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GOODE skiers set to take on the Masters this weekend

Regina Jaques will be gunning for her third-straight Masters title.

When the 58th Masters Waterski Tournament takes place this weekend at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga., some Team GOODE skiers will be looking to keep streaks going, while others will be looking to start ones of their own.

Thomas Degasperi will be putting his No. 1 IWWF Elite ranking on the line and looking to make it two major titles in a row after winning the Moomba Masters earlier this season.  Thomas has had a phenomenal past 12 months, taking titles at the Malibu Open, Canadian Open and European Championships in addition to Moomba.  Among the competition he’ll face on the Masters’ famed Robin Lake will be fellow Team GOODE athletes Daniel Odvarko and defending U.S. Open champion Adam Sedlmajer.  Additional competitors are defending champ Nate Smith, Freddie Winter, Jason McClintock, Jon Travers, Stephen Neveu, and Will Asher.

In Women’s slalom World Elite No. 1 Regina Jaquess will of course be one of the favorites, as is appropriate for the two-time defending and seven time Women’s slalom champion.  While she skipped Moomba, she looks to be in top shape after a dominating win at the Swiss Pro Slalom two weekends ago.

Her competition will include an onslaught of Team GOODE skiers, as when taking Regina into account six of the eight women in the field will ride GOODEs.  Breanne Dodd, Clementine Lucine, Karen Truelove, Kate Adriaenson, and Brooke Baldwin (more on Brooke below) all made the field and are expected to challenge Regina.  Whitney McClintock and Manon Costard round out the Women’s slalom field.

In the junior ranks, Brooke’s jump to the open division will end her two-year dominance of the slalom event and her three consecutive overall titles. GOODE skiers Neilly Ross and Alejandra DeOsma will be among the skiers looking to take advantage of Brooke’s absence, while Aris Techoueyres and Quinn Haines will look to claim Junior Men’s slalom titles, with Quinn competing in overall.

The top-four finishers from last season’s Big Dawg World Tour Finals have once again been invited to the Masters party.  Team GOODE’s Greg Badal and Dave Miller will both compete, however fellow GOODE skier Jeremy Newby-Ricci is unable to make it to the event, opening up a spot for Jeff Rodgers.  Fred Halt is the fourth competitor.

The event begins Friday with the Junior Masters and takes place throughout the weekend, concluding with the finals on Sunday.

For more information, including schedule and online webcast, visit masterswaterski.com.

T-Gas takes Moomba title, vaults to No. 1 on Elite rankings

Photo courtesy Des Burke-Kennedy/IWWF

At this point his resume hardly needs any bolstering, but Thomas Degasperi’s hall-of-fame credentials got a serious boost this weekend when he won his second career Moomba Masters Men’s slalom title in Melbourne Australia.

Thomas scored 3 buoys at 41 feet off, tying the Moomba Masters course record, to earn the win, with fellow Team GOODE skier Benjamin Stadlbaur and Nate Smith just behind him with 1-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off. Nate was awarded the second-place tie break due to being seeded higher.

Thomas’ win was enough to vault him to the No. 1 spot on the IWWF Elite Rankings list, while Benajmin’s best-ever finish at Moomba pushed him to No. 7 on the rankings.

In Women’s slalom, Clementine Lucine earned a podium spot with a third-place finish as Team GOODE skiers followed with the next five places: Karen Truelove (4th), Neilly Ross (5th), Anna Gay (6th), Breanne Dodd (7th), Ali Garcia (8th). Whitney McClintock claimed the victory while Manon Costard finished second. Despite not making the trip to Australia, Regina Jaquess maintains a firm grip on the Elite Rankings’ No. 1 spot.

In the Junior ranks, Neilly finished third in girls slalom, while Tobias Giorgis placed second in boys slalom.

For full Moomba results, click here.

2017 Masters field set

It’s only January 18th but the first signs of spring are here: Nautique has released its list of Masters invitees.

Team GOODE will be well represented at the tournament, which takes place May 26-28 at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga.

In Men’s slalom, Team GOODE skiers Daniel Odvarko, Thomas Degasperi and Adam Sedlmajer earned invites, while in Women’s slalom, five of the seven invitees will ski on GOODEs: Kate Adriaensen, Clementine Lucine, Karen Truelove, Breanne Dodd, and two-time defending champion Regina Jaquess.

In Junior Women’s slalom 2016 champ Brooke Baldwin will be joined by GOODE skier Neilly Ross, along with Quinn Haines and Aris Techoueyres in Junior Men’s slalom.

For more information, including the complete list of invitees and event schedule, visit masterswaterski.com.

Regina claims 5th-straight California Pro-Am title

Photo courtesy of WaterSki magazine

The name and even the location of the tournament may have changed, but one thing has remained the same over the last five years at the California Pro-Am: Regina Jaquess taking the Women’s slalom crown.

Regina (took her fifth-straight California Pro-Am (previously known as the Diablo Shores Pro-Am) title Saturday, beating second-place finisher Whitney McClintock by a quarter buoy (4-1/4@39 to 4@39) to secure the win. The win adds to Regina’s professional winning streak of 28 months, as her last loss came at the 2014 Masters. Five has been a big number for Regina this year; she also won her fifth-straight Malibu Open title earlier this summer.

Regina was joined in the finals by her fellow GOODE teammates Karen Truelove (4th), Breanne Dodd (5th), and Kate Adriaensen (6th).

In Men’s slalom, Team GOODE’s Daniel Odvarko landed on the podium with a third-place finish, while Brian Detrick (6th), Thomas Degasperi (7th) and Carlo Allais (8th) also advanced to the finals.

Click here for full results.

T-gas and Stadlbaur go 1-2 at European Championships

For the second-straight major tournament, Thomas Degasperi and Benjamin Stadlbaur have finished atop the podium.

The Team GOODE skiers repeated their Malibu Open finishing order by placing first and second, respectively, in Men’s slalom at the 2016 European Championships. Both skiers scored 2 buoys at 41 off in the finals, with Thomas edging Benjamin (6 at 39 to 5 at 39) in the tiebreak to win his sixth career European championship.

Team GOODE skiers took home seven of the top-10 spots in Men’s slalom as Martin Bartlasky finished fifth, Adam Sedlmajer seventh, Daniel Odvarko eighth, Carlo Allais ninth, and Brando Caruso tenth.

In Women’s slalom, Clementine Lucine added to Team GOODE’s medal haul by finishing second, one buoy behind champion Manon Costard’s winning score of 2 at 39. Recent Team GOODE addition Ambre Franc finished fourth, while Alice Bagnoli joined her in the top-10 with a sixth-place finish.

For full results, click here.

Q&A with Malibu Open runner-up Benjamin Stadlbaur

While many ski fans could be forgiven for wondering “who is that guy?” after Benjamin Stadlbaur finished second at this year’s Malibu Open, taking out Will Asher and giving Thomas Degasperi all he could handle in the process, here at GOODE we’ve seen the 24-year old as a future star for a long time.

Recently, we had the chance to chat with the Swiss native (he now spends most of his time in the U.S.) who for the first time in his career now finds himself perched in the top-10 of the IWWF’s Elite Rankings list:

Will Asher is obviously one of the sport’s all-time greats. What were you thinking about going into your head-to-head match up against him in the Malibu Open semis?

Benjamin: Will is a major contender for the title at any event he enters and he has been for many years. Going into the head-to-head match up against him in a tournament of this caliber was a new experience for me. I tried to focus on my own skiing and not worry about the rest. During the heat I managed to stay focused on what I needed to do, which was ski as hard as I could. I managed to stay in the moment and not let anything get in the way of my focus, like the speaker mentioning Will’s accomplishments, which are far greater than mine.

That tail wind 39 you ran was a thing of beauty. How’d you make it looks so easy?

Benjamin: Six hard pulls. There’s no secret to it!

You faced your fellow GOODE teammate T-Gas in the finals, someone who has been in these situations many times. Were you thinking about applying pressure to him, or just focused on your own game?

Benjamin: Again, Thomas is a far more experienced skier than I am and he has been winning events on the tour for many years. T-Gas having the higher seed decided to let me go first, so there was only one thing to do, go as hard as I could and let him chase me.

Your second-place finish is your best pro finish to date, how does this set you up for future pro events?

Benjamin: Yes this is my best pro placement, as well as my first podium finish at a pro event. It is a great confidence booster for the rest of the year. I feel that I have learned a lot at this event and hopefully I can take this experience to future tournaments.

This year has been big for you, with top-7 finishes in three different pro events and a top-10 IWWF ranking. What’s been the difference?

Benjamin: Over the last two years I’ve opened myself up to change. Change in my equipment, change in my practice routine as well as off-the-water training. This experience hasn’t been easy but it has made me a better skier and a better competitor. I know it might sound paradoxical, but I think that trying different things has helped my consistency because it has allowed me to figure out what works really well for me. Hopefully this is a work in progress that will keep going.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Benjamin: I would like to thank my family for their great support as well as the Swiss Waterski Resort for the ultimate practice conditions. Last but not least, you all at GOODE for making great skis.

T-Gas and Regina claim Malibu Open titles; 5 of 8 finalists on GOODEs

Benny Stadlbaur finished 2nd to bag his best-ever pro finish.

Thomas Degasperi and Regina Jaquess made it 2-for-2 for Team GOODE as they both won slalom titles at last weekend’s Malibu Open in Milwaukee, Wis. For Regina, the win marked an amazing fifth-straight victory at the Malibu Open, while T-Gas picked up his second career Malibu Open win.

In the Women’s slalom head-to-head finals, Regina ran a full pass at 39-1/2 feet off to beat second-place finisher Whitney McClintock (4@39). The Women’s Final Four feature three Team GOODE skiers, as Clementine Lucine (3rd) and Breanne Dodd (4th) joined Regina in advancing past the semi finals. GOODE skier Kate Adriaensen finished just outside the finals, placing fifth.

It was an all-GOODE final bracket in Men’s slalom, as T-Gas edged out upstart Benny Stadlbaur, with 4 buoys at 39-1/2 off to Benny’s score of three at the same line length. It was the second-straight pro tournament victory for T-Gas, who also won the Canadian Open earlier this month in Edmonton, Canada. The win moved him into the second spot on the IWWF Elite Rankings List behind Nate Smith. For Benny, it was his best-ever pro placement.

In the Junior events, GOODE skiers Dane Mechler placed second in Junior Men’s slalom, while Quinn Haines finished third in Boy’s slalom while also taking the jump title.

For complete results, visit waterskiresults.com.

Swiss Pro Slalom to kick off U.S. pro season

The first U.S. pro event of the season takes place Sunday, marking the 2016 debut of several Team GOODE skiers.

Regina Jaquess will make her 2016 debut at the tournament and in the process attempt to defend her 2015 title, not to mention a pro event-winning streak that dates back to May of 2014. Also making her pro season debut is Brooke Baldwin, who will be returning to the scene of her first-ever professional podium, after taking third in the event last year.

On the Men’s side Daniel Odvarko, Martin Bartalsky, Carlo Allais, and Benajmin Stadlbaur will be kicking off their 2016 pro seasons.  Thomas Degasperi, who placed third at Moomba, will skip the event to rest his back.

The three-round, $10,000 event will be held at the Swiss Waterski Resort in Clermont, Fla. GOODE Skis is a proud sponsor of the event.

For more information, including running orders and a live webcast of the event, visit swissproslalom.com.

T-Gas takes third, Clementine wins overall at Moomba

Photo courtesy Des Burke-Kennedy/IWWF

Team GOODE skiers Thomas Degasperi and Clementine Lucine kicked off the 2016 professional season with impressive showings at this weekend’s Moomba Masters in Melbourne, Australia, with T-Gas landing on the Men’s slalom podium with a third-place finish, and Clementine advancing to the Women’s slalom finals on her way to the overall title.

T-Gas, who won Moomba in 2014, finished in a tie for third place with Freddie Winter with an impressive score of 5 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off on the rocking and rolling Yarra River. T-Gas earned the bronze over Freddie on the strength of his tie-breaking semi finals score. Will Asher edged Nate Smith (Nate’s gates were cut while Will got 4 at 39 off) in a runoff for the title after both tied in the final round with a score of 1 buoy at 41 off.

Clementine went down early (0.5 at 35 off), in the Women’s slalom finals, but it was enough to snag a 5th-place finish. Clementine, who had stood in 3rd after both the slalom prelims and semis, topped Whitney McClintock (2nd) and Abbi Grathwohl (3rd) for the overall title.

Two-time defending world champion and Team GOODE skier Regina Jaquess missed the event to tend to her pharmacy business in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.

For full results, click here.