Men’s competitors are beginning to learn what the Women’s slalom field found out a long time ago; Regina Jaquess is very tough to beat.
After taking out seven of the world’s best male 34 mph skiers in this summer’s GOODE Bracket Challenge, Regina beat both 36 mph world record holders at this weekend’s Eagle Sports World Record Challenge, an unique new tournament held in Katy, Texas, that was organized by Eagle Sports and co-sponsored by GOODE.
After lurking behind Nate Smith through two rounds, Regina ran an impressive 5 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off in a 15 mph wind to edge Nate by a half buoy and take the title. Chris Parrish was third.
The tournament featured all three slalom skiers who currently hold the Men’s and Women’s world slalom records, with Regina, Nate and Chris skiing against their own records to earn scores on a 100-point scale. For example, when Regina skied 1 buoy at 41-feet off in the first round, her score was 98, as it was 98 percent of her world current world record of 3 buoys at 41-feet off.
The archived webcast of the tournament is available here.
The winning streak continues. Regina Jaquess took her second consecutive Open Women’s Diablo Shores Pro-Am slalom title, running her winning streak to 18 months in the process.
Regina topped Whitney McClintock, 1 buoy at 41-feet off to 1-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off in the head-to-head finals to earn the victory. In the previous round Regina tied her own world record of 3 buoys at 41-feet off to advance against fellow Team GOODE skier April Coble-Eller, who finished third. Karen Truelove took fifth, tying Whitney in the first head-to-head round but Whitney advanced because she went off the dock first.
14-year old GOODE skier Bailey Austin made her pro debut at Diablo, advancing to the finals but drawing Regina in the first round. Already the No. 1 ranked U.S. skier in Girls 3, it probably won’t be the last pro final for Bailey, whose PB is 4 buoys at 38-feet off.
In Open Men’s Thomas Degasperi (4th) and Nick Parsons (3rd) made it to the Final Four, before bowing out to Chris Parrish and Nate Smith, respectively. Nate beat Chris in the finals to earn the Open Men’s title. Team GOODE skier Freddie Winter had a great showing in his first pro U.S. event, finishing 6th after earning the fourth seed going into the finals and pushing Thomas before ultimately losing to him. At 23, Freddie was the youngest skier in the finals. Carlo Allais also made it into the finals, finishing seventh.
Mike Martens won the amateur event, giving GOODE skiers the amateur title for the second-consecutive year and two of the four titles contested this past week.
The Year of Regina continues as Team Goode’s Regina Jaquess set a pending Women’s world slalom record of 3-1/2 buoys at 41-feet off today at the Freedom Slalom Fest 2 record tournament at Utopia River Ranch in San Marcos, Texas.
If approved by the IWWF, the score would surpass her current record of 3 buoys at 41-feet off that she set in June 2102 and tied last month. It would also make her eligible for a $10,000 world record bonus offered by the organizers of the Freedom Slalom Fest, a Pro-Am event benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project.
Since hopping on her Goode NANO ONE in May 2012, Regina has set or tied three world records (two pending) and won every professional tournament she has entered. Her 14-month winning streak includes two Masters, two Malibu Opens and a slew of other titles.
The only person who might not be thrilled with Regina’s new record is Ben Favret, her opponent in the first round of the Goode Virtual Water Ski Bracket ChallengeTM. A score of 3-1/2 at 41, if she doesn’t improve upon it by the time July ends, will be a tough one to beat. Your turn Ben!
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Mike Royal set the Men’s disabled V1 (blind) world slalom record of 2 buoys at 38-feet off back in 2009. Since then he’s been battling lack of skiing time while chasing the record for the last four years. But at the Miami Nautique International tournament two weekends ago that chase finally came to an end as he set a new world record of 2-1/2 buoys at 38-feet off.
Goode recently caught up with the Magnolia, Texas, skier and talked to him about his skiing.
Hi Mike, thanks for talking with us. How does it feel to finally top your old record after chasing it for nearly four years?
It just feels great to be skiing at a record level again. In 2010 and 2011, during an extended drought my training lake’s water level dropped considerably resulting in limited training opportunities and very difficult conditions. My skiing took a big step backward.
How did it all come together on the world-record pass?
Running the 35-off pass was the key. In round one I misjudged the head wind and turned inside two ball. In round two, I got more aggressive behind the boat and more patient at the buoy, which resulted in a complete pass.
The current version Audio Slalom Signal Generator (ASSG) blind skiers use does not incorporate all-buoy timing. So, I was fairly confident in reaching 2-1/2 at 38 off as long as I did not do anything too stupid.
Disabled worlds are coming up later this summer, are you planning on competing?
Unfortunately, I skied horribly at the 2012 Team Trials, not even running an opener. As world record holder I could enter Audio Slalom as an individual competitor, but Italy is a long way to go for one event. Therefore I’ve decided to focus my time and funds to compete at record tournaments in the United States. Hopefully, I will ski better at the 2014 Team Trials and earn my way back onto the U.S. Disabled Team.
You’ve skied in a worlds before. How did you do?
In 2009 and 2011 I was a member of the gold-medal winning U.S. Disabled Water Ski Team. My best individual performance is a bronze medal in tricks in 2011.
How did you get into water skiing?
I started skiing at age ten a few times each summer just for fun. In 2002, I learned about the ASSG and started to compete. It requires blind skiers to ski wide enough, getting the handle to 10.1 meters from centerline, to cause a beep for the six buoys within the same time it takes the boat to travel the slalom course. Maximum speed is 36 mph, which equals 16.1 seconds timed by the ASSG. Probably like most of your readers, once I started using the ASSG to simulate the slalom course I was hooked.
How long have you been on Goode skis?
My NANO ONE just arrived and it is my third Goode Ski. My first Goode was the 9800, on which I broke the world record for the first time with 4 at 28 off in May 2009. On the 9900, in addition to the pending record, I skied record performances of 3 at 32, 1 at 35 and 2 at 38.
How far do you think you can push the world record?
I don’t know how far I can push it, but I plan to keep chasing it as long as I can. Stay tuned!
Jaquess, now a six-time recipient of USA Water Ski’s Female Athlete of the Year award, won women’s professional slalom titles in 2012 at the U.S. Masters, Malibu Open, Soaked Orlando and Diablo Shores Pro-Am. She set a new women’s world slalom record of 3 buoys at 41 feet off on June 17 at the Cedar Ridge Early Record in Canton, Miss.
She won gold medals in Elite women’s slalom, jumping and overall, and the bronze medal in tricks at the 2012 Malibu Pan American Water Ski Championships, Sept. 12-15, at the Pickos World Ski Resort in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. Her performances – including a Pan American tournament record 4-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off in slalom – helped lead the U.S. Elite Water Ski Team to the overall team gold medal at the biennial event. Jaquess also won the women’s jumping title at the 2012 Rocketman Night Jump and placed third in women’s jumping at the U.S. Masters and Malibu Open.
USA Water Ski also named the U.S. Pan American Championships Water Ski Teams (Under 13, Under 17, Under 21, Elite, Over 35 and Over 45) its Team of the Year. GOODE skiers on the team included: Caroline Hensley (Elite), Erika Lang (Elite), Regina (Elite), Adam Pickos (Elite), Lauren Morgan (Under 21), Kara MacIntyre (Under 17), Nicholas Lang (Under 17), Quinn Haines (Under 17), Lori Krueger (35+), Brandy Nagle (35+), Marc Shaw (35+), and Connie Bergmark (45+).
The world’s best water skiers will have one last chance to claim a podium in 2012 as the final professional tournament of the year, the Palembang IWWF World Cup stop, will take place Saturday and Sunday in Indonesia. Events include Men’s and Women’s slalom and jumping.
Team GOODE will be there in force, including the world’s No. 1 ranked Women’s slalom skier Regina Jaquess, the defending Men’s world slalom champion Thomas Degasperi, and perennial podium finishers Karen Truelove and Nick Parsons.
Regina will have the opportunity to put a capstone on one of the most dominating seasons of all time. In addition to upping her own world record to 3 buoys at 41-feet off last June, she and her NANO ONE claimed titles at the Masters, GOODE Atlanta Pro Am, Malibu Open, Soaked and Diablo Shores Pro Am.
Thomas has had a remarkably consistent year, with top four-finishes in each professional event he entered including at win at the GOODE Atlanta Pro Am.
The tournament (which is 12 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time) will be webcast at www.iwwf.tv. For more information, visit www.iwwfed.com.
Skiers traveling to Florida this winter to get their off-season skiing fix now have another great reason to visit Thomas Degasperi’s ski school: they’ll be able to demo and purchase the latest GOODE products, including the record-setting NANO ONE.
Thomas’ T-Gas Ski School in Windermere, Fla., has been named an official GOODE demo center, giving students the opportunity to buy their GOODEs and have them dialed in by a two-time world champion who is very familiar with the skis.
“It’s easier for me to set up a ski for someone when I use the ski myself,” said Thomas, a member of Team GOODE and currently the No. 3 ranked skier on the IWWF’s Elite rankings list. “I really know GOODEs. I know exactly how they work. I can see how a student skis on it and adjust the ski accordingly.”
T-Gas jumps on the NANO ONE
Thomas is becoming especially familiar with the NANO ONE – the ski that debuted this year to world records, big tournament victories and lots of acclaim – having recently switched to it from his specially designed signature edition.
“I’ve been on the same ski for the last three years and I won worlds on it so it’s been a great ski for me,” said Thomas of his mid/traditional-width hybrid. “But everyone has really liked the NANO ONE so I thought I’d try it.
“On my offside it feels as good as my old ski, but on my onside it feels a lot better. With this ski I have great turns on both sides. I never thought it could be that good, but it’s quick and it turns unbelievably well on both sides.”
Within just a few days of getting on the NANO ONE, Thomas ran 41 off in practice, a feat he has done only once before. In his first tournament – and only second set – on the ski he ran into 41 off both rounds.
Demo a GOODE
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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.