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Bracket Challenge first round heads into final weekend

One weekend left in the first round of the GOODE Virtual Water Ski Bracket ChallengeTM and things are starting to shake out a bit:

  • No. 1 seed Todd Ristorcelli put some distance between him and 8 seed Jay Leach by bumping his score to 3 at 41 off, up from the 2 at 41 off that had him tied with Jay last week.
  • Chet Raley also added a buoy to his score, running 2 at 41 at the Okeeheelee July Slalom Event. Kyle Tate has four rounds to catch pass Chet though, one at the Southern Regionals and three at Victory Lake’s Last Chance event in Jacksonville on July 31.
  • Ben Favret, who probably drew the toughest match up in the first round, is still staring down Regina Jaquess’ pending Women’s slalom world record of 3-1/2 at 41.
  • Chad Scott and Dave Miller are both still tied at 2-1/2 at 41, something Chad will probably be looking to remedy during this weekend’s upcoming South Central Regional Championships.

Round 1′s bracket selection contest closed for entries on July 12th, but everyone will have another chance to enter and win when Round 2 begins in August.

Click here to learn more about the bracket challenge.

Tight match ups half way through first round of the GOODE Bracket Challenge

Half way through the first round of the GOODE Virtual Water Ski Bracket ChallengeTM two brackets are all tied up and the other two are close.

Here’s how the March Madness on water stands as of July 16th:

  • No. 1 Todd Ristorcelli vs. No. 8 Jay Leach: Tied at 2 buoys at 41-feet off.
  • No. 2 Dave Miller vs. Chad Scott: Tied at 2-1/2 buoys at 41-feet off.
  • No. 3 Ben Favret vs. Regina Jaquess:  An upset brewing in this one as Regina has a one-and-a-half buoy lead on Ben, courtesy of her pending world record of 3-1/2 buoys at 41-feet off.
  • No. 4 Chet Raley vs. No. 5 Kyle Tate: A mild upset in the works as Kyle (1-1/2 buoys at 41-feet off) has a half buoy edge on Chet.

With two weekends and both the Southern and South Central regional championships left in July, there is still plenty of time for participants to put up some big scores.

Round 1′s bracket selection contest closed for entries on July 12th, but everyone will have another chance to enter and win when Round 2 begins in August.

Click here to learn more about the bracket challenge.

Pick ‘em and win with the Goode Bracket Challenge

We are very excited to announce the Goode Virtual Water Ski Bracket ChallengeTM, a tournament featuring eight of the best 34 MPH skiers facing off virtually in a head-to-head bracket to determine a champion.  Think March Madness on the water.

The contestants? Oh, just Todd Ristorcelli, Chad Scott, Ben Favret, Chet Raley, Kyle Tate, Dave Miller, Jay Leach … and the Women’s slalom world record holder Regina Jaquess!  See the seedings and brackets below.

Fans Play Along!

Fans can get involved by picking who they think will advance in each round.  We’ll hold a contest each round in which every contestant that picks that round’s winners correctly will be entered into a drawing for a Goode prize package. The prizes are:

To enter the Round 1 contest, click here and fill out your picks on or before July 12th. Look for entry details for the second and final rounds as the summer progresses.

Only one entry per round, per person. But, if you follow our Twitter account and tweet your picks with @GoodeSkis and #GoodeBracket in the message we’ll award you with a second entry.

How It Works

The virtual tournament has three rounds: rounds of 8, 4 and 2 competitors.  In each round a higher seed will face off against a lower seed (seeds determined by IWWF ranking). It’s “virtual” because the first two rounds will use scores from any AWSA and/or Water Ski Canada tournaments the competitors ski in during the months of July (round of 8) and August (round of 4).

At the end of the month, the skier that has the single highest score from any AWSA- or Water Ski Canada-sanctioned tournament (regardless of sanctioning class) will win that bracket and advance.  In other words, during the first two rounds skiers won’t ski head-to-head at the same tournament, we’ll just use their scores from that month to determine the winner.

While the first two rounds will each take place virtually over many weeks, the final round will be a live head-to-head face off at a record-capability tournament we are hosting on Sept. 10 and 11, at Goode Ski Lake in Ogden, Utah.

Enter the contest here.

2013 season underway in Chile

The 2013 water ski season is officially underway as the first stop of the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour has begun in Santiago, Chile.

A number of GOODE skiers are competing in the two-day event, including Ed Hickey, Tim Huston, Ruben Rosenberg, John Shealy, Fabrizio Merlo, and defending Big Dawg champion Todd Ristorcelli.

For more information about the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour, see the running order or visit http://nautiquebigdawg.com.  For updates scores throughout the weekend, follow twitter.com/SkiBigDawg.

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, 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.

Video Debut: GOODE NANO ONE

Since its debut earlier this summer, the GOODE NANO ONE has been the sport’s most talked about ski.  That’s what a couple world records, a handful of big tournament wins and countless PBs and titles will do.

In the just-released video above, learn more about the all new, revolutionary NANO ONE by seeing it in action and hearing Dave Goode interview top skiers about why they think it is the best ski to ever hit the market.

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.

Todd Ristorcelli rides the NANO ONE to world record, Big Dawg and national titles

Prior to the 2012 season, Todd Ristorcelli had never won a Big Dawg event or medaled at Nationals.  Since jumping on the all new GOODE NANO ONE earlier this summer, he’s now done both in record-breaking fashion.

Todd had what has to be one of the best weekends in the history of water skiing.  It began on Friday when he won the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour championships by out dueling living legend Andy Mapple head-to-head under the lights of Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla.  He followed it up the next day by setting a pending world 34 mph record of 5 buoys at 41-feet off on his way to the Master Mens title at the 70th GOODE Water Ski National Championships.

In the Big Dawg final round against Andy, Todd watched as Andy bobbled a bit around four ball and skied just inside six ball at 39-1/2 feet off.  Seizing the opportunity, Todd ran a clean 39-1/2 feet off pass for the win, raising his fist in victory as he rounded the GOODE PowerBuoy-lit six ball.  For an encore, Todd skied an amazing 4 buoys at 41-feet off, much to the delight of the large crowd gathered on shore.  The win marked his second-straight Big Dawg victory after winning the tour’s Canadian stop in Abbotsford, B.C., in July.

GOODE Skis had a great showing in the Big Dawg finals, as eight of the Sweet 16, five of the Elite 8, three of the Final Four, half of the final pairing and the champion all skied on GOODEs.

Todd Ristorcelli celebrates his Big Dawg championship with his family.

In the next day’s Master Mens division of the GOODE Water Ski National Championships, Todd improved on his previous night’s 41-feet off score by squeaking around five ball and getting back to the wake.  In the process he set pending world and Master Mens national records and ensured that his first Nationals medal was golden.

GOODE skiers Chet Raley and Kyle Tate joined Todd on the podium, finishing third and tied for fifth, respectively.