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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.

Orlando to get Soaked this weekend

Soaked Orlando, professional water skiing’s newest and most certainly boldest tournament will take place this Friday and Saturday on Lake Eola in downtown Orlando.

Featuring Men’s and Women’s slalom and jumping, the event – which is billed as an extreme water sports and music festival – is aiming to bring water skiing to the masses by putting on an extravagant show that also includes exhibition freestyle tricking and wakeboarding, carnival rides, live graffiti art, and performances by more than 20 bands, including many nationally known acts.

Team GOODE will be well represented in the slalom competition as Karen Truelove, Lauren Morgan, Danyelle Bennett, Regina Jaquess, Adam Sedlmajer, Carlos Lamadrid, Thomas Degasperi, Nick Parsons, and Terry Winter are all scheduled to compete.

For ticket and schedule information, click here.

Regina takes Malibu Open title, vaults to World No. 1 ranking

Regina Jaquess won the Women’s slalom title at the 2012 Malibu Open this weekend in Milwaukee, in the process reclaiming the top spot on the IWSF Elite world rankings list.

Regina topped April Coble-Eller in the head-to-head final round to earn the win, her first ever Malibu Open slalom title after finishing second three separate times.  Regina dominated the weekend on her soon-to-be released new GOODE ski and PowerShell5 boots, posting the highest Women’s score of the weekend of 5 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off in the semis, only four buoys off her world record.

Regina’s fellow GOODE teammate Karen Truelove took fifth, while rising young star Makayla Haw continues to impress at the professional level as she finished ninth.

In Men’s slalom, Nate Smith beat Chris Rossi in the final round to earn the title. Team GOODE’s Thomas Degasperi made it to the semis, finishing fourth and Terry Winter finished seventh.  Terry skied especially well, scoring 3 buoys at 41-feet off in the second round, which unfortunately still landed him in a run off that included T-Gas.  Team GOODE members Carlos Allais and Adam Sedlmajer finished 11th and 15th, respectively.

Italian Junior and Team GOODE skier Brando Caruso took the boys slalom title, running 1 buoy at 39-1/2-feet off to top Canadian Jonah Shaffer in the final round head-to-head match.

For complete results, click here.

Water skiing’s biggest names to compete at this weekend’s Malibu Open

Water skiing’s best will return to Veteran’s Park Lagoon in downtown Milwaukee for this weekend’s Malibu Open.

Organizers are expecting an estimated 20,000 to 25,000 spectators to watch athletes compete for $70,000 in prize money in Men’s and Women’s slalom and jumping.  For the first time ever at the Malibu Open, Junior slalom and jumping events have been added to the event.

Team GOODE will be well represented as the Men’s slalom field includes Thomas Degasperi, Nick Parsons, Terry Winter, Carlo Allais, Adam Sedlmajer, Tyler Scott, Carlos Lamadrid, Alvaro Lamadrid, and Adam Pickos.  Regina Jaquess, Karen Truelove and Makayla Haw will represent Team GOODE in Women’s slalom, with Makayla pulling double duty by skiing in the Under 21 Junior events.

At last year’s event, five of the top-10 finishers in Men’s slalom were on GOODEs and Regina Jaquess earned a spot on the Women’s podium.

To see the Malibu Open running order, click here.

SPOILER ALERT: GOODE Atlanta Pro Am results

SPOILER ALERT: If you’d rather watch the special online broadcast of the GOODE Atlanta Pro Am before knowing the final results, head over to Ball of Spray and watch the video now.

For those of you sticking around, we’re glad to be finally able to share the results with you as we’ve been keeping a lid on them in order to preserve anticipation for the online broadcast.

Following up their first- and second-place finishes, respectively, at the Masters the day before, Regina Jaquess and Thomas Degasperi each beat out a field of slalom’s top pros to earn titles at the GOODE Atlanta Pro Am hosted by WaterSki Atlanta.

Regina scored 3-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2-feet off in a runoff with Karina Nowlan (5 buoys at 38-feet off) to earn her second professional victory of the weekend.  Whitney McClintock took third with 5 buoys at 38-feet off, while Team GOODE’s Karen Truelove was fourth with 3 buoys at the same line length.

Coming off his second-place Masters performance, T-Gas scored 3 buoys at 41-feet off to earn the win, with Nate Smith second (2-1/2 buoys at 41-feet off) and Will Asher (2 buoys at 41-feet off) third.

In Masters Men’s, former Open Men’s world-record holder Jeff Rodgers scored 3 buoys at 41-feet off to beat Dave Miller (4-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2-feet off) in the head-to-head final.  Dave’s fellow GOODE skiers, Jay Leach (3-1/2 buoys at 38-feet off) and Chad Scott (2-1/2 buoys at 38-feet off), took third and fourth, respectively.

Regina wins Women’s slalom title at 53rd Masters

Regina Jaquess dominated the 53rd Masters, setting a course record on the way to her third career Women’s slalom Masters title.

Coming off her record-setting 2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off in Saturday’s semifinals, Regina scored 1 buoy at 39-1/2 feet off in the final round to edge Whitney McClintock’s half buoy at the same rope length.  Team GOODE skiers Clementine Lucine and Karen Truelove placed third and fourth with 2-1/2 and 2 buoys at 38-feet off, respectively.

In Men’s slalom, Team GOODE’s Thomas Degasperi came up just short of the victory, taking second with 3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off.  Nate Smith earned his first ever Masters title with 5 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off.  Aaron Larkin took third with 1 buoy at 39-1/2 feet off and Chris Parrish finished fourth with 2-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off.

Q & A with GOODE Atlanta Pro Am organizer George Obser

When skiing’s newest pro tournament – the GOODE Atlanta Pro Am – is held on Memorial Day in Atlanta, Ga., it will not only feature a lineup that would make many pro events green with envy, it will be a testament to the determination and love of the sport of its organizer, WaterSki Atlanta founder and Mens 3 competitor George Obser.

Earlier this week we were able to get George to take a short break from his pre-event preparations to talk about the tournament, its unique format and why he thinks it’s important to give pros opportunities to compete in cash-prize events.

Can you tell us a little about the GOODE Atlanta Pro Am and the reason you decided to hold it?

George: The GOODE Atlanta Pro Am started out as a very small idea a few years ago when I moved our ski club, WaterSki Atlanta, to our new site at Princeton Lake.  Everyone that skis with us always mentions that it’s the most unique site they’ve ever skied and that it would be a perfect place to host a pro event.

Why host this event on Memorial Day?

George: The Masters tournament takes place every Memorial Day weekend and I grew up in Atlanta going to that event to watch the best skiers in the world.  Atlanta is less than an hour drive north of Callaway Gardens, so I decided to make a few calls and see if any pro skiers wanted to come up to Atlanta the day after the Masters finals for a small pro am.  I knew the skiers in my club would get a kick out of skiing with the pros in a small backyard tournament, and it evolved into something bigger than I ever thought possible.

I also served 20 years in the United States Marine Corps and retired just last August.  Memorial Day is a holiday I don’t take for granted.  I’ve lost many friends and fellow Marines over the years and will celebrate their service and the ultimate sacrifice they made during this event.  Hundreds of American flags will be flying on the shoreline to honor those that have gone before us in service to our nation.

Unfortunately, opportunities for pro skiers to compete in cash-prize events have become fewer over the years.  Why is it important to give pros a chance to earn some cash?

George: It’s important because it’s the right thing to do.  The days of “Hot Summer Nights” and big corporate sponsorship and national broadcasts are behind us.  It’s now up to the “little guys”, which are various ski clubs across the country like WaterSki Atlanta, to step up to the plate and take their passion for the sport to the next level.

Dana Reed has done just that with the Malibu Open in Milwaukee. The Sac-Town Gold Rush has taken off on the west coast, and Tommy Harrington and Jeff Gilbert are taking the same big steps on the east coast up at Little Mountain Ski Club in N.C.  Pro skiing is even returning to Lake Eola in downtown Orlando later this summer.   I think and hope that these small steps will eventually lead to something big again for professional water skiing.

In addition to the pros, you’ve included a pretty stacked field of MM skiers as well as amateurs, thus the pro am part of the title. What was the idea behind including them?

George: I included the MM division in the event because the Big Dawg series is something that I personally think has brought interest in competition back into water skiing.

And amateurs have a lot in common with Big Dawg skiers.  Maybe not in buoy counts, but off the water they share the stress of having a regular job, family, busy kids, they are similar in age, and they both have to endure the never-ending challenge of getting enough quality water time.

We’ve heard that the format is going to be a little different, can you explain it?

George: The Open and Masters Men skiers will ski two preliminary rounds and the highest scores from either round will advance to the finals.  The skier with the highest score in each division during the finals wins a cash prize.

The amateur competitors will be handicapped and skiing against their 12-month AWSA average.  They will ski two preliminary rounds on Sunday and the top-10 amateurs with the highest number of buoys over their “average” (or closest to their average) will advance to the Memorial Day finals to ski with the pros and the Big Dawgs that advance.

A big part of making an event like this a success is getting sponsors.  How has that gone so far?

George: Getting sponsors initially was surprisingly easy, but I made sure I wasn’t asking for the world because I knew most budgets for 2012 events were already spent.

All of the ski manufacturers agreed to support the Atlanta Pro Am right away and GOODE jumped on the opportunity to be the title sponsor the first day they heard about the event, which I’m extremely grateful for.

The boat manufacturers were also excited about getting involved in the event.  Malibu, MasterCraft, and Nautique will each pull one round on Memorial Day.  Eagle Sports went above and beyond to sponsor the event and will be providing the skier bib for the finals also.

Victory Brewing is our only “out-of-the-industry” sponsor and they have been nothing but gracious to us and they fit into the GOODE Atlanta Pro Am perfectly.  Their brand is a great theme for a competition where everyone is striving for victory and I’m sure everyone will be quite thirsty and looking for one to drink after the skiing is over.