It’s been a great year for GOODE on the Big Dawg tour, as three of the five qualifying events – Dave Miller in Peru, Chad Scott in Texas and Todd Ristorcelli in Canada – were won on its skis.
The Big Dawg Finals will take place Aug. 16-17, in West Palm Beach, Fla., in conjunction with the 70th GOODE Water Ski Nationals. Friday’s head-to-head Sweet 16 will take place under the lights of Okeeheelee Park. For more information, visit NautiqueBigDawg.com.
Five of six Big Dawg championships have been won on GOODEs.
Skiers on GOODEs continue to tear up the water at Cedar Ridge in Canton, Miss.
Just three weeks after Team GOODE’s Regina Jaquess set two pending world records on the site, Jay Leach and Ruth McCreary rode their GOODEs to new records of their own at the July 7th Cedar Ridge Summer Record I.
Jay scored 4 buoys at 41-feet off to set a pending Men’s 3 South Central Region record, while Ruth upped her own Girls 2 national record to 5 buoys at 38-feet off. She set the previous record of 3 buoys at 38-feet off earlier this summer.
For the second year in a row Chad Scott rode his GOODE ski to victory at the Cypress, Texas, stop of the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour. And also for the second year in a row, he had to beat a fellow GOODE skier in the final head-to-head face off to earn the win, as Jay Leach was this year’s runner up.
In addition to Chad and Jay, eight GOODE skiers – Dave Miller, Todd Kuykendall, Ben Favret, Todd Johnson, March Shaw, Mike Dehlinger, Tim Huston, and Jeff Kepchia – advanced to the Sweet 16 to qualify for the Big Dawg Finals Aug. 16-17, in West Palm Beach, Fla. Chad, Dave and Todd Kuykendall had each already secured a spot in the finals with their top-three performances at the Big Dawg Moomba and Peru events.
To view the final Big Dawg Texas bracket, click here.
The Big Dawg World Tour continues this weekend in Baurech, France, where the top-eight skiers will qualify for the finals in August.
Team GOODE’s Regina Jaquess had a historic weekend at the Cedar Ridge Early Record in Canton, Miss., setting two pending Women’s world slalom records.
Her first pending record of the weekend came on the first day when she scored 2-1/4 buoys at 41-feet off. She then pushed the record out even further the next day with a score of 3 buoys at 41-feet off. Both scores exceed the current record of 2 buoys at 41-feet off that she first set last October and that Whitney McClintock tied in April.
“Nobody is skiing better than Regina right now and she’s not slowing down any,” said Dave Goode, founder and president of GOODE Skis. “She’s healthy, in great physical condition and her GOODE ski is working exceptionally well. I can’t wait to see what she’s going to do with most of the summer and some big tournaments still to come.”
If approved by the IWWF, Regina’s score of 3 buoys at 41-feet off will mark the largest jump in the Women’s world record since 1996, when Kristi Overton-Johnson upped it by two buoys while also on a GOODE ski.
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.
Team GOODE’s pros aren’t the only ones breaking records and winning tournaments, as two Junior skiers have recently put up big scores on their GOODE skis.
Italy’s Brando Caruso scored 5-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off last weekend to set a new Italian Junior national record.
Texan Ruth McCreary continues to bounce back from a stress fracture that sidelined her for much of 2011, as she tied the Girls 2 national slalom record of 3 buoys at 38-feet off. The mark also sets a pending South Central regional record.
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Skiers on GOODEs swept the Boys slalom competition at the 12th Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships, as Dane Mechler, Nick Lang and Wyatt Haines took first, second and third, respectively.
Dane scored 2 buoys at 38-feet off to claim the title, while Nick and Wyatt rounded 5 and 4 buoys at 35-feet off. Daniel Di Pol, also skiing on a GOODE, took fourth place with a score of 1-1/2 at 35-feet off.
The two-day tournament, which took place at Lake of Dreams in Jerseyville, Ill., featured Men and Women (ages 17 to 21) and Boys and Girls divisions (ages 16 and under) in slalom, tricks and jumping.