Liquid Militia | Beach life on and off the water

Liquid Militia | Beach life on and off the water

A good time on and off the water on the West Coast with our crew. Beach, Babes, Beer, and Jet skis.

We recently took a little trip to da beach to kick it with the team and bunch of our friends/customers. Needless to say, it was a epic trip where we could all camp on the beach, gather together for a nice dinner, and let the after party roll deep into the night. Sit back and see why we love the people who support the brad and the wild times we have.

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Joey Morneault | Festival of Freeride (FOF) and Australia Trip

Joey Morneault | Festival of Freeride (FOF) and Australia Trip

A few years ago I met a Kiwi named Roger down at one of the local Jet Ski shops in Las Vegas.

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Joey (Left) and the Kiwi Roger (Right).

Over the past few years we ended up being pretty good friends and we traveled to some events together. Roger always told me that I needed to go down to New Zealand to come ride. For a few years I just laughed about it and figured I wouldn’t be able to make it happen. I recently went through a few life changes and decided to say “Screw it, I’m going on an adventure”.

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I decided to go down to New Zealand during their biggest free ride event called the Festival of Free ride (FOF). After looking at flights I discovered that traveling to Australia wouldn’t cost too much more and just like that I had some plane tickets for an adventure of a life time. I didn’t really have any plans for the trip. The goal was to attend the FOF and just have fun. Everything else I just figured out during the trip.

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I was a bit nervous and a bit hesitant going into this trip. This was my first big international trip and I had a 24 hour travel period for me to make my way down under. It took a total of 3 flights to make it down to Auckland and I was pretty out of it by the time I arrived. Once I survived customs I met up with Roger and we headed to get some food. Driving on the other side of the road was the weirdest feeling. What was even more weird was the pizza selection. For dinner we had a banana and salmon pizza along with a caper and onion pizza. Both pizzas were surprisingly good and I would choose the banana pizza over pineapple any day of the week.

After grabbing some dinner I got to meet John Wright who was one of the race promoters for the area. It was cool to see how they hold jet ski races on the other side of the world. John also gave me a place to stay for a few nights during my trip which I was very grateful for. After getting a good nights sleep Roger and I grabbed some breakfast and headed to the shop so we can prep the skis for our riding trip. At breakfast I got to experience a meat pie and it was life changing. I wish we had meat pies in the United States.

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After prepping the skis we headed just outside of Auckland to ride at a river called Les Batkin Reserve. While riding the scenery reminded me of Oregon lots of trees and grass everywhere. It felt awesome to ride a ski without a wet suit. Going from winter to summer was the best idea that I ever had. After a quick ride at the lake we loaded up the skis and headed off to Tauranga. Tauranga had a beautiful harbor and an amazing surf setup. We launched at the harbor, rode around the island, and played in the surf for a few hours. The surf wasn’t super powerful, but it was clean and playful. I had a blast riding Roger’s Super Jet out there.
After our surf session I ate dinner with everyone that rode surf with us. Dinner was an interesting experience. We went to a burger place and a handful of people in the restaurant didn’t have shoes on. I asked Linda Thompson if this was normal and she confirmed that it was normal. I still think no shoes in a restaurant is one of the craziest things ever. After grabbing dinner Roger and I headed to Gareth Wing’s house where we stayed for the night.

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The next morning Roger and I loaded up and headed back to Auckland. On our way to Auckland we made a quick stop to repair Paula Power’s steering cable.She was in the process of getting her super jet ready for the FOF and was ready to make a comeback.

 After a long day of traveling Roger and I arrived at our motel in Waiuku. All of the riders at the motel were having a few drinks and talking about jet skis. I also met up with Mark and Abraham at the motel. After a few hours of socializing it was time for bed so we could ride the next day.

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We were up bright and early so we could head down to the beach. The Kariotahi beach was amazing because it had black sand. At the event registration I ran into Tayne and Terry Lemon. I haven’t seen the Lemons since World Finals back in the USA. After registering I rode for a bit in the surf. The surf at the FOF was much more powerful than what I rode in Tauranga. The surf was actually big enough for me to do a few flips and rolls. It was first flips and rolls that I did since I totaled my surf ski. It really made me miss surf riding.
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The second day of the FOF was amazing. The surf cleaned up and the weather was perfect. I couldn’t ask for a better day of surf riding. The FOF had some pretty good contests and my favorite was the Wave Blaster biggest air contest. It was nothing but carnage. Paulie Paul tried to do a backflip and bailed and Mike Hay bailed off of his ski and absolutely wrecked it. After the carnage was over we went to the awards ceremony. The ceremony had a massive amount of raffle prizes and quite a few awards to give out. Some of the awards were comical; my favorite award was the most injured award which the winner was given a carbon fiber toilet seat. The awards ceremony turned into an after party that was a pretty good time.
Joey NZ 4The following day Roger and I headed back to Auckland for to recover from the few days of riding. We met up with John and his wife for nice dinner overlooking the harbor in Auckland. This was probably one of the more relaxing parts of the trip.

The next day we were headed off to Mangawhai for some more surf action. The surf here was awesome and the water was bright blue. New Zealand seemed to have a little bit of everything when it comes to surf riding. After our surf session we went back to the river to flush the skis out. At the river we met up with Shane King, Pete Dimoline, and a few others. Once the skis were flushed out it was time to pack my bags and get ready for Australia.

I looked out my window on the plan as we were about to land in the Gold Coast and I really liked what I saw. Nothing but beautiful water and white sand beaches. As soon as I landed my buddy Justin Belczowski picked me up and we headed straight to Surfers Paradise. The beach down there was amazing and the weather was perfect. Justin showed me around the beaches and waterways while we headed over to Worx Racing. On my trip I made it a point to meet up with people that I have seen over in the States. I usually catch up with the boys at Worx racing during the IJSBA World Finals. After my visit at Worx we headed back to Justin’s house for dinner. After dinner we went down to park and I got to meet some other Joeys. It was pretty crazy to see kangaroos just hanging out everywhere at sunset.

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The following day Justin had to work, but he was nice enough to give me the keys to his truck. So I hit the road and went straight to the beach for a nice breakfast while looking at the ocean. After breakfast I walked the beach for a bit and then it was off to Springbrook National Park. I played tourist for a day, which was nice for a change. I drove around and saw some breathtaking views. After a day of exploring I headed back to meet up with Justin and Naomi for dinner. I enjoyed a very nice dinner with some great friends that day. After dinner we checked out some of the nightly entertainment that the Gold Coast had to offer. While walking around Justin and I found the iconic Meter Maids and we decided to get a photo with them. Seeing the Meter Maids really reminded me of Freemont Street in downtown Las Vegas. There were a handful of other street performers, but the Meter Maids were my favorite.

Joey NZ 15Joey NZ 14The next morning Justin showed me around for a bit. We ate breakfast on the beach in Kirra. Kirra was absolutely amazing. It looked like something that you would see on a post card or in a travel brochure. I highly recommend stopping there if you are in the area. After eating at Kirra we headed to Jet Pilot Headquarters to meet up with some of my sponsors. Getting a behind the scenes tour of JP was really cool. I got to see all of the new gear coming out for the next season. Jet Pilot was even nice enough to let me go on a bit of a shopping spree. I came home with tons of new gear.

After my stop at JP we went down the road to Australian Jet Ski Parts so I could catch up with some of the guy that I’ve met in the states. It was cool to see how AJSP operated.

For the remainder of my Australian experience I explored the waterways on a boat, checked out some street fairs, and ate some amazing food. My last stop was in Brisbane where I stayed with my friend Tim O’Neil. I have known Tim for a few years after meeting him in the states. He was nice enough to accommodate me before I flew out to return home.

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Overall my trip far exceeded my expectations. I had an absolute blast and I met some awesome people along the way. Escaping our winter for two weeks was probably the best idea I have ever thought of. I was very fortunate to stay with friends throughout my whole trip so it was very affordable. I was very nervous to go on my first international trip and now I want to do an international trip every year. I recommend traveling to everyone. There is a whole world out there, you just need to go explore it.



2017 Blowsion Surf Slam is upon us and so is Jake Bright

Jake Bright will be competing in Pro Freeride this year at the 2017 Blowsion Surf Slam after missing a few years prior. He’s ready to send it.

It’s that time of year again and I’ll be making my way up to Pacific city Oregon for the Blowsion Surf Slam one of the most anticipated international jetski freeride contest of the year. It’s been a couple of years since I’ve been able to participate due to injuries and other reasons so I’m pretty pumped up about it! I’ll be competing in the Pro freeride contest as well as the Hydro-turf Big Air Showdown! It’s been a little bit since I’ve had the chance to compete in a IFWA contests and I am excited to get out there and shake it up, I’m looking forward to giving the boys on tour a run for their money.

Now if we rewind to Daytona Beach Florida back in January and the big air showdown where It came down to Tommy Scaccianoce (2015 Surf slam big air champ) and I for the top spot and he ended up edging me out after photo review! Tom is insane and was going massive that whole weekend so he deserved it but for real after just missing the win I’m deff gunning for that big air win! I’m just gonna send it!

Anyway I plan on going out there and giving it my all, and have a blast! I’m really loving my Krash Industries predator and when I ride it I really feel like i’m one with it, and I believe that shows in my riding, I’m landing all my tricks super smooth and a lot of the tricks are starting to feel like second nature! I’ve also been spending more time working on my surf riding lately so hopefully we have some good waves and I can try and tuck into some barrels and drag shoulder across some faces!
Jake Bright - Oceanside, CA

Jake Bright – Oceanside, CA

 I’ve done a lot of growing and maturing  personally in the last few years and I believe that shows in my riding as well. If I could describe it I would say i’m more calculated which translates to a smoother more consistent flow in my riding. I’ve gotten better at reading waves and knowing how to attack the next set of them, I kind of look at a set of waves like a rhythm section and I’m trying to keep a good flow going though it!. So I’m doing my best to utilize every set to its full potential and make the most of each wave in the set. This is so crucial in a 5 min heat because you may only get one set of waves in the whole round.
Qualifying is Friday then its head to head battles all and Sunday with awards on the beach immediately after the riding is over. If your in the area or if you’ve got the opportunity to make it out this weekend come out and support an awesome event and a bunch of rad freeriders! Hope to see you all on the beach!
Cheers, Jake
Helping Anthony Chavez And Family | GoFundMe 1

Helping Anthony Chavez And Family | GoFundMe

Helping Anthony Chavez And Family | GoFundMe 1

Anthony Chavez And Family | GoFundMe

Guys this is one of the most important post we will be making this year. Our rider Anthony Chavez had a horrible accident and broke his neck over the weekend. Please share this to everyone you know. The go fund me link is here: Asking all of our customers/friends to please donate anything you can, even it’s only $5 the Chavez family and LM family would really appreciate any support for the family!! We are sending positive vibes to the Chavez family for a speedy recovery. Thank you!!


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Jeff Bolte | Wavedaze windy, flat, but still a hoot

I packed up and left West Virginia on Wednesday to head to Maryland to do some carpentry work in Ellicott City, I made some sawdust and hit the road to Virginia beach on Thursday.

Phot By: Stephanie Sickerott

Phot By: Stephanie Sickerott

The sun was shining but the wind was crazy, Many riders were talking about the bridge being closed for hours because of the Highwinds. When I arrived the surf was small with strong off shore winds, even though it was blowing hard, a few skis were out enjoying the waves and spray.

I cruised to the hotel and met up with promoter Dan Swartz and the other free-riders arriving from all over. I was stoked to catch up with old friends and meet some new faces in the crowd, we were all psyched to share some frosty beverages and swap stories on how we were all having the typical wrench parties the week before a freeride!

I had installed a new H2O Torrent 148 pump and Skat-Trak thin blade, cutback impeller in my Rickter and was excited to get in the water and test it in the surf. Unfortunately all the wind had blown the surf pretty much flat. That didn’t stop us from going out and making the best of it, we had a fun session and my ski was hooking up and shooting roost better than ever! Now it was time to get out of the wind and wet gear, and put on some Liquid Militia threads and a hoodie. We got ready, then headed out to grab some grub and get the party started at Peabody’s nightclub. There were shuttle buses to take the riders from the hotel to the club and back so nobody had to worry about driving, very excellent! Too much fun was had at the club so we carried on back at the hotel until about 4 AM when the police came and told us to turn down the music and party, LOL!

We awoke Saturday to warmer weather and sunshine but the surf was even smaller. We ate breakfast and got on the beach. I rode a tank of fuel and had fun shredding the small stuff. After the ride we checked out the raffle where a lot of good prizes were being auctioned off.

Phot By: Asia L. Stewart

Phot By: Chris Kyttle

The promoters of WaveDaze do a raffle ever year with the items that company’s donate to the event. The proceeds go to a specific cause. This year they donated a bulletproof vest to K-9 police dog, which is probably why they took it easy on us and no one got arrested Friday night ha ha Ha!

Saturday night we went back to Peabody’s for a few drinks and to watch the Supercross races and chit chat with the crew.

Phot By: Stephanie Sickerott

Sunday was sunny and warmer with no wind and no waves, Lake Atlantic was in full effect. One of my buddies, John Francavilla talked a friend into bringing out a big boat in the afternoon to make some waves! I was already packed up so I missed out on that. All in all it was a great weekend to catch up with my freeride family on the East Coast, Liquid Militia teammate Jake Bright came out from California, some Canadians, a couple Australians and riders from all over the country rounded out the crew for this spring WaveDaze free ride this year! Can’t wait for the next ride!


Phot By: Chris Kyttle


Cali to Virginia Beach for WaveDaze 2017 | Jake Bright

Wavedaze 2017 is in the books! This year was a lot of fun and it was so good to see so many familiar faces and make some new friends as well. This year brought people from around the country, even a few from other countries like Canada and Australia and for the first time in a few years I was representing for the whole west coast!

To kick my trip if I caught a red-eye from San Diego on Thursday night and showed up to the Norfolk airport Friday morning where I got picked up by my buddy Landon and rolled on the beach shortly after!

Photo By: Chris Rauen | Instagram @racuwerx

Photo By: Chris Rauen | Instagram @racuwerx

Photo By: Chris Rauen | Instagram @racuwerx

Photo By: Chris Rauen | Instagram @racuwerx

Friday had the best waves I saw for the weekend so after I sticker-ed up the Salty Investments ski with decals I got from LM Printshop I jumped right in and rode! Then we wrapped up on the beach and I went back to the hotel where I bunked up with Chris Grace and his pops the legend Joe Grace!

Photo By: Chris Rauen | Instagram @racuwerx

Photo By: Chris Rauen | Instagram @racuwerx

Da place to be

Da place to be

I had a great time on the water goofing around launching straight airs and dicing it up with the NY boys Tommy Scaccianoce, James Juvet and my mates from OZ Mick Anthony and Keaton Watts! Friday Krash Industries also made a big announcement!

We are now taking $500 deposits for stage 3 kits! This is a turn key jet ski priced at just 12k USD and yes this includes either a 50 Cal, Predator or Reaper with all of the new Kavinci components including the new KV 997, 148 pump, billet handle pole, etc, etc FOR MORE INFO PLEASE CONTACT ME AT:

Cali to Virginia Beach for WaveDaze 2017 | Jake Bright

Photo By: Chris Rauen | Instagram @racuwerx

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Jake Bright, fresh decals ready to rip!

The spot to be Peabody’s

Each night we went out our dinners and parties were hosted at the newly renovated Peabodies nightclub and we had a shuttle service from the hotel to the club which is always a good time!

Saturday we had some better weather than the day before but the surf went flat on us and the contest was called off but that didn’t stop everyone from getting out on the water and having a good time anyway! After we all got off the water we kicked off the raffle which is hands down one of the best in the business, just to mention a few of the items for raffle were Liquid Militia clothing, Jet Renu cleaning products, Hydroturf gifts, Dasa intake manifold, etc and they even raffled of a brand new blue billet handle pole from KAVINCI! Saturday night was the grand reopening of Peabodies after the renovations so they had a live band come into play and the entire club was open which I thought was pretty rad and a huge improvement for them.

Photo By: Chris Rauen | Instagram @racuwerx

Photo By: Chris Rauen | Instagram @racuwerx

Sunday the weather was real nice and sunny and warm but still not much for waves so a big boat was paid to come through and throw a wake which was big enough for riders to launch off of! That night we had a nice meal at this Italian joint we go to every year and then everyone hung out at the hotel and mingled for the rest of the night! it was a bummer that Shawnski couldn’t make it out!

The crew | Just about to part ways.

Monday I slept in and then woke up and got breakfast with the boys! After that I said my goodbyes to everyone still leftover and then helped Dan the event organizer get all his stuff packed up and packed out. After that Dan and I met up with our buddy Landon and we headed to the shooting range where I got to look at and even shoot numerous different guns that are totally illegal back in Cali!

The best part was when I shot the gnarliest handgun I’ve ever shot the Desert Eagle 50 caliber handgun for the first time and it kicked like a horse!! After that Dan hooked me up with a ride to the airport and I began my journey back to SoCal!

Does this gun make me look like a bad ass?

Jake and Dan | Till next time!

Photo By: Chris Rauen | Instagram @racuwerx

Photo By: Chris Rauen | Instagram @racuwerx

I just want to send a special thanks to Krash Industries for getting me to the event and making sure I had a ski to ride! Salty investments for letting me barrow your ski! Jerimiah Donges for hauling the ski to and from the event! The Graces for always treating me like family and letting me stay with them! Dan, Jen and Landon for making sure I’m taken care of every time I come out! And to all my east coast friends and everyone who came out for the event and helped make it a good time for me and everyone involved! I feel super lucky to be part of such a rad sport and a part of the freeride fam who is always looking out for one another whether you know each other or not!

Hope to see you on the beach at the next one, cheers!


Round 1 Jet Jump Extreme - Biscarrosse, France 5

Round 1 Jet Jump Extreme – Biscarrosse, France

Round 1 Jet Jump Extreme – Team Update

Congrats! to Abraham Hochstrasser and Liquid Militia team riders Mark Gomez 2nd place and Brandon Lawlor 3rd place at the first round of the Jet Jump Extreme World Freeride Tour this last weekend.
Next stop Round 2 Newquay, UK this weekend.

1st Abraham Hochstrasser, 2nd Mark Gomez, 3rd Brandon Lawlor

1st Abraham Hochstrasser, 2nd Mark Gomez, 3rd Brandon Lawlor

Brandon Lawlor Rockin The Prize

Brandon Lawlor Rockin The Prize

Mark Gomez - Solitude before the Heat

Mark Gomez – Solitude before the Heat

Round 1 Jet Jump Extreme - Biscarrosse, France

CALIFORNIE? Bio of the Gomez

Gomez and fellow competitor Abraham Hochstrasser

Gomez and fellow competitor Abraham Hochstrasser

Gomez De-salting the beast - Biscarrosse, France

Gomez De-salting the beast

Kelsey's Catch 2017 Spring Break Pismo Freeride With a Side of Spearfishing 1

Kelsey’s Spearfishing Catch – Pismo Spring Break Freeride

2017 Spring Break Pismo Freeride

Kelsea's Fish Bounty

Kelsea’s Fish Bounty

The Pismo Freeride is one of my favorite gatherings to attend for many reasons. What makes this meeting spot for everyone great, is that it doesn’t matter what toys you bring to the beach or whether or not you have a ski to ride. All you need to bring is yourself, your love for the freeride community, and some stoke to go along with the great vibes at the beach. I have been lucky to be able attend this gig more then a few times, with or without skis. I’ve noticed that it’s the people I meet from all over, that are there for the same purpose, that keeps me wanting to come.

This year, my superjet was not yet ready and I worked a near 30 hour shift before the 6 hour drive. I saw the small surf and my ski was not yet ready to ride. Blurry eyed from many sleepless days working, I packed my dive gear, my spearguns, and made way for the coast. I got there at dawn to find most people still asleep on the beach. I saw the conditions up there and decided to make the best of it by spending the morning free diving a few miles north of Pismo, on some reefs that normally have poor visibility unless the surf is super small. I launched my kayak and paddled a good 30 minutes to the spot I wanted to try. l was not disappointed with the fish volume and diversity! I was free diving, so no SCUBA tanks. The water was in the mid 50’s degrees in temperature, and the visibility was 20 feet!

Smile- Some people gonna be happy around dinner time

Smile- gonna be happy around dinner time

The Stoked!!

Ling Cod

I speared a number of reef fish to share with my freeride family, including a huge ling cod and an assortment of rock fishes and perches. I returned to the beach and rode with friends until sundown. I got to do two of my favorite things all in the same day; spearfish and ride skis in the surf! Life is great!

2017 Spring Break Pismo Freeride- Kelsey Riding

Kelsey Riding-2017 Spring Break Pismo Freeride

Kelsey Jet Ski riding break

Kelsey- Jet Ski riding break

The best part of spearfishing, is sharing my catch with friends and making new friends by sharing the stoke that my sport of free diving spearfishing gives to my life. I love showing kids the different kinds of fish and teaching others about my sport. So many people in the freeride community have helped me learn about skis, wrenching on them, and welcoming me into the sport, so killing fish to share is a huge outlet for me to give back to that welcoming atmosphere and contribute to the freeride family.

Step 1 Kelsey gently making the cuts

kelsey lingcod spearfishing

removing the ling cod skin

fresh lingcod cut and ready to cook

There is nothing like the fresh taste of fish taken by spearfishing. Its such an environmentally friendly, sustainable way to fish local fish, and an extremely health source of protein and omegas 3’s. All good stuff to eat by the campfire after riding all day. Shared with the people I love, life really doesn’t get any better.

Kelsey's Catch- Freshly Speared Lingcod

Huge thanks to all of my sponsors and supporters for helping keep me fresh with great threads and gear in both of my sports of spearfishing and riding skis, including Liquid Militia Clothing, Bomber eyewear, jetpilot, hydroturf, Crist Spears, and Red Tide Spearfishing.

-Ride safe and dive safe





Now in its fifth year, the 2017 Yamaha New Zealand Festival of Freeride brings together the country’s best ‘free riders’ along with international participants, including 7 x World Champion Pierre Maixent from France along with two U.S. Liquid Militia riders Mark Gomez and Joey Morneault.
Event Location: The iconic west coast Karioitahi Beach, 10mins west of Waiuku

Thanks to Yamaha Marine NZ for putting out this clip of the event.