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 in the first round when she scored 2-1/4 buoys at 41-feet off. She then pushed the record out even further in the second round 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.
U.S. water ski athlete Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) set pending women's world slalom records of 2-1/4 buoys at 41 feet off and 3 buoys at 41 feet off at the Cedar Ridge Early Record 1 and 2, June 16-17, in Canton, Miss.
The 2012 S2 is the second ski from the HO Syndicate product line in the “Speed” or S range. The S2 was shaped by a five time world champion , Bob LaPoint, with input from his brother, Kris LaPoint, as well as the HO Syndicate pro team.
Every high end ski can be described as performing better when the skier does all the right things. Some skis challenge the skier to be very technical, and some skis allow the easier to do all the right things. The S2 forgives sloppy skiing, but more importantly, the S2 makes it easier to do the right things.
From the Second Wake to the ball
The S2 maintains angle off the second wake and draws a path wide of and in front of the ball as consistently as any ski ever made. As with any ski, staying connected to the boat on the way out to the ball line will result in additional width, but if you struggle with this skill, the S2 will still get you surprisingly wide.
More than any ski that I can recall, the S2 rides with a constant attitude on the water. Forward and backward weight shifts by the skier seem to be muted. To say this another way, the S2 is extremely stable in the pre-turn. This attribute makes it easier for the skier to think about what he/she is doing.
From the ball to the Second wake
Unless pushed with excessive aggression, the S2 will exit the ball with the tip down and head across course without any fuss. Should the skier apply extra lean on the way to the wakes, the S2 will deliver a surprising burst of speed.
Background: Men 3-6/MM slalom skiers who seek an Open qualification at 34 mph are required to ski a little further down the rope than they would if they could ski at 36 mph. For example, on any given day the OM Level 9 cutoff score could be 109, which is 1 @ -39 for OM/M1/M2 skiers at 36 mph. For M3-M6 or MM skiers it is also 109 buoys, which at 34 mph is 1 @ -41. Where the rub comes is that while a M3-M6 or MM skier could elect to ski at 36 mph instead of 34 mph, rule 10.06 D dictates that their total buoy score would be computed as though they were skiing at 34 instead of 36. So a 1 @ -39 at 36 mph for a M3 skier becomes 103, rather than 109. Hence the rule is blocking a path that the M3-6/MM should be able to use if they want to ski at the higher speed.
Is the Buckeye Buoy Tour the future of amateur waterski competitions? The skiers in Ohio think so. Every month or two someone starts a new thread right here on Ball of Spray asking questions like, "How can we grow our sport?" and "How do we put fun and competition back into class C tournaments?", well entering it's 4th year, the Buckeye Buoy Tour seems to be answering those questions. The Concept The Buckeye Buoy Tour was created with a few goals in mind. 1) Bring more FUN into local class C tournaments both during and after the event; 2) Create COMPETITION among all participants; and 3) Give novice and non-tournament skiers an environment where they feel comfortable participating and getting involved. With these goals we created a basic outline for all Buckeye Buoy Tour events. - A "Fun Format" Slalom tournament where skiers will be competing against each other based on handicaps. - All skiers will be guaranteed two rounds of slalom with the option to qualify for more. - All Tour Stops will include Trick & Jump on Sunday (site permitting) with a new head-to-head format in each event. - All Tour Stops will have announcers. - All Tour Stops will serve lunch or provide concessions. - All Tour Stops will have Individual Awards for the winners. - All Tour Stops will include coaches in the boat for beginner skiers - All Tour Stops will utilize the new Ohio Novice Rule with Mini-Course - All Tour Stops will have online registration Implementation To implement these ideas, the Buckeye Buoy Tour was created with 5 Tour Stops each season. Lakes from around the state put in bids to host the events and the bids are then presented and voted on at the winter meeting. Any club who did not host a tour stop in the previous season is guaranteed their bid. This ensures that the locations are changing from year to year to keep the tour fresh. In addition to changing tour stop locations, the formats also change from year to year. Ohio has approximately a dozen different tournament formats that are all based on the same handicapping system and range from different types of head-to-heads to team tournaments to other elimination style formats.
Ogden, Utah, June 13, 2012 – GOODE Ski Technologies has signed professional water skier Terry Winter, the well-known practitioner and proponent of the “West Coast” slalom style, to not only ski and compete on the company’s world-record setting skis, but to put his expertise and creativity to work on the company’s graphic design, sales, marketing, and product development.
“When we began talking to Terry about riding our skis, it quickly became apparent that he had much more to offer than just the traditional ski sponsorship relationship,” said Dave Goode. “We saw the opportunity to add the influence of one of the sport’s most technically advanced and creative athletes to our products.”
In addition to representing GOODE at professional competitions, Terry will aid in the technical design of products, attend trade shows, participate in marketing efforts and help design the graphics of numerous hard and soft goods. Parallel to his professional skiing career, Winter has developed his graphic design skills consulting for numerous companies, in and out of the sport.
Winter, stated, “I’m excited to join Team GOODE. It allows me to continue doing what I love – skiing – while giving me the opportunity to work with the industry leader. Working on the functional design of the product, making it look cool, and then being able to go out and rip on that product is just so sick.”
Winter has been skiing on the 65-3/4 inch GOODE NANO for the past few weeks and has been impressed with the ski.
“Its shape and size makes turning so easy and it really holds the water,” said Winter who is currently ranked No. 13 in Men’s Slalom on the IWWF Elite Rankings List. “I’ve never had a ski that turned so hard on both sides while offering such a sense of stability and security. I am amazed at how well the NANO performs, and I know my potential to run buoys has gone up since switching to it. This past weekend was my first tournament on GOODE and I ran 2 buoys at 41-feet off in one round and 2-1/4 buoys at 41 in the other.”
Winter will be joining a strong Team GOODE that includes seven of the top-10 skiers on the Men’s and Women’s IWWF Elite Rankings Lists – more than any other ski manufacturer. The team includes the reigning Men’s world champion, and both the current Men’s and Women’s open slalom world records were first set on GOODE skis.
“When I told Nick Parsons and T-Gas (Thomas Degasperi) about Terry joining the team they were very excited to have him on board,” said Goode. “He is one of the most respected skiers in the sport, both on and off the water. The combination of his great skiing talent and the type of person he is makes him a perfect addition to the team.”
Another awesome trip has come to an end. I spent most of May in Florida and 5 days in Georgia. Since my last post, “Learning from Legends” – Bob & Kris LaPoint, I skied in the last chance qualifier for the Masters at Jack Traver’s Sunset Lakes. There was some great skiing in both the Open and Junior divisions. The qualifying score was [email protected] for Men Slalom plus you had to win. Chris Rossi ran 3 and received the last spot into the 53rd Masters. I saw Natallia Berdnikava jump 190ft and break the Women’s overall record she had set the weekend before.
The 2012 SA Championships and the 2012 Bi- Annual All African Championships took place at Bird Valley Estate in Pietermaritzburg, KZN from the 6th to 9th of April 2012. Skiers from across South Africa and Namibia competed for the All African Title. It was Namibia versus South Africa.
With unfavourable conditions on the Friday and Saturday for the South African Championships, the skiers looked to the All African Championships to improve on their performances.
The All Africa Championships got underway on the Saturday afternoon with tricks due to the howling wind. In the U14 Boys, Namibia’s Dieter Kebbel took the gold with 1140 points, South Africa’s Hannah De Jongh took the gold in the U14 girls with 1760 points. In the U17 Boys, South Africa’s, Eamon Van Der Merwe took gold with 3050 points. In the 21 Men, South Africa’ s, Jared Fisher continued his superb form from the SA Champs scoring 3950 points, taking the gold medal and setting himself a new personal best. His score one of the highest trick scores in South Africa in the past 5 years. In the seniors, South Africa again dominated the field with Dennis De Jongh winning the men senior trick ski event with 2880 points and Lizette Bekker winning the senior ladies event with 1200 points.
Lucille Borgen, a longtime member of USA Water Ski and the oldest person ever to compete in the U.S. Water Ski National Championships, died on Friday, June 8. She was 98 years old and living in San Ysidro, Calif., at the time of her death.