Mexico For Spring Break | Hayden Millerick Surf Trip 16

Mexico For Spring Break | Hayden Millerick Surf Trip

Well, we ended up going to Mex for my Spring Break.

I’ve really been itching to go surf down south. This was my second time surfing in Mexico. We took a family vacation and flew to Cabo last year, we rented a car and drove up towards Todo Santos and surfed at a place called Cerritos. This was our first adventure driving into Mexico. We kinda had no plan, just loaded up the boards and headed down. We figured we could find a place to stay, or we were going to sleep in the car.

Mexico Bound

Mexico Bound

Senorita

Senorita

Rosarito Beach

Rosarito Beach

Surf Life

Surf Life


We actually ended up staying at the Rosarito Beach Hotel. It was nice! We had a nice drive with no issues either way. All the people we encountered were very nice. Americans and Mexicans, both. The food was great. We visited Rosarito, La Fonda, and Ensenada while here.


Sea God

Sea God

K38 Surf Spot

K38 Surf Spot

KM 38

KM 38

I Surfed a place called K38 . It’s the highway Kilometer 38 marker. That’s how it got its name. It has been a famous break since the 50’s and one of the best in the northern Baja region. We surfed the Point, Its a right point/reef-break with south facing underwater canyon. On the other side of the highway is a giant Jesus on the Hill, pretty sick.
The surf was 3-5 feet and great. I only shared the wave with one other person each day. The water was colder than home due to the currents that hit that area of Mexico. The Baja water is crystal clear and just amazing.We saw two whales heading north while I was paddling out, they were about 50 feet from us. One of them came up closer and scared the crap out of me, I’ve never been that close to a huge whale before it was cool to see him up close and personal like that, I must say. They are massive creatures.

K38 Surf Break

K38 Surf Break

All to myself

All to myself


I met a new friend on this trip, there was a house on the beach and their Pit bull followed me everywhere. He wanted to come back to cali with me. He followed me around and tried to get in our car when we were leaving It was hilarious.

Making Friends

Making Friends

Papas and Beer

Papas and Beer

Checking out the local vibes

Checking out the local vibes


I had a great time with my dad, We plan on going back soon and going below Ensenada next tip, can’t wait!!

Awesome spot sad to leave

Awesome spot sad to leave

Till Next Time Mexico

Till Next Time Mexico

Sunset Watch-Mexico

Sunset Watch-Mexico


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Mark Gomez | Wavedaze is the halfway point for me

Wavedaze is the halfway point on the way to this year’s IFWA tour with my new 2016 Rickter EDGE

Mark Gomez rolling out

Mark Gomez rolling out

Abraham, Jake and Mark

Abraham, Jake and Mark kicking it beach front.


My new 2016 Rickter EDGE was built brand new at the recent Pismo spring break freeride just a few weeks prior to this event, but I had some setbacks with faulty parts that kept me off of my new ski that weekend. What better way then WaveDaze to break it in, on the other side of the country before it goes to Europe. Event Promoter and good friends Dan Swartz and Landon Ward were absolute legends, really making the effort to take care of myself and Abraham Ho who also shipped his ski and traveled with me.

Kaley and Mark

Kaley and Mark fresh arrivals from the West Coast.

My girlfriend Kaley came out as well to support me since it’s only time we have to see each other on weekends at events, I’m really lucky to have her support to travel like that with me.

Riding at the event, I got my Rickter dialed in and had a great time riding with all of my friends and other riders from all over. We had decent surf all around, all weekend besides Saturday evening when it completely shut off. What didn’t shut off, was the cold wind all weekend and even occasional snow flurries on the beach! I’m from SoCal and you don’t see snow on a beach in my hood, it freaked me the hell out.

Regardless of the conditions all of my friends and I toughed it out for the love of this sport and still carried on with the contest put on by the Krash crew making the best of it all. It was a really great weekend, I enjoy meeting new riders and catching up with familiar faces. It puts the big picture into higher resolution, the more events I attend and good people there I get to spend time with. I love this sport and wavedaze is a great staple freeride event on the east coast for the cause.

Crate time

Crate time; getting that Rickter all tucked in.

I had to leave to the airport with my ski crate half packed,  Abraham is going to pack his and finish throwing the extra bits in mine thanks buddy!!

After Abraham gets both of your skis dialed in, they are off to a plane to the UK for the next stop of the IFWA tour. My next stop, before the UK I’ll be switching up gears real quick heading out to Lake Havasu for the 1st round of the USA Pro freestyle tour next weekend. Can’t Wait!!

 

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Brandon Lawlor & Jeff Bolte Wave Daze Beach Front.

Brandon Lawlor | WaveDaze did not disappoint

WaveDaze in Virginia beach Virginia is always a great event.


Brandon Lawlor and Jeff Bolte Beach Side | WaveDaze

Brandon Lawlor and Jeff Bolte Beach Side | WaveDaze

Brandon's 2016 Ride | Freeform Ski |

Brandon’s 2016 Ride | Freeform Ski |

Team mates Jake, Jeff, Mark, and Brandon tossing back a few.

Team mates Jake, Jeff, Mark, and Brandon tossing back a few.


This year was the coldest WaveDaze yet! We had some crazy winds on Saturday and a few flurries of snow which did not stop everyone who made the long and short travel plans to attend this event. Everyone pushed through the bad weather, the show must go on rain or shine. The amateurs were killing it during their contest time. It’s always cool to see all the new faces and skis filling the beach. Dan Swartz, the event promoter, and the Virginia beach Wave Junkies do an awesome job every year and this was one of the best times I’ve had. This is my 4th year in a row making the trip to VA for this event, and I look forward to attending many more in the future. The sport of Jet Ski Freeride seems to be growing every year as new people are attending events like these, and get a taste of how close and caring the Freeride family is.

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Welcome To The Team - Joey Mourneult

Welcome To The Team – Joey Morneault

We are proud to Announce Joey Morneault to the Liquid Militia Team

Joey Morneault is a 24 year old young gun out of Boulder City, NV. He is a Amateur Jet Ski Racer and get’s loose in the surf competing in Amateur Freeride.

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Joey Racing – Photo : BeRad

Joey Morneault

Joey Morneault

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Welcome to the Team


A few questions for Morneault

1. How did you get involved with JetSki’s?

My buddy Tyler asked me one day if I wanted to go ride jet skis after school. At the time, I’ve never ridden any jet ski, let alone a stand up. That day, I went to his house after school and loaded up his spare ski (Kawasaki JS300) we both headed down to Lake Mead and I gave it a shot. It took me 3 days of practice to learn how to turn while standing up. I really enjoyed riding because it was an easy way to stay cooled off during the hot Nevada summer heat. Tyler was nice enough to let me keep the ski for a few weeks until he left for his mission. The following season I bought a Kawasaki Sxi pro and that is when the real addiction started.

2. What was the first ski you competed on?

My first competition ski is my current ski. A 2008 Yamaha Superjet. It’s currently totaled, but it will live to see another day.

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Joey’s 2008 Superjet

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Joey’s Superjet after it slept in the surf for a week…

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Arrrhhhh……


3. Why on earth would you want to be sponsored by Liquid Militia?

A little while after I started riding I heard about Liquid Militia. I soon realized that the Liquid Militia team was made of elite riders. I eventually started meeting some of the team members at different events. All of the riders were really nice people. After my first year of competing I decided I wanted to get on that elite team. After s few years of trying I have finally made it. The LM family is the best, it’s made up of very talented athletes that are super friendly. It’s the true definition of the jet ski family, and I’m now officially part of that family. I’m very stoked to support an awesome brand with great products.

4. What keeps you going to the next event?

The people I meet and hang out with are what keeps me going. We all share the same passion and interests, and it’s always awesome to see new faces. The jet ski community is one of a kind. I’d still go to events if I couldn’t ride, I’d just go for the people.

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Nurse Nelson, Michelle from Skat-Trak, Tera Laho, Joey, Dr. Goldsworthy, Keith and Brandi of BeRad Photo (far right)

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It’s all about a good time


5. What can help grow these sports?

We could use more exposure to people that are unfamiliar with the sport. Many people don’t even know that stand up jet skis are still made. People that don’t know about the sport don’t realize what you can do on a ski or how friendly the community is. I’ve introduced a few people to the jet ski scene and they absolutely love it. I’ve never met somebody that has regretted owning a ski. We just need some exposure to show how awesome this sport is.

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6. What’s your favorite current LM item and why?

My current favorite LM item is my new pullover hoodie. The design on it is awesome and it’s super warm and soft. The design that’s on it has been offered in the past, but I waited a few months for the hoodie to come out. It was worth the wait, I’m stoked on my hoodie.

7. What’s the difference between Racing Jet Ski’s and Freeride?

There are many differences, I’d say the main one is the mindset that you have at the event. At races you are very focused because it’s a competition, that you have been training for. A freeride is much more laid back, and you’re just there to hang out and have a good time with your buddies. Even if the freeride has a competition, everyone is still very laid back. Both disciplines are awesome and the people are what make them awesome.

8. What have you learned from Jet Skiing?

I have learned that the jet ski community is the most friendly action sport community out there. Everyone is super friendly and helpful. I’ve never met a jet skier that I did not like. Other sports have egos and rivalries. Jet skiers just have smiles and good times.

9. Where do you want to end up in this sport?

I’m not sure at this time. I’ve already surprised myself with how far I’ve come. I guess if I were to set a high goal it would be to win a world title for racing or win a freeride title on a Yamaha Superjet.

10. Dream ski?

I’ve already got it. My 2008 Yamaha Superjet is all I need. It has a stock 701 in it which is enough power to do flips and barrel rolls. It will also win trophies at the race course. You don’t need an aftermarket hull to be successful in this sport. It almost seems as if people have forgotten that you can accomplish just about anything on a stock ski. I’d rather shred my stock hull to remind them that you can’t buy skill.

Welcome To The Team - Joey Mourneult

Backflip @ 2016 Pismo Springbreak Freeride

Now that you can relate a little better to Joey, we wanted to say a few lines about him from our view. Why we were stoked on adding Joey to the team; he’s an amateur, so he represents the future of this sport, which is huge. Joey is a level headed dude, he is always the same personality no matter the situation (good to have on your side). He does not have the best equipment money can buy, but still rides hard and gives it his all. He interacts with the brand on social media (keeping us pumped). Lastly he likes the lifestyle of the brand and what we represent and wants to be a part of our little chit show.

Joey’s Facebook | Joey’s Instagram

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Mark Gomez Huck N Hold 2016

Mark Gomez Arrives at Huck N Hold in Australia

Mark Gomez Arrives at Huck N Hold in Australia

Mark Gomez Huck N Hold 2016

Mark Gomez Huck N Hold 2016

Huck N Hold Location

Huck N Hold Location


Mark Gomez has arrived at the 2016 Huck N Hold Freeride contest put on by Krash Industries and the Bridge Builders Foundation at Gunnamatta beach Australia.  A 2 day Jet Ski Freeride event starting today. Mark made his way safely and and is ready to put on show for the boyz in OZ.

I’ll be riding my friend Ben Daymans Rickter EDGE. Which I fell most comfortable competing on since I have a lot of experience riding the Rickter Products. The weather and surf is awesome, looking to take on the Pro class to get after the $2500 cash purse.


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Liquid Militia Fred Hall Show Mock Up

Liquid Militia to have a booth at the 2016 Fred Hall Show in Long Beach, CA

We are pumped to be able to announce that we will be having a booth at the 2016 Fred Hall Show from March 2-6 located at the Long Beach Convention Center . Dubbed the ‘Ultimate Outdoor Experience’ This show has everything that an active outdoor lifestyle has to offer, featuring fishing products, boats, marine accessories, diving, shooting and hunting products and camping gear combined with hundreds of resorts, landings, lodges and outfitters that are ready to book your next outdoor adventure. This is a great show to get out and bring the whole family. The Fred Hall show is open to the public, it has a huge turn out every year with this year being it’s 70th year running strong. Come support us, and the show. Stop by, say hi, grab some of the our newest designs for the whole family. We are looking to expand the brand so dealers, we welcome you to our booth. We will have samples on hand to provide to you. We will also have free stickers and koozies while supplies last.

• LM riders who will be coming by on different days to sign autographs in our booth •


Kelsey Albert Attending the Fred Hall Show

Kelsey Albert Attending the Fred Hall Show

Jake Bright Attending the Fred Hall Show

Jake Bright Attending the Fred Hall Show

Hayden Millerick Attending the Fred Hall Show

Hayden Millerick Attending the Fred Hall Show


So far Kelsey Albert is confirmed to attend the show who is our spearfishing water woman athlete who will be in and round the show all week long. Jake Bright who is a Pro JetSki Freerider, is confirmed to attend the show for a day or two. Local surfer Hayden Millerick who is our local lil ripping surfer athlete is confirmed to attend.


Rough mock up of what our booth will look like for the Fred Hall Show

Rough mock up of what our booth will look like for the Fred Hall Show

Booth done, and ready to roll for the Fred Hall Show 2016

Booth done, and ready to roll for the Fred Hall Show 2016


We can’t wait to set up our custom booth we made just for this show. We put a lot of R&D into it, we are very satisfied with the outcome of our 100% Custom built LM booth. Looking forward to meeting a lot of new people and seeing some old friends. See you at the show!! More details on the show below.

SHOW LOCATION:
Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center (Parking is $10 per day)
300 E. Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90802

SHOW DATES:
March 2th Wednesday 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM
March 3th Thursday 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM
March 4th Friday 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM
March 5th Saturday 10:00 AM – 8:30 PM
March 6th Sunday 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

ADMISSION:
Adults $16.00
Children (15 years old and younger with paid adult) Free
Seniors (62 years and older) $15.00
Active Military (with valid I.D.) Free

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Cuong Son Meets up With The Daytona Freeride Family

The Daytona Freeride Family

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Coung Son Backflip from Team Weekend (Left) Daytona Beach Freeride (Right)

Daytona Freeride, my escape to white sand and good clean fun with my friends. This year was no different, my trip started on Thursday morning. As my family dropped me off at the airport, I know that I will miss them greatly so I held each of them tight for as long as I could. Saying good bye to them is never easy, but my wife said that I deserve it and to go enjoy myself.

El Niño has provided me with a window of perfect weather for the journey out east.  During my layover in Charlotte NC, I ran into Kyle Kenedy from DASA, one of the biggest supporter’s of our sport and one of my favorite sponsors. We chatted the entire flight to Daytona.  It was great to be able to catch up on what’s going on at DASA.

As Friday morning approached, I was so excited that I could no longer sleep. I snuck out of the room as the Lawlor Brothers (Randy & Brandon) were still snoring away.  Although it was pouring outside I couldn’t wait to see everyone.  One of the first people I saw was my good friend Helen Murph working at the sign in booth. Helen and her husband Mark are from Chicago, they have been traveling to Pismo for the last two decades to enjoy the Pacific Ocean. In my mind they are the true free riders, spreading good vibes where ever they go.

The Dayona Freeride, always good to meet up with the freeride family

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Always Industry Peeps at The Daytona Freeride

Check Out the Latest Hulls

Checking Out the Latest Hulls

Tigercraft Hull on Display

Tigercraft Hull on Display


I was bummed that I was not able to bring my ski this year but my fellow riders made sure that I still have a good time by graciously lending me their skis. The first ski I rode was a TigerCraft SV-1 with a foot strap. I must have rode that thing for almost an hour. It was great being out in the water saying hello to everyone. During my two days of riding, I had the chance to ride 4 TigerCraft SV-1, 2 FreeForms, Krash Predator, the all new Krash 50 Cal., Superfreak Titan, Toby 1, and a Blowsion Rickter Edge.

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Tigercraft that I was bummed to leave in Cali

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Cuong giving the Salty Investments Krash hull a rip


As I reflected on the highlights of the weekend.  Top of the list was dinners with my Freeride family.  We shared stories

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Robin of RHAAS and I

about how we became hooked in this sport and why we love it so much. We talked about future events and how we can all meet up again.  Second on that list was able to say “thank you” to my sponsors in person. I hung out with Brian at Thrust Innovations and checked out the billet goodness in his booth.  He was nice enough to let me lift a carbon Superfreak Circus over my head, it’s one of those thing that I’ve always wanted to do. Had an amazing conversation with Robin and his daughter at RHAAS

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Thanks to Blowsion for a Ride

Products.  Took pictures with Tony at TigerCraft and checked out the new FV-1.  A big thanks to the guys at Blowsion for allowing me to ride their awesome creations.  Talked with Arno at Hydro-Turf, attempted to hang his banner outside my window but was not successful due to the hotel staff.  Hung out with my master tuner TNT Tim. Even though my crew at Liquid Militia was not able to make the trip, they were with me the entire time.  The third highlight was a conversation I had with a fellow rider. He told me that he was going through some health issues and this might be his last Freeride.  My heart sank as he was confiding in me, I didn’t know what to say, my eyes teared up. He told me not to worry, he has a great plan to overcome his illness.  He thanked me for listening. I gave him a big hug and told him that we will see each other again next year.

 

2016 Daytona Freeride has come to an end, but not without many new memories and soreness.  I would like to also thank my Freeride family for making the sport so special to me.  I’m already planning for next year, see you all again -CS

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Special Thanks to Mel Smith Photography for some of the killer shots in this post.

Mark Gomez Daytona Freeride Surf 'N' Style Champion 6

Mark Gomez Daytona Freeride Surf ‘N’ Style Champion

Mark Gomez 2016 Daytona Freeride

My adventure of the 2016 Daytona Beach Freeride started off with a trip to Liquid Militia HQ to pick up some awesome new products to wear at the event and do a quick video interview. I ran home quickly packed and was just in time to check my bags on a red-eye flight out to Orlando, Florida. Sunday, before the event, I did a side job installing a footstrap and applying Hydro-Turf to one of my sponsors ski’s at his house. From there I was able to meet up with my girlfriend Kaley and her friend Joan to go ride wakeboards at the OWC cable park. This was my first time on a cable and it was an interesting experience to say the least. Getting into Daytona Abraham Ho and I unpacked the shipped in skis. Thanks to Rickter and our friend Mark Didario who helped us with all of it, transporting our equipment/skis around in his trailer.

Side Job: Quick Footstrap/Turf install

Side Job: Quick Footstrap/Turf install

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Crated Jet Skis – Waiting to be unpacked

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Mark and Kaley at OWC

OWC Cable Park

OWC Cable Park


Nick Foederer and Gomez

Nick Foederer and Gomez

At the event, Thursday’s conditions were decent sized swells perfect for a warm up. Friday, seemed to be the perfect storm and cleaned up to be big at times and fun. Saturday, was smooth and small making the Surfn’Style contest a bit of a struggle for waves. I rode my 2015 Rickter Edge in the contest and was able to pull of a Judo Re-entry along with a few other surf maneuvers within my 4 minute time-frame. I had some of the most fun with the conditions having a brutal dynamic small wave / flatwater weapon we brought this year. The 1000cc 2016 Rickter XFR was perfect for throwing down some fun big jumps in the small conditions and removing the rear sponsons made for an interesting night in the pool.


Annual Daytona Freeride Jet Ski Pool Flip Sesh


Mark Gomez Daytona Surf’N’Style Champion

Surf 'N' Style Podium

Surf ‘N’ Style Podium

Later that afternoon, the TC Freeride team hauled the ski up to the pool deck where I prepared to give the post raffle hotel pool flips another go. With my ski in the pool and everyone going nuts with cameras flashing. I pulled off 3 flips in a row. Then a last minute guest Chris L. From X-metal joined in, and we pulled off 2 sync backflips together in that pool. That dissipated everyone for a while leading to the after party and awards for the contest held Mark Gomez Daytona Freeride Surf 'N' Style Champion 5earlier. Against some of the best surf riders at the event I was humbled to take back my title and take home one of the coolest trophies I have ever received for winning the Surf’n’Style contest.
The riding that happens at an event is a story, but the many good people in this sport that I get to see and catch up with at these events is really all a story within itself. Its what this is all about at the end of the day, I’m blessed to be able to share my passion with such an amazing network of riders and enthusiast.
Have to thank Nick and Sarah for putting on such a great event and big thanks to Liquid Militia for keeping it real and supporting its riders at the lifestyle events we represent at. My next stop will be New Zealand in February… -MG

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