- Category: News
- Published on Monday, 22 September 2014 19:01
After four months, five rounds and 31 head-to-head match-ups, crowning the 2014 GOODE Bracket Challenge champion came down to the very last pass as the finals took place last week in Ogden, Utah.
On the line were bragging rights among some of the best 34 mph skiers in the world, as well as a potential $5,000 prize for one lucky fan whose bracket still had a chance at being perfect.
To see all of the action unfold (and some amazing skiing), view the above 12-minute, broadcast-style video.
Or, skip straight to an article featuring the final results.
Michael Robinson didn’t know it at the time, but as the first day of the GOODE Bracket Challenge Finals ended in Ogden, Utah, his odds of winning the $5,000 perfect bracket grand prize had just improved dramatically.
Jeremy Newby-Ricci had just topped Chad Scott, while Dave Miller had taken out Jay Leach to advance to a finals match up with Jeremy; just as Michael, a Men’s 5 skier from South Carolina, had predicted when he filled out his bracket in May.
As day two of the Finals began, all Michael needed to pocket five thousand large ones was his pick to win it all – Jeremy – beating Dave in the head-to-head.
“I really wanted to win the tournament because the competition was so tough and the format was a lot of fun,” said Jeremy, who’d done the math on his own and knew that the perfect bracket rested on his shoulders. “But I have to say that knowing I’d either make or break a fan’s bracket put a little bit of extra pressure on me. I didn’t want to be the reason that someone missed out on that kind of money.”
In the end, Michael’s intuition in May held true in September as Jeremy posted a huge score of 3 buoys at 41 off to edge Dave’s 1.5 buoys at the same line length (for more details on the on-the-water competition, view the video here).
“No way, are you serious?” asked a stunned Michael when GOODE Skis president and founder Dave Goode called him from the lake to tell him he’d won $5,000.
At first thinking he had no chance of scoring the perfect bracket, Michael’s interest and optimism understandably increased with each round.
“I watched kinda casually through the Sweet 16,” said Michael, whose fan contest name was Summer skiOFF, “but I really started to pay attention with the Elite Eight. Even then I thought it was a long shot so I didn’t really talk about it too much, except with my wife Terri.”
So how did he pick Jeremy to win it all, and eschew the most popular fan pick, 2013 Bracket Challenge Champion Regina Jaquess?
“I saw Jeremy ski at the 2013 Big Dawg finals and was obviously impressed,” said Michael, himself the 2012 Men’s 4 U.S. national champion. “I knew he was a very accomplished skier and when you watch him ski he just gets it done. I actually saw him at Nationals this year and told him I picked him to win it all and wished him luck.”
Asked what he was going to do with the $5,000, Michael said that since learning about his newfound largess he and his wife have been able to pull the trigger on a trip to the Bahamas this December to celebrate their 28th wedding anniversary.
While money was at stake in the online fan contest, pride was the prize in the actual, on-the-water Bracket Challenge.
In the Final Four, No. 1 seed Jeremy faced off against No. 5 Chad, while the other side of the frame featured No. 2 Jay vs. No. 3 Dave.
Both Chad and Jay, southern fellas that they are, struggled a bit early on in the cooler water temperature, something that Jeremy and Dave, who hail from England and Canada respectively, weren’t fazed by. Chad and Jay recovered though in the 3rd/4th place match-up, both running into 41 off with Jay edging Chad for third place by a buoy with 1 at 41 off.
In the final round, Jeremy stayed true to his No. 1 seed and beat Dave, 3 buoys to 1.5 at 41 off.
Vonore, TN --- MasterCraft Boat Company announced today it has chosen to withdraw its sponsorship of the 2015 Pro Wakeboard Tour season, opting out of the final year of its contract with World Sports and Marketing, the event-marketing firm that activates the PWT. MasterCraft and World Sports & Marketing have over 25 years of bringing pro watersports and its pro athletes to fans all over the country. However due to the ever changing landscape of wakeboarding, event marketing, athlete and fan expectations, MasterCraft has chosen to move forward with a new direction for the 2015 summer season.
“MasterCraft thanks the team at World Sports for over 25 years of making the Pro Tour such a highly regarded event,” said Aarne Clow, MasterCraft team and event manager. “Despite our wonderful history, there have been so many changes to the wake scene over the last few years that have resulted in the slow decline of attendance and participation, we felt it was the right time to go back to the drawing board, work with our team of world class athletes and deliver a different experience for 2015 and beyond.”
While details of MasterCraft’s forthcoming event is still under lock and key, its goal remains to bring a premium experience that progresses and exposes the sport, improves the life of the athlete and rejuvenates the fans of wake sports. More information will be coming out in the early spring of 2015.
Come try HO Skis all new Syndicate V-TYPE ski for FREE on Sat, Sept 13th from 8:30-2:00pm at Bell Acqua Lake 1. This is your opportunity to test out the highly anticipated V-TYPE alongside it’s designers, Brand Manager Dave Wingerter, Waterski Legend and Master-shaper Bob LaPoint, and top pros Will Asher and Jon Travers.
Signup will be held on Friday, Sept 12th in the HO Skis booth at the California Pro-Am. Sign up early, as spots are limited. This is an absolutely FREE demo including ski, optional boots, boat and gas all provided. A Nautique 200 will be provided by Superior Boat Repair & Sales, and will be driven by a rated driver.
USA Water Ski, Nautique and CBS are pleased to announce the 21st Nautique U.S. Open Water Ski Championships will be held Oct. 24-25 in central Florida. The world's top water ski athletes will compete for cash prizes and respective titles in men's and women's slalom, tricks and jumping in the heart of the water sports capital of the world. The world-record capability preliminary round will take place Friday, Oct. 24 at Lake Grew – adjacent to USA Water Ski headquarters and the USA Water Ski Foundation's Water Ski Hall of Fame & Museum – in Polk City, Fla. The finals will be held Saturday, Oct. 25 at downtown Orlando's famed Lake Ivanhoe.
"Nautique and USA Water Ski have been partners for the better part of four decades," said Bob Crowley, executive director of USA Water Ski. "Being able to add to this relationship with such an iconic event as the U.S. Open in our own backyard is simply a perfect fit. We are really looking forward to embracing the entire water ski community with the Nautique U.S. Open."
Re-igniting the future of one of water skiing's most coveted titles, Nautique – which committed to a three-year title sponsorship agreement – and CBS aim to engage the water ski community back to its roots, and deliver an all-inclusive, world-class, three-event water ski competition and cultural festival. Spectators for the finals in downtown Orlando will enjoy an interactive social experience featuring more than 20 exhibits, autograph signings, DJs, guest emcees, and prize giveaways.
It marks the first time since 2007 that the U.S. Open will take place, and it comes as USA Water Ski celebrates its 75th Anniversary. As part of the year-long 75th Anniversary celebration, and in making this the fall season's ultimate water sports weekend, the USA Water Ski Foundation – which raises funds to preserve and celebrate the history of all towed water sports – also will host its annual Ski with the Legends event – featuring some of the competing U.S. Open athletes, including world jumping champion and record-holder Freddy Krueger and world slalom champion and record-holder Nate Smith – on Saturday and Sunday at Lake Grew.