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A busy and successful weekend for Team GOODE

GOODE pro skiers Regina Jaquess (far left) and Martin Kolman (second from right) and their junior team challenge teammates.

Team GOODE had a busy weekend with some great results across the globe as …

1) Regina Jaquess, Adam Sedlmajer and Martin Kolman all won titles at the Still Waters Pro/Am Team Challenge in Oconomowoc, Wis. Regina took home titles in Women’s slalom and jumping, Adam earned the win in Men’s slalom and Martin topped the field in Men’s tricks on GOODE’s new trick ski, the MK1.

2) The Still Waters Pro/Am Team Challenge was held in conjunction with the 19th Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships where GOODE skiers Dylan Smith and Kelley Breeden took second and third in Junior Men’s and Women’s slalom, respectively.

3) Eight of the Sweet 16, five of the Elite Eight and three of the Final Four skiers were on GOODEs as the first stop of the 2019 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour took place in Sessena Spain. GOODE skiers Jeremy Newby-Ricci, Greg Sund and Dave Miller went 2-3-4 as Spain’s Ivan Morros won the event.

4) Thomas Degasperi placed 5th and Brando Caruso 7th at the BOTASKI Pro Am, held in conjunction with the Big Dawg event.

Team GOODE skiers seek titles at this weekend’s Masters

After a rare second-place finish at last year’s event, Team GOODE’s Regina Jaquess will be looking for her 8th career Masters slalom title as the 60th Masters takes place this weekend in Pine Mountain, Ga.

Last year in the semi finals Regina became the first female to run 39-1/2 feet off at the Masters, only to finish second to Manon Costard in a final-round run off. Team GOODE skier and perennial podium threat Karen Truelove will be gunning for her second career Masters title.

On the Men’s side, Thomas Degasperi will be looking to build on his Moomba Masters win earlier this year and add his 2nd career Masters title. He will be joined in the Men’s field by fellow Team GOODE skier Adam Sedlmajer.

GOODE’s Martin Kolman is among the favorites in the Men’s tricks event and Ali Garcia (slalom) competed in her first ever Junior Masters earlier today.

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

Q&A: World Tricks No. 1 and GOODE Team Coordinator Martin Kolman

Martin Kolman is the No. 2 and No.1 ranked Men’s Overall and Tricks skier in the world, respectively, and is on a hot streak having won consecutive Tricks titles at Moomba and last weekend’s Reunion Island Masters.

But when he isn’t training exhaustingly in all three events, this Prague, Czech Republic, native is working at GOODE headquarters in Ogden, Utah, as the pro team coordinator and ski tester.

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Martin and ask him about how he got started, what excites him about working at GOODE and how he is prepping for a Worlds year.

GOODE: How did you get your start in the sport and what was it like to grow up training in the Czech Republic?

Martin: My father put me on skis when I was 2 years old and I have skied ever since. Skiing at home was pretty good from about mid-May until the end of September. But that’s not enough time on the water to get to the top level so we skied earlier and later every season. It ended up being pretty hard core where I would be skiing in a river full of icebergs when I could not leave to go somewhere warmer because of school. When I could leave I would go to the Cory Pickos Ski School to start my season in early February.

GOODE: When and how did you come to the United States?

Martin: In the fall of 2012 I joined the University of Louisiana at Monroe water ski team and came over to the USA to combine my studies and skiing.

GOODE: You’ve been working for GOODE for about a year now. What drew you to work here?

Martin: I think to get to the top you need the time on the water and great coaches but without getting the best equipment for yourself you still might not make it. Learning and understanding what all goes into a ski and being able to implement all of my ideas and feelings from skiing into making the best ski is crucial for my success. Working with GOODE gives me the last piece of that puzzle.

GOODE: What is your overriding philosophy about ski design and performance?

Martin: There are always tradeoffs to each design and you have to choose what are your priorities for the design. Mine are stability, cross-course speed and lightness.

GOODE: How are you able to fit in training for all three events?

Martin: It has been a transition period to adjust to my life’s new rhythm but I just try to stay consistent and do as much as possible with the opportunity for training that day. If I don’t get to ski I’ll go for a hike, bike ride or to the gym. Of course there is no training that you can do that replicates time on the water.

GOODE: You just had a huge win in tricks at Moomba. What was that experience like?

Martin: It was an awesome experience skiing again on the Yarra River in downtown Melbourne. Since I started working at GOODE I’ve wanted to win a tournament on a ski I made and the feeling was just amazing.

GOODE: You are one of the favorites in overall at this year’s World Championships. How are you approaching this year upcoming Worlds year?

Martin: I am trying to be as ready as I can as a skier and having my equipment as dialed in as possible. Being able to make my own skis for the Worlds adds another level of confidence to my skiing.

’18 GOODE Nationals schedule released

From USA Water Ski:

The tournament schedule for the 76th GOODE Water Ski National Championships is now available to view and download. The Nationals will take place Aug. 7-11 at Mystic Lakes in Maize, Kan. To view and download the schedule, click here (PDF).

Additional information on this year’s Nationals, including hotel information and the meetings and functions schedule, will be posted as it becomes available at www.waterskinationals.com.

The American Water Ski Association’s board of directors approved the bid from the Mystic Lakes Ski Club to host the 2018 Nationals at its January 2017 mid-winter board meeting.

The Mystic Lakes Ski Club, which includes two world-record capability water ski lakes, has previously hosted the Midwest Regional Water Ski Championships, Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships and Barefoot Water Ski National Championships. It will mark the first time that the state of Kansas has hosted the Water Ski National Championships.

More than 600 of the nation’s top water ski athletes from across the United States are expected to compete for national titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall in respective age divisions and two Open divisions at the Nationals, the world’s largest three-event water ski tournament. Advancement to the Nationals is primarily earned through placement on the national rankings list. Athletes also can qualify for the Nationals by placing in the top-five at Regionals or by placing in the top-five at the previous year’s Nationals.

The first national championships was held in 1939 at Jones Beach in Long Island, N.Y. Except for three years during World War II (1942-1944), the Nationals has been held every year since 1939.