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Team Goode Looks to Continue Winning Ways as 2013 Masters Take Place This Weekend

When the 54th Masters Water Ski Tournament kicks off Friday at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga., a number of pro and Junior Team Goode skiers will be hoping to keep a couple winning streaks alive.

Regina Jaquess will be seeking to repeat as Masters Women’s slalom champion, a title she won a year ago after setting the course record in the semi finals.  After missing Moomba to attend to her burgeoning pharmacy practice, the Masters will be her first tournament of 2013.  Last year she won nearly every major tournament, including the Malibu Open, Diablo Shores Pro Am, Soaked, and World Cup Palembang, and skied into 41-feet off five times in October.

While Regina has established her own one-woman string of success, for the Junior members of Team Goode it’s been a collective effort.  In each of the last three major international Junior competitions Goode skiers have swept the top spots in both Boys and Girls divisions.

Attempting to keep the streak going at the Junior Masters will be Wyatt Haines, Yiannis Nathanail, Dane Mechler, and Dorien Llewellyn in Junior Men’s slalom, while on the Junior Women’s slalom side it will be Kara MacIntyre and Charlotte Wharton.

Also skiing at the Masters for Team Goode will be past Champion Karen Truelove, defending World Champion Thomas Degasperi and World No. 7 Carlo Allais.  Karen (4th) and Thomas (2nd) will be looking to improve on their top-four finishes in 2012, while Carlo will be making his first appearance at the Masters since skiing in the Junior division ten years ago.

For the entire field and schedule of events, click here and here.  To watch the competition online, visit MastersWaterSki.com.

Goode Skis to sponsor and host demo day at 2013 Atlanta Pro Am

SOURCE: BallofSpray Atlanta Pro Am Water Ski Tournament press release

ATLANTA – APRIL 8, 2013 – The BallofSpray Atlanta Pro Am Water Ski Tournament is proud to announce that Goode Skis has agreed to sponsor the BallOfSpray Atlanta Pro Am for the second-consecutive year and host a Demo Day Thursday, May 24th 2013, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Atlanta’s Princeton Lake prior to the Pro Am Tournament.

Skiers across the world have ridden Goode’s NANO ONE to countless personal bests and tournament victories, including the world’s No. 1 Women’s slalom skier, Regina Jaquess, who set a new world record and won the 2012 U.S. Masters on it.  The ski’s big victories also include the 2012 Big Dawg Championships and Masters Men U.S. National Title. Goode Skis founder and owner, Dave Goode, will personally be on hand during the demo day to assist with set up and testing of the ski.

“We are excited to introduce even more skiers to the NANO ONE,” said Dave.  “It’s the best ski we’ve ever had and we look forward to showing skiers just how much it will improve their skiing.”

Goode Skis has a history with the Atlanta Pro Am, playing a major role last year as the title sponsor and contributing to the success of this growing event. Also, both the 2012 Atlanta Pro Am professional event’s Men and Women titles were both won on Goode skis, by Thomas Degasperi and Regina, respectively.

“We are proud to once again support the event and the pro-am format which gets people from all levels of the sport involved,” Dave said.

The Atlanta Pro Am will exclusively use Goode BubbleBuoys turn buoys throughout the weekend.  BubbleBuoys reduce risk of skier injury by compressing when struck by a ski then bouncing back to its original round shape once the skier passes.  Traditional, compressed-air filled buoys do not compress or easily dislodge in the water, instead transferring the full force of impact to the ski and ultimately the skier.

Princeton Lake is located in southwest Atlanta and is hosting the BallOfSpray Atlanta Pro Am for the second consecutive year during Memorial Day Weekend. However, this is the first year the Demo Day program has been added to the event. Skiers of all levels are invited to partake in the Demo Days prior to the event and then compete in the C-class tournament held Saturday, Sunday and along side the professional skiers on Monday.

“The addition of the Demo Days turns Memorial Day weekend into the ideal waterskier’s weekend,” said George Obser, Atlanta Pro Am Event Director.

“It provides an opportunity for slalom enthusiasts to try the newest products on the market with the best skiers in the world. Then they have an opportunity to compete themselves and can even make the quick trip to Callaway Gardens to watch the world’s best compete at the prestigious 54th US Masters. The addition of the Demo Days creates a perfectly packaged weekend for any hardcore skier.”

To sign up for the 2013 BallOfSpray Atlanta Pro Am Goode Skis Demo Day, please email John Horton, Demo Day Coordinator at horton@ballofspray.com. Guest list will be created on a first come, first serve basis.

Team Goode takes half of Moomba slalom podium spots

Team Goode got a great start to the 2013 major tournament season by taking three of six podium positions during the final rounds of the Moomba Masters earlier today in Melbourne, Australia.

Team Goode skiers took two podium spots in Men’s slalom as Adam Sedlmajer and Thomas Degasperi finished second and third, respectively, after each scoring 3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off. Adam finished a spot ahead of Thomas due to a higher semi-final round score.  Chris Parrish finished first with 3 buoys at 41-feet off.

The second-place finish represents Adam’s best-ever finish in a professional slalom tournament.  The defending world overall champion also took the Moomba Men’s overall title for the second time in his career.

Women’s slalom also featured a tie between Goode skiers as Karen Truelove and Clementine both scored 3 buoys at 38-feet off.  Karen earned third place with Clementine taking fourth due to their semi-final scores.  Whitney McClintock placed first with a score of 2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off while Emma Sheers was second with 5-1/2 buoys at 38-feet off.

All three Team Goode podium finishes were on the Goode NANO ONE.

For more information, visit moombamasters.com.au.

GOODE skiers top the world rankings

The preliminary October 2012 IWSF world rankings are out and the slalom rankings are chock-full of GOODE skiers.

Regina Jaquess continues her stranglehold on the top of Women’s slalom, adding the No. 1 ranking on the world rankings list to her top ranking on the IWSF Elite ranking skiers list. The Elite list is comprised of the placements from a handful of top professional tournaments in the world, while the IWSF world rankings are compiled by using each skier’s two best scores from all L and R tournaments.

In Men’s slalom, three GOODE skiers are in the top 10: Thomas Degasperi (4th), Terry Winter (9th) and Nick Parsons (10th).

GOODE is also very well represented in the Junior ranks as Samantha Dumala (2nd), Kara MacIntyre (3rd), Bailey Austin (4th), Erika Lang (6th) and Eloise Whitlock (8th) all landed in the top 10 of Junior Women.  Brando Caruso of Italy claimed the No. 1 ranking in Junior Boys and was joined by Dane Mechler (2nd), Wyatt Haines (4th) and Daniel Di Pol (9th) at the top of the list.

In Seniors, Karen Truelove (Women’s 35+) and Todd Ristorcelli (Men’s 35+) both claimed No. 1 rankings.

For the entire preliminary rankings, click here.  Please note: These rankings are preliminary and are subject to change as the IWSF revises data.

GOODE Skiers in the top 25 include:

Women: Regina Jaquess, 1; Karen Jaquess, 4; Clementine Lucine, 14; Danyelle Bennett, 19; Makayla Haw, 20.  Men: Thomas Degasperi, 4; Terry Winter, 9; Nick Parsons, 10; Carlo Allais, 14.  Junior Women: Samantha Dumala, 2; Kara MacIntyre, 3; Bailey Austin, 4; Erika Lang, 6; Eloise Whitlock, 8; Jenna Morgan, 20.  Junior Men: Brando Caruso, 1; Dane Mechler, 2; Wyatt Haines, 4; Daniel Di Pol, 8; Nicholas Lang, 14.  Under 21 Women: Caroline Hensley, 3; Makayla Haw, 4; Samantha Dumala, 8; Kara MacIntyre, 10; Lauren Morgan, 13; Bailey Austin, 14; Erika Lang, 16; Eloise Whitlock, 20.  Under 21 Men: Tyler Scott, 5(t); Brando Caruso, 8; Dane Mechler, 10; Adam Pickos, 13; Wyatt Haines, 16; Benjamin Stadlbaur, 17.  35+ Women: Karen Truelove, 1; Lori Krueger, 6; Stephanie Stange, 8; Brandy Nagle, 13; Aline Nelson, 20; Kim Budreau, 25.  35+ Men: Todd Ristorcelli, 1; Chad Scott, 3; Jay Leach, 6; Todd Johnson, 8; Marc Shaw, 15; Arturo Nelson, 18; Jeremy Newby-Ricci, 24(t).  45+ Women: Patricia Cordeiro, 4; Alison Poulsen, 5; Shannon Strickland, 6; Connie Bergmark, 21.  45+ Men: Ben Favret, 2; Chet Raley, 3; David Miller, 5; Todd Kuykendall, 8; Tim Huston, 9; Michael Robinson, 11; Mike Baldwin, 15; Jeff Kepchia, 16; Fabrizio Merlo, 17; Joe McCreary, 20; Mike Dehlinger, 22; Eric Kelley, 23; Mike Munn, 24.  55+ Women: Brenda Cavenaugh, 5; Susan Hopper, 11; Dawn Goode, 19; Margaret Ann Woodward, 20.  55+ Men: Bruce Dodd, 2; Ted McColley, 4; Richard Lambert, 5; Ed Hickey, 6; Kim Contos, 7; Dave Goode, 10; Dave Bentall, 12; Steve Raphael, 15; and George Levien, 20.

Regina wins in Indonesia, T-Gas and Carlo 3rd

Regina Jaquess’ fellow Women’s slalom competitors are probably happy the professional season is over, if only because that means she can’t win any more titles in 2012.

Regina scored 2-1/2 buoys at 35-feet off to win the Palembang, Indonesia, stop of the IWWF World Cup and earn her sixth title of the year, all since she starting skiing on the GOODE NANO ONE.  Anais Amade rounded 2 buoys at 35-feet off to place second, while Karina Nowlan (1 buoy at 35-feet off) and April Coble (1/2 buoy at 35-feet off) took third and fourth, respectively.

Regina’s winning streak began with a course record and Masters title, and has included consecutive victories at the GOODE Atlanta Pro Am, Malibu Open, Soaked Orlando, and Diablo Shores Pro Am.

In Men’s slalom, Team GOODE skiers took two of the top-four spots as Thomas Degasperi and Carlo Allais tied for third place with 3 buoys at 38-feet off.  Will Asher was first with 5 buoys at 38-feet off, Chris Parrish was second (4 buoys at 38-feet off), Nate Smith fifth (2-1/2 buoys at 38-feet off), and Joel Wing sixth (2 buoys at 38-feet off).

The finish was Thomas’ fifth top-five of the year, while Carlo wrapped up his best season ever by adding another impressive showing to his second-place finish at the Moomba Masters.

T-Gas, Carlo and Regina advance to Indonesian finals

After skiing well in tough conditions, Team GOODE skiers Thomas Degasperi, Carlo Allais and Regina Jaquess are each in the running for slalom titles at the IWWF World Cup stop in Palembang, Indonesia.

Thomas and Carlo each scored 3 buoys at 38-feet off to land in a five way tie for the four remaining spots in the Men’s finals.  They then scored 4 and 3 buoys at 38-feet off in the runoff, respectively, to qualify for the final round where they’ll be joined by Chris Parrish, Joel Wing, Will Asher, and Nate Smith.

Regina continued to be the skier to beat in Women’s slalom by earning the top seed in the finals with a score of 3 buoys at 35-feet off.  Karina Nowlan earned the second seed with 2-1/2 buoys at 35 feet off, while Anais Amade and April Coble both scored 2 buoys at 35-feet off to take the remaining two spots in the finals.

The Women’s slalom finals will be broadcast live beginning at 11:45 p.m., Saturday night, with the Men’s finals expected to begin at approximately 12:15 a.m., Sunday morning. The broadcast can be found at http://www.youtube.com/user/iwsfworldcup.

Final pro event of 2012 to take place this weekend in Indonesia

The world’s best water skiers will have one last chance to claim a podium in 2012 as the final professional tournament of the year, the Palembang IWWF World Cup stop, will take place Saturday and Sunday in Indonesia.  Events include Men’s and Women’s slalom and jumping.

Team GOODE will be there in force, including the world’s No. 1 ranked Women’s slalom skier Regina Jaquess, the defending Men’s world slalom champion Thomas Degasperi, and perennial podium finishers Karen Truelove and Nick Parsons.

Regina will have the opportunity to put a capstone on one of the most dominating seasons of all time.  In addition to upping her own world record to 3 buoys at 41-feet off last June, she and her NANO ONE claimed titles at the Masters, GOODE Atlanta Pro Am, Malibu Open, Soaked and Diablo Shores Pro Am.

Thomas has had a remarkably consistent year, with top four-finishes in each professional event he entered including at win at the GOODE Atlanta Pro Am.

The tournament (which is 12 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time) will be webcast at www.iwwf.tv.  For more information, visit www.iwwfed.com.

T-Gas Ski School named GOODE demo center

Skiers traveling to Florida this winter to get their off-season skiing fix now have another great reason to visit Thomas Degasperi’s ski school: they’ll be able to demo and purchase the latest GOODE products, including the record-setting NANO ONE.

Thomas’ T-Gas Ski School in Windermere, Fla., has been named an official GOODE demo center, giving students the opportunity to buy their GOODEs and have them dialed in by a two-time world champion who is very familiar with the skis.

“It’s easier for me to set up a ski for someone when I use the ski myself,” said Thomas, a member of Team GOODE and currently the No. 3 ranked skier on the IWWF’s Elite rankings list. “I really know GOODEs. I know exactly how they work. I can see how a student skis on it and adjust the ski accordingly.”

T-Gas jumps on the NANO ONE

Thomas is becoming especially familiar with the NANO ONE – the ski that debuted this year to world records, big tournament victories and lots of acclaim – having recently switched to it from his specially designed signature edition.

“I’ve been on the same ski for the last three years and I won worlds on it so it’s been a great ski for me,” said Thomas of his mid/traditional-width hybrid. “But everyone has really liked the NANO ONE so I thought I’d try it.

“On my offside it feels as good as my old ski, but on my onside it feels a lot better. With this ski I have great turns on both sides. I never thought it could be that good, but it’s quick and it turns unbelievably well on both sides.”

Within just a few days of getting on the NANO ONE, Thomas ran 41 off in practice, a feat he has done only once before. In his first tournament – and only second set – on the ski he ran into 41 off both rounds.

Demo a GOODE

To learn more about skiing at Thomas’ ski school and demoing a GOODE, visit his Facebook page or email him at thomskier@hotmail.com.

In addition to Thomas’ school, GOODE Skis can be demoed at Chet Raley’s Palm Beach Training Center, Miami Nautique and Arturo Nelson’s AQA Sports.

Regina, Risto and Budreau win at Diablo Shores

Regina Jaquess atop the podium at the Diablo Shores Pro Am. Photo by John Horton/BallofSpray.com.

The final U.S. pro tournament of the year ended like nearly all of the season’s previous events have, with Regina Jaquess and her GOODE NANO ONE atop the podium.

Regina (3 buoys at 39-1/2 off) beat Karina Nolan (1-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off) in the head-to-head finals of last weekend’s Diablo Shores Pro Am to take the Open Women’s title, her sixth major win of the year.

If anyone knows how it feels to be as dominating as Regina has been in 2012, it may be Todd Ristorcelli.  Since hopping on the NANO ONE Todd has won a Big Dawg stop, the Big Dawg Championships, a national title, set a pending MM and 34 mph world record, and after this weekend, won at Diablo Shores.  Todd scored 1 buoy at 41-feet off to edge tournament host Greg Badal by a half buoy for the MM title.

In Open Men’s slalom, three of the top eight finishers were on GOODE, as Thomas Degasperi, Nick Parsons and Carlo Allais placed fourth, seventh and eight, respectively.  Karen Truelove also earned a spot on the podium, finishing fourth in Open Women.

But the pros were not the only GOODE skiers having a great weekend.  Kim Budreau, a NANO ONE skier from Medford, Oregon, earned the amateur title after taking down Jim England, Paul Matthews and Steve Cesnauskas in consecutive head-to-head match ups.  Kim had a strong 2012 season as well, finishing in a tie for eight in Women’s 3 at the 70th GOODE Water Ski National Championships and placing second at the Western Regionals.

For complete results from the Diablo Shores Pro Am, click here.

Regina takes first, T-Gas second at Soaked

Regina Jaquess and Karen Truelove rode their GOODE NANO ONEs to first and third place finishes at Soaked Orlando.

Regina Jaquess added the Soaked Orlando title to her increasingly historic 2012 haul, riding her GOODE NANO ONE to the Women’s slalom title at the inaugural event held last weekend in downtown Orlando.

Regina ran 1 buoy at 41-feet off on the four-ball course in both the semis and finals to earn the win. Manon Costard finished second with 0.5 buoy at 41-feet off, while Team GOODE’s Karen Truelove continued her strong year by taking third with 3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off. Danyelle Bennett and Lauren Morgan rode their GOODE skis to 7th and 8th, respectively.

Regina has won titles this year at the U.S. Masters, GOODE Atlanta Pro Am, Malibu Open and now Soaked Orlando. She was recently named the 2012 WaterSki Magazine Female Slalom Skier of the Year.

In Men’s slalom, defending world champion Thomas Degasperi nearly pulled off a Team GOODE sweep, finishing second after four grueling runoffs with eventual champion Nate Smith. In the head-to-head finals, both Degasperi and Smith scored 1 buoy at 43-feet off three consecutive times. For the fourth runoff round, a tie-break rule was implemented that in the event of another tie, stipulated the win would be rewarded to the first skier off the dock, Nate. When both Nate and Thomas again skied 1 buoy at 43-feet off, the win went to Nate and Thomas took second.