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T-Gas wins Moomba; Team GOODE claims four top-three finishes

Photo courtesy Des Burke-Kennedy/IWWF.

Team GOODE kicked off the 2014 season with a big weekend at the Moomba Masters as two of its athletes won slalom titles and another two landed top-three finishes.

Thomas Degasperi won his first-ever Moomba crown with a final round score of 3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off. As the top seed heading into the finals, Thomas knew what he needed to get in order to top Aaron Larkin and Brian Detrick, who took second and third, respectively, with 2-1/2 at 39. Fellow GOODE Teammate Adam Sedlmajer scored his second-consecutive top-five finish at Moomba by taking fifth, while Carlo Allais also advanced to the finals, finishing seventh.

In Women’s slalom, Team GOODE’s April Coble-Eller continued her great skiing of late by finishing third, behind champion Whitney McClintock and Emma Sheers.

Erika Lang (L) and Bailey Austin.

In the Junior ranks Team GOODE swept the top-two spots in Girl’s slalom as Bailey Austin and Erika Lang finished atop the podium. In Boy’s slalom, new Team GOODE skier Eamon Van Der Merwe was the top seed heading into the finals but had his gates cut on his 32 off pass. But Eamon rebounded nicely in the Men’s slalom competition, advancing into the semi finals before taking 12th.

For final Moomba Masters result, click here.

A very GOODE year: 2013 in review

With a season full of big wins, record-breaking performances and exciting new products, the 2013 season was one of the best ever for GOODE Skis.

Here’s just a few of the highlights from 2013:

Regina’s continued domination – No recap of 2013 could begin any other way than by celebrating the year Regina Jaquess had. Highlights include World championships in both Women’s slalom and overall, slalom titles at the Masters, Malibu Open, World Games, Diablo Shores, and Atlanta Pro Am, a pending world record, a No. 1 ranking on the IWWF world rankings list (by a margin of 2.25 buoys over her closest rival), and an undefeated streak that dates back to March 2012. She even beat some of the top male 34 and 36 mph skiers in the world in two special exhibition tournaments, the GOODE Bracket Challenge and Eagle Sports Challenge.

Team GOODE takes half of slalom medals at 2013 Worlds – Regina wasn’t the only Team GOODE skier standing on the podium at the Worlds, as Freddie Winter and Clementine Lucine each earned bronze medals in Men’s and Women’s slalom, respectively. Additional Team GOODE skiers with top-5 performances included April Coble-Eller and Thomas Degasperi.

Entire Big Dawg Final Four rides GOODEs – GOODEs have dominated the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour – taking eight season titles in the series’ 10-year history – but the 2013 Big Dawg Championships took that dominance to a whole new level. The entire Final Four, six of the Elite Eight, and 10 of the Sweet 16 rode GOODEs. In the end, Great Britain’s Jeremy Newby-Ricci would signal his arrival on the Big Dawg scene by edging defending champion Todd Ristorcelli in the finals. Team GOODE’s Ben Favret, Dave Miller, Jay Leach and Fabrizio Merlo (who scored the upset of the summer by taking out Andy Mapple in the Sweet 16) all joined Jeremy and Todd in the Elite Eight.

GOODEs win majority of titles at U.S. Nationals – As if Nationals week didn’t already go well enough after Team GOODE’s showing at the simultaneously held Big Dawg Finals, an astounding 53 percent of all U.S. national slalom titles were won on GOODEs. Highlights included Regina, Karen Truelove and April going 1-2-3 in Open Women’s slalom and Chad Scott winning his first national title (Mens 3) after finishing second in the division four times.

GOODE Juniors haul in the medals – The future of Team GOODE is bright as junior team skiers performed exceptionally well in four big junior events in 2013. The girls swept slalom at the Junior World Championships as Samantha Dumala, Erika Lang and Kara MacIntyre went 1-2-3. In the boys division, Brando Caruso took the world title while Santiago Robledo finished second. Dane Mecheler and Kara swept Junior Moomba and repeated at the Junior Malibu Open, where Daniel Di Pol won the under 17 event.  And the success continued at the Junior U.S. Open where Dane, Bailey Austin and Lauren Morgan took home titles.

What’s Your Next? –The Nano OneXT took the performance-proven Nano One and did the seemingly impossible – made it even better. A hallmark of the new ski is the groundbreaking AsymRocker, an asymmetrical rocker technology that features different rockers for your on-side and off-side turns, completely eliminating any differences between the two turns. And it seems to be working too as the ski went on to set countless PBs, earned gold and bronze medals at the 2013 Worlds and bagged Big Dawg tour stop championship for Dave Miller.

Mike Royal’s assault on the world record books – GOODE skiers continued to reshape the record books as new marks were reported on a near-weekly basis during the summer. But one skier really stood out. Men’s disabled V1 skier Mike Royal set so many world records this summer it was hard to keep track. He started the season as the world record holder with a score of 2 buoys at 38-feet off and ended it with an amazing new record of 1-/2 buoy at 41 feet off, a mark he set his VERY FIRST TIME on a Nano OneXT!

The GOODE Bracket Challenge debuts – Eight of the World’s best 34 mph squared off virtually in a head-to-head bracket to determine a champion.  Think March Madness on the water. And the best part? Fans could make their own picks and win prizes … with one lucky contestant taking home a new Nano OneXT. In the end, Todd Ristorcelli couldn’t overcome the “Year of Regina,” falling to her in the finals. Be on the lookout for a bigger, better version of the Bracket Challenge in 2014.

T-Gas goes national with TV commercial for 5-Hour Energy – How often have you watched an NFL game and seen a water skier during commercials? Thomas Degasperi helped a worthy cause and scored some great national exposure for water skiing through his Living Beyond Breast Cancer campaign on behalf of 5 Hour Energy. On the water, T-Gas battled injuries throughout the season, but was still able to notch a gold at the World Games and top-five finishes at the Worlds, Moomba, the Euros, Diablo Shores, and the Atlanta Pro-Am.

Ski Paradise Announces GOODE Week

Gordon Rathbun’s world famous Ski Paradise has announced a special GOODE Week for January 4-11, 2014.

In addition to the usual Ski Paradise amenities, which include luxury accommodations, imaginative cuisine, numerous sporting activities, and wonderful Acapulco beaches and weather, GOODE Week includes:

  • Instruction from two-time world champion Thomas Degasperi
  • Ski set up and tuning with Dave Goode
  • A fleet of GOODEs on hand to demo
  • A $250 rebate on any GOODE skis purchased or ordered during the week, and
  • A special $250 discount from Ski Paradise for GOODE skiers.

Spots are limited and going fast. To register or learn more about GOODE Week at Ski Paradise, visit http://www.skiparadise.com/reservations.html.

Team GOODE takes half of all slalom medals at 2013 Worlds

Clementine Lucine (left), Regina Jaquess (middle) and Freddie Winter combined to win half of all slalom medals handed out at the 2013 Worlds.

Team GOODE won half of all slalom medals awarded at the 2013 Water Ski World Championships as the tournament concluded today in San Bernardo, Chile.

Leading the way for Team GOODE was Regina Jaquess, who took the gold in Women’s slalom to cap one of the greatest two-year runs the sport has ever seen. She has not lost a slalom tournament since March of 2012, a streak that includes victories at the Masters, Malibu Open, World Games, a slew of professional tournaments, and now the Worlds.

She scored 1 buoy at 41-feet off in the final round to earn the title over second-place finisher Whitney McClintock, who scored 4 at 39-1/2 off. Clementine Lucine (2 at 39) earned the bronze and April Coble-Eller (0.5 at 39) finished fourth, giving Team GOODE three of the top-four spots in Women’s slalom. (Post-competition interview with Regina here.)

In Men’s slalom rising-star Freddie Winter gave Team GOODE its third slalom medal of the championships by taking bronze. Freddie tied Will Asher and Stephen Neveu for second place with 3 at 41 off, but Will was awarded second based on preliminary round scores and Freddie topped Stephen in a run off for the final podium spot. Nate Smith (3-1/2 at 41) took home the gold to win his first career world title. (Post-competition interview with Freddie Winter here.)

The bronze medal completed a big year for Freddie, who has emerged as a top-level threat within the pro ranks. He fished second at the European Championships (after a run off for first), sixth at the Diablo Shores Pro-Am and scored a new PB of 5 buoys at 41-feet off at the GOODE Bracket Challenge Finals in September. It was Freddie’s first time competing in the World Championships.

Defending and two-time World Champion Thomas Degasperi finished fifth, a remarkable fourth-straight Worlds he’s had a top-five finish.

Team GOODE continued to rack up the medals in overall as Regina edged Whitney McClintock for her third career (2003 and 2005) World overall gold and Clementine taking the bronze. GOODE skier Javier Julio earned the silver in Men’s overall.

In the team competition, the United States took the gold, with Canada and France finishing second and third, respectively.

For full results, click here.

Team GOODE skiers among favorites at World Championships

Several Team GOODE skiers are expected to be in the running for medals when the Water Ski World Championships kick off next week in San Bernardo, Chile. The championships begin Tuesday, Nov. 26, and conclude Sunday, Dec. 1.

In Men’s slalom, Thomas Degasperi will be looking to defend his world title while adding a third Worlds gold medal to his career haul. The champion from 2007 and 2011 will face still competition from among his own GOODE teammates as Carlo Allais, Adam Sedlmajer and Nick Parsons all enter the Worlds in the top-10 spots of the IWWF’s Elite Rankings List. And don’t forget Worlds rookie Freddie Winter, who has put up a number of deep 41-off scores in the latter half of the 2013 season, or fifth place Malibu Open finisher Martin Bartalsky.

Other skiers expected to contend include Nate Smith, Will Asher, Chris Parrish, and Aaron Larkin.

In Women’s slalom, Team GOODE’s Regina Jaquess will be looking to continue her historic winning streak, having not lost a tournament since March of 2012. The 2005 world slalom champion, Regina will be seeking to add to her 2001 tricks and the overall titles she won in 2003 and 2005.

To do that she’ll have to beat fellow GOODE teammate April Coble-Eller. April has had a great 2013 season – she’s currently ranked fourth on the Elite Rankings List – and is seeking a world title that would serve as career-capping moment.

Other Women’s skiers who will surely be in the running include two-time defending champion Whitney McClintock and the French duo of Anais Amade and Manon Costard.

The Men’s overall race will feature a face off between two Team GOODE skiers who happen to own the last two world titles: Adam Sedlmajer, who took the title in 2011 and Javier Julio, who won it in 2009. Unfortunately, two-time world overall champion Jaret Llewellyn was a late scratch due to injury.

The Women’s overall race is very competitive this year with Regina and fellow Team GOODE skiers Clementine Lucine and newly crowned tricks world record holder Erika Lang in the mix, along with Whitney McClintock and Natalia Berdnikava.

Watch live online coverage of the event on the tournament’s official website, http://skiworldschile2013.cl. For the complete list of competitors, click here.

GOODE skiers climb the IWWF Elite Rankings List

With only a few Elite Rankings List tournaments left in the season, a number of Team GOODE skiers moved up on the list following good performances at the Diablo Shores Pro-Am.

Making the biggest move was Nick Parsons, who jumped from 14th to 9th on the strength of his third-place finish at Diablo.  Carlo Allais, who also made the finals at Diablo, moved up a spot to 6th.  Thomas Degasperi took fourth at Diablo to maintain his ranking of 4th.

In his first U.S. pro event, Freddie Winter of the UK served notice to the pro ranks with his sixth-place finish at Diablo, in the process earning him his first ever spot on the Elite rankings, entering the list at 22nd.

On the Women’s side, Karen Truelove’s fifth-place finish at Diablo jumped her ranking from 5th to 3rd, just ahead of fellow teammate April Coble-Eller who is 4th.  Regina Jaquess’ win at Diablo helped her maintain her commanding lead atop the rankings, giving Team GOODE three of the top four spots on the Women’s list.

Bailey Austin, 14, made the finals at Diablo in her first ever professional event, taking eighth.  That was good enough for her to land her first ever Elite ranking at22nd.

To see the complete Elite Rankings List, visit www.iwsfranking.com.

Regina repeats at Diablo Shores Pro Am

Diablo champion Regina Jaquess talks with tournament announcer Mike Parsons after her win. Photo by Terry Daffin/Diablo Shores Pro Am.

The winning streak continues.  Regina Jaquess took her second consecutive Open Women’s Diablo Shores Pro-Am slalom title, running her winning streak to 18 months in the process.

Regina topped Whitney McClintock, 1 buoy at 41-feet off to 1-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off in the head-to-head finals to earn the victory. In the previous round Regina tied her own world record of 3 buoys at 41-feet off to advance against fellow Team GOODE skier April Coble-Eller, who finished third. Karen Truelove took fifth, tying Whitney in the first head-to-head round but Whitney advanced because she went off the dock first.

14-year old GOODE skier Bailey Austin made her pro debut at Diablo, advancing to the finals but drawing Regina in the first round.  Already the No. 1 ranked U.S. skier in Girls 3, it probably won’t be the last pro final for Bailey, whose PB is 4 buoys at 38-feet off.

In Open Men’s Thomas Degasperi (4th) and Nick Parsons (3rd) made it to the Final Four, before bowing out to Chris Parrish and Nate Smith, respectively.  Nate beat Chris in the finals to earn the Open Men’s title.  Team GOODE skier Freddie Winter had a great showing in his first pro U.S. event, finishing 6th after earning the fourth seed going into the finals and pushing Thomas before ultimately losing to him.  At 23, Freddie was the youngest skier in the finals.  Carlo Allais also made it into the finals, finishing seventh.

Mike Martens won the amateur event, giving GOODE skiers the amateur title for the second-consecutive year and two of the four titles contested this past week.

For complete results, click here.

Regina and Thomas take double gold at World Games

Team GOODE skiers won double gold medals today at the World Games in Cali, Colombia, as Regina Jaquess and Thomas Degasperi and their Nano Ones took titles in Women’s and Men’s slalom, respectively.

Regina earned the gold with 2 buoys at 38-feet off, beating Canada’s Whitney McClintock (1 at 38) and France’s Claire-Lise Welter (5 at 35) and others in the final round. With the victory, Regina extended her winning streak to 15 months.  She has not lost since jumping on her Nano One in May of 2012.

Thomas, skiing for Italy, took the gold with 4-1/2 at 38, topping Aaron Larkin (4 at 38) and Johan Efverstrom (2-1/2 at 38).  Team GOODE skiers Freddie Winter, Martin Baltalski and Javier Julio finished fourth, fifth and seventh respectively.  Nate Smith was sixth.

For final round results, click here (Women) or here (Men).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regina Jaquess runs win streak to seven with win at BallofSpray Atlanta Pro Am

Photo courtesy of Clementine Lucine, twitter.com/clementski.

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.