GOODE skiers, and notably the RéV 6, kicked off the 2016 Big Dawg World Tour with a great showing this weekend at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla., nabbing three spots in the Final Four.
Greg Badal ran 3 buoys at 41-feet off in the finals to take second behind Jeff Rodgers (4 at 41), while Dave Miller and Chad Scott finished third and fourth, respectively.
GOODE skiers occupied 11 Sweet 16 spots, as Ben Favret, Marc Shaw, Greg Sund, Darin Montgomery, Marco Bettosini, Tim Huston, Bruce Dodd, and Robert Marking joined Badal, Miller and Scott in advancing out of the preliminaries.
The competition was tough, as it took an average of two scores in the mid-39 range to advance to the Sweet 16.
To help him get back on the water after his recovery from a torn bicep tendon, BallOfSpray’s John Horton turned to the GOODE PowerVest. Luckily for anyone who has ever wondered if the vest could help them get back – or stay – on the water, he put together a video review.
The full video above is worth watching, but here are a few of John’s comments about the PowerVest:
“The more time I spend in the vest the more secure I feel, the more I feel like I’m protecting my body.”
“When I’ve gone from not wearing the vest for a couple rides to wearing the vest, to not wearing the vest, what I notice is when I put the vest on the effort to ski drops radically, and I’m rounding the same number of buoys at the moment.”
“Darn, I’m glad I have one and I’m an advocate and if you’ve got any worries about the health of your arms and elbows and shoulders or back you should definitely consider this.”
To see a second video of John skiing with the PowerVest, click here, while more information about it is available here.
Team GOODE skiers Thomas Degasperi and Clementine Lucine kicked off the 2016 professional season with impressive showings at this weekend’s Moomba Masters in Melbourne, Australia, with T-Gas landing on the Men’s slalom podium with a third-place finish, and Clementine advancing to the Women’s slalom finals on her way to the overall title.
T-Gas, who won Moomba in 2014, finished in a tie for third place with Freddie Winter with an impressive score of 5 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off on the rocking and rolling Yarra River. T-Gas earned the bronze over Freddie on the strength of his tie-breaking semi finals score. Will Asher edged Nate Smith (Nate’s gates were cut while Will got 4 at 39 off) in a runoff for the title after both tied in the final round with a score of 1 buoy at 41 off.
Clementine went down early (0.5 at 35 off), in the Women’s slalom finals, but it was enough to snag a 5th-place finish. Clementine, who had stood in 3rd after both the slalom prelims and semis, topped Whitney McClintock (2nd) and Abbi Grathwohl (3rd) for the overall title.
Two-time defending world champion and Team GOODE skier Regina Jaquess missed the event to tend to her pharmacy business in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.
Entering it’s 20th uninterrupted year with a world record to its name, GOODE Skis is once again transforming ski design and performance with the RéV 6, a giant leap forward for the FlexTail, a ski that powered Chris Parrish to the No. 1 spot on the IWWF world rankings list, won multiple Big Dawg titles and pushed skiers across the globe to countless new line lengths.
The magic in the all-new RéV 6 lies in it’s highly refined length-to-width ratios. A rigorous R&D process discovered a longer length that works in perfect harmony with the lateral flex induced by the FlexTail – creating the speed and stability of a longer ski and the turning characteristics of a shorter one. The result is a ski universally loved by GOODE’s testing and design teams.
“It’s the best ski I’ve ever ridden,” says Chet Raley, a world-renown coach, Men’s senior world slalom champion and a key member of the R&D team. “The FlexTail to me was mind blowing, but there was more work to be done, as is always the case with all things, like cars, boats and skis. The work over the winter was relentless, but we took the FlexTail and made it a way better ski. This ski accentuates the FlexTail technology better than the original ski did. It’s more stable, more balanced tip-to-tail and side-to-side. It maintains a really tight turning radius without destabilizing the ski.”
The higher length-to-width ratio is manifest by additional length between the boots and the fin, in essence elongating the tail of the ski.
“You have more ski behind you so you can ride a bigger ski, utilize the advantages that that offers, but still be able to turn it because the FlexTail technology is giving you a huge assist,” said Dave GOODE, founder and president of GOODE Skis. “That extra length in the tail generates more speed from the buoy line to the first wake, leaving you up-course and ahead of the boat, all with more line control and less physical exertion and fatigue.”
The RéV 6 is the result of an R&D process that began as soon as the FlexTail hit the market last year, with the testing and design team focused on taking full advantage of the industry-first lateral flex found in the FlexTail technology.
“Whenever there is a huge leap forward in technology in any industry or sport, it takes a bit of time – and a lot of hard work – to fully maximize the potential,” says Goode. “The extra year of R&D has allowed us to do that with the RéV 6 and it’s paying off for the test team in extra buoys.”
For World No. 1 Regina Jaquess, the extra R&D led to a ski that is markedly better than the FlexTail, and has her skiing a preferred style of skiing.
“The FlexTail was a great ski, but now we have this 12 months of data from everyone skiing on it at different lengths and different conditions,” said Regina Jaquess, the Women’s slalom world record holder and two-time defending world champion. “The biggest thing is I feel it’s lighter in the course, and of course we want to be light, we want to have that feeling of being light.”
The RéV 6 will come with GOODE’s standard five-year warranty and 30-day money back guarantee, and will be available in six sizes: 64”, 65”, 66”, 66.5”, 67”, and 68”.
Skiers wanting to order the RéV 6 can add their names to a waiting list beginning on March 3rd. Orders are expected to begin shipping in mid-March.
When you go undefeated in pro tournaments and take home two gold medals at the World Championships , you’ve got a pretty strong case for end-of-the year accolades. Just ask Regina Jaquess, who achieved both on her way to being named USA Water Ski’s Female Athlete of the year for the fourth-consecutive year.
From USA Water Ski:
This marks the fourth consecutive and ninth time in her career that Jaquess has been selected USA Water Ski’s Female Athlete of the Year. She won slalom titles at the Masters, Swiss Pro Slalom, Malibu Cup, GOODE Water Ski National Championships, Malibu Open, California Pro Am, U.S. Open and Water Ski World Championships. Jaquess won jumping titles at the Pan American Games and Nationals, and she won overall titles at the Pan American Games, Nationals, U.S. Open and Water Ski World Championships, becoming the only female to win four career world overall titles.
Friend of GOODE Skis Freddy Krueger was named Male Athlete of the Year, while GOODE skier Lori Krueger-Covington was named USA Water Ski Coach of the Year for her work with the 2015 U.S. Pan American Water Ski Team.
At the 73rd GOODE Water Ski National Championships held last August in West Palm Beach, Fla., an astonishing 68 percent – or 21 out of 31 – of slalom titles were won on GOODEs. As we enter the off season here in North America, we are going to attempt to interview each of those 21 National champions, because even though they may have all been using the same brand of ski, they all have their own story.
Next up is Girls 1 National Slalom Champion Alana Jones, a 10-year old who trains with her family on Osage Lake and calls Church Point, La., home.
How long have you been skiing?
I’ve been competing for four years, and I was up on skis the year before that.
How did you get into the sport?
My mommy and daddy are both skiers.
How many Nationals have you previously attended?
Two previously, so this was the third.
Is this your first National title?
In a single event, yes, but not for overall. In 2014, I won Girls 1 overall at nationals and took second in slalom.
What did it feel like to come out on top in West Palm this year?
It felt great. I was very excited because my main goal was to win slalom at nationals.
How did you prepare for Nationals?
I skied hard and skied on some days when I didn’t really want to because of conditions. And I went to many more tournaments than we usually go to.
Besides winning the National title, what are some other highlights in your skiing career?
This summer I got the South Central regional record with 4 buoys at 28 off. At nationals, I got second in overall and third in tricks. I thought it was cool to have a medal in each color!
What’s the most important thing skiing has taught you and/or given you?
Time with family because my whole family skis, and getting to travel to different places.
Who are some people that have been important to your skiing success?
My dad and mom and Mr. Trent (Finlayson).
What advice would you give someone who is trying to improve in slalom?
Keep your hips up and keep on working on it.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Thanks for the hat!
In a year of successfully defended titles and winning streaks, Regina Jaquess added another major water ski title to her 2015 season today in Orlando as she won her second-straight U.S. Open Women’s slalom title.
Heading into the final round as the second seed behind No. 1 seed Whitney McClintock, Regina emerged on top of a finals field that included her fellow Team GOODE skiers Clementine Lucine (third) and Brooke Baldwin (fifth). Regina’s win extends her pro tournament unbeaten streak to 16 months and certainly makes her the favorite heading into next month’s World Championships in Mexico.
Brooke’s top-5 finish in one of the year’s premiere events is another significant milestone in the 14-year old’s breakout first season competing in the pro ranks, after netting her first pro podium earlier this summer at the Swiss Slalom Pro.
In the Big Dawg World Tour Finals held in conjunction with the U.S. Open, three of the Final Four spots were taken by GOODE skiers, as were 11 of the Sweet 16. In the end, Jeff Rodgers edged Team GOODE’s Ben Favret, 3 buoys on the four-ball course to Ben’s 2 at 41. GOODE skiers Tim Huston and Todd Johnson faced off against each other to decide third place, with Tim’s 2 at 39 off ultimately beating Todd by a half buoy.
In addition to many of the world’s best 34 mph skiers, the 2015 Bracket Challenge features a who’s who of 36 mph skiers as well. Now names like Parrish, Degasperi and Finlayson have joined the likes of Jaquess, Miller and Newby-Ricci.
Once again fans will be able to test their skiing knowledge and enter their own March-Madness like brackets. The fan with the best bracket will win a FREE GOODE FlexTail, while other top finishers will receive GOODE prize packages. But you can’t win if you don’t enter. Fill out and submit your bracket here before the July 23rd entry deadline.
The overall bracket will have two halves – one for 36 and the other for 34 mph skiers – with a winner from each bracket facing off against each other for the Bracket Challenge title. In the final round, speed is not taken into consideration to determine the bracket winner. The rope length and number of buoys is the sole determinant of the winner. For example, if Regina Jaquess scored 3 buoys at 41 off (at 34 mph), she would beat Trent Finlayson’s score of 2 buoys at 41 off (36 mph).
To fill out and submit a bracket, or for more information, including rules, click here.