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Freddie wins European Championships, T-Gas second

Freddie Winter continues to serve notice to the slalom world with a big victory in Europe over the weekend.

The 2013 Worlds bronze medalist added to his growing resume by winning the 2014 European Championships in Melice, Czech Republic.

Freddie scored 1-1/4 buoys at 41 off to edge fellow GOODE Team skier and multiple time World and European champion Thomas Degasperi, who scored 1 at 41. With Thomas the top seed and still to come in the final round, Freddie made an extraordinary effort (check out the video here) to get outside two ball and secure the quarter buoy that would end up being the deciding margin.

Joining Freddie and Thomas on the leaderboard were GOODE skiers Martin Bartalsky (4th with 1 @ 41), Daniel Odvarko (5th with 4.5 at 39) and Carlo Allais (6th with 3 @ 39).

On the Women’s side GOODE skiers Chaira Bonnemann took fifth in slalom, while her sister, Giannina, finished second in overall.

For complete results, click here.

Team GOODE takes half the podiums at Mastercraft Pro Shootout

Team GOODE continues it’s hot streak as it took half of the slalom podiums at this week’s Mastercraft Pro Water Ski Shootout in Calgary, Canada.

GOODE’s Nick Parsons took third in Men’s slalom, finishing behind champion Nate Smith and Will Asher. Nick earned a spot in the final-three matchup by posting a great score of 3 buoys at 41-feet off, which was tied for that round’s highest score. The podium finish is his second in less than a year, after also finishing third at the Diablo Shores Pro Am last fall.

Fellow Team GOODE skier Freddie Winter barely missed out on a top-three finish, taking fourth with 2.5 buoys at 41-feet off, while GOODE newcomer Daniel Odvarko and Thomas Degasperi also advanced to the eight-skier finals.

On the Women’s side, April Coble-Eller and Karen Truelove took second and third, respectively, while Whitney McClintock finished first. Heading into the final-three matchup, April was tied with Whitney for top score with 2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off.

For more information, visit Mastercraftshootout.com.

The great results for Team GOODE come days after it claimed three titles and numerous podiums at the Malibu Open, and comes in a season in which Thomas claimed both the Moomba and Masters titles, and Regina Jaquess (who did not compete at the Mastercraft Shootout) won the Masters and Malibu Open titles.

Regina’s 3-peat highlights Malibu Open for Team GOODE

Led by Regina Jaquess’ Malibu Open three-peat, Team GOODE took three titles and numerous podiums this past weekend at Veterans Park in Milwaukee, Wis.

Regina defeated Whitney McClintock in the head-to-head finals to claim the Open Women’s slalom title for the third-consecutive year, while her fellow teammates April Coble-Eller (3rd) and Karen Truelove (4th) also skied well in advancing to the Final Four.

In Open Men’s slalom, Team GOODE’s Thomas Degasperi and Chris Parrish both advanced to the Final Four on the way to taking third and fourth, respectively. Nate Smith earned the title with K.C. Wilson having his best showing as a pro with a second-place finish.

Junior GOODE skiers continue to excel in 2014, as both Dane Mechler (under 21 Men’s slalom) and Bailey Austin (under 17 girls) each took home titles. The Under 21 Men’s event was a sweep for GOODE skiers as Daniel Di Pol and Sam Greenwood joined Dane on the podium, finishing second and third, respectively. Other GOODE skiers with top-3 finishes included Erika Lang (3rd, under 21 Women’s), Nick Lang (under 17 Boy’s) and Zach Montavon (under 17 Boy’s).

For final results, click here.

T-Gas/5 Hour Energy partnership bares more fruit

It’s pretty easy to see that the folks at 5 Hour Energy like Thomas Degasperi … a lot.

After featuring the two-time world champion in a nationally broadcast television commercial last winter, the international brand has now produced a series of online videos starring Thomas.

The videos focus not only on Thomas, how he got involved in skiing and his approach to competitions and training, but also on the excitement of the sport itself, including a “slalom 101″ video aimed at introducing water skiing to a broader audience.

Check out the video series here.

T-Gas takes Masters title; Team GOODE earns 9 of 15 slalom podiums

Team GOODE’s Thomas Degasperi continued his amazing 2014 by winning his second consecutive major tournament after claiming the Men’s slalom title today at the 55th Masters.

Thomas’ victory put the capstone on a great weekend for Team GOODE, as its athletes landed nine of the 15 slalom podium slots available throughout the weekend.

Thomas scored 3 buoys at 41 feet off to easily outdistance the field and add to the Moomba Masters title he won in March. Jon Travers took second with 0.5 buoys at 41, and Aaron Larkin third with 3.5 buoys at 39.

In Women’s slalom Regina Jaquess’ two-plus-year undefeated streak came to an end as Whitney McClintock earned the title with 3.5 buoys at 39. Still, Regina managed to take second with 2.5 buoys at 39 off while her fellow Team GOODE skier April Coble-Eller continued her amazing run of late by taking third with 1 buoy at 39 off

In a special Master Men’s event featuring the top-four finishers from last years Nautique Big Dawg World Tour Championships, Team GOODE swept the top three podium spots as Jay Leach edged Jeremy Newby-Ricci in the final-round match up to earn the title and Dave Miller finishing third.

And in an historic round of slalom earlier in the weekend, Team GOODE skiers finished 1-2-3 in Junior Masters Men’s slalom as the course record was equaled five times before being ultimately exceeded.

Italy’s Brando Caruso earned the victory in a second runoff with fellow GOODE skier Eamon Van Der Merwe of South Africa. Both skiers scored 2 buoys at 39-1/2 off, which equaled a course record first set in 2003, in the final round and the first runoff, while Brando scored 2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 off in the second runoff round to edge Eamon by a half buoy and set a new course record in the process.

This is the second Junior Masters slalom title for Brando, while Eamon merely equaled his South African Open Men’s national record, and PB, three straight rounds on Robin Lake.

Completing the Junior Men’s podium sweep for Team GOODE and the Nano OneXT was Dorien Llewellyn, who finished third with 0.5 buoys at 39-1/2 off. The impressive score helped Dorien defend his Junior Masters overall title for a year ago.

Of the six podium spots for 36 mph skiers at the Masters, Team GOODE earned four.

In the Junior Masters Women’s events, Team GOODE Brooke Baldwin, who is only 13, became the youngest ever Junior Women’s overall champion.  Brooke recorded scores of 2 buoys at 35 feet off in slalom, 6,670 points in tricks and a personal-best 111 feet in jumping to clinch the overall title with 2,845.5 points.

Team GOODE skiers post PBs on the Nano OneXT

Dane Mechler after scoring a new PB of 2@41.

The North American ski season is starting to heat up and so are the scores of a number of Team GOODE skiers.

Dane Mechler and Giannina Bonneman both set PBs on their Nano OneXT’s at last weekend’s Florida Inboards Open at the Pickos Waterski and Wakeboard School.

Giannina Bonneman set a new PB with 2-1/4@38.

Dane scored 2 buoys at 41 off to improve his PB by three-and-a-half buoys and post his first-ever score at that line length. The native Ohioan is a freshman member of the University of Louisiana Lafayette’s Rajun Cajun water ski team who turns 19 tomorrow.

Giannina also set a PB, with a score of 2-1/4 buoys at 38 feet off. The 20-year old German is a teammate of Dane’s at ULL.

And while they weren’t PBs, Team GOODE’s Thomas Degasperi and Freddie Winter got into the act with consistent skiing well into 41 off. T-Gas posted two scores of 3 buoys at 41 feet off at the Ski Fluid Classic last weekend in Polk City, Fla., while Freddie ran 3 buoys at 41 feet off in all three rounds of the Florida Inboard Open.

The great skiing is coming at the right time, as Freddie and Giannina both look to win this weekend’s Master Last Chance Qualifier at Sunset Lakes in Groveland, Fla., and join T-Gas at the 55th Masters on Memorial Day weekend.

Another Team GOODE member who looks to be peaking at the right time is Junior skier Eamon Van Der Merwe of South Africa, who ran 2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off at the Ski Fluid Class as he preps for the Junior Masters.

Chris Parrish rejoins Team GOODE

Four-time world record holder Chris Parrish is back on Team GOODE and already feeling the difference after just a handful of sets on his GOODE.

“My 39s are feeling like 32s again,” said Chris, who posted a score of 4 buoys at 41-feet off in his very first tournament back on his ski. “With the ski’s efficiency and how light I feel on it, everything just feels easy again.”

Chris experienced considerable success during his previous stint on GOODE, setting and tying world records multiple times and holding No. 1 world ranking from October 2009 to April 2011.

“We are very excited to have Chris back on the team because he has already proven how good he can be on our skis,” said Dave Goode, founder and president of GOODE Skis. “He skied extremely well for a number of years with us and in just the short time back on it he’s already putting up big scores. Watch out for Chris this upcoming season.”

Chris says he made the move because after an off-season of hard work in the gym, he wanted to put himself in the best position for his fifth world record.

“I put so much energy and grind into my offseason, getting my strength up and my weight at 198 pounds, that I just saw things lining up naturally,” said Chris. “At the end of the day, yes, I want my record back. I have a lot of confidence in GOODEs because I ran 22 41 offs in record tournaments on them over a two year period. I know they can get me there again.”

Chris’ return was welcomed by his fellow GOODE teammates, including two-time world champion Thomas Degasperi and current world No. 5 Freddie Winter.

“I like Chris a lot and he’s an amazing skier, so it’s great to have him back on the team,” said Thomas. “I hope that we’ll be able to ski and hang out with each other a lot more this year.”

“Chris is a great skier and he’ll be on a great ski,” added Freddie. “It’s going to be fun skiing with, and against, him this year.”

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.