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If you are among the thousands whose lives were touched in some way by Dave, you are invited to a Celebration of Life event, March 14, 2020, at Snowbasin Resort in Huntsville, Utah. 
 
While the official event will take place in the lodge from 5 to 8 p.m., please consider spending the entire day skiing, riding the gondola and socializing at Dave’s beloved home mountain. 
 
Additional details are to follow, including RSVP information. 
 
Thank you for all the support you have provided me over the last week and I look forward to seeing many of you on March 14th. 
 
Sincerely,
 
Dawn Goode
 
 

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It is with a heavy heart that GOODE Skis announces the passing of its founder and president, Dave Goode.

Dave, 64, died Wednesday while taking part in one of his many passions, piloting his airplane.

Through his numerous technological advancements in both water skiing and snow skiing, and financial support of countless events and athletes in both sports, Dave touched the lives of thousands of people by helping them, and the sports they love, push the limits of performance.

A 2014 USA Water Ski Hall of Fame Award of Distinction recipient and member of the Michigan Water Ski Hall of Fame, Dave was an accomplished international competitor in both sports, recently winning the downhill event at the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Alpine Masters National Speed Series and earning a bronze medal in trick skiing at the Pan American Senior Water Ski Championships.

Dave leaves behind his beloved wife Dawn, parents Paul and Mimi, children Michael Goode, Lisa Goode McHugh (John), Whitney Hebard Felkl (Hans), Gregory Hebard (Adrianna), and granddaughters Maple Julia McHugh and Sunny Elizabeth Hebard.

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👬 COMMUNITY — METHOD is comprised of waterskiers from around the world. With participants from Dubai, Germany, Canada, Mexico, Australia and the United States to name a few, you will be on this journey to off-season improvement with a group of like-minded individuals chasing more buoys, feet and points. 

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We are saddened to share the news of Eddie Roberts passing this morning (Nov 28, 2019). He always lived life to the fullest and for that we can be thankful. Eddie played an integral part in the development of waterskiing but more than that had the biggest heart and love for people. Anyone that knew Eddie had a story that would make you cry laughing and the love the Eddie shared for his family was the greatest of all. We know Eddie is in a better place and we’re thankful for all the time we got with him. 

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Just wanted to personally thank you and the BallOfSpray Community for all the support they give to our Pro Shop.  It is truly one thing I am Thankful for.   As a family owned pro shop….the people who are active on BOS make a real impact on the lives of both me and my staff.  For this I an truly grateful.  I tell my staff that if we work to do our job really well, we can impact the lives of both the skiers and their families and improve the quality of their lives both on and off the water.  This is our mission and the goal we strive for.
 
With the world retail changing daily….we find ourselves as one of the last remaining specialty pro ski shops out there.  Through the support of this community and skiers around the world we are hopeful we can continue to be a part of the waterski community for decades to come.  Thank you all for your business and thinking of us when you purchase your gear.  We are truly thankful for this opportunity.   In advance of our sale this Friday, I’m sending an early preview of our new Closeout Waterski Price list to the Ballers.  While we won’t be open on Thursday, you can have a head start on one of these sale skis out there.
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Bill Porter
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The biggest technological leap forward water skiing has seen since the introduction of carbon fiber skis is now featured in two of the most legendary skis ever made.

GOODE’s revolutionary Carbon Core is the centerpiece of two new-for 2020 ski models: the XTRcc and the 9970cc.

The innovative Carbon Core drastically increases durability while giving it enhanced performance characteristics that can best be described as “supercharged.”  The softer flex made possible by the ultra-strong core combines effortless, symmetrical turns with quicker rebound that leads to increased side-to-side speed.  And the thinner profile allows the ski to ride slightly deeper in the water, creating a stable, predictable ride throughout the course.

“The ski seems to settle in, drop in and it’s fast out of the buoy so it kinda combines both worlds,” says Dave Miller. “Fast, easy yet very connected to the water and stable.”

“The carbon core ski is amazing,” adds Chet Raley. “For my money the carbon core ski is a winner in every way.”

The XTRcc and 9970cc join the first carbon-core ski in GOODE’s lineup – the ReVOcc – which was released at the 77th GOODE U.S. Water Ski National Championships last August.

“After seeing how the Carbon Core performed in the ReVOcc, we knew we were really on to something that was going to move this sport forward and help skiers get more buoys,” said Dave Goode, president and founder of GOODE Skis. “This new core technology takes skis that were already very, very good to a whole new level.”

 

The fourth annual SportsInsurance.com Queen’s Cup is just around the corner, and with it comes skiers from across the country and beyond for the opportunity to ski on a world record lake for big scores, cash, prizes. And more.

The Queen’s Cup women’s slalom event, with a purse exceeding $10,000 in cash and prizes, is scheduled Sept. 21-22 at Little Mountain Lakes near Charlotte, N.C. The event is presented by SportsInsurance.com and area Nautique dealer Race City Marine of Mooresville, N.C.

Numerous other sponsors jump into the mix and treat the ladies competing like royalty.

Trish Burt of Florida is among those who have felt the love. She’ll be making her fourth trip to the event, which is for women ages 30 and older, of all skill levels.

“This event creates so much excitement,” Burt said, “not just to compete as a water skier, but to come together with so many passionate, personally and professionally successful, and ultimately amazing women from all over North America.”

From the friendly, supportive atmosphere at the starting dock to the motivational Saturday night banquet, the Queen’s Cup is a unique event.

“The word camaraderie easily gets thrown into a comment like this,” Burt said. “We read it and think it's ‘neat.’ Camaraderie. Yes! But the gift of experiencing genuine camaraderie is beyond description. Finding a group of individuals who truly get you is perfect.”

The event is designed to parallel the men's Nautique Big Dawg World Tour and to give women the opportunity to take center stage at an elite event on a renowned lake. Little Mountain Lake is the site of numerous national and world records.

Regional, national and world champions are among the skiers entered, with some 15 national champions on the running order.

The event is open to any level, from first tournament to skiers in their 70s. Among those skiing this year are Hall of Famer Jennifer Leachman LaPoint of Florida and perennial national champion and record-setter Joy Kelley of Tennessee.

Skiers from throughout the United States as well as Europe, Australia and Canada competed in the first three Queen's Cups. The top 16 skiers after two rounds of Saturday qualifying advance to Sunday's head-to-head finals. Those outside the top 16 get a third round of skiing Sunday morning.

Cash and prizes are awarded to the top three skiers who most exceed their average scores Saturday, based on a handicap system, regardless of whether they advance to the Sweet 16, thus giving skiers of all levels multiple ways to win cash and prizes.

The most unique aspect of the Queen's Cup is parity. All ages compete on equal footing, as boat speeds are taken out of the equation. For example, women whose maximum boat speed is 30 or 32 mph get the same buoy scores as those whose top speed is 34. A 28-off pass -- or any other -- counts the same at any boat speed.

That format propelled Kelley, 58 years old at the time, into the head-to-head final against 34-year-old Josefin Hirst at the inaugural Queen's Cup in 2016. Kelley's top boat speed was 32; Hirst's was 34. Kelley defeated 34-mph skiers Brenda Baldwin and Chelsea Mills in the rounds of 8 and 4, before falling to Hirst in the final. Australian Vennesa Vieke, who trains and lives in Florida, won the 2017 crown, and tournament host skier Mills won in 2018.

The 2019 Queen’s Cup title is up for grabs. To enter, go to usawaterski.org for tournament information.

For sponsorship opportunities and other information on the Queen’s Cup, contact tournament director Jeff Gilbert at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

-- Marjo Rankin

QueenswhiteThe fourth annual SportsInsurance.com Queen's Cup is set for Sept. 21-22 at Little Mountain Lakes near Charlotte, N.C., returning with its unique slalom format and created to provide women the opportunity to compete for cash and prizes at a world record site.

The Queen’s Cup, with a purse exceeding $10,000 in cash and prizes, is presented by SportsInsurance.com and area Nautique dealer Race City Marine of Mooresville, N.C. The event is designed to parallel the men's Nautique Big Dawg World Tour and to give women the opportunity to take center stage at an elite event. Little Mountain Lake is the site of numerous national and world records.

Regional, national and world champions are among the skiers entered, with some 15 national champions on the running order. The event is open to any level, from first tournament to skiers in their 70s. Among those skiing this year are Hall of Famer Jennifer Leachman LaPoint of Florida and perennial national champion Joy Kelley of Tennessee. Other former or current national champions entered include Gail Case of North Carolina and Trish Burt of Florida.

Skiers ages 30 and older from throughout the United States as well as Europe, Australia and Canada competed in the first three Queen's Cups. The top 16 after two rounds of Saturday qualifying advance to Sunday's head-to-head finals. Those outside the top 16 get a third round of skiing Sunday morning.

Cash and prizes are awarded to the top three skiers who most exceed their average scores Saturday, based on a handicap system, regardless of whether they advance to the Sweet 16, thus giving skiers of all levels multiple ways to win cash and prizes.

The most unique aspect of the Queen's Cup is parity. All ages compete on equal footing, as boat speeds are taken out of the equation. For example, women whose maximum boat speed is 30 or 32 mph get the same buoy scores as those whose top speed is 34. A 28-off pass -- or any other -- counts the same at any boat speed.

That format propelled Kelley, 58 years old at the time, into the head-to-head final against 34-year-old Josefin Hirst at the inaugural Queen's Cup in 2016. Kelley's top boat speed was 32; Hirst's was 34. Kelley defeated 34-mph skiers Brenda Baldwin and Chelsea Mills in the rounds of 8 and 4, before falling to Hirst in the final.

Australian Vennesa Vieke, who trains and lives in Florida, won the 2017 crown, and tournament host skier Mills won in 2018.

To enter, go to usawaterski.org for tournament information. For sponsorship opportunities and other information on the Queen’s Cup, contact tournament director Jeff Gilbert at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Eddie Roberts has played a pivotal role in the progression of waterskiing through his work at both HO Sports and Radar Waterskis. As Herb O'Brien's right-hand man Eddie was a sponge as he learned from the master. This allowed him to become a product manager for the waterski division where he would oversee production and manage R&D for waterski design. Eddie has been at the forefront of innovation as he implemented new processes and constructions into manufacturing. Eddie has also helped shape tournament skiing in the PNW as a pioneer for early events and lakes that have come to fruition. We couldn’t be more stoked for Eddie as he’s being awarded the Award of Distinction for all his accomplishments.

9th September 2019

For Immediate Release

IWWF Notable Changes, A New Dawn has Arrived

IWWF President, Jose Antonio Perez Priego

In conjunction with 2019 IWWF World Waterski Championships in Putrajaya Malaysia the International Waterski and Wakeboard Federation (IWWF), the world governing body for towed water sports, celebrated its Biennial Congress encompassing more than 39 national federations present at the meeting.

Leading up to the congress, the IWWF Bureau and Executive Board met to discuss the future of the sport and upcoming challenges both short and long term. President Jose Antonio Perez Priego (MEX) presented a diagnostic of the current situation and proposed an “athlete centric” strategy to propel future growth and sustainability of the sport. Several actions were presented to these bodies and a clear mandate emerged from the constituency, “move forward with the plans”

Key strategies, both new and in progress, are:

  1. Development and deployment of an Event Management System (EMS) to provide athletes, officials, event organizers, media and sponsors a single point of contact with the IWWF. Once deployed athletes of all sports disciplines will be able to create their own profile, register themselves to compete in events, consult their rankings, etc. Event organizers will be able to create events, populate them, score and publish results. It will become easier and transparent for relevant stakeholders to track Anti-Doping and Safe Sport violations. Media and Sponsors will be able to find out about records, past and upcoming participation of athletes and consult public profiles and a media bank. Jose Antonio Perez Priego stated “we are very excited to be in the final stages of this multi-layer project which should be rolled out by year end”
  2. Creation of an international IWWF Licence for athletes who participate worldwide in IWWF sanctioned and ranked events in all disciplines. IWWF will rollout in conjunction with its EMS an international licence to identify its ranked members and provide cost saving opportunities by partnering with major corporations which cater to our athletes such as car rental companies, hotels and airlines thus offering our athletes savings opportunities at a modest annual registration cost.
  3. One of our sport’s biggest challenges across all disciplines is finding the right organizers/partners to run IWWF world titled events. Due to our sanction fee and related organizing costs in the past, some sites with inappropriate conditions were chosen because the organizer could afford to paythe sanctioning fee. ‘No more” said President Perez Priego during congress. Going forward “adequate and safe Field of Play for our athletes will be paramount in our decision to awarding IWWF world titled events to venues”. IWWF is departing from its current financing model in favor of a new one based on less risk for the local organizers and complete control by IWWF on how to run World Titled events. This means reduced sanction fees, a shared risk/reward financial model for both LOC and IWWF more global sponsorship opportunities for advertisers and a consistent ‘Look and Feel’ at all IWWF events.
  4. Morphing of the current IWWF World Cup series into a professional circuit of pre-established events worldwide with a fixed calendar and a uniform distribution platform that will allow professional athletes to compete for prize money and offer amazing sponsorship opportunities for visionary companies that want to be associated with one of the most exiting sports on the water, featuring its lifestyle and athletic ability. This tour will be comprised of current major existing waterski and other disciplines and will allow for new events to join the circuit on a continuous or sporadic base.

Malibu Boats and WaterSki Events LLC is excited to announce the 2019 Malibu Open Professional Waterski event held at Trophy Lakes on John’s Island, September 13th and 14th, 2019. The event will feature the worlds best men’s and women’s professional water skiers. These athletes will compete for more than $70,000 in prize money in the slalom and jump events. The event will conclude with an exciting men’s night jump finals on Saturday, September 14, 2019. Come out and watch these jumpers travel in excess of 220 feet in the dark. The Malibu Open End of Summer festival will be held in conjunction with the Charleston Water Week. Enjoy the skiing along with live music from Charleston’s hottest bands throughout the event.

https://www.malibuopenfestival.com/

The Horton family and the water ski community lost a pioneer, a friend, an amazing father and an incredible grandpa today.

Rest in peace Jack Horton. With love, your family.

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Below is a small excerpt on Jack Horton’s influence on our sport, written by his granddaughter.

A desert oasis, built by the brute of bare hands that were often marked by hard-earned callouses, the telltale sign of an athlete…a die-hard, dedicated athlete…a waterskier.

Horton Lakes was built in the 1960’s. From the moment the first pile of Mohave desert sand was shoveled and the banks were leveled smooth, a family history was born. But, it wasn’t until the two islands at either end of the lake were resurrected from the ground that a global legacy caught fire. If you haven’t heard of the Horton name, are you truly a water skier?

Jack’s cutting-edge design, constructed with wind-breaker tree lines and roller diminishing turn islands, is the reason why we can religiously wake up at the crack of noon and still be welcomed by a butter-smooth lake. In fact, this blueprint is one of the many contributions he made over his lifetime to our beloved sport and one of the reasons why he holds a spot in the Water Ski Hall of Fame.

At his little diamond in the desert, Jack opened his doors to anyone who was crazy enough to strap on one of his old pairs of Connelly combo skis (tied together by a faded, frayed rope mind you) and hang on to the paint-chipped white boom as he sat behind the wheel outfitted with an ear-to-ear grin and a straw hat brimming his face.

When Jack wasn’t tirelessly piloting his Ski Nautique, he was sitting in the coach’s seat, his sharp eye watching every buoy turn or edge to the wake, each set never complete without his most famous tip - keep your lead shoulder up!

Horton Lakes served as the catalyst for many skiers’ accomplishments. Whether it was opening his site as a training ground for the Masters or creating unforgettable summers for staff, Jack and his passionate love for life on the water impacted many and left an indelible mark on the sport.

Jack was a legend, a family man, a passionate water skier, and the best grandfather a family could have asked for. He will be dearly missed.

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Building on the DNA of the 2019 GT-R, our 2020 flagship ski boasts epic efficiency, maneuverability and acceleration throughout the course. However, a lot of ski companies claim speed, control, and stability —   promising effortless, polished passes. With today’s advanced technology, there’s no doubt that each brand delivers on their pledge. But in an era with so much talent and battles to the last buoy, it’s about the ski's performance at your last pass. 

We took a leap of faith and deviated from the conventional ski construction design. Through years of meticulous masterminding and countless prototypes, 2019 World Champion, Joel Howley helped create a ride that performs when it matters.
 
At Connelly, we care about your last pass — when you’re not perfect, when the conditions aren’t perfect, when you need just one more buoy. Both Manon Costard and Joel Howley’s feats at the 2019 World Championships are testaments to how our technology prevails when it counts.
 
We don’t just deliver on our claims, all the ski companies do that. But we deliver more and we deliver it when it matters — on your last pass.
 
More stability. More acceleration. More control. More grip. More speed.
 
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