Regina Jaquess. The 28-year-old pro skier and pharmacist (she owns and operates Emerald Coast Compounding Pharmacy) based in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, has upped the ante once again. In October of 2011 she broke her world slalom record for the third time in less than two years with a score of 2 at 41 off. 2012 proved to be even better. A few weeks after winning her third Masters slalom title, she ran 3 at 41 off at the Cedar Ridge Record tournament behind her boat sponsor’s Malibu Response TXi to set her fifth world slalom record.
WATERSKI: Take yourself back five years; you were ranked third in the world with 2 1⁄2 buoys at 39 1⁄2 off. At that time, did you ever imagine that you would so quickly own the world record with a performance of 3 at 41off?
Regina Jaquess: No, not really. I mean I have always set my goals high, but that was one of those way out there goals — the ones that keep you working hard but you realize you may never meet.
WS: You’ve improved a full pass in the last six seasons. If your goals are being elevated at the same rate, are you looking to be the first woman to run 41 off?
RJ: That would be stellar. So out of this world. I’m only 5’5,” though, and that’s first thing in the morning, so I can’t imagine how technically perfect I’d have to ski to run it. Forty-one off has definitely lost some of its mystique, though. I mean, look at Nate Smith; he just runs it. I’ve had some good starts, but right now I’m going to just keep focusing on one ball at a time. I already have the record, so I have no reason to be cautious. I’m just going for it now.
How do you balance your water ski training with your career as pharmacist (Regina own’s Emerald Coast Compounding Pharmacy in Destin, Florida; eccpharmacy.com)
My coach Cory Pickos is extremely supportive of my skiing and career. Cory and the staff at the Pickos World Ski Resort get up early and pull me before I go to work, and also stick around after ski school shuts down, so I ski right before dark. It’s difficult, though. I get up and ski at seven, work nine hours at the store, and then try to muster up enough energy for another ski set. While my competition has already done four to five sets in all three events, I’m skiing at twilight for my second set.
WS: What motivates you to keep breaking records?
RJ: Every single girl on the running order at any pro event has the ability to turn things upside down and put out a big score. Without that level of competition, I wouldn’t have the drive I needed to make this happen. I’m a really competitive person, and it’s something I learned from a lifetime of skiing with Cory Pickos.