Our first Vlog. Should it be our last?

Our first Vlog. Should it be our last?

We co-own and run a lifestyle clothing brand called Liquid Militia located in Santa Ana, California. This Vlog experience will be about our day to day operations running a print shop. We are unique in that we design all our graphic prints in house, we screen print all our products in house, we make the screens, print out our films (transparency), we run and manage our web site (www.LiquidMilitia.com), we tag, fold, bag stock, ship, everything in house. We run all our social media platforms, all e-mail inquiries, and travel to and from events while managing a team of approx 22 team riders. We love being creative and doing this type of job. We hope you like our videos and want to see what a real working shop looks like, that proudly makes everything we can in the U.S.A. You never know, you might learn a few things along the way. ENJOY!!

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Lawlor Crew Showing off the new Daylite Helmets

2016 Blowsion Surf Slam Event | Randy Lawlor’s Journey

The 2016 Blowsion Surf Slam event was like none other. It just seemed like John Dady was up there looking over the entire event. This was my 5th Blowsion Surf Slam I have competed in and by far the best weather we have ever had.

Our trip started off like any Jetski trip leaving really early in the morning. Brandon Lawlor, Jeff Bolte, Nick Collens, and I had a smooth trip up until we got a few blocks from our rental house. We ended up having to put the truck in 4×4 low at 9:00pm at night after being on the road for 16 hours and wheel up a steep gravel road with big pot holes towing our toy hauler. Luckily we made it through. Our house was at the top of the mountain overlooking all of Pacific City with the most amazing views!

Lawlor's Pacific City Beach House

Lawlor’s Pacific City, OR – Beach House View

truck, skis, trailer, dialed

locked and loaded

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Thursday morning we got to sleep in a little, got a good breakfast and had the rest of the day on the beach practicing and trying to get used to the crazy surf that us Pismo Freeriders rarely get to see. It was like a huge washing machine out at the beach. Luckily all the warm-up and practice went well, we all were able to load up the skis without having to “wrench” on any of them.

Randy Lawlor everything is set

Randy Lawlor everything is set

Lawlor Crew Showing off the new Daylite Helmets

Lawlor’s all have custom painted Daylite helmets.

Danielle Lawlor

Danielle Lawlor


Friday morning everything was kicking-off. The Blowsion crew kicked butt and all the final touches of the set up were complete. The weather was beautiful and the good vibes of the Freeride Community was in the air. After the riders meeting I was antsy to get in the water and get a little warmed up before qualifying began. The surf was bigger then I had seen in a long time and it took a little while for me to feel comfortable. My ski was loading up a little bit on the bottom end so I had Tim Tynan with TNT Performance Engineering take a look. He adjusted my carbs and she felt pretty good. I went out with Tom Scaccianoce for our qualifying round. I focused a lot on surf riding and caught a couple of waves that felt amazing. After my run I had multiple people come up to me to congratulate me on my surf riding telling me they have never seen me ride like that before. I was really nervous that I had focused too much on the surf riding and didn’t get in enough big airs for my qualifying round.

Lawlor Bros. Beach pit dialed

Lawlor Bros. Beach pit dialed

Randy Lawlor

Qualifying rounds with Randy


On Saturday morning the results for the qualifying rounds were posted and I saw my name in first place!  I was so stoked!

The weather once again was beautiful, but the surf was gone. This made me a little nervous because all the big waves that I got really good surf points for were gone. The waves were only about 2-4 feet and we’re just crumbling. My first round was against Darin Anderson. I felt like I was struggling to find waves and spent too much time searching for waves instead of just riding what was there. I knew that that kind of a performance would not be enough to beat a legend like Darin Anderson. This put me into the LCQ against Bruno Jacob who came into the competition 2nd in the world so far in points. I know that I would need to step it up if I wanted a chance to beat him. I rode really good and felt good about it. I stayed busy the entire time and knew I got a lot of good surf riding in and several good aerials. It came down to a 2-3 decision with the judges and Bruno moved on. The wild card was given to my brother Brandon and I was out in the 8th finals.

Randy Lawlor Surf Riding- Photo By: BeRad Photography

Randy Lawlor Surf Riding- Photo By: BeRad Photography

It was 4:00pm and the tribute to John Dady was starting. There was an open mic where everyone was telling stories and reminiscing about all the great times they had with John and how much he did to help Freeriding and jetskiing get where it is today. After the open mic everyone gathered in a huge circle at the water’s edge with hops and flowers. Everyone that had skis were geared up and after the circle on the beach we all ran over to our skis and went out past the break to gather in a surf style paddle-out ceremony. After everyone threw the flowers and hops into the water we all rode back into the break and did what we knew best had a good 20-minute Freeride in John’s honor. It was amazing to see all the skis in the water and all the people at the water’s edge taking part in remembering John Dady.

Sunday morning kicked-off and the ocean reminded us of John’s presence. All the flowers, wreaths, and hops that were thrown into the ocean were all washed up onto the beach. It just made you stop and think of John again.

The surf had picked back up and was bigger then ever. There were many good rounds but it always has to come down to the top 4 to go head to head and determine the 2016 Surf Slam winner. Abraham Ho and Mark Gomez were riding for 1st and 2nd. Darin Anderson and  Bruno Jacob were riding for 3rd and 4th. Right after the finals we went into a big air contest. We had a big donation from Salty Investments to help with some prize money for the big air comp, half was going to John Dady’s family and the other half to the winner of big air. We went out in two groups of three riders for a 5 minute round There were some big waves out there. I had a couple big back-flips and then I saw a wave with about an 8-foot face that was throwing pretty good. I attempted my first ever back flip re-entry. It really didn’t go too well. I flat-landed really hard about 4 feet in front of the wave and then was immediately swallowed by the big wave. I had no chance.  The ski was torn from my finger tips and I was getting thrown around violently by the wave. Finally I popped up out of the wave and my ski was about halfway onto the beach because it surfed the same wave all the way in. Luckily within seconds the water rescue team was at my side so I was able to grab onto the life board attached to the back of his ski and hitched a ride all the way back to my ski.  The Dasa powered Free Form 2.0 was still floating nice and fired right up!

I wanted to give props to Daylite Ramsey for painting my new helmet. It came out amazing. I am very thankful for the hard work he put into the design and style of it. It came out great! Thank you!!

Daylite painted Randy's new helmet

Daylite Ramsey painted helmet

Abraham Ho won the Pro Freeride and the Big Air. Mark Gomez came in 2nd and Darin Anderson in 3rd. As always it was a blast and amazing to see how so many riders have progressed in the past year. I can’t wait for the 2017 Surf Slam!  See you there!

RANDY LAWLOR’S LIQUID MILITIA ATHLETE PAGE |

Mark Gomez costume as a T-Rex

Liquid Militia | T-Rex Steals Jet Ski and Does Insane Tricks With Mark Gomez

When a T-Rex Dinosaur’s hits the lake on a Jet Ski it’s a impressive show!!

Mark Gomez costume as a T-Rex

Mark Gomez is a baby T-Rex

A T-Rex Dinosaur hits the lake on a Jet Ski it’s a show!! Especially, when it’s piloted by LM’s own Mark Gomez. While Gomez was still up in the Pacific North West visiting his girlfriend last week after his recent competition at the 2016 Blowsion Surf Slam he had an opportunity to meet up with fellow freerider Guillermo Casas, who was in town also for the Surf Slam. Gomez has had an idea to do something with this T-Rex suit he purchased off Amazon just for this purpose. But, had not had anything solid planned till Guillermo entered the picture. Guillermo, was down to launch his drone that he had brought with him from Costa Rica (where he resides) to film a session with Gomez and see what happens. Gomez knew he wanted to challenge himself to ride his new 1200cc Rickter XFR Pro freestyle Jetski with the suit. Gomez being the Pro he is just needed to go out and do what he loves, and while Guillermo captured the action with the drone. All in all, this was a unique experience as the weather was great, and they had the whole cove to themselves which is always a plus when filming. Without boring you to death on to much chit chat the video came out dope. Gomez always making things look fun and easy, we hope everyone enjoys this video and a massive kudo shout to Guillermo for taking on he task of filming the entire shoot.

MARK GOMEZ’S LIQUID MILITIA ATHLETE PAGE |

GUILLERMO CASAS’S INSTAGRAM PAGE |

GUILLERMO’S RESORT- CLANDESTINO BEACH RESORT WEB SITE |

Mark Gomez is a T-Rex

T-Rex Steals Jet Ski and Does Insane Tricks With Mark Gomez

Mark Gomez walking away from the lake

Mark Gomez | All Smiles after that session


Motor Check

Motor Check

Mark Gomez in the flesh

Mark Gomez in the flesh

Starrship Crew | 2016 Port San Luis Halibut Tournament Report 2

Starrship Crew | 2016 Port San Luis Halibut Tournament Report

Halibut Tournament Report

For us, The 2016 Port San Luis Halibut Tournament really started the week before… the conditions were right to start searching our local waters for signs of white sea bass and halibut. The time of the year we all look forward to around here.  We loaded up the kids and went for a boat ride to scout some spots that produced for us last year. Not long after dropping lines in the water I was hooked up to what ended up being my new personal best halibut weighing in at 46lbs.. A couple more drifts in the same area and we were on again. This time with my buddy CJ on the rod and reel bringing in another nice fish in the 30lb range. It was an awesome day on the water and a real treat for the kiddos to be around.

Kiddos with the Halibut Sea Monster

Kiddos with the 46lb Halibut Sea Monster

As we got ready for the tournament the following weekend the weather report was not looking good, calling for 7-9ft swell and 20-30kt gusts of wind, but we prepped for the conditions and headed out, this time with the A team on board. Jess Spencer, Forrest Ponds,  Paul Sandoval, and myself headed down to the spot early Saturday morning. After hours of braving the elements, Forrest, who had spent the day up on the bow all by himself was hooked up on a nice fish. After a nice battle we boated a chunky 35lb halibut. score!!! we were in the game…

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Forrest with the 35lb Halibut score that got us in the game

A few more hours with no bites and we headed back to port to make weigh ins at 3pm. We had heard that a couple other fish were caught but With 68 contestants in the tournament we had no idea what we were up against… about 10 fish total were brought in and at the end of the day, we were on top of the podium with the first place fish. Beating out the second place fish by less than a pound. But, this was only day 1 of a 2 day tournament.

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Day 2, the weather was a little nicer and we thought we would stick to the same game plan and load up on some fish. Not the case….. Fished hard all day long for nada… not even a bite…  Heading back into port, tired and hungry, we figured everyone else was catching and our chances of staying on the podium were very slim, but at least we would get some free BBQ…

“We were stoked just to get a fish”

Before The Weigh In

Day 1 Weigh In with the 35lb Halibut

$2200 in the bag

$2,200 in the bag for the 35lb Halibut


Its a team effort

Its a team effort

As we got to the dock for final weigh ins we saw a few friends with smiling faces, Tammy who runs the tournament walked up to us and whispered “I think you guys got this”. Our attitudes changed real quick and we were eager to hear the final results. There was a hand full of nice fish brought in on Sunday but at the end of the day we held our first place title with the overall biggest fish of the tournament, claiming over $2200. We were absolutely blown away. We were stoked just to get a fish. This was a tough competition with a lot of well respected local fisherman in the mix.

After a couple cold ones, some top notch BBQ, a raffle, and some good times with family and friends, we headed home to get some much needed rest..

Fishing on my boat is a team effort, and this time we made it happen. Proud of the crew for getting the job done. Thanks boys… And Big thanks to our family, friends, wives, and people like the folks here at Liquid Militia that support us out here doing what we love. Until next time…

Cheers,
-STARRSHIP

Starrship Crew Team Profile>>

 

Pro Rider Mark Gomez | Jet Ski back flips in a small pool

Pro Rider Mark Gomez | Jet Ski backflips in a small pool

Pro Rider Mark Gomez | Jet Ski Back Flips In A Small Pool

Pro Rider Mark Gomez | Jet Ski back flips in a small pool

Mark Gomez flipping | John Crabb with the best seat in the house.

Mark Gomez hit us up the day before he had plans to do a flippy in a backyard swimming pool. His buddy, John Crabb, who own’s Performance Fiberglass (one of Mark’s sponsors) hosted the pool party. Since we live pretty close to Gomez, we were down. This Labor Day Holiday Weekend was one for the books as we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. Once we had a chance to check out the pool we were all kind sketched on how small the pool was (15′ X 30′).  Keep in mind Marks Ski is about 6′ long, not much room for error. Mark being the Pro that he is was like, ‘I got this” so we started rolling the cameras. Without going into to much detail on every single thing just watch the video clip, it’s self explanatory ENJOY!!

 

Mark Gomez |Arriving to unload

Mark Gomez |Arriving to unload

Pro Rider Mark Gomez | Set Up

Pro Rider Mark Gomez | Set Up

Mark Gomz and John Crabb

Mark Gomz and John Crabb

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Bryan Bourassa | Podium 1st place

Grayland Open Words from the amateurs

Grayland Open Words from the amateurs who are ripping

BRYAN BOURASSA
Grayland open 2016 was one for the books for sure! I came into this event ready to throw down. I spent days and weekends practicing with friends and my Delta Freeride Crew. We traveled to Pismo Beach, our local training spot, almost every weekend leading up to the comp putting in a lot of hours riding and working on my ski.

Bryan Bourassa surf practice

Pismo training sessions going down

Group shot of the crew

The crew at pismo, the last trip before Grayland.

Bryan boosting some air in the surf

Bryan working on his skills for the Grayland.


I traveled to Washington with my girlfriend Rheanna, and my buddy Neil. We piled into our motor home and hooked up the trailer and off we went. After a 14 hour drive from Cali to our amazement, we showed up to great weather and great waves. I was pumped!

Bryshady and crew ready to go

Bryshady, Rhe, and Neil ready to the hit the Grayland express.

Practice Thursday couldn’t have been any better leading me into Friday for qualifiers. I qualified 2nd on Friday which brought me to Saturday heats. I was the last heat of the day which couldn’t come any quicker. They pulled up a rookie to compete in the amateur class which allowed Sean Starr to have a by while the rest of us amateurs competed to get to the top spots.

During my first heat, I started running into ski issues. All weekend after every heat I spent hours pulling carbs off, studs out, intake, replacing gaskets and lock-tightening everything in order to get back into my heat. Thanks to Blowsion for their 12mm wrench that I used all weekend!

With the hours of working on my ski I pushed through all my heats. With Saturday ending, leading into Sunday with the same issues. After every heat my ski kept me constantly wrenching with my buddy Neal by my side. Even though my ski wasn’t running perfect, I was making it work.

I went up against Damien Morgan, we both had a great run but I ended up coming out with the win which moved me into the finals for 1st and 2nd place against Sean Starr!

I came into that heat pumped and ready to give it my all. After my friends pumped me up on the side lines I was ready to shred. I went out with huge surf and great waves. I pulled multiple flips, can flips, 1 footed flip rolls, under flips, re-entries, 180 can stabs, no hand can stabs and more. Hands down one of the best runs I have ever had.

Grayland Open- Bryan Bourassa | Photo By: Chris Marks

Grayland Open- Bryan Bourassa – Photo By Chris Marks

Grayland Open- Bryan Bourassa | Photo By: Chris Marks

Grayland Open- Bryan Bourassa | Photo By: Chris Marks

Grayland Open- Bryan Bourassa - Photo By Chris Marks

Grayland Open- Bryan Bourassa – Photo By Chris Marks


I didn’t even know for one minute that Sean had ski issues. I was so focused on throwing down a solid run doing what I live for. I seen him go down once or twice and just kept putting it down to the ocean! I was pumped off my run.

Bryan Bourassa | Podium 1st place

Bryan Bourassa wins the amateur comp for the 2016 Grayland Open

The judges, fans, and friends came up to me and told me it was a great run, being the highest scored all weekend. The run was everything they expected for the overall win in the final for the amateur class! Nothing made me more Pumped and I appreciate everyone’s words and help.

Overall it was hands down a great weekend. Nothing but fun times and good riding.

I am now getting ready for this year 2016 Blowsion Surf Slam!! Looking forward to it and seeing everyone there!


Rolling 4 deep to The Grayland Open

Marissa, Zack, Sean, and Spark loaded and on the road.

SEAN STARR
This weekend was one for the books guys! Grayland open 2016 was off the hook. Starting off the trip, the legend ZB and I met up here in Orcutt my hometown nn Tuesday night to cruz for a bit and go over the mission ahead. First thing Wednesday AM Zack my home girl Marisa and I headed out to the TC Freeride shop in Paso Robles to meet up with Taylor Curtis to get the rig dialed in and ready for the road. After loading up myself, Zack Bright, Mark Gomez and Abraham Ho’s skis, gear bags, gas cans, and any other stuff we needed. We got the rig all dialed in and gassed up. We headed out of Paso on Wednesday afternoon headed for Grayland, amping to get to the event.

Pinned the whole way, switching off driving between me and Zack we drove through the night finally getting to the beach at about 11am on Thursday morning. 20hrs after leaving Paso, showing up on the beach was a great feeling to have made it safe and sound. Vibes were high, not a lot of sleep and not many people there yet but I was amping and itching to get in the water.

 

Sean Starr's jet ski set up on the beach

Sean Starr’s jet ski set up on the beach.

Sean Starr Practice Session

Sean Starr Practice Session in Pismo prior to arriving in Grayland, WA.

Nervous none the less from jumping from the rookie class last year to the am class in just a few months just barely getting flips around, I felt like I still had some major practice to do. After getting our rig unloaded and deciding to do my part to help set up the event venue was stoked to be helping such a great event. All the while, I was just itching to ride. Got a few guys together and launched the skis for a much needed squirt to wash the road trip off and get the bugs out! Time to bash some lips and huck some shit!


Sean Starr with the riders meeting going on behind him

Sean Starr at the riders meeting 2016 Grayland Open.

Rolling around Friday morning at about 10:30 the rider meeting went down and we all went over the game plan for the contest and running heats, brackets, and heat times. yada, yada, yadda.. Then all of a sudden, I was asked to judge by Zack and Mark for Fridays heats until I had to ride my heat. That being such a rad opportunity for me all I could say was chooooooot. So yea, that was sick, I got to learn a lot about what the judges see from up top and what they are looking for. I had a rad time cruising up top with the big dogs until the amateur qualifying heats rolled around with my heat being first. I suited up, threw my helmet on, and was amping like none other. The buzzer goes off and it’s me in the first heat kicking off the am class for the weekend I threw it down and did what I do best, surf riding, wall bashing and squeezed in whatever big airs I could chuck after my 6 min heat, beached the ski and was done for the day.

Then proceeding to the rest of the days qualifying heats after the day was over the whole freeride family met up at the Cranberry Road Winery and got nice and sauced up with some good beer flowin. It was good to catch up with everybody and BS for a bit. Later in the night we all got hit with some very rough news from the Blowsion crew and the freeride fam about the passing of Blowsion owner and legend John Dady needless to say we all came together like we always do to do what we could to keep on trucking with the event.


Sean Starr Qualified 1st

Sean Starr Qualified 1st. He’s stoked

Saturday morning heats kicked off at about 11am and it was crunch time, it was elimination day, after the riders meeting they announced qualifying scores and the days heats. Looking at the heats paper, I had to do a double take. I qualified first in my class with a score of 64, whaaat… Going up against some serious shredders. I was freaking stoked!! and because of that I seated myself into the quarter finals. Going up against Matt Carte for my quarter final heat I scored some good waves and tuned in. They announced that I won the heat moving on to the semis yewww…

The rest of the days heats rolled on to the days end. Time to crack some cold ones with the crew and celebrate the good day. Wrapping up the night we head back to the cabin and catch some Z’s and get ready for the next day. Waking up Sunday, was sick in it’s self, I’m here, I’m riding today, I made it this far, lets get it going. Just frothing for my heats, showing up to the beach Sunday morning was nerve-racking, but I had to put that BS aside and just keep doing me and stick to my riding. In my semi heat, I ended up going up against east coast shredder Josh Bridges. Stressing in my own head knowing this dude kills it, we launched our skis and kicked off our heat. The buzzer goes off and its on! Doing what I can to get waves and put together some tricks. I look over, he’s throwing huge no handed rolls and no handed backflips and I’m like chit, time to turn on the gas. Was such a good heat, Bridges and I were killing it. I was getting some good ones out in the back sets with some solid surf riding and I managed to get a one handed roll, backflip, and underflip with some surf riding waves or 2 in-between. Then I over rotated a big flip bad in this heat. It took some time for the judges to figure out who was moving on to the final. I took the win and moved on.

I was amping so hard not knowing how I pulled it off, it was a go!!! My first am contest and I’m in the final!!! 20 minutes later it was what it all came down to, me and my good riding buddy and shredder Bryan Bourassa in the am final. We launched our boats and waited for the buzzer searching for a peak out in the back. The lollipop turns green and the final is on. I see a wave and freakin bash this thing till theirs nothing left, I pin my ski back out to get another wave on the super hollow inside section and sent a megaaa can re-entry right into the sand to my death… Within the first minute of the heat I’m down and maybe out. I come up and my lanyard is not on my ski and not on my arm I guess it decided to go for a swim haha leaving me and my ski dead in the water.

The rescue ski tried to pull me in but when hooking me up he gassed it too hard and snapped my tow rope. Once again I’m dead in the water and not able to start my ski. I sunk my boat, drifting about 1/4 mile south down the beach watching Bryan ride the rest of the heat to the top spot on the podium.

Grayland Open Sean Starr 2nd Place

Grayland Open amateur podium top 4.

That was a bit of an upset for me, not to be able to compete in the final and battle it out with my riding mate but all in all I blew myself away with my riding. Being able to ride with these guys who are going big, killing it, and still somehow end up getting to the final and on the podium in my first go at the am class and score second place. The award ceremonies went down and I got back in the water to do what’s best when I’m pissed at myself shred out my frustrations.

I was the last one in the water at the event choooot, haha. We loaded up the rig and left the beach to West Port for a nice dinner at Bennet’s. With some good company before we all parted ways until the Blowsion Surfslam.

Lake Shasta stop before the journey home

Quick pit stop to flush the skis.

Upon departing Grayland, our crew made a pitstop at Seven Feathers Casino and then stopping at Lake Shasta to ride and flush the skis out and let Marisa shred the new boat. The Grayland Open 2016 was one for the books for me with big learning curves to take note’s on and dial in my programming one step at a time. I’m coming in hot guys chyewwwww.


Time Lapse of painting the Freeride Helmet for Grayland Open 2016 winner of the Amateur Class By Daylite Ramsey

Grayland Open beach spot set up with our team riders.

Grayland Open Re-Cap Randy L. Zack B. and Jeff Bolte

2016 Grayland Open Jet Ski Freeride Competition from the Pros

RANDY LAWLOR
Brandon, Jeff Bolte, and I rode up to the 2016 Grayland Open together. We had a rather smooth trip with three skis on the bed of the truck and two on an open trailer. Josh Bridges shipped his ski to us and we hauled it up for him. We arrived on Wednesday around 5:00pm and quickly hopped into the water. The sun was out, the surf was awesome, and we all felt like it was our best day of ridding in a long time.

Grayland Open skis stacked, guy's are ready

Grayland Open road trip for the team. Locked and stacked next stop Grayland.

Grayland Open beach spot set up with our team riders.

Liquid Militia Team riders Brandon, Randy, and Jeff set up on the beach.


On Friday we had some great weather and a lot of qualifying to do. The waves were not really throwing to well, everyone was having a little trouble with the surf conditions. It was awesome to see all the familiar faces and also a lot of new riders that I had just meet. The rookie and amateur class looked better then ever. Everyone was pushing them selves and going huge. I had a pretty good qualifying round but I got ejected on a no handed barrel roll that looked a little worse then it felt.

Friday night we were on our way to the winery from dinner when we got the devastating news about John Dady. It came as a complete shock to the entire Freeride community. John was such a great guy and did so much to help and grow our sport.

Lawlor's 2016 Grayland Open Rig

Lawlor’s 2016 Grayland Open Rig. Truck packed, skis stacked.

Saturday morning we woke up to the good old normal GRAY Grayland. The fog was in and everything was wet. Brandon and I only hung out on the beach until 11:30am which at this point nothing had even started yet because of the fog delay.

Grayland Open is ready for the Lawlor Bros

Team selfie Thanks DAD!!

We had a family wedding to attend (2 birds one stone). We drove 4 hours south for our cousins wedding in Corvallis, OR. It was a beautiful out door wedding we had a great time catching up with friends and family.

Brandon and I arrived back to the beach Sunday morning by 10:00am to get our skis wet. Big thanks to our Dad for driving, we got to catch up on a little sleep during the drive. Sunday morning the fog was in heavy again.


There was so much to run, we had to get this comp started! We went strait into the consolation and final rounds for rookie, amateur, and sit down. The fog made it difficult to see. The judges had to pay extra attention to make sure they didn’t miss anything. Unfortunately Dan Lindgren smashed his face on the handlebars pretty bad and had to make a trip to the hospital to get checked out and glued back together. This created a little bit of confusion because Dan was running the show. The fog at this point was so bad you could barely see the ocean. The decision was made to go on with the award ceremony and hope the fog would clear enough for us to get some pro rounds in.

Randy Lawlor posing by his Jet Ski on the beach

Randy Lawlor pumped to ride after that long drive.

Grayland Open TV interview

Randy Lawlor doing an interview for TV at the 2016 Grayland Open.

It was great seeing some of our fellow Pismo Freeriders up on the podium.

The awards were over and the fog was in as heavy as ever. The final decision was to just do a Pro Jam. The Pro Jams are always fun, all pros went out at the same time and rode for 20 minutes. We feed off each other and push each other so it makes it a lot of fun.

When we came back in we found out the judges couldn’t tell who was who and couldn’t see anything on the back set, so there was no decision made.

As always it was an awesome time Dan Lindgren thank you for everything. Nick Foster thank you, All the judges thank you, thank you to the water rescue, and everyone else that helped make this event happen.


ZACK BRIGHT

Grayland Open Zack Bright ready to ride

Zack Bright geared up

Grayland was an event I won’t forget. This is the 6th year I’ve been apart of this event and the 5th time I’ve made the drive up to south Canada (aka Grayland Washington). It really never gets easier.

This year I couldn’t get a crew together from Oside to go up and I didn’t want to drive my rig solo so I threw my ski in my truck Tuesday night and drove up to Orcutt, CA to Sean Starr’s house to help him, Marisa, and Spark drive. We woke up early and headed to Taylor’s to get the trailer and the rest of the skis to start our mission up north. We took way longer than expected and got a late start.

The drive went good and we pulled into Grayland around 11am on Thursday. Thursday was the rider clinic and check in day. We hung out on the beach and made our way back to the brand new Bogwater Brewing Co. Then made our way back to the camping grounds.

Big shout out to Neal Smith, Bryan Baroussa and Rihanna for taking me in and letting me stay all weekend in the motor home. Sorry for snoring!

Friday, we knocked out every class’s qualifying. Saturday, we moved through rounds to bring us to Sunday’s finals. Nick Barton couldn’t make it to Judge the event this year so, Chris Grace, Pete Macaffe and myself were the judges for the event (minus pro class). Big thanks to them. It went really well and utilizing nicks forward thinking scoring system, we all came to easy decisions for who advanced to the next round throughout the weekend.

Grayland Open Judging arena

Grayland Open Judging arena

Zack Bright's Jet Ski on the tote

Zack Bright Ski looking fresh

Saturday was a very hard day for me hearing the news that Johnny Dady Mr. Blowsion had passed away and that really put a hit on the entire weekend. We decided to carry on for him but it really affected me and a lot of us out there. Our sport lost a huge supporter and we will never forget him.

The finals went really well. Every year the amateurs and rookies really step it up, and this was no exception with addition to a lot of new riders! Honestly the entire amateur field was killing it. There were 6 guys that could win the event and every rider could podium so it was great watching them duke it out! Congrats to my LM team mates Bryan and Sean for taking 1st and 2nd.

The pro class got fogged out which was a bummer for us but in reality, the event is about the amateurs and growing the sport so I didn’t really care. Huge congrats to LM shredder Jeff Bolte for absolutely killing the masters class. That guy is 54 years old and rides better than most 20 year old’s. Best surf riding all weekend! Dudes a legend!

We loaded up and hit the road after the event and finally stopped at lake Shasta to ride the skis in some fresh water. I’ve always wanted to do that and that was super super fun.

Big thanks to Dan Lindgren and all the supporting sponsors for supporting this event. It has really grown since 6 years ago and I can’t wait to see the next 6 years and help out as much as I can!

Beach vibes

Beach vibes, judging, people, the scene.


JEFF BOLTE

This was the 1st Grayland Open for me ever. Since I’ve been working out west in California for the summer, I have been able to attend some events that I normally would not be able to attend. I figured since I’m here and can meet up for my boy’s the Lawlor Bros. Lets do Grayland! I decided to enter the contest into the master class. Overall I ended up taking 1st place which was cool, I was just stoked to be able to ride with my friends and have a good time.

Jeff Bolte talking on the mic on the podium 1st place speech.

Jeff Bolte talking on the mic on the podium 1st place speech.

Jeff Bolte 1st place podium shot

Jeff Bolte 1st place podium shot

Grayland Open top 4 in the master class.

Grayland Open top 4 in the master class.