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Regina looking for first ever Moomba slalom title

Regina Jaquess had a fall 2011 season for the record books. She set a new women’s slalom world record of 2 buoys at 41 feet off, won multiple golds on her way to a Women’s overall world record at the Pan American Games and took the top spot at the Katy Ski Jam Presented by Eagle Sports.

But if her competitors were hoping that she’d cooled off over the winter, they are in for a surprise.

“We had a nice winter, so I was able to ski all through the year,” said Regina. “I never really took too much time off after the Pan Ams, I just kept on skiing and skiing.”

One of the reasons she had such a dominant fall was that because of off-season knee surgery the previous year, most of her summer she was still in a recovery phase. Fully recovered now and putting in a full off-season training regimen for the first time in a few years, Regina says that she is looking to replicate last fall’s success, but earlier in the season.

“This year I’ll hopefully be able to work on things in the early summer that I was working on in September last year,” said Regina. “I’m trying to move that peak earlier into the season and maintain it longer.”

She’ll have her first opportunity to accomplish that when she skis at the Moomba Masters later this week. She has extra motivation heading into this year’s event because it represents the one glaring hole in her slalom resume. In two previous tries she hasn’t won a slalom title on the Yarra.

“It’s really the last title I don’t have,” said Regina, who does have Moomba tricks and overall titles to her name.  “The collection would be complete.  That would be the best possible way to start the year.”

GOODE Big Dawgs to hit Moomba

When the Big Dawgs take to the waters of downtown Melbourne to compete in the 2012 Moomba Masters, it’ll mark quite a milestone for the 35-years-old-and-up series. It’ll be the first time it’s touched down in Australia and tens of thousands of fans will be lining the shores of what is arguably considered the world’s biggest water ski tournament.

But the Dawgs can’t get too caught up in the moment; they’ll have to deal with the legendary and unpredictable conditions of the Yarra River.

We caught up with Dave Miller and Chad Scott, two of the four GOODE skiers slated to ski in the eight-man Moomba field, and asked them about the newest, biggest stop on the Big Dawg series.

What came across your mind when you first heard that Moomba was going to host a Big Dawg?

Dave M.: I was excited to hear that Moomba invited the Big Dawgs. It made me realize that our division is getting more popular all the time and I really wanted to try to make the trip.

Chad: My First thought was what a great opportunity to get a chance to ski at the Moomba Masters. It’s a very prestigious tournament that I have never had an opportunity to ski. I really enjoy the format of having a chance to watch and ski in the same venue as the best skiers in the world.

Now that the Big Dawg has added a fourth continent, can you believe how big it has become?

Chad: It has certainly been fun to be part of the Big Dawg series since the beginning. It’s really amazing to see how it has grown to a global event and be able meet other skiers from across the world.

Dave M.: The Big Dawg has become quite successful and it seems it is getting bigger all the time.

Since Moomba is held during North America’s winter, how have you been training for the event?

Dave M.: Training is the difficult part for me this year. I’ve been busy working seven days a week which is not normal for me, but I’ve started up some new projects in business that needed my attention. I have not skied since mid October last year and my first day back on the water was the February 18th weekend on Southern California’s Imperial Lakes along with Dave and Dawn Goode, Nick Parsons and Paul Donatt. I will only get two more weekends of skiing in before Moomba so I hope I can be ready.

Chad: I’ve been skiing in Covington, La., with Dave Dipol and Bobby Franks, who’ve been nice enough to brave the cooler temperatures and pull me during these winter months. I have also been traveling to West Palm Beach, Fla., skiing with Becky Lathrop and Shelby Coke. These individuals have been available during these colder months and have provided me an opportunity to get some quality training in preparation for Moomba. I am also looking forward to seeing this extra skiing payoff for me throughout the season.

Have you been working on anything special to prepare for the notoriously unpredictable and fickle Yarra River?

Chad: I have not really done anything special in preparation for Moomba other than continue to ski during these winter months, but I plan on trying to ski in some rough water conditions before going to Moomba.

Dave M.: While we were skiing at Imperial Lakes Dave Goode had us try some different speeds to allow for the river current. Skiing one way through the course at 32 miles per hour and then the other way at 36. Very interesting to say the least. I hope the Yarra River isn’t that extreme.

What is your frame of mind heading down to Big Dawg Moomba … win it or experience it?

Dave M.: My mind set will be enjoying the experience, it is going to be very different feeling skiing on the river from what I have heard so I am not going in with anything on my mind except be ready for the unexpected and do my best.

Chad: Well, both. I am certainly looking forward to the experience. It’s another Big Dawg event with a group of great competitors. I think everyone that has signed up is going to Australia with the mind set to try to win the first ever Moomba Big Dawg title. That would be a great way to start the year.

T-Gas to chase after different kind of trophy

If you are going to miss one of the world’s biggest water ski tournaments, it better be for a good reason, right? Well, Team GOODE skier and reigning world slalom champion Thomas Degasperi will be missing next month’s Moomba Masters for what is perhaps the best reason in the history of the sport … he’ll be home in Italy participating in its version of Dancing With the Stars.

If T-Gas’ moves on the dance floor are half as good as they are on the water, he’s got a pretty good chance at winning it all.

Check out the video below:



Q&A with March 2012 WATERSKI cover boy Nick Parsons

With Team GOODE’s Nick Parsons ripping it up on this month’s cover of WaterSki Magazine — see a sneak peak of the issue here — and the season-starting Moomba Masters a little over a month away, we thought it would be a good time to check in on the world’s No. 5 ranked skier.

First, congrats on being on the cover of WATERSKI for the second time in your career.  How does it feel?

Nick Parsons:  It feels pretty good. You don’t get too many covers in your life.

What have you been up to this off season?

NP:  I’ve been busy with a couple of my hobbies here in Utah.  I’ve been doing a lot of skate skiing and I ski in an amateur alpine racing league a couple nights a week in Park City.  My father owns a small retail bakery so I’ve been helping him with that too.

When was last time you were on the water?

NP:  I went down to Florida for Thanksgiving and stayed and skied couple weeks after that, so it’s been more than a month.

How will you get ready for the upcoming season?

NP:  I’ve got Moomba coming up so I’ll be going down to Phoenix and maybe Southern California.  Then I’ll head up to Sacramento for some training with Marcus Brown.  It’s good to ski against someone. Then we’ll be off to Australia.

With three straight years in the top 5 on the IWWF elite rankings list you’ve established yourself as among the very best skiers in the world.  What are you working on that will hopefully help you nail that top spot?

NP:  Staying in the top five is tough but getting that extra one or two percent to get into the No. 1 or 2 spots is really tough.  To me the difference is the mental aspect of having confidence in your equipment.  When you have the right equipment that works for your style, you get confidence from that.  I look to the snow skiing world cup too.  The top guys aren’t 20 to 25, they’re 30 to 35.  They’ve got that experience to know what works best for them.

Is there any one tournament that you’re really focused on this year?

NP:  I took second at the Masters in 2010, but other than that I’ve struggled at that tournament and I’ve never gone into it with a lot of confidence.  I think I’m learning how to do that now and I really want to do well there.  It’s a really cool experience to ski there and it would be an even cooler experience to win it.

Any goals for 2012?

NP:  My personal best has been 3 buoys at 41-feet off for at least five years, so this year I’d like to make it over to that four ball.

Thanks Nick.

NP:  Sure thing.

Regina sets pending overall world record at Pan Ams

Team GOODE skier Regina Jaquess sure is keeping the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation’s Technical Committee busy with new world records to approve.

Just three weeks after setting a Women’s slalom world record of 2 buoys at 41 feet off on her GOODE NANO-”twist”, Regina scored 3,033.01 points at the Pan American Games in Chapala, Mexico, to win a gold medal in Women’s overall and set a pending Women’s world record. Regina also took gold in slalom (3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off) and jumping (166 feet), and a bronze in tricks (6,090 points).

During her record-setting overall event round, Regina scored 1-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off in slalom, jumped 173 feet (both Pan Am records) and tricked 8,200 points to beat her own world record of 2,945.85 points set in June 2010. Since she set the record last summer, Regina’s score has been topped by the still-to-be approved records of Whitney McClintock, Natallia Berdnikava and Clementine Lucine.  However, if her new mark is approved by the IWSF, it will exceed them all.

“With two pending world records in less than a month, Regina has absolutely been on fire lately,” said Dave Goode, founder and president of GOODE Skis. “It’s even more impressive that she did it while representing her country at one of the biggest tournaments of the year.  I can’t wait to see what she does in 2012.”

Regina won four of the seven medals earned by U.S. athletes and led the Pan Am water ski competition with three golds. Other event winners were Javier Julio (Men’s tricks and overall), Jonathan Travers (Men’s slalom), Freddy Krueger (Men’s jumping), Andrew Adkison (wakeboarding), and McClintock (Women’s slalom).

WIDE RIDE Delight

The following is an email excerpt from Paul Donatt, a MENS 5 skier from Southern California.

Dave,

I wanted to give you an update on the new ski — GOODE 64′ 9900SL Wide Ride-Right. I have been riding this ski now for about 2 1/2 months. I have not written you sooner because I wanted to thoroughly test it.

I have been mainly skiing at 32 and 35 off (but I have also had my best 38′s EVER). I have never skied them as well as I am skiing them on this ski. I find my ski finishes the turn at the ball and gets me to the other side earlier than any other ski.

I have never had more time at the ball (pre turn). The ski has amazing acceleration and swings me wide into the turns. I am skiing with more weight on my front foot. I find myself moving with the boat — my weight going forward in the turn and then I am able to move across instead of back.

Several people have commented on how awesome I am skiing on this ski. My turns are balanced and predictable. Over the past 2 days I ran 15 out of 16 35′s. I started at 35 off both sets.

I wanted to thank you for this opportunity to test this ski. I am having more fun skiing now than ever before!!
- Paul Donatt

 

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COMMENTS FROM BEN FAVRET AFTER HIS BIG DAWG VICTORY

“There is a big smile stuck on my face since the finals on Sunday and I thank you for making it possible.”, said Ben Favret. 

“Your sponsorship and investment into the Big Dawg Series has reinvigorated the sport of water skiing and made it more entertaining for competitors, recreational skiers and sports fans across the world. I have received no less than 100 emails, text messages and phone calls from friends and ski fans with their congratulations and all of them talk about how much they enjoyed the webcast and event. I thank you on their behalf as well.”, Ben continues.

“This 43 year old body is sore after all that skiing this weekend. But it is a good sore, the kind that keeps you wanting more and knowing the work you put into something is working and helping you to achieve your goals. After a few more days off it will be time to start getting ready for next year’s event and I am sure it will be bigger and better than ever with your support!”

When talking about his new GOODE 9900SL, that he rode to the Big Dawg Finals victory, Ben states, “You have to ski good, have strength and endurance and get a little lucky to have a shot at winning in the head to head format. I guess I had the right balance of each on Sunday and got the win. To ski your best four rounds in one day at super short rope you need a ski that is consistent and predictable but still aggressive and fast.”

Ben Favret has been skiing on GOODE Skis ever since the first GOODE 9100 was introduced over 13 years ago.

REGINA JAQUESS WINS TRIPLE GOLD

TIANJIN, CHINA – Jaquess won gold medals in women’s slalom (2.5 @ 38′off), jumping (161 feet) and overall (3,000 points), at the 2nd FISU World University Water Ski Championships. Regina also set a new WUC World Record in the preliminary rounds of the trick event with a score of 7,550.

“Regina started this year with a win at the Masters in slalom in May, and to see her finish so strong at the FISU World University Water Ski Championships, this October, is just amazing.”, said Dave Goode. “I think Regina really likes China! Dawn and I were there in 2005 and we watched Regina win the Slalom and Overall World Championships.”, Goode continues. “Regina is a great athelete and competitor. She really knows how to rise to the top when it matters.”, Goode concludes.

Regina was riding her new GOODE 9900SL and GOODE PowerPlate to victory.