WEST PALM BEACH, FL – Ben Favret (Windermere, FL) won the 2009 O’Brien Big Dawg Slalom Series Night Finals Championship, presented by Nautiques, for the second consecutive year. He won on his GOODE 9900SL Friday night, with the course lighted with GOODE PowerBuoys, at Okeeheelee Park. Marc Shaw (Orlando, FL) finished in 2nd place on his GOODE 9900SL and PowerShell Boots. Thierry Malhomme and Scott Larson were 3rd and 4th and Chad Scott finished in 5th place on his GOODE 9900SL and PowerShell Boots.
50 of the top 34mph/55kph skiers in the world skied twice on Thursday during the two qualifying rounds. The first round of the “Sweet-Sixteen” then competed head-to-head in daylight on the North/South Lake. The competition then moved to the East/West Lake, where GOODE had prepared a special treat for the skiers and the spectators for the night finals that would determine the eventual “Big DAWG”.
The entire water ski course was lit with the GOODE PowerBuoy System. GOODE PowerBuoys have a 7.5 watt Xenon Bulb in the center of the buoy which is powered by an underwater battery pack that provides over 3 hours of illumination. The GOODE PowerBuoy was developed by Mens 3 skier, Jeff Milford (Draper, UT), and GOODE Ski Technologies.
“It was a great night for water skiing!”, said Dave Goode, President and Founder of GOODE Ski Technologies (Ogden, UT). “The Big DAWG Finals were a great venue to debut the new GOODE PowerBuoy System. It was also nice to see the GOODE 9900SL take 1st, 2nd and 5th place in such a competitive field!”, continues Goode. “The entire night finals event took a lot of coordination by GOODE, the Big DAWG staff, the organizing club and the officials, but it will certainly set a new standard for spectator appeal. It looked as if there were over a thousand spectators on site and an estimated 10,000 fans were viewing on-line during the live webcast.”, continues Goode. “The Big DAWG Night finals, lit by GOODE PowerBuoys, appeared to be a tremondous success and I am sure there will be many more night events in the future.”, concludes Goode.