning gold medals in Women 55+ and Men 55+ slalom, respectively.

Also medaling in slalom were Renee Jaquess (silver, Women 35+), Alberto Soares (silver, Men 45+), Luca Mantegazza (bronze, Men 35+), Adriana Dementereco (bronze, Women 45+), and Daniel Anderson (bronze, Men 55+).

And in tricks, GOODE Skis founder and president Dave Goode took home the bronze medal in Men 55+.

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Detrick takes BallOfSpray cash prize title

Congratulations to Team GOODE’s Brian Detrick for winning the NorCal MasterCraft BallOfSpray Cash Prize event held last weekend at Bell Aqua in Rio Linda, Calif.

Brian, who ran 39 off three times on the weekend, scored 2 at 39 off in the head-to-head finals against Terry Winter (1@39) to earn the win.

Greg Badal took third and Mark Menisci fifth.

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Regina claims 8th consecutive Malibu Open title; Dane first major pro podium

Malibu Open Women’s Slalom Champion Regina Jaquess (center) and runner-up Jaimee Bull (left); Men’s third-place finisher Dane Mechler (right).

Eight in a row. Think about that.

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-10 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.

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GOODE skiers claim multiple titles at California Pro Am

It was a really GOODE weekend at the California Pro Am as Regina Jaquess won the event for the 7th consecutive time, and GOODE skiers swept the top four in Masters Men and went 1-2 in the amateur division.

Regina made it seven in a row by taking down fellow Team GOODE skier Karen Truelove in the head-to-head semi finals, then topping Whitney McClintock by a full pass (2@41 vs. 2@39) in the finals. Karen landed on the podium with a fourth-place finish.

In Masters Men, Steve Grubbs led a GOODE sweep of the tour-four spots as Mark Menasci, Kevin Bishop and Darrell Smith finished 2-3-4.

In the amateur event, Donna Yamasaki and Murray Dyson rode their GOODEs to first- and second-place finishes, respectively.

Brian Detrick was the top Team GOODE skier in Open Men, finishing fourth. Dane Mechler and Adam Sedlmajer also advanced to the finals.

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GOODE Skis was a proud sponsor of the event.