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.
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.
Regina Jaquess’ dominance over the Malibu Open, and really Women’s slalom in general, continued as she won her unprecedented 9th consecutive Malibu Open title Saturday at Trophy Lakes in Charleston, S.C.
The only female competitor to run 39-1/2 off the entire weekend, she did it all four rounds. To earn the win she defeated Manon Costard in the super finals with a score of 2 at 41 to Manon’s 3.5 at 38.
Four of the top-8 finishers in Women’s slalom rode GOODE skis as Karen Truelove (5th), Kassidy Hawkins (6th) and Ali Garcia (7th) put in strong showings. Karen’s first-round score of a half buoy at 39 set a pending U.S. Nationals Women’s 4 slalom record.
On the Men’s side, Thomas Degasperi advanced to the finals but unfortunately missed his gates at 39-1/2 to end up with a 4th-place finish. He put up very solid scores of 3 buoys at 41 off in each of the first two rounds, and did so again on his “provisional” pass in the finals, until his 39 gates were pulled.
Dane Mechler and Adam Sedlmajer each just missed out on the finals, finishing 6th and 7th, respectively.
For the second straight year, the Moomba Masters Mens slalom title was decided in a run-off between Thomas Degasperi and Nate Smith.
But unlike 2019 when he emerged victorious, Team GOODE’s Thomas fell just short against Nate in the season’s debut event. After each battled the Yarra River’s tough conditions to score 5 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off in the finals, Nate earned the win with 2 buoys at 41 off (to Thomas’ 4.5 at 39). Fellow GOODE skiers Dorien Llewellyn and Felipe Miranda both advanced to the semi finals.
In Women’s slalom, GOODE skiers Elizabeth Montavon and Giannina Bonnemann both had strong showings, finishing 5th and 6th, respectively. Manon Costard took the win.
Defending Moomba Men’s tricks champ Martin Kolman earned a spot on the podium with a fourth-place finish, while Felipe Miranda joined him in the finals, eventually finishing 8th.
Giannina added to her outstanding finish in slalom with third-place finishes in tricks and jumping, giving her the Moomba Women’s overall title. Dorien and Felipe took 3rd and 4th, respectively in Men’s overall.
In the Junior Moomba Masters, GOODE’s Ali Garcia was crowed co-champion after the second round of the event was wiped out by strong currents. Ali scored 1 buoy at 38 off in the first (and only round) to earn the co-title with Sade Ferguson.
More than a third of skiers who advanced to the slalom finals at the 35th Water Ski World Championships in Putrajaya, Malaysia, belong to Team GOODE as Dane Mechler earned the top seed in Mens slalom and Regina Jaquess snagged the No. 2 seed in the Women’s event.
Dane will be joined in Sunday’s finals by fellow GOODE teammates Brian Detrick (3rd seed), Thomas Degasperi (4th), Brando Caruso (5th), Adam Sedlmajer (12th).
The Womens slalom finals will take place Saturday, when Regina will be joined by Ambre Franc (5th), Jamie Metcalfe (6th) and Alice Bagnoli (9th).
In Mens tricks Martin Kolman qualified as the 4th seed for Saturday’s final round.
Scores and schedules are available here, while the online broadcast is available here.
Team GOODE racked up four of the six podium spots in slalom at last weekend’s European Championships in Spain.
Thomas Degasperi and Brando Caruso went 1-2 in Men’s slalom as T-Gas claimed his 7th career Euro title. Thomas, Brando, Freddie Winter (3rd) and Sacha Descuns (4th) all tied with 3 at 41 off in the finals, with tiebreakers determining the final results.
In the Women’s division, Ambre France and Giannina Bonnemann, finished second and third, respectively. Manon costard earned the win. Giannina took home the Women’s overall gold, while fellow Team GOODE skier Alice Bagnoli finished just off the podium in fourth.
For full European Championships results, click here.
Team GOODE had a busy weekend with some great results across the globe as …
1) Regina Jaquess, Adam Sedlmajer and Martin Kolman all won titles at the Still Waters Pro/Am Team Challenge in Oconomowoc, Wis. Regina took home titles in Women’s slalom and jumping, Adam earned the win in Men’s slalom and Martin topped the field in Men’s tricks on GOODE’s new trick ski, the MK1.
2) The Still Waters Pro/Am Team Challenge was held in conjunction with the 19th Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships where GOODE skiers Dylan Smith and Kelley Breeden took second and third in Junior Men’s and Women’s slalom, respectively.
3) Eight of the Sweet 16, five of the Elite Eight and three of the Final Four skiers were on GOODEs as the first stop of the 2019 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour took place in Sessena Spain. GOODE skiers Jeremy Newby-Ricci, Greg Sund and Dave Miller went 2-3-4 as Spain’s Ivan Morros won the event.
4) Thomas Degasperi placed 5th and Brando Caruso 7th at the BOTASKI Pro Am, held in conjunction with the Big Dawg event.
Regina Jaquess is back atop the Master Women’s podium, winning her 7th career Masters slalom title Sunday at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga.
The fourth seed heading into the finals, Regina scored 3.5 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off – the highest Women’s score of the weekend – to put the pressure on the rest of the finals field. The score ultimately held up as Whitney McClintock finished second (3@39), Manon Costard third (1.5@39) and Jaimee Bull fourth (2.5@38).
Regina complimented her slalom victory with a second-place finish (54.4) in jumping, behind champion Jacinta Carroll (56 meters).
In Men’s slalom, Team GOODE’s Thomas Degasperi, still injured from a car crash two weeks ago that severely limited his training, managed a podium finish, placing third (3@39) behind Freddie Winter (2.5@41) and Stephen Neveu (2@41).
In Men’s tricks, Martin Kolman took third with 9,270 points, behind Pato Font and Adam Pickos, who scored 11,330 and 11,320 points, respectively.
After a rare second-place finish at last year’s event, Team GOODE’s Regina Jaquess will be looking for her 8th career Masters slalom title as the 60th Masters takes place this weekend in Pine Mountain, Ga.
Last year in the semi finals Regina became the first female to run 39-1/2 feet off at the Masters, only to finish second to Manon Costard in a final-round run off. Team GOODE skier and perennial podium threat Karen Truelove will be gunning for her second career Masters title.
On the Men’s side, Thomas Degasperi will be looking to build on his Moomba Masters win earlier this year and add his 2nd career Masters title. He will be joined in the Men’s field by fellow Team GOODE skier Adam Sedlmajer.
GOODE’s Martin Kolman is among the favorites in the Men’s tricks event and Ali Garcia (slalom) competed in her first ever Junior Masters earlier today.
For more event information, including schedule and online broadcast, visit masterswaterski.com.
The early-season pro tournament schedule continues this weekend as the Swiss Waterski Resort hosts the Swiss Pro Slalom Sunday in Clermont, Fla.
Regina Jaquess will be attempting to accomplish something that even she hasn’t done before; win a pro event for the fifth-straight year. Last year she topped a stacked field by nearly a full pass while running 39-1/2 off all three rounds. She was the only Women’s competitor to do it even once.
On the Men’s side, Thomas Degasperi will be looking to continue his hot start to the 2019 season, coming off a win at the Moomba Masters and a second-place finish at the Travers Grand Prix. Thomas tied Freddie Winter in the final round, but was edged by Freddie in a run off for the title.
Other Team GOODE skiers expected to compete this weekend are Dane Mechler, Adam Sedlmajer, Alice Bagnoli and Taylor Garcia.